Joe Rich interviews Ruben Alcantara about the back problems he’s experienced over the last few years, the unexpected solution he discovered, and the ways it’s changed his outlook on riding and life in general. Featuring an amazing mix of interview and new riding clips, definitely hit that play button for one of the most inspiring edits of the year.
Shanghai 5 is a documentary by Charles Lanceplaine about skating in the Chinese city. Anyone who’s been to metropolitan China or has seen recent videos of the country knows that many of the spots there are absolutely phenomenal, and there is still tons of untouched potential everywhere. This rad documentary does a great job of showing not only the architecture and vibe of the city, but also the skating scene that is growing in Shanghai. And it definitely proves one thing for sure – if you ever get a chance to visit China with your bike/skateboard/rollerblades/segway/anything, DO IT!!
My brother just hit me with a link to a six song music video/short film for Röyksopp’s new album titled “Senior.” The film follows three girls as they explore the ruins and come across child zombies and lots of skulls. Shot in what looks like a crazy blown out war-zone city from Eastern Europe, actually turns out to be Detroit. The IFC website got a few quotes from the directors Noel Paul and Stefan Moore: “We shot it in Detroit because it is exists as a contemporary dystopia.” If you have to see it to believe it, if you’ve never been there. They didn’t do any set dressing either. “All of our locations were filmed as we found them.”
Oton Bačar, who made the much-talked about 7d 1000fps video which has received over 599k views so far, has released another slow-motion edit filmed on his 7d and a 18-135mm Canon kit lens – but this time with renders of 2000fps. The result is crazy. Oton’s imagination knows no bounds.
Some technical details: The super slowmo rain is fake, it was created with Red Giant’s Trapcode Particular 2 in After Effects. And like his previous video, Oton’s skilled use of Twixtor gets this impressive slow motion out of his 7D.
Christmas doesn’t get any cooler than this.
via Tyler Fedchuk
It’s interesting to see how the concept of a “test shot” can go from sliiiiiightly awkward to super cool with just the addition of a few smart words spoken by the subject. It adds meaning. I’m a fan of the new format.
Go here to read Jake’s introduction to Brendon or click below to view the video.
A pretty awesome montage of clips from the past year filmed on GoPros… My only questions is WHERE’S THE BMX??
This is so rad. Details on the video are scarce – the only information I can find is that this was shot in Abene, Senegal, outside a cafe called “BM Chez Kiki.” Much respect!
via Jeff Hamada
Last month, Rip Curl released a video as part of their Mirage promotional campaign featuring some shots taken with a 52-DSLR rig set up. They worked with Timeslice Films and rented the Sunway Lagoon water theme park in Malaysia for two days to make this happen, and the resulting footage is pretty phenomenal. If you’re interested in how this was made, check out a behind the scenes after the jump!
Notre Jour Viendra is a new feature film from Director Romain Gavras who directed the M.I.A, Born Free video as well as the Jus†ice, Stress video. Staring Vincent Cassel, the film – of which the title translates to Our Day Will Come in english – plays off the redhead theme of the M.I.A. video and tells the story of a young redhead shunned by his family and friends and heads off the Ireland, the land of the redheaded people but further sinks into a “rampage of hate, violence and self-destruction.”
A good quote from John Dillinger in Pubic Enemies: “I like baseball, movies, good clothes, fast cars, whiskey, and you… what else you need to know?” I’ve got 2 of those 6 for you right here: The famous 9-minute movie C’etait un Redezvous is back online.
For those not familiar here’s the long story short: Mercedes blurred the lines between comfort saloon and sportscar back in 1974 with the 6.9, which is widely revered as the baddest Mercedes of all time. In 1976, French filmmaker Claude LeLouch strapped a camera to the front of his 6.9 and drove it full speed through the streets of Paris to make this film — the story of a gentleman who was apparently just in a hurry to meet his lady. Later he did the same drive in his V12 Ferrari and dubbed that soundtrack into the movie.
Click below to see the movie and waayyy more.
In the WTF item of the day, this short featuring Morgan and Natalie Wade.
I just happened to browse through Rad Collector for the first time and came across this short by Chris Rollins. Totally random and pretty cool. I actually scrolled down just enough to miss the title of the post and started watching it without knowing that Morgan was in it, and then when he showed up, I did a double take. This was filmed in Tyler, TX over 3 days, and shot using a Panasonic GH1.
If you ask me, Morgan’s got some acting chops. I could see Hollywood in his future.
If you are into camera gear, like I am, then you’ll be into this update on Vincent Laforet’s site. Along with a video of a HDDLSR setup he used on a recent shoot, there’s a big updated gear section on his site breaking down all the gear he uses, what he uses it for, along with some pros and cons. For someone like me who has one SLR and a few lenses, this is pretty mind blowing to see all the stuff that he uses (and I believe he owns most of his gear), but it’s pretty cool to get an inside look into the gear of a top professional.
The Arcade Fire has a pretty rad website up utilizing HTML 5 and Google maps where you type in your address and an interactive video is built around your location. Check it out!
This is by far one of the most bizarre, intriguing, and haunting documentaries I’ve ever seen. The story is as insane as the real-life footage the BBC captured.
You will have to sign in to Youtube to watch it because of age restrictions. If the link above doesn’t work, click here.
This is amazing.
(The youtube title in Chinese translates to something like: ‘If Michael Jackson knew about this video he would surely fly out of the coffin’)
EDIT: Found another link to the video. Hopefully this one works!
I knew Gaspar Noé was working on a new film and I had actually seen a trailer for it recently, but it wasn’t until I got an email from Chad Moore yesterday that I really checked it out. The coolest part about it is one of the main characters is a BMXer… “My friend Nathan (Brown), who I know from riding (we went on some Team Pimpske trips in the back of a Penske moving truck) stars in this new Gaspar Noé film which is pretty epic….” Chad went to the premier last night and said it was amazing and by the look of the trailer I don’t doubt it!
Our friend Ed David recently shot this awesome piece on the Mast Brothers for The Scout. Ed actually said it Best – so to quote, “A short documentary about two brothers, chocolate-makers, that are bringing craft back to the U.S. in an age of automation and the dulling of the American creative vision. We filmed them before they took off to set sail and to explore where their chocolate comes from.” I personally find this piece fascinating for many reasons, but how awesome would that be to sail across the world in search of goods! Respect!