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Pitch Hill – Behind the scenes

Video Production – Behind the scenes at Surrey Hills

All of us here at fly love a good documentary, and we’d decided it had been far too long since we all made one. The last one we produced was The Lurcher’ way back in 2014, which proudly for us was a runner-up at the Sony Production Awards 2014.

We knew we wanted to make something beautiful, insightful, and emotive and whilst we were researching possible topics, we came across mountain Biker Phil Grundy who lives in Brighton. His story was simple on the surface, he loves mountain biking and often goes out and rides – but after chatting with him more we realised that mountain biking to him is so much more than just a sport. Although his life has taken a number of twists and turns: from injuries to business struggles, mountain biking has always been his anchor and his focus to pull him through the dark times: It was this idea that we wanted to explore.




Phil getting ready for the day


We decided to shoot the film in Surrey Hills as Phil has ridden the trails there before and knows it well. We wanted to make sure we arrived before sunrise to capture our opening scene of Phil setting up the bike, but if we had known how cold it was going to be, maybe we would have waited! If the cold wasn’t bad enough, we also had to lug all of our camera kit up and down the bike trails!


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A beautiful (but cold) day in Surrey Hills


We knew that we wanted the film to have a very slow, atmospheric and emotional tone, so we decided to shoot everything in slow motion (because what doesn’t look good in slow motion!) We have access to a great range of cameras here at fly, but we decided to use our Red Epic for this shoot. The high dynamic range and resolution combined with the high frame rates offered (300fps at 2K resolution) gave us a great deal of shooting flexibility.

The red was primarily attached to a Manfrotto 529B Hi-Hat Tripod. Being lower to the ground meant that we could get some really beautiful low angle shots of Phil as he took off from the jumps, but it also meant we could be closer and get a better perspective for our super slow motion shots.


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Our Red Epic shooting at 300fps for some lovely slow motion


The weather played a crucial part in bringing this film together. The shoot had to be called off the week before because of snow (did I mention how cold it was?) but luckily, this time we were treated to a gloriously sunny (but cold) day with a perfect sunset.


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Phil standing in front of a perfect sunset


We’ll be submitting this film into action sports festivals and it will be live on Vimeo, where we hope it might even catch enough attention to garner a coveted staff pick!

We love creating stories like this for brands and what sets these type of films apart from the traditional brand film is that they give one a sincere insight into a person’s lifestyle and what the product genuinely means to them.

If you’d like to know more about our unique approach to brands then please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.


More stories from fly




Collate Presents – Mull it Over

After chatting to Collate Presents about some previous new projects they were working on we took an interest in the ‘Mull it Over’ artist installation to be hosted in Art Republic in Brighton.

It was a great night and we met a lot of interesting people and some awesome artists.


Brighton Patch – Timelapse

Since the early 2000’s we have wanted to produce more time=lapse and integrate it into our work more, then in 2008 Bathtub by Keith Loutit was created and blew our ruddy socks off:

Since then he has released a series of new videos, each one as awesome and breath taking as the last.

Our office is based in Brighton (London by the sea some call it) so it would have been rude to not get out there in the sun and get some sexy time-lapse, we don’t have a Tilt-shift lens and don’t think the post production works as well so were happy to mess about with some straight forward time-lapse which we also used in a few of our local video productions.

We will be posting a lot more tutorials soon so please keep an eye out for Tilt-shift tutorials and Time-lapse tutorials when we get them up on our blog.

GoGreen Animation

We have been stuck in the Studio editing a corporate DVD which, when finished with be over 9 hours of footage on 3 DVD’s so we have all been going a little stir crazy.
We got our creative pants on and decided to do a little demo which used the latest in sexy design techniques using textures to produce a short animation.

The idea was to produce something we wanted to be happy with and potentially send to a solar company we have been working with on some Branding previously.

Bellerbys Oxford

Bellerbys College is the gold standard for international students seeking entry to any one of 50 top UK universities and the largest provider of international students to UK universities.

fly creative was asked to produce a video showing the new Oxford study center including interviews with the students and some of the teachers.

We have produced more videos for Study Group and hope to maintain a long relationship with them, so watch out for more exciting projects.

This video was shot on 2 X Canon 7D’s with Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lenses.

Young Adult Faction

Young Adult Faction new music video for ‘Some Sort of Catch’ was filmed in West Wittering beach and various locations in and around Brighton.

It was shot on 2 X Canon 7D’s
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

This single is taken from the debut EP ‘New First Impressions’ which will be released on 8th April 2011

Bellerbys Oxford Opening

Bellerbys College is the gold standard for international students seeking entry to any one of 50 top UK universities and the largest provider of international students to UK universities.

fly creative was asked to produce a video for the launch of the new study center in Oxford. The video was shown on the Bellerbys website.

We have had such good feedback on the project we are already working on new and exciting projects together.

flycreative showreel 2011

We have been working hard to get our new showreel finished and ready for 2011.
It includes a snippet of what we have been working on over the past 12 months.

Please contact us to find out more as we have a lot to show.

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