Some skaters commentated about the fact that Brian Aragon wasn’t wearing a helmet. A helmet might have protected Brian, we can’t really be sure about this but note that a lot of kids are influenced by their favourite pros.
I have been shooting for Black Market II : Barely Dead for a little over a month so far. This new flick is a documentary about the history of skating. Featuring interviews with Arlo, Mike Opalek, Jess Dyrenforth, Jon Elliot, Brian Shima, Chris Haffey, Shane Coburn, + more!
All the skating content is shot on super16mm motion picture film. Below are a few still frames from my recent California trip. These are freeze frames from the film transfer to HDCAM 1920×1080 10-bit uncompressed files… I have cut the file size to 50% of those dimensions so that they will be visable on your monitors.
Just remember… still frames don’t do much justice for how smooth & organic the film looks in motion! Also, all these shots were filmed at 48fps… so they are all true slow-motion…
Get ready for a full-blown trailer being released during Super Hick 2006 (first weekend of May)
‘When people say itâ€™s cool to be underground…I say fuck that!’ – Arlo Eisenberg
The first thing that struck me when I saw Black Market for the very first time was that Doud Urquhart (Masters of Delusion, Hashassins etc) had put a lot of effort into this film. All tricks and scenery are shoot with real professionalism. The editing, and the skaters of course, is what makes this film so damn good. Doug used HDTV-camera technology when he shot Black M and this is why the quality is so nice and smooth. He also used a lot of different music for all of the sections to really tie the knot.
With the current dominance of the larger Freesports like Skateboarding, Mountain Biking and Snowboarding, it may come as a surprise to learn that having watched over 30 films across 15 different Freesports the judges have decided to present the Bluebird for Best Freesports Film 2004-5 to an Inline Skating film.
Inline Skating is not as popular as it was but often when things go underground some of the most creative work gets done. So it is with â€œBlack Marketâ€, a â€˜Misled Mediaâ€™ film with an international perspective, showing rollerblading around the world.
Doug Urquart traveled for 4 months across 8 European countries as well as coast to coast in the USA to give Black Market variety with profiles on Pro rollerbladers Brian Aragon, Julian Bah and Will Gordon; mini views of rollerbladers like Brent Hicks and Montre Livingston; and interviews with rollerblading pioneers like Arlo, TJ Webber, Chris Edwards, B-Love.
Not only is this the first High Definition rollerblading film ever made, it comes with a second DVD with the best profiles and footage from Masters of Delusions, Hashassins as well as AVM, a new Puerto Rico spot check and plenty of Bonus footage. The twin pack offers approximately 4 hours of footage in all.
But what really appealed to the judges about this film and helped it stand out from the many other Freesports films being considered was the way that an interview with Photographer Jeremy Stephenson was used to give structure and form to the film.
Black Market is more than a skate video. It is a lifestyle.
The DVD features a 30min skate video loaded with solid skating from around the world. That is what you would expect— however, there is more! A 30 min Euro Tour documentary is also included in Black Market’s feature presentation.
The tour follows the daily adventures of photographer Jeremy Stephenson, Julian Bah. Will Gordon, Brent Hicks, Michael Braud, and myself through 8 countries in Europe over a 2 month time span.
Black Market is a truly international view into the rollerblading scenes of the new world as well as the old world. Cinematopgrapher Doug Urquhart traveled for 4 months across 8 European Countires as well as coast to coast in the United States to offer a video with unparalleled variety.
Featuring profiles on Brian Aragon, Julian Bah, and Will Gordon.
Mini-views cover Esco Zoo’s finest, Brent Hicks and Montre Livingston from NC. ATL Waterpark Round 2.
Extras include the entire Fiziks DVD, portions of Hashassins, Say Word Section of Dre Powell, and skating from Gumby, Fridolin Eelbo, Chris Farmer, Nick Wood, Scott Raser