This e-mail has been sitting in the old Inbox for far too long. Our good friend from Eau Claire, Jason Park, sent in some photos from the first skatepark in Iraq. Park and some others have their set up at Camp Taji, which is just north of Baghdad. Check the photos below. Thanks SGT Park!
What got you in to filming and when did you start?
The thing that got me into filming was seeing Jan Welch do it, and make something out of it. It was awesome to me that he could film all the tricks and edit them together with music. This was around 1995. A year later I was 15 when I would get a camera from mom and began filming for Jan when he couldn’t make it out. I spent a good 4 to 5 years after that sending footage to Dave Paine, Joe Navran, Dave Temple, and The Ninos Con Bombas dudes. Eventually, I really wanted to learn how to edit my own video’s and got a crash course on Adobe Premier from Bryant Rutledge (Ninos Con Bombas) in 2000.
Tell us a little about Fade Nation 3.
I wanted to show the diversity in styles of blading. Its pretty much been the main focus of my work since I began this video. The difference between Victor Galicia and Anthony Williams is huge, but they are both great. I feel like they can and should co-exist within our community, so I do my best to try and illustrate that.
Which section was your favorite to work on?
Editing-wise either Kruise or Soderburg. Filming-wise it’s a tie between Rob & Victor since we filmed most of their stuff at the same time, and were the only people I went outside of LA to film.
Any crazy stories when out filming?
We often film in area’s we don’t always belong in like Compton, Paramount, East LA and Downtown LA. But at this point I feel like everyone in California knows what skaters/bladers are, and that we’re just there to do our thing and leave. Sadly, the only people who have yet to get the memo is the cops. Near the end of shooting GREEN, I was filming with Quinn for a “Day in the Life” at a VA hospital. The cops there take themselves pretty seriously and threw all our skates in a pile, took my tape from my camera (yea i still use tapes), threatened us with jail & tickets and kinda just yelled at us a lot. At some point I think they realized they were going overboard and just let us go.
How long did the editing process take?
TOO LONG! I was editing on and off for about a year. The filming was all so scattered that by the time Soderburg was done, I had just begun piecing Rob’s part together. With Fritz & Ben I tried about 7 or 8 different songs until I finally stuck with a winner. One of the weird things about this video was that I’d never had a legit editing job before, and just as I began work on GREEN I was hired as an editor at a really well-respected trailer-house. So I was spending 9-6 everyday editing commercials/trailers and every night/weekend I was working on GREEN.
What are you working on right now?
I’ve been shooting online content for The Conference, working on some designs for Black Fabric (again), shooting backups for Negrete, keeping up the Fade Nation Blog, shooting photo’s with my diana, working on video’s with Low Limit (Bryant Rutledge), spray-painting all my old shoes gold, learning 2.5-D techniques in AE, getting my resumé on point and trying to keep a regular sleep schedule.
One word to describe each section?
Best part of making the video/worst part of making video?
The best part is hanging out with friends at the end of a session in the parking lot. The worst part is dealing with technical stuff.. i.e. re-encoding every single clip before editing, rendering out the entire video to realize I’ve misspelled something, catching a flash frame, or needing to fix AE renders.. there’s always a billion tech issues once I start computing, especially since I shot in HD @ 24 fps.
What software and camera did you use to make Green?
I used FCP, Compressor and DVD Studio Pro on the digital end and filmed it on my Canon HV30, Yashica Super 8mm and my Russian K-3 16mm. Mike McMullen used Adobe Illustrator to build my custom font and did the cover/disc art in Photoshop. John Starr did all the motion graphics in Cinema 4d and After Effects.
ben schwab & brandon negrete. Long exposure shot with my Diana
Bryant Rutledge aka Low Limit plays at a Dublab session
kruise sapstein. Double exposure shot on my diana
Anthony Williams and myself double checking the shot. Photo: Lee Martin
"Self Portrait" shot with my Diana
Robert Guerrero, Myself and Victor Galicia in the backseat stuck in traffic on the way home from San Francisco.
Myself and Victor Galicia
Robert Guerrero. Super 8mm still frame
Stockwell and JC at the Boston airport en route home from WRS.
How does the cuff system work and does the skate use a liner?
Oli Benet: The Carbon skate was loved by most, but we always pay a lot of attention to feedback, not only from our team but also from our customers and online. We like to make the effort to improve all we develop, and that is exactly what we have done here.
Some skaters had an issue with the flex on previous Carbons, especially the front-back flex. The lack of a separate cuff was seen by an advantage to some, but many preferred the feeling of an independent cuff piece for more variable support, especially noticeable on jumps and landings.
We tested many, many different hardness and styles of cuffs throughout 2010 and have found the cuff that all our testers like the best. It’s a perfect balance of flexibility and support, and the overall carbon experience is said to be much, much better. All our riders are unanimous on this.
This new cuff is also complimented with a brand new one piece tongue which is 100% pre-shaped and includes all new flex-cuts to harmonize the flexibility with the cuff and boot, as well as improving comfort and supporting natural movement.
What materials are used?
Basically the same material as used in the first Carbons, tough and strong full grain leather along with special nanoleather in some panels. Cuff is made out of a PU blend.
Has sizing changed? Has the weight changed at all from previous models?
Sizing is the same as the previous USD Carbon skates. Padding has been improved, especially around the ankle and heel area for more comfort and improved heel fixation. The weight also remains the same, or with negligible difference.
What are all of the changes that have been made to the skate?
The main difference is the new and improved buckle, liner and padding and of course the new cuff. We have also improved the stitching on the leather outer, and have reverted back to the strongest leather material that can be used on a skate boot.
We are also really pleased with the new tongue the skate boasts and we really think you will notice the difference.
What’s the best feature of the skate?
Well, just as its Carbon predecessors it can boast 1 boot per size, something almost no other brand or boot can.
It is very small and close fitting to your feet, allowing for unbeatable control. It’s the lightest boot on the market, and it looks great.
It has been tested by many of the best skaters in the world to find a perfect balance between weight, support and comfort.
It is also the only aggressive skate made of Carbon.
What more can you need!
For someone that hasn’t tried these new skates, what are they most comparable to?
Hard question to answer. I would probably say they are closest to a Salomon skate, as Salmons were always small, one boot per size, comfortable and very precise.
When should we be expecting these new skates?
Current ETA is mid November.