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Before we start with the accompanying interview to this beautiful video we have to acknowledge and thank Luidgi Gaydu who came to us and established the connection that has lead us to this moment, presenting this video to you all. And now on to CECÍLIA a video by Esteve Femenies, a name that you will remember the moment you press play.

Film & Edit by Esteve Femenies
Interview by Carolina Gamboa
Photo by Albert Crespí

Hello Esteve, I have some questions about “Cecilia” but as a beginning, can you do a little introduction about you. What do you do? Where are you from?

I am from Mallorca, trying to become a Professor. Well, normally, I am an English Professor, teaching children, but at this moment I am unemployed. But besides that, I love skateboarding and have been filming all the time for basically as long as I can remember.

I’m curious about the title of the video. Why this name, if it is the name of a special person or something?

I saw the “Nicaragua” video by Jacob Elliot Harris, the narrative in the video was cool and it made you think so much about the importance of the people around rather than the spots. That made me think a lot and that is reflected in “Cecilia”, which took us around 2 and a half years to film. I had the idea before, but I did some other projects first. Skateboarding is like that, many things happened along the way, spontaneous stuff that you can’t control. I wanted to give some importance to the people around me and they all have their names. So, why can’t a video have its own human name?

What are your inspirations in relation to the style of your video?

I had a lot, too many to specify. When we began with all of this, I started super motivated, feeling hyped I realized you don’t need to do crazy nollie inwards heels on big stairs. I had that epiphany when I watched Yoan Taillander’s skate video “Minuit” which continued when I saw some people from Baltimore, Alex Rose & many others skate. Skateboarding has a crazy output these days, there’s a new skate video every day. For example just talking about Place, the video I’m watching on loop now is Pascal Moelaert’s part. I am amazed by how it is filmed and edited. Nowadays you can get a little inspiration from other things and a little inspiration from skate sites, that’s the thing skateboarding has going for it.

I totally agree with you. And the sound? Some of the artsy parts have a cool soundscape.

I was creating the sounds using a normal audio recorder and then editing them further until I really liked what came out. It was during a spontaneous, rainy day when we filmed the intro part on 16mm and the sounds we captured were a lot of street sounds. It was such a mess, I filmed the footage badly and after it got developed it was even worse. I spent around ​€200 for less than 20 seconds of video, what a bummer! So in fact, the intro part is something that doesn’t have to be in the video but I wasted so much time, money and energy on it. So, we put it in any way (laughs).

Esteve & Charlie doing their thing on…Easter Island!?

What was the process like regarding the soundtrack? It feels like the music is a way of bringing a diverse group of skaters together. Like glue almost.

I listen to a lot of music, a lot! Here in Manacor, Mallorca the number of musicians around is always high. I have lived with musicians all my life and never had to search for music. If I listen to certain music, it starts something in me and my mind wanders off to skate videos. We’re mega fans of some of the bands we used, but to be honest, there may also be some music in this video that next year we won’t be listening to anymore.

I am really pessimistic at times but I think in this project the music works really well! I’m happy with all the choices I made, I wouldn’t change a thing.

How did you pick the skaters? Is it a crew of friends or did you select them?

Mallorca is a family. Maties Adrover has been my friend for what feels like my entire life. I met him skating when I was 12 years old he also worked with me on this project so 50% of this video is him too. Sebas Sitjar is the ambassador of Palma de Mallorca. If you go skating at the Sa faxina plaza, you will see him.
Dudu Garcia is a beast, one of those skaters in my opinion will be well deserved to make a living with his skating. Charlie Armstrong is a 20-year old skater who blows my mind. There are so many good skaters here, total family vibes. Mallorca is about love for me. Everyone got involved in this project at the end.

In the video, there are different cities. Did you make any trips?

The first trip was to Barcelona when we had the premier for “Compulsio” there and we partied so much, too loco (laughs). Then we went to Madrid as well. I am lucky to have good relationships in skateboarding, I am connected with some cool people. The but in the end, the video was mostly filmed in Mallorca.

I can see special spots in your video. Are you dedicated to finding spots?

I think Maties the main boss when it comes to spots, like the water spots, that was him. Also, the tree spot, that was him, Maties was like: “Hey let’s go skate a tree and I said, are you crazy, a tree?”. That tree ended up being hard to skate, harder to skate than you can tell on video. So yeah Maties is the spot guide mostly.

Who made the stop motion animations

Here in this city, whether you want or not. We are really privileged when it comes to the arts. There are so many talented people around all the time. That is awesome! One of my friends, Alexandre Coll, is a person who has been doing collages all his life and I always wanted to work with him. He showed me his work one day, and it was amazing! So for this video, he contributed many different animations, just 20% of them made it to the video. Maties then hand made the titles for the video. As you see we are lucky.

Does your video have a special message? If it has what might that be?

Nothing special, but, I wanted to do something different, show Mallorca and not make it look like California. For instance London is beautiful and easy to sell, but I just want to show the true style and take on Mallorca. What is mallorca to me?I tried to do something visually appealing about my city. Mallorca always was super catholic, mega touristic and I want to show Mallorca without shame. There is a bit of narrative telling you our view, this is our culture and that is. We love the results, it was hard to make and present this to others but we are happy with the video.

