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Some skaters blowing shit up.
posted by loquacious (60 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
What is the music?
posted by MaryDellamorte at 1:56 AM on January 27, 2008


"Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun" by M83 - according to a comment on youtube. Can't verify that myself.
posted by Stunt at 1:59 AM on January 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Ahhhh. 5 am = academics + booze + dj types + post-skate videos.

What a fantastic evening. G'night.
posted by nosila at 2:02 AM on January 27, 2008


Damn well I'll be, it is M83 and I even have this song on my computer. I knew it sounded familiar. Teen Angst is my favorite M83 song.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 2:05 AM on January 27, 2008


Okay, after having watched that: woah. I have to wonder if it has some movie magic and planning at work or if the slow motion and the soundtrack make it feel more magical and epic (and less crazy and reckless) than it would otherwise. Also, NEAT.
posted by Stunt at 2:09 AM on January 27, 2008


Stunt: Yeah, it certainly looks like it has had the benefit of careful production to it (which doesn't necessarily rule out crazy and reckless) since they use smoothly panning shots that had to be planned out, and at least on one occasion I saw they switched angles before the explosion which means they did multiple takes to get that look. That being said, everything is cooler in slow motion!
posted by CheshireCat at 2:27 AM on January 27, 2008


This movie is the answer to this question.
posted by mnsc at 2:29 AM on January 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Batshitinsane tag looks about right. Did the second set of explosions come off completely mistimed?
posted by BrotherCaine at 2:59 AM on January 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


[this is badass]
posted by Mikey-San at 3:05 AM on January 27, 2008


mnsc, you've totally enriched this whole skates-travaganza with that link! We got some danged SKATE now. (You, too, loquacious.) SKATE.
posted by cgc373 at 3:09 AM on January 27, 2008


Weird. Just had a long dream about trying to buy a skateboard, finally getting the right deck (it was a NEW Neil Blender board), and skating around an old mall, the skated up into an old elevator, into an apartment, where Allen Ginsberg was sitting around chatting. Then woke up to this. ha!
posted by gcbv at 4:32 AM on January 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Skaters are hot.
posted by WolfDaddy at 4:53 AM on January 27, 2008


Skaters-and-things-exploding videos will never truly be said to have arrived until they show skaters exploding. Such thoughts give some of us reason to hope.
posted by Mike D at 5:49 AM on January 27, 2008 [4 favorites]


Poetry in Motion
posted by hadjiboy at 6:15 AM on January 27, 2008


Brilliant - and not quite what I expected from the wording.
posted by The Monkey at 6:16 AM on January 27, 2008


not real.
posted by CaptMcalister at 6:47 AM on January 27, 2008


Photoshopped even.
posted by itchylick at 6:54 AM on January 27, 2008


CGI, I'm thinking.. the complete lack of reflexive response from some of the bystanders seems almost impossible... If you're that close to an explosion, you ARE going to flinch a bit......
posted by HuronBob at 6:58 AM on January 27, 2008


not surprisingly, this is the work of spike jonze. apparently, he directed other elements of this DVD as well. these links give a little more information. a related post from last year.
posted by srkit at 7:27 AM on January 27, 2008


Yeah, the stuff is obviously composited. How can hair and clothing, for example, not respond to the concussive waves of the explosions.

That said, I find the whole glorification of adolescents and quasi-adolescents on skateboards a sad condition of contemporary North American culture.

Skateboarders are so end-of-century and so fucking TIRED. Maybe these folks will ollie right on through the apocalypse.

That said, the filming, framing, and NLE techniques required to make the film are somewhat interesting. That is, I'm not bagging on the post but the noting that the attempt at some kind of urban angsty adolescent sublime leaves this full-grown adult yawning.
posted by mistersquid at 7:35 AM on January 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


dude got something in his eye in that one bit there, I think.
posted by ardgedee at 7:38 AM on January 27, 2008


Awesome.
posted by Science! at 7:49 AM on January 27, 2008


This would be so, so expensive to do with CGI.
posted by odinsdream at 8:04 AM on January 27, 2008


Very cool. Not sure how they did it, but it looks mostly "real" (read: lots of special preparation and editing but not entirely done in post-prod). Does that make me naive? Wait, don't answer that!
posted by Ricky_gr10 at 8:27 AM on January 27, 2008


One day someone's going to be able to write a fantastic piece on the zietgeist of the '00s, and how so many of the terribly wrenching things that happened found their way into other bits of pop culture detritus. I watched this and immediately thought of roadside bombs in Baghdad. Even if that wasn't the intention (and I'm nearly positive it wasn't) it's interesting to think of the unconscious reasoning that took Spike Jonze here.

Cool.
posted by awenner at 8:43 AM on January 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


The wikipedia article seems to indicate that it's largely 'real'.
posted by Burger-Eating Invasion Monkey at 9:02 AM on January 27, 2008


Huh. I was expecting shaky guffaw-filled amateur video of some dumb kids blowing up stuff with firecrackers.

Pleasantly surprised. Well played, loquacious.
posted by CKmtl at 9:20 AM on January 27, 2008


There's a history of skateboarders and foolish (awesome) fire activities (skip to 3:15 for the relevant scene).

I find the whole glorification of adolescents and quasi-adolescents on skateboards a sad condition of contemporary North American culture.

I find the whole glorification of adults and quasi-adults throwing balls around a sad condition of contemporary North American culture.

[NOT BALLIST]
posted by generalist at 9:27 AM on January 27, 2008 [3 favorites]


i pray to the gods that a few million kids watch this and realise they can infinitely improve their super mario speed run videos by overlaying some better music rather than the grungey shitty rock they seem to force on their viewers.
posted by Frasermoo at 9:37 AM on January 27, 2008


One of the wikipedia references, an interview with Ty Evans, has some background story. Looks pretty much real, as in non-CG, to me. Prop obstacles of course but no fancy post-prod techniques.
posted by mnsc at 9:41 AM on January 27, 2008


I wonder what kind of fake concrete they used -- it seems tough enough to skate on but blows up into pure dust with (I'm guessing) small (and safe) explosives.
posted by mathowie at 9:53 AM on January 27, 2008


Can someone explain the physics of why the board follows the skater up into the air? I see how stepping on the tail behind the wheels would make it pivot, but why does it leave the ground? It's almost like it sticks to the skater's shoes when he springs up.
posted by Quietgal at 9:59 AM on January 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Quietgal: that trick is called an ollie. The Wikipedia article has a decent explanation of the execution:
The front foot is moved slightly more towards the center of the board. The skateboarder quickly drags his front foot up as he jumps, and as he or she is about to take off he/she kicks the tail of the board down, while rapidly picking their back foot back up quickly. The kick gives the front end of the board upward momentum, and as the tail hits the ground, it rebounds making the board completely airborne. When the board takes off, its nose is much higher off the ground than the tail is. The skateboarder slides his or her front foot up and forward on the griptape. The movement between the shoe and the board levels the skateboard and takes it further off the ground. Then as the skater descends, they land on the bolts, preferably, and then bend their knees to absorb the impact.
posted by danb at 10:05 AM on January 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


That's awesome. I mean, I could already watch skate videos all day long. High-framerate slow motion skate videos? Even better.

I'm having this vision of performing minimalist electronic music with ultra-slow-motion skating being projected behind me. Beautiful.
posted by god hates math at 10:07 AM on January 27, 2008


The 3rd question in the interview here has some decent background on the intro.
posted by BeerFilter at 10:13 AM on January 27, 2008


more on the physics of the ollie.
posted by generalist at 10:22 AM on January 27, 2008


Ooh thanks Beerfilter. No CGI! Suck it, haters.
posted by generalist at 10:23 AM on January 27, 2008


SKATEBOARDING IS NOT A CRIME

but exploding shit usually is. :(
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:44 AM on January 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


that opening 360 kickflip is revolutionary. the entire intro is exquisite but that moment is truly a cut above.
SICK post
posted by Escapetank at 10:54 AM on January 27, 2008


Thanks, danb and generalist. I've seen plenty of skaters practicing ollies (now I know what to call them!) and never could figure out what magic they were doing. It's amazing that you could get enough rebound from that tail-stomp to lift the whole board into the air, even though skateboards are pretty springy.

I love watching skaters, in a peeking-through-my-fingers-ow-that's-gonna-hurt-if-he-flubs-it kind of way. This was a fun video - too bad the skaters in my neighborhood don't have slow-mo instant replay cameras set up whenever they practice!
posted by Quietgal at 11:06 AM on January 27, 2008


Quietgal, you could start blowing them up, which will get them part-way there.

I admire the athleticism of the skaters and their willingness to take risks, even though the latter is just part of being 15 and thinking you're invulnerable. Just take a youtube look at "pwned skateboard" to see stunts which really don't go right and involve limbs bent at funny angles, etc. That stuff makes me shudder.
posted by maxwelton at 11:30 AM on January 27, 2008


So is it real or not?

The attached article talks about putting a lot of work in the pyrotechnics but doesn't say for sure that there are no CGI effects. Ultra-slow motion does make physics look strange...

Which frame if any really proves that it's a fake?
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 12:13 PM on January 27, 2008


It's sort of real... Spike and Ty set up a bunch of fake yet realistic looking obstacles and then blew 'em up.

The movie itself is really good... it's from a shoe company called Lakai, and the flick itself is called Fully Flared. One of the best skate videos for sure, definitely the best of 2007.

/skater
posted by grimcity at 12:44 PM on January 27, 2008


dugg for the soundtrack.
posted by empath at 1:49 PM on January 27, 2008


So. Okay. Yeah. I'm sure this was hard to do. People can argue over how much of the effects were done "in camera" and how much is computer enhanced in post. Either way, this is not easy shit to do. I'm not questioning that. It's impressive.

While watching this I kept finding myself thinking about The Jackass Movie. This has already been done, but with a gigantic shopping cart. Don't get me wrong. It's cool. It may even be badass. It's not Jackass. This cute little slomo skateboard video with random explosions takes itself a bit too seriously, which leaves me disappointed.
posted by ZachsMind at 1:57 PM on January 27, 2008


As grimcity has noted - the obstacles being destroyed aren't actually concrete but realistic looking imitations. Carefully engineered styrofoam and balsa or pine wood, I'd imagine. The explosions are real, and as far as I can tell they are not composited. To simulate the concrete dust explosions one could use colored talc or other substitutes. This all means that the explosions can be fairly small but visually impressive from all the ejected dust and foam chunks, the shrapnel non-lethal and the danger greatly minimized.
posted by loquacious at 3:42 PM on January 27, 2008


There's no denying the sickness.
posted by ph00dz at 3:51 PM on January 27, 2008


<>I watched this and immediately thought of roadside bombs in Baghdad.

me too. Evening news, Middle East ...and Koyaanisqatsi. Beautifully rendered, athletic, well edited - but the rundown sun-bleached location and explosions inarguably reflect the ongoing events of 2007.
posted by seawallrunner at 5:44 PM on January 27, 2008


If any of you are interested, Nike SB just released their skate video, Nothing But the Truth, which can be found here, on google video.
posted by KingoftheWhales at 6:49 PM on January 27, 2008


The Jackass Movie? oh-kay. Meanwhile, I was reminded of this. Slow doesn't mean serious.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 7:21 PM on January 27, 2008


I can't imagine that it's all CGI. If it is, the smoke rendering, interaction, and compositing at 3:47 is godlike. The last one does seem likely to be a composite.

It must be "safe" pyrotechnics, but you wouldn't know it from the skater's reactions. They look honestly scared!
posted by CaseyB at 7:55 PM on January 27, 2008


Ah to be young with joints of stainless steel again...
posted by gottabefunky at 9:57 PM on January 27, 2008



Ah to be young with joints of stainless steel again...

Yep. My knees are shot from skating, but it was worth every fucking second. Even the sadistic cop seconds...
posted by Cathedral at 11:09 PM on January 27, 2008


not real.
...Photoshopped even.
...CGI, I'm thinking..


I guess "real" isn't real enough for kids these days. And those pieces of shrapnel hitting the guy in the face? CGI, man! Computer Generated Incendiares!

the complete lack of reflexive response from some of the bystanders seems almost impossible... If you're that close to an explosion, you ARE going to flinch a bit

Unless it's a set, and all the "bystanders" are, in fact, completely aware of what's going to happen because they've rehearsed it a million times beforehand.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 12:38 AM on January 28, 2008


I admire the athleticism of the skaters and their willingness to take risks, even though the latter is just part of being 15 and thinking you're invulnerable*

Guy Mariano: 30
Rick Howard: 32
Eric Koston: 32
Mike Carroll: 32
Marc Johnson: 31
Cairo Foster: 31
posted by generalist at 8:12 AM on January 28, 2008


Jonze did the intro to "Yeah Right!", another Girl Films video, and his use of slow-motion combined with really well-placed close-ups of the boards and feet of the skaters really made me realize how intense and involved these sorts of tricks are. I didn't know about Fully Flared, I'll have to pick it up!
posted by 235w103 at 9:16 AM on January 28, 2008


It's sort of real... Spike and Ty set up a bunch of fake yet realistic looking obstacles and then blew 'em up.

Yeah, my guess is that the "concrete" is styrofoam (note that the chunks are white) and balsa wood, and the pyro is packed with a lot of white dust.
posted by Sys Rq at 12:16 PM on January 28, 2008


(Or, on preview, exactly what Loquacious said. Dammit!)
posted by Sys Rq at 12:19 PM on January 28, 2008


Cool.

Another good skate video uses Invisible Boards
posted by clearly at 2:28 AM on January 29, 2008


Sadly upon returning to this post to show it to a friend, the link was dead. I found it here, though, if anyone's still interested.
posted by churl at 9:06 PM on February 9, 2008


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