DIG caught up with the one-and-only Mike Manzoori to talk about his current project with etnies and switching between roles in BMX and skateboarding. A couple quotes I pulled-
“The landscape of videos has changed. ‘Grounded’ was a DV project. The level of video production has been raised since ‘Grounded’. We’ve been flooded with amazing toys that are now affordable, so you can get higher level production quality without spending a fortune… I feel a lot more pressure on me to do good. It’s not just capturing the tricks, but telling a whole story. It’s a lot more fun.”
“…the last few years I’ve been trying to shake the fisheye. Every video, skate or bike, has a lot of fisheye shots. It has it’s place, but it’s nice to leave that lens until you really need it and see what else you can do.”
Exciting video from our buddy Terry Barentsen featuring our other buddy Kyle Emery-Peck
Another reason why Tony Malouf is one of my favorite filmers/editors and the entire FIT team is on another level.
Some photos from Minneapolis-based Ben Austin
Reed Stark with a rail hop to bank in Minneapolis, MN. We met up downtown to cruise around and look for some photo spots one evening with about an hour’s worth of usable light left. High hop, glossy marble bank, no problem for Reed.
Seth Peterson with a decade in Plymouth, MN. We had a small crew riding at a local plaza on a super hot day. I hadn’t planned on pulling out the camera, but Seth started trying a few of these and I had to grab a quick shot.
Jake Demuth, Feeble to Barspin in Minneapolis, MN. Jake and I were riding this flatrail in North Minneapolis as a warm up spot. I noticed that the brick wall at the end of the rail made for uncluttered backdrop, which I knew could make a unique final composition. Jake was down to throw a quick barspin to make use of the setting.
Trey Jones, Air in Orlando, FL. This was actually taken during one of Trey’s runs at the Florida contest series. OSP is one of his local parks, so his lines and airs were fully boosted. The sunny day had turned cloudy, which I wanted to highlight to add a little bit of a darker mood to the shot.
Glenn Dussl, Euro Table in Edina, MN. Glenn and I had been riding the park all day before he started messing around with a few alleyoop airs. He was already tucked over a bit, so he tried leaning a bit harder to get fully tabled for the shot. Shooting in full sun can be a bit of a nightmare but luckily I had room to get the flashes close and pull off the right amount of fill light.
Cody Smiglewski, Footjam Whip in Bloomington, MN. A few of us had heard rumors of this DIY drainage bank spot, but no one knew exactly where it was. A quick Google Satellite search turned up a possible hit that ended up panning out along the banks of the Minnesota River. After cleaning up a bit of the crust and sand, the spot was ready to ride and Cody pulled off the move of the mission.