Sean Lomax has remixed Joe Gavin‘s HD footage from the Snake Eyes Die DVD that takes Skate Edit of the Week hands down. Visit Note to pick up the full production featuring a plethora of Manchester’s finest. “Ecstatic, there it is…”
Sean Lomax has remixed Joe Gavin‘s HD footage from the Snake Eyes Die DVD that takes Skate Edit of the Week hands down. Visit Note to pick up the full production featuring a plethora of Manchester’s finest. “Ecstatic, there it is…”
Throughout 2012, Ed Hubert‘s main goal was to complete and release his second scene video on the South Coast. Following his previous production ‘LA’, his latest work ended with a new twist. Looking to add some humour to the project, Ed emailed his childhood legend and children’s TV bod Dave Benson Phillips, to Ed’s surprise he replied saying he would love to be involved. The result was another fantastic scene video from Brighton’s finest, stuffed full of skating and of course, facebook orientated. What’s not to ‘LIKE’?
Enjoy the full film here:
Ed, you have been filming for a while now on the South Coast. Could you enlighten our readers with your history of filming skateboarding?
I was born in Brighton 22 years ago and I’ve spent half of that time at a dodgy little skate park known as The Level. I started out filming my mates (as most people probably do) and luckily they were pretty good at skating, so the edits started to get a little bit noticed. I bought a VX 5’ish years ago and have never looked back. It did me well over the years until a week before the LIKE premiere when it packed in. That camera had been on its last legs for a while, held together with some blu-tac and a sponge!
Did you study film at school, college or Uni or did you learn from watching skate videos?
I was lucky enough to have a really sound teacher at college who let me do my own thing and mess about with cameras and equipment. I’m now at the Arts Uni in Bournemouth studying film production, but mostly I learnt from being out skating and filming everyday, sitting at the bottom of some stairs or crouching in dogshit in a gutter, testing out what worked and what looked wack.
The Bournemouth scene has its characters, do you mingle with such delinquents down there too?
I honestly play no part in the Bournemouth scene; the locals probably just think I’m some chav.
Patch takes the stairs for Hubert’s lens.
The Brighton scene has always been strong, which particular reprobates inspired you to get stuck into representing the locals in film?
Just anyone and everyone that’s ever passed though the Level. So many stories, characters and dodgy situations that mostly go undocumented. Obviously Slim Jim set the standard with ‘Cheese on Tape’ and ‘Brighten’ leaving everyone to play catch up since.
With The Level in transition right now, how are the locals dealing with no central point?
The Level got ripped down the other day so there’s nothing there at the moment. The hardcore locals are a bit lost without it. The good news is a brand new shiny concrete park is set to be built in the summer. It only took the council 15’ish years to sort it out! Obviously this is rad, but personally from a cinematic point of view I would always prefer to see The Level’s knackered old wooden ramps with rats scuttling around than footage of another generic concrete park like all the others in the country.
All hail the old Level. Amir Williams is shot here at home
How does ‘LIKE’ differ from ‘LA’?
‘LA’ was a bit of blur. I don’t really know how that ever got made. It was more a case of film everything and make sure everyone had a trick in it. Those were the job centre years. It was all a lot more raw and unpolished than ‘LIKE’. With ‘LIKE’ I said from the start I wanted to do something a bit different. I kept seeing these scene videos and (even company videos) that try to imitate the same style and production values as say ‘Fully Flared’ or ‘Mindfield’ but can’t, because at the end of the day it’s just Joe Bloggs skating an NCP in the freezing cold somewhere in England mid-January! Why try and glamourise that with slow motion cutaways and overly epic music? I chose the least cool theme I could think of basically. Facebook is the one thing that everyone uses, talks about all the time, and yet still seem to hate. I thought it would be funny to stick in a cheesy soundtrack worthy of any karaoke bar and get DBP (Dave Benson Phillips) involved. For me, that’s a great video!
How long did it take to put ‘LIKE’ together?
A year and a half. I was editing solidly until literally hours before the premiere, I didn’t even have a chance to test playback on the DVD. It was so sketch, thank god it worked fine or I’d have had to deal with 300 pissed up skaters tearing down England’s oldest cinema!
Who took the longest to film their part?
Everyone took ages. And technically there is only 3 full parts in it. I think I could make another full length using footage of just nearly made tricks and attempts.
