Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Watch RB's video!

So Billy Rohan's King of Spring contest just went down last Saturday. I didn't make it out, but it looked sick on RB's HVX. Jeremy told me the fisheye for that thing runs $4k...ouch. Eitherway, there were some amazing tricks getting thrown down. Jahmal's 5050 roll-in on the van was ridiculous!

Last Thursday I got around to making it out to the second premier of the Rockstar video and the NY premier of the Second Nature video. The Focus video also was shown, but I had to break out before. So here are my thoughts. The Rockstar video was much better than I expected (I know, hater). I saw some surprising footage from people that I didn't think had it in them (or even really skated much anymore...maybe it is old?). The highlights are the second half of Gary Rzeszutko's part, Matt Rzeszutko's part, Louis Tolentino's part, Dustin Charlton's part, and Manimal and Scottie's few tricks. Those dude's throw down. The negatives: knee sliders in actual video (if anything should have been in credits), super long girl part (with lots of boring "lifestyle" filler), Danny Falla and Rodney Torres only have a couple tricks, rough editing (not in a "cool" way).

The Second Nature video started off kinda slow/boring, but toward the second half got pretty amazing. I didn't know who most of the people skating in it were, but the highlights are definitely Brian Brown and Jose Pereyra. Jose killed it with super tech tricks on sketchy spots. Honestly, I thought Brian's part in this video was better than his Listen part...chomp on that. Disappointing: Steve Marino blue boarding us (no homo) with only a sampling of his board techniques. I wanted a full part, because Steve is amazing on the wood (no homo). Also, the editing was not very fluid. It would cut out quickly from one segment and just jump into the other without any real transition. Some songs were even just cut off...no fade or anything.

Overall, I would give the Rockstar video 6 out of 10 stars and the Second Nature video 5 1/2 out of ten stars. *For a basis of comparison, Fully Flared gets a 9 out of 10 and Bag of Suck gets an 8 out of 10. When (if) my video comes out, I am shooting for the negatives on Jeremy Cohan's scale...which is much stricter than mine. His scale is all video are under 5's except for Alien Workshop videos, which are 10's. I wonder where the Chapman video lives on that scale? I wonder where the Chapman video is...apparently not on DVD yet.

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