Yeah, he had an interview on Jenkem yesterday which was a really good read: THE FUTURE OF SKATEBOARDING IN RUSSIA WITH TOLYA TITAEV - Jenkem Magazine
I like his skating, there’s some really good stuff in there. And he comes across great in that interview which makes me like him more.
However, that part felt very unfinished. Feels like I just watched an early draft of a working project. Mainly it was the amount of b-roll doing it that made the editing feel baggy, like a lot of it was placeholder footage for as-yet-to-be-filmed tricks.
I was going to say his skating isn’t heavy enough to pull off that Nick Cave song but, actually, it definitely is. There just wasn’t enough of it. If half of that b-roll was replaced with skating of that calibre, that part could’ve hit some Kirchart-level dramatic intensity.
On the song note, skating to live track is an odd one. It worked in this – and somewhat excused the amount of b-roll – but there was a moment where you can hear the audience cheer and I was, like, “You’re having someone vicariously cheer for your skating by using this song…” That might sound ridiculous…
Anyway, good balance of gnarly, interesting spots and some well tech shit though – mid-wheelie fakie flip back to wheelie was sick and the switch 180 front 5-0 shove out really surprised me.
Can’t fathom going to film an ender that gnarly and being conscious of documenting it in that choice of footwear though.
I hope this has been a fairly balanced review…