Ben Scott teamed up with pioneering BMX rider Kriss Kyle to create a kaleidoscopic optical extravaganza for Red Bull and Sony.
This stunning riding film incorporates moving set pieces and dynamic filmmaking techniques to create something truly imaginative from the mysterious mind of first-time director Scott. Impressive in his own right, BMX wunderkind Kriss Kyle is a resident of Dumbarton’s Unit 23 skate park and is widely celebrated as an explosive young talent with total commitment to the craft.
Ben Scott was enlisted to create one of the most innovative BMX sets ever for his first turn behind the camera. Concepting moving ramps and optical set pieces, Ben and Kriss closely collaborated to create a set that is visually striking and perfect for breathtaking riding. Consequently, the film features amazing tricks and never before seen visual effects.
On directing for the first time, Ben Scott says: “I have been on film sets all of my career, and have seen most things, but nothing really prepares you for an athlete coming to you in the middle of a shooting day and saying, ‘you know that 38 foot drop combo, well, I thought I might do it backwards.’ Now that’s scary.”
The film was widely celebrated upon release and picked up a Gold and Silver at the Creative Circle Awards. “Kaleidoscope” also received a Gold Entertainment Lion at Cannes. Hype Beast mused on the spot as the most inventive BMX video of all time, stating: “the new piece from Red Bull sees the 23-year-old Stranraer-born rider performing some of the best stunts around as he navigates an insane course that features everything from ramps and rails to seesaws and trampolines.”
Enjoy the spot above and go behind-the-scenes with director Ben Scott: