For the next few weeks we have the pleasure of presenting you a few parts from Zach Chamberlin’s new video Bright Moments, today we’ll start it off with the video’s intro and an insight into the mind behind the lens, how to avoid getting a corporate sponsor for your video premiere and the meaning of Sprinkles. To grab a copy of this masterpiece on dvd take your moms credit card details to Zachchamberlin.com.—Dave Chami
I know you’re originally from Portland, when did you get into filming and why and when did you move to SF?
I started filming at 13 with a hi-8 and the only way to edit was painstaking. Camera to TV then TV to VHS and the timing was always delayed and sketchy. Was too hard to flash a butt cheek in there back then.
What other projects have you worked on?
Skating with friends has turned out to be a lot of different projects. SF, before I had any money to leave the place, in itself is traveling the world. These worldly people colliding with different projects in SF is awfully amazing. Before I filmed outside of the city much it was Rasa Libre days, The Essence of Freedom DVD was the first video I edited and Ryan Garshel filmed about half of that. I was living on his couch when I put that together. This is my second DVD, Bright Moments presented by Sprinkles. Magenta projects in SF and France, Takahiro Morita and FESN in SF and Japan, the last few years have been super fun with some new faces from Northern Co. and a bunch of long time friends Jesse Narvaez, Bryan Botelho, Jameel Douglas and Tobin Valverde. Also I helped film some things for Static and Tengu, Buttergoods, Threads is dope, gave them stuff for their new upcoming one and new Push Periodical edits coming soon.
When did you start filming for Bright Moments?
I’ve been filming but never really started filming for Sprinkles. I started editing the video for real meaning not going filming for it anymore. And Richard Hart, legend photographer and neighbor basically asked me if I wanted to go to Budapest and Bristol in a month… I said yeah. Started editing my vids, bought the tickets for the Push trip adding Paris and Marseille, then went into a vortex to finish Bright Moments before that. Premiered the video right when I finished it outside in Golden Gate park with a blowup screen, generator, beer and a crowd of homies.
How does filming with one of the younger guys compare to filming with an OG like Field?
When I’m with Barlow and Field they are so fun together. Barlow can act 40 and field can act 18 and then skating—I swear Field has more energy than 90-percent of people I film with and he’s 40. Which could be putting him on blast but I know he’s an incredible inspiration for everyone he’s around. And Barlow doesn’t look like he needs energy to control his board. No joke he is one of the best I’ve seen skate from spot to spot. Or no spot to no spot.
How did the idea of Ben’s scooter part come about?
We had worked on Magenta’s intro and Old Woops New Groove, Buttergoods and Static, so we thought this would be fun to find spots that were very improvisational, sometimes we’d be so hyped filming something and someone would come and get on their scoot. Or we’d be burnt from skating other shit that day and then a golden scooter would come and rejuice the session.
Some influential filmers/videos for you?
Growing up a homie Brennan Higgins was an amazing filmer to me. It was the first learning for me of how I liked to use quick camera moves and crossing up during lines, basic shit. Kurt Hyashi and The Firm video with Matt Beach was huge and Cal’s Pharmacy video was local inspiration. The Static series bible. Then in SF: Trevor Prescott is legend and made the Seasons videos, I always joke and tell new people in SF that’s their homework. Closure, Dan Wolfe SF section is hype, the Forties video Amigos, Yoan Taillandier anything and Hill Street Blues series, Aymeric Nocus makes all time edits, Ryan Garshel, Japanese connections, Colin Read, Josh Roberts in Oz, Deemn Dave I could go and go…
What were some of the challenges filming an independent skate video in SF?
The normal filming skating challenges of yins and yangs in peoples’ attitudes. There can be a whole neighborhood of people being conducive and then some tallywhacker to ruin the vibe. I said fuck the normal premier thing and wanted to do it guerilla style which made it easier than getting a corporate sponsor. (editors note: Zach held his premiere renegade style in the panhandle park off Haight street with a giant projector, no permission)
Describe your approach to filming/what’s a typical day like for you?
I like to get a full day in. Pick an area to meet up, sometimes take a train, sometimes drive out to a hood with someone and try to park and cruise from there. My approach is go skate and homie cam shit. I like to explore what the homie cam can do.
Did you travel anywhere to film or stick to SF?
Mad travels, in this video the travels are from Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, France and Japan.
Where can people find DVD copies of Bright Moments?
Internationally I’ve sent to distros in France—Magenta, and Japan—Kukunochi. Try them or ask your local shop to get some in. Zachchamberlin.com has them directly from me. It comes with some hand made Sprinkles too.
What are Sprinkles?
The Sprinkle always adapts acknowledging the situation and served as a reminder to focus on the little good thing on top of any of life’s situational donuts.