Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Quick Flick

This Quick Flick was actually shot on my last birthday. A bunch of us went out to the Langley, Surrey area to shoot with my homie Jordan Repin. The crew that day consisted of Matt Gravel, Eric Timmins, (both were over from the Island to shoot for a couple days), Reed Timmins, Clayton and myself. At the time Repin and me were working on getting him a Recognize for SBC and he said that he had a sick spot that we could hit.

We ended up having to come back to skate this spot twice that day because the first time we went to shoot we basically got the insta-boot. Unfortunately I kind of blew up on the dude that was kicking us out. See if someone is kicking me out of a spot and comes up and is nice I don't have a problem. It's those dicks that come up and start giving you attitude that really pushes my buttons. This guy was one of those dicks. So after I went off on him for a bit we took off and hit a bunch of other spots that day. We were able to get back there that night to get this photo in the end so I kind of felt bad that I reemed into this guy. But ah well that's how it goes. Here is the photo of Repin's ender for his part in Kyu Tae Kim's video Share The Air. Go to Youtube and check it out!!

Jordan Repin - Crook Pop Out

Monday, December 27, 2010

Burg Unit Video Drop.

  So i had a lose idea of no parts for this video, it was just because some people can film alot and some people cant. So i just wanted even the playing field a little bit. Still the people who film alot shows because they have micro parts almost. im rambling. But the story behind this video is kind of hazzy and it almost didn't happen at all. I wasn't going to make the video yet . But i was claiming about premiering it at the INSTRUMENTAL ramp camp.  And kind of got put of the spot by a couple of people and hadn't edited a thing it was a day before ramp camp was supposed to begin and we had already built most of the ramp. So i went home stayed up all night and searched my harddrive for all the footage that iv'e filmed in the past year. Also my friend Brailey Wong made some of the music including the intro song and others throughout the movie. But anyways I was able to scrape it together not proud of the ending but ill get into that in part two and the other tragedy that almost had this footage lost forever if it wasnt for some long time loading tapes. Anyways here is the video i hope you like it.



Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Its that wonderful time of the year again where we get to hang with family, eat turkey and finally get to relax during the hectic winter season! Last year we were able to get out to the Port Alberni Park and film a Christmas montage with the homies but the weather this year isn't going to let us get out there. So I thought we might as well throw the one from last year up here anyways.  Benson got some good ol xmas rap on this one too naaaa meannn! Have a safe and happy holidays everyone!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Waterlogged

Being sunny doesn't necessarily mean its going to be dry, and although we expected the park to be dry, it wasn't.  This didn't seem to matter to Trevor or anyone else and we quickly got to work. Deciding to skate the 6 stair as a warm up, here are some clips we wont be using in an upcoming edit.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Quick Flick

The shot of Mickenzie below has been sitting on my computer for the last 4 months or so because it had the possibility to get published, but in the end it didn't get used so its time to throw it up on the blog! Mickenzie knows how to skate handrails, it must be a sixth sense or something because he landed this smith 1st and 2nd try.
   He looked at it for about 10 minutes, at this point Clayton and I were getting cramped up from our shooting positions so we told Mickenzie we'd hook him with some dollas if he just attempted it. First try he stomped it like he was seshin a flat bar (bribes do sometimes work!) but there was a shadow right across his face in the photo. Sadly I asked him if he wanted to shoot it again (this time for a dub) and he was game, thanks for hucking a second time bud!! So on the second one he stomped it just as clean as the first! I was so amazed and when I looked down at the photo the shadow was in his hair this time and was much more acceptable! Plus I wasn't going to make him do it a 3rd time haha. We also have the footy in Mickenzies 09/10 promo put together by Mickenzie's California homie/filmer Massimo Legittimo (I think it was Massimo, Callum and Clayton who filmed all the clips) which is also below for your viewing pleasure! Keep in mind that 50-50 and lipslide at the end are both first try too!

Mickenzie Keller - Front Smith  [o]MacLeod

Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday drop.

A little montage featuring myself, Caleb davies, Evan Schuhman, Trevor Houlihan and somedude with a sick front side 360 sorry i forgot your name bro and messing up filming the line anyways here is the video.

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 Burg Unit.
We premiered the video already at the port alberni skatepark and the instrumental ramp camp but after that i really hadn't got around to making hard copies, mostly because of the cost of producing it. So i thought i would just release it in part over the next few weeks then i'll post a download link after the last week.  This was my first really long project so some of the clips might have bin subjectable but none the less i hope its bearable and you can sit through it Here is the trailer to give you a idea of what's to come next week.



 Also check out the Burg Unit blog for random footage and stuff that didnt make the video


 Again just thought i would throw in the video of the premier at the home town park in port alberni it was a small event but they all seemed to enjoy it. we also had a premier at the Instrumental ramp camp but i was way to drunk to think about filming that so here is this.

Friday, December 17, 2010

FnF Spotlights

We are going to be bringing you a new feature called FnF Spotlight! We will be starting with my homie and filmer Toby TRP Crouch who hails from Oshawa, Ontario. We will have an interview and a montage from him with in the next two weeks, get hyped!!!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Repin

Todays post is some footage of Jordan Repin I pulled off the hard drive. In these clips you see Jordan first land his trick sketchily, then executed again in a cleaner fashion. The backtail kickflip can be seen in 604 Media's Share the Air!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6L7tii7w8M

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bails Montage

Well after a couple set backs the Bails Montage is finally complete for your viewing pleasure! This montage features bails from Benson, Matt G, Justin B, Juelz, Mackenzie, Marten Maxwell and myself and hopefully you guys get a couple good laughs out of it! Get Some!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Its Tuesday, But here's Monday.

 I know it's early Tuesday morning, but cant we just pretend it's early Monday morning?  Here is a couple of sick tricks that Aaron Sheare did a little while back and also a bj line.  