Dan Emmerson nose the score.
Who had their footage wrapped up instantly?
Dave Benson Phillips. He smashed everything in one day!
What was the worst slam?
Chris’ (Push skate shops owner) ‘stunt’ at Bercy. Hands down. I’ll let Matt Ransom tell you about that one.
Watch Ollie Smith’s full section:
Who do you think managed to film the hardest trick?
There were a few tricks that we ended up going back to several days in a row for. Ollie Smith’s ender in Berlin took at least 3 days but looking back I remember it still being fun times. In reality it was probably both of us sweating out hangovers and getting sunstroke. It’s funny how ‘skate’ holidays are so much different to normal holidays.
Dan takes a tre over the infamous Brighton gap.
Who had the most NBD’s?
I’d like to say every trick is but that’s probably not the case. Especially when you go to the big European cities where you will have to do something really special in order to make it worthwhile. For this reason we avoided the architecturally amazing but rinsed out city that is Barcelona.
How many packets of fags were smoked during the making of ‘LIKE’?
None, everyone smoked rollies because we’re poor.
Ed gets down with the DBP.
“When Ed told me to recall a funny story about filming for the ‘Like’ video it was hard to choose just one. The last day of filming was pretty funny. Ed was getting a bit stressed about the prospect of editing the majority of the video the night before the premiere, nobody was getting any of their last tricks, and then a bird shat all over his shiny new hat! That was funny, but Ed actually made it easy for me and suggested that I should tell you all the story of Chris vs. the grass bank at Bercy, so here it is:
We drove to Paris to spend a few days there and try to get some footage. Most of us wanted to film tricks on our skateboards, but Chris, being the rebel that he is, decided that footage of bum-slides down grass banks is way better, so he set out to do just that. In fact, on the first day of the trip we ended up at Bercy and Chris slid down one of the banks there (a la Flip Sorry) right onto his arse. Everybody found it hilarious and that was that – Chris’ first trick of the trip in the bag. Then as the holiday continued Chris figured that simply sliding down the bank isn’t enough, saying he ‘dragged his hands to slow down’ too much so he wanted to do it better. Plus being an ABD and all that, he wanted to be ‘that dude’ that jumped into the bank off this massive blue rail, about 15ft above, pretty much to certain death. He was claiming it so much, everyday of the trip he was saying things like “I’ve soooo got it”, so on the last day we end up back at Bercy so Chris can be a hero.
Me and Chris are at the top of the grass bank, looking at this blue rail discussing how many ways he could die by doing this. He looks at me and says that he’s just gonna slide down again, as a warm-up for the ‘drop-off-the-rail-in’, but this time he’s not gonna put his hands down. Then, seeing the worried look on my face he says “Matt, how do you feel about the way I live my life?” to which I reply “I think it’s a bit excessive. Please don’t do this mate.” Everyone else at the bottom is saying things like “this will be the best thing I’ve ever seen” and generally egging him on to do it. Then next thing I know Chris has jumped into the bank, fag in one hand, giving the finger to Danny with the other and going so fucking fast on his arse that when he hits the bottom it’s no surprise to me that he breaks his coccyx and two of the vertebrae in his spine. Great. Well done! Bearing in mind we’ve got to catch our ferry back from Calais in about 5 hours time this situation stresses everyone out a bit. Chris screaming in agony doesn’t really help much either! Then in the confusion, 2 ambulances managed to get called instead of just the one. I felt bad for him because obviously he was in a lot of pain, but equally I thought it was probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen anybody do and felt really embarrassed and annoyed that the ambulance crew have yet again been called to Bercy, where some retarded English kids have fucked themselves up being idiots abroad.
Cue an additional 2 days in Paris for me and Chris in St Antoine Hospital, me bringing him food, helping him go to the toilet, sleeping in a plastic chair next to his bed and generally listening to him moan about how much pain he is in. Chris, if you’re reading this, chill out mate. Take care of your body because it doesn’t matter how hard your dog is, if you’ve got no spine you’re fucked.”
