DVD review: Brighter
Just released and ready for you to consume, its Brighter…
First impression right away is the organic, green hue of Brighter which sets the tone for a laid back video. Heavily post produced the entire feature has a surreal tone to it with the majority of shots edited in some way. Great use of rider titles and slick editing, the Brighter crew are definitely skilled behind an editing console.
The editors went buck wild with the lens vignetteing in post production giving the majority of the shots a looking-through-a-keyhole effect. Its a cool effect used by many photographers including myself. After watching Brighter I felt right away there was a time and place to watch it and that would be on those warm, lazy Sunday afternoons after you are done riding. The chilled out (for the most part) soundtrack and organic visuals should make you want to hit the couch. The clips distance themselves from hyper realistic HD shots which can sometimes make the riding too obvious and sterile.
The riding and spots are as good as any other film with the guy freeriding on narrow bridges 15 feet up in the air, running Skyway mag-like wheels standing out for me. Along with the main feature are the standard extra features with B roll material as well a tour of the Transition Bikes warehouse. Cool to see more rider owned and operated bike companies.
Although new school in many ways this video took something from when the action video started and that is a narrative to join all the riding sections together. Pointless and unentertaining I would rather have seen more of their brightly beautiful stop motion or hillside shots. Overall Brighter will be unique on your DVD shelf for its well produced, natural aesthetic mixed together with dudes hucking off huge jumps.