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Introducing Security Tales


 So we've been lackin on the posts this week with so I have to apologize for that. Unfortunately we lost Sean and his Wednesday posts due to full time work / full time school, leaving him not much time for posting. He will be hitting us with an article every once and awhile! We were going to have the Bails Montage for you on Friday but Clayton's Mac files don't work so well with Bensons PC so we'll have that finished for Tuesday. So with the loss of Sean we are going to be having a feature called FnF's Security Tales where we bring you some good ol' storys from run ins with security! We should be hittin you with these atleast once a month and they'll soon envolve footage and commentary!

This first tale comes from a sesh at UBC with a crew consisting of Mike Campbell, Terell Safadi, and Derek Longo and filmer Rob Lyons. We were on a mission to hit this brand new ledge on campus that I had tried to go shoot at once before but also got the boot. This time the kick out was a little bit humorous, and here's a photo so we can break it down, ya dig!


A - Rob Lyons is awesome to go film with! He's always in a good mood and quite clearly doesn't give a fuck about security. When security came up he would just talk to them and just keep filming. I don't know how he was able to keep them distracted with conversation and keep filming the sesh.

B - Rob loves to drink while filming. I was like "Yo, your just gonna cruise around campus with beer?" he answered "I drink when I do most things." Good enough answer for me haha. Now these security guards proved to be retarded because they didn't even notice the beer.

C - Now this Security Guard taught me something that day I never knew about my career choice. Camera's steal your soul. Every picture I take of someone keeps a piece of their soul on Earth, now this really had me thinkin, "Man I've fucked over so many people out of going to Heaven." But you can't believe everything your hear so I'm going to put his Theory to the test and see if he gets Heaven or not. Maybe if he was nicer I would have deleted this photo........ not.

D - Now this guy didn't really speak much. He must have been the enforcer as you can see with his crossed arms, this ma fucka meant business. You have to judge the situation with these rent-a-cops cause I know some of them think they are cops an they'll actually fight you. Not cool, so when you get that vibe from a dude its probably best to bounce before getting punched out.

The best part of UBC is that it's huge, so you can play cat and mouse with those bitches. Soon as we left the spot we went to another one and copped some clips! Here's a UBC vid Clayton made awhile ago also showcasing UBC's finest at the end! And some woman said we needed to be more productive with our time as she walked by us, ya know what lady... Fuck You, I'm Skating!

Derek Longo - 180 Nosegrind

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Definitions

In-spired, to be aroused, animated, or imbued with the spirit to do something, by or as if by supernatural or divine influence: an inspired artist.
  
When I say the word inspired, I just think of how fucked it sounds when you pronounce it. Although it's a messed word, like most in our English language, this word is the motive behind anything man-made you see. No matter how original or unique something is, if it was created by a human it was inspired from someone or something. Equally as fucked is how seemingly insignificant moments can inspire people to do big shit! In this little article I'm going to touch on a couple moments, crews, and people that inspired me to live and maybe it will inspire you too.

Most don't know but I started skateboarding in Powell River BC. PR it is a small community on the mainland totally secluded from V.I. and Van. If you want to leave it's a ferry ride to the Island and two ferries to Van. Skating was poppin off in PR for a couple years and lead to the first thing that inspired me. It was a local video called "The MOB Video". It consisted of the best skaters of the town at the time and had every skater in town waiting for its debut. It gained hype fast as news flew and finally it was released. I remember running in the rain to the closest corner store in Townsite to pull out cash to buy it at lunch time. I eagerly watched the video that night and it showed me what skateboarding had to offer. The MOB video showed that there was so much more to explore in skating as they had footage from Vancouver, the Island and other place. This fueled my skating addiction watching Nathan Eyerly killing all the local spots and out of town ones. The MOB Crew inspired me to keep skating with the release of the MOB Video, and the promos for MOB 2, and the Nobodies Video which unfortunately were never finished. I do have the link to the original Mob video (you need an account to view it) also here is a MOB 2 promo that my homie Brad Tribbeck hooked up.


MOB Video - http://www.youtube.com/user/brad604?has_verified=1#p/u/3/GO6DR00sg6o




 I moved to Port Alberni going into Gr. 11 and I don't think it could have been at a better time. When I left PR my crew that I skated with was slowly falling apart and I was finding it increasingly harder to find people to shred with. This was not the case in PA! Luckily most of the skaters were the same age as myself and the fire for skating started all over again. So to all the Forestry Shack Crew you guys were another huge inspiration for me in skateboarding!
Last Day The Forestry Shack Crew was together June 2005
 Just over the hump in a small Community called Qualicum, something big was going on that showed me more of the media side of skating and that was the Rudy Crew. The Rudy Crew were running the Skate Media on Vancouver Island and had every skater stoked from tip to tip of the Island. You could see the Rudy Crew randomly around the Island with Chris Gaetz on the VX and Mark I fish, he was also editing promos like whoa they were inspiring young skaters like myself all over! They have released three full length skate videos showcasing the finest Island skateboarding and I've heard a rumor they are working on a fourth and hopefully it's true! The Rudy Crew and videos showed me that I needed to get out of PA and get on my grind! Here are the links to the Rudy Videos below you won't be disappointed!

Rudy 2002                              Rudy Duece                                            Rudy Tres

This was my first time Shooting with Rudy's Trevor Ribeyre, I was so stoked to finally shoot with him especially this huge Sw Bs Flip, unfortunately I fucked the timing up on the shot, I was so bummed that no one has seen this till now haha  Circa 2009     [o]Macleod

 Next on my list of inspirations is PA's own Jamie Collins. When I started shooting photos, Jamie was always giving me a shout to go shoot. He is the main reason I started shooting photos to get published in magazines and  showed me something else in skating that I never saw before, how to keep progressing in skating with out having to huck down huge sets! Jamie has motivated me more over the years than anyone and has helped me maintain a positive attitude when things weren't looking up. I can't thank you enough bro you are legend and that's the truth!

