Video: Matt Jones, Frames Of Mind

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November 15, 2017

A new video from Red Bull, showcasing UK freestyle mountain biker Matt Jones doing some incredibly creative tricks in the woods. Not only is Matt a phenomenal rider, exhibiting great serenity in the air, but the video is really nicely edited too, with rotoscoped sections showing little previews of Matt, and sparing artistic use of slomo plus various audio effects.

Make a cup of tea and relax for five minutes of incredible riding, and stick around for some fantastic out-takes at the end.


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If you want to see that log stomp again, you can find a gif here. While we’re perhaps used to seeing this kind of riding from British Columbia, this is from Rushmere Country Park, near Leighton Buzzard. You know, near Milton Keynes, in Bedfordshire.

Matt Jones - Frames of Mind
Just casually knocking the back of his front wheel into a tree on the way by, just as most of us do on a Sunday ride.

Full release: “Tuesday 14th  November – Today sees the launch of rising freeriding star Matt Jones’ first production entitled Frames of Mind. The film, which uses gripping rotoscoping techniques, shows how Jones visualises tricks and pushes MTB freestyle skills to the very limit, providing a fresh view into how elite athletes use sports psychology to compete at the highest level.

“Filmed on his own purpose built trail at Rushmere Country Park, the latest film sees Red Bull’s young gun demonstrate unique tricks including world-firsts in freestyle mountain biking: Bum Slide, 270 Rim Bonk, Hitching Post Flip to Feet, Decade Tsunami, Superman Backflip to tuc no-hander.

Matt Jones - Frames of Mind
“The Butt Slide”

“Within the film, an advanced editing technique ‘rotoscoping’ was used by Cut Media to enable the audience to see what going through Matt’s head  as he prepared for seemingly impossible tricks. This required an intricate process, cutting out countless sequential frames, in order to create the floating ‘traces’ seen in the final production.

Matt Jones - Frames of Mind
Matt’s visualisations are probably a but less smeary than this.

“As an athlete in a high-risk sport, Matt Jones works closely with top Performance Mentor Gary Grinham to help him maintain a winning mentality in the run-up to competitions and in his comeback after injury. Grinham commented: “The most important thing that you must do is accept the worst possible outcome. You will never perform your best if, while you are competing, you are thinking about getting hurt. Once this is done, it will allow you to perform free and without worry.”   Their partnership was the inspiration behind the film. Matt Jones was forced to visualise his tricks with very little physical practice when he broke his wrist following a crash at Crankworx Rotorua, weeks before filming started.

Matt Jones - Frames of Mind
We see: an obstacle. Matt sees: A landing.

“Matt Jones, now 23, has been mountain biking since the age of ten, spending as many hours building jumps as he has riding them. He first emerged onto the British dirt jump scene while still at school, before winning his first international competition in 2016.

Matt Jones - Frames of Mind
The light trail makes this look like a really uncomfortable ricochet.

“Jones commented: “Landing a trick you’ve been building up to is the best feeling. It’s all about visualisation. Once it feels familiar it comes down to getting on my bike and trying it for real. From take-off to landing, you can run through it all in your head before you get in the saddle. I already know the jump work, height limitations, airtime; the entire trick from start to finish. I can figure out so much about a trick just by visualising it; working through the physics in my head and imagining how it feels.”

Matt Jones - Frames of Mind
Most UK riders haven’t thought about this kind of thing since they last owned some Hot Wheels toys. Bit of weekend DIY, anyone?
Matt Jones - Frames of Mind
Looks like they accidentally included some organics while building that landing.

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