TLW: What clip or feature were you most excited to dial for this shoot?
BB: I had three specific shots in mind that I’ve never seen done before. I had something planned that was extra saucy over the giant boulder but it was just too big to do what I had practiced and went there to do. I had to accept the fact all I’d be able to do was jump over it but I nailed the other two things. It’s nothing too crazy, it was just fun to incorporate a few things I’ve never seen in an edit before.
TLW: What move were you most nervous about?
BB: Most definitely the boulder jump. I went there a few weeks earlier and completely smoked my chain ring/cranks by not clearing it. I fortunately, was able to eject off the bike and come out of it in one piece. Second to that was the climb up steepest and slipperiest section of trail called Jacob’s Ladder. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it but I did.
TLW: Can you tell us about your film crew and the gear used?
BB: Simple… My wife and I. We shoot 15-20 weddings a year and that’s helped us to work really well together. She understands that sometimes the stuff I’m doing is going to take a good amount of attempts. It’s nice cause I feel very little pressure from her which is huge deal since the pressure is inherently there on the day of filming. My buddy Kevin Lillywhite came and hung out for moral support on this film as well. He’s just a really good friend and riding buddy who always keeps things light hearted.
Camera gear? Really simple as well. We shoot on a Panasonic GH5 with a metabones speed booster for a Sigma Art Lense 18-35mm f/1.8. We also use a canon 50mm for gimbal shots on the Zhiyun-Tech crane gimbal. Our drone is the Mavic Pro. Photos are on Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8.
TLW: Have you come up with your next idea/edit location yet?
BB: I haven’t let my mind go there yet. More than anything I want to make this edit the best I can and once that’s done, I’ll move onto the next project.
TLW: If you could pick one spot to go ride your bike what would it be?
BB: Park City, Utah
TLW: Burritos or Pizza?
BB: PIZZA all day every day. lol
TLW: Name two of your biggest inspirations in life. (One rider, one not)
BB: What!?! This is a hard question. Rider, Brandon Semenuk. Non Rider, Kobe Bryant.
TLW:How have you been dealing with the rising challenges of finding new ways to share your riding now that you’re “InstaFamous”?
BB: Hahah “InstaFamous”… Instagram’s so interesting. I really haven’t dealt with many challenges with it yet. A few people get mad at me for going off trail and that’s understandable. I honestly enjoy connecting with so many rad people. That’s how I got linked with you guys and a ton of other wonderful people. I try to keep my stuff biking related, positive, and focused on progression. I just hope I don’t cause people to feel less or create a sense of envy of the “success” I’m having on the bike. I can assure anyone that my biking skills and ability to create videos has come from an insane amount of energy and hard work. Some of my riding might come across like it was little effort but really…. it’s taken my whole life. I started riding bikes when I was 4 and now I’m 30. Haha tangent… Sorry!
Using social media has been a tool to give me a stage to share my skills. I’m very grateful for the exposure it’s given me. As great as Instagram has been for me I’m confident in what I’m developing, even if it vanished tomorrow. For now though, I’ll keep sharing the stoke and connecting with rad people.
Thanks for taking some time out of your busy schedule Braydon. We’re sure you’re busy trying to finish editing between studying for your Master’s Degree. We’re hoping to see an edit where you jump over the whole graduating class in nothing but a graduation cap in the near future!