Life Priorities

If any one place can show the power of community, look no further than the Aptos Post Offi ce jumps. The jumps may no longer exist, but their legacy forever lives on in everyone who spent time there. A few of the Post Office’s most notorious regulars. Photo courtesy of Anthill Films

Life Priorities Anthill Films and our Universal Community

As auteurs of mountain bike motion pictures, Anthill Films has long heralded the role of community in the sport.

Local riders, clubs and trail builders have always been integral to the behind-the-lens logistics of any mountain bike movie set, providing crucial beta, pinpointing talent and offering support. Yet for the crew at Anthill, the community itself is more often than not also the inspiration for the story they wish to tell.

“That’s always been really important to us: Are the films and segments we’re making actually representing what mountain biking is, for as many people as possible?” Anthill Films Director Darcy Wittenburg says. “If you look at our films over time, for the most part, we’re trying to reflect the culture and community as much as we can.”

Capturing the nuances of mountain bike cultures— whether at local clubs in North America or in the world’s most far flung developing nations—requires extra manpower and equipment. In addition to filming the all-important athlete action, having an extra RED camera and operator on hand allows for more of the peripheral reactions and subtleties to find their way into the final edit. It’s that authenticity that often appeals most to the mountain bike public.

As a relatively young sport, mountain biking has only come into its own as a mainstream family activity in the last 10 to 15 years. The pioneering shredders of yesteryear have grown up, sprouted their own families and formed a core riding group in the community. Anthill’s preceding film company, The Collective, depicted this in Andrew Shandro’s segment in Seasons, when the career veteran mountain biked to school with his son before a burly solo hour of North Shore riding.

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