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anna does an awesome tyrannosaurus rex impersonation, but can immediately go from “tyrant lizzard” to “effortlessly elegant” without even blinking. it’s kind of amazing to see.
a while back i made an acroyoga video with chelsey korus and matt giordano that turned out completely fantastic. check it out HERE. ever since that shoot i imagined making a dark, contrasty video showing tight shots of the body in motion. the movements of arms and legs, muscles tensing and relaxing, the rib cage moving from breathing… it’s all so graceful and beautiful – especially when done with the precision of a professional. after a few months of conflicting schedules the stars aligned and chelsey ended up back in front of my camera.
we also took some photos:
this is my friend genevieve lake. as i was shooting her, i was thinking, “genevieve might be my friend with the most “e’s” in her name.” later that night i got curious and was thinking, “what word in the english language has the most “e’s” in it?” so i searched for it – and there it was. kinda incredible that other people in the world wanted to know that exact same question. it’s funny how we search for crap like that and expect an answer. in fact, these days i get pissed when i search for something really obscure and my search comes up empty. i’m like, “‘alien toejam soup spoon machine’ doesn’t have any exact matches?!??!? aw, come onnnnnnnn! why hasn’t someone already written about that?” it turns out that “degenerescence” tops the charts at 6. “effervescence” and “beekeeper” come in second with 5, and genevieve (and 10ish other words with 4 e’s) comes in third. there it goes – that’s the official list. how can i be so sure? because that was the conclusion of the first few results of my search. and in this age of endless information at our fingertips, i’ve learned that if the results from your search aren’t on the 1st page, they’re not going to be seen. and if they’re not in the first 3 or 4 results, they’ll take too long to look for. so as far as anyone will ever know – this list is definitive.
there’s no such thing as grand central station. a station is some dinky joint where trains stop and then pass through. grand central is not a station, it’s a terminal. all train lines terminate at grand central cause this is new york effin city.
the footage gopro cameras produce is fantastic and i’ve seen some crazy stuff filmed with a gopro, but i think i found it’s achilles heel – my skateboard. the day i bought the camera, i strapped it on my board and skated for 2 hours before the camera was completely dead. wouldn’t even turn on. i sent it back and got a new one, determined that i started out with a bad copy, and slapped it on my board. about an hour into my ride, the little guy started spittin blood. i could tell it was going to give up the ghost, so i tried to be easy on it (kinda defeated the point of getting it), but even so, the sd card would disengage after any jolt, and sometimes it would just power off or give me an “SOS” message. just before the battery died, i found out that the vibrations had caused the lens to start unscrewing itself from the camera body. it had slowly been unscrewing for about 15 minutes, making all that footage blurry and useless (you could actually see it unscrewing in the clips as i was skating). to add insult to injury, almost half of the good clips i had taken that day didn’t record on the card. between the 2 days and 2 cameras i ended up with about 4 hours of recording time and about an hour and a half of usable footage. despite the fact that i had to be gentle, i ended up with an awesome video – and a new paperweight.
UPDATE 4 Aug 2011: the last thing i want this video to be is a negative PR campaign for gopro. gopro cameras are tough as nails – but while they might be bomb-proof, it’s crazy to think that they’re indestructible. i skate very hard wheels and the roads are amazingly bumpy, so the cameras i used took a massive beating before they bit the dust. a few of you have asked me if you should buy a gopro – of course you should. they haven’t lost me as a customer and i hope this video gains them a customer or two. they’re solid cameras and i expect that they’ll get tougher and tougher as time goes on.
when i was in colombia, my friends, pollo and plata, introduced me to a band called choc quib town. ever since, i’ve been all about em. and guess who ended up in front of my camera? completely awesome.
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while we were shooting the first look, i asked asa (pronounced “asha”) if she would sing while i shot. she was quiet and a little shy, so i figured puttin her in her element might help her feel more comfortable. the second she started her song, everyone in the studio froze in their tracks like they were playing red light/green light, completely mesmerized. she has THAT kind of voice. i got some great pictures – and she got a new fan.
HERE is the piece on the MTV Iggy website.
here are a couple of my favorite asa songs: