A videographer from down south that brought us the TRIO series from Element has been gracious enough to be on the blog and share a bit of info on his intro into the life he has chose. I have to say when I first saw th the Chad Tim Tim part I got super hyped and knew one day I would hit him up and see if he would be down to be here, and shablam here he is. So with out much more ho ha here it is the Ricki B interview complete with clips. If for some crazy reason you have not seen this footage here it is along with a few choice clips that he has put together. Keep an eye on his Vimeo page to see whats crackin with a man who knows the deal.
C: Name, age, occupation, location?
R: Ricki Bedenbaugh AKA "The Dude", or just plain "Dude"
38. Damn am I that old. Can I lie and just say 25?
Long Beach, California
C: About how long have you been doing videography?
R: Started in 1995 so 16 years
C: How did this line of work come about for you?
R: Got sick of working a 9 to 5 in Florida. Moved out to California, stayed with Kris Markovich and his family. Filmed with Kris every single day and with the help from him and his family a lot of doors opened up. I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for him and his family. There's no way I could ever thank them enough.
C: It looks like you do a lot of work for Element, are you a go to guy for that team?
R: Yeah, you could say that. After 411VM went out of business, Element hit me up and ask if I were interested in working for them. 3 years later, still at Element. Filming with all the guys on Element is like filming with my best friends. I love those dudes.
C: Do you have formal training or just getting out there and figuring it out?
R: Nope. No training, I basically came out to California and picked up a camera and started filming. I got into editing through a job I got for a local TV show in San Diego called S.T.V. (Skate, Surf, Snow Television). It was ran by Benji Weatherly (professional surfer) parents. I met them at a party they had for Benji. I got really drunk and did a little freestyle for Benji while Blink 182 played. His mom asked me what I was doing there, so I told her I was looking for a job as a skateboarding filmmaker. She told me about their TV show and said they needed someone to do the skateboarding section. 2 weeks later I was working for STV with no editing experience and hardly any filming experience. I just learned along the way.
C: The TRIO project was so dope. When I first saw Chad Tim Tim's part I got hyped. Love all those intros. About how long to get something like that done from start to finish?
R: Chad's intro took about 2 days from start to finish. Filming and editing. We both had everything written out. So we knew what we wanted his intro to be like
R: Levi's took a bit longer, just to get all the different shots of him with a map in different locations. I carried that damn map around with me everywhere we went for a couple of months. If I saw something I liked we would shoot a map shot. Editing probably took a few days.
R: Darrell's took about a week. I'd shoot at his house in the morning and skate in the afternoon. Then I would bring home the footage lay it out, and notice shots I should of got. So the next day I'd go back to his house to get the shots. Luckily all the guys lived with in 2 miles of my house.
Once you get all the clips in order it usually doesn't take that long to put the puzzle together.
C: What kinds of things do you enjoy doing when not filming or editing?
R: Man honestly, filming/editing takes up so much of my time. A lot of times I just want to hang out with my girl and do nothing.
I have a couple Triumph Motorcycles, I'm restoring 1 of them so whenever I have free time I try to work on it. Photography too, its a hobby of mine that I've always loved.
C: Are most of the skaters you work with ok with taking time to set up for sweet angles, you know with sliders, tripods, ect?
R: I'm the King of asking dudes to do things "1 more time" so setting up isn't what bothers them, it's getting them to do things twice is what bugs them.
C: Who inspires you to keep doing what you do?
R: The skaters and all the guys that have been doing it as long as I have. Ty Evans, Chris Ray and Jon Holland at TWS, French Fred, Dan Wolfe, Greg Hunt, Kirk Dianda, man there are so many guys that are so good at what they do. Guys like Ty and Spike, pretty much anything they do is going to be brilliant. Collin Kennedy, he's always been one of my favorites.
C: Any thing on the horizon we should keep an eye out for?
R: I'm working on a AM Video for Element right now. We've been filming for about 6 months, it should be out by June, but we all know how skate videos deadlines are.
C: Any advice you might give to filmmakers out there?
R: I moved out to California with a High School education and no experience in filming or editing. I knew I didn't want to go back to Florida and work in some warehouse again. If you want something bad enough you'll work your ass off to get it. Hell, if I can do this for over 15 years anybody can.
C: Thanks so much for your time, and for answering my questions. Any shout outs before we sign off?
R: Man this list could go on forever, basically everyone that has helped me out with advice, filming, editing, money, and life in general.
Especially Kris Markovich and his loving Family.