The thing I love so much about board sports is that each individual can truly show their personality through the style they incorporate into their riding. Here’s a rad short-film featuring Sergio Yuppie and his ridiculous head slides! Make sure to check Sergio out on Instagram and Twitter (@sergioyuppie for both).
Last year our friend Matt put together a great fundraiser for Grand County Search and Rescue (Utah) using the annual Turkey Boogie as a platform. The jumpers and sponsors raised nearly $4k, that’s 2% of GCSAR’s annual budget. It was a great way for BASE jumpers to give back to the non-profit that is there to help us (and all outdoor enthusiasts) in times of emergency.
This year everyone is looking to raise even more. Negative4 Productions and Luke Hively have put together a great 8 minute short film, full of BASE porn set to the sounds of Nit Grit. All proceeds from the video go straight to GCSAR, so go purchase the digital download of the film and a few tracks from Nit Grit for only $1.99!
I started editing about 18 years ago on an Avid and have pretty much stuck to the workflow of those old tools, even now in Final Cut Pro I have my keyboard mapped to the old Avid commands. Yes, I have evolved in my personal style, efficiency and dialed in the most important aspects of editing (which is storytelling, timing and pacing – not “cool filter effects”) but I’ve recently felt my old-age in editing and that I need to get acquainted with the new tools that have been coming out.
Once the GoPro 3 Black Edition was released I immediately began shooting everything in it’s 2K setting. This gave me the opportunity to have nice screen grabs for the internets as well as having a bit of room to zoom and crop the framing when editing in 1080 HD. Until recently I would keep the zooms static, but I wanted to play around and see what I could create animating the zooms and positioning.
These two ambitions made for a fun personal project and have helped get me out of my stale corporate-blah editing rut. Yes, I still need to edit the corporate-blah to pay the bills, but I am once again having fun and am motivated to create cool shit when I have the free time.
This is my first video edited completely in Adobe Premiere and using Adobe SpeedGrade for the color grading. The camera moves and blurs are all animated in post, I know it isn’t ideal, but you can’t argue with the quality of footage being captured from a camera with such a small form-factor. There are a few harsh moves that I should have spent more time smoothing out but it was limited for this personal project and overall I am happy with the edit and the workflow using Premiere. My two favorite things about Premiere were how well it handled the 2K GoPro footage without the need of converting to ProRes and its Title tool that blows away FCP 7’s. It’s always best to shoot at a high frame rate when wanting smooth slow motion, but when you can’t, Twixtor will do the job decently. I like the more cinematic look I was able to achieve using these new tools and I think it is a nice effect to use sparingly in our future video edits.
During my time BASE jumping in Italy and Switzerland late last summer, I met one rad Venezuelan named Carlos. He’s a super supportive friend and amazing flyer. Check out his adventures:
Even though he’s had this up and running for a while, we’ve never really shared it. Bradnon has a folder on his desktop that’s filled with imagery that he find visually inspirational for one reason or another. Iconic. Ritualistic. Spiritual. Demonic. Beautiful. Disturbing. He decided to start categorizing them in a somewhat nonsensical fashion online. This is the result: depository.noyou.do
This collection is by Brandon, and was primarily created for his own personal use. So if there is something that offends you, get over it and please point your browser elsewhere. Take it for what it is, visual XXX.
Suggested listenings for viewing the gallery
CocoRosie – R.I.P. Burnface (Daytrotter Studio)
Radiohead – Reckoner (Bangalore Mashup)
Lil’ Wayne – Drop the World
Freitag makes radical adaptive reuse products to put stuff in, so it’s equally fitting that their storefront in Zurich is an adaptive reuse of shipping containers. I love shipping container construction, and this is the tallest and most unique building of it’s type (thanks to the truckspotting deck). Their product line could be considered a fine piece of artwork – with a store that creates the perfect frame.
Freitag Zurich – 9 Stories of Shipping Container Glory
Freitag Zurich – Storefront
Freitag Zurich – Interior
Freitag Zurich – Go Truckspotting
Freitag Zurich – Open Air Roof, perfect for Truckspotting
I wrote the draft to this post using OmmWriter. If you have a Mac I highly recommend this free application. It’s great to just quiet everything down and type your thoughts out in a nice peaceful environment with all your distractions removed.
I know it’s been too long, sorry. I’ve been busy trying to make things happen, as well as simply pay the bills. There’s some great stuff that I’m really looking forward to release in 2010. On the industrial front I’ve been working on a new platform bed, a couch set, and a wall clock. Also, my new portfolio is getting really close to being done. I’m excited to be able to share it with you all soon.
On the personal side of things, I have a new obsession that scares the shit out of me but I’m in love with it. I may or may not give more details in the future. Sorry to be such a tease.
Enough about me, here are some treats for you to enjoy.
Hot Chip released their new album One Life Stand last month and I’ve really been enjoying it thus far. Their latest single I Feel Better has one of the best videos I’ve seen in a long time. It’s totally ridiculous and will leaving you pondering “what… the… fuck… just… happened?” And that’s what makes it so great! Props to Peter Serafinowicz for directing such a rad video.
Hot Chip – We Have Love
Bear in Heaven – Ultimate Satisfaction
Bear in Heaven – You Do You
Hot Chip – I Feel Better
When I first saw The Big Lebowski, I was at a loss. I couldn’t figure out what the hell was going on, or what any of it meant. But, I suppose that makes sense as I was about 12 when it came out. Since then, I’ve come to love it. With Netflix instant viewing, I now watch it about once a week. And while I still don’t know what a lot of it means (that’s actually one of its great strengths), I now count it among my favorite films.
So imagine my great joy when I came across this: The Big Lebowski as written by William Shakespeare. The entire screenplay re-written, as if by Shakespeare. That alone should be enough for you to follow the link and check it out. But, if it isn’t, here are a couple of choice excerpts.
1) The Big Lebowski and Brandt question The Dude (Knave) in the Limo.
Speak, and speak quickly, foul vagrant!
I beseech ye, there is a beverage here.
Our attempts to reach thee have been frantic and numerous, Knave.
Whither my money? They did not receive the money. Thou liest, thou shag-haired villain! Thou odious maggot! Her life was in thy hands!
Verily, this be our concern, Knave.
2) Donny and Walter.
I be the walrus.
Hold thy tongue, Donald! Thy mind is Lenten.
The quality of wealth has sicken’d me.
An had I known that this would come to pass
(O vilest strumpet! Sinner! Painted whore!)
I might have tarried ere accepting service.
War in far-flung jungles, as my friends
Did die face-down in mire and muck and fens!