DAY 1: “It was supposed to be summer but it was windy as fuck. I dragged Ed along to a ‘spot’, a subway tunnel which starts at a car park and spits you out on the seafront. It has a handrail against the wall which levels out at the top of the tunnel. We arrive at the spot and are greeted by a stench of piss and general filth. As Ed is setting up his camera, a man who looked like he had just wandered off a pirate ship walks past and chucks his guts onto the floor, right in the middle of the run up. It was fucking disgusting and looked red. We skate around it for a bit, and after a couple of crap slams I’d had enough. We went somewhere else that day.
DAY 2: For some reason (probably due to the weather again), a few days later we decide to go back. Yippee! This time on arrival we see that some one had been nice enough to leave a turd right next to the pile of red vomit, which by now had dried out but was still very visible. The run up had now become a minefield of human waste.
Local Brighton man Nick Tensh was helping us prize the rail away from the wall a little bit, when he managed to wack himself straight in the mush full pelt with an iron bar! It was so gnarly! He insisted he was fine and then spat blood all over the wall right where I was hitting the rail. All of a sudden we were surrounded by every type of bodily fluid.
After having slammed a couple more times I was starting to look like a chimney sweep. It was so shitty that it was starting to get funny until we heard some dude (who had been sleeping on a mattress by the entrance to the car park) shouting at us, slurring “NO PHO..TOS… OF ME,, NO FLASH!”, he was walking towards us trying to look hard repeating the same shit. Eventually he calms down after a few “fuck off’s” and “who are yous?”. Everything about the spot was fucked at this point so we got the fuck out of there.
I felt like I needed to burn the clothes I had on, be put through a car wash and have a tetanus jab after that ‘session’. Can’t wait to go back and make it one day!”
Level memories will live forever.
For me, getting pied in the face by Dave Benson Phillips as the video’s ender has got to be the funniest part of my participation in the making of the video. I never would have imagined that happening in my life. How many people can say they’ve taken a pie to the noggin from the legendary DBP?!
Ed has really put in some seriously hard work on this video and should be virtual high fived for bringing together a cocktail of DBP, some amazing skating and Ollie Smith wearing more pink and shorter shorts than anyone would ever dare! It’s cutting edge!
Over the last couple of years, this collective from Kingston Upon Thames who skate the Bay on a weekly basis, put together footage filmed at various locations to form a scene video. Watch the evidence massed from the Used crew here put together by Ben Stevenson .
Remember back in January when we mentioned a new scene video called Yesterday’s Reality was premiering in Milton Keynes? If not then don’t worry as Giles ‘Brownie’ Brown has released said footage to the web this week and it’s ace. In fact, Brownie’s own section is banging and should set you up nicely to discover the other locals’ footage.
Click through to Brownie’s youtube page once you watch his section here as there’s 50 minutes of goodness on his page to discover.
This trailer for feeblemedia.’s debut skate video ‘Two Pairs of Socks‘ was a great surprise to open up my inbox to the other day as it was shot and edited by none other than Chris Bromley, a finalist in the A-Team video edit competition we ran around the launch of Crossfire 3.0.
The skating standards in that video were pretty impressive (sadly it has since been taken offline) and after watching this trailer we eagerly await the finished product. Have a look for yourselves below.
Below: Lewis Threadgold – Fakie Flip (Photo: Danny McCourt)
Manchester based filmer Phil Harvey has had a hell of a year. His eyes have probably spent more time looking through viewfinders and gawping at editing software screens than they have seen the back of his own eyelids. The amount of times we would turn on our internet exploring devices and find another offcut edit or teaser for the forthcoming Keep Keen, we were starting to worry if Phil slept at all during the last 12 months. Turns out he has, but not a minute is wasted in those conscious daylight hours; we have been tuned in all year to Phil’s hard work and we cannot wait to see what the finished product looks like.
The official premiere takes place on December 16th in Manchester so to whet your appetite we managed to tear Phil away from editing, rendering and exporting to tell us a little about the clips he’s been playing with for months. Read on to learn more about Keep Keen, how a person from Oz got a full section in a Manchester scene video, who feebled the 21 stair rail in Castlefield and how the general public can sometimes mistake filming skateboarding for suicide. We’re keen, are you?
When did you start filming properly and how did you get into it?
I probably started filming when I was 15, but I didn’t really get into it properly till I was about 17. I just used to like filming my mates where I grew up, and I knew that I wasn’t that great at skating so thought I would get into the filming side instead.
