Archive for February, 2010

No Name Leftovers – Justin Sellers

Posted in Features, Wakeboarding on February 26, 2010 by telepromptedanthems

I like to think of Justin Sellers as the youngest of the old school guys around here. I grew up with his older brother Joe, and so when we would go ride, Justin would sometimes tag along. He was always an athletic kid and you could tell he was really talented, but I’m pretty sure no one really knew how good he was going to get. Then one day it was almost like he just said to himself “You know what? I’m going to go learn every mobe in the book.” And so that’s what he did. Then he learned them switch.

When it was all said and done, Justin really didn’t ride much at all while we were shooting No Name Losers. His part was probably made up of fewer than a dozen sets, most of which took place during the final two weeks leading up to the premiere at Riverfest. With that in mind, it’s pretty impressive how his part turned out; he’s got a few bangers in there along with some of the best overall shots in the movie. One of the coolest things about his part was the fact that he had a few good lines in there that showed how well he rode switch. I mean, it’s not every day that you see a guy do a KGB – Switch KGB or a Dum Dum – Switch Dum Dum back to back.

So in the spirit of No Name Leftovers, we’ve pulled together the following clips of Justin. It’s another pretty short video, but keep in mind that he’s goofy footed and you don’t see a single goofy-footed trick in the bunch. Now let that sink in for a minute; me personally, I would be pumped if I could do some of this stuff regular, let alone switch. So without further ado, I give you the last of the White Lake Rough Riders, Justin Clark Sellers.

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For Whom The Bell Tolls

Posted in Random with tags , , , on February 15, 2010 by telepromptedanthems

I’m really not much of a “movie person.” I have a really short attention span and it’s pretty hard for me to stay focused on a movie long enough to…hey look at that bird outside my window. Jesus, that thing is huge. I really want some mexican food right now.

Anyway, maybe it’s due to my lack of focus, but I can watch trailers and opening credits for movies all day long. I guess it’s because they’re short and to the point and there’s not much of a story you have to follow, but I love them. Case in point, I wasn’t really into the Watchmen movie last year, but I seriously lost my shit over the opening sequence. Well, I saw  Zombieland the other day, and contrary to my usual cinematic experience, I was so pumped on the whole thing that I watched it again the next morning, which I’ve never done in my life. The whole movie is great but the opening credits absolutely blew me away. It has two of my favorite things in the world: slow motion and old Metallica; I kind of feel like it was made especially for me. Throw in some unreal motion graphics and you’ve got yourself quite the intro.

I’ve watched the intro at least ten times on YouTube since then, and every time I see it I get really excited. Check it out, but be warned that there’s a lot of blood and guts and zombies eating people.

I really want to go edit something. This summer is going to be great.

The Big Time

Posted in News with tags on February 12, 2010 by telepromptedanthems

I’ve got to be honest with you; I’m really glad that I can finally say something about this. I’ve been going crazy all week trying to keep it to myself, but now I think that it’s cool to let the cat out of the bag.

See that picture right there? Does that silhouette look familiar? Well it should, because it’s none other than  our very own Nick Joesph slayshin’ up a storm in Orlando. Shot by Jason Lee, the two page spread made it into the latest issue from our friends at Alliance Wakeboard Magazine and I seriously couldn’t be any prouder. Historically, I’m always really pumped to see people from around the region get  some recognition for being awesome, but I was absolutely freaking when I heard about this. So congratulations, Nick, you’re a total bad ass.

But that’s not all! Look what I found on the very next page:

Does that guy look familiar? Well, he should because it’s Adam Fields and everyone and their cousin seems to know Adam Fields. Like I said, it’s really good to see someone from the region getting some love, but let’s be honest: Adam’s gotten a bunch of shots over the years. Why is this one special, you ask? Well I’ll tell you why: it was taken by none other than photographer and Avatar super-fan Jason Hudson. This is Jason’s first published shot (as far as I know), so I know that he’s really excited as well.

Welcome to the big time, boys. It’s a good thing that Smith has our back because the future’s looking pretty bright.

