A while back I shared an amazing clip that showed what it would be like for mountain bikers if dirt could fall from the sky like snow. In the winter months, snowboarders and skiers get to experience those rare days where the weather conditions are perfect, leaving the mountain covered in a fresh blanket of snow. Because these conditions don’t happen every day, there is always a sense of urgency to get onto the mountain to be one of the first to hit a fresh run. The idea of the video was to show that same sense of urgency in the world of mountain biking. What would it be like if a dirt blizzard covered the runs with a blanket of dirt? Now we get a behind-the-scenes look into what it took to create this unreal scene as well as the tools they used to capture it.
In order to give the viewer a sense that it was snowing dirt, the UnReal team used some modified leaf blowers to spread peat moss around each scene they were filming. Because they wanted to keep everything a secret, they needed to film in the early hours of the day before the mountain was open to the public. Each scene took up to a few hours to prepare for shooting so the team had to be certain the location was what they wanted. The video mentions that because so much preparation was needed at each scene, almost every scene was used in the final production.
What do you think? Are you ready to go out and buy some peat moss and a leaf blower?