Justin Kosman hooked up this Q&A with Will Stroud; master videographer/head judge of The Hunt project. If you are not familiar with The Hunt, go HERE now. If you’re not familiar with Will, punch yourself in the face then click below.
Speaking of The Hunt, they just added a “Best Line” bonus of $1000.00. Get your stuff in people!!!
Click below to read up on Will.
Monster Energy just kicked down and extra $1000 as a Best Line Bonus for The Hunt BMX project. Following up Pro-Tec’s Progression Impress Best Trick Bonus, Monster Energy wanted to add a little extra shine to the rider with the most impressive line of tricks within the top ten videos. The ultimate decision maker will be Will Stroud, and if you don’t know about this guy, you better learn quick if you’re submitting a vid.
Will Stroud is the biggest player in the game when it comes to BMX filmmaking. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one of Will’s many commercial productions for clients like Monster, Levi’s, Nike and Fuel TV. That’s why we chose Will to head of the judging panel for The Hunt BMX project – it wouldn’t be fair to let him compete.
Name: Will Stroud
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
First BMX video watched: “Ride On” circa 1995. That video changed my life and is still one of my favorite videos ever.
First video produced: STOCK with Cory Muth ‘99
Current BMX demo reel: HERE
Major past clients: Levi’s, Monster, Nike 6.0, Red Bull, Fuel TV and ESPN
What gear do you have in-house to take care of a usual BMX shoot?
Panasonic HVX-200 with Century Xtreme Fisheye.
Canon 7d package with various Canon lenses
Bogen tripod with fluid head
Alien Workshop filmer’s board
Macbook Pro laptop
Mac Pro Desktop with 30″ Apple HD Cinema Display
Lacie external hard drives
Ogio camera bags
That last Monster edit with Harry Main was insane, what was it like filming some never before seen moves from Harry?
Thanks. It was pretty insane. Harry and I filmed that edit in three days and Harry had put a lot of thought into what he wanted to film beforehand, and even made a trick list. We were just going down his list checking tricks off and Harry and Alex Coleburn kept going back in forth like “what about this… or this…?”. Harry was just making up new tricks as we were filming and I was just standing there with my camera thinking WTF? There really wasn’t many tricks we filmed that took Harry more than 3 or 4 attempts. That’s pretty insane considering the level and tech and gnar moves that Harry wanted to do. I love filming with riders that care just as much as I do about how their video comes out. Harry definitely went the extra mile on this one and we’re both really happy with how it turned out.
How important is a video part for a rider? Is it everything these days?
I think video parts are the most important thing for riders. It’s really a better representation of what a rider is all about versus a contest run or results.
What do you look for in choosing music for a BMX edit?
With choosing music I normally ask myself: “What’s the vibe I want for this edit, does the music have to be cleared, and what genre/style of music would fit the rider’s image the best?” I have several different iTunes playlists of music ideas and I’m always adding new tunes when I hear something I like. Having good music is definitely a huge part in having a good edit, so I definitely try and choose something I really like that is fun to edit to.
What influences you the most in your BMX filmmaking?
My main focus going into every BMX video project is that I want to make BMX look cool. I get my inspiration by surrounding myself with smart and creative people, staying open minded and a constant desire to learn. I also watch a lot of non-BMX videos online that helps spark some new ideas. The riders I work with also play a huge factor in how I think about each individual project. I always want my projects to reflect what true BMX should look like from my perspective.
What are you hoping to see come out of The Hunt project?
I’m hoping to see lots of new faces on both sides of the camera. No doubt there will be some great riding, filming and editing from people all over the world. I love the idea of The Hunt and it’s cool that it’s become a legit project with sponsors throwing in cash and sponsorships. I’m really excited to start getting submissions.