Encounter any difficulties or hiccups?
We had an amazing turn out of bladers all giving up their time and being really patient with the filming.
When you film with the Phantom you’re constantly recording, so once you’ve seen something that you think is a take, you press record which actually stops it recording and then saves the previous 4 seconds of footage. Once you’ve done this it then takes like 2 minutes to buffer the shot and the higher the frame rate the longer it takes. So this was a real frustrating process because whilst I was buffering I was missing so many amazing tricks or the sun would come out then go behind the clouds when I’d finished.
Also on day 2 the weather was shocking, as well as filming in January where it gets dark at 4pm and the one thing you need lots of with the Phantom camera is lots of light. So it was pretty tricky having to use available light, but we just played this to our advantage by shooting and exposing for the sky instead of the bladers giving us more of a mood.
Why choose London to film in?
London has an amazing scene, its gritty, people all over the world recognise it, it has so much history and more importantly people that don’t rollerblade can relate to it.
How does it feel to be one of the Vimeo staff picks? Do they contact you about this or offer any benefits for future videos?
Pretty juiced! One of the staff at Vimeo, Jason, I saw one day had liked it and I was hoping that this meant he’d put it forward for a staff pick. He then commented saying that he used to blade and that he had a pair of Salomons under his desk, so we got a bit of banter going but then nothing happened. I started to think that the views and interest would start to die down but then about 3 days later I got an email from Vimeo saying they wanted to feature it. Which was pretty rad - and now moving forwards this gives us a little bump up the chain I guess in getting noticed for future staff picks.
And lastly, when's the 2nd enigma video coming out?
Well me and the guys have been shooting out in Brazil for the sequel and we’re close to finishing off everyones sections. Wait until you see Yanis and Alan Dick's new section. Two words. Backflip, Soyale, Pistachios.
Check the links to watch The Contrast Collective's 'How Many
' and 'Rollerblading in London
Words by Adam Kola. Photos by Adam Kola
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