Where do I even start?
This digital film is the greatest gift I have ever given. This was created to be screened at my Jamie and Grace’s wedding… as a vehicle to help people understand the love between them. In the end, it served as much more. The storyline of the cinematic portion is essentially a metaphor for Jamie and Grace running off together and beginning their journey down the “Highway of Life”. This film created a chance for me to spend more time with them as a couple, and with the wedding party as a whole, to really get a solid understanding just how special their love is. You might even look at this film as my “seal-of-approval” as Jamie’s older brother… a proper send-off as they begin their lives together.
This film is hands-down my greatest work to date. To me, it marks a paradigm-shift in my abilities as an artist. I am no longer just a kid with a skateboard shooting video (although I shot parts of this with a skateboard). I have reached a level with my creative skill-set where I am able to effectively realize my vision… and execute it on a scale like never before. I have never attempted something like the cinematic portion of this film. Quite frankly, I was not aware that I was capable. It is safe to say that all of that has changed. I assumed a plethora of the roles to create this: Producer, director, cinematographer, editor, post-production/visual-effects. I stepped way outside of my comfort-zone, and the results speak for themselves.
This film could not be any more heartfelt. I am immensely proud of it… and my brother.
I am beyond excited that I can finally share this with the world.
I sincerely hope you enjoy it.
This video’s existence will make more sense if you head on over to Team Rowdy and read about the Hot Boy Car of the Year Contest (HBCOTY).
This video was planned, and the principal photography was executed in a matter of hours. As per the rules, it was shot entirely using iPhones (4s, 5, 5s). Unfortunately, all of those phones shoot at different frame rates (23.976, 24, 30, and 120fps)… and my 5s freaked out when trying to ingest all of the footage using iMovie for iPhone. So I had to edit this video with a computer this year… whereas last year’s entry never saw a computer once. It was shot/edited/uploaded directly on/from my phone (which still blows my mind).
This video was a BLAST to make. BIG BIG thanks goes out to Greg Thore and Byron Hill for helping me shoot this on a TOTAL whim, in the freezing rain until 4am. But like the cries of the opening line screams… “when it’s cold, and when it’s dark… the freezing moon can obsess you”. And that it did.
A short stylized animation I created at Artistic Image using fully-rotoscoped footage that I shot using a Canon 7D. I match-moved the scenes and used Trapcode Particular to create the chaos that trails behind the skateboarders. Rowbyte Plexus was used in the first clip as well. This project was an immense undertaking, consuming nearly two full-weeks of rotoscoping alone.I’ve had this vision in my head for well over a year, and it is really awesome to finally see it all come to fruition!
There are so many reasons I love skateboarding, I could never begin to count the ways… but these videos, to me… illustrate a key factor of that love. Skating is what you choose to make of it. The same can be said for drifting, or even life for that matter… but these two videos are a good example of what I mean.On one hand, you have this video,
Kilian Martin: Altered Route from Brett Novak.
The cinematography is as gorgeous and creative as the skating that Kilian is executing. The location is interesting, colorful, and there is a bit of a story/social commentary at play. Creativity all-around from every angle in this video.
On the other hand, DEER MAN OF DARK WOODS from Timebomb Trading Inc. strips skateboarding down to a raw form, filled with grit. Pure aggression. No fancy production, no color. Old fright-films and black metal set the tone for DMODW to destroy these barriers with an overall style that is very distinct.
While both videos feel polar-opposite in just about every sense of the word… in my eyes they share a common thread: making something out of nothing. At the end of the day, a skateboard is just a piece of wood with wheels on it. It is how you choose to approach what you do with that piece of wood that becomes interesting… and it is where you decide to take those things that really becomes something.