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« on: January 16, 2011, 08:13:17 PM »

Here it is - finally. After two well-crafted, internationally-praised teasers released online (respectively one year, and three months ago), a bunch of stand-alone montages, and producing some quality work for companies such as Metropolitan skateboards and the emerging Magenta skateboards, French independent filmer and perfectionnist Yoan Taillandier (YouTube channel : http://www.youtube.com/user/XBX2000 ) is finally putting out his first and long-awaited full-length DVD, under the name 'Minuit' ('midnight' in French).


Akira Imamura, ollie up to b/s wallride, Japan

The project - which has been carefully worked on for years - all revolves around the fascination resulting from the simple, but sadly oh-so-underrated act of skateboarding at night time. If you are a real, passionate skateboarder, then you won't be without understanding what the myth is all about - it's always nice and enjoyable to skate for whole afternoons, in the heat and the sunlight with all your buddies messing around, with or without a couple of drinks in reach and to just go ahead and let the good times roll (literally), as the heart of the city that surrounds you seems to be beating at a rhythm comparable to the sound of footsteps on a live stage, where every single pedestrian appears as an actor conforming to its very own role in the play of universal existence... But sessions just happen to have this different feel to them when they take place after dusk. After dusk, when shop-keepers have gone back home, when the subways are closed and the last bus of the day is long gone, when the average joe is done watching his favorite TV show or jacking off to imaginary girlfriends on youporn and struggling to find sleep wallowed in the mediocrity of ignorance. No more crowds, no more commuters, no more living sounds - just bare, deserted streets, waiting to be taken over, screaming your name.

Yoan has been working hard for a while to accurately recreate this feeling in an entire video, and it seems that he eventually succeeded. The project is 100% independent, even the instrumental soundtrack is homemade and was entirely created for the project by various artists. As a result, the final product stands out as a conceptual piece of art, a visual essay on a particular aspect of a passion shared by many people around the world, conveying feelings that break the language barrier any day and, in this particular occurence, any night. If what you expect from a skateboarding video is a typical mainstream approach mainly consisting of punk rock tracks, handcrafted superficial attitude gimmicks and a focus on performance, then this video isn't exactly for you, but every skateboarder who knows how to have fun on wheels should be able to relate and understand the point of it. Speaking of which, it is notably worth mentioning that this video has been worked on in collaboration with the notorious Japanese collective TIGHTBOOTH Production, the entity behind the revolutionary acts that were the videos 'LENZ' and 'Dialogue Between Insiders'.



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THE VIDEO

I was lucky enough to get to go to a premiere of this video, that I thoroughly enjoyed, to the point where I got my hands on a hard copy to abuse my DVD player with with no further remorse after I've got back home. And I'm glad I did, because it definitely happens to be the kind of video that grows on you even further every time you watch it. The skating is so spontaneous that upon rewatching the clips over and over, you get to grasp more and more of the little details throughout it all ; you get to learn to read and appreciate the subtleties on every single trick, spot, push, style.



After an experimental, black-and-white super 8 intro intended to slowly get you in the mood of the whole video, the curtains open on Bordeaux local, Masaki Ui's part. And what better way to start out with what could be described as the epitome of the whole project - stylish skating, focused on the research of aesthetics (spot- and trick-wise) rather than on sheer and non-refined difficulty, with a clean and thought-out approach, quick feet, and flawless execution. Masaki really tried to take advantage of everything the streets have to offer, and eventually wrapped up a solid section based on a mix of simple tricks on complicated spots (that backside five-o... gosh), and more fancy and unique manoeuvers such as alley-oop wallie grind to fakies, and handplant wallrides. A worthwhile watch that surely sets the mood for what is left to come, while leaving you unprepared to it at the same time - the first punch to the face that leaves you confused, as your opponent is getting ready to unleash the fury.



The two following sections are basically friends sections, that blend into the overall editing really well to help make the video get started for good. Yoan has tons of friends (remember Leo Valls' section in 'Frame By Frame' ?), and they all kick your ass on a board. It starts off with the Bordeaux locals, then you get to see a full section for the 'American night walkers' with night time-only footy of US skaters - mostly SF heads - including notably names such as Carlos Young and Evan Kinori. A good variety of individual styles all around, and an effective display of how the act of skateboarding somehow manages to be just as personal as it is universal.


Mathias Elichabhere, footplant nosegrind, Bordeaux, France

Then comes Seb Daurel's section. You might remember him from the Adidas video 'Diagonal', in which he had a hilarious full part of original tricks, comedy skits involving knee-slides down stair sets, weird ass boards and a perfect airwalk as his ender - the cherry at the top of the cake. Often regarded as 'the European Paulo Diaz', Seb is the definition of a unique individual ; spontaneous, full of sympathy, open-minded, the dude has now been killing tranny for decades, spends his time at home shaping his own, unique weird decks or perfecting the bowl / miniramp combo constantly evolving in his garden, building the most awkward things to skate (including triangle-shaped boxes and flatbars on wheels) and playing more music instruments than your mind can even fanthom, in addition to being a happy husband and father. