Bing Family Tree - surf video featuring music by Flood Page
It was Chris’s idea to shoot the sunset silhouette which I find visually stunning. Overall I’m happy with the footage, the animations and the art direction. Most of all I’m happy to have music that I recorded of my friends and I jamming out featured as the video’s soundtrack.
The first track of music is called “Spaceya” by Flood Page, my buddy Tim Flood on electric guitar and myself on didge. The second track by Cosmic Teepee is a jam track I recorded in Australia featuring the musicians Dave Rastovich, Howie Cooke, OJ Newcomb, Hilton Dawe and Chris Del Moro. The third track is a Mellow Tribe original jam called “Aviator Glasses”, recorded here at my home in Cardiff with my friends Nathan Westergren and Nathan McConnell on guitars, Matt Westergren, Daniel Compton and myself on Djembe drums.
As I write this, I notice the total youtube views has exceeded 10,000 today, and it’s only been two weeks since I posted it. Bing Family Tree is becoming one of the most popular video I’ve edited in a long time.
“If there was ever a good time to go….”
Chris and I shot this video locally around San Diego during the January/February swells of 2011, and on one of those days, just as we pulled up to the beach a man had died while surfing. As we walked down to the shore Chris encountered one of his friends who was coming in and she said just before the man died he appeared to be having a lot of fun, catching the longest and best rides of anyone in the water. Further down the beach we encountered a lifeguard who still had the man’s board and hat. He asked us if we knew the surfer because they still had not identified the mid-to-late 40 year old who apparently died of a hart attack.
Chris paddled out and I set my camera up on the rocks above the beach. A moment later three older men who had just come in from surfing walked down the beach and started talking with the lifeguard. I watched as the men broke into tears and after the lifeguard left the surfers walked out into the water waist deep. While holding each-others shoulders they shared a prayer for there late friend. Everyone on the beach that day kept saying the same thing, “If there was ever a good time to go…”
Bing Family Tree
Produced by: Saltwater Collective
Filming, animation and editing by: Troy Page
Artwork by: Chris Del Moro
Additional surf footage by: Rick Starich