12.27.2008


As soon as Tim got done with Breckenridge I headed there for the Winter Dew Tour. I am very stoked on the Dew Tour. It was fun to check out the first Winter Dew event. I did a little shooting for the Weekly Update for Fuel TV. Thanks to Fuel TV for all the work. It was fun and very very cold. It is all good to see snowboarding but it was great to see free skiing get some coverage. (photos: in the tent before ski slopestyle and Kyle Smaine [we did a New pollution segment on him] in the Super pipe)

12.12.2008


Oakley and Fuel TV have teamed up to do a week of the daily habit in Breckenridge, Colorado, and Matty from Oakley brought me along to shoot and edit some web spots about the event. You can check out the videos here There's also a video from the Russia trip on the same page. The photo is Pat Parnell, Gretchen Bleiler, and Matty Swanson.

12.10.2008


Dave Boyle.
New to the oi family.
I didn’t know he was a brilliant filmmaker.
I thought he was just a kid that know how to use Final Cut Pro.
Dave just cut our Nigel Sylvester Firsthand in world record time.
Very very impressed.
Here is a trailer from one of his feature films.
He wrote, directed and acted in this movie.

12.03.2008


one of the cool things about the Baja shoot was that we got to hang out with our boy Matt Jones. Matt worked at Fuel and we did a lot of New pollution segments for him while he was there. There we 6 of us shooting at Baja and we each had a Red One package. It was the first time I really got to shoot with one for more than just a few shots. It is a lot of camera to lug around without an assistant. We've used the Red on a few commercial spots, but we always had another operator, so it was cool to get real hands on time with one.

11.24.2008


Tim was awesome to invite me on his Baja 1000 gig, his second year my first. We were shooting the Volkswagen, Red Bull truck for Oakley. It was cool to be shooting a Volkswagen because Volkswagen has a lot of history with the race. The new Touareg clean-diesel vehicle is groundbreaking. It is fast, quiet, uses less fuel and has very low emissions (they even use the word “green” if that word could possibly be in the same sentence as Baja 1000). It looked amazing cruising the Mexican desert at 100 mph+. As Fuzzy Hall said the race is the wild wild west, it is unbelievable to watch firsthand what goes on during that race. You see hordes of Mexicans fans just feet away from speeding cars that are bouncing up and down side to side, it is not surprising that fans occasionally die watching this race. Thanks James Masters it was fun.
(These photos: the new Volkswagen Touareg just before the race and an old Volkswagen Bug, still racing.)

11.18.2008

ROAD TRIP WRAP UP


Just about got stuck in the mud outside of New Harmony. Steve's Awesome driving skills got us unstuck.








Untitled from oi documentary services on Vimeo.

11.12.2008

We are on the road with David Law doing a commercial for Fuel TV. It is a simple idea, pushing a skateboard through beautiful places. The challenge, nothing man made in the frame but the road and David’s board (and clothes). So far we have been in Goblin Valley, Capital Reef National Park, Hell’s Backbone by Calf Creek, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Big Sur, and now Point Reyes ‘Station, California, north of San Francisco. (photos: photographic horse play as the sun sets in Big Sur and David in Capital Reef)
Had a great time in New Jersey shooting a New Pollution segment on Little Sean. This kid was a super rad and an amazing BMXer. This kid’s outlook on life made me smile. (photo: Matt “Pretty Boy” Beacham and Little Sean on the boardwalk on the Jersey Shore)

11.08.2008


I decided to try something new while we were in New Jersey and I booked us into a bed and breakfast instead of the usual corporate hotel thing . We stayed at the Cottage on the River and it was amazing. It is a very comfortable house on the bay. From our window we could see the boats in the bay just a few yards away. The place is run by Sally and her husband Phil. They are super cool and had made us feel comfortable. We had our own bathroom so there was plenty of privacy and there were nice common areas too. The breakfasts were perfect and the place is just so peaceful. Sally even let us do our final interview in the living room of the house. In times like this I think Sally and Phil should have our money and the Marriotts will be just fine without it. (photos: the place and Matt our host with Sally and Phil)

11.03.2008


sean is rad and super easy to film, steve and I have had a great time shooting with him. One more day, then home for a few days before heading out on the next fuel spot shoot.

10.30.2008



We spent the day yesterday on the salt flats doing spot number 2 of this round of Fuel on air promotions. This one featured nigel sylvester doing his thing in the surreal atmosphere of mlle marker 10 on i80 west.

10.22.2008


I am in Zwolle, in The Netherlands at lego world shooting for Ethan. Some pretty crazy constructions here. It's inspiring to see people so passionate and dedicated to their hobby. I'm here for a few days, then my wife and I will have a few days vacation in Amsterdam.

10.17.2008


“Freedom of Space” our film about street skateboarding/public space played at the STREET ZINEMA film festival in San Sebasti├ín, Spain. It is an honor to play in such a hip film festival that celebrates street culture. Click on this link and you can watch the whole film on your own personal computer. Enjoy.

10.14.2008


It looks like a band photo, but it's not. Steve, Nigel and Keith, post session. Brooklyn NY.

Mikey Aitken BMX 1998 from oi documentary services on Vimeo.

Mikey took a bad fall and is in the hospital right now. Go to the 5050 site to make a donation. Steve and I threw this video together of old footage steve shot of mikey when he was 15 years old. Get well soon Brother.

