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Action Sports Addiction

My first TV Interview was with Steve Caballero in 1985 in Raleigh NC at the Endless GrindPDVD_032 Skateboarding Competition.  I invited my surfing friend and former world champion free-style skateboarding champion Reggie Barnes to our TV Studios at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill for my Senior Project.  I began producing Surfing Segments for ESPN in conjunction with Surfer Magazine in 1987.

During the 90s I produced a series of Feature Length Action Sport Films called East Coast Motions.  Volume II, Hatteras Surf Feast was released internationally and funded a winter ECM02at Snowshoe WV and the creation of Volume III, “Cheat Mountain Shredders”.  I began producing and streaming video for the internet in 1997 and actively used, the Action Sports Industry to market and brand one of the First International Internet Services.

My love of Digital Media has led to work with MTV, Hurley and Monster Energy.  I have a passion for production and an eye for detail that crosses all demographics.  My TV Program, Eastern Extreme gives me the opportunity to mentor and work with many independent and up and coming photographers.  Many of my Action Sports Segments air on Havoc TV.E2

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On Location — Chapel Hill NC

Being in the right place at the right time can get you some great subject material.  I used to hitch-hike back1372254077-HitchHiking (1) and forth between Chapel Hill NC and Kill Devil Hills NC during my college years.  One time a guy in an old rusty cadillac picked me up.  His license plate said “Jack and the”  Turned out to be none other than the musician3586584785_9a35d632fd_b featured in this video; “Michael Kelsh”. We struck up a conversation about who we were and what we did.  When it came time for a senior project for school I rang him up and we scheduled the shoot.  Fellow students LeeAnn Woodard and Jim Kinney contributed to the production.  Michael was playing for Southern Culture on the Skids at the time and he invited some of them to appear in the video.  It was fun setting up different scenes all over the area.  When we revealed it in class it became an instant hit.

 

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Boneshakers MTV Video Release Party

I shot this video in the fall of 1987 after acquiring my first professional video camera.  The video was edited with Jody and Mike from Atlantic Video Production of Virginia Beach.  Atlantis02This was during the early days of MTV and an up and coming band from Virginia Beach had just released their first MTV Video.   We used a strobe effect on the low-light footage and mixed in a variety of handheld POV Cut-Away Shots.  The music was recorded from a live feed from their audio mixer.  

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Technology Outpacing Operators

My career spans an interesting time period.  When I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with my degree in RTVMP (Radio, Television and Movie Production) it took an entire tractor cameraMantrailer full of equipment to run a decent production and video cameras still used picture tubes.  I had solid skills on all sides of this.  My first camera was a DXC3000K Manufactured by Sony and was a first generation CCD (charge-coupled device)style camera and my footage looked much better than the network standard at that time.  When computer editing came out in the early 90’s you got a virtual computer based program that mimicked the hardware I was used to using.  This gave me an excellent point of reference to learn and master computer editing and video encoding standards.

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Wheeling Skatepark Fund Raising

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The Wheeling Rotary Club Recognized at Wheeling Skate Park Dedication Ceremony

Wheeling City Officials and Wheeling Skate Park Committee Members hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the Wheeling Skate DSC01464Park on Sunday, October 21st. The generous support of individuals, businesses, and organizations like the Wheeling Rotary Club helped get the park funded and built.

Wheeling Rotary Club member, Bryan Murray signed on with the Wheeling Skate Park Committee in 2004. This grass-roots group had big dreams and little money for the daunting $330,000 project. Murray approached then Rotary Club President, John Egan McAteer about getting the Rotary Club involved. A committee was formed that included Bryan Murray, Dick Koehler, John Morrsion and John Egan McAteer.

The committee met regularly and worked behind the scenes to get more of the business community in support of the skate park. skatersWelcomedThe Wheeling Rotary Club held a celebrity waiter event, collected donations and used existing club funds to raise money for the project. They were able to double the donation with a matching District Simplified Grant. The funds were donated to the project in 2006 as the Wheeling Rotary Club’s Centenial Project. The Rotary Club’s involvement, city funding and a myriad of other donations helped the Wheeling Skate Park Committee get a subsequent matching federal grant to make the park possible.

 

 

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