Reed Stark came out to California with three days worth of clothes and a bloodlust for chunks of steel. Navigating and executing by day, moving under veil of tree-cast shadows by night, searching hours just for a safe floor to sleep on. All it took was one wrong step and Reed’s quest was forestalled until next season. With ice on foot and spoils in hand, Reed hitchhiked back to the Midwest to devise his next excursion into the jungle.
Coordinated by BSD. Thumbnail photo by Tristan Afre.
For the sixth installment of #TUESDAYSATTIP we brought Craig Passero and Marv Morales around to sprinkle the ramps with some Long Island seasoning. The heat was high but we found some shade and spent the whole afternoon having a great time riding the ramps and soon the next crew will do the same.
BMX Day was celebrated all around the world this weekend and in Chicago shit was goin’ off. Due to airline chicanery I almost didn’t make it but I’m so glad I did. Dan Lacey was the ringleader of the event and Brian Kachinsky showed us around the shoreline of the Windy City for a few hours before the rain put things on hold. Austin Aughinbaugh ended up with the Street Series ring but it was a tough call with Dan Kruk, Joe Jarvis, Dylan McCauley and Carlo Hoffmann hot at his heels. Derek Strong has a standout clip on the kinker while Mike Stahl put in some work on a clip that I’m sure he’s since gone back to get. Jeff Dowhen almost killed a man with his bike. Grant Castelluzzo was there stealing my angles and Mike Hinkens was looking dapper as always. Someone’s forks snapped at the end and the whole day was pretty crazy. I got wrapped up in the moment quite a bit and I’m pretty loud throughout this entire edit and lucky for all of us I recorded the whole day… I could only edit down to 41 minutes but I think with this amount of footage you’ll get a pretty good understanding as to what a completely awesome day on a BMX bike with a ton of great people in the Midwest is really all about.
Our entire day was dedicated to the life and memory of Glenn Salyers who undoubtedly would have destroyed every spot we went to.
We gathered three of today’s most prolific filmers (Tony Ennis (Deadline), John Hicks (Onsomeshit) and Christian Rigal (Markit)) to spark productivity and inspire creativity in anyone looking to advance their camera-using skills. We talk experience, travel, music, gear and more… Tune in!
If you’ve got any questions, just leave them in the comments. Listen to this on SoundCloud below and on iTunes here.
0:34 – “Still Searchin'” (End Search sequel that never happened)
1:40 – Christian talks about a sequel to Markit Zero and his new RED camera
5:47 – Hicks speaks
7:13 – Christian talks about dividing time between camera and bike and his newfound passion and respect for still photography
11:46 – Tony talks about his current projects and the Garrett Reynolds Red Bull video
14:34 – “Did you ever think you’d be in the position you’re in now as filmers?”
18:38 – Tony talks about his riding career and what gets him psyched and filming Deadline with dying cameras
22:31 – The importance of music in editing
28:47 – We talk about the diminishing amount of physical DVD’s being made
30:14 – Christian talks about filming with Tate Roskelley in 2009 and a video of a 14 year old Chad Kerley
34:14 – We talk about how Connor Lodes shot a cover of RideBMX and how Christian trusts him and Chad to film when he’s riding
37:19 – Everyone talks about their first cameras
41:18 – Reader questions (fish or long? any formal education in video? craziest thing that’s ever happened while out filming? (funny story about Mike Jonas) how does it feel when you eat shit filming? How long do you spend editing any given video? favorite editing software?
50:29 – Do you do video work outside of BMX?
52:40 – Tony alludes to a second Deadline video
53:57 – Export settings
57:12 – Rollerblades / filming boards
58:37 – Post production habits
1:01:46 – Preferred shutter speed?
1:04:32 – Rokinon / Pro Optic / off-brand fisheyes are sharpest at f/8
1:05:24 – Getting shit stolen
1:07:57 – Getting insurance for your gear
1:09:18 – Tripods
1:13:09 – Left eye or right eye?
1:14:38 – Christian’s bag(s)
1:18:30 – Tony’s bag
1:21:38 – Hicks’ gear
1:22:44 – Advice to beginners
Posted in Gear, Interview, Podcast, Tech, Video
Tagged Christian Rigal, Filming, John Hicks, Music, Scott Marceau, Tony Ennis, Video Editing, videography
Joe Simon explains his methods and reasoning for ramped slow-motion footage citing his Chase Hawk “Austin, Texas” project from last year.
The idea was a simple one- do an Instagram Slam at Sheldon skatepark on a Sunday afternoon. Somewhere it got completely out of hand… Probably right when Reed Stark called out the most ridiculous gap to smith ever, and that was less than 20 minutes into the session! I want to mention first that Kilian Roth, in town with Cult from Germany, earned the MVP for the day even with a hefty language barrier and after he ripped his finger in half… You won’t forget his name. Jake Seeley was on a mission to appease his friend’s requests and spent a good deal of time on his pegs. Stevie was ON FIRE- he probably should have had his own filmer. Justin Shorty– the winner of Reed’s bike from the Onsomeshit/BSD jam the day before- adapted to his new ride in no time flat and started sending it. Traffic started to pick up around 1 o’clock and skateboards were flying every which way. People were crashing into things and each other like magnets. When Andrew Castaneda wasn’t busy boosting huge tables, he was pioneering grinds on the A-frame rail. Edwin and Hoder swung through to kick it and we saw Ed’s first barspin all year. Rocco made his presence known with some wild maneuvers that may become his signatures. Austin Aughinbaugh showed up and did possibly the longest smith grind ever done on a skatepark rail. Robbie was there but unfortunately his front wheel was not in working condition so he was forced to spend the entire six hours in a manual around the perimeter of the park… Then some kid punked him out and took his bike on a quick joyride. Brandon Begin snuck a few clips in then disappeared into a cloud of smoke. And then, just when we thought things were winding down, Sean Ricany shows up and shuts shit down- literally.
All-in-all, we are considering this the most epic Instagram Slam ever (we are sure you’ll agree) and possibly #50 in the series… If anyone wants to count ’em, we’d appreciate it. Thanks to Galactic Seabass (and Reed) for helping with camera duties. Thanks to everyone who participated by commenting on @thecomeupbmx. Look out for the next one!