I’ve never met Vittorio Platania, I only know him by his work. I know that after every World Cup there is a delay, a wait, anticipation…the days drag, but eventually the Tri Ride video edit comes out online. They are always beautifully filmed and edited, and they tell the story of the race. I needed to find out more about this Vittorio guy…
From Dirt Issue 124 – June 2012
Words by Mike Rose. Photos by Victor Lucas and Vittorio Platania.
What I found was an intelligent, humble, smart, honest and proud Sicilian. Confident in himself and his ability, but always asking himself questions. He’s not your average mountain bike film maker.Dirt: So who is Vittorio Platania?
Vittorio: I am Sicilian to my bones. I have studied philosophy all my life, in which I also did my masters and PhD. Honestly, I still don’t know how I got myself into mountainbikes, I just know that it makes me very happy. I love MTB, even though, thanks to my love for it, I have had three shoulder dislocations, a broken tooth and four broken ribs. I make a very good impression of Marlon Brando in the Godfather…so they tell me.When did you first pick up a camera and start filming?
I started filming almost as a joke with a very old Super 8 camera my dad owned, this when I was at school. At the time I projected my movies on a white wall. I still have that camera and I am seriously thinking about using it for one of my next videos. It would be very cool I think, who can beat black and white and 4:3 of super 8?>>