This is Raymond Ramirez, the filmer of the current episode of Videodrone's Oddity Odyssey. Each week will be a post of the successive demos from the Toy Machine's Oddity Odyssey Tour filmed by a loyal pawn. Here's a quick interview with Toy's video button pusher, Kevin Barnett regarding the idea's inception and execution.
What was the idea behind 'kid filmed demos'?
It was half inspired by just perusing YouTube for all our demos and seeing how much of the action the random kid in the crowd actually caught. I can only get so much, so well but a kid on the sidelines gets it all. It was also an idea I stole from the Beastie Boys. They had a concert film that was fan filmed and I thought it was a good idea, while not a particularly great film.
Who were the filmers?
Billy Hoss, Christopher Ohnerorge, Raymond Ramirez, Brendan Bill, Austin McDowell, Brandon Bigelow, Evan Duran, Nick Cannon, and Ryan O'Connor. Thanks guys!
What would they do? Was their footage good?
Every kid had a different method. I would give them a tape and tell them to go wherever and do whatever they wanted. I thought about directing them sometimes but in the end I decided it would be best to just see what these guys did on their own. The footage isn't good in the traditional way of skate filming, but the quality lies in the raw weirdness of a kid set loose. I love all of it!
Posted September 13th, 2008 by You