Where was the first line you ever filmed?
It was quite a while ago when I filmed my first proper line with a fisheye, probably when John Bell and I used to skate our local high school and film as much as possible in a day.
From the local high school to ledge hopping and globe trotting. Phil filming John Bell (Photo: Vic Macmahon)
What skate videos have made the most impact on you over the years to inspire you to start filming yourself?
Loads of videos made an impact on my filming, but the one that stands out the most is éS ‘Menikmati’, as that was when I first got hooked on skating and it was the big video at the time. The éS team did a demo in Bolton which was the first time I saw skating at such a high level!
I really like Sidewalk’s video ‘In Motion’ also, and any of the Transworld videos, they are always amazing.
Did French Fred’s filming style in Menikmati and later in Sorry and the Cliché videos inspire you in any way when getting creative with angles?
Yeah I really like what he does. All his stuff is really well filmed and the music he uses works well. It definitely helped me. I just try and watch as many skate videos as possible and see how they film and apply it to my own filming. Then it’s just trial and error.
Below: Ben Rowles – 360 Flip (Photo: Vic Macmahon)
The UK have been producing some brilliant independent filmers as of late, who amongst your peers are you most impressed with or inspired by right now?
There’s been some really amazing UK vids, too many to mention them all. I really liked ‘Square One’ and ‘Who?’ the Welsh scene video. The standards in both of them are ridiculous.
I know I’ve had to balance on some walls a little higher than I found comfortable when trying to find the perfect angle. What’s the most awkward angle you’ve had to film?
There’s been too many. Getting bad back pain sucks from crouching for a long time, but I just dealt with it knowing it would be worth it in the end to get the trick!
Did ‘Keep Keen’ come to you as a project idea or did the amount of footage you were getting steer you in the direction of making a full video?
I made a little with my old friends who skated back in the day and we just carried on filming after that. None of them skate now apart from John Bell and Chris Barrett… so at first it was just filming my mates and what they did, but after a while I decided to make a full length video.
When did you start filming it, and who with?
It properly started about three years ago I think. It was just John, Chris and Lewis (Threadgold) who were gonna have sections at first, but after a while I started skating and filming with a few others and they were down to have a section.
Lewis and John used to film with Pas and the now defunct Casual Skateboarding crew a lot, did you ever film with those guys?
I never did actually film with the Casual lot, apart from Lewis and John. Pas did send me a few tricks for the video though, thanks a lot Pas!
Was the title there to inspire you to keep going until it was finished? Who came up with the name and how did it become the title of the project?
‘Keen’ is just a saying in Manchester that people say when they’re up for trying a trick or whatever, so that’s how it came about. I’m pretty certain it was John Bell, Will Golding and Jim Knight who came up with the idea while on a Unabomber filming trip. We were just trying to think up names for the video and Will and Jim realised that me and John say keen loads, so it just came from there.
Chris Barrett gets the bow and arrow arm steeze nailed with this fully locked backsmith. (Photo: Danny McCourt)
This production will probably go down as having the most amount of ‘throwaway’ footage ever. Is this due to you being a perfectionist for people’s sections or just a matter of too much filming taking place and better tricks going down from one session to the next?
A bit of both really. I wanted everyone to have really good sections, and if people are learning new tricks then I wanted to try and put them in as well.
Also, I didn’t want the footage I wasn’t going to use to just sit on my hard drive. So I thought I would do a few web edits to let people know that I’m making a vid. All of the footage on my Vimeo won’t be in the final video.
Who has got full sections in the video?
John Bell, Chris Barrett, Ben Rowles, Lewis Threadgold, Ben Grove and Mitch Faber.
Which section was hardest to put together and for what reasons?
Probably Mitch’s. With him living in Oz, it was hard to get enough good footy together. I went over twice but luckily he was really down to film all the time. I’m happy how it turned out; he got so much footy considering how long I was over there for. He also just moved to Amsterdam with his girlfriend so I was able to see him for a few days this summer and get a few last minute tricks for his part.
Below: Chris Barrett – Wallie Tucknee (Photo: Vic Macmahon)
The relationship between filmer and skater has always been a weird one… was there anyone involved in Keep Keen that frequently got your goat or disagreed with spots etc?
You can never please everyone with spots I think. So I would try if possible just to go film in small crews as you don’t get as much done with big crews as no one ever knows where to go.
