Shot on a Canon 7D, using the Canon 10-22mm zoom lens, as well as the 24-105mm zoom lens. I used a mix of monopod and handheld with the monopod as a handle or counterweight. Unfortunately I had lent out my Redrock kit to another shoot, so I had to get a little creative. Also I forgot to used the image stability control on the 24-105mm lens when shooting handheld, which was a terrible mistake. I definitely will be remembering that in the future.
This week I finished up a video I had been working on for a couple weeks now. I started this project with Jimmy from Hella Longboards, a start up longboard company in LA. Hella Longboards sponsors Amanda, hooking her up with new and unique boards. The video I made with them is a sponsor video, or a "reel" for Amanda to send to other longboarding associated companies to find additional sponsorship, such as wheels or sliding gloves.
Working with Amanda and the crew from Hella Longboards has been a great experience. The first day of shooting with them was during the first week in November, we start the shoot on Franklin hill in Santa Monica, where Jimmy and Amanda did some sliding on their boards. That was a tricky shoot with Amanda and Jimmy having to worry about oncoming traffic on the hills and trying not to run into parked cars, while I tried find the perfect spot to capture the action.
We next went to another hill south of Franklin, Im not entirely sure where, but It was pretty awesome. There was less traffic than Franklin hill, and it was a shorter hill, so Jimmy and Amanda were able to take a few more runs, giving me more of an opportunity to capture their riding.
At the end of the day, we found ourselves at the beach in Santa Monica, about a mile south of the pier (we weren't far from the pier long). Along with downhill riding and sliding, Amanda is great with longboard dancing, so we used the long sidewalk stretching from Santa Monica beach down to Venice to capture her great dancing skills without to much interruption. That was probably the most enjoyable part of the shoot for be, since I was finally able to jump on my own board and do some riding along with her.
The second day of shooting I did with Hella Boards and Amanda was in Malibu a week later. We went up into the mountains to find some gnarly downhill roads from the top of the mountain to the bottom. These routes were 4-5 miles long of pure downhill bliss. The road overlooked the mountain range as well as the ocean, it was unbelievable to be shooting here with Hellaboards. We found a way, using a suction cup and some rope, to strap my camera (Canon 7D) to the hood of my car with a 10-22mm zoom lens.
For the first ride down the mountain, I set the focal length of the camera to 22mm and went down the hill following the group of 4 riders, including Jimmy and Amanda. I found that, while with the lens set at 22mm, I had a great shot when the riders were directly in front of me, but with the crazy winding roads down the mountain, it was tough keeping a safe distance to the riders while keeping them in frame. So the second time down the mountain, I set the lens to 10mm, giving me full view of the road and a peek around the corner to keep the riders in frame without running them over.
The second time down the mountain, I followed the rider Clay, who was a young kid who was insane on a longboard. He rode down the road at top speed, sliding around corners at almost 20 mph, I even had a hard time keeping up with him in my car. We got some great high speed footage of him speeding down the mountain.
The second ride down, we stopped half way down to capture some more detailed riding of them sliding around turns and to try out some new wheels Amanda and Jimmy were given to test. Unfortunately, during the short stop, Jimmy ended up getting thrown into the rock wall lining the road while attempting a high speed slide around a corner. He got pretty hurt and ended up having to go to the hospital. It was ok though, we were able to get another downhill session with Clay before getting Jimmy to the hospital. He's fine now, no worries. He burst both of hi his Bursa? Im not sure how bad that is, but apparently it hurts. Luckily I also go it on camera, so check it out below.
Thanks for reading, and look out for another video with Hella Longboards, which will include Jimmy along with Amanda and their friends.
Until next week