What turned out to be a simple edit of Cream City footage that I didn’t use and/or “alternate” angles from ‘Betrayed in the Octagon’ turned out to be an extended edit because of old man winter’s wrath upon Milwaukee during February/Early March. Even an attempted sesh in the Lower Level/Room could not beat the elements of rain, snow, and sleet. But we are the “resistance fighters.” Fortunately, the greatest place on Earth provides us with a place to chill, session, have fun, and/or combat mother nature’s frigid anger. We are forever grateful Bill.
*Triva/goofs: Hank filmed a lot with the new Panasonic because of my dumb ass taking forever to land a trick and according to him “skating is easier than filming.” Either way, Hank has filming and skating wired. Josh did his first back heel and his thoughts were “it felt weird.” And for some reason Josh wanted to go to this new Japanese Mega Arcade at Southridge during the day….during the DAY?! In my opinion you gotta skate during the day and hit the arcade at night. Speaking of arcades, during the Street Fighter/Mortal Kombat days my cousin and I would rarely go during the day…night time is where the “action” is, day time is when you practice finishing moves, babalities, and combos. But this is 2019, not 1993…we’re old. Ok, I’m rambling…laters.
Shot (mostly) in 2017 on super 8. A few video clips from 2018 crept in there. The follow up to Film School from 2010.
I also made a zine that (sort of) covered the creation of the film. All photos were shot on film and developed in my bathroom. A few of these might’ve been on the site before, but many were not.
In December I got a new HD camera, Panasonic AG-AC30 with a built in led light. My old Sony hd cam was great but half way filming ‘Delirium Tremens’ the touchscreen LCD monitor went out, disabling my ability to manually change my settings (luckily, my stuck settings were set ok), but I kept filming with it including ‘Hank’. After doing some research I chose the Panasonic(which reminds me of a light weight version of the Sony VX2100 but HD, better mic, no tapes, etc) which was released around 2016. Excited to use it I started filming at Cream City with friends, made two edits, and decided to make one more…’Betrayed in the Octagon’
For some reason, I always watch ‘The Color of Money’ every winter season. That inspired me to use the clip of Paul Newman mentioning Vincent and Vince Stranc starting the montage out (and of course I used a song from the film as well). That process got the ball rolling when it came to the montages in this edit.
I always wanted to use another track from PIL and I felt Taylor (tavis), Josh, Stemper, and Rock went well with the track ‘Swan Lake’. *I filmed Josh do a half cab heel on the pyramid three times but being the amateur that I am I must’ve erased it somehow trying to figure out the new Panasonic capturing Final Cut Pro process. I was bummed out about it naturally just like any other filmer but he later said “ahh, no one wants to see that”. I immediately felt better haha.
And finally Gag, Sleepy, and Max (honestly, I didn’t think he’d be skating that soon after brazzing his hand washing dishes) go well with Wu at Cream City. Ever since Wu-Tang Forever came out I wanted to use ‘Cash Still Rules/Scary Hours’. The song wasn’t long enough so I mixed in some Tical in there…
Bill Kaschner is the main reason Cream City is there and why it’s the greatest place on Earth. So I used some clips of him shredding during the early stages of cream to the present. And of course Stella completes the whole package deal.
Okay, gotta go…I’ve been watching ‘Sicario’ while typing this post. Benicio is about to get his revenge…adios amigos!
Nothing beats having a park all to yourself with your friends. We were able to skate Vans’ pop-up House of Vans last weekend before it got completely nuts. Big ups to Aaron, Bill, and Sleepy for making a killer park, and Detroit for the hospitality. Already thinking about taking a trip back there…
Skaters: Jordan Garris, Nick Mistele, Drew Gricar, Harald Reynolds, and Taylor Lalk