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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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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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Aquabumps Films

Stoked to have recently worked for Aquabumps to create two films on their recent New Zealand adventure. Thanks to Eugene from Aquabumps and Landrover for making this possible. Check them out below!

Behind the Lens – Aquabumps in New Zealand from Aquabumps on Vimeo.

The Aquabumps gang rolled over to New Zealand for a little road trip, in search of surf and good vistas. Here is a little film about the journey and the guy (::uge) that takes all the pictures that you see on Traveling with surf guide, and legend, Maz Quinn to find all the best little places along NZ’s amazing coastline of the North Island.

Cinematography & Edit by:

Olive Musique


Sound Mix: Matt Brown

Aquabumps Road Trip – New Zealand from Aquabumps on Vimeo.

Come for a drive with us through New Zealand. Maz Quinn, New Zealand’s most famous surfer showed us around some of his favourite spots. Amazing countryside, super fun waves and good times…

Cinematography & Edit by:

Ben Beiny
‘Dancing Leaves’

Olive Musique
‘Call of the Wild’

Smoke & SIlver
Sticky Love

Sound Mix: Matt Brown

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Roxy High Summer 2011

ROXY HS11 – Brand Hype Reel from Knack Studios on Vimeo.

In April 2011 Justin & Rob from Knack Studios went to Bali on a Roxy Shoot with Photographers Dane Peterson & Ryan Heywood. Justin working as an Art Director on the shoot and all design elements to be produced from the Campaign & working in a 2 man team with Cinematographer Rob Norman to create the HS2011 Hype Reel. Check out the creative Below:

ROXY – HS11 – Behind the Scenes – Photoshoot from Knack Studios on Vimeo.

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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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ABC – Skateboarding

The Hurley Australian Bowl-riding Championships went down over the weekend, with Renton Millar edging out Jack Fardell to take the Pro Final, Mick Mulhall topping the Masters, Poppy Olsen winning the Girls Division and Ben Kay taking out the Dew Am Jam. Here’s the wrap-up and results that Knack Studios pumped out a day after the event finished.

The Hurley Australian Bowl-riding Championships went down over the weekend, with Renton Millar edging out Jack Fardell to take the Pro Final, Mick Mulhall topping the Masters, Poppy Olsen winning the Girls Division and Ben Kay taking out the Dew Am Jam.Here’s the wrap-up and results.

Music By Red Ink:

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Juzzy on Fuel TV

So Stoked to be invited onto Corbin Harris’ show Pop Gun on Fuel TV… We talked Skate Photography, The Camera Club and Knack Studios. Corbin is a great guy and it was an awesome opportunity to be invited onto the show. Man it’s embarrassing to see yourself on the tube though… (Excuse the crappy recording off the TV)

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Bali Bagus

Juzzy & Rob have just returned from a great little trip to Bali with Roxy. Art Directing the High Summer Photo shoot and Directing/Shooting the High Summer Brand Video, the boys had an amazing time. In what bwas a dream job working with a fantastic bunch of people. Stay tuned for the videos and artwork to come out of the shoot when its launched. Here’s a little visual splash in the mean time…

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The Camera Club – Show #2


‘Sh#t for your lounge room wall’

After a successful launch in August with their first exhibition, ‘we all have teenage fantasies’ The Camera Club, a community based bar & gallery space that’s dedicated to celebrating creativity through camera-related pursuits, is now set to deliver its second installment ‘Fancy That!’.

Fancy That! features the work of 10 exhibiting photographers including James Broadhurst,  Gavin Rea, Akila Berjaoui and has been curated under The Camera Clubs ‘six degrees of separation’ philosophy. Under this approach the club selects an overarching theme and then chooses a photographer to exhibit, who then selects the second and so on. The end result is 10 micro-galleries each of which is connected via the group show theme and exhibiting photographers via six-degrees of separation.

The Camera Club concept has been well received locally and a growing demand for more frequent exhibitions has inspired club creators Justin Barnwell and Darryl Nichols to extend the activities of the club and its commitment to the photographic community. “We have a number of exciting plans on the agenda” comments Barnwell. “What we really need is someone to head them up, like a Club President’ adds Nichols. The two have just launched an little campaign in an attempt to recruit The Camera Club President, who will help facilitate a range of activities, including curating exhibitions, shooting photographs and partying with exhibiting photographers.’ Applications close on November-19, 201. More info at

In keeping with its community-based approach The Camera Club has also launched a number of extensions including a member library, vintage photo booth, exhibition inspired cocktails and camera related inspiration from the past, present and future.

The Camera Club is located upstairs at the Beach Road Hotel, Bondi Beach and open from 6pm Tuesday – Sunday.

Exhibition 2: ‘Fancy That!’ Launch Party, 7pm Thursday 9th of December 2010.

An unexpected moment that brings a smile to your face, the sight of vista too big to ponder, the joy of a pleasure so simple it’s free and all of the super rad things we see. ‘Fancy That!’ asks ten photographers to dig deep into their archives and present an inspired selection of their favourite lounge-room wall ready moments.

Featuring the works of 10 connected photographers including;

Nick Atkins
Jessie Sara English
Akila Berjaoui
Louis Westgarth
Robbie Powell
Gavin Rea
Stephanie Geddes
Po McReynolds
Jana Brunclikova
James Broadhurst

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This + That #01

Knack recently shot a behind the scenes video of a fashion shoot for the new magazine titled This + That. Shot by the very talented Richard Freeman and brought together by the guys at Surfstitch and Rolling Youth Press. In what was a tough day at the office Knack put together this short vid to capture the shoot. Thanks to the Dead Beat Band for their rocking track!

This + That – BTS from Knack Studios on Vimeo.

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