This was a fun project that was close to me. I made this for my best friend of 20 years who owns Captains, a small skate shop in Redwood City, CA. It's a shop that carries skate and motorcycle lifestyle gear, in addition to having four barber chairs. It's a great, successful small business that incorporates everything Casey is about. We had always talked about making a small video that encompasses the lifestyle the shop caters to. So, we finally got around to it. Casey was cast in a commercial Anders and I did a few years ago, so I knew he would be good on camera. We also used to be in a band years ago, and he was definitely one to never shy away from the camera. It was a great day of filming. It was just me and a camera, no camera assistant, no money, no bells and whistles. I got Walter and Anders to help me out with sound and cueing the bikes. It's a pretty bare bones video. We headed out to some low traffic areas in the SF Bay Area hills and had a great morning. From there we had a BBQ and tried to capture some of the moments. I got Jeff McCarthy, a friend and director I often work with, who's also one of the dudes at King Manatee to edit it for me. My buddy Justin Pinkerton, who is a great composer for film/commercials, and a great musician, provided the music, and we ended up with a nice, simple piece. I think the honesty stands out in this video. It was just a lot of friends having a good time, living life fully.
Recently I decided to work on some personal projects in my spare time. It's another way for me to stay creative and keep fresh. Skateboarding has always been a big part of my life. In a time when skating is becoming increasingly corporate and mainstream, the root of skateboarding hasn't changed. At the end of the day it's about being with your friends, living life, and having good times. This is the first short film in a series that looks at the core and nostalgia of riding skateboards. It's my small way of giving back to something that has brought me so much joy.
Glory, is the first piece in the skate series. It chronicles a small day trip with some friends out to "Gloryhole," a secluded skatespot in Northern California. It's a fullpipe that serves as a spillway for the reservoir above it. The only way to reach it is to hike a little bit, hop some fences, then raft up to it. Not only did I want to capture the beauty behind the skating, I really wanted to create sense of nostalgia for adventure, and the process of getting to the destination. I hope you enjoy the piece, and I'm hoping to have the next film completed early next year.