Clay Porter - 3 Minute Gaps

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Release date: 2011
Run time: 01:11:26
Director: Clay Porter

Tracklist / Soundtrack
Section: Artist - Title

  1. The Qemists - Your Revolution
  2. Seb Taylor - Eerie Times
  3. Rob Zombie - Dragula
  4. Tony Morales - Controversy
  5. Jakalope - Pretty Life
  6. Brady Ellis and Mark Moore - Subversion
  7. Alice in Videoland - Lay Me Down
  8. Brady Ellis - Transformectomy
  9. Seb Taylor - Trail Ripper
  10. The Qemists (ft. Wiley) - Dem Na Like Me
  11. The Bloody Beetroots - Butter
  12. Kays Alatrakchi - Restless Reason
  13. Kays Alatrakchi - Dissention
  14. Zebra and Giraffe - The Inside (USB Human Remix)
  15. Tony Morales - Cold War
  16. Jonathan Greer - Highwire
  17. Seb Taylor - Breaking Strain (Epic Tribal Mix)
  18. Walter Werzowa - Chaos Theory
  19. Brady Ellis - Disaster Blaster
  20. Shiny Toy Guns - Major Tom

For two years the crew of 3 MINUTE GAPS have followed the world's best mountain bike racers around the globe documenting them as they trained, prepared, rode, ate, traveled, raced, celebrated, commiserated, and made sacrifices simply because of the weight of ambition to be the fastest. There is no truer, more accurate and intimate depiction of the hallowed worlds of the very best World Cup rider's than 3 MINUTE GAPS.

Filmed in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, and every round of the 2009 and 2010 World Cup Series and World Championships.

Director Clay Porter has traveled the world capturing a story of triumph and struggle.

From multiple World Champions to future World Champions - including Gee Atherton, Sam Hill, Aaron Gwin, Sam Blenkinsop, Brendan Fairclough, Greg Minnaar, Andrew Neethling, Danny Hart, Matti Lehikoinen, Ben Reid, and Josh Bryceland - this film chronicles the new breed of racers who are re-shaping modern downhill racing, and indeed, riding.

This movie is more than a Post-It note stuck on a page of mountain bike history, it is a leather bound pop-up book printed on sheets of polished stone with a crystal ball for the contents. For years to come this movie will still be referenced in conversations and discussions about when riding was re-imagined.


Nik David,

Last night I got the chance to check out the new film from Clay Porter and John Lawlo called 3 Minute Gaps. It was a two-year project that documents the lives of a handful of some of the fastest World Cup MTB riders as they battle it out on the circuit. The riders included Gee Atherton, Sam Hill, Aaron Gwin, Sam Blenkinsop, Brendan Fairclough, Greg Minnaar, Andrew Neethling, Danny Hart, Matti Lehikoinen, Ben Reid, and Josh Bryceland. This movie has been said to be the most anticipated bike film of the year and filmmakers Porter and Lawlo have quite a reputation to boot.

The film was structured so that the main storyline was that of the World Cup itself. Early on in the film, the story focused in on the tension between Gee Atherton and Greg Minnaar as they battled for the overall title. The film’s race coverage was broken up by more personal interview and montage segments that focused in on each rider’s story, struggles, etc. within the framework of their racing careers. During Aaron Gwin’s segment, for example, there would be a riding montage along with his interview and additional interview footage of other figures in the film talking about him. The order of these parts seemed somewhat random, yet after only watching the film once, I may have missed out on reasons for their placement. The main criticism I have of these segments is that the interviews were filmed in a way that for me, made them nearly unwatchable. The filmmakers used intense and constant rack zooms that I assume were to create a feeling of suspense. I found them very distracting and the amount to which this technique was used ruined the interview segments for me. Early on in the film, I counted 3 rack zooms in one 5 second interview clip. The shot moved quickly from a wide shot right into a rider’s face, then racked back a bit, then again racked all the way into a close-up.

Another criticism I have is the use of multiple shots of one particular turn or jump in the film. This was done during each rider’s personal segment. For example, Aaron Gwin’s last air in his segment appeared to be filmed from a few different angles and the filmmakers decided to show that one air using adjacent clips. This came across as a gaucherie, rather like the tendency in B action movies to show multiple angles of the same explosion.

Luckily, the cinematography of the riding was amazing. Porter and Lawlo definitely know what they are doing when it comes to making riding look sick. And, of course, it helped that they had some of the best riders in the world to film. Many of the shots used during the rider’s personal segments were filmed with a cable cam and a crane or dolly was often used on both racing shots and freeriding shots. These types of shots always look great, plain and simple. There was one dirt jump segment in particular that I thought was filmed very well and was a great change of pace in a primarily race movie. Despite the minor breaks in continuity and some questionable stylistic choices, the film ended strong by showcasing the intensity, both mental and physical, of Greg Minnaar and Gee Atherton’s battle to the top.

Overall, I give this a 3 out of 5.