Archive for January, 2009

four corners trails section

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2009 by Aaron

This is the beginning of a series of posts about Four Corners, which was last year’s no bikes video. I always said I would put everything online, but instead of just posting stuff I thought it would be interesting for at least a few people if I wrote a little about each part. Local videos are one of my favourite things about bmx, and people need to make more! I’m not a video geek, I’m just a guy with a camera and a hobby; I hope people realize that this is all it takes to put a project together if you really want to do it. Regardless of how nice the content turns out, it’s an awesome experience and I will always enjoy seeing new spots and new riders.

This was the intro section for Four Corners. I’ve always thought it was kind of strange that videos have a full intro section that introduces all of the riders in addition to the intros in each individual part. I’m not knocking that approach, but in the interest of boiling things down a bit I wanted to do someting different and skip straight to the riding. Trails were always the heart of the Anchorage scene, so I thought it was fitting to incorporate a trails section into this brief introduction. It’s not all crazy riding, but I wanted to film all of the lines we built and a few trains just to give the viewer a general feeling for what’s there. My favourite thing we did for this is about midway through, it’s a five person train with two over/unders, I was the second “under” and the whole sequence was a blast to film. I rode a bunch in this; Zac and Brian or whoever else was around to hold the camera helped with filming. This section also contains one of my favourite shots in the whole video, that being David’s superman seatgrab. In the summer here, it doesn’t really get all the way dark. Late night trails sessions are definitely the best thing about riding in Alaska. At the peak of the summer, you can ride them comfortably until about 1 a.m., that’s something you can’t do anywhere else in the world without electricity.

fairbanks video

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2009 by Aaron

Since people are actually reading this thing I figured I’d give you something to watch. This is a bunch of footage from a trip we did in December, you can read about it here. It was a crazy trip, from our ridiculous rental cars with all season tires (driving on Alaskan highways without studs is terrible) to the overall weirdness associated with Fairbanks in the winter (I included the times for sunrises and sunsets to give you an idea), it was the kind of trip I like to do. I wanted to put something together from this trip for our dvd but decided to just put it online. Although it goes along with the general theme of uniquely Alaskan situations/awesome roadtrips, a bunch of skatepark footage isn’t really interesting compared to the other trips we’ve been on. That and there was some serious sketchy footage because none of us know the first thing about filming contests…

dom mach facts

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2009 by Aaron

-Dom Mach once gapped to smith so hard that his peg broke the speed of light, went back in time, and killed Amelia Earhart while she was flying over the Pacific Ocean.

-The chief export of Dom Mach is Canadian nosepicks.

-Dom Mach’s front breaks cure cancer.

-When Dom Mach plays Oregon Trail his family does not die from cholera or dysentery, but rather one footed x-ups to the face. He also requires no wagon, since he carries the oxen, axels, and buffalo meat on his semi-ovalized macneil miron toptube. He always makes it to Oregon before you.

-Dom Mach once showed up at Google and demanded that they rename their search engine “Dom Mach.” When they refused, Dom decade tailtapped Google in the face, transforming it’s bruised remains into Google Dark.

-Dom Mach affects the price of stock quotes and land values. Wherever he is, prices drop due to the danger of a sudden gaps to smith. He bought his own home for 30 cents and one vicious back peg chink.

-If you make a list of 10 things Dom Mach cannot Canadian nosepick, he will appear at your house and nosepick them all. Your life may be forfeit.

-When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night he checks his closet for a Dom Mach one footed x-up.

-Dom Mach can canadian nosepick revolving doors.

-Dom Mach has to maintain a concealed weapon license in all 50 states (and 10 provinces) in order to legally run front brakes.

-When Dom Mach sends in his taxes, he sends blank forms and includes only a picture of himself, crouched and ready to gap into a smith. Dom Mach has not had to pay taxes ever.

-When Dom Mach does a canadian nosepick, he isn’t rotating on coping, he’s pushing the Earth around in a half circle underneath him.

-Dom Mach can nosepick your coping so hard that it will actually alter your DNA. Decades from now your descendants will occasionally wonder why they are all goofy footed.

interview: kyle stark on “it do” and other projects

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2009 by Aaron

Kyle Stark has long been a polarizing figure on bmxboard. He’s always been a guy who speaks his mind, especially about video related stuff. Given the nature of internet messageboards it was somewhat of a surprise when the first Team Dilly video came out and we all learned that he could both ride and make an entertaining video. Kyle brings something unique to the editing table in that he’s not afraid to sacrifice the mass appeal of a section to have a bit of fun; he can also execute a clean and straightforwad edit really nicely. Most of the sections from the first Team Dilly video Ride Away on Yo Pussy Ass Bike are online, so I’ll post them throughout the text and you can see for yourself. The new Team Dilly video It Do is out now, and available through Empire for 16 bucks. I’ll try to pick up a copy and write a review, but for now just check out bmxboard if you want to see a few people’s thoughts on it.


