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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
Bucchianico to Porto Sant'Elpidio. Stage 6, Tirreno Adriatico.
This day started in the beautiful hill town of Bucchianico, in the mountains outside Chieti. We had wisely pre-installed a number of onboard cameras the night before, because they all take time to set up and to take the stress out of the morning – or so we thought.Add your reaction Share
Cycling Films and Scottish Documentary Institute are looking for budding volunteers to shoot, record and photograph pro cyclist David Millar during his last-ever races, in particular the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Called ‘Capture David’, this is a unique opportunity to collect images and upload them to an archive hosted by Cycling Films with the chance for the footage to be seen by David and to be included in the eagerly anticipated DAVID MILLAR PROJECT, a feature-length film directed by Finlay Pretsell.Add your reaction Share
After filming one week at Tirreno–Adriatico in glorious sunshine, everyone was expecting rain for Milan–San Remo. We weather-proofed all our cameras. At least it was not going to be as cold and snowy as in 2013.
Good thing about having done MSR '13 meant that when I opened the curtains this morning & saw light rain I said, 'Ah, that's not so bad.'— David Millar (@millarmind) March 23, 2014
But riding seven hours in relentless rain turned out to be worse. Probably only half the peloton actually made it to the finish. David's rear camera didn't survive. Everyone got soaked to the bones.
Today was insane. Rain, hail, sunshine then rain again. Flat tire with 90 to go, never got back. I like this race and I will be back to play— Nathan Haas (@NathanPeterHaas) March 23, 2014
Raw and unfiltered, here's a clip from Nathan Haas's bike during the breakaway:Add your reaction Share
A director's statement
I see cycling in a very different light. To me it is not sport, it is something abstract, physical, mysterious, brooding with intensity but at the same time very elegant.
I am a cyclist. In the past I raced all over Europe, I know the sport intimately. People often talk to me about it - who's going to win this race or that, how many miles have I ridden, what's my power output, what bike have I got? All of this detail does not excite me - they are tools, necessary but irrelevant. The physical and mental feeling of being on the bike, floating through the air, the meditation, but above all the filth and grit of the race, the strength required of mind and body, that is the fascination.Add your reaction Share