CREATIVITY IN CYCLING AND THE ART OF FREESTYLE

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I used to run a film production company. What never failed to amaze me was how many cyclists there are in that industry, and how much film, photography and indeed music they were creating and mixed up in. What also amazes me is how much money you can spend shooting something and how little you can spend shooting almost exactly the same thing. But that’s for later….

Danny MacAskill jumps off a bit of ScotlandDanny MacAskill jumps off a bit of Scotland. CLICK TO PLAY

I used to run a film production company. What never failed to amaze me was how many cyclists there are in that industry, and how much film, photography and indeed music they were creating and mixed up in. What also amazes me is how much money you can spend shooting something and how little you can spend shooting almost exactly the same thing. But that’s for later….

Cycling is an extremely creative sport, and we’re not talking just bikes and clothing. There is something about the sense of movement that is thoughtful and introspective. But the rushes of adrenalin and risk create flashes of intensity. And the act of cycling in itself is an extremely visual sensation. You must look, and see, and analyse to ride. Because of this, cycling brings to mind wonderful images, landscapes and portraits. The blur of ordered pursuit riders, the view from an Alp, and the MTB marathon rider: white teeth grinning through black mud.

These two videos are examples of two kinds of film-making. One must have been made with a crew, cranes, etc. Thus expense.
One demos the new egalitarianism in film-making. Where you can strap on a GoPro or similar, and make beautiful films with just a keen eye and a laptop-based editing suite. This totally overturns the film-making environment I learnt in, where you ‘need’ 40 people to make anything, and the budgets are in six figures! And I’m glad of that…Exciting times.

I’ll talk some more about music in blogs to come, but check out the track Rollerskate by Matias Aguayo. It’s an all-time favourite tune and an awesome track to cycle to, especially off-road. Matias is an Argentine beatboxer, and amazingly, every sound you here is his voice, layered.

And lastly, regarding creativity and cycling art, what the cyclists are doing isn’t just fun, it’s also brilliantly creative. These guys are gymnasts and dancers. It’s inspiring. Enjoy.

Flying freestly dude

Flying Freestyle Dude. CLICK TO PLAY

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