One of my first Photo Shoots with Jamie Circa 2004   [o]MacLeod
 My next biggest inspiration was Brandon Wells and Instrumental Skateboards. Brando gave me a place for my photos to be displayed and showed me the need for hard work and the rewards of it. This still keeps me grinding to this day. I remember someone telling me one day Brando was wondering why Cody Morton and myself weren't at the park for a couple days in a row. Him just acknowledging that I wasn't there had me stoked beyond belief and I was now going to the park whenever I could. It's crazy how the smallest things can inspire you more than the big things in your face.

Brandon Wells doing a nice Nollie Heel at Home PA all Day!  Circa 2006   [o]MacLeod
 There are so many people that have inspired me in one way or another along the way. A few more to add to the list are my parents, Spencer Allen, DNA Skate Shop (RIP), Joel Martin with Unek Clothing, all my friends, ex girlfriends, haters, the list goes on. So thank you all and everyone else remember when someone is doing something sick and big don't hate and get inspired cause what you do could inspire the next big movement that could change the  world forever, an thats no joke!


FnF Media, Fuck You I'm Skating!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Thadius Lenover Monday Minute.

   Thaduis came over for a visit on his way back to Toronto, We were skating in minus ten weather, This part was filmed all in one day with the exeption of the half cabheel manual. Thad is a beast he train hopped from Toronto to Tofino just to hangout for the summer. And now that summers over he's back on his way to Ontario to get back to the daily grind. Hopefully he comes back next year,      ;liadfaskdjbnflkas  T SHIRTS BITCH!LK# NJLKBDKLGJSD BFLKGJSA DLFKB SADLKJGF BLAKDJSFBurg UNIT ;lskngaoljnsejab sdlkjmf aslkdj bfvalksdb flkajsdbflkjasbdflkjnk fuck you jfaoskdngfa;lkjsdnf;aloshdf;lkjahwejr im kna;sdlkjfna;lsidjnf;lsajf skating lksndf;lajksdnf;lkjasnflkjasbnelkfjnsldkzajfnaslkdjn...................... Like yoda says: ''there is no try only do''


Saturday, December 4, 2010

What Happened To Nanaimo's Sac?

 When I moved to Nanaimo in Summer 2008, one of the things I was super hyped about was having a Ghetto Spot aka "The Sac", to skate and shoot at! Now this ghetto spot was perfect. It was a short drive from Pioneer Park but if you didn't know where it was you weren't going to find it.

Jordan "Chippy" Pletz - Front Rock On the Barrier   [o]MacLeod
The Ghetto spot was the most random placed circular patch of concrete. It was hidden up a dirt road just before Lantzville and right beside the Island Highway. Protected from spectators because of a hill making a barrier between the spot and the road it was also surrounded by trees so you could basically do what you wanted anytime of the day.

Jamie Collins - Switch Blunt Stall Switch Flip Out   [o]MacLeod
 Now this patch of concrete was huge and there were 4 features to The Sac. The main attraction was the bank to barrier. This thing looks amazing but its transition is fucked and has served the best of them. It also boasted a sick mellow pole jam, a nipple to boost off of and a sick metal / plastic bench. All of them were nicely placed you could flow sick lines easily!

John Folton - Backside Flip off the Nipple  [o]MacLeod
Although this spot was so amazing and received coverage in different Skate Mags it some how has deteriorated over the years. From what I hear the pole jam is gone, its covered in glass and garbage, also the bench is un-skateable cause some asshole took the plastic topping. I guess it goes to the old saying you don't know what you have till it's gone.

Eric Timmins - Boardslide Bigspin out on the Bench   [o]MacLeod
  I'm not sure who exactly made the Nanaimo Ghetto spot, but I've heard it was Mat Howell and his homies. Thank you so much for your hard work and time invested Fam. It was such an amazing spot it was a shame that it's not in service anymore. So lets do the best we can to save our Ghetto Spots cause they are a spot that is created by us and the times you have at them are always the shit!

FnF Media, Fuck You I'm Skating

Jesse Oien - Using the Barrier a Little different with a Bluntslide pop off the end  [o]MacLeod

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Bails Montage is coming

Tonight we do not have a Threeves for you guys but we are working on a bails montage that should be completed this weekend. Get Some!

Rails Can serve you up sometimes

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Unit.

 Yo guys, I had a post ready but unfortunately I had some trouble with the internet loading it.  So here is a recycle of footage mostly from the trip me and mike mcgee took to van to visit juelz during the olympics. Next week a part from thadius lenover aka the weapon, also featuring weed and bongs Check it!
  -benson



Burg Unit from burgunit on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Lipslides on Ledges

For some reason I prefer shooting lipslides on ledges/hubbas than on handrails/flat bars. I used to love seeing them hucked down huge handrails when I started skating and still do. It was something about the thrill of seeing someone huck down something so dangerous with such skill and ease. But as the tech era began lipslides on ledges began to become more relevant and many things about them caught my eye. So with that here are 5 things I like more about lipslides on ledges.

1 -I hate watching dudes mess themselves up on rails. So usually the lips on ledges have everyone going home with a smaller medical bill and the vision of someone getting broken off in front of me haha.

2 - Another thing about shooting lipslides on ledges that's sick is the number of flip out variations are much greater. When a skater is lipping a ledge they have that extra pop from most of the board being on the ledge itself. This makes many different flips and spins out much easier for guys.

Boyd Young - Lipslide Bigspin Out   [o]MacLeod
3 - I really enjoy seeing the pop out of a lipslide on a ledge. When skater has to come out of a lip on a ledge he usually has to give it a little pop out. That little pop out to me is one of the things that seals the deal.

4 - For some reason I like the sound of the truck grinding against the side of the ledge than the sound of wood sliding on metal. It sounds a bit more raw.

5 - Personally I like timing the photo while the slide is in progress. When timing a lipslide on a rail I usually take the photo just before the person gets into the actual slide. This is to eliminate the question, "Is that a boardslide or a lipslide? I can't tell." When there is a ledge you can tell its a lipslide by the positioning of the body and that positioning makes a sick photo.


Sean Hanebury - Back Lip  [o]MacLeod

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Snow

No Threeve today, the snow has been limiting the filming and since it been snowing all day in North Van we were given the day off work.  We barely recieved snow last year; so seeing it come down this morning reminded me of the last snow day we had. We lived in Nanaimo then and I happen to have some footage of that day.   It was also what I believe to have been Spencer's first time to attempt at a double kink handrail (streeet. not no park bullshitt)
Anyways here is the video; along with the photos of the session
props go out to Jayden as he is the one who filmed it all   - Clayton





Spencer 5050 Through the Kinks
50-50 Pop Over
Spenny - Sw Bomb Drop

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wednesday

Yo, this is part 1 of a 3 part post.Today's posting is about small town scene vs city scene. Each are unique, with their advantages and disavantages. Coming from a small town with Victoria being the closest big city it seemed to have an incredibly posh scene, very private with an elite standard. Our little town accepted anybody as long as you weren't a hater( and even if you were but weren't too giant of a kook). This has its ups and downs, the biggest downfall being that skating became a quasi outlet for drinking and smoking weed which, in many cases, overshadows the positive side of the skate scene. However, though the city scene seemed to be much more elitely presented with only skaters and various skate personalities being viewed as part of the skate scene it still has its fair share of the latter which, don't get me wrong, is a very integral part of skateboarding but doesn't do the image so well in the eyes of professionals and congressmen, let alone police.

So, in city fashion I present to you a photo taken near one of the busier sky train stops in Vancouver. Betchu cant find it

- Sean

                                                                     Caleb Davies- Front Tail Bigspin out [o] Macleod

Monday, November 22, 2010

Gilberts Birthday session.

 Well it's a little late, But me and gilbert filmed this a weekd or so ago on his birthday,  It was odly nice out that day i guess it was his present from mother earth or someshit. here it is though gilbert shredding the Kensington and Coquitlam park.

Friday, November 19, 2010

FnF's First Interveiw Holla!

Our Homies over at WATC kindly decided to hit us up with an Interview that dropped on their site today! So head over to their site by clicking THIS or clicking the link over on the right of this. This is our first interview so were all hyped for it, Clayton also made a fuckin hype video to go with it, WATC and FnF We out there!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Threeve

Found this footage on a hard drive and threw it together for a threeve. Gil gon' give it to ya

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wednesday Once Again

Yo, this week I'm going to talk a little bit about the history of Instrumental Skateboard company based out of Vancouver Island. Instrumental has backed me from day 1 and has been the most integral part of my skateboarding adventure so far. Since the sixth grade Brandon Wells( part owner and CEO of Instrumental Skateboards) has supported me by putting me on the  Jay's and Lace it Up skateshop team in Port Alberni. I owe everything that has ever happened to me skateboarding-wise to him and Jamie Collins, who is the other part owner of Instrumental.

Instrumental started years ago as One Love Skateboards based out of Brando's basement in Port Alberni. Brando was receiving blanks from Meridian dist. in Vancouver through Craig Williams, spray painting graphics, and selling them to all the homies in PA. Eventually, he found out that there was a One Love Skateshop owned by Dan Pageau based out of Vancouver. Because of a respect for the importance of staying legitimate within the Canadian skate scene, the name was soon changed to Instrumental Skateboards. With this change came a change in distributors as Brando and Jamie started doing bigger orders and machine run graphics through Control Distribution in Montreal. Control and Instrumental are still in collaboration and making beautiful boards to this day. The original team was Jamie Collins, Kris Hemmingsen and me, Sean Hanebury. Shortly after Eric Timmins from Nanaimo made a sponsor me video for a DNA Skateshop (R.I.P.) contest entry. Upon receiving third place in the contest he received a spot on the team as well. Around this time the homie and filmer/shredder Benson Wishart started getting boards flowed to him with future prospects of him being added fully to the team.

Then, one eventful New Years Eve when Brando was living in Nanaimo one time Kitsch and DC Canada rider and now Circa and Instrumental rider Brandon Soros was added to the team. This was a wonderful advancement in Istrumental's repertoire as Brandon was and is known Island wide for his amazingly graceful abilities and ninjaesque style. During the same era Brando started hooking up with Concyse owner and Higher Ground co-owner Colby Spence, further spreading the word of Instrumental, and promoting Instrumental boards Island wide.

Instrumental has grown significantly since then, moving their home base from Port Alberni to Nanaimo to their current residence of Victoria. Once in Victoria Brando, along with Colby and Aden Ellis, opened up the Higher Ground shop and started to really get things poppin. After some intense shredding and some legendarily enormous ollies Benson was finally put fully on the team. Also, long time Port local and one time Natural Koncept AM Aaron "Shred Dawg" Sheare was added to the thickness of the skateboard broth. During this evolution much promotion was done for Instrumental making it a staple in the Island scene. But there was only one issue, being based in Victoria there were no Vic locs on the team to make home where the heart is. So, after viewing the extremely technical switch mania of Matt Gravel Brando and Jamie soon realized he would much aid in the completion of the Island chapter of Instrumental Skateboards. After years of hard work the Instrumental video was released last summer soon after Matt G's addition and will be out with hard copies soon enough.

Throughout the years Instrumental has had many collaboraters, photographers, and filmers support our positive message and keep the word alive. Matt Macleod, head photographer here at FnF has been the main photographer for the Instrumental team and has done countless photoshoots ,supporting  Instrumental from the beginning, helping get coverage in Concrete and on SBC web along with many other websites. Clayton Groenendyk, Jason Picton, Matt Gravel, and Benson Wishart have also done much filming for and in anticipation for the Instrumental videos and various other Instrumental projects. Rigo Gonzalez and Keighley Kodrick have taken many photos for Instrumental as well as Keighley doing the web design for the site and promoting Instrumental on his online website at http://www.confusionmedia.com/. Also, Colby Spence, Aden Ellis, Jim at Jay's and Lace it Up, Jay Zemanek, all the Port homies for backing it since the start, and tons of others have supported and promoted Instrumental from childhood to maturity.

Henceforth, I am extremely proud to announce the arrival of two new team riders on Instrumental Skateboards, Dan Redmond and Trevor Houlihan! Dan quit Zoo York to be a part of our ever evolving family making it even more beautiful that he chose Instrumental. So, here is an introductory video to help you get to know a little bit more about these two riders. Also, check Dan's many interviews in the new SBC and Kingshit magazines as well as on http://www.skatenewspot.com/. One Love and keep the hustle goin!
-Sean


Instrumental Skateboards - Introducing Dan Redmond and Trevor Houlihan from Instrumental Skateboards on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The "Suprise" Factor of Film

Before shooting digital, I was learning on strait film. When it was time to upgrade to a better camera I really wanted to get a Hasselblad but I turned to the darkside and went with digi. My reason for going with the digital body was because when your shooting skating the ability to shoot sequences is a must now a days. Everyone is so tech I find myself shooting more seqs than stills. Although shooting digi is very convenient and is nice on your bank account, I find myself missing film more and more.
What I miss the most about shooting film is the surprise factor. The feeling of walking into the photo lab wondering how your shots turned out. So many questions pour through your mind through the walk to the counter. How was my composition? Was the timing perfect? Was the lighting under or over exposed? Then you walk out of the lab, get into your car and the magic moment happens. You dig into the package, pull out the photos and then slowly analyze every detail of every photo. And you get that feeling every time you get a roll developed. It's quite the rush haha.

A couple days ago I was able to have that feeling all over again. I found a random roll that was undeveloped in my camera bag. Now this roll had to be over 2 years old because it has been at least that long since I've used film. The best part was that anything could have been on it as well. Luckily when I received them back I had two photos I'd forgotten all about!

Benson Wishart - Ollie  [o]MacLeod
This shot turned out hype! Benson has a mean ollie and seems to have crazy pop when he needs it too. This spot is in Port Alberni and is a beast of a kicker over rail. Unfortunately this ollie wasn't landed but was landed on. Benson and me have to go back and get that soon! 2 years is too long haha.

Sean Hanebury - Front Board   [o]MacLeod
I have no clue how Sean front boarded this rail. It is also located in Port Alberni and it waist high. Pretty sure both of these photos were taken on the same day, which makes sense seeing that they are 3 mins away from each other. I've actually seen a photo of this trick floating around the internet that is an obvious un land but this right hurrr is the lander!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Burg Unit Mondays - AFTER EFFECTS

If you've seen those skate videos where someone is almost still intime and the slo-motion leading up to it seemed flawless. As in there where no lag inbetween slow speed and normal, I hear it referred to as ''ramp slo-mo'' but the tool name adobe gives it is Time Remapping, a fancy but fitting title. Here is a link to the Adobe website, You can cop a trial version off the adobe website. ADOBE 
-Benson

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Threeve-Sean Hanebury

Wednesdays with Sean

Today I'm going to write a bit about slow motion skateboarding. Now, we all have to remember that we're just animals riding a piece of wood with wheels, but still, we are the one of the most powerful creatures on this planet and the only ones able to perfect this strange art. Humans have been known to perform telekenis(stuff like bending spoons with our minds)and ,as Matt mentioned last week, precognition or foresight, and even telepathy. Many don't believe such things are possible but riddle me this, how do all those different birds move at the exact same moment as if they were one, you think they're speakin to each other going "alright, we all have to move right.... now". If birds can do such things, then why not those with much superior brain structures, us humans.

This brings me to a new point of using your mind to access a level of consciousness where, just like in the matrix, things turn to slow motion, time slows down and you have ultimate control of what you're doing. Thousands have reported that through meditation, concentration, and maintaining equilibrium of thought we can lose our identities and simply become the energy body that we are. Quantum physics says that we are 99.9 percent empty space and since Einstein made the theory that we are all only light waves bending it means that we are all simply an energy form with much of energy often occupied by emotions. But remember, we are not our emotions. We are energy and light itself in a dense matter form.

Enlightened masters and many who have practised non identification have been known to have super powers like telekinesis, telepathy, they're able to walk through walls, and one major thing is they're able to slow down time. Have you ever had a near death experience? Did time slow down for a few seconds?It might have felt like time and other things like emotional quandaries that block our true energy source were thrown away so that we could concentrate on staying alive. This is only a state of mind. If you learn mind control you can tap into this realm of timeless living whenever you want, even when you're not having a near death experience.

So, you've tapped into this zone, you understand it on some level, and you can do it. Imagine those skaters whose style seems like it is so in control there must be a level of slow motion thought to make it happen. May I inquire, maybe it actually is? Time flies when you're having fun so look into controlling your mind and see your board control improve with it, because your skateboard is ultimately controlled with your mind. Maybe youll be able to tap into that martial art of slow mo and find yourself poppin like Antwuan Dixon, P-rod, or Brandan Soros to name a few. Tune in, turn on and drop out, man for now this is the cosmic squid. You can do it.

Boyd Young- Nosebonk photo[o] Macleod

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday's

 Hey guy's so iv'e bin lacking on my posts for the past 2 weeks, So here is a little consolidation montage with a little bit of footage from Vancouver, Port and Eric Timmins trip to tokyo


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Originality

 To be original or to not be original that is the question. Acorrding to the dictionary originality is "The aspect of created or invented works by as being new or novel, and thus can be distinguished from reproductions, clones, forgeries, or derivative works." An original peice of work or an idea is one not received from others nor one copied based on the work of others. Originality is something fresh, something new that has people saying "Damn that's a good idea, I wish I thought of that." I've thought the same thing when I've seen great ideas put into action, but there is a problem with this world.... Nobody wants to be original.

The problem with todays society is that we are so reliant on technology to do everything for us we have become one lazy ass generation. "If someone else can do it for me then fuck ye Im'a chill and play xbox." This is the wrong attitude. To be original you can't be satasified with everything you see already. You have to get bored with what's there and want to see something else. Then you have to start actually thinking and then do something about it!

Now being original isn't easy. It takes a lot of thinking to and hard work create something new and dope. First you have to pick something you like enjoy. And this could be absolutely anything from skateboarding, art, business ideas, marketing, new formations in football, the sky is the limit! Whatever your little heart desires. After that keep working at your original idea and it will only get better and better with time. The best part of originality is you can say this is my shit, and its not like anyone elses, its OG!

Great examples when it comes to originality and skating are Jamie Collins and Sean Hanebury. They are always in search of something new to skate or a new way of skating something. You can see from some photos and footy below! I love shooting with those two because its always something fresh and something fun. Dan Redmond is a very original person. He spends countless hours just imagining new ways to combine tricks together to make something nobody else has done. WATC blogspot is a product of originality and they have also expressed the concern for originality in todays world too. And thats the way it should be, doing stuff because we want something new not something somebody else has already done. So next time you see something sick and you dig it, just know that you can make something just as original and sick people will like, you just gotta put in some work!

Sean always has an eye for finding original spots as you can see here with his gap to rock ride
[o]MacLeod
This is another one of Jamies amazing creations, and one of the funnest trips of my life   Eric Timmins - Crook to Regs  [o]MacLeod

This is Jamie's Parents Farm and the possibilities are endless. Jamie makes this Nsg look easy but he almost ate shit a lot [o]MacLeod

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Todays Heavy Weight Fight, Girlfriends Vs. Skateboarding

   Girlfriends and Skateboarding as a rule are like when the same sides of magnets repel each other. It's like a force of nature that has them opposing each other without knowing it. Some will say "Your trippin Matt, my girlfriend is amazing, she comes skates with me and my crew blah blah blah." Frankly save the shit, most of the time I'm gonna say "Fuck that your girlfriend is wack and has a negitive effect on you and your skating." Sure there is a possibility of finding that dream girl that lets you be yourself and all that other crap but its not gonna be your first few girlfriends.There are 2.2 billion chicks in the world so that leads me to believe I have to do some searching before I find her. Basically I'm going to go over a typical skaters relationship in todays post and point out where to fall back and say fuck this bitch  I'm on to the next one!

   Does this sound fimiliar? You start dating a chick shes pretty sick at first. Then you finally get laid and your like oh yea this chick is really awesome I get to stick my D in her V. So then you keep hanging out more and more and skating a little less. Now this is the crutial check point. You can go two ways; start skating regularly  again or say "Whatever I like chillen with her I'll skate when I can."

Now if you want your skating and your girlfriend to always clash with each other take the "Whatever Approach." It will either lead to you breaking up with your girlfriend to skate with your friends again or you being your girlfriends bitch for possibly eternity. Never put skating on the side for some chick, if so you need to get your shit strait. Get it right don't get it twisted.

Its pretty easy to find out if your girlfriend is wack or not. Just keep skating as you always do. Signs of a wack chick will quickly start poppin up or she'll be stoked and let you do your thang. A wack chick is going to get jealous that you're spending a bunch of your time skating with your friends and be pissed. When you see this happening, bounce out quick. Girls are masters of pshychology for some reason. They can fuck with your mind pretty easy if you let them. Question their motives and don't be a sucka.

When it comes down to it I can see why chicks are jealous and hate when we skate. They don't understand how we could have devotion and passion to something else other than them. This causes resentment and if a chick doesn't like who you are then she usually isn't for you. Until that perfect chick shows up keep skating, pick a hustle, test drive those chicks, then drop em back off at the lot.

We're a package deal Baby     [o]MacLeod

Thursday, November 4, 2010

FnF Welcomes Callum "Rattled Creatine" Wallace!

 We are hyped to announce FnF's newest family member and Intern Callum Wallace! Callum hails strait out of North Van. and we've become good homies with him over the year and a half seshin at Lonsdale. Why facebook says his middle name is rattledcreatine I do not know, but from his portrait below you can see he'll fuck you up. Like look at that anvil on his shoulder, I mean dadadadadamn haha. Nah Callum is actually super chill and nice as shi so next time you see him give him a holla!
Callum has made up this Summer lons montage for us and is the 5th feature in his Sardines Series. You can catch the first 4 on youtube. He put hella work into this so thanks homie! Callum is going to be having a monthly post so get hyped for his up coming posts. Its the FnF Movement bitches brrrrraaapppppp!

 Callum Wallace FnF Intern.... Get Familiar
 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

You Have to Have Balls to Skate

Often I've heard the expression you have to have balls to skateboard. Though there are many female skateboarders who rip harder than most dudes, often, I've found this expression to be true. What I mean is when you're about to try a big trick where you could die besides feeling it in your stomach one area of your body that is particularly affected is your old friend mr. sack. Often in our North American culture we consider this area of our body something we ignore and rarely talk about, but really it is an important part in manning up and getting that trick.

In many Indian and other Eastern cultures, this area is considered one of 7 main energy points in the body. This is sometimes called the sacral chakra because it shares space with the sacrum in our internal organ system. This energy point is related to control, understanding, and a feeling of attachement to the earth. I'm not sure about you, but when I watch skateboarding I want to see someone who's in control of the board, knows what he's doing, and look like he's flowing with the world around him. This seems pretty integral to a well balanced skate life.

Some things you can do to get in touch with this chakra is play music, draw, or do anything creative. Skateboarding is a very creative outlet so this too will help you get in touch with the sacral energy center. This will also help you  in getting bitches, becoming that dope creative indie hipster, and growing a beard. So, before you try a trick man up and get in touch with your parts because, if not, you might end up broke off into some strange region of time and space. As always, enjoy and take er easy

sucka free

She doesn't Have balls     [o]MacLeod

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Get Ya Skate On!

"Precognition" (from the Latin præ-, “prior to,” + cognitio, “acquiring knowledge”), also called future sight, refers to perception that involves the acquisition of future information that cannot be deduced from presently available and normally acquired sense-based information.


Friday night I was heading downtown to shoot with my homie Jordan Theissen. As I was crusing down Lonsdale Ave. I felt my camera body moving around in my bag. I thought to myself, "Shit I better stop and re-wrap my camera so it doesn't bounce around and break my shutter or something." So I stoped got packed everything to my satisfaction and carried on to the spot. 
When I got to the spot and opened my bag to start setting up, I noticed my camera some how came out of place and was in the middle of my bag. Seeing there was two shirts in my bag with it I wasn't too worried because of the extra padding so I proceeded to set up all my shit. Last thing to do was put my lens on and get shit done but when I took of my a part of my prism fell out. 
Now what confuses me is that did I not make the conscious decision to re package my bag so this exact scenario did not happen? Now this has me thinking, if we have future sight to see possible outcomes and take action to stop them why would they happen anyways? Now this question can feed into so many philisophical debates but it makes me wonder, is there such thing as destiny or fate?
I'm not here discuss this right now. All I'm sayin is I had a precognition that my camera was going to bounce around in my bag and break, I took steps to stop that but it happened anyways haha. But when life throws you lemons you make lemonaide and I'm gonna go skate and enjoy this beautiful October Day HOLLA!




Boyd Young - Back Tail  [o]MacLeod



Friday, October 29, 2010

We Are The City Interview

We had originally planned to start doing interviews on the site when it was started but we finally got around to it now! Better late than never is what I say haha. Anyways our first interview is going out to our homies at the We Are The City Blogspot (WATC). I stumbled on their site when I was looking at the traffic going through FnF and noticed we had been linked on their blog. I went to check it out and I was instantly stoked. WATC's positive vibes, love of skating and hustle had me instantly decided that an interview was needed! So with out further adue here is WATC.

Questions - MacLeod / Groenendyk
Answers - LaMar / Taylor

WATC Crew   [o]LaMar

BOOM, so lets starty this off! How did WATC first start? 
Well, me and the homie Bobby both got cameras. He got the VX and I bought a Nikon still camera. Eventually we needed a more legit place to publish skate shots than facebook so we came up with the blog idea
 
Mos deff all about the evolutionary steps! Who's all in your crew? 
The crew is anyone who is down to skate with us.. the immediate homies would be Larry , Bobby, Chris P, Jared, Rico, Hinton DJKaseOne, Chris and the entire city, WE ARE THE CITY!

Jabari Pendelton - Kickflip   [o]LaMar
You guys have a pretty diverse crew from all over, how did your crew all meet up? 
Man, just skating spots and kicking it you run into fools all the time..
 
Ye I know the feeling homie, new people to meet everywhere! How long has WATC been running?
We actually recently started the blog thing, like mid July.

Larry Lamar - 5-0 Pop Out   [o]Taylor
Fresh out the gate hey, the game needs new faces! So what was the motivation / inspiration behind the site?
Well we had this vision that we put into action and it turned out to be something positive for our local scene.. and just skating in general. But we wanted to find a way for all Cities to shine! From Frisco to STL and far far east, ya dig! There’s too many fools that are good but never get documentated.

Bobby Tayor - Front Heelflip   [o] LaMar
I feel that fo sho, what are your goals and purposes of it? 
Now that we’ve got the site running smoothly with contrasting authors.. the goal is to have a place where people can express their passion.Whether its music, skating,and art. It all goes hand in hand and that’s what WATC is all about.  

Creativity and passion that's what it's all about, speaking of creativity I see you guys sesh the Vaporizer hard down in STL, how are the laws against weed down there? 
Eh, it’s the Midwest so its not as liberal as coastal states, but inner city cops typically don’t fuck with you. Its usually the counties where you would have a problem.
 
That's good shit then, it's a lot slacker than most of us Canadians think then. Where would we be with out those greens haha. So what is the skate scene like in St. Louis? 
It’s come up over the years for sure. Everyone knows each other and theres a lot of talented skaters. Spots are spread out so you gotta drive a lot.. and downtown can sometimes be a bust. But it’s a pretty cool place to grow up skating. Some STL based rippers: Jabari Penelton, Randy Ploesser, Jason Wussler, Brad Johnson, Matt fink, Steve Berra, and hellas more!

Chris Pettaway - Nollie Varial Heel  [o]LaMar
Fuck ye sounds like shits poppin! So in the STL is the craziest shit you've run into skating street? 
Skatin street you meet a lot of bums. Sometimes they are actually cool people, but sometimes not. I'd say the craziest bum we ran into was this homeless alcoholic widow from Nigeria with cancer. Clearly she was not from Nigeria and the cancer/widow thing Im unsure about haha, but she was out there! The homie Chris gave her a hug, she was on one!
 
Haha damn can't ever trust those feinds. What are your future ambitions for the blog? 
As of right now, just keepin’ shit consistent and see what comes of it

Jared Owens - Front Nose   [o] LaMar
Keep shit movin I dig it! Shout Outs? 
Shout out to fnf media for doing this interview and everyone who has a creative outlet- do what you do and don’t let anybody hold you back!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday Threeves with Houli!

Well we were teased with an amazing day of sun yesterday only to wake up to rain today. Not too fair if you ask me. But I was stoked to get a good skate in though because I plan on shooting the next few nice days that we get. We're hyped to say that the FnF website is under construction right now and you can see the two words, coming soon, and the logo at www.fnfmedia.ca. The website should be dropping early Summer 11 as it gets worked on this winter and spring.
But on to business this week we have a Threeve with my good homie Trevor Houlihan! Houli came out to sesh Lons for a day last weekend and got it done, check it below!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wednesdays in the Cosmos

         Sean Hanebury- Front Nose                                               Photo: Macleod


Hello, Sean Hanebury here reporting from the dingy depths of PortAl berni. This week we will be talking about feeling each trick to our fullest potential. Often, as is the norm in our North American society, we are encouraged to rush, scarf down food, and generally just to get it done.

Once this happens for long enough we start to program ourselves this way, doing each task in the quickest and most time efficent manner possible. However, this is not the natural way to experience the world. Some people just have the natural style and flow where you can really tell the skater is feeling each movement (ala Stevie Williams).It is natural, it is alive. You can tell that each motion is expressed and turned into an emotion. Motion into emotion, into the beautiful performance art we like to call skateboarding.

The best way, I've found, to really feel your skateboard is to imagine each trick as being acted out in slow motion, really emphasizing the way you bend your body to prepare for the trick, lift off, snap, and catch. Imagine each piece of a trick as part of a whole. One thing I've found is often for moments skateboarders will tense their bodies in between tricks and only engage themselves once the trick is happening. The secret to good style, a good push, and comfort on the board is to experience each second. Enjoy the relaxation of pushing between tricks, stretch, feel the blood flow loosen througout your whole being until you are really connected to the skateboard. Eventually, if you try hard enough(or easy enough, depends on how you see it) you will enter what many athletes call " the zone" or "land mode". This is because youre simply attaching so much emotion to each trick that your body will force itself to remember how to flow through each motion to experience the joyful emotion you've attached to rolling away. As John Cardiel once said, you've really got to want it, bad.
That's it for this week hang tight for new photos and video documentation.
As always, sucka free pa all day cosmic kid

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

White Rock Sesh!

 Here's a video Clayton put together of a sesh we had out at the White Rock Resovior the other week with our lil homies Chase and Jayden. The productive bug took a hold of everyone that day as everyone was filming clips right, left and center! Hope to see you lil homies out here again!

Friday, October 22, 2010

And the Forecast Calls for.......

Rain, obviously is winter. Unfortunately every year around this date on the calender, the rain comes back with a vengeance. I fully understand that we need rain for plants to grow, replenish water supplies and wash away all the grime but I still hate it. When there's rain you can't do anything, well you can do stuff in the rain but why the fuck would you want to, but hey if you like dancing in the rain so be it you can go do it on your own.
At the end of the day we live on the West Coast of B.C. and there is no escaping. So hopefully everyone has a nice, dry place to practice your flatground for the next couple days! Here's a nice lil seq I shot with Caleb the other day in Yaletown. Caleb wanted to make things a little more fun by gapping over the planter then over the stairs, and he did just that!

Caleb Davies - Front 180   [o] MacLeod


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thursday Thre....Oh wait no its a Promo

No Thursday Treeve today but we do have a little promo of what Clayton and Trevor have been up to the last little while check it and get hyped for the full part coming soon!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Back To the Set as I Jet

Woke up to more sun shining through my window, and thats always enough motivation for me to get up at get at it. Hopefully have a full day of shooting ahead of me with a couple homies so its time to get productive! My unexpected 2 week vacation will come to a hault tomorrow as its time to get some cash flowing. Got bills to pay sonnnnnn haha. Stoked for Thursday cause one of my best homies Spencer Allen, has got us the hook up for VIP at the Forum Snowboards premier. Free bottle service too? God damn works gonna be interesting on Friday. But I'm gonna get this day started so heres a flick from Benson at our local park on the Island. Burg Power HOLLA. Oh and heres a new music video from Wiz Khalfia, he was picked up by Atlantic Records a month ago or so, hyped to see some realness in the Music Biz!

Benson Wishart - Indy to Bank  [o]MacLeod

Sunday, October 17, 2010

WHOOP'IN TRICKS.

 It's monday again and i dont have another minute park yet but those will come in good time in the meanwhile i have this parkmontage Featuring: Aaron Sheare, JJ Mantic, Myself and Sean. Also a preview of next weeks part, plus a sneak peak of Eric and Yoshi's Trip to Tokyo. sorry for the compression i had limited internet.

Its a Sun Day

Some how we are getting lucky to get some amazing weather in the middle of October and we took full advantage of that yesterday and we are going to do the same today! Yesterday Chase, Jayden, Trevor, Clayton and myself went out to the White Rock Reservoir for a full day of seshin. Everyone was filming like crazy and I'm pretty sure that we were able to get enough for a montage that Clayton is going to make for your guy's viewing pleasure! I even filmed a couple lines so I was hyped. Anyways were off to let the day begin all over again so here is a couple shots from yesterday from Trev and Chase!

Chase Torrie - Noseslide Bigspin the hard way   [o]MacLeod

This ledge is almost up to Trevors hip so I don't know how he gets up there so easily with his small stature, anyways heres a Nosegrind    [o] MacLeod