Skateboard + Spray Paint + Swimming Pool = Awesome!

back in the day, when I was younger and didn’t care if I broke my arm (note that I now have a mortgage, and broken arm + designer = not working) I was a pretty hardcore skater. I spent countless hours at the skatepark, on ramps, in abandoned swimming pools, and carving the asphalt around my neighborhood. This is the kind of thing that makes me wish I had kept up with it.

Not only is this a fun as hell video, some of the shots in it are pretty amazing, and the end result is some killer abstract graffiti.


Carving The Mountain. Longboards in Spain.

Today I was supposed to be working on a video shoot that involves a guy on a Ducati doing some high speed sweeps over a hill and down a curved road. Unfortunately the 45 mile per hour wind gusts, and on again off again overcast have put the shoot on hold until next week. So instead of shooting video of high speed sport bikes burning up the back roads of Northwest Missouri, I am posting a video of a group of young women carving up a mountain outside of Madrid Spain on their long boards.

Carving The Mountains is a short film by Juan Rayos featuring the Longboard Girls Crew. The film features music by the Decemberist, and Pascal Comelade.

The film was shot with a Canon 5D Mk II DSLR. There was no additional info about any other gear on Rayos Vimeo page. The shots are all so fluid and smooth  it makes me think he used some form of Steadicam rig.

Get Your Tron On.

Back in the day, I mean a long, long, long time ago, I was an avid skateboarder. You could say I was rather hardcore about it. from the age of about 15 to about 21 or 22, I lived it. I hit backyard half-pipes, skate parks, drainage ditches, abandoned reservoirs, empty swimming pools, or anything else that would allow me to try some crazy, possibly bone breaking stunt. That might be part of the reason that this video got me all excited. Riding in a half-pipe with projection mapped graphics flowing all over the place would have been so amazing back in the day.

Anyway this isn’t about me and my skateboard days, this is about the preview staging for Tron Legacy in Australia. This was produced by Eness for the movie, and was on display at the Melbourne Museum, in Melbourne Australia. This truly is the season of projection mapping because this stuff is now everywhere, but what I like about this is the way Eness has tied to the music, and the live action of the skaters in the half-pipe.

The graphics really work with the movie theme, and the music by Galapagoose is fitting. I hope we see a lot more of this over the next year as the software improves and the projection systems get better.