Thank you Esteve for your time!

And Stop! That was it, now enjoy the video!

We at Place are very proud to present to you a video by someone close to our hearts. Peter Buikema is a big part of what makes us, us. From FUNBOX, Shimmy, The Place Roadtrip video, and many more he has plowed through 2020 and came out the other end. The result being, this new video “What The Heck” together with Lousy Livin. We asked Peter to talk and explain a bit about this video, the meaning behind the title, amongst other things. He reluctantly agreed but added that his talents lie behind the lens. Which is a part of why we love him so much. So here is a modest talk with the creator for those that want to know more after pressing play.

Welcome Peter are you ready for your close up? I hope you are here we go, some hard hitting questions: What The Heck is a fun title for the project but for those in the know it has a somewhat personal flavor, care to explain?

Well, I live in an apartment at the Heckmannufer, a skate house would be the appropriate term. So, last year we had friends over all the time. And on one of those nights, the idea was born to make a Heckmannufer video with all the homies and we came up with the name “What The Heck”. The street itself and our apartment feature throughout the whole video.

In what way did this idea then come to be a project connected to Lousy Livin?

The Idea for the Heckmannufer video came before Lousy Livin asked me to do a video. Actually, we had already started filming. I then came back to them with the idea to combine the two and they liked that very much. The process of working together was quite nice in general, they gave me artistic license to make the video I wanted to create.

The music in your projects always plays a big role, on past projects we have been sending songs back and forth. Can you tell us a bit about your music selection process?

Sometimes I spend days and days browsing Youtube, Spotify, Soundcloud or whatever for music. Every now and then, I manage to find things I like, which I then add to one of my playlists. Funnily enough, I often find the best music, the things I end up using, when I am not looking for it (laughs). And then when editing I check if I have something that matches the vibe of the footage. Sometimes I just use a song I’ve been listening to for ages, but then after editing I can’t hear it anymore (laughs).

Music is obviously important, but the skaters you choose are at least as important. How did you pick the people for this video, did they just wander into your apartment?

(laughs) They are all the homies. I like an open vibe and I feel that skaters work well in groups.

What do you want people to take away from watching this video?

I can’t really answer that, maybe that it was really fun making this project. I hope that shines through in the video.

I think it does, thanks Peter!

THIS ONE IS FOR AND BY THE HOMIES

It has been two years since we have seen the introduction of the SLEEP-OVER brand with their first video. Since then a lot has changed, from the crew to the clothes and the vibe in general. Were the first video was sexy, to say the least, this one is strictly about the skating or as the founder Fatos Veseli said “I wanted this one to be for the skaters, the people that backed the brand”.

IN 2020 Fatos has taken the reigns and has pulled the brand closer to his own person. “At the start, I was wearing hoody’s, T-shirts and tighter pants but I was dreaming of the South of France. Driving along the coast in a cabriolet car. We needed and wanted to make those clothes to connect to our base but I wanted to evolve and project the brand to where I feel I want to be. Now we have gotten to a place where the designs and the cuts are our own. That means a lot.”

There is no denying that this brand is being propelled forward by hard work and love for what SLEEP-OVER means to the people working on it. Pascal Kurth & Gabriel Dimming worked on the video up to the moment the beamer projected the light onto the silver screen. “They have been the motor behind this video, not me. I want them to have their day in the sun, to shine for a moment, because they put it all into the video.” Fatos told me.

For people that have seen the brand grow, it has been quite the journey, but for the people in the know, it hasn’t been a surprise that the changes have worked. Their newest collection is being worn by both men and women alike. So cheers, to SLEEP-OVER and the hard work behind it, because that is the foundation of any successful brand.

Watch their first 2018 called COLOGNE here.

Want to feel what road tripping with your friends feels like? Well, this is it!

Made by much of the same people who run the Hera skate program here in Berlin this video will turn a red day into a green one because this shit goes!

Here is what they themselves have to say about the project:

Hey, now just get in

And close the door

And put your foot down

There’s a lot of nice places to see out there

So just don’t worry

If you like a longer trip

All you’ve got to do is put your foot hard down to the floor

And we’ll go moving away from home

Without a care in the world

Globe and Pantone came together to celebrate the release of the “Color Of The Year”. 19-4052 aka “Classic Blue” is the color to be exact.

Now for those of you that are not familiar with Pantone, they are a company that is dedicated to documenting color, the specifying, and management of color in industrial work. Basically they created a system that allows product designers to create and match the colors on the screen with the colors on the eventual product.

Fresh Out Of The Box.

And in a nutshell that is also what is happening on the Globe x Pantone board series.

Often times, we get to see new people move to Berlin but not often do they catch your eye and captivate you for a period of time. Carolina Gamboa a Chilean born skater did just that when she moved to Berlin.

If you have been paying attention to our IG she has been popping up here and there. So, when we got the invite to weartest this collab we immediately thought of her. As such here she is performing a 2-day test on the “Color Of The Year” board.

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