I’ve spent several years shooting photos alongside Garrett Reynolds and other BMX riders while they worked to create a new video part.
What I've learned? Filming a video part is a craft all its own — countless stressful moments on location, crashes, physical pain and endless hours of working closely alongside the videographer with the shared goal to create something everyone is truly proud to release.
Pedaling at the same line for over three hours, many return visits to a location for a specific trick or dealing with constant security issues — these are just a few of the situations Reynolds was forced to overcome to get the tricks he wanted for his newest video part.
Below, check out behind the scenes photos from the filming of Garrett Reynolds' latest video — UPDATE: Watch the full part here.
Tucked away in a corner of my local neighborhood is a super fun rail hop, which has been heavily sessioned by the crew over the years. If you look back at the original Fiend parts, you can see Reynolds 360ing over it years ago. Lately, however, the school has been a little bit of a bust. But as we pulled up that day we realized the front gate was wide open and some of the teachers and janitors were welcoming and allowed us to ride the school. That meant Reynolds could get this fun toboggan over the handicap rail. I guess you could say we got lucky and the stars aligned that day.
After seeing this rail in numerous Kevin Kiraly edits, we decided to make the short trek from our hotel in Sacramento, California, to go check it out. After riding it for a bit, Reynolds decided to get this tuck no-hander to ice pick down it.
Reynolds is taking a break from riding the amazing Embarcadero flat rail just outside of San Francisco. After both Ty Morrow and JJ Palmere got clips on it, Reynolds decided to give it a go and was able to get a trick on it for his part.
I think we could have all ridden these flat ledges on Berkeley campus for days – so many options. Reynolds takes the session all the way through the sunset.
This hubba ledge in Philadelphia has seen a slew of heavy tricks over the years. Shot on a Fiend trip back to the East Coast, in Philadelphia, Reynolds gets in a bar, ice, 180 — pulling it just in time to avoid the harsh fence shortly after.
This fun rail has seen countless progression from the riders in San Diego and is certainly no stranger to any Reynolds parts. This time, Reynolds with a bar, crank arm, to bar.
This is only the first section of the trick Reynolds pulled on the Embarcadero Flat rail: hanger, pop over grind, hard 360 over.
Pedaling as fast as possible through the wind just to make it up this massive 21-stair rail would be enough to wear anyone out. After a few breaks to catch his breath and to let the wind die down, Reynolds pedaled full-speed at this up rail in San Diego and even trick out of it, as you'll see in his full video part on May 14.
Being so close to Berkeley, while in Sacramento, we had to spend a day cruising campus. When we went to check out this infamous Berkley rail, it was nothing short of a nightmare. Hundreds of college kids walking all over and swarming in and out of the door right behind the rail. Luckily, the foot traffic slowed down during classes and after a brief wait Reynolds was able to get this bar, ice, bar.
It's always satisfying to have friends around — even better when you get to work with your friends on the video production. Here, videographer Tony Ennis becomes the subject of Reynolds' camera at the end of a day's shooting.
Watch the full video release of Garrett Reynolds' new part here.
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