Five Favorite Parts With The Chrome Ball Incident

August 16th, 2017 | 5:00 am | Features & Interviews | 4 Comments

The latest faves come from one of the eminent scholars of our craft. As he has mainly trafficked in still images, we asked him for five picks from the history of skate videos. (We’ll get a pro on the next one, but the non-pro streak has been pretty fun.)

Chops even offered a quick intro, so the rest of the words are his :)

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Big ups to bro-cam, uncleared music, lens rings, slam sections, “acting”, background yelling (preferably in slow motion), self-celebratory rollaways, camera lights, hard copies, dubbed copies, BGPs, pissed-off security guards, random lurkers, supersonic skatecamps and unnecessarily long manual clips.

This list is dedicated to Gonz’s Video Days, Natas’ Fires, Guy’s Mouse, MC’s Questionable, Ricky’s EE3, Henry’s Lies and Heath’s Unseen Sight. Some things, like orgasms and pizza, are past the need of further recommendation.

Five Favorite Parts With The Bunt

June 7th, 2017 | 5:30 am | Features & Interviews | 11 Comments

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In running this hyper-specific multi-thousand dollar skateboard media conglomerate, it’s easy to get isolated in a bubble of what comes through the QS news desk. The Bunt, perhaps more than any other skate media outlet, has expanded our horizons. By embracing the sports podcast format to near-parody levels (…those sponsor intros), they have created a safe space for themselves to nerd-out, and for pros to feel more comfortable letting loose than they would in say, a magazine interview. The Bunt has made me care about skaters whose parts I’ve never remembered or checked for, solely off the strength of them giving Céphas and Donovan a great interview.

To switch up only asking pros and videographers their favorite parts, Céphas and Donovan gave us two of their favorite parts of all time, along with one that they could both agree on for The Bunt’s personal canon.

Five Favorite Parts With Lacey Baker

April 26th, 2017 | 5:00 am | Features & Interviews | 1 Comment

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Photo via Pawn Shop Skate Co

A test for a great movie is whether or not you drop everything and sit there until the end — no matter how many times you’ve seen it — when you catch it on TV. (I’ve probably wasted weeks of my life watching Heat with commercials.) There’s a similar test for a great video part. In our age of fifty skate videos dropping a day, a tried and true metric is the “Have you seen?”-test: how many people asked you if you saw a specific one of those fifty parts?

Lacey’s “My World” part was 2017’s first “Have you seen?”-part. Even people I knew with a casual interest in skateboarding (the “I check Monday Links for the ‘Quote of the Week'” crowd) were asking if I saw the Lacey part, and for good reason. We linked up with her to see the inspirations behind what will inevitably be one of the year’s best.

Five Favorite Parts With Andrew Allen

March 29th, 2017 | 5:00 am | Features & Interviews | 11 Comments

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Photo by Ben Colen

Andrew Allen has always added a dose of something special and unexpected to spots and tricks that we may have otherwise grown too familiar with. His string of parts since Propeller is marked by unconventional takes on classic spots, and an unparalleled eye for choosing tricks that look just the right amount different from the way any other skater may do them. It came as no surprise that he listed five parts that have never come up in this series before :)

Five Favorite Parts With GX1000

February 22nd, 2017 | 10:30 am | Features & Interviews | 8 Comments

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Photo by Richard Hart
Intro & Interview by Zach Baker

Ryan Garshell is committed to the craft of filming in as literal of a sense as imaginable — the only way he bails on a hill bomb is if a car literally forces him off his board. While some put their energy into production value, weird archival footage and editing, GX’s preoccupation is portraying skating’s rawness and lasting criminality. Garshell is skating’s largest proponent of the camera that Bill Strobeck threw in the trash a few years ago, and his filming is often as fucked as whatever is going on in front of the lens. As the skater, there must be some added incentive to land tricks when you know that your filmer will see the clip through no matter how steep the hill, how bummed the homeowner or how many cops are present.

GX1000 managed to create a style of video that is completely unique — an aesthetic that is so hard to imitate because it would require being as crazy as Garshell himself, whose five favorite video parts are listed immediately below this sentence.