When Mike Fiz had hit me up telling me about the new Presence video that was about to come out, I was pretty excited to get my copy of it to check out. I am a fan of Corey Dewey and Greg Flag, which both of the guys have parts in it. That was about enough of a reason to check it out anways. I’d say keep reading to see what I thought of the video if you want to know more.
To start this thing out, I should probably give you the line up. The video was filmed and edited by Jeremy Deme. I don’t think I have ever heard of this dude, but I will get into what he did a little further down. The video features riding from Eric Trepanier, Justin Kirnan, Mike (Fiz) Fiset, Corey Dewey, Greg Flag, and then a random mix part with a bunch of other dudes. If you follow BMX news on sites like The Come Up then some of those names are probably familiar to you. If not, well it’s time you get to know them.
I got a pretty positive vibe that all of these guys are real good friends, and have a lot of fun riding together. The videos that are a group of friends over a bunch of random parts from all over seem to go together better anyways. At least in my opinion videos do.
Like I said above, the filming and editing is by Jeremy Deme. I am not sure if I have ever seen any web edits or anything from him before, but I was impressed. The clips were all clean, the colors were good, and there really wasn’t too many shaky clips. The video wasn’t filmed in HD or anything, but definitely a higher quality camera. I personally feel that I could care less how awesome the riding in the video is, if the filming isn’t up to par I won’t like it. I am sure that goes for a lot of people too. As for the editing, it all went together well. The titles for each section was pretty cool. Nothing over the top, but nothing cheesy! I also was a fan of the lifestyle and scenery clips in between parts. What? I am into that stuff! Get off me. So it was all good in that part of the video.
The music was good. I was a little caught off guard that there wasn’t any rap in it though. There was a little bit of hardcore, and some real chill music in there though. I was actually really bummed they didn’t have the songs used in the credits! I wish I had some of the names of the songs for you guys, and for me to download.
The riding, what can I say… The video is 100% street. Not one skate park, not one set of trails. They ride the endless spots in Canada and the Brooklyn Banks. I am sure they rode more spots in the U.S, but I didn’t recognize anything really. I just know there was a lot of really good spots that I want to ride now. If you are a street rider, I think you would be real into this. If you are strictly a trails or park rider who lacks interest in street, this isn’t for you.
Random thought… I saw two cops and neither of them were on horses! I’m sure that is just some really bad U.S/Canada misconception.. but I was bummed.
Overall I thought the video was pretty good. I am not sure if it is just because I am craving warm weather to get out and just ride, or if I just am really just craving to ride street but the video made me want to go ride. Like I said before, if you are a street rider I think this video is worth checking out. If you aren’t into street, I wouldn’t advise it. The video runs for just about 30 minutes, and then there is a ton of bonus footage. The bonus includes crashes, scrap clips, some trips, a contest, and some other good stuff.
I give Canada 10 points for producing some real kick ass riders, and a sweet video.
You can pick up a copy of the video on Empire for $14.95.