Making NotBad in New Zealand


Andrew Shandro and Rene Wildhaber
The Frew Farm in Winton, New Zealand

Have you ever noticed how long the lists of people are in the end credits of a movie? Even a short film can have hundreds of names... it's hard to wrap your mind around all those individual contributions. But that's what it takes. There wouldn't be movies without small armies working behind the scenes trying bring them into being.

Gorge Road Dirt Jumps near Queenstown, New Zealand.
Andrew Shandro and Rene Wildhaber near Queenstown, New Zealand.

When Anthill and Trek's C3 riders traveled across the world to Queenstown New Zealand to shoot NotBad, it was the promise of world class all-mountain and DH trails, all-time dirt jumps and the open canvas of the Frew Farm that drew us there. Trying to film an entire 30-minute movie in less than a month with all the riders under one roof was not going to be easy. And we needed a huge diversity of terrain at our doorstep.

Air New Zealand over the south Island
Brett Rheeder goes over vert on the Frew Farm in Winton, New Zealand
Gorge Road Dirt Jumps near Queenstown, New Zealand.

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places in the world. But mountains are just mountains until people come together and shape them into a premiere riding destination. And so while the terrain in Queenstown was amazing, it was the people who made this whole movie truly come to life. There were literally hundreds of people on the ground in New Zealand who helped us along the way. They gave us their knowledge, their time, their sweat and even their food. They were our small army behind the scenes and we couldn't have made this movie without them. Thanks NZ!

Frew Farm in Winton, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand.
Frew Farm in Winton, New Zealand

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Starring: Brandon Semenuk, Brook MacDonald, Brett Rheeder, Cam McCaul, Andrew Shandro, René Wildhaber and Ryan Howard. Produced, written, directed and edited by Anthill Films. Presented by Trek in association with JBL, Shimano, Bontrager, and Pinkbike. Additional support for the film is provided by Tourism New Zealand, Air New Zealand, Destination Queenstown, Good Fortune Collective, and Immersive Media.

For more information about the film, visit anthillfilms.com/notbad