Re: No Friends / Roach Documentary - Stoker doing videos again....
A little different perspective for you Stoker -
I have a great appreciation for the history of the sport and was right there in my 20's, bodyboarding nearly everyday in the mid-90s when NF was coming up and pumping out insane stoke and so it definitely has a spot in heart. But to be completely honest, at 40, with full-time good job, a couple of kids, and the beach steps from my house, spending time watching surf videos is the last thing on my mind when I get a spare minute. Sure, I like a good 2-4min clip on surfline or the video eye candy thread of this site, but that's all the surf porn I need. I tried watching some of the Inside and Enough Said recently, and I was over it in 10 min (I freakin' loved those movies as a single guy surfing all the time).
I would, however, turn out for a premier party of a new documentary on the history of NF and/or Paul Roach and pay you $10-15, drink some brew with my fellow boogies and possibly buy a cap or a t-shirt. But the old stuff, its just clutter for me now, even as a digital download. The memories are there and living well inside me. I held on to Bodyboarding mags for 15-20 years and after not looking at them for about 10 of those years, handed them off.
I'd also note that the last time I got all pumped up for a boogie video was for Fire. I bought it on DVD, watched it 1.5 times and that's it. Considered tossing it recently during a house cleaning, but kept it and now it just sits burried deeper.
I completely get where you are coming from.
But... i am not trying to necessarily make No Friends videos again. I don't really want to try and make it what it was. Like some people have told me, that ship has sailed and i agree. I think my main goal is to just not let No Friends die like it is. From there we will see what comes of it. I don't think it would ever be what it was but if it can at least be "something" again that would be great. And to just do fun stuff again. I don't think many people know where i am coming from when i say all of this. I am not trying to make some new bodyboarding company again. Even to just work on this as a side project with other video projects i have going would be great. Like is said, i went through some serious crap the last couple of years and i just want to do positive and creative things again. Life is to short to be stressed or depressed on crappy things in this life.
With the documentaries, I think it is a story that needs to be told. I am not asking anyone to watch this video over and over again. There are plenty of kids these days making cool videos for that purpose. I want to make something of meaning. And trust me, there is a story to be told and its great. I think everyone would agree with that.
And yeah, spend a little bit on a documentary or a shirt/hat, drink some beer, create fun and creative stuff, and hang out. Thats what its all about, right?
The digital downloads is for everyone as much as it is for me. To preserve what i created. Back in the day, shot on Hi8, transferred to Beta SP, edited on Avid at a lower res and outputted to Beta SP, then to VHS. Crap. Then the DVD masters were MPEG2 at 7.0Mbps. Crap. Plus all old MP3 quality at like 128-192kbps. Crap.
I want to make the downloads for better quality and to preserve it at its original quality.
And i would add that i would not be throwing my old stuff away like you did. And that is the reason why i still have my original 8mm/Hi8mm/MiniDV/Super8/16mm/CDR/DVDR/Harddrive backups all preserved and ready to remaster.
You'd be amazed at the crap i have on my computer right now.