The Making of Brandon Semenuk’s “One-Shot” Segment

  • Published on Jul 29, 2015
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    Last week, Teton Gravity Research (TGR) and Anthill Films released one of the most acclaimed segments from unReal, Brandon Semenuk’s “One Shot” segment. It’s the first full segment in a mountain bike film shot in a single, continuous shot. The beautiful simplicity of the segment hides the extraordinary amount of work and coordination it took from the entire team to create. In this episode of Mind the Gap, we go behind the scenes in Cambria, California to show you how the crew pulled off this cinematic achievement.
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Comments • 181

  • GettingToasty
    GettingToasty 28 days ago

    awesome video guys turned out amazing

  • Russell McGinnis
    Russell McGinnis Month ago

    What camera would you recommend I get that's low profile but takes amazing video?

  • MrKfq269
    MrKfq269 2 months ago +1

    Was the trail left intact or did they have to restore the land? Awesome vid.

    • Bruce Johnson
      Bruce Johnson 4 days ago

      They restored it. You can see the course on Google Earth if you set Historical Imagery to 4/2015. It's near Cambria, CA off Highway 46 at : 35° 31' 51" N, 120° 59' 34" W.

  • Austin Gappa
    Austin Gappa 3 months ago

    is this trail still there to ride or did it get taken down after filming?

  • North 7
    North 7 3 months ago

    Why they Didn't used drone?

  • L Schmidt
    L Schmidt 4 months ago

    Yep, l thought it was drone too! You are all such artists!

  • Early_Al_i
    Early_Al_i 5 months ago

    bike: 2500 $
    Car: 1000$

  • Julianne Logan
    Julianne Logan 5 months ago +2

    Brilliance Brandon and the crew.

  • nitai matan
    nitai matan 5 months ago

    a perfect, complete grassy hillside was butchered just for this one shot for this one video. Well done. 0/10.

    • David Wales
      David Wales 5 months ago

      grass will grow back in a month mate

  • BananZa
    BananZa 5 months ago


  • Damien Macaluso
    Damien Macaluso 5 months ago

    Genius in planning, design and execution! The only thing that could have made the original video better, was to make this video to illustrate how it was done. Thank you!

  • ThatsLucko
    ThatsLucko 5 months ago

    You can try the 'one-shot' more than once. Sorry to break it to you...

  • Wendy CBright
    Wendy CBright 6 months ago

    Simply amazing!!!! Wonderful job

  • James Carroll
    James Carroll 6 months ago

    That’s sick guys. You killed it!

  • John Caleniuc
    John Caleniuc 7 months ago

    Wow what a fabulous insight in how you guys made such an epic short film. Congratulations to all of you for your dedication, commitment and flair. You're amazing.

  • Photography Australia
    Photography Australia 9 months ago

    my name is Jamison

    LHR BRAND Year ago

    When i saw this vid i was amazed mahola my dude 🤙🏼

  • CrooksYT
    CrooksYT Year ago

    Not gonna lie am kinda bummed that there wasn't a mastermind behind the shot

  • Steve Deasy
    Steve Deasy Year ago +1

    No furry creatures were hurt in the filming of this video. However, the habitat for many will be altered for generations for your viewing pleasure.

  • Sani Munawar
    Sani Munawar Year ago

    Tak kiro nganggo drone

  • mxv 2015
    mxv 2015 Year ago

    More AHoles scarring my planet!

  • Benjamin Laster
    Benjamin Laster Year ago

    i liked the video until i realized how much ground you had to fuck up for one shot. i thought tgr knew better. shameful

  • Travis Berenyi
    Travis Berenyi Year ago

    You know, there are these things called drones (lol!).....I would never have thought this was filmed in a truck. The stability of that camera is so unreal. Great job guys! :)

  • D 5
    D 5 Year ago

    So cool. What GREAT teamwork!!!!!!!!

  • Boom Hauer
    Boom Hauer Year ago

    curious where the budget for this kinda thing comes from?

  • Peter Lewis
    Peter Lewis Year ago

    What happened to the site after you were done? Was it reclaimed? Or did you leave it for other bikers to enjoy? And how did you get the landowner's permission? I'm not whining, just curious. Totally awesome!

  • Bagus Dana
    Bagus Dana Year ago

    The best shot. From Indonesia

  • Daniel Desmond
    Daniel Desmond 2 years ago +1

    Why did he change bikes and why didn't the film crew use a drone?

    • That Guy
      That Guy Year ago +1

      because he began the downhill session and the drone cant support the weight of a zoom lens.

  • Brad Raziano
    Brad Raziano 2 years ago


  • George Gividen
    George Gividen 2 years ago +3

    I've never seen someone who can accomplish the feats like Semenuk does and not even crack a smile.

  • Mububban23
    Mububban23 2 years ago +9


  • Matthew Jones
    Matthew Jones 2 years ago

    Why did he switch bikes

    • Declan Ryan
      Declan Ryan 2 years ago +2

      Looks like he went from a slopestyle bike, to a downhill one - that way he can nail the technicality of the tricks in the first section, and be super fast and flowy in the bottom section

  • Jeenius IAMa
    Jeenius IAMa 2 years ago

    Far beyond awesome !

