Five quick questions from people who's opinion you can trust! This week, RYAN NAVAZIO
1. You recently finished working on the new Animal video (available now!), how long were you working on it and how do you feel about the final film?
I was hired to help film the video 2 years ago. It was the first time I've filmed for such a big project for such a long period of time and just handed the footage off to someone else to edit. There were times where I would go out filming all day and just drop off the tapes to Bob Scerbo and he would even handle capturing it. Bob's pretty much responsible for the modern day no bullshit video format and I trust what he does. He makes the calls and I'm helping him with what he needs by filming the team so I'm just happy I get to be a part of it all. That being said I think the video is great and it stays very true to the style that Bob pretty much invented. It's awesome considering the company has been around for 10 years and the videos have stayed the same. A lot of the original people are still involved in one way or another and that's a rare thing in BMX.
2. What was the hardest part of making the Animal video?
Just that the team is so big and finding the time to try and film with everyone. I wish I could have worked more closely with certain people but everyone is on there own schedule and I can't be two places at once so I gotta pick and choose. I honestly wish I could have filmed everything with everyone but it just wasn't possible.
3. Animal has a pretty solid image in BMX was that something you took into consideration or did it come naturally?
I really tried to film in a style that matched the previous Animal videos. The way Jeff Z filmed a lot of stuff in the first animal video always kind of stood out in my mind and I tried to use that as inspiration. For the most part Animal videos are not a production, my job wasn't to to re-invent how BMX videos are filmed, just to stick with what works and document the riding as I see it.
4. What's been your favourite production of yours so far? and why?
I'm still really proud of Left/Right. Mainly because it was a completely independent production, looking back on it I kind of have no idea how it happened.
5. Orchid recently 'tweeted' that you were "locked" into filming their new video, can you tell us anything about the project?
As far as I know right now, they are going to be doing a sequel to Step On It. Derek asked me to come along and film, but as far as the rest of the production goes I don't know who is going to be doing what. Again, I'm psyched to be a part of it and I've known Derek for years so its awesome to help out with that.
BONUS question: Whats your personal favourite BMX film?
This is a real tough question, I don't think I can narrow it down to just one past video. But as far as recent videos goes, Bone Deth is an instant classic. Watching that the first time was like the first time I saw Seek And Destroy, I just know its something special that doesn't come along very often.
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