Of Troglodytes and Menon 22/11/2010, 16:27.
Jonathan, Adam C., Adam S., and Dane took some time to reflect on the effort that went into producing "Of Troglodytes and Men," our newest video featuring the Loaded Bhangra. Click through to read more (and to watch the video, if you haven't already)!
It seems that every video we do is just taking things one notch higher, and this was certainly the case with Troglodytes. Originally I had planned to shoot for two days on the salt flats. Then, after discussing with Adam, he thought that a single location might not be visually stimulating enough for an entire video. So we decided to add some things shot downtown after dark and craft a story of Dane and Stakow finding Colton, discovering the Bhangra, then bringing Colton back to the modern world. I had the Adams do some location scouting downtown, though, and we had a lot of trouble finding anywhere bright enough to shoot where we wouldn't be kicked out right away. So Adam decided we should try and shoot some residential stuff to fill the gap between the desert and night. That expanded our shooting to 4 days and to say the least, we had a lot of footage after all was said and done. This could have easily been a 15-minute video, but we tried to take the best tricks and shots and narrow it down, and I think we settled on a pretty good edit and fun story.
Big hug to Jon for steer heading this video from start to finish. Jon said, "We need some costumes," so Adam S. and I went shopping one night and had some fun. Of course we gave Dane all the funny stuff like pink hat, glove and wand, hahah. Skating with Adam S. and Dane was amazing; we all have our own unique style and it shows. Doing stuff together as a team is always hard because you have 3 people having to land the tricks together; sometimes it was easy peezy, other times it took some takes to get it right. I particularly had trouble landing an oldskool kickflip, hahaha.
Skating in the salt flat was amazing. It actually rolled quite well; it was gripper than pavement and was hard to slide. It had a nice, cushy feel to it when you landed tricks. At night it was beautiful; it got down to the perfect temperature and was soo quiet and peaceful. One night after shooting, our rental truck got attacked by moths. There were so many moths everywhere that it look a good 3 hours to get them all out - there were a lot of stragglers.
It was also interesting skating with a plastic club the whole time. Hahah, at times I would be skating and be like, "Crap, my club!" and run to get it. The costume I had was actually really comfortable and I would wear it to dinner afterwards.
Jon did an amazing job working a big jib arm. It was fun to see it in action, and it really captured some nice unique shots. The story he pieced together at the beginning makes me laugh each time. Adam S. and I had to slap each other quite a lot, and by the end of it all our jaws hurt.
This might have been the most fun video to film to date. The costumes made this video what it is. Adam C. and I went shopping for costumes the day before Dane came to town, so Dane had no say with what he got... and it shows. Adam C. and I had a great time picking out all the costumes. We wanted each of us to be holding something the whole time. Adam C. got the cave man club, I got the whip, and we got a little fairy wand for Daner. Adam C. was beating everything with his club, I was cracking everyting with my whip, and Dane was casting magical spells everywhere he thrashed. We had never really filmed a group video like this, and it turned out pretty sweet and was a ton of fun filming. Big thanks to Jon Jelkin for manning the camera and jib and for his awesome editing job.
First off, I want to say it was a real honor to be invited to be in a video with Adam Squared! They basically reinvented longboard dancing and are responsible for my favorite discipline of skating. I'm incredistoked for the chance to be in a video with them and now to be able to call them and Jon buddies. I laughed so hard when reading the script Jon and Adam wrote; I knew the video was going to be hilarious. To prepare for the video, I wrote a long list of tricks I wanted to capture in the video and spent the month prior dialing everything in.
I visited for 4 days and we filmed for 4 of them, so it was an action packed visit for sure. My favorite shoot was definitely the dry lake bed in the desert. The surface was smooth like a parking garage and super dusty. It was so hot there, I drank 2 gallons of water per session and sweated every drop of it out. It was fun to skate over the bush ramps too. Huge thanks to Jon for filming and getting sunburned.
It was really great being on the same side of the camera with the Adams and I'm so stoked to have had the opportunity. Stoked to do more projects in the future for sure!