Conan’s Clueless Gamer series is one of the best segments he’s ever done, and he’s back with another one featuring Tony Hawk and Lil Wayne. I’m sorry but the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series is done, nobody likes it anymore. It’s all about EA Skate.
Previous Clueless Gamer Episodes:
This is a commercial for Afends, which is a clothing brand. It’s a cool idea to put a mini ramp in the middle of a hemp field. The only problem I have is that the filming and editing of the skating sucks. Too tight close ups and cutting out of the tricks before they land them…that’s like when some bullshit soda commercial tries to put skating in their commercials. Be legit, show the trick.
We’ve previously posted some teaser videos from Lexus claiming they’ve created a hoverboard. Well the first video is out and apparently it’s f**king real! Well kind of. I’m not quite sure how it works but YouTube commenters have some ideas. They claim the board uses supercooled magnets (the smoke is from dry ice or liquid nitrogen) and the skatepark is actually metal made to look like concrete. Sure it maybe a PR stunt but the shot of him cruising over water really made me want one.
I’m still skeptical about this whole “Lexus made a hoverboard” thing. Don’t get me wrong, I think it would be incredible! But I just sense a big let down. Also, what’s with that whack-ass skate “montage” they put in there? At least show 1 trick Lexus, you dweebs.
Here’s their first video for the hoverboard:
Not a very original prank but it’s still a good one. This kid puts on old person makeup and shreds the skatepark surprising all the other kids.
Spike Jonze is the acclaimed director of films such as Her (Spike won the Oscar for best original screenplay), Where the Wild Things Are, Adaptation, and Being John Malkovich (Spike was nominated for Best Director). He’s also directed some of the best and most well known music videos ever like Bjork’s “It’s Oh So Quiet”, Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice” and “Praise You”, Daft Punk’s “Da Funk”, Weezer’s “Buddy Holly”, and of course Beastie Boy’s “Sabatoge”.
But if you’re even slightly involved in the skateboard wold your first thought when you hear Spike Jonze’s name is the amazing skateboarding work he’s done over the years. Spike got his start in BMX co-founding Dirt Magazine and eventually became the senior photographer for Transworld Skateboarding. Since then he’s worked on some of the best and most influential skate videos ever made. Now I’m not going to post every thing he’s done in skateboarding (because it’s a lot) but instead I’ll be posting my personal favorites. I’m going to post these in chronological order so if you want to see his newest, more technical stuff then skip to the end of the post and and work your way backwards.
Little Keenan – Mouse (1996)
R.I.P. Keenan Milton
I’m going to skip over his first couple videos and go strait to Mouse because that’s where I think Spike really started coming out as a creative genius. The special effects in this “Little Keenan” skit aren’t particularly good (it was 1996, and as Spike says in the commentary they had no idea what they were doing), but the idea is solid. And that’s what makes Spike’s work so good, it’s is the simplicity in the ideas and the fun execution.
Woods Skating – Mouse (1996)
Another skit from Mouse has Rick Howard skating through the woods. Again we have a very simple idea that’s well executed. Of course you can see the wooden planks laid down on the ground that Howard is riding on but that doesn’t take away from the skit, plus that’s the sort of mistake that Spike seemed to embrace early in his career. Why have it be perfect when it’s all about the fun.
Charlie Chaplin – Mouse (1996)
I’m going to post a few skits from Mouse because it’s one of my all time favorite videos. Here Eric Koston (one of the best skateboarders ever) and Spike have a fun take on Charlie Chaplin learning to ride a skateboard.
Brothas From Different Mothas – Mouse (1996)
Last skit from the Mouse video, I promise. I love the vibe of this shit and the fact that it has absolutely nothing to do with skateboarding at all (except the actors).
Intro – Yeah Right! (2003)
Now I’m going to skip The Chocolate Tour and jump strait into Yeah Right! The intro was filmed at 1000fps and allowed us to see all of the small imperfections of the basic flatground tricks. Nobody had seen skateboarding like this before.
Owen Wilson – Yeah Right! (2003)
Spike Jonze’s Hollywood connections helped get Owen Wilson in this one. This skit started a theme with Spike of blending some A-list actors into the skateboarding world which he continued with Jack Black and Will Arnett in Pretty Sweet.
Invisible Boards – Yeah Right! (2003)
Magic Skateboard – Yeah Right! (2003)
There’s no special effects for this one, just a fun idea. It’s so simple it makes you think, “Why didn’t I think of that!”
Synchronized Skating – Hot Chocolate (2004)
This video features an original song by Bjork (you remember Spike Jonze has directed a few of her music videos).
Fire Session – Hot Chocolate (2004)
What’s cooler than playing with fire…not much.
Intro – Fully Flared (2007)
This intro is absolutely bonkers. Spike brought in his special effects coordinator he worked with on Three Kings to do the explosions. And how about that Mike Mo switch flip at the end, talk about pressure!
Skip to the 12:20 minute mark in this next video for a cool behind the scenes look at how it was done:
Intro – Pretty Sweet (2012)
Drones where pretty new in 2012 and this is the first time I remember seeing them used in a skate video. Needless to say it blew my mind.
Jack Black – Pretty Sweet (2012)
Jack Black is hilarious as the stereotypical skate filmer.
So there’s some of my favorite Spike Jonze skateboard-related videos. The fact that this guy is a Hollywood director, actor, and oscar winning writer and still continues to work in the skateboard world where he started is amazing. You the man, Spike.
If you don’t follow skateboarding let me fill you in real quick. Aaron “Jaws” Homoki is a crazy person, in that he jumps down the biggest shit. This video is all the raw clips from his last video part. When I first started skating some 20 years ago I never thought I see some of the stuff he’s doing right now.
From the youtube description:
“We Are Blood is a modern day skate epic featuring Paul Rodriguez and other top skateboarders as they travel the globe pushing the limits of what’s possible on a board and four wheels while celebrating the unconditional bond created by the simple act of skateboarding. Directed by Ty Evans, We Are Blood is filmed using state-of-the-art cameras to creatively capture the most cutting-edge, progressive skating experience imaginable.”
Everything director Ty Evans touches is epic. I had the opportunity to work with him a few years ago and he’s one of the nicest dudes out there and is definitely on some next level shit. Should be an awesome video.
I’ve been skating my whole life and thank God I’ve never taken a slam like this (probably because I don’t skate giant kinked rails down a 7-flat-7, I’ll stick to manuals and ledge tricks thank you very much). Jordan Grace wasn’t so lucky. Filming for Chris Ray’s ‘Redirect’ video “Run Boy Run” Jordan tries to boardslide this insane kinked rail and ends up almost getting decapitated.
Shane O’Neill dropped a face melter on the Thrasher site this morning. It was all shot on a VX which is nice because it made me nostalgic for shitty cameras. You know we have cameras that shoot fucking 4k right? Anyway, the part is banging (crooks nollie flip late kickflip…wtf).