Check out some behind the scenes photos here. How great is the name “Between Two Coffees”? I am there right now.
Title – Welcome to the Academy
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 35mm f1.8 DX
1920 x 1080 HD / 16:9 / 24fps
Music: Miracle Fortress – Raw Spectacle
From the album – Was I The Wave
The skatepark at the time of filming was yet to be completed and the deadline for the project was a week before the official launch date, so we had to work around unfinished areas, missing copings, and continued building work. So it was decided to shoot close cropped views of the park to excite the viewer and generate interest to visit the park.
The ceiling lights were a mix bag of fluorescent so we decided a monochrome theme would make the park look more established and classic whilst removing the colour issue. Sports wise we drafted in some locals and really didn’t need anything to groundbreaking, again the emphasis was on the park rather than the riding or skating. The final promo was also very graphically heavy to further establish the brand identity, and drill the new logo and park into the viewers head.
Feedback has been great so far and park is open for business.
Which has brought us to The Sony Production Awards:
“For a lot of people who are watching and to a lot of riders who participate it is a major event. Last time I’ve been at Simple Session was in 2010, where I focused on filming most of the riding and to be honest thought that that was what I needed and wanted to film. Through recent years I’ve discovered that filming only riding gets boring over time and it does not give me the same satisfaction on completion as it used to before. Therefore this year I’ve decided to take a different path to this event and my newly acquired camera gear allows me to explore more possibilities than before.
I approached it from a different perspective and wanted to catch the beauty of the tricks, the people themselves, their emotions, the moments that the viewers don’t really get to see while sitting at home or sitting at the venue itself. Another aspect was to enjoy myself more and feed from the riders, the atmosphere surrounding and to meet new people. Of course the trickery that was unleashed was no doubt insane, however I got to enjoy it more than I did before, simply because creating something artsy and about the people is so much more rewarding.
I got to talk with Misha Rostomyan who is a very soulful rider and about the transformation of his style of riding as to where it was and where to it’s heading. Be on the lookout for some very interesting way of riding. Since I could not film the finals due to that only those who had STAFF badges could, I got to hang out with the Subrosa team and just goof around.
Also I tried filming skateboarding this year, however due to lack of knowledge and understanding I have unfortunately failed to capture a whole lot of it.
However, due to this and the fact that I could not film the finals I did get to experience my other passion, which is photography. Again my choice/direction was to capture the riders in their own element with both analog and digital cameras. Check the photos here:
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- Canon 7D
- Tokina 11-16 mm f 2.8
- Glidecam HD-2000″
“This is a personal project that I wanted to do for quite some time. Single location in order to get some directed filming, one rider (Panos Manaras) and an edit to combine regular, slow & fast motion. Four cameras and three filmers participated in this in order to cover the angles we thought were the most interesting. Personally I have been riding this ramp since day one when its was more ghetto than ghetto and now after years of reshaping and getting done better I find it very absolutely fun and beautiful. So we used Canon 5D MK2 for details (at 1080p 30p) with a 50mm, Canon 60D for action (at 720p 60fps) with Tamron 24-70mm, Canon 550D with a Samyang 8mm at 720p 60fps on a ProAim crane and I also used a Sony FS700 as main camera & for the slow motion footage (1080p at 240fps) with Sigma 70-200 2.8 and Canon 17-35mm lens. We also used a dolly called Eazy Dolly which is an amazing tool and very smooth for the majority of our shots. I used a ProAim crane in order to get some shots of the whole ramp from above and some action on the spine (icepick over to over, and some flow riding). Quite a lot of things where also filmed on hand in order to give an edgier look on action. A note from my experience with FS700 is, its unique picture quality, dynamic field and colour depth. We didn’t use any external recorders in order to get even higher quality (through HDMI uncompressed 100MBPs 4:2:2 footage) but even with an SD card 28Mbps and 4:2:0 chroma the footage from that camera is superb. I realized it even more while colour correcting the footage. Everything was shot on neutral-flat picture style (sharpness to -4, saturation -4, contrast -2 and colour tone to 0). I use Adobe Premiere CS5 to edit and this video was edited at 720p and 30fps. I feel that 1080p footage downscaled to 720p is somehow nicer and crisper but this is an unscientific point of view. Although in europe we use PAL system I also wanted those NTSC extra 10 frames to help on slow motion and since its uploaded on the web it doesnt even matter. Editing wise having footage from 4 cameras can get tiring in order to decide the clips to use. Also its quite difficult to make the picture match as all these cameras have different sensors and the lenses were also different, but in the end its a nice experience and you can learn a lot of new stuff to add to your workflow.”
Rider: Panagiotis Manaras
Direction – Photography – Editing by Tasos Kosmatopoulos
Photography by Leonidas Germanopoulos
Photography – Crane operation by Dimitris Katranidis
No riding here, but a masterfully produced commercial for the AveBMX Shop in Poland. Reminds me of an Oceans Eleven type montage- keeps the viewer intrigued and watching closely. A good mix of panning and glidecam shots, a variety of lenses and a good story line. All-in-all, the best advertisement for a BMX shop I’ve seen in a long time.
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