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DOM ELT: On filming ‘Before The Fall’

Dom Elt just slapped us round the face with his new edit for Cult Crew, Before The Fall.  His casual domination of transition spots from southern England to mid Scotland is pretty staggering – just look at the way he cruises around Harrow skatepark, linking three separate bowl features together like it’s nothing.  Anyone who’s ridden there will know that’s all kinds of tricky.  Even just jumping the double in the clover bowl puts him in a very elite club.  Some parks in Scotland got the Dom treatment as well – Renfrew, Cowdenbeath, Inverness…  Dom found and handled some of the UK’s best and gnarliest concrete transitions.  He’s a harsh self critic, as is often the case with finesse riding like this.  We say, this edit bangs, end of.

Read on for some insights on the filming process with the man himself.

Video & photos: Will Whitehead

Q&A with Dom Elt

– What’s this edit all about? What was ‘the fall’?

When Will and I filmed our last edit, it just so happened that we started filming towards the start of 2020 and got all our clips by the end of the year.

With this video we figured we’d do the same, start filming at the start of 2021, if we had enough footage by the end of the year we’d put out another edit. However I managed to eat shit in the autumn, breaking my collarbone into three pieces and putting an end to my riding for the rest of the year. So that’s where the name comes from – the video is everything we managed to film before the fall of 21.

– Where and when was it filmed?

Was filmed mostly in the south of England with a few clips from a trip up to Scotland. First clips were filmed in March, last clips would have been October.

– Which were your fav places to ride in this?

I actually loved riding every spot in this video. I guess that’s why we got the clips we did.

Riding a new spot is always the best for me, so naturally loved the Scottish crust, hadn’t been to any of those parks before. The trip in general was a great time to be fair, had a good crew and got real lucky with the weather.

Stoked to hit a few trails spots as well. Shouts to all the locals for their hard graft and hospitality. Pretty psyched to get some clips from Avery Hill’s last big session.

“I found the last edit pretty stressful, sweating over some of the big clips, ya know? So for this project Will and I tried to keep it organic”

– Were there any clips that you knew you wanted before you went to each spot, or did you just play it by ear?

I found the last edit pretty stressful, sweating over some of the big clips, ya know? So for this project Will and I tried to keep it organic. We hang out and ride together all the time, so Will made sure to bring his camera to all the sessions. That way, if I felt like sending anything, or if Will wanted to get something, there was no stress or re visits.

Although, we did have to plan the Harrow and Oxhey park clips, but only as much as we had a rough idea of what we wanted to film and we knew we had to get there early in order to get anything.

As things progressed and we got a few clips that we liked, I did start to build a list of things I wanted to film… But didn’t actually end up getting any of them because I crashed before we even tried to plan. So bangers were replaced with B-roll sadly, ha sorry. Not what you want from an edit, however it does give you a good insight into fairly typical sessions.

– Do you have a favourite clip?

Not really to be honest. I enjoyed watching Will climb a tree at Cowdenbeath and straddle a branch in order to get an angle… Commitment right there!

Watching the raw clips back and hearing him complaining about his balls hurting on the audio was a highlight of the process, haha.

Chuffed with the clips we got at Harrow too.

– Tell us about that last clip… What’s that pocket like?

Oh boy… That pocket is horrible, there’s no pop on the lip going my way. Had to yank back to get over it. Made it fun, but was hard to get a tabe over it. Would’ve liked a better one, but I had nothing left by the time I managed to snap one.

In fact, I did try to revisit it with Martin to shoot it again, wanted the sun set as well as a better table. Had to be a Wednesday night for the bike night and for the sunset. Didn’t get a good Wednesday for months after.

– Any spots in this you’re desperate to go back to?

Nah not really, just happy to be back on the bike. Keen to ride new stuff and explore more.

– What’s coming up next for you?

More of the same really, just riding, digging and hanging with my pals. If I get any more videos in the process, then sweet!

Excited to get the trails running soon and excited for some trips abroad… hopefully in the not too distant future.


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