Uploaded on Feb 25, 2007
I had an idea to creating my own television show about a year and a half ago. I called a good friend of mine to come down to Washington D.C. for a 4 days period to help me shoot the all the material and help make this idea a reality.
The show, under the working title 'Skateboard Television', was going to be hosted by Chris Hall and his good friend, Jimmy Pelletier. Chris and Jimmy had not spent much time in front of the camera except for when they were skating over the years. There is a huge difference between skating for the camera and doing interview pieces. They both adapted quickly to the task and after the first 10 minutes of being nervous; they both settled in to do a great job over the 3 day shoot.
We were lucky Bobby Worrest was in-town the weekend we decided to shoot. He was down to two months before his deadline of the Krooked video and he was jet-setting somewhere every week it seemed. You can also see we were also on the mission at the same time while filming this segment. If you look at the spot where Bobby's introduction is done at, he has a trick in the Krooked video there. You have to love the flexabilty of shooting 'in-the-field' instead of 'in-studio'.
We spent the next few weeks fine tuning each of the edits and preparing the whole presentation. After sending the demo to three different media outlets with no answer or a 'no thanks', I posted this project online and continued to move on to a series of new projects. We are looking to continue this when we have the chance.
One camera, a boom mic, and a group of people willing to give an idea a chance, that is all we had to work with. It always seems when you bring a group of skateboarders together, you can make something out of nothing. I have to say a special thanks to Chris Hall, Jimmy Pelletier, Heather Sheckengost, Jurgen Koch, and all the skaters involved on the project.
Camera: Jurgen Koch
Boom: Mark Nickels
Edit: Jurgen Koch/Mark Nickels