From the first images leaking out of Life Cycles' editing bays, it's easy to see this will be a film like no other: Cam McCaul back-flipping above a wheat field in Saskatchewan, Canada; shots of dust hanging in the air as Mike Hopkins charges down a steep slope of loose dirt. The DVD : Life Cycles is meant to be about the riders, and the deep connections they have with the bike. But it is also about the art of filmmaking and capturing unique, attention-grabbing action sequences. To achieve this, the film is being shot with the new high-definition Red digital cameras created by Oakley founder Jim Jannard.
Gibb and Frankowski first began discussing the project in 2004 and started shooting in the spring of 2007. Since then, they have amassed more than 1,000 gigabytes of raw footage-and they still have more than half of the film left to shoot. Life Cycles will feature Darren Berrecloth, Mike Hopkins, Matt Hunter, Cam McCaul, Brandon Semenuk, Thomas Vanderham and several other top riders. In addition to Canada, the film was also shot in Iceland, Japan and the United States.