This is Raymond Ramirez, the filmer of the current episode of Videodrone's Oddity Odyssey. Each week will be a post of the successive demos from the Toy Machine's Oddity Odyssey Tour filmed by a loyal pawn. Here's a quick interview with Toy's video button pusher, Kevin Barnett regarding the idea's inception and execution.What was the idea behind 'kid filmed demos'?
It was half inspired by just perusing YouTube for all our demos and seeing how much of the action the random kid in the crowd actually caught. I can only get so much, so well but a kid on the sidelines gets it all. It was also an idea I stole from the Beastie Boys. They had a concert film that was fan filmed and I thought it was a good idea, while not a particularly great film.
Who were the filmers?
Billy Hoss, Christopher Ohnerorge, Raymond Ramirez, Brendan Bill, Austin McDowell, Brandon Bigelow, Evan Duran, Nick Cannon, and Ryan O'Connor. Thanks guys!
What would they do? Was their footage good?
Every kid had a different method. I would give them a tape and tell them to go wherever and do whatever they wanted. I thought about directing them sometimes but in the end I decided it would be best to just see what these guys did on their own. The footage isn't good in the traditional way of skate filming, but the quality lies in the raw weirdness of a kid set loose. I love all of it!
Posted By: Jacob on September 13th, 2008 at 12:32PM PST
Posted By: dude on September 13th, 2008 at 01:44PM PST
Ed, i guess i picked up the wrong issue of Transworld. I got the new Cole spotlight and Bennett's on the roll call.... WOO HOO! good shit.
Posted By: TurtleBoy'sTwin on September 13th, 2008 at 08:08PM PST
Okannnneerrr!! Okanner!! Can't wait to see it.
Posted By: Zac.b. on September 14th, 2008 at 12:07PM PST
I like the concept, I'm excited to see the results.
Posted By: "Sonic" Lee on September 14th, 2008 at 05:45PM PST
word up kevin. i like how you decided to back track, as opposed to some of these jerks going straight to the HD garbage. the vx1000 is the best camera in my opinion. i've been filming with one for over 3 years and i wish sony still made these brand new. i feel Ty is putting out serious trash. having kids film the demos is rad. the bottom line is we are skateboarders and we are watching a skateboard video, not a movie, and your footage really features the skating with cool and innovative angles. on the other hand, using tracks and HD is innovating, but it is really going in the wrong direction. keep it up, kevin.
Posted By: keep it raw on September 17th, 2008 at 04:15PM PST