This Long Take Mountain Bike Shot Is Truly A Spectacular Cinematic Achievement

by Bret Hoy1 Comment

When I think of extreme sports videos, I always think of those 90’s motorcross videos that my friends shared or showed me on YouTube, when YouTube was in its early days. I’m from the Midwest, so I had more than my share of peers that loved to dirtbike. But this… this is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the least, “in your face” extreme sports video that I’ve ever seen. What makes this understated-ness so impressive is the perfect execution.

We start on the crest of a hill, where a man exits his truck, dons a helmet and goggles. Queue, For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield. Then smile, lean back and relax.

Since this nearly 4 minute sequence was shot entirely in one take, I’m sure you can imagine that the planning was anything but relaxing. Luckily, they were armed with one of the best tools in the world. The GSS C520. A truck mounted gyro-stabilized camera that was driven on a, “custom road built next to a custom trail that took three weeks to build.”

What can’t be understated is the skill of the biker, Brandon Semenuk. It was like watching a ballet, which I absolutely hate to compare it to, but it’s the only equivalent. The grace and smoothness with which he took that course was truly superb—only matched by the silky smooth, well-thought out motion of the camera.

Take 4 minutes, even if you’re not a mountain biking fan, and let this put you into a wondrous meditative state.

Then buy the entire film on iTunes.

One Shot: Brandon Semenuk's unReal Segment

Via Youtube Description:

Download the complete film on iTunes now: unReal is available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and more and is currently on a worldwide film tour.

To celebrate the release of unReal on iTunes (, Teton Gravity Research (TGR) and Anthill release one of the most acclaimed segments from the film. Widely recognized as the best slopestyle mountain biker in the world, Brandon Semenuk has become the first mountain biker to film a full segment in a single continuous shot. This uninterrupted shot was filmed by the most advanced gyro-stabilized camera system, the GSS C520, mounted to a truck on a custom road built next to a custom trail that took three weeks to build. This true cinematic achievement required perfect coordination between Semenuk, Anthill Films, and TGR with regard to athleticism, planning, timing and logistics.

Injured at the time, Semenuk only hit the full line once.

The historic moment was produced for unReal, the feature mountain bike film inspired by the unprecedented creative union of production companies TGR and Anthill Films, and the limitless imaginations of a group of the best mountain bikers in the world.

Tweet Source via Tom Guilmette @tomguilmette

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. I watched the feature before reading the info below the video.  I never would have guessed it was a rig on a truck!  I assumed it was an octocopter with a separate camera operator.  Seems like it could have been done that way, then the nat-sot would have been put in, in post to replace the UAV noise.  Cool video.

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