What was the worst day of filming and why?
I wouldn’t say there’s ever been a bad day of filming. It’s always good to be out skating rather than sitting inside all day. Although getting my camera hit by a board isn’t too great and that’s happened a few times!
Which trick took the longest to film?
Chris’s second to last trick took a while. It was freezing, I was pretty ill and standing there for two hours waiting for him to do a trick didn’t help, but it was worth it in the end.
If the trick wasn’t as gnarly/good would you have still stayed in the cold for two hours filming?
Yeah of course I would! I love filming and wanted Chris to do the trick, so I was happy to stand there even though it was freezing!
Who has your favourite trick in the entire video and what’s the story behind it?
One trick that does stand out is Blake Harris’ feeble down the Castlefield rail (which was in sidewalk recently). My friend Luke from Oz came up to stay at mine with two of his friends, Blake and Vaughan, as they were travelling around the world and filming for their own video. I knew Blake was good so I decided to show him this rail that Woody was the only one to try, but never landed. He did it second go.
It was insane to see someone feeble a 21 stair rail, and probably one of the first times I’ve ever felt scared for someone trying a trick.
Who do you think will blow up in the UK after this? A lot of skaters in Manchester are still being slept on even though they kill it on the regular…
I think Chris and Ben will hopefully get a bit more deserved coverage. They’ve been killing it! With Pusherman coming out soon there will be another Manchester video coming out. I can’t wait to see that!
What’s the strangest incident that happened while filming Keep Keen?
The strangest thing I can remember is when I got taken away in a police car. I was filming in Manchester and I wanted to get an above shot of a gap, so I climbed on the side of a main road. A police car pulled over and one of them said “do you know how stupid you are?” Apparently about three people had rang up the police thinking I was a bridge jumper and was gonna commit suicide!
They took me away and had word with me before letting me go. It was really strange!
There’s footage that was recorded in other countries, explain the hook ups behind traveling to make the film broader in terms of spots…
It all started working at Camp Woodward for two summers in a row. I just applied for a job on the internet and got it. I met a few good people there who were up for meeting the next year to skate; I just kept in contact with them and went over the next year to skate. That’s how I met Mitch. We just planned to meet up when we could in summer to skate and film.
It’s amazing how skating can get you in contact with so many people from around the world!
What is your fondest memory from the states?
I went to the states about three times to skate, but only once to film properly. I went to Boise, Idaho to meet another filmer called Colin Clark and he showed me loads of spots that we skated all the time. The whole trip was amazing. I don’t think his friends have met anyone from England so they were stoked.
Also, going to a frat house was pretty random; that stuff was kinda weird!
Below: Lewis Threadgold – Polejam (Photo: Vic Macmahon)
Do you think that as equipment becomes cheaper and more accessible that travelling will be more common in scene videos?
I hope so, but it all depends on the person. I really like travelling, so even if I’m not filming I’ll go and travel somewhere to skate or just to see the place.
What advice would you give to a budding skate filmer who is looking to make a scene video or has hopes of filming skaters like Ben Grove…
Just be down to film as much as possible, get to know the people in your local area and be friendly.
Are you filming anything other than skateboarding? Would you consider making a career out of filming/editing?
Just skateboarding. I wouldn’t mind a career out of it if it was to just film skating but I know how difficult it is to do that in the UK. So I’m happy just doing it for fun!
Will you be making another film when this is done?
I doubt I’m gonna be able to make another video. It’s a lot of hard work and I’m finishing university soon and will have to get a proper job. I’m going to try and do little web edits though and maybe work on other videos.
2010 for you must have been mostly centered around Keep Keen. As we’re about to finish up the year, what are your three favourite memories from the year, your three favourite skaters and the most important thing you’ve learnt that you’ll take on board for 2011?
My favourite memories of the year are definitely finishing this video, travelling through europe this summer and now being able to skate myself!
Too many skaters to mention but ones that have stood out this year for me are Torey Pudwill, Shane O’Neill and Manolo Robles.
As for the most important thing I’ve learnt: just to enjoy skating, don’t stress and have fun!
Keep Keen premieres at the Bay Horse Pub in Manchester on December 16th.
