Filmmaker Chris Ray’s Big Win at X Games Real Street — Wooden Camera

In 2019, DC Footwear Video Director Chris Ray and pro-skateboarder Chase Webb obtained the gold medal at X Video games Actual Road, an all-video, each judged and fan-decided, avenue skating contest. For this yr’s competitors, the duo teamed up once more to supply a dynamic reel showcasing Chase’s new, wild methods and Chris’s eager eye and prime artistic path.

“It is arduous to out-do your self, although it is solely been a yr. Skateboarding’s bought even crazier” Chris says. 

The stress was on to prime their efficiency from final yr, so the 2 went above and past to ship a component that exceeded the creativeness and broke information.

Chris Ray recounted the expertise with us, and revealed the Wood Digicam gear and methods that helped him strike gold. 

Wood Digicam (WC): What’s X Video games Actual Road? What are the 2 elements of the competition?
Chris Ray (CR): “Actual Road” is a contest X-Video games has been doing for the final 11 years. As an alternative of the same old format of placing skaters in a skatepark and having them compete that approach, X-Video games has actually performed job displaying how the actual core of skateboarding is completed within the streets with skate boarders and skateboard filmers. Every skater will get a filmer and it’s important to compete a :60 second video half. The principle contest winners for Gold/Silver/Bronze is set by visitor judges, and the “Fan Favourite” is set by on-line votes. It is all the time been thrilling as a result of the competition is not simply judged off of the skating, but additionally the filming/modifying. 


WC: How did you develop into concerned on this yr’s contest? What number of occasions have you ever participated in X Video games Actual Road?
CR: I’ve truly performed the competition for about 8 years and have all the time performed very properly in them. I’ve enjoyable collaborating in them and annually I normally work with a special skater. Chase and I received final yr, so that they requested us to come back again. Annually is an entire totally different expertise and I have been lucky to put High 3 the final 6 years. I by no means thought in my life I would earn a Gold medal from holding a digital camera. 


WC: What was the technique and means of capturing Chase Webb’s video? What had been a few of your targets? How large was the crew? 
CR: My objective has all the time been to make the half as robust as attainable. Clearly Chase is a superb skateboarder and handles that half, however although it is a 60 second video, I attempt to make it really feel like a full size piece. I wished to make use of the perfect of the perfect photographs since you by no means know what footage the opposite guys getting into are getting, and many others. Our crew was fairly small, however constant. It was normally myself, Nick Cunningham and Martin Fobes out filming.

WC: How did you select the situation(s) of Chase’s video?
CR: Chase is thought for skating large rails, however him and I talked about how various we needed to make it this yr. As a way to impress the judges, it’s important to shock them. Chase was in a position to skate greater than rails and when he did skate rails, he go extra technical on them. His final clip was one that basically stunned folks. 


WC: Had been there any Wood Digicam merchandise you used in the course of the shoot? In that case, how did they help in reaching your capturing wants/wishes?
CR: Completely! I filmed a lot of the contest on the Purple Epic and GH5. It is humorous trigger in contrast to most skaters, Chase is a extremely large fan of the Purple. I feel he all the time beloved that digital camera trigger he labored on a video half with Ty Evans. Utilizing the Purple, I’ve the Kippertie ND system which is nice for being fast on modifications in daylight, and many others. As a way to mount my monitor although, I wanted the Wooden Camera Revolva Pass Through Top Plate in order that was an enormous assist. My primary used merchandise although is the Trigger Handle. That helps me maintain the digital camera decrease to the bottom whereas rolling on my skateboard subsequent to Chase. I am then in a position to get these up shut photographs which might be in your face!

The judges of this yr’s X Video games Actual Road summed up the collaboration properly: “With Chase Webb you noticed an ideal synergy of the good Chris Ray, and this number of spots, artistic maneuvers, surprises. That is the dream staff. Cannot be beat!”

Try the Actual Road 2020: Gold Medal Video HERE


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