We are just back from Los Angeles . We had a great trip, worked hard and got some great footage. The objective of the trip was to shoot interviews and shoot B-Roll / GV footage.
We need to obviously extend the documentary feature length but importantly do so by initially adding context for viewers / audience who are not familiar with skateboarding so as to give them background and an intro to skateboarding origins and culture. We also wanted to interview profilic skaters who had visited Ireland and get their perspective. I think we succeded and we are delighted with what we got:)
The key interviews were as follows:-
- Todd Huber from Skatelab
- Alex Moul
- Tony Hawk
Todd Huber is from Skatelab. Based in Simi Valley this is a large indoor park which also houses a skate museum and a Skateboard Hall of Fame. Todd is the co-owner, a skater and a super nice guy. He is really passionate about collecting skateboards / related memorabilia and knows the history of the skating in great depth. We shot a sit down interview with him and also walked around the museum speaking about the evolution of skating. The walls of the place are just lined with classic decks from all era’s, signed pro boards and photos, skate movie posters and mag covers etc etc etc. They even have a few 720 arcade machines.
Our second interview involved a trip to sunny Orange County to interview Alex Moul. I have fond memories of him blowing minds when he visited with his street skating. Again super nice guy and did a great interview despite being somewhat under the weather from previous night festivities We followed up with him pulling out all his old decks, this will definitely be worth uploading at some point in it’s own right. Alex incidentally was sporting a Movember tache in case your thinking wha’???
The last interview was with a little known up and comer by the name of Tony Hawk. We drove a few hours south of LA to his offices where the HuckJam ramp is now installed. It was quite the experience to meet such an idol and also find out how mellow and pleasant he was. He did a fantastic interview and has an unreal memory and is super sharp to boot. We finished the interview, took some snaps, got some Boarderco decks signed and drove away smiling )