Ken Block's Gymkhana THREE: Part 1 - The Music Video Infomercial
DC Shoes isn't your typical shoe company, oriented as it is to meet the needs of the speed-loving, concrete-chewing, adrenaline-loving skate and snowboard set. Editor Hal Honigsberg paid special attention to honoring that particular combination of grit and breathless cool in Ken Block's Gymkhana THREE: Part 1; The Music Video Infomercial, a hip-hop video infomercial starring the rhymes of The Cool Kids and directed by Razor Factory's Bryan Barber. Celebrated rally car driver and DC Co-Founder Ken Block is no stranger to gymkhana, the amped-up motorsport that requires drivers to navigate fierce obstacles while putting on a skillful performance. For Block, gymkhana was initially intended as an inexpensive way to practice between rally races, but it soon presented itself as an opportunity to improvise, and Block developed his own intensified brand of the sport through trial and error. Gymkhana THREE is the much-anticipated follow-up to previous viral successes, which were viewed over 70 million times and stemmed from Block's personal footage. The video scrolls flawlessly through an environment replete with still shots of iconic DC shoe imagery; smoke-filled, neon-tinted rappers spitting their game; and a tricked-out Ford racer spiraling across the screen, leaving a dust- and smoke-filled halo in its wake. Honigsberg seamlessly blends the stark black stage-set backgrounds of one scene with the monolithic industrial buildings sprawling behind the next, interspersing shots from various angles and distances to create a vibrant story that matches both DC's unflinching image and the steady, determined lyrics and beat of the song.
Creative Director (DC Shoes): Nate Morley Producer (DC Shoes): Laura Ferguson Prod Company: Razor Factory Director: Bryan Barber DP: Mike Ozier EP: Craig Fanning LP: Brandon Bonfiglio VFX: Elephant Post VFX Artists: Rob Doolittle, Ernie Camacho, Jon Van Wye Producer: Aaron Leichter Editorial: chrome Editor: Hal Honigsberg EP: Betsy Beale Telecine: Company 3 Colorist: Rob Shiradavia adsoftheworld.com