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.
Where do I even start? This is a project that I have been wanting to do for years. On the surface, it is merely a 3-year montage of footage I have shot using my Canon 7D since diving head-first into the realm of DSLR videography. But I feel strongly, that it is impossible to view this video from the surface. In fact, this video pulls you into the very depths of my heart and soul in ways I never thought possible. I stand strong in my conviction that I have never created anything in my life up to this point that harnesses and exposes that very same unfiltered heart and soul.
Simply stated… this is the most powerful work I have ever created.
I had a chance to sit down with Will Roegge and Skylar Smith while they were in town for Formula Drift and discuss the current state of the legislation to ban drifting inside Atlanta\’s city limits… and really try to touch on why Turner Field is such a special place for drifting.
I can\’t thank Will and Skylar enough for putting this piece together. It really conveys a strong, positive emotion about the epicenter of our drift community here in Atlanta. Plus, 300FPS slow-motion RED Epic footage in the rain just looks BREATHTAKING.