Living on the Sunshine Coast, we are fortunate to have access to a vast amount of land, making it a no-brainer for us to film here. Logistics are simpler when you can scout, dig, and film close to home and not be on the road. This evidently allowed us to put more time and effort into building the features and trails for the Coast segments. Naturally, challenges arose that slowed us down, but they didn’t stop us.
The whole winter and spring were spent hidden away in the woods building features for Curtis Robinson, Dylan Dunkerton and Logan Peat’s segments. Each line we built was from the ground up and each build was unique. We did a lot of log hauling to build up landings, and a lot of dirt moving to shape things into perfection. There were a lot of moments where we were stumped and left scratching our heads, but our collective minds always came up with a resolution—that is the beauty of building with your friends, with no instructions or guidelines.
The guinea pig phases either brought cheers and relief, or the need to make tweaks to improve the line. Once all of the features were riding properly it was the waiting game of cloud cover for the right light to shoot in, which tends to always be the case when shooting in the woods. With cameras rolling, we worked our way down each rider’s line to collect everything we needed. Curtis and Dylan each had major big bike moves and absolute loam blasting trail riding, and Logan had a slopestyle line through the woods full of peaky dirt jumps and trickable features that all linked up. Everyone threw down and came out on top with some of the best riding and shots we have captured.
Another element to our coastal filming—and one of the most important—was the creation of Arrival’s intro. We wanted to bring together the elements that make up what we do, which define us as the Coastal Crew: build, film, and ride. Our goal was to seamlessly bring the viewer through a typical workday of ours; straight from the shop, right into the bush and onto the trails. We wanted the story to be told visually, and we are very happy with how it turned out. Our gear took a few risks in the process, but in the end it was all worth it!
Along with ARRIVAL, we’ve simultaneously been working very hard on a new project that some of you may have already heard about: Coast Gravity Park. Coast Gravity Park will be a year round, lift-accessed bike park on the Sunshine Coast, BC. We have created a crowd funding page where you can pre-buy your lift pass to help support the development of as many trails as possible before opening. Check out our Crowd Funding page for more details and to find out how you can show your support.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into what went on behind the scenes of ARRIVAL. To see more behind the scenes footage from the film, or to re-watch previous episodes, check out Episode One, Two, Three, Four, and Five. “The Making of Arrival” is produced by SecondBase Films and Nic Genovese of Mindspark Cinema.
For more details about the film, check out secondbasefilms.com/arrival.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support!