    THOMAS FISKE 2 years ago


  • A D
    A D 2 years ago


  • Matthis Schroeder
    Matthis Schroeder 2 years ago +15

    This video was one where I really asked myself: " How did they film this?".
    Thanks for showing us how :)

  • NallePu83
    NallePu83 2 years ago

    That is a big gimball

  • batcrazy
    batcrazy 2 years ago +3

    way to destroy a beautiful mountain with your ugly track

    • Declan Ryan
      Declan Ryan 2 years ago +12

      Yeah thats a really good point... Its not like there were hundreds of other similar 'mountains' around, that didn't seem to be being used. And everyone knows that grass never grows back...

  • Beneath Blue Skies
    Beneath Blue Skies 2 years ago +1

    How many takes did you shoot before you got this winner?

  • Velogi - Pyöräilevä videoblogi

    Until now I thought my cycling videos are laborious.

  • PunkSkaful
    PunkSkaful 2 years ago


  • Shane Hooper
    Shane Hooper 2 years ago

    such a satisfying run to watch so smooth

  • Thiago de Deus
    Thiago de Deus 2 years ago


  • GeddyMX
    GeddyMX 2 years ago +61

    I can't imagine how much that whole gigantic truck-mounted gimble set up cost...

  • Karl Beadle
    Karl Beadle 2 years ago +69

    I saw this a quite a while ago and thought it was an epic long lens drone shot! just shows how wrong you can be

  • jivan shrestha
    jivan shrestha 3 years ago

    it was possible by drone. why didn't they captured?

    • Declan Ryan
      Declan Ryan 2 years ago

      to be different/unique

    • Luis Salvador
      Luis Salvador 2 years ago +1

      According to the director, the wind was a big problem when Semenuk was testing his line. It would have been impossible to stabilize a drone.

    • Jorge Carrillo
      Jorge Carrillo 2 years ago

      quality maybe !!

  • Thiago Gabriel
    Thiago Gabriel 3 years ago +14

    one of the coolest mtb movie I ever seen

  • Chris
    Chris 3 years ago


  • MrLeo
    MrLeo 3 years ago

    I'd have said you did use a drone... Very well done guys!

  • Nugenrules
    Nugenrules 3 years ago +5

    I had adrenaline just watching that

  • ANDREW_07
    ANDREW_07 3 years ago

    where is this place?

    • Loplopk
      Loplopk 2 years ago

      coast of california just north of slo

  • botnikproductions
    botnikproductions 3 years ago +2

    awesome shot! I was stoked watching this the first time in the cinema.
    But you have to admit there was a little post painting on 3:14. You can see the road on the right perspective but not in the actual video. nevertheless very good job.

  • John Fullmer
    John Fullmer 3 years ago

    Non of us are super film guys but we all have the same question. Why the epic glide cam and not a Drone? Someone please answer :)

    • John Fullmer
      John Fullmer 3 years ago

      Keith Moechnig that makes sense. I can now see why consistency is so important. You could never fly the exact same path with a drone. THANK YOU bro!

    • Keith Moechnig
      Keith Moechnig 3 years ago +1

      Doing the move on a truck is going to keep the move much more consistent- flying the same path on a drone 10+ times with solid framing the whole way down would be hellish.

    • Glen Stevens
      Glen Stevens 3 years ago

      did you see the one they used?

    • Nugenrules
      Nugenrules 3 years ago +1

      I can only think that the camera is way better than what can go on a drone? Although there are professional films with drones...

  • 25manfredo
    25manfredo 3 years ago +1

    fucking hell boys..... some talent all round there.... fuuuuuuck.

  • raphael hyde
    raphael hyde 3 years ago

    Stellar! Just stellar guys!

  • Joel Pittenger
    Joel Pittenger 3 years ago +23

    The realization of everything that has to go right for this shot to work almost puts me in a sweat! Amazing work.

  • Babooshka00
    Babooshka00 3 years ago

    Very impressive display, good job.

  • Luis Hernandez
    Luis Hernandez 3 years ago

    that's Fucking AMAZING...I appreciate the hard work you guys put into making this video. the end result is one of my favorite videos to watch...and that song is Fucking perfect!!!.

  • Evan Bak
    Evan Bak 3 years ago

    Brandon is currently sponsored by Subaru, but at the time, of the film, he was using a Toyota tacoma. UnReal was made before he got sponsored.

    • Declan Ryan
      Declan Ryan 2 years ago

      Its not really like there are any current subarus out on the market that would be suitable as a chase/camera car though unfortunately. Unless you want to go and buy a Baja :)

  • batcrazy
    batcrazy 3 years ago

    destroy a beautiful landscape so some idiot can ride on it with a mountain bike and make $$ -- nice guys

    • Declan Ryan
      Declan Ryan 2 years ago

      Wow you literally posted the same thing twice just to try and soak up more attention. Nice dude.

    • finny fin
      finny fin 2 years ago +1

      its fucking dirt all they have done is make some extra hills for fucks sake

    • Adam Brown
      Adam Brown 3 years ago

      +achilleze That old-growth grass will take generations before returning to its full splendor.

    • ᐃᑦᑎᓂᖅᓯᐅᑐᖅ ᑕᖅᓴᖅ
      ᐃᑦᑎᓂᖅᓯᐅᑐᖅ ᑕᖅᓴᖅ 3 years ago +1

      your house probably took out a bigger peice of landscape and made the landscape uglier than what they did in this video