We get quite a lot of BMX videos sent to us. Via email, Facebook, Instagram... There's always a steady flow of BMX content. That's not to say that it's all good – in fact, only a small percentage of the videos are good, and then it's only a few of those that really nail it. Those ones that are bang on point, that make us want to ride – these are the ones we share with you guys.
Here we have one such video, a simple concept, a solid crew, good filming, good vibes and amazing riding. Pure Southern England goodness. Read our interview with filmer Greg Pearson below and hit that play button above... We love this one.
Q&A with Greg Pearson
– How did this project come about? 5 parks, 1 year... Was it a proper concept or did it just kind of fall into place?
The idea just came about during various skatepark sessions at the end of last year, I hadn't had my camera for long and I was pointing it at everything I could, testing it out and practicing. I've really liked some certain funky skatepark edits in the past and have wanted to make something a bit different to a lot of BMX content you see lately. Early on I remember making a group chat with the idea to make a 'full length' video and everyone was keen, the concept was finalised by summer and the last clips were filmed the day before I said I'd release it... stressful!
– Are these parks pretty local to all the main guys in the video?
Yeah, everyone lives nearby, Max is further out but he works down here with me. It was never hard to meet up with people and get filming.
– There are so many mad creative clips... Do you think you need to be a local to come up with these lines?
Part of the concept was finding those kind of clips, thats also what gave me the name – your local skatepark is your environment, your place. I wanted to try and look at these parks in a different way, they are pretty unique parks and have a lot to offer. You can go to a skatepark and think of it as just obvious rail/ledge/transitions, but if you look past that there are setups that are gnarly – one trick and done kind of things. I don't want to start comparing it to street riding, but that mentality of setup riding is what I'm getting at.
"I don't want to start comparing it to street riding, but that mentality of setup riding is what I'm getting at."
– Who worked the hardest for this video?
Everyone, it was such a pleasure to work with everyone because they all just got it and wanted to put the effort in. Some of the clips took hours and literally hundreds of tries. A couple to name are Sam's fakie manual round the rail to smith to cab (227 tries over 2 sessions), Miles' wallride manual 180 (204 tries), Yakob's insane slider to G-turn to the bank (around 70 tries), Max's radar (87 tries to get it just right) and many many more.
There weren't many things that came easy, especially because we wanted to try and film/land everything the best we could. It was pretty nice that everything was local to us, there were a lot of times where we went and re-filmed something just because we could. Sam and Max filmed me doing things like some of the tyre slide lines and stuff way too many times because I was being overly perfectionist and that was probably very annoying.
– Which park is your favourite?
My favourites are Guildford and Haslemere, those parks just never stop giving. The scene at Guildford especially is probably what made this video possible because you just want to be there with everyone.
– Are there any big moves at those parks that you or any of the other riders would like to get done in the future?
I have a couple of stunts in mind and I'm sure others do too. Max says he wish got few more things. James is a machine, maybe he'll revisit that Guildford transfer gap, he did case and ride away from it on a 2nd try but I lost the clip... sorry James. I'd happily film a People In Their Places 2 one day.View on Instagram
– Tell us about the soundtrack. How did you find these songs, why did you decide to use them?
My only criteria was that it fit the riding and vibes as best as it could. I love 80's stuff, upbeat and things that have nice natural up and down flow, thats great to edit too. I'm always listening to weird music and have a collection of things that I will use one day.
– What kind of camera did you film this on?
My trusty Panasonic DVC30, £150 on eBay and now with an Opteka lens - there is a couple of clips in the video that used it. I love miniDV and the Panasonic colours are great.
– What's coming up next for you and the other guys? Another project like this in 2019?
Nothing as of now, I need to try and film more for the next Murky DVD, Max has a sick full section in that too. Sam has just been picked up by Eclat and he is well stuck in to what will be a banging welcome edit. I'd love to film a street project and work with everyone more, we shall see...
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