28th Nov 2015

A Video a Day – Experiment No. 1 – “Face”

Hello lovely people of the internet! Today I’ve started a new project, which I hope I will have the time to be able to continue!

Benny Aves 30 Day ChallengeA good friend of mine, Benny Aves, is doing a 30 day challenge – where he is making a tune in a day, for 30 consecutive days, and uploading it without fussing over quality and mixing etc. I thought that sounded like a banging idea, and that I’d have a crack at doing the same thing but with video, using each of the tunes that he’s making as the starting platform. I see it as a good way of experimenting with weird effects and ideas that I wouldn’t normally use. The only rule I’ve given myself is that I have to upload the videos the same day as I start them. Make of them what you will!

I dunno if I can commit to 30 consecutive days like Benny Boy, but I’ll do as many and as often as I can!

Below is experiment/video/day/tune numero uno. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel for the new tunes and videos as they roll out, and follow Aves’s 30 day challenge on Soundcloud for a tune a day from now until Christmas!

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As with all my videos. this was edited in Premiere Pro with various plugins. Have a nice weekend!

17th Nov 2015

Autumn in Berlin and Super Slow-Mo Skateboarding!

Hello, good morning, and welcome! I’m updating my blog – can you Adam & Eve it!

Berlin FS700 Video Title

I was recently in Berlin for a few weeks, working on a video for a friend’s new business venture. We were working on the Kickstarter campaign video, and although I can’t say too much at the moment, if all goes to plan this should be a very well received new product. We are hoping to launch the campaign in the new year, so hold tight for that!

For one set of shots we required a studio, and the super slow motion capabilities of the Sony FS700. So we rented the camera, and lucky for me, the studio wasn’t booked until after dark, so I had all day to wonder around Berlin with the most expensive camera I’ve ever laid my grubby little mitts on.

Sony NEX FS700

 

Oberbaum Bridge Berlin

This was the first time I’ve ever used this camera, and with only a few hours of daylight (the clocks had just gone back), I tried my best to get what I could. Berlin was beautiful at this time of the year (end of October), so I wanted to get some shots of the lovely colours of the trees. No one seemed to sweep the streets or pavements like they do in London either, and it was lovely and dry that day, so crisp, bright leaves were majestically flying and rolling all over the place.

Autumn in Berlin Street

We ended up at one of Berlin’s premiere skate spots – the benches at Warschauer Straße, which was a great opportunity to film some rad skateboarding and make the most of the 200fps mode of the FS700.

Back Smith at Warschauer Straße Benches

Overall this is a lovely camera with superb results. Check the video below for some nicely coloured leaves, super slow motion skateboarding, and my make smoking a rollie:

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Lens: 18 – 200mm Canon Mount

Edited and coloured with Premiere Pro

Music: Anthem by Emancipator

Please subscribe to my channel for more travel videos, skateboarding and camera tests :)

2nd Oct 2015

We Are Everything.

My brother from another, Rory, who’s featured in front of the camera for a few music videos we’ve done together, has turned the tables. He doesn’t usually make videos, but he pulled this one right out the bag, and smashed it apart!

Mr Key & Greenwood Sharps – All Rise Feat. Edward Scissortongue, out now on High Focus Records, with a seriously sick video by my man himself, Rory. The tune is deep as well, I first heard it during some post festival brain skattiness the other week (you know how it is), and it resonated pretty well. Enjoy!

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30th Sep 2015

Errrrr… Hello!

It has been a while since I’ve updated this. Not because I haven’t been doing anything worth posting, but because my little brain box has slowly become less and less interested in “social media” in general. When I first got an iPhone in 2011 I used to love it – Tweeting left right and centre about thoughts I had on the bus, Instagramming photos of my lunch, Facebooking a photo of my mate asleep, you know how it goes. But since I left the UK and EnviroPhoned my iPhone, I find myself thinking “who cares?!”. Yeah it’s good to post up a video you’ve made, a tune you’ve produced, or promote an event, but 90% of the stuff I see on there simply pisses me off, and I don’t want to be a part of something that doesn’t really resonate with me anymore. I’m not going to go into specifics or start ranting, but due to this I’ve found myself hardly posting anything online, I’ve Tweeted & Facebooked a few videos I’ve made, but unfortunately I’ve let my website fall to the sidelines as well. Do people even check websites these days? I remember when I was running the Fiasco Skateboarding blog back in 2007ish – whenever I went onto the internet back then I had a handful of sites I would always visit straight away to catch up on the latest skateboarding/camera/music news, but nowadays it seems we just log onto social media, and get told what websites to go on, what articles to read, what ADHD 5 second video to watch. In fact, the 5 second videos now play automatically as you scroll past them – it’s a complete warzone for your attention out there! Fiasco Skateboarding clocked up some brilliant viewing figures without the help of social media, but nowadays, if it ain’t on Instagram or Facebook, no one’s gonna bother looking. I’m guilty of this too though, in fact I get so overwhelmed by the wealth of content out there that sometimes I just give up watching/listening/reading anything online all together! Technology has come so far that everyone and their dog is trying to promote their blog/video/music/shop/event/mixtape/label/photograph etc. So what I’ve focused on doing recently is just creating for my own amusement, and if other people watch and like it, then fair play to them. This is kind of subconsciously why I haven’t updated this site in a while. Has anyone even read this far?

Anyway, I have been making some videos, and I’m gonna make an effort to keep this website updated with everything over the next few weeks. So check back if you’re up for it, but if not, sweet as. There’s actually quite a lot of new stuff up on my YouTube channel already, so if you are interested, click here :)

In the mean time, here’s a picture of my mate Toby enjoying a sunset ciggy in Auckland:

Tobe Smokey Sunset

I’ll be back soon. Peace.