Tim..........    Lake

Who is Tim Lake?

Tim Lake is 20 year old film maker from the farming capital of the World, Devon. He enjoys the simpler things in life, such as writing in the third person, doing interviews for Getabmx and giving banter to other media squids at races.



Years shooting:

I tried to make a mini film of me and my mates in 2006, so I guess six years? Only properly for about two though.



What got you into filming?

I took media as a GCSE and I wanted to make films like the professionals did on Pinkbike. I think the first bike segment I ever watched was of Ben Boyko in CKD. I wanted to make that, so I bought a SD Handycam from Currys and went out with my mates to make a film. Unfortunately none of my mates were Ben Boyko, and I ended up filming us trying to clear the 15 foot long tabletop at the BMX track and seeing how many tyres we could clear. Still, it was a good crack. Then I started getting a bit more serious about it, and when I chucked all my eggs in one basket and took a BTEC in Media at college I bought myself a proper camera from videographer Mono Bartlett and started following the British Race Scene. I loved documenting races and loved being at them, so it progressed from there.



First video related memory:

I think it was when we started filming for my 'film' with my local mates. We pulled the Halfords specials out the garage, and cause it was pissing it down we went around the village trying to find some 'street' to film. What with Alphington being a tiny village full of OAP's there isn't a lot of interesting stuff, so those first clips consisted of riding off a large kerb at Lidl, and riding down a set of ten stairs outside the church. It was a laugh mind.



Best video experience:

Has to be the trip with the Wideopen Wobbler Rich Thomas to South Africa earlier this year. To be able to go to a country like that and have it subsidised from filming is like a dream come true. I've been to World Cups before but that was on another level. We went with Bernard Kerr and Mark Scott and the whole trip was just awesome fun. I would have paid for it all again just to go for the crack. We had a load of fun and even though the UCI have cracked right down on what anyone is allowed to film at a World Cup, I got a load of cool footage.



Worst video experience:

Erm, I don't think I've really had one that's really too bad. I've had a few moments that I'd rather forget. One was in Leogang, Austria at the World Cup last year where I'd just bought a new camera and walking down the track I grabbed onto the fence to stop me slipping on my ass. It turned out to be an electric fence which was turned on. Result, I slipped on my ass anyway and shorted out my camera. Luckily, it worked again later.


Other bad experiences are when my mates knock glasses of water onto my new camera I've just spent 5k on, and when I forget to charge batteries before a shoot. When you miss a rider you don't have any footage of because you're too busy giving everyone shit banter that’s annoying too.


Actually, scrap that. My worst experience ever was at the first race I ever filmed. I only got one interview all weekend, but it was a cracker, a two minute jobbie with the man Gee Atherton. I was stoked on it, and went to show my mates only to play it back when we're half-way home and find that there was no sound. This was because I hadn't turned the microphone on. I got rinsed a lot for that...



Advice for making a great video:

Make sure the Microphone is turned on.


A few other key elements are to get as much footage as possible and make sure your camera is set-up correct. You'll get a much much better image if your camera is set up in the right way. Colours are important as well as lighting. Then just get as many shots as possible, that makes the edit so much easier as you have so much more to play with. You can never have enough establishing shots too. Oh, and actually focus on filming, not talking, heckling, or piss-taking.



Three favourite film-makers:

First off it would have to be Brain Farm Cinema. They pretty much can take any sport and make it into something amazing. For anyone who hasn't watched 'Art of Flight' you've got to watch it, even if you don't like Snowboarding. The cinematography is immense.


Second is probably Clay Porter. His documentation of the MTB race scene is pretty amazing and something I look to do within my filming too.


Third is probably Stu Thomson. I mean four years ago MTBcut was a one man band who filmed Scottish MTB races, and now it's a successful business making videos for the likes of Channel 4 and every MTB company under the sun. All from someone who at one point was a World Cup level Downhill racer.



Film making highlight/achievement:

I haven't really had any one big achievement yet. Highlights wise, probably the AE National Champs 2010 in Scotland. I managed to produce the best video I've made there, and it was the shittiest weekend ever. It pissed it down all weekend, we camped in the freezing cold, we had to drive ten hours to get there, but all that said I had great fun and got some amazing footage. I still watch that video now and wonder why I can't produce that all the time!



Why do you make videos?

I love the feeling that you get when you've produced a video that you're genuinely stoked with. Or when you’re travelling home from a shoot knowing you have the right footage to make a rad edit. Also, working with some of the best athletes on the planet ain't bad!



Top five videos:

My 2010 National Champs video as I mentioned above. Filmed on a Sony FX1 and edited with FCP. It was shit weather all weekend and the track was pretty average, it was a ten hour drive and the uplift was pretty bad so there were no riders for long periods of time, but this is my favourite!

Wideopenmag.co.uk in South Africa: I think I love this video not because of its production merits, but because of the good times it reminds me of. Filmed on a Sony EX1R and Canon EOS550d, and edited with FCP.

My 2010 showreel is probably the best video I've edited. It may be a lame song, but it works and it's probably the most well-received video I've made. I love it!

My 2010 showreel is probably the best video I've edited. It may be a lame song, but it works and it's probably the most well-received video I've made. I love it!

Third, probably my BritTV trailer for this year. It's only short, like one minute, but I love how much action it's got for the time. Also the music gets you super super pumped!

Last but not least is a video I shot during an afternoon at Haytor on Dartmoor. I dunno why but I just love a lot of the shots I got that day. It was the first time I'd filmed with a DSLR, and I was really happy with the colours and stuff. Sick!



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