Monday, 15 November 2010

Brandon Fenton discusses e-clips!

E-clips appeared on you tube yesterday, I hit up Brandon Fenton for a lil' insight into this classic flatland video, it's ten years since it's release on VHS, so many of might not have have seen this. Don't sleep on this, this is a real "classic".

Alright the video just appeared online Brandon, how do you feel about that initially? It’s been ten years since E-clips release, are you happy more riders will get to see this classic video?
It was a surprise to see it this morning that's for sure but it doesn't bother me that it is now available for even more people to see. After all, I like to share what I enjoy with others. 

What was the intensity like working with Chase in this? I know your good friends, but enlighten me as to the mode he was in knowing he was going to release a video?
It blows my mind that it is already ten years old. It certainly doesn't fell like it was that long ago. We had talked about remastering it and putting it to DVD with new bonus sections from each of us but with Chase's poor health keeping him from riding right now it doesn't look like that will happen in the foreseeable future so why not have it available as a window into our past? With brakeless riding being the norm now it's funny to think that this was the first entirely brakeless flatland video (if I'm not mistaken), and back then there were really only a handful of people riding without brakes.

How long did you guys film for e-clips? 
The "e" in "e-clips" stands for 'existence', so the meaning of the title is: "clips from our existence". That might sound a little strange but it was really almost like a journal or diary of our daily sessions and things we were exploring over the course of about a year. Both Chase and I get a little bothered by the little black box that is the video camera so it was a challenge to pull something and then have to do it again for film. The two clips where we curse represent the frustration that accompanied filming throughout, although there were a few days that were better than others. For the most part we wanted to get combos on tape so that we could move on to something else, since we would both tire quickly of trying the exact same combo we already pulled over and over again for film.

Ten years on this still stands out, how do you feel personally about that?
After ten years I am very happy if it is still able to inspire. I am inspired in countless ways by countless people and flatlanders from the past and the present so, to have had the opportunity to give something back is very fulfilling. It's an honor and a privilege to be a part of of this creative thing called flatland and it was a great honor for me to have had the chance to ride and train alongside one of the most dedicated and inspiring riders ever. This video still represents to me a window back upon my greatest friendship and the springboard for a bunch of new friendships. Every time I see it I am reminded of a great time in my life and I hope that for others that see it brings back similar good memories.


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18 comments:

flatmatters said...

Thanks to Brandon for getting back so quick with the lil' interview, I wondered how many have seen this so a lil insight would be good i thought...Fentons backwards stuff on here is crazy, ten years ago! Chases double rolaid amongest others stuff is just... untouched I would say. One of the best flatland videos ever!

bmxism said...

What was I saying recently about this vid E!!
Dream come true!
mint stuff

george manos said...

this made me wanna put pegs back again..i think that sums it up!!!seriously never seen this before!RESPECT is the least i feel for these guys!
p.s. decade and whiplash are dead..chase killed them!

marttikuoppa said...

Chase is the best ever!!! No wonder why people avoided talking about this video.. The level in there is just insane even today after ten years and will be like that for next upcoming decades of flatland.
Untouchable level. Thank you for posting. (I´ve been searching for this one for years)

Gino said...

cini minis cini minis cini minis gotsta get me one of those boxes!

wild style 10 years ago i couldnt even imagine this,now i cant but imagine it !


they rock like the background music that you never hear any more in flat flicks.

tomastomas108 said...

..thanx god i didnt see this at the time! i would have jumped off a bridge....

SteveMulder said...

That shit is untouchable, best ever, no doubt about it.

Brian said...

So much unbelievable stuff in this video. I agree with Martti, nobody talked about it cause they couldn't even comprehend what they just watched. Personal favorites being the perverted decades straight to the pegs into double decade variations. The whiplash at 2:15 in the second video was burned into my memory when I saw it 10 years ago! Brandon's backward around the worlds!
MUST WATCH FOR ANY FLATLANDER.

Brian said...

"cost that ya slores" - Chase

LACHLAN said...

so so epic. To ride with both of these individuals makes this video so much more impressive...
These tricks seriously never have been repeated. Amazing...
Thanks for the write up brandon!

Howard said...

What Steve Mulder and Martti said sums it up for me,untouchable.

flatmatters said...

Wow, great to see this "classic" get the respect it deserves, I think it was facebook where I read that Brandon, was talking about re-releasing "e-clips" on dvd with some newer footage of Brandon and Chase thown in, but Chase is currently ill, so it will be delayed. This is an awesome idea! The perverted decade combos stand out for me particularly, Chases technique is unrivalled, a real joy to watch! Great to see this online for others who missed it!

Mizo said...

im speechless, much respect for those guys!

flatmatters said...

It's common knowledge that Denes Katona has pushed along the whiplashes and x handed jumplash variations, but I can't think anyone who's topped that double rolaid ten years on, and will it ever be topped. Some things are golden, and untouchable.

Navid said...

Wow, it all has been said, still having a heavy heartbeat... wauw..

Rick Mac said...

Imagine the slams that it took to push riding to that level....ouch.

marttikuoppa said...

Thank you Chase & Brandon for making this masterpiece and thank you (whoever you are) who posted this online.
I keep watching this one over and over again. Flatland was already rock n´ roll 10 yrs ago ;)

Die Verwandlung said...

yeah, Chase is the wizard!!!; and awesomw guy!, E-clips, is one of the best videos, someone remember The Function Victim and Chase calling to Nike Corporatiom???, "with Michael Jordan please..!!"

Peace pf all riders of the world!