10.09.2008

Finishing up the Nigel Sylvester Firsthand in Barcelona, Spain. Nigel is here with the Nike BMX team shooting their video. This town in unbelievable in many many ways. We filmed and rode all day in downtown and did not kicked out of a single spot and the spots are amazing. Also on the trip are Mike Spinner, Dennis Enarson, Garrett Reynolds, shooter Glenn P. P. Milligan and Nike team manager/photographer Mark Losey. (photos: Nigel by the sea and Mark shooting Dennis Enarson)

10.04.2008


While in New York City we are staying with the Bennion girls in Brooklyn. A very New York setup, tonight there will be 7 of us staying in this 2 bedroom apartment. All of Nigel’s friends are super impressed that we are staying in Crown Heights. In this photo Louisa is showing us her Brian Kershisnik painting and the painting of Brian she did as a kid. Thanks Bennions sisters.

10.02.2008


Another good day in New York City with Nigel and his friends.

9.30.2008


Lately I have had a few interactions with real negative people in my life and it really gets me down. So when you meet someone that is positive and has some sunshine it their soul it such a treat. Nigel is that way. I think of one of my hero growing up, Bob Hedrick, he was a super positive person that was quick to smile and always lifted you up. Bob always found beauty in life, he just ruled. So we are all smiles here in New York working with such a peaceful guy like Nigel.
(iPhone photo: The first thing we shot in NYC was Nigel getting his haircut by his barber Pepa in Queens)

9.29.2008


Following Nigel through the streets of New York City in the middle lane going the wrong way on a one way street it hard to get this song out of your head...

9.28.2008


Las Vegas, Nevada.
OK, We just started a Firsthand with street BMXer Nigel Sylvester from Queens, New York. After the trade show in Las Veags it is off to New York City and then Barcelona, Spain. He is an amazing guy, a very positve person, a creative rider and a pleasure to work with. More later...

9.27.2008


We just got back from a New Pollution shoot in Chicago.
The kid was brilliant, CJ an 11 year old skateboarder.
Funny cool kid and a great skater.
Chicago a super cool city.
Warp Skatepark a great park and the owner Rob rules.
But as usual with New Pollution shoots we get to meet a cool family with super supportive partents.
The Mom super cool and sweet.
The sister, a cool kid, a snowboarder.
Okay let’s talk about the dad, Joe Kelly.
An old punk rocker, skater, funny man, former member of the band
Minisrty and all around cool guy.
He drove us around for 4 days, told us 6,000 funny stories, showered us with gifts, and just kept us smiling.
Joe is bit of a Chicago legend and his current band “Beer Nuts” is a cult favorite party band.
Joe gave us a CD now I can’t get “Woke up tied up to the radiator” out of my head.
We just did a New Pollution shoot in Chicago with 11 year old skateboarder CJ Kelly.
Thanks Kelly Family and Warp Skatepark family.
This photo is from a contest they had at the park while we were there.
Our host Matt Beacham is in the pink shirt and next to him with the surfboard is CJ Kelly.

9.19.2008




Yes the Salt Lake City Dew Tour is always a good time. It is like a family reunion of sorts. We get to see all the folks we have worked with over the last 10 years or so. Cam White is now in first place in BMX dirt and likes tacos. Al Cook landed on his face in BMX dirt. (Al, I am going to get you a full face helmet for Christmas.) Maybe they should bring back the football helmet for BMX. I asked Al if he knocked out his teeth and he said ”yes” and added that it was no big deal because he just knocked out the fake ones.

9.14.2008

Steve and I are shooting at the Dew Tour in SLC this weekend for the Weekly Update folks at Fuel.



This is Fake Ryan Sheckler. You can see him in the top right corner. I can't figure out what his deal is. He looks like a younger version of sheckler. He is totally playing the part, red bull hat on backwards, elbow brace on, oakley wrist band, the whole nine yards. At the Vert prelims I saw him in the stands and people were constantly asking for his autograph and he would reply that he wasn't ryan. But at the Park comp, he was on the floor and after, I saw him outside mobbed by this crowd so I snapped a pic.

9.11.2008


My Uncle Scott introduced me to snow. I lived in California and had never really spent any significant time around it. Scott lived in Utah and worked at Alta ski resort. I think I was around 10 or 11 when my parents sent me to stay with him and his wife Marcia for a few days. They taught me to ski and I caught the bug. It was a pretty important crossroad in my life because it eventually led me to snowboarding, which led me to go to college in Utah and started me on the path for my career which involves a lot of filming in the snow.
My Uncle Scott passed away tonight from Pancreatic cancer. Thank you Scott and Marcia for pointing me in that direction.

9.10.2008


Steve has 3 more fuel spots for us to do and we shot the first of them yesterday just outside of Boise. Ronn Seidenglanz helped out with the location and talent. We had Brandon Christiensen shoot it for us. Lots of things fell right into place for this one. Drove to Boise on monday night. Got started around 7am tuesday, wrapped at sunset, hit the road and got home around 3 am. Good Times.

9.03.2008


It's always a good time shooting Jeff. We got the chance to do some more work with him the other day.

8.18.2008

Had a good time at the Deer Creek Open Water Swim Marathon.
Big thanks to Jim for another good year.
Big thanks Jason Von Reamair for being my paddler for the entire 10 kilometers. I figured I looked at Jason over a 1000 times as I took breaths on my right side. Leave it to Jason to shoot video, snap photos and still come up with over 100 unique obscene hand gestures and super crude verbal one-liners to cheer me on.
Jason you are a special friend.

8.14.2008

Got the chance to work with Todd again. Last summer I helped him shoot some fire training stuff for mine workers. This year it involved a mock terrorist scenario complete with real swat teams and rubber bullets flying. Here's a shot Todd snapped of me in the thick of the swat guys.

8.06.2008


This video made me think of my friend Brent from Salt Lake City Bicycle Company.

7.30.2008


Got to go to Toronto this weekend to shoot Wakestock. It was a bonus to see some guys that i haven't seen in a long time. This is Danny Hampson and Keith Lyman doing an autograph session.

7.25.2008


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