The trailer for “It Do”

Give a rundown of all the video projects you’ve been involved with and a quick description for each one.

Well it all started with Scene Fromthe Outside, a video I made when I was maybe 15 years old. Not much to say about that one, aside from the fact that it will destroy your VCR…literally. The next video I did was the first under the Team Dilly name, and it was titled “Ride Away on Yo’ Pussy Ass Bike”. Landon Anderson had one of my favorite sections I ever filmed in this one, as well as a few other good sections that I’m still psyched on. You can check out that whole video on google or I also just started uploading sections from it to youtube as well, take your pick. Our newest video, “It Do”, is probably my favorite video yet but I think we’ll touch on that more later.

Where did you pull the strange names for your videos from?

Haha, well the name for the last dilly video was actually a direct quote from a jive-talkin mafk at a gas station in Minneapolis. Our friend Gunch accidently had bumped into the guy while walking inside, and then twenty minutes later when this guy eventually leaves, he yelled “ride away on yo pussy ass bike, niggy!” out of his car window. Boom, title. Also the DVD menu for that video was a brilliant MS Paint visual representation of the instance drawn by our official graphic designer, Gunch…incase anyone was wondering.

The new title is actually another quote by retired MLB outfielder and designated hitter, Oscar Gamble. The full quote is “They don’t think it be like it is, but it do.” I assume this quote was pulled from some sort of an interview, but I can’t find any record of the quote anywhere legitimate on the internet. Either way I’m just gonna keep assuming he did actually say it, because its fucking hilarious.

There seems to be a subtle bit of humor in your edits, can you explain this?

There isn’t all that much to explain really, I just like to take a lighthearted approach to editing bmx videos because I feel that occasional humor is a good way to keep people entertained even if they’re not into the particular dude’s riding you know? A majority of bike videos are edited to be really epic or artsy, and it pisses me off. It’s a fucking bike video, not a full length feature film. Some can pull it off if the riding is really good, but the best videos in my opinion are the ones that take a break from the ultra-serious riding footage occasionaly and make me laugh or something.

Do you have any formal video training? What equipment are you using to film? Do you think either of those things matter much for bmx videos?

No formal video training, just sorta taught myself as I went. I personally own a Sony TRV-900, but a lot of the video was also filmed on a Panasonic DVX-100 and a Sony VX2100. I don’t think formal video training matters much at all with bmx videos, especially because a lot of the bike videos I see by film students are over-edited and cheesy. I generally think any decent 3 chip camera will do just fine for any bmx video, but after filming with a DVX recently I really want to get my hands on one. The quality of the footage is outstanding compared to any other camera commonly used to film BMX, and the difference is really noticable. DVX’s will become the industry standard soon, if not already.

What can people expect from the new Dilly video? Are there any amazing standout parts, or dudes to look out for?

You can expect an entertaining video with a bunch of dudes you’ve probably never heard of before killing a bunch of cool spots that you’ve probably never seen before, and some dancing too. My personal favorite sections in the video are Seth Peterson’s, Bink Seavey’s, and my brother Reed Stark’s. Seth does stuff that actually isn’t possible, Bink dances better than he rides but he’s not bad at that either, and my brother is the best bike rider ever. Reed and Seth are getting hooked up with flow from Sunday Bikes after Jim C saw their parts in the video, so if that doesn’t say something then I don’t know what does. Look out for those two, bigtime.

Is this an all street video? Were you guys actively seeking out new spots or going on trips to film it? Where was the bulk of the footage for “It Do” shot?

Yeah, the video is probably 98% street footage. I’m always actively seeking new spots pretty much every time I ride or drive in a car, and I’m always thinking of what my friends could do on the setups I find. Then I bring them there and if nobody wants to do it, then Reed will do it and tell me its a scrap clip. Haha that’s seriously how a large amount of the clips in the video happened, but I can’t take credit for everything because everyone else is always looking for spots too. Almost the entire video was filmed in and around Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, aside from Bink’s section and some clips in Seth’s and my parts which were filmed in Phoenix, Arizona.

Is there anything unique about this video that you would like to mention? What’s the most compelling reason for people to pick up a copy? Where can it be purchased?

