Finlay Pretsell’s breakthrough as a filmmaker came in 2007 with Standing Start, a short film that combines his dual passions for cycling and filmmaking. The success of that film, nominated for a Grierson Newcomer Award, planted a seed for a feature, that would allow Finlay to communicate his ecstatic vision of what it feels like to ride and race. At the same time Finlay met Scottish-born cyclist David Millar, one of Britain’s most successful road cyclists, with stage wins in all three of the Grand Tours. This meeting started Finlay on the road to his directorial debut feature documentary TIME TRIAL.
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Tirreno-Adriatico 2013, Stage 6, Porto Sant'Elpidio to Porto Sant'Elpidio.
En route to Strada Cocciari Summit, Round 3.
The TV cameras had long gone. We had already witnessed top riders getting off their bikes and walking up the 30% gradient at the end of the climb. Way off the back, we kept waiting for Phinney to pass the climb for the 3rd time.Add your reaction Share
A few pointers from Finlay on shooting footage that is useful for us at the upcoming Commonwealth Games:
- Above all this is about the ‘fan's eye view’ of one of David’s last races. Don’t worry if people get in the way - let them come in and out of the frame.
- Don’t be afraid to shoot with your family, friends and colleagues all taking the race in, or setting up a picnic at the side of the road, or even shouting abuse!
- Long shots are good. Don’t be shy. Try and hold each shot for a minimum of 30 seconds if not longer.
- Shots of the crowd and environment are also very useful. If something catches your eye that you think is interesting, then film it.
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Iain Smith OBE, producer of 24: Live Another Day, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Fifth Element is to join the team behind a much-anticipated documentary on professional cycling as an executive producer. The David Millar Project will be an immersive film capturing the very essence of professional cycling, told from Millar’s point of view, with unparalleled access to pro races across Europe.
Millar, who just suffered an unexpected blow by being booted off Garmin-Sharp’s Tour de France Team, is being followed by director Finlay Pretsell all through his final season.
Pretsell, who himself cycled for Scotland in the past, said: “I’m thrilled Iain Smith is joining us, bringing a wealth of experience to the project – and a love for cycling. Yet again, our story has taken an unexpected and dramatic twist.”Add your reaction Share