Nope, it isn’t a street trick callout.
It’s a general call out for anyone to produce a properly impressive street, trials or flatland video.
There was a time when so many of the online vids here were so damn enjoyable to watch. Now we just have 90% vids being of the recent street/flatland hybrid style done with average editing. No disrespect to those that made the effort to produce those vids, at least you made the effort to film and make them.
Now, what I’m after it this:
Something along the lines of a Tom Pec ‘Spirit’ vid, obviously not as sick as his riding, but that style of decent editing and MUSIC THAT MATCHES THE EDITING. Seriously, good editing can make an average rider look AMAZING, trust me, editing makes that big a difference, as does the music. I want to see a whole variety of stuff: big hops, big pedalgrabs, big static gaps, balance, long trials lines, technical stuff, and good use of the objects around you.
A lot of you are very talented individuals who can do X number of flip variations and so on. This gives great potential for an awesome street vid. Look at how BMX, MTB, Scooters, skateboards, roller blades all do their street: they use objects on the street! Yeah, we’re talking huge grinds, huge footplant flips, attempts at wallrides, just generally using the street environment! For inspiration check out the Kevin McMullin BUC vid he made or watch any street BMX/skate vid and see how they use the street environment. No, you don’t see them just doing tricks in a parking lot or off 4 sets. They use benches, fakies, 180s, and make proper combo lines. That is seriously impressive. Impress us all!
As I’ve said many times before, Spencer Hochberg’s pretty much got the flatland style and theory properly bang on the head. Flatland, like all unicycle disciplines, is derived from the bike equivalent. I want to see: COMBINATIONS, No flip tricks, as few hops as possible, rolling balance tricks taken to the next level.
If you’re still unsure, watch: Spencer’s vids, Xavier C’s ‘NO FLIP IN FLAT’ vid, BMX flatland vids.
Hickflips on a gym floor, and then doing a million correction hops after it sketchily is not proper flatland. It doesn’t look good at all. Let’s see some rolling balance trick combos!
I’m saying all this in the hopes that the general level of vids goes up, in both riding and editing quality. I want to enjoy watching uni vids, as I’m sure all of you guys do too!
reminder: edit it well, (yes it is possible with Windows Movie Maker! :)), and pick some music that SUITS the riding style and editing style. Just chucking on a commercial song like a Britney Spears one or Coldplay or 50Cent etc… is not impressive and ruins a good vid. Find music that suits the vid. It’ll make all the difference. Believe me.
Happy new year everyone!