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上海是个非常国际化的城市,这里有来自全国各地,世界各地的滑板人,虽然每人的梦想都是可以找到一份与滑板相关的工作但是就目前的滑板发展状况来说还不太现实,然而这并没有妨碍大家对滑板的疯狂热爱。#总有一些事情可以做#。接下来 kickerclub 会陆续采访一些利用自己业余时间为滑板做一些事情的滑手,希望可以给大家一些启发,现在就行动起来,立刻,马上。


James Davidson a.k.a. DJ 来自英国伦敦,目前在上海的一个小学当全职老师,业余时间都用来滑板并给身边朋友拍摄滑板 video,之前我们发过的 Turd 青岛 tour 视频就是出自他之手。最近他又发布了自己的新片 “Lifecycle”,可以说是非常高产了。

Lifecycle

1, 简单介绍一下自己吧!

我叫 DJ (James Davidson)来自伦敦,今年24岁,滑板8年了。2016年毕业于 Kent 大学工商管理。现在我在中国的一所小学教英语。这是我在上海教书的第二年。

英国家乡滑板场 FS Nosegrind

2. 说说你的新片?

这部片拍摄了2-3个月,用我业余时间拍摄,滑手全是经常和我一起滑板的人。片名“Lifecycle”意在表达生活不断变化,人来人去日复一日,生活总是这样一直前行。

3. 是什么把你带来上海的?

我在上学的时候去斯里兰卡实习一年,我在海边的一家中餐馆打工。工作还算凑合不过那时已经开始对中国有一些了解。斯里兰卡的滑板气氛还差,滑板地形也不多,这一年经历让我非常向往来中国体会亚洲文化。
完成学业之后我并不想在伦敦办公室工作,我想去尝试些新的东西。那时一个朋友在青岛教书,他说中国有很多机会,最终我选择了上海,来到上海是因为这座城市相对较为国际化,这里的滑板气氛也更好。总之我想做点儿新鲜有趣的事情。

斯里兰卡的Ollie

4. 你是怎么认识徐兆然后成为室友了?

我在这里第一年时候经常和徐兆一起玩。我们有很多共同爱好,滑板,音乐,Party。第二年回中国之前,我在青岛停留了一会儿给turD拍摄。徐兆问我要不要回上海之后一起租房子住,我没怎么想就答应了因为我知道肯定很棒。

5. 你知道上海的俄罗斯滑手们吗?

当然,怎么说呢。 他们都是非常低调的滑手,应该得到更多的报道。 他们人都是超级友好。 最令我惊讶的是,他们10个人挤在了只为2个人设计的公寓里! 他们大多数人一次在地板上睡了几个月。但是,他们仍然坚持滑板,从不抱怨任何事情。他们非常谦逊,这才是真正的 Skate Rats!


雨天外滩拍摄

6. 你为什么会坚持使用 VX

我觉得用 VX1000 配合 MK1 鱼眼才能最好表现滑板的一切!从1995年开始很多招都是由VX1000拍摄的。当然现在有很多高级相机,不过VX1000就是我喜欢的风格,总共可以分为3点。

1. 画质:VX1000用的是3CCD,使得画质看起来独一无二。另外4:3的比例非常适合拍摄滑板,而且滑手很容易被放在画面中间。MK1也是滑板历史上被评为最出色的鱼眼,我很赞同这点。
2. 声音: 我喜欢VX上的麦克风,它录的声音非常清晰!滑在砖块地面的声音更是绝了!还有滑板落地的声音,这是这部摄影机最棒的地方。
3. 易用性和实用性:你现在可以在很多地方买到便宜的VX相机。我买相机的时候对它一无所知,也没有什么钱,一年之内我就可以拍非常棒的片段了!唯一的缺点就是技术有点老还有镜头要花点钱。

Turd tour: Qingdao

感谢KickerClub给我这个机会分享我的视频!

1, Who are you and where are you from? (Photos above)

My name is DJ (James Davidson). I’m from London. Im 24 years old. Ive been skateboarding for about 8 years. I graduated from the University of Kent in 2016 with a degree in Business and Management. I’m currently teaching English in two Chinese Primary schools. This is my second year of teaching in Shanghai.

2, Tell me something about your “Lifecycle”

This video was filmed over a period of 2-3 months. It includes all of the people that I skate with on a regular basis. It started by just filming in my free time with friends. The name “Lifecycle” focuses on how life is always changing. People come, people go, day turns to night. But the circle of life always continues regardless.

3, What brought you to Shanghai?

During my studies at University I did a work experience year in Sri Lanka, working in a Chinese restaurant on the beach. The work was ok but the experience of living in such a beautiful country with such friendly people made up for the average work. The skate scene there was extremely small and underdeveloped as well as the skate spots! But it was a great year for me and it made me want to live in and experience more of asian cultures.
After finishing my degree, i wanted to do something new and different instead of working in an office in London. I had a friend who taught English in Qingdao and he spoke very highly of China and his experience in general. For Shanghai, it was the fact that it is a huge city which is relatively Westernised. Furthermore, the skateboarding scene looked pretty good from what I had researched prior to coming. Basically, I wanted to do something fun and unconventional.

4, How did you know Xuzhao and became the roommate?

XuZhao and I were hanging out quite a lot towards the end of my first years here. We have many mutual interests. Skateboarding, Music, Partying and just being reprobates in general. Haha. Before coming back to Shanghai for my second year of teaching. I made a stop over in Qingdao to film a little edit for Winston’s company turD. XuZhao asked if I wanted to live together when we got back to Shanghai. It didn’t take much thought in my head. I knew it would be good times! So i agreed. So far it has been great living with him!

5, I saw some Russian skaters in your video, how about them?

Where do I begin!? I think first of all. They are all very underrated skaters who deserve a lot more coverage. All of them have been super friendly and overall great guys. The thing that surprises me the most is that some of them share small apartments designed for two people amongst ten of them! with most of them sleeping on floors for months at a time Yet, they still skate hard and never complain about anything. It’s very humbling. They are the definition of skate rats!

6, Why do you still film with the VX camera?

In my opinion, the VX1000 + MK1 Fisheye captures skateboarding in the way that makes it look and sound the best it can! Some of the best tricks ever done have filmed on this camera since 1995. Of course, there are far superior cameras technically speaking with modern HD cameras but its simply my preference and style.

But essentially its breaks down to 3 things.

The Look: The colours on the VX1000 utilise this 3ccd colouring which give it a unique look that cant be matched. Additionally, I think that the 4:3 aspect ratio is a perfect fit for filming lines and keeping the skater in the centre of the screen. The MK1 is considered one of the best fisheyes for skateboarding and I have to say I agree
Sound: I love the microphone on the VX. It picks up sounds so crisply and clear! Just the sound of a board rolling over a tiled floor at speed sounds so sick, as well as the slamming impact sound of some tricks. One of the best features of the camera!
Ease of use and accessibility: You can buy VX cameras that have been restored for a cheap price in comparison to some new HD cameras. I bought the VX knowing nothing about it and not having much money to spend and have quickly learnt how to use it within a year of use. The only hurdle is using old technology and the cost of the expensive MK1 lens.
Thank you KickerClub for featuring my recent video and giving me a chance to share my thoughts!

DJ

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