you guys are sweet! honestly i don't agree with all your opinions but it's good to know that you aren't saying what people want to hear instead of what you really believe "rather be hated for being my self than liked for being a fake" real talk
I’m going to begin by saying the filming was really on point in this film. However, there was one shot that that was really fucking wack. Now that I’ve got my first piece of constructive criticism out of the way (I’ll touch on what shot I am referring to when it arrives, pun intended) I’ll start with the opening section. An intros and intro, I don’t really care much for up close product shots but I was feeling how they linked all the supporters together with a theme and story line. Not just cheesy titles. Curtis comes into play and does this thing. Nice little POV shot into actual riding. My only complaint this far is the beat dropped to early imo. Should’ve dropped when he landed but whatever.
I gotta say, Insight was incredibly rad, and rupert makes some banger edits, but i feel like hes tries to a bit too hard with the desolate/euphoric music thing. Feel like he should throw in some feel good rock n roll or club bangerz to better match the edit
Music is tough. I wanted to use some wu affiliated hip hop but we couldn’t find anything neutral enough. I love classic rock but it doesn’t compliment my riding. And well, club bangers are reserved for homie mashups if anything, not a web video. Rupert has a good taste is music and I trust his decisions. Theres a point where you gotta look at the big picture and think of who’s going to turn your video off because they don’t like the music. It sucks you can’t always use the tracks you want but when you’re trying to represent a company you want people to focus on the riding and not whether on not they like the music. Music can make or break a video section. Replay value is a huge thing for me, I know if i watch a banger edit with shitty EDM, chances are I won’t watch it again even if the ridings half decent.
Only because of your super passive aggressive request am I posting this. You shred for a grom but you gotta make your edits shorter. Remember, quality over quantity. The flip slam was gnarly haha fuck.
A lot of people were driven to riding bikes because team sports never gave them what they wanted. Riding a bike doesn’t require you to be at practice on time or follow a set of ancient rules that will result in you being penalized if you break them. People are motivated to become better at riding on their own schedule with their own methods of learning. Most team sports travel together, progress together, win together and unfortunately loose together. Sound familiar? Although we may not think it, we are all one team or another. I’m not talking about a team who all rides for the same company, but a team who collectively strives for the same goal: to get better at riding our bikes. The only difference is we get to pick our own team full of our friends we actually want to spend time with.
How would you guys weigh in on the helmet-wearing debate?
It doesn’t really matter where you stand on the helmet debate because it has nothing to do with you. Why we all chose to ride bikes because we didn’t like being told how to do something we enjoy. It’s self-expression. You can dress however you want and you can protect yourself as little or as much as you want. It’s your body and your risk. People on the net are like vigilante helmet nazi’s and spaz out if someone isn’t wearing a helmet like that person hasn’t heard that their whole life or even gives a fuck. I’ll agree, it’s pretty stupid given the magnitude of what you’re riding, but I also think drinking a ton, paying to go to a shitty club to listen to shitty music to ultimately feel like shit the next day is stupid too. But hey, that’s some people’s jam and I’m not going to let someone else life choices bend me out of shape. Do what you want, it’s your life and your consequences.
I’ve received a bunch of questions (pretty legit ones) directed at me and I am going to answer them on my personal blog. If you have any questions specifically for me in the future please ask them here. Only is getting pretty clogged up with (valid) questions lately and I would like to answer them but don’t want to bury content with personal stuff. Thanks.
I pinch my bar spins. I’ve heard a lot of people say they pinch their cranks with their ankles, not sure if that works well…I just close the knees and sauce. Pinching helps your bike from squirrelling out side to side too.