After a busy year of filming non-stop for Keep Keen, Phil Harvey has dropped the final teaser for the globe-trotting Manchester scene video and has announced that the premiere will be taking place on December 16th at the Bay Horse Pub.
We’ve been following his progress all year and are getting really hyped to see this one. Watch the last teaser below and stay locked in for a full interview feature with Phil coming online sometime before the premiere.
Photo: Owen Hopkins – Nosegrind in Bristol by Trix.
After pressing play on the last DVD of the decade to be gracing the front of Sidewalk, Bristol’s Finest, I barely had time to pour milk on my cornflakes before Dan Wileman was 360 flipping out of lengthy manuals in a Crocodile Dundee get-up. This is a flick that sees no shame in premature gnar-jaculation, choosing to drop the heavy bassline into this visual mixtape instantly rather than faff around with any editing or HD foreplay. This is Bristol, remember? Or, more accurately, if all those subverted North Face logos are anything to go by, this is the South West, bitch.
So after briefly floating in a womb with names floating around that may as well serve as a loose metaphor for Bristol being pregnant with a spectacular skate scene, Dan Wileman rips from the umbilical cord and gets this bloodbath started. After another excuse to see that bigflip at the 2008 Meanwhile Jam, Dan doesn’t slow with unexpected rapid-fire bangers. Aside from the most legit frontboard on a ledge since the 90s, Dan gets high on the monster rail atop Cardiff Bay’s steep red banks and stays around to flip manual the pad at Sports Café that does not get nearly enough attention from visitors. Look out for more from this guy in the Crayon video which will undoubtedly drop sometime this year whenever Dykie comes up with a name and manages to spell it correctly in the title sequence. There was a wink in that sentence.
From now on, people have not-so-much sections, but a period of time in the unstoppable mix to drop bangers as though in a free association session with RZA and the Clan. Amongst the montages it’s not easy to keep up with the action but what’s going on is most definitely not easy, no way, not ever, no sir. Motive’s Paul Carter hooks up with Wainwright to hit some beautiful architecture and make it a little bit more grimy before Flynn Trotman flies in and skates walls like they’re flatbanks. Tom Gibbs deserves a note and immediate re-watch for catching everything proper and perfect.
Jess Young comes in next and if you weren’t satisfied with his photos from the Kill City Hobo Tour in the mag then you’re a fool, but will soon become a satisfied and hopefully impressed fool. There’s an on-going joke with anyone who skates with Jess Young, you could be standing on top of a ledge that someone has placed on Everest for some reason and it won’t be long before someone says ‘ah we should get Jess on this butt’. Sure, there’s some big drops in this, but you’ll be surprised at how versatile he is too. Dylan Hughes is next and shows that he hasn’t had so much as a nap after his Motive section, watch out for that double set frontside flip…
Andy Makepeace has a beautiful, optimistic name, and also boasts a beautiful nollie frontside heel that’s also as optimistic as a nollie frontside heel could be. After throwing it down Lloyds he whacks one into a mayday on those haggard banks that get a trashing throughout. Nicky Howells follows in traditional pisstake mode. Amongst technical ledge tomfoolery there’s a lazer flip that’ll become instant enemies with your rewind button. Be nice to that little guy now, you’re gonna need that little button again in a few minutes. Snaddon closes this segment in the usual top of the pops manner, half cabbing over a bench at college green and reclaiming that location for what’s truly important in Bristol. Fuck Skins!
The end is nigh, and yet it’s still not safe to breathe. The Big Hoppa Owen Hopkins puts that inevitable hardflip on hold (it comes after ten tricks! the wait was as tense as a Tarantino scene with no cuts!) but when it does you will shit where ever you are sitting. So if you have a portable DVD player then head to the lav then. Just a heads up.
New Crayon recruit Korahn Gayle finishes one of the finest (literally, I wasn’t shoehorning an awkward reference to the title in here I promise) videos to come from Bristol (that had absolutely nothing from The Deaner in I should add, not a bad thing) in the last decade, and who better to do so. If you’re not already convinced that Korahn isn’t one of the most important skaters to emerge from not just Bristol but the UK in the last ten years then do us a favour – go and do a switch back 360 down Lloyds in the fucking rain and let’s hear you make the same verdict. Hold tight Bristol.
If you missed out on the free DVD, put the kettle on and watch the full film right here: