We’ve been working with Google through our pals at Media One for a few years now, but we rarely post the Talks@Google that we produce there semi-regularly. Here’s a few talks we’ve done in the that past couple of months.
Several of these were shot on Sony A7S cameras, which is a departure from the Canon DSLR set-up that has been our standard since we started working with Google. With the Google Talks we’re always shifting rooms from one shoot to the next, with minimal setup time for bringing in lights. Therefore it’s important to keep a light footprint and have versatile gear. The Sony A7S, with it’s low light capabilities and paired with an Atomos Shogun for 4K on the master shot, has been a great improvement to our workflow.
TeamJaded friend and supporter Jim Horsfield has a new project: asdescribed.net.
He describes it as:
“A sometimes redundant blog site which kicks into action when and if i do something that may vaguely be interesting to someone else.. covering audio visual shenanigans and VJ/film/video production.”
“The premise of the show is that the Bays never rehearse/practice and jam and create their set live in front of an audience. This is somewhat easy to do(!!) as the 4 members of the bays (Andy, Chris, Simon and Jamie) have played together in this way for nearly 10 years.”
Definitely worth checking out.
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word Carrotmob?
Ok, that was pretty lame. I apologize (I found that here).
The Carrotmob I’m actually talking about is a non-profit started by Brent Schulkin. I’ve never met Brent, but I can tell you, anyone who posts this list of detailed personal values get an A+ in my book for honesty and openness. He also gets an A+ from TeamJaded for starting Carrotmob- a DIY do-er.
In an email forwarded to me, Brent says:
“If you didn’t know, I’m trying to start a new non-profit called Carrotmob. This Saturday is the first campaign. If it is successful, the network will grow, I’ll get funded and hire people, and I will have found a so-called “career”, that elusive catch that we have all been seeking since we first learned what an “astronaut” was.”
A sentiment regularly felt by those trying to Make It Happen. So TeamJaded urges you to support Brent and Carrotmob… Go do this:
“On Saturday, March 29th, at 1pm, come to K & D Market (on 16th St at Guerrero in San Francisco) and buy whatever you want. Buy a lot. We’re going to be tracking everyone’s purchases and then calculating how much revenue we brought to the store. K & D has committed to spending 22% of all the revenue we bring in on energy-saving measures identified by an SF Energy Watch audit, in order to make their store more environmentally friendly!”
Our goal is to improve the world by helping companies embrace socially responsible choices. Our primary focus is the environment. We recognize that corporations must keep profit as their top priority. Historically, this fact has meant that the environment has suffered, since companies have made more money by harming the planet. We are going to put rewards in place that will make environmental responsibility the more profitable choice. Companies will do what we want, not because of negative pressure, or morality, or a boycott, or a petition…there are enough sticks out there. We need a big juicy carrot. They will do what we say because they won’t be able to resist the profits.
And for those of you who hate reading, you probably didn’t make it this far… but here you go:
Thanks to Rachel Strader for passing this info along.
(10/1/08: for BART Tour 2008 go here, for some reason it won’t pop up in Google, but this page does.)
(Editors note: If you’re underage and you watch this, your mom’s gonna be bummed. Oh, and the player might take a second to load.)
The footage from F@#% Your Couch Tour was just chilling in the TeamJaded vaults until Johnny Roughneck gave me a call a few weeks ago and asked me to put it together as a companion piece to the new Roughneck tour video, Decade of Aggression. So I did.
If you’re in the bay area, the premier for Decade of Aggression should be soon. When I know you’ll know so you can go check it out.
The Back Story:
Some of y’all may have noticed that we give a lot of props to Roughneck Hardware on TeamJaded. That’s because Roughneck is down and we’re down for Roughneck. If that doesn’t explain it for you I’ll go into a little more detail. Roughneck is a skateboard hardware brand based out of San Francisco and run by one John Griffon, aka Johnny Roughneck. More importantly Roughneck is dirty, D.I.Y., and run by skaters for skaters.
I first met Johnny a couple of years ago when I produced a brand profile on RNCK for Current TV. I knew about RNCK through skating in S.F. I even had some friends who worked with Johnny, but I’d never actually met him, and I was a little nervous about asking him to work with me because he had a reputation for being, well… a Roughneck.
It didn’t help that our main friend in common told me that he’d talk to Johnny about it and never even mentioned it to him. So I bit the bullet, played the internet-working game, and got in touch with him myself. To my surprise he was both willing to and excited about working with me.
When I met him in person any vestiges of what I thought he was going to be like vanished. He was welcoming, helpful, and just down for skateboarding, and I really respected that. If you’ve ever watched that interview then you know that you can’t help but get caught up in Johnny’s excitement for skateboarding and that excitement translates into what Roughneck is about. If you haven’t watched that interview, here it is:
After that day, I was just as down for Roughneck as Roughneck was down for skateboarding and I went to every Roughneck event I possibly could, from the Go Skateboarding Day Race Down Market St., to the Annual BART Tour, to whatever. Over that time period Johnny and I became friends and I made it a point to keep him posted on my video projects so that if another opportunity opened up for us to work together I could jump on it.
The F@#% Your Couch Tour was just that opportunity. I was on my way down to the mojave desert for a shoot with Gordy Toth (the biker). I don’t ride bmx or anything, but I’d heard from my friend Jon Rogers at TBC Party, that he had the most insane backyard in the world and I just wanted to check it out. On my way I was going to pass through the Element YMCA Skate Camp. Coincidentally, Johnny was headed down to skate camp to premier the Roughneck video, so we formed like Voltron and the F@#% Your Couch Tour was born. He roped in the Oakland Kids and Hidehiko. I brought Swyler. And we hit the road. We both thought it was going to be hilarious to have such a random group of people in a van together going to such a random collection of places, and it pretty much was.
Watch the video. Fuck Yo Couch.
Sitting anywhere in the van where they could fit
Chubbs, Lil’ D, Jon Stallings, Errol Langdon, and Major Jones.
A large chunk of the music in this piece came from ccmixter.org, which is a user generated music site that operates under creative commons licensing. Check it out. The rest of the music came from my friends John Phillips, Tyler Moore (House Thug Productions), and Aaron Collins (Mother Ship). Thanks y’all.
And for those of you wondering what’s up with the Make It Happen vids, don’t worry more Make It Happen will be coming at you soon. We’ve got all kinds of good stuff coming down the pipeline. Look out for the Chuck Perkins Vlog coming at y’all shortly.
Lowcard Mag in S.F. was the first story we shot for Make It Happen. Yeah, yeah, we know it’s lacking a vlog, but we’re hoping to remedy that situation sooner than later. The Lowcard Story is essential to our long term goals for the Make It Happen doc. (We even have clips from the shoot in our first video… that’s Lowcard Rob twirling his skateboard.) With that said, the cool folks over at Lowcardmag.com gave us a shout out in their news section a couple of days ago and we wanted to return the love.
On Wednesday, November 21st… that’s right the day before Thanksgiving… at Mars Bar in San Fran, Lowcard is throwing a release party for Issue #20. Oh yeah, the mystery cover will be revealed. 9PM, 7th and Brannan. If you’re in the Bay you better be there. …”GET HUNG OVER FOR THE HOLIDAY.”
We hope you liked the Austin Craft Mafia Vlog, we spent most of our time in D.C. cutting it. The rest of the time we ate tons of food and saw the sites.
If you were still wondering about D.C.’s bizarre name like we were… we finally got to the bottom of it. Because D.C. isn’t part of state, what is meant by the “District of Columbia,” is the “District of America.” Columbia is just a way to say America “poetically” referencing Columbus. …ummm yeah.
…In other happenings, from here on out we’re going to post events put on by our friends and comrades out there Making It Happen.
So if you’re in the Bay in the next few weeks check out any and all of the following events, cause it’s going off in the Yay Area.
And speaking of Roughneck, check out this vid from the Decade of Aggression Tour.
Also Sisterz of the Underground have a couple of events coming up and we love the Sisterz so check them out….
And stay tuned we’re back on the road.