No Name Leftovers – Jason Green

Posted in Features, Wakeboarding with tags , , on February 12, 2010 by telepromptedanthems

When we first started working on No Name Losers and Nick and I were going back and forth talking about ideas for the movie, one of the things Nick was pushing really hard for was a crash section. I wasn’t completely sold on the idea; I always thought crash sections were kind of lame and I worried that it would seem like we were just trying to take up more screen time. Well luckily, he talked me into it because of all the sections in the movie, the crash section seems to be the one that people are the most pumped on. I mean let’s face it: it’s funny to watch other people get hurt. I watched America’s Funniest Home Videos every week when I was a kid, but do you think it was for Bob Saget’s witty banter? Hell no, I was waiting for a guy to get kicked in the nuts by a mule or fall off the roof of his house.

We all got pretty banged up at one point or another over the course of shooting, but one guy stood head and shoulders above the rest in the crash department: Jason Green. Jason really didn’t get much time in front of the camera due to some nagging injuries, but when he did get a chance to shoot, he went full throttle and ended up taking some pretty awesome falls in the process.

Now don’t the wrong idea; it’s not like Jason’s a bad rider. In fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth. But for some reason, the guy takes some of the hardest falls I’ve ever seen. Sometimes he would just hit the wake and all hell would break loose; it’s pretty easy to understand why he always seems to be injured. Dude definitely deserves a Purple Heart for his performance last year.

So in honor of Jason sacrificing his body for the sake a wakeboard movie, I give you No Name Leftovers Volume Two. Consider it the sequel to NNL’s Crash Section.

More Not Wakeboarding…

Posted in Random with tags , , , on February 11, 2010 by telepromptedanthems

I absolutely lost my mind when I saw this on Sunday night.

I had heard that Arcade Fire had licensed their completely bad ass song “Wake Up” to the NFL for use during the Super Bowl and that all the proceeds from the licensing process were going to be donated to Hati Earthquake victims. I was kind of curious how the NFL was going to use the song, and my heart sank when I heard it being used two separate times before this with much, much less impressive results. Then this spot came on and I freaked.

There was also a VW spot that featured the song “Two Weeks” by Grizzly Bear, which is another solid jam. I’m really pumped that good bands are starting to end up in commercials like this more and more. I admit that Phoenix got kind of played out last year thanks to everyone jumping on “1901,” but I would way rather hear this stuff in commercials than the Black Eyed Peas or some shitty band like that.

Bonus Fact: If you check our stats, the most popular search engine term that people use to find our site  is “Black Eyed Peas” or some similar variation. It took a while to figure out why, but a while back, I wrote a post about bands that should never ever be in another wakeboard video. Black Eyed Peas were one of the offenders, and that one post has led hundreds of people looking for information on the band to this website. I can only imagine how angry they were once they got here…

Photo Battle Part Duex

Posted in 1 with tags , , , , on February 8, 2010 by telepromptedanthems

As you may have seen on Alliance’s site, Jason Hudson is up for yet another Photo Battle, this time with a shot of North Carolina’s favorite pro wakeboarder, Adam Fields.

Now, a lot of you know Jason and if so, you probably know that he has his faults. He”s totally into movies like Avatar, his favorite font is Comic Sans and he always leaves lights on and cabinet doors open. Plus, just yesterday he was trying to tell me how great Hootie and the Blowfish were. But the bottom line is that he takes some awesome photos, so it’s nice to see him get some love for it. Cruise over to Alliance’s site and show Jason some support.

I know I’m totally biased because Jason’s my buddy/roommate/bowling partner, but I’m really pumped on that shot; It’s actually framed in my living room right now. If you want to see more of his stuff, head over to his website.

These Photo Battles have a history of getting pretty heated and a lot of funny comments get posted, so if you see someone talkin’ smack, be sure to step in there and rough ’em up, internet style. Tell ’em the blue chick from Avatar sent you.

Not Wakeboarding…

Posted in Random with tags , , on February 8, 2010 by telepromptedanthems

Last week, I got a Facebook message from a girl I went to high school with, asking for my address because she’s planning my 10 year high school reunion.

As the reality of that cold, depressing fact was sinking in, I saw this sketch an Saturday Night Live the other night and all I could think about was getting my high school band back together and playing at the reunion. We could play pretty much the entire Blink 182 and NOFX catalogs, so as you can imagine, we were a pretty big hit at Harrells Christian Academy during the late 90’s. This is pretty much the best thing I’ve seen on SNL in years.

As a sidenote, I saw Metallica: Behind the Music last night and so this morning I’m listening to the first four records in chronological order. Highly recommended.