At the age of 26, Clay Porter is mountain bike racing’s most in demand filmmaker. His award winning films have become the industry standard and he continues to raise the bar on documenting the sport of downhill mountain bike racing. By bringing storytelling and a tight narrative into his work, Porter has been credited as the first person to document the sport to a mass audience and in turn has created a style that confidently claims itself as unique.
In his 10 years making mountain bike films, Porter has traveled to every inhibited continent in the world documenting the sport and it’s personalities. Recently named as one of the top 26 Most Influential People in Mountain Biking by decline Magazine, Porter maintains a high media profile through the sports top publications.
Today, Clay continues to push the envelope of creativity and story telling and continues to redefine the limits of mountain bike race documentation. 3 Minute Gaps will be his eight-mountain bike film to date. He is the director of The Atherton Project, the fly on the wall web reality show about the Atherton family produced by Red Bull, and is currently working on two biographical documentaries, one about Steve Peat and the other about Olympian Mike Day.
When not traveling the world shooting for his projects, Clay splits his time between Ventura and San Francisco, California.
To view more of his work visit clayporter.com.
John Lawlor started his racing career in his native Ireland at the age of 16. By his 26th birthday he had become Irish National Champion 6 times and represented Ireland at 9 World Championships.
In 2006, Lawlor picked up a video camera where his 10-year racing career left off on the World Cup circuit. Since then, Lawlor has become one of the most influential filmmakers in the sport today. His work during this past season saw him document both Steve’s World Championship win as well as Sam Hill’s World Cup Championship win for his two primary clients, Santa Cruz and Specialized.
In this time Lawlor has honed his skills in the art of documenting the finest riders on the planet and at the beginning of the 2009 season he teamed up with Clay Porter on the two year project that is ‘3 MINUTE GAPS’. Lawlor will bring a new edge to Porters films and this new partnership will prove that the sum is greater than its parts on what is the most anticipated mountain bike documentary in recent years.
To view more of John's work check out his site johnlawlor.me
John Reynolds got interested in filmmaking through his other passion, mountain biking. While growing up in New Jersey, John soon started racing and quickly earned a spot on the RPM/Yeti National Team traveling the country racing in the US National Series.
While watching mountain biking films during his years racing, John quickly became interested in filmmaking. From way of New Jersey John packed up and moved west like many east coasters in search of new trails and epic mountains. Denver was an easy choice; here he attended the Art Institute of Colorado where he received a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Production.
With a passion for traveling, filmmaking and all things bikes he now spends majority of the year on the road working for the legendary Yeti Cycles as their in-house videographer, documenting their national and world caliper athletes doing what they do best, riding and racing around the world.
At any given time he can be found just about anywhere in the world, from the U.S. to Europe, South Africa to Australia, following riders in search of the perfect combination of dirt, light, and trails. When not on the road hiking and riding camera gear through the mountains he can be found at home in Colorado hanging around the Yeti headquarters having a beer with the crew, and planning the next trip.
To view more of John’s work check out the video section of the Yeti Cycles website yeticycles.com/#/video/
Born and raised in South Africa, Sven’s first passion was skateboarding, something which he became very accomplished at and eventually brought him to live in the United States as one of top sponsored skaters of that time. While living in Laguna Beach, CA, Sven began mountain biking when his wife Anka began riding.
He quickly became a pro racer, raced the World Cups and World Championships and took photographs on the sidelines in between runs. His unique perspective as a racer gave his photographs an honest and perceptive insight into the lifestyle of the riders. In the end Sven became a more capable photographer than racer and now attacks every day with a hurricane strength ferocity, capturing images and writing stories. All in the name of progressing the activity he came to love.
He travels year round following the lives of racers of all disciplines and reporting to the world the story behind the images. His photos have appeared in every mountain bike magazine, he works tirelessly for numerous commercial interests, and is one part of the unmissable VitalMTB World Cup online slideshows.
Last year, Sven published his first book, Chronology, along with fellow South Africa photographer Gary Perkin that documents the 2009 World Cup Series. When not traveling the world or visiting his native South Africa, he lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife Anka.
To view more of his work visit svenmartinphotography.com
Craig Grant is a designer and photographer working as a creative director in the action sports genre. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado.
Originally from the east coast he headed west in pursuit of a college degree and the best mountain bike trails in the country. Since graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder back in ‘02 he transitioned his passion of riding into a multi disciplined career creating interactive websites, product catalogs, print/online ads, brand identity, and just about anything that uses typography and imagery to convey a message.
Craig’s love of photography spawned from the need for imagery in his design work. Since that fateful camera purchase, a Canon 20D, he immersed himself in the discipline, taking every opportunity to press the shutter. Years later a crafted portfolio emerged with images ranging from pure visceral actions shots to vibe evoking lifestyle stills, and eventually into the more technical world of studio shoots.
Since 2006 Craig has handled all the principal photography and design for Yeti Cycles, including action, lifestyle, and studio photo projects in addition to the creation and direction of their industry-leading website. For those not in the know, Yeti Cycles is a high-end manufacturer of mountain bikes and a leading innovator in suspension technology. It is a small, diverse company dedicated to all things bike-related.
When not keeping things crisp over at Yeti, Craig finds time to work with other like-minded creatives on projects ranging from personal portfolio sites to fully integrated campaigns. The latter is where Craig came into play for 3MG and CP Production’s latest installment, lending his expertise to all the identity development, website design/direction, DVD packaging, web/print ADs, and so on…
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