A WELSH MOUNTAIN BIKE MOVIE
Alright Butt is a brand new, all Welsh mountain bike film offering from Welsh creatives Alex Tyler and Tom Wheerler. Having been involved in the mountain bike scene for a number of years, documenting the exciting and vibrant British Downhill race scene, it was only a matter of time before the two began plotting something bigger.
Both Alex and Tom originate from South Wales and, have been in and amongst the incredible riding scene that the country has to offer, the natural progression was to create an all Welsh riding film showing off ‘what Wales has to offer’.
It is well known that ‘Wales is a stunning country filled with some world-class riders and trails’. So, with the idea sorted, from locations, voice over ideas to featured riders for five years. it was just matter of waiting for the perfect time to launch this passion project and show the rest of the world ‘what’s here and what they’re missing’.
In direct contrast to the inception of the idea, the project was filmed and edited over an incredibly short 3 months. Squeezed between Alex’s marriage and the arrival of Toms baby in early 2020, the time scale was one of the biggest challenges facing the team. With the idea being ‘to keep riders sponsors current, which gave us till around the new year’ to get the film ready for the premier on 1st December and release on the 21st January 2020. In addition to the short time scale the weather was also a massive factor when planning the shoots. As Wales is renowned for it wet and wild winters, we certainly had our fair share of horrendous weather whilst on location. Most notably was when shooting Mike Jones’ segment. Filmed at Llangollen, which is well known for being one of the steepest tracks in Wales, if not the UK. This coupled with freezing temperatures and persistent, heavy rain made for an interesting and character-building day, ‘the wet and cold was the biggest factor, but there were a few tumbles that day too’.
It wasn’t only the crew that suffered in the inclement weather. All the camera equipment, although weather sealed was tested to the limits. The Panasonic Lumix GH5, Sony a6300 that shot the video and Nikon D500 that captured all of the still all performed admirably in the appalling conditions.
When asked to pick a favorite section, creator Alex Tyler said, ‘I couldn’t possibly pick one segment. I like them all for different reasons, and my favorite segment changes every time I watch it. ( I have lost count how many times I have seen it now.) But one of my favorite shots that instantly comes to mind is from Mike Jones’s segment. It was a super early start, long and very wet day! Mike got absolutely wild on this wet, steep and technical section and then drifted in and roosted the next corner like it was nothing. It was definitely what everyone needed to keep the hype going for the rest of the wet day’.