Man, I don’t know. Team Dilly is all about having fun, so if you like fun you’ll like Team Dilly…and if you like Team Dilly you’ll like “It Do”. It’s a bunch of unique street riding by a group of good friends, full of truly progressive riding as well as all sorts of goofy shit. If that sounds like something you’d be into, go order one off of our myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/teamdilly for $15 shipped (It’s also available at Empire). You wont regret it. Man I wrote way too much in this fucking interview, nobody’s going to want to read this shit!

review: presence

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2009 by Aaron

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This video rules! Combine awesome spots with a talented videographer and a great scene and you get a rad video like Presence.

Visually, this is the type of video that I would love to make one day. Every shot has bright, vibrant colors and is planned out well. There’s fisheye where it’s appropriate, but the long lens work in Presence really makes it great. Jeremy knows how to frame a still shot, and it’s a beautiful thing. The editing has a few too many zoom and fades for my liking, but is otherwise pretty solid. The music is pretty mellow for the most part (my wife liked it, which will always score huge points with this reviewer because it means I can watch your video more than once without annoying the crap out of her), culminating with an excellent David Bowie song in Greg Flag’s section.

The video begins with a long intro consisting of still shots and simple riding. There’s an obvious Joe Cox influence in Presence (if you didn’t pick that up from the zoom/fades already), anyone I know would take that as a complement I think… anyways, the intro was great, it showcased a lot of cool spots in Montreal but made it interesting by featuring a few guys just training around and having fun; the videography may have been TWW, but the content was fresh and new.

The level of riding is what you would expect from a really good local video. It probably wouldn’t hang with like the Levi’s video, but it’s one of the best local videos I’ve seen in a while. I guess the only negative thing I could say is that it’s a lot of stuff I’ve seen before in every other all street video out there – you know, the smith hard 180 to 360 a stairset crowd… it’s solid, but only a few things really surprised me.

The two big standout parts come from Greg Flag and Corey Dewey. Corey has an interesting setup, everything is normal but he seems to spin opposite. The result of this is him absolutely owning the icepick grind to 180. There are two in there that are so nice that I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better one. Corey rides with great flow, and could probably hang on any pro team out there (which is probably why he just got picked up by Federal… actually both these guys were). Greg’s part is equally great, maybe better, I don’t know. He was the one who brought some stuff I’d never seen before, and his ender is outrageous. He does a very nice uprail to hard 180 near the beginning, and my personal favourite, a ruben wallride 180 out. The aformentioned Bowie song fits this part perfectly, I love it when an editer can pull off the crazy riding/mellow song thing.

There’s some cool stuff in the bonus including the Presence jams and a skatepark edit (yeah skatepark!).

My biggest complaint: There was only one Max Vincent clip. Maybe I’m just nostalgic for the old school, but that guy is like the Dom Mach of Quebec, he rules.

Buy this if you want to see a really nice looking, solid local video from one of the coolest scenes in Canada. It’s available through tenpack, Empire or by emailing filmpresence@hotmail.com.

the dom mach project

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2009 by Aaron

Episode 1 – Dom Mach vs. Beast


Recipe for success:
1. gap to smith
2. canadian nosepick
3. andrew w.k.

skatebarn edit

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2009 by Aaron

John Thompson seems to be on top of putting out some serious macneil web edits. This came out today, and it’s really good. Gotta respect a dude who can make indoor skatepark footage look good. It’s also pretty rad that someone is around filming Sexsmith on a regular basis… only good things can come from that.

a new project in the works

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2009 by Aaron

I’ve been working on the launch for a new ongoing series that is going to rule. I haven’t posted much this week because I had a couple job interviews, but that’s the breaks I guess. Below is a little hint as to the subject matter, don’t spoil it if you know.

another day, another great photo

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22, 2009 by Aaron

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This is midway out to Girdwood skatepark, one of the best photos Zac gave me. Turnagain arm has a 29 foot tide at it’s peak (second only to the Bay of Fundi). Since the inlet is so narrow, the current flows like a river when the tide goes out. Sometimes this area gets excellent bore tides and there’s the occasional crazy windsurfer out. Girdwood is the only skatepark in the Anchorage area worth mentioning, and it was once on the cover of Transworld BMX.

more photos from zac’s camera

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2009 by Aaron

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Since everyone seemed to like the last photo I posted, here are a couple more – riding photos this time. These are night shots, the sun just barely dips below the horizon and keeps the sky lit all night at the peak of it; that’s why the sky is so blue. Marlo took the second photo and Zac took the first one. I have more excellent non-riding shots from zac and I’ll keep posting them for the rest of this week.

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