When We Were Knights- A Story of Best Friends


How can you express everything that you want to somebody you love, knowing that if you don’t, that might be the last opportunity that you have? That is a reality that we all face, but for BASE jumpers, the risk of death sometimes results in something amazing and unexpected – love. this mesmerizing short film makes you smile; it makes you cry and it makes you appreciate the bond athletes share as they risk their lives for things we grounded folk scratch our heads at.

When We Were Knights, the story of Matt Blank and Ian Flanders’ friendship, is as unapologetic as it is magical and charming. As the narrator puts it, “You either live a genuine life that’s true to who you are, or you don’t. Our genuine life was one that was full of risk. So that’s the life we lived.”

This is the real story of a pure love between two friends in the face of risk and tragedy.

A GoPro / Camp4 Collective Production

Directed and Edited by Anson Fogel
Primary Footage by Matt Blank and Ian Flanders
Produced by GoPro and Camp4 Collective
Music by Keith Kenniff / Unseen-Music.com
Sound Mix by Jeffrey Yellen / RidgelineSound.com
Color by Anson Fogel

Additional Footage Courtesy of: Sean Chuma, Renan Ozturk, Joey Schusler, Kevin Bennett, Donald Schulz, Mike Naddor, Dan Dupuis

Also appearing:
Brenden Weinstein, Matthew Kenney, Cengiz Cocak, Jill Kuzman, Domonique LaFleur, Charles Kurlinkus, Dan Dupuis

“To Much Time On My Hands” by Styx, Copyright 1981 A&M REcords, Courtesy Universal Music Group

All words written and spoken by Matt Blank are solely his without other authorship.



  • Terry Greenwood

    Yes, you should tell people how important they are to you and how much you care. Always.
    And …always look to be genuine to who you are. Always.

    Thanks for sharing

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