Fresh out of high school, Andrew won a contest to film pro skater Paul Rodriguez in action. He joined the legend and his crew for their latest shoot on the road in L.A. Not bad for a first gig. Here’s Andrew’s vid: www.go-att.us/skate
The footage is starting to roll in from Andrew, the videographer who is spending some time with skateboarding star, Paul Rodriguez. Follow the videos, photos and posts leading up to the final edit. Visit social.att.com/skate to experience this once in a lifetime journey.
We are excited to introduce Andrew. He’s the next talented filmmaker to whom AT&T is giving a big break. Andrew’s dream is to be a professional skateboarding filmmaker – and that’s just what he’ll be doing. Working on location in L.A. with skateboarding icon Paul Rodriguez and epic director Nigel Alexander, he’ll help film and direct Paul’s next skate video. We can’t wait to see how the final video turns out. Andrew’s video will be featured on AT&T U-verse, YouTube and many other places as well. Tune in here to check out what happens behind the scenes as AT&T offers this talent a chance to go pro. Visit social.att.com/skate to find out more.
Dear Friends, Fans, and Followers,
Thanks again for all your support during On the Road with blink-182. All the positive feedback and comments about the documentary really mean a lot.
And we’re totally stoked to let you know that AT&T and Wayfinder.TV are going back into production. The next installment of the On the Road series will feature pro skateboarder and action sports icon Paul Rodriguez (aka P-Rod).
Like we did with blink-182, we’re launching a national search for an aspiring action sports filmmaker to help concept, direct, and generally produce an original short film that features Paul. The selected filmmaker will have the chance to work as a key part of a professional crew on a major production. And the video will be featured on AT&T’s U-verse, YouTube and a whole bunch of other places too.
So if you’ve got what it takes– visit http://social.att.com/skate to learn more and apply.
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An AT&T Rockumentary: On the Road with blink-182
Going on the road with blink-182 as a documentary filmmaker was such an amazing experience and a total dream come true. We did so much, saw so much, and filmed so much all along the way. Between shooting the concerts; interviewing the band, the crew, and the fans; and checking out some of the sites in the cities we visited - we ended up with about 60 hours of footage – which is a ton of material for this 30-minute piece that we’re really really excited to share with you. A lot of hard work has gone into the editing and post-production to create this documentary of my experience On the Road with blink-182. Check it out and please let me know what you think. You can also find me on Twitter @ https://www.twitter.com/blink182rocku
To wrap it up, I don’t even know where to begin. It has been a crazy 2 weeks, and I’ve been doing things I never thought I’d get to do at the age of 19. I had the chance to do everything I wanted to on this trip and more. I worked closely with a band I love, and met many smart and talented people along the way. It was a dream come true for me.
Now, it’s my first week back in Boston, and I now have a lot more work to do to catch up and stay on top of schoolwork. Everyone on the team warned me how hard it would be to go back to school after this kind of experience, and I’m realizing how right they were. I got a taste of what it’s like to be working on something you love so much as a job, now I am back to working as a student in a smaller environment.
However, I learned so much. And while before On the Road with blink-182 I was wavering between documentary and non-fiction, I am more interested now in pursuing documentary work once I’m out of school. Life on the road while trying to put together a documentary is crazy and hectic, something you need to be motivated to do. However, when it’s over, there is something amazing to show. We’re in post production now and will be releasing the documentary in a couple weeks! I can’t wait until everyone gets to see what we did!
When blink-182 is on stage, the audience is usually fixed on Mark, Tom, and Travis. But it takes a whole lot more people to make the show happen. One of the best parts of traveling on tour with blink-182 for the last couple of weeks of the Honda Civic Tour was getting to see what it takes to put on a blink show and meet the people behind the scenes. This video features three guys who are essential or instrumental (yes pun intended) to the show and making sure that the fans get to enjoy the best live show possible. Meet Travis’ drum tech Daniel Jense, Mark’s bass tech Robert Ortiz, and Tom’s guitar tech Doug Reesh.
Suddenly - after Mark’s big finish - it was all over. I looked out as the sold out crowd at the Hollywood Bowl was emptying out and realized that in a few hours everyone would be going their separate ways. I was going back to Emerson. Tony was going to a new tour. Meg was headed home to New Hampshire. John to Maryland. Mark, Tom, and Travis were going to their own homes – at least for awhile. This world I’d been a part of for two weeks was breaking apart forever.
From a production perspective, we had no second chances. Even though I know we have 60 hours of footage and more amazing shots and interviews that we ever dreamed of, I couldn’t shoot anything else. And that’s tough for a filmmaker.
What’s next for me? Well…I have to get back to Boston and get to class. I’ve missed two weeks of a pretty tough program and we’ve got to deliver a documentary for you all to enjoy in pretty short order. So don’t worry, you’ll be hearing from me again…and soon.
We were not able to film at the Hollywood Bowl for the October 8 concert, which from a production point of view was not a big deal because we had a ton of amazing concert, backstage, behind the scenes, with the band, and more footage in the can from the previous 14 days and the 7 excellent blink-182 shows. But I have to say that once I set foot in the Hollywood Bowl, I wish we had cameras rolling. What an awesome venue. It’s huge and beautifully set literally in a bowl or a canyon right in the middle of Hollywood.
Getting the ‘Drum Gag’
If you’ve seen the show in one of the venues where it can be supported or the weather permits - you know what I’m talking about when I refer to Travis Barker’s ‘Drum Gag’. If you haven’t seen it and don’t know what I’m talking about - I’ll explain and follow up with some cool photos and videos so you can see for yourself.
The ‘Drum Gag’ refers to the enormous, mechanical, robotic-looking, theme-park-ride-like thing from which Travis often performs his encore drum solo. As mentioned above - not every venue can handle it. First it weights 9,000 pounds and the roof needs to be able to support it. And if it’s windy or there’s a serious chance of rain, they can’t operate it. So you can bet they monitor the weather constantly.