Red Bull Surfing

Knack recently created content for Red Bull US at the Volcom Pipe Pro Surfing competition held at the infamous Banzai Pipeline. Delivering pre, during and post event clips, the team thoroughly enjoyed there time on the island: Check out the content:

Producer Red Bull: Nate Hoppes
Producer/Director: Justin Barnwell
Director of Photography: Robert Norman
Field Producer: Chris Binns
Editors: Andy Lloyd (Lead) Justin Barnwell
GFX: Birgar Olsen
Additional Camera: Volcom, RED
Special thanks: Red Bull, Anthony Sedgwick, Matt Shuster, Kris Lyman, Volcom,

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Red Bull Skateboarding

Is the traditional skate video as we know it really dead? What is the relevance of the skate video in this modern digital age?

The latest skate documentary from Red Bull (crafted by the guys at Knack Studios), ‘Pushing Forward’ takes a look at the emergence of the solo video part, the impact a traditional premiere still has, the hype behind the biggest team video in recent history and the future of skate videos.

01/Chapter One shines the spotlight on Ryan Decenzo during an important time in his career: as he prepared to drop his online solo video part “Double Down” for Thrasher. Ryan dedicated two full years to filming for this part. The question is raised: Was it worth it?

02/Has social media hurt or helped skateboarding? In Chapter Two of ‘Pushing Forward’ we look at the impact of social media on pro skateboarders and how the modern pro utilizes social media to manage their own brand.

03/So, who really controls skateboarding these days? In Chapter Three of Pushing Forward, we scratch the surface of understanding the modern concept of ‘skater-run’ companies and the role of corporations in the skateboard industry. Torey Pudwill, CEO of Grizzly Griptape, provides us with a unique perspective on what it’s like to run his own company and be a pro skater at the same time.

Producer: Sej (Anthony Sedgwick)
Principle Cinematography: Ted Newsome, Jon Holland
Editors: Brian Olliver, David Brunelli
GFX: Birgar Olsen
Second Camera: Jeffrey Moustache, Ira Ingram
Special thanks: Erik Bragg, Element, Transworld Skateboarding, Thrasher, Ewan Bowman, Ty Evans, Girl Skateboards.

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Contiki – RoadTrip 2014

The RoadTrip is like nothing else. Working for Contiki, Knack Studios followed 13 YouTube celebrities around Europe on an amazing Contiki tour, traveling to Barcelona, Nice, Florence & Rome before flying to London for an epic RoadTrip Gathering.

Director/Producer – Justin Barnwell
DOP / Camera Operator – Rob Norman
Camera Operator #2 – Justin Barnwell
Editor – Andy Lloyd
Music/Artists – The Grand Pavilion, Lupa J, Amy Shark, Foxsmith, Zoo Plane, Lower Spectrum, The Naysayers & AudioNetwork

Group Marketing Director – Alexis Sitaropoulos
Social Media & Content Manager – William Weeks

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Knack Studios | 2013 SHOWREEL

Wow, 2013 was yet again another big year for the guys at Knack Studios. We were grateful to work on some amazing projects with fantastic brands in some killer locations. Our latest showreel showcases the work. Highlights include the Peroni Films showcasing beach lifestyle in both Italy and Australia in collaboration with Aquabumps, the ‘Nike Block Series’ filmed through France and Spain, projects with professional skateboarder and TV host Corbin Harris, Australian professional skier Russ Henshaw and a sneaky glimpse or pro surfer Taj Burrow at Bondi, Optus & Lost at E Minor series titled ‘My Creative World’, Miss Australia – Erin Holland for Vie Active, The Delta Riggs working on a new album, Chipiron Surfboards promo film, Land Rover surf trip to the Quiksilver pro with Aquabumps and MANY MORE…..

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My Creative World EP.02

In partnership with Optus, we present the second in a three part Lost At E Minor video series produced by Knack Studios. In the series we showcase some young, handpicked Australian creatives, doing inspirational things within their chosen fields. We follow them through a typical day in their life, capturing magical moments of artistic expression and getting an inside perspective on what inspires and motivates them. [Watch the first video in the series here]

Episode Two features Sydney-based textile artist, Victoria Garcia, who creates world-class artwork featuring vibrant colours and bold patterns. She makes her digital textile print designs for both local and international clients, including Ginger and Smart, Peter Alexander, Lisa Ho, Marnie Skillings and Karen Walker. In 2011, she was awarded the Sir William Dobell Foundation Award for Drawing for the multi-disciplinary installation ‘SURROCODELIA’.

Director – Justin Barnwell
Producer – Briony Luschwitz
DOP / Camera Operator – Rob Norman
Camera Operator – Justin Barnwell
Editor – Justin Barnwell
Colour Grade – Justin Barnwell
Sound Designer: Craig Beck

Managing Director – Zac Zavos
Co-founder/Publisher – Zolton Zavos
Digital Sales Manager – Phillip Mahony

‘Lymbyc Systym’
Prairie School

‘Box of Magic’
Daniel Pemberton


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Havaianas | Aquabumps Collaboration

Knack studios created 4 films to document the Havaianas collaboration with beach photography institution Aquabumps.

The featured print on the Havaianas pair by Aquabumps ‘The Caribbean Look’ captures a busy summer’s day, on Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach. A tribute to our picture-perfect coast, it details bathers dotted along Bondi’s sandy shores and crustal blue water. To showcase how this shot was created we followed photographer Eugene Tan up above the iconic Sydney coastline and showcase how he photographs the beaches from above.

The story behind the collaboration was executed in 4 videos and shared across multi digital platforms including Youtube, Facebook and Instagram.

Director / Producer – Justin Barnwell
DOP / Camera Operator – Robert Norman
Camera Operator – Andy Lloyd
Editor – Justin Barnwell
Animator/Motion Graphics- Justin Barnwell
Colour Grade – Justin Barnwell
Sound Designer: Craig Beck

Brand Director – Elke Munroe
Brand Activations Manager – Kelly Schaffer
Marketing Manager – Emma Kowaleczko



Custom composition by KENICHI WOLFGANG

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Vans Bowl-a-Rama – Roll In

With the Vans Bowl-a-Rama in New York City for the first time ever, along side ideas man media we created a few clips for Frontside Events around and during the competition. Check out Corbin Harris and Jack Fardell rip up the street in rainy NYC in the First Episode and the competition wrap up in Episode Three!

Vans BOWL-A-RAMA NYC 2012 – Roll In #1 from Frontside Events on Vimeo.

Corbin Harris and Jack Fardell hit the streets of NYC in preparation for the first ever Vans Bowl-a-Rama in New York City!

Vans Bowl-a-Rama New York 2012 – Roll In #3 from Frontside Events on Vimeo.

The final installment of Vans BOWL-A-RAMA New York Roll In series. Pedro Barros and Lance Mountain were the winners, but this contest was so much more about bringing bowl skating back to New York!


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UnoMomento #01

A Day in Bondi with OTIS CAREY from Knack Studios on Vimeo.


Otis Carey in ‘A Day in Bondi with a Cobba Dingo’

The short film series gets an insight into sideways standing personalities. We let them speak their mind, follow them round and watch them shred. Its a one day shoot and insight into their life.

We chin wag with this cobba dingo about moving to Bondi from sleepy Coffs Harbour, being a young dad, what makes him tick and general life pondering thoughts. Otis is a unique character and does things his own way.

“I don’t think anyone knows what their purpose is in life, I’m already a happy man. The fact i have a son makes me happy. Every night i go to bed happy. I’m never really grumpy or anything. Whats the point of being grumpy?”

>> Otis Carey

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Russ Henshaw – Profile Video

Knack recently created this profile video on Australian freestyle skier Russ Henshaw for REDBULL – The guy shreds! Born in Sydney, Henshaw strapped on his first pair of skis when he was three. A dozen years later, encouraged by national under-12 slalom titles, his parents moved to Jindabyne, the golden gateway to the NSW snowfields. Now he spends most of the year with his passport in his pocket on a world dream snowfields tour; home maybe for 10 days for Christmas in the northern winter, anywhere from his beloved Perisher to New Zealand or even South America during the southern winter.

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With Shaun White in Sydney launching his new range of Oakley Sunglasses, Knack was lucky enough to catch the super human himself tearing apart their local skatepark a stones through from studio. Check out the video the guys put together below, shot by Rob Norman and with Photography and an edit by Justin Barnwell.

Shaun White – Bondi Beach from Knack Studios on Vimeo.

Shaun White - Bondi Beach

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