Keegan Gibbs – Blog

New Video

Posted in Films by Keegan on February 12, 2009

Just finished a new video right before I came out to NY. Check the whole post to get the story behind this project and see why its so special to me.


Before I get into it, I just want to say that the reason for the long explanation is to help people understand why this video is probably one of my favorite pieces I have ever made. Not too often do I get to make things that are so personal and close to me. I have for sure watched this more times over myself than any other video I have made. Typically, once I finish a piece or job, I can no longer bare looking at it ever again.

A little background about it first. Ever since I was maybe 15, I was always so fascinated at my local surf spot when the waves would get small, the tide was real high, and the sand was right. When this happened, it would create these 100 yard long waist high picture perfect barrels, peeling right onto dry sand, that was absolutely mesmerizing. The problem is with them, is that you cant enjoy them on a normal board. It is too shallow with it being right on the sand that it would rip your fins right out of the board. Then one evening I brought down a BZ soft board, with soft flexible fins, and realized this was the solution.

Ever since then, I have always wanted to document these perfect barrels. A couple of summers ago I took a series of close up photos of the mini-barrels, and then just this past summer, my friend Leo and I would hit each other up constantly about “soft top sessions.” What was great about this was regardless of if there was swell or there was crowd, we would be able to get waves by ourselves. It seemed these little barrels were invisible to other people, and Leo and I were the only ones to really see the gem.

We enjoyed countless sessions this summer. Another thing Leo and I talked about was how awesome this one Black Sabbath song was, Planet Caravan. Leo mentioned it would be perfect for a surf video, which I agreed, and we shortly came up with the idea to film one of our soft top sessions with this song in mind.

In September, before Leo was to go work on an island in Fiji for several months, we (Leo, Me, Logan, and Leo’s little brother Seamus) rushed down to our spot and brought a couple super 8 cameras and 4 rolls of film. 1 camera is a Eumig Nautica, a retro waterproof super 8 camera, that I had from years ago, which was flooded and the trigger was jammed in, but still worked by flipping the on and off switch (as soon as you flip the on switch on, the camera would roll until you switch it off). I threw this camera into a plastic bag with a hole for the lens. The other camera was a canon 1014 super 8 with the option of shooting Slow Motion (all the land shots were shot with this, some in slow motion, some not). We had maybe 30 minutes to shoot before it was complete dark. Meanwhile, there were a bunch of Leo’s friends sitting at his house BBQ’ing, waiting for us to get back.

Several months later (January), I finally sent in the super 8 film to get developed. Since telecine is so expensive (the process where you turn film into a digital file so you can edit on your computer), I decided to just have the place develop it and ship it back. My plan would then be to project the image onto a white wall in my house and film the wall with my video camera (which is what the image is you see above). HOWEVER, the problem was that since we shot on Negative film, I had to invert the image in final cut afterwards, and do a series of color corrections just to get the image to look remotely normal. And please note, I didnt do anything to HURT the quality, or do anything outrageously stylistic. I was simply trying to get the colors to be as close as possible to reality. Another interesting note is how the boarder outside of the image is white. It was originally black since you need a pitch black room to project in. However, when I inverted it, it therefor turned to white.

Also, all effects, such as frame stops, roll outs, focus searches etc… were all done in camera, or done with the projector. There are no effects used in the editing program.

If you made it this far, hope you enjoyed the overly long explanation to a relatively simple video and now understand a little bit why it is so close to me.

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  1. Dad said, on February 16, 2009 at 4:22 am

    This looks way cool. Timeless.

  2. Batman said, on February 18, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Yo Keegs,
    What song is that??

  3. Keegan said, on February 19, 2009 at 5:23 am

    It says it at the end of the video. Watch it till the end.

  4. katelin said, on February 23, 2009 at 2:35 am

    i LOVE this video SO much – beautiful. so rad

  5. CUTT said, on February 27, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    so epic. makes me miss home. great work keegs

  6. fraser said, on March 8, 2009 at 7:31 am

    i love this.
    im not even into surfing that much, but this is so dope and has the best vibe.

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