Insider’s Guide: From Fell to Forest’s Sam Needham talks to ChopMTB

When Sam Needham sent us his latest all-mountain edit, From Fell To Forest, we were blown away so, we thought we’d let the man himself fill you in…

The idea

Set amid the dramatic hills and calm waters of the UK’s Lake District, From Fell To Forest is a short film that takes us on an epic journey as Sam Flanagan, Ben Whitehead and Matt Wight become immersed in a land with no shortage of amazing trail riding that’s intricately woven into the Cumbrian slopes.

The location

The first location to film was Gatesgarth Pass above Hawes Water, a trail that elegantly snakes its way across the fell and subjects you to some amazing views and flat-out descents over loose rock and shale turns.

The second day, we moved across to visit the new black run at Grizedale Forest, a trail that shows a slightly different side of riding in the Lakes. The trail, although short, has got some nice sections that are fun, so I’d say it’s worth the ride.

The equipment

For all wondering about some of the ‘technical’ details of how and what I used to shoot the film, here is a wee list of what gear was lugged up and down and up and down the Cumbrian hillocks:

  • All footage was shot with a Nikon D4 with a Rode Mic Pro. The D4 is a monster when it comes to DSLR film work.
  • A mixture of glass was used, but I mainly captured the action through the focus of the Nikon 24-70mm F2.8, 50mm F1.8 and 70-200mm F2.8 VR lenses.
  •  A B Hague Junior Jib and Dolly were used along with your normal video tripods.
  • Copious amounts of tea and coffees were gulped in the editing stage of the film, which I put together in Final Cut Pro X.

The riders

Sam Flanagan

Ben Whitehead

Matt Wight

Behind the scenes

Filmed and edited by Sam Needham

Directed by Robin Puplett

I hope you enjoy the film and that it makes you want to pick up the steed and take to the hills. A huge thanks to all who have watched From Fell To Forest, and all who were involved in the making of it – Sam Needham.

You can see more of Sam’s work on his website.