In formal terms that Brannigan video was horrible. The composition of the shots was terrible, the film guy cuts the rider's head off or misses the rider completely in half the shots, the video was probably shot in the middle of the day and the light is terrible, going from blown out hot spots to big dark shadows, the rider's out of focus most of the time, the colors are flat and brown, and the clip sequence doesn't make any sense. Even the logo at the end looks like 240p as seen through a kaleidoscope.
Basically it's perfect. I'll take a painfully Kiwi mate holding an out of focus handicam shielding his hangover from the brackish noon-day light with dark sunglasses over an unironic self-serious "artistic" BC freeride bro any day.
Here's the formula:
- Give a video camera to someone. Anyone, really.
- Have them point that camera in the general direction of a racer as that dude goes completely apeshit with their riding.
Compare that two minutes of Brannigan to this two minutes of his Trek teammate Brook, also in NZ. Roughly the same length, same location (New Zealand is all one place in my brain), and basically the same rider:
Brook MacDonald Charging - #notbad from Anthill Films on Vimeo.
I've watched that Brannigan video five times already, but getting me to watch that Brook MacDonald video again would look like this: