Feeling inspired after making “Blue Building”, I set out to recapture that feeling. For the first video of 2022 I used the same Hi-8 cam I used in the late 90s, fisheye screwed on with step-up ring, and fully auto settings. Just turn on the camera and go – caveman style – focus, exposure, shutter speed, and white balance don’t exist in this beautiful world.
I must admit that the camera did have some downfalls in the harsh Wisconsin winter conditions. It was in the teens Fahrenheit for some of this, so batteries had to be kept warm in pockets or they’d last approximately four minutes. All weapons have their weaknesses.
Skating by: Max Murphy, Vince Stranc, Josh Ellis, Bradford Bishop, Sean Hanley, Drew Rickaby, Payne Counihan, Gabe Chan, and Nick Mistele.
“Bushcraft” production stills by Bradford Bishop:
Originally posted November 22, 1999. The one that started it all! Big news.
This is a reasonably accurate recreation made using the raw footage. I was too lazy to make a perfect copy of the excellent(?) typography employed in the original video.
Trivia: This wasn’t actually called “Mini Video 01” at the time. How could I know? The file is called “ben vance promo.mpg”.
The original web clip is 320×240 and the frame rate was lowered to 20 fps. The file size was less than one meg.
At the time, it would’ve taken the viewer around 10-15 minutes to download the clip onto their computer. From there they could load it up into their video player of choice. That is, if they remembered where they saved the file on their computer. There was no such thing as a web based video clip player.
Originally posted June 23, 2008.
“I think uh skate uh boarding is awesome…”, this is it, the big one! My favorite Mini Video I ever made. A lot to take into consideration. First Max Murphy appearance. Stemper had just moved to California, and faxed in a couple of lines. How did we facilitate this file transfer back then? Good question. “It was probably difficult” is the answer. Chad Benson guest spot! I’m not sure how he only ended up with one clip, because he’s never not doing tricks, but there he is! Pizzy on the Pizzy Bank, showing us what it’s all about. Russ in his ceremonial Beezing Shooz. Finally, Jeffrey. I wasn’t even there on that session, but apparently Jeffrey wanted to bang everyone! “That wuz goooood…”!
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I must apologize, for I’m really running out of stuff to say in these posts.
Music has always been important to the wiskate.com “vibe/brand”. For over 20 years I’ve painstakingly (read: spent 2.6 seconds) chosen what I thought was the most appropriate track to express the feelings at hand/mise en scene of the clip/video.
Above is 100 songs I’ve used in both full length videos and in Mini Videos starting with Mini Video 25 from 2003, until Mini Video 93 from 2021.