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Synopsis

About The Old World

A film created by the tillmann brothers:
director & EP: Andi Tillmann – d.o.p.: Toni Tillmann – Head Editor & Art Director: Michi Tillmann
STILL PHOTOGRAPHY BY JULIAN MITTELSTÄDT
The Old World is the first dedicated European bike movie bridging the gap between mountain biking and BMX, but also between action sports movie and feature film. Four years in the making, The Old World was produced using the highest filmmaking standards in order to bring to the screen a premium sports movie. Remote fjords in Norway, magic Scottish Highlands, rough alpine mountains and metropoles like Paris were all visited by the team as they travelled for two years to capture the rich European riding landscape and its mountain biking stars.
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In a unique way, The Old World portrays the various disciplines biking has to offer while telling the story of imagination and passion. Something every rider, sports fan and dreamer can relate to. Did you ever ride the contours of the passing landscapes with your hand on the passenger seat? Did you ever stare into a beautiful picture and it becomes alive in your mind? It’s this kind of imagination we all share.
In an artistic side story we follow newcomer Bless Amada who plays the role of a passionate mountain bike fan and analog photographer on a mindtrip through an imaginary world that opens up a new dimension of biking.
Shot in a dedicated way each segment portrays a certain discipline, mindset and landscape to show the diversity of Europe’s riding culture and landscapes, capturing the essence of European biking.
The Tillmann Brothers: Toni (Director of Photography), Andi (Director, Executive Producer) and Michi Tillmann (Art Director, Head Editor)
The Tillmann Brothers are an award-winning creative filmmaker trio that share the same passion for film production and sports. Since 2013 the Munichs have been creating film projects together with their own film production company now called Tillmann Brothers. Their main focus are high class commercials and special interest content. Born in the digital age they bridge the world of classic film production and creative agency and deliver the full spectrum from creative campaign work, short formats like TV commercials and web edits to full movies.

Growing up in the mountains they are sportsmen by heart and when not working on their next project you find them slashing powder, climbing till there’s no skin left or pinning it on a mountain bike. Coming from a professional mountain biking background themselves and being deeply connected within this world they close the gap between athletes and filmmaker and creating The Old World for them was more than just another film but a passion project.
80
terabytes of footage
70k
photos shot
24k
kilometers traveled
97
days of photography
200
days of post-production

Making Of

A Look Behind The Scenes

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The Old Word though emerged from a different perspective as well. Being the first-ever European mountain bike film means that productions from Europe were lacking. Even though we have an incredible pool of talent here, so far the big productions always came from North America mostly featuring American landscapes and American athletes.

So here we have some of the biggest names in mountain biking and yet they never made it on the big screen? Exactly, that’s hard to believe and that is why we created The Old World.

TOW Exposed – The Official Behind The Scenes Series

Exposed – Poland
feat. Szymon Godziek & Nico Vink
Covering most of Europe, the UK was a strong focus of the Old World. Up in the Scotish highlands- an area that isn’t known for it’s dry weather- the topic of water was omnipresent for the film crew and athletes.
Exposed – Scotland
feat. Chris akrigg
Covering most of Europe, the UK was a strong focus of the Old World. Up in the Scotish highlands- an area that isn’t known for it’s dry weather- the topic of water was omnipresent for the film crew and athletes.
Exposed – La Poma
feat. Bienvenido Aguado, David Godziek, Nico SCholze, Diego Caverzasi
Covering most of Europe, the UK was a strong focus of the Old World. Up in the Scotish highlands- an area that isn’t known for it’s dry weather- the topic of water was omnipresent for the film crew and athletes.
Exposed – Strandafjellet
feat. martin söderström, emil johansson, simon johansson
Covering most of Europe, the UK was a strong focus of the Old World. Up in the Scotish highlands- an area that isn’t known for it’s dry weather- the topic of water was omnipresent for the film crew and athletes.
Exposed – Paris
feat. Matthias DAndois
Covering most of Europe, the UK was a strong focus of the Old World. Up in the Scotish highlands- an area that isn’t known for it’s dry weather- the topic of water was omnipresent for the film crew and athletes.
Exposed – Châtel
feat. Vincent Tupin
Covering most of Europe, the UK was a strong focus of the Old World. Up in the Scotish highlands- an area that isn’t known for it’s dry weather- the topic of water was omnipresent for the film crew and athletes.
Exposed – Berlin
feat. Bruno Hoffmann & Mo Nussbaumer
Covering most of Europe, the UK was a strong focus of the Old World. Up in the Scotish highlands- an area that isn’t known for it’s dry weather- the topic of water was omnipresent for the film crew and athletes.

The Protagonists

Featuring the Who Is Who in Europe

Martin Söderström
SWE
The definition of style and inspiration of a new, technical way of riding.
Emil Johansson
SWE
The new secret weapon of Europe and current benchmark for technical tricks.
Simon Johansson
SWE
The underdog that carries the Swedish style in his heart.
Szymon Godziek
POL
Poland’s number one trick machine that closes the gap between freeride and slopestyle.
Nico Vink
BEL
The undisputed god of airtime and manuals. There is nobody in this world that doesn’t like Nico Vink. Rockstar in the air and gentleman on the ground.
Bruno Hoffmann
GER
Burly and legendary. Bruno is an institution in BMX street and is not scared of heavy rail maneuvers.
Mo Nussbaumer
GER
Rather unknown on an international scene Mo stands for a smooth and technical riding style that will impress.
Matthias Dandois
FRA
You mix ballet, breakdance and BMX and you get Matthias. The smoothest and most creative flatland rider the world has ever seen.
Rachel Atherton
UK
The fastest and one of the most successful female racers of all time.
Chris Akrigg
UK
The british crowd-pleaser. Nobody makes unrideable stuff look as easy as Chris does.
Bienvenido Aguado
ESP
The Barcelona local worked his way up f rom local hero to world star and is riding competitions around the globe while impressing with his signature bag of tricks.
David Godziek
POL
Dawid transferred from BMX to mountain biking and man did he make a statement! One of the heaviest contenders for the top step on the podium right now!
Diego Caverzasi
ITA
The Italian stallion is known for his mega technical big bag of tricks and italian humor.
Nico Scholze
GER
The young German rider impresses on a daily basis with his signature style and motocross inspired tricks.
Vincent Tupin
FRA
Vinny T is what you call a talent. Nobody looks as wild yet smooth on a  bike. You think he will loose control but he adds another maneuver on it. The most enjoyable way of watching someone ride a bike. Fullstop!
Bless Amada
GER
Up and coming actor from Munich that will still make an impact.