Creative Crossover

Rem presents a feature length embed-fest of inspiring films from our crossover cousins that all feature something extra special…

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Yes some vid makers go the extra mile to add another dimension to what they do, so their current project is not just the same ‘sport set to music’ again. With today’s technology at our disposal you can get apps that will add sick special effects, create amazing animations for you; they can aid pre-production, add sparkle in post-production, and generally enable your craziest creative ideas to come to life… And if you haven’t got the technology, do it old skool with costumes, stop frame animations, or just plain inventiveness. Give it a twist, yo…

So here’s a great way to spend an hour. A load of crossover films, under 5 minutes each, that all feature an extra dimension of joy. Get inspired, mountainboard film-makers!

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1. Mario Bros Parkour: Not only do these guys dress up, they add some post to make it really zip pow wubwubwub zzzzzzzing. And looks like they’re trying to give Dylan Warren some competition in the ‘losing your hat’ stakes 😉

btw if you want more impressive free-running and want to play ‘Temple Run’ but without the gold coins in post, check out This Video next!

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2. Tony Hawk Freerunning Graffiti: These guys take a simple format and add simple, effective overlays from a gaming classic . It really makes the vid, and is especially handy for those who don’t know the names of all the tricks…

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3. Gnarcade: So those Parkour guys probably got the idea from this, a modern classic in snowboarding shorts! Gnarcade, from 2010,  takes in not only Mario but Pacman, Space Invaders, Bubble Bobble, and so many more. The end is true too, for those eldsters who can remember that far back lol.

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4. Magic Flashlights is another KnifeShow Production showing that they got the skills not only in snowboarding but also making post-production effects cool. This is like the Dirt-Monkey’s ‘Neon Noodles‘ mountainboard shoots come to life!

4 and a half: Bonus! If you love this effect, check out Flyboarding Illuminated, the same treatment but done to latest water-based boardsport around (and yes it’s a bit more exciting than SUP’ing 🙂

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5. Freebord Tetris: 36 skaters get together in San Fran at night, secure neon shapes to themselves and filmed it. That’s some dedication and co-ordination right there.

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6. Paper Shredder proves that for all the flashy lights and technology, it’s the idea that wins through. With it’s lo-fi treatment this stop-frame animation sings louder than most pro high def skate vids.

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7. Skateboard Rotoscope: another type of old school animation updated for the 21st century, where animators draw over real footage frame by frame, giving a trés cool finish. From a stick man to line drawings to full cartoon and back again.

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8. Imaginate: Danny MacAskill’s biggest production to date is here coz it shows that without any post other than colour grading (“ooh i love how they crushed the blacks”), it’s still the riding that’s the most important thing. It’s kind-of ironic though that despite all the kids toy replicas in the incredible set, this vid doesn’t actually seem very ‘fun’: however awesome his skills are, this vid is still overpowered by the raw power of a Red Bull budget and the great prop department!

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9. Gnar Wars: Well of course you wouldn’t get too far in a feature like this without running into Star Wars…  It may be from 2008 but it still stands up, pulling together concept, costumes, narrative, soundtrack/fx, sick riding, and post-production.  The force is indeed pretty strong in this one!

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10. Next up is an instructional video that’ll make you LOL out loud. The Amazing Richie Jackson is a legend in the Tube of You with his skateboard show and mega-style. He’s not in costume, they’re his clothes. And there should be more shits for giggles like this in mountainboard videos (in fact the only thing that comes close was the classic ‘Shane Mears Survival’ by Tricky Media, which frankly we want a sequel to!! 🙂 Anyway, here it is:

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Finally, i embed several vids from the absolute modern MASTERS of this shit, it’s Substance Over Hype. SOH are like Jackass with talent, bigger skills, hollywood budgets and ‘proper’ writing, i.e. not just stapling your nads to some poo. Nearly everything they’ve made is worthy of inclusion in this list! You may have heard of one of it’s founders William Spencer, he’s that shit-hot skater/parkour/mix-up dude from the Berrics vids who also happens to be a stuntman in the movies (he pretty much IS Spiderman, not Andrew Garfield). To find out about their “movement” and all the crew (skaters, breakers, free runners, musicians etc) go to the SOH website.

So the vids contain much greatness, in script, execution and style. Some awesome stand-out vids are Riding with a GhostMortal Kombat x SOH, & Parkour vs a killer Bee. However, getting embedded are these final 3. Enjoy!

1. Electricolour- Similar to Knifeshow’s ‘Magic Flashlights’ but more doodled-neon-oldskool this vid adds post to cool crossover!

2. Chronoshock: A Fight across 60 Locations- clever concept probably inspired by that film ‘Jumper’, only this time each hit marks a cut!

And finally, 3. Chains!.. This wicked vid shows that with the aid of the simplest prop, something new & ingenious can emerge…

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So there you go.. Hope you got inspired – or at least went ‘ooh, cool’ a few times 🙂

We all love this stuff, and similar like-minded ingenuity has been seeping into mountainboard vids too, check out Daydream Productions latest vids to see some of their creative playful jobbery pokery and peep Dylan Warren’s latest cray-cray shizzle too.

Watch out for more mountainboard video radness in 2014 and beyond. Word.

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Fancy making your own lightsaber duels? Get the Saber Movie FX app.

You want to do old school stop-frame animation the easy way? Check out apps like the awesome free iMotion HD.

Now you wanna add some cool effects (like blowing sh!t up) simply & quickly to your smartphone vids? Download a free app like Action Movie FX from the people who made the recent Star Trek films.

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Cheers!