THE FILM
THE FILMMAKER
THE RIDER
THE PRODUCTION
THE RACE
THE ISLAND
 

The Production

One Man's Island might also be described as One Man's Film; its making was as much of an adventure as the story it sought to capture. "My own dream was to make my first feature film. I told Mark that if he went, I would quit my job and go with him." With support from family and friends, Riddihough invested everything he had and went to the island for the 3 months leading up to the race. Post-production took place in Toronto, Canada, over the following fall & winter.

Using the latest generation of digital video cameras allowed Riddihough to act as his own director, cameraman and sound-recordist. The result was an intimate & spontaneous working relationship between filmmaker and subject. "There are many moments in the film that only happened because I was working alone"

Principle photography utilized a Canon XL1S DV digital camera while a second DV camera was built into Gardiner's race bike. Riddihough was undaunted by the prospect of shooting a race without a crew to cover every angle. "I embraced the fact that the audience only sees the race from Mark's point of view. I didn't want you thinking about who was winning or loosing but only to focus on Mark's pursuit of his dream"

 

Riddihough also stuck to a rigid principle of constructing the film using only images and sounds recorded on location. The film contains no extra-diagetic music or sound effects. "I wanted to leave the audience to draw their own conclusions. All too often documentary filmmakers use music to tell their audiences what to think. It's the easy way out."

One Man's Island is an entirely independent production. "I made this film because it was a great story…" Ironically, Riddihough was told by Canadian film funding agencies that the story was not "Canadian" enough. "…that's when I decided to make it myself. To be Canadian is to dream outside our borders. In that respect this is a typical Canadian story."