1.5.16

Navaz

Was feeling shit about going to work tomorrow but then I watched Animal House and I felt better about life again. If you don't watch Animal House - or at least parts of it - at least two to three times a week you should be ashamed of yourself.

I went to Navaz's YouTube account and found this absolute gem of a vid called Japanimal, featuring the animal dudes in Japan in 2013. Got me hyped on life, and hyped on the fact that I'm leaving the country in the not too distant future. A lot of supposed filmers and video creators in BMX could take some notes from Navaz.

Animal House is a fukn masterpiece. Navaz seems the master of blending in riding clips, with clips and snippets from locals and oddities in the streets of the cities he's in, with vibes from the riding crew he's with. All in all just quality. Almost semi-documentary - as in the video gives a create impression of what it would be like to be in that city. Fuckkk.....

This and Animal House is a documentation of a city and it's people through the lens of BMX; it's more than just a BMX video.

 

17.4.16

original content: old footage off my camera



I use shit old cameras to make videos because theyre $20 off ebay and look cool but getting the footage onto a computer is hard and my previous USB device failed many months ago so i have been filming hours of stuff and filling up tapes but not uploading it from the tapes so I bought a $200 PCI tv tuner off the internet to upload my vhs tapes in 1080p HD but the drivers wont install on my computer or something i dont know why - here is some old footage that I filmed 5 months ago before my usb thingy broke

note: I sort of suck at filming but most of the problem is related to the fact that these cameras dont have a screen you can look at while youre rolling with a fisheye, which makes it really hard to not cut off the rider from the frame, hmm soz.

also i dont have a proper handle for the camera- might buy one of those camera mount things one day

hopefully soon ill be able to make some more original content - also ive decided im not going to post any more adam lz related things on this blog because i feel i may be alienating our viewers if we have any -

"webisode" reviews

1: the come up

because this wasn't filmed by john hicks and was just adam 22 holding his iphone it was more watchable than usual. Usually john hicks struggles with maintaining his composure while talking into the camera and acts really unnatural. This was raw footage of people riding a street plaza and I liked it but it didn't really leave me feeling motivated to go ride for some reason. Maybe because the riding was too good? or maybe because it was all ledge grinding and I dont like the idea of bmx riders needing to bunnyhop.



2. Adam LZ

This was cool because it was pure bike riding and not talking about cars although I do enjoy seeing a little bit of lz's life sometimes such as nicole and the gross sugary food he eats and his dumb friends. This bearded guy seems relatively cool and level headed.



3. Daily Cruise

The FTL people don't even identify their videos as webisodes and I like that. Often it more about getting to see cool aspects of new york city that makes these videos great. The music is well chosen and placed. Also the damn gopro camera is so crispy and smooth- how the hell is it so crispy and smooth. These guys don't care too much about talking about what they're doing today they just go out and film some stuff- the lack of a forced performance for the camera makes these videos the winner in my book.

16.4.16

Box Hill Comp

Went to the comp at Box Hill yesterday and managed to film a few runs before my phone died.  Ben Mac's second run (which I didn't film lol) was nice and he ended up winning the comp.  It was cool to see a lot of the younger riders out and getting into it.

Announcer highlight: "very technical, very typical".

Paul Chamberlain


This video is really sick. I don't know who Paul is or who made this video but the riding is great, amazing stuff.

Review of WALMART GAME OF BIKE



- Overall 7
- at 4:48 why do they need to climb the fence to get into the skatepark?
- Why does this crap metal skatepark have lights but fitzroy bowl doesn't City of Yarra Council?
- 12:56 flairs rule I want to learn how to flair

Paris



I am going to Paris in August. I am kind of scared because I don't speak French. How will I get through customs, order food, go to a gallery/museum? People have reassured me that they usually will speak English in popular touristy places like Paris.

Here is a video of popular Parisian bmx man Matthias Dandois speaking in English about his life in France. He is very cool maybe I will meet him in August.


15.4.16

lincoln square


Here's a photo of me standing in front of lincoln square. A lot of people on fb are sad it's being demolished and post "rip" things etc but I think it was a shit spot and I'm glad it's gone lol.

However I'm unhappy that the city of yarra council doesn't provide Fitzroy bowl with lighting so we can do something useful in the evenings in winter.

10.4.16

Stevie Churchill's "On Everything" OSS Section Review

Yeah this was pretty sick.  Surely the best SC part simply because it wasn't edited to some hideous rap song.  The electronic, atmospheric song, along with LA as a backdrop gave me a whole film noir, Michael Mann's Collateral, GTA 5 vibe (I don't expect anyone to agree with, understand or relate to this comparison).



Also check out below the review of it I did in the comments section on YouTube. TCU wasn't too pleased but I guess there's always going to be disagreements when BMX media heavyweights such as TCU and SM come head to head.








If I were to respond my response would be "Why does it look like shit then?", because it does look like shit.  It really should be 1080 p which is FULL HD, anyone can do HD.  Maybe the whole thing was filmed on an iPhone.

9.4.16

Trey Jones

Brakeless street riding is the best riding to watch and Trey Jones is one the finest exponents of it.

5.4.16

Brandon Begin



The first Brandon Begin video I saw was the VX skatepark edit below about 3 years ago. I liked his style. He then moved to California and I stopped liking him because way too much footage of him was put out and it was mostly boring clips of him rolling around in webisodes filmed by John Hicks or adam twenty-two.

After this new edit I've started to like him again though because-

1. You can tell he actually put some effort into collecting some decent clips - there's some quite enjoyable and technically advanced stuff.

2. It was filmed by someone decent, presumably Scott Marceau



His first OSS edit was actually good too and if the only footage that we ever saw of him was these three edits he would be such a legendary rider in my mind. It just goes to show that putting out tons and tons of footage online might make you more money from your sponsors but being disciplined with holding things back unless they're sick makes you cool.




Note: I mostly listen to these edits on mute or with different music playing.

3.4.16