Editing Skistar

Wednesday, 8 May, 2024

Spending three days in the Swedish and Norweigan mountains to shoot some of the best bicyclists in Sweden.

Editing Skistar

It all started when I get a message from my friend Niklas that I hadn’t heard from in like 10 years.

Hey, I saw the stuff you did for Ryde at Gotland! I have this gravel race between Sweden and Norway that I think would be great if you could join and film?

After a few planning meetings I was in my car on my way up mid-north in Sweden. I arrived a day earlier than the others so I could have a full day of solo-recon.

Trip music

Quite often these long drive shoots ends up in a song on repeat. This turned out to be ”Nattbuss” and ”Puff Daddy issues” by Fricky. I think it has to do with me trying to plan, think through and visualize as mch as possible beforehand … then the same song becomes a catalysator for that. I don’t have to think about the music.

No second chances

The thing I both love and hate with this type of filming is the total lack of second chances. If I fuck up there are no all-nighters in the world that can fix it. Therefore preparation have become über important for me.

I always try to scout a location ahead of an upcoming shoot. Testing lights, lenses, and angles. But also saying hi to anyone working there to see if something unusual will happen at the time of the shoot: construction work, loud noises, or anything that might interfere with the shoot …

In this case I wanted to drive as much of the trail before we started filmning. Then I can scout locations, plus I can shoot a ton of b-roll and drone footage that would just slow down us all when we have started filmning.

During my recon day I noticed that the gravel was super dry. Driving above 15 km/h raised a big dustcloud just a few meters behind the car. This might be a huge issue since all the cyklists would be hidden in the dust … but it turned out to be the opposite. The dust added a lot of drama and action to the shots.

Driving above 15 km/h created huge dustclouds where I was filmning. This threatened to ruin the whole project … but it actually turned out the opposite.

scroll imgs: Telefon med karta, damm-moln, Niklas, Fredrik, tatoos, benskada

The setup

In Gotland we used a 4-wheeler to shoot the high speed riding. Here we only had a follow car. So we decided that I should be strapped in and sit in the trunk of the car, safety harness clipped in to the back seats and feets on the bikestand.

Worked perfect!


One of the things that turned out way easier that I expected was the communication with the riders. Initially we had talked about using radios and intercomms but since we were always infron of them I just shouted, piunted and waved my arms to communicate where and how I wanted them to form up if I needed som special shot.

Going from black to gray

What turned out way worse was the dust, it was bloody everywhere. It covered everything in the trunk I was sitting. To worsen it dust and air was backdraughted into the trunk while driving. We had to drive with open windows to even out the airflow.

Litterally everything got covered in dust, the only place that was clean was my air tight Pelican bag. So everything not beeing used I had to shove in ther. Unfortunately that didnt help. I had constant motor-malfunctions in the gimbal. My external screen shut down several times and sd cards malfunctioned so about 40 clips turned out to be corrupt.

After a very long, warm and überfun day we arrived in Trysil and I could get a beer and start working on the Zero Day Edit.

--> At breakfast day 2 I showed everyone the Zero Day Edit.

The zero day edit

The Zero Day Edit has become super important in my projects. It’s basically me spending a few hours in the evening of the first day of filmning. I do a rough cut of the clips from the first day of shooting.

Why is the Zero Day edit important?

It gets the team engaged and involved in the project if they early can see what the end result can feel and look like … or not look like … Without the Zero Day Edit all they see is me running around with what looks like a sub-standard camera rig.

I’ve had team members saying “Now I feel really inspired to push harder”. I’v had mothers of subjects tear up saying that no-one has portrayed riding in this way.

So after showing the Zero Day Edit we are more glued together and works as one unit.

The landscape

This area of Sweden and Norway is pretty amazing. The distances are huge, climbs are steep and the roads are narrow and sometimes hard to access.

So shooting b-roll takes forever. Google Mapping and driving to get a few minutes of drone footage or a rippling stream can take hours.

The final edit