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The Definitive Guide to Filming a Video Part

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Figure out who you are as a person and as a scooter rider. Why are you an individual? Wear clothes that you want to wear and do tricks you want to do, but make it consistent. Following the clothing trends, lifestyles, and riding styles set by other people will only make you someone who did the thing someone else already did. Be controversial, try new things even if they seem lame and stick to them. They will become the coolest if you back it constantly. Put yourself in the viewers position. How are they going to perceive your video part? That trick took you one hundred tries, but did it even look good? They donʼt know it took you that many tries and they donʼt care because it looks bad.

Influences:

Ideas can come from within but it begins with influence. Watch action sports video parts. See what people have been doing for decades. Watch the classic videos of the legends that have come before you. Find out what kind of riding you like and donʼt like. Be able to discern good from bad.

Music Selection:

Spend lots of time searching for a song. Go on Pandora and listen to an artist you like and related artists will show up. Just keep digging through those related artists. Once you choose a song listen to it constantly while filming for your part. If you get bored of it then it isnʼt the right song. Just because you like how the song sounds doesnʼt mean it fits your riding and doesnʼt mean other people like how it sounds.

Networking:

Everybody is just a human whether they act like it or not. Talk to people. Having a vast connection of filmers, photographers, spot tour guides, and places to stay is only going to help you. Your video part could be gnarly, but nobody knows who you are so how are they going to see it? Making friends with company owners, bloggers, and riders with social media influence will get your video posted all over the internet when it comes out. If you have a significant presence ask companies for parts. It benefits the companies because people will look up to you and whatever parts you are riding in your awesome video.

ABD:

Donʼt do a trick that has already been done. Someone already did the trick so what is the point for you to do it? Donʼt do a trick that is extremely similar either because it is almost the same thing. You will get reactions such as yeah that was cool, but this guy basically already did it two years ago. So do your research beforehand as well (aka watch a lot of scooter videos).

Effort:

If you think you can do tricks that are easy for you and get away with it you wonʼt. Making a video part is about pushing yourself beyond what your mind thinks is physically possible. You are an actor in a video because what you are doing you donʼt actually do in real life usually. You are putting on a performance for a camera. If you canʼt land a trick come back another time. Keep coming back until you land it. A trick is worth trying for a week or more. A trick worth trying is one that you try until you canʼt stand it anymore. If you land a trick sketchy donʼt accept it because you want to be done. If you want to be done, quit scootering. Do the trick until it is perfect.

Loose Articles of Clothing:

Hats falling off in every clip isnʼt cool. Buy a hat that fits your head and wear it (or don’t).

Speed:

Donʼt go slow. Always go fast. Speed and simple tricks are timeless. Slow technical tricks will always get dated.

Pushing:

Donʼt fake a push that actually slows you down instead of speeding you up. Donʼt push unless you absolutely have to. When you are doing a line choose the trick difficulty from easiest to hardest so you can do your easiest tricks with the most speed, without pushing, and have the perfect amount of speed for the hard trick at the end you arenʼt comfortable with. Donʼt push really fast and then press your brake or power slide. Why would you push hard to just slow down right after? Donʼt use your brake unless you are in a manual. Take the speed and get out of a slow comfort zone with a brake as a crutch.

Filming:

Select a filmer that is good at filming. Donʼt bother filming with a bad filmer just because you want to get clips. It is the same outcome as filming nothing because the clips wonʼt be viewable. Video parts rely 50% on riders and 50% on filmers to be successful. Different technology creates different images. Think of how you want to be viewed. Filming with a VX has a raw, analog feel. Filming HD has a crisp, modern feel.

Spot Selection:

Donʼt film multiple tricks at the same spot. Some spots can be boring looking. Is a concrete stair set in the middle of nowhere interesting? If you want to ride a certain obstacle, try to find one in an interesting setting. Take your time and travel around to different locations. Go on non-riding missions to just search for spots. The hard work will show.

Trick Selection:

Donʼt do the same trick on different spots in the same part. Donʼt do a similar variation of that trick on different spots. If you are good at a certain trick try to think about how often you do it. It could make you stand out but it could also classify you as the buttercup guy, etc. If you go to a spot and really want to get a clip but canʼt think of anything, donʼt film anything. If you are pushing it to get a clip at a spot but canʼt think of a cool trick, it will show. Donʼt do a trick just because it is easy for you, even if it looks gnarly. Do a trick that is hard for you and also gnarly. Even if you canʼt do a trick as well as someone else, people appreciate that you arenʼt sticking with what works for you. You are making an effort to expand your trick selection. If you see someone that is successful because of certain tricks, donʼt copy them, you are stealing someone else’s idea.

Sitting on Footage:

Footage doesnʼt get dated if you film gnarly enough things that can stand the test of time. If your footage is getting dated in six months, then you arenʼt filming things that are unique or hard enough. Filming a video in three months compared to filming a video in a year has a vast visual difference. You donʼt need footage to come out every month if the parts are good enough to hold people over for a long time. If you put out footage too frequently, people start to get bored of you. They arenʼt craving more footage because youʼre giving them too much.

All in all, these are loose suggestions to take into consideration while filming a video part. There are tons of other things about filming a part that should come naturally. You will learn soon enough. If you are wondering if people actually put this much thought and effort into a video part, yes they do.
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