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