I am currently preparing to shoot a cinematic documentary on Parkour. This short intro shows mostly flips which are more a feature of freerunning rather than parkour but I'm simply getting the ball rolling.
I hope to gather some in depth interviews from traceurs and traceues on the philosophy of Parkour and to capture, in stills and video, the grace and elegance of Parkour in its truest form.
There is a lot of material online showcasing Parkour and its practitioners and much of it is very good indeed. However, most of it is filmmed by participants themselves and though it gets to the essence, it often lacks the visual flare and style that a filmmaker can bring.
Parkour is an extraordinary art form. It is pure poetry in motion. It showcases both the nimbleness of the human body and the complexity of our urban environments. I will endeavour to speak to this in my film using stills, motion and audio capture. I will be shooting throughout 2010.
For now I will be making this film entirely independently though possibilities of sponsorship will be explored as I progress. I will not have a crew. I will shoot the stills and video myself. Those of you who have met me will know that I work quickly, quietly and unobtrusively. I keep my gear on my person at all times and do not interfere in the enjoyment and practice of the art form.
I've been a photojournalist since 1992 but most recently was on extended sabbatical as a stay-at-home-dad and therefore do not have the capital available for some essential equipment for this project. I have a standard professional stills system and just a basic video camera. I therefore need to purchase a high definition motion camera body, a professional microphone system for audio capture and two firewire external hard disks to process and backup the film.
What you get for contributing.
All contributors get a sponsor credit.
$5 - hi-res download of completed film and 12"x16" download of favorite photo for printing at your favorite lab or home printing. Personal use only.
$10 - hi-res download of completed film and five 12"x16" downloads of favorite photos for printing at your favorite lab or home printing. Personal use only.
$25 - hi-res download and dvd of completed film and unlimited 12"x16" downloads of photos for printing at your favorite lab or home printing. Personal use only.
$50 - hi-res download and dvd of completed film, unlimited 12"x16" downloads of photos and a signed gallery quality print produced to my exacting standards.
Some stills from this endeavour can be licensed for editorial use at MY ARCHIVE SITE
Additional links for your perusal
Please also take a moment to read the recent BBC feature on my work at BBC Viewfinder: THE PHOTOHUMOURIST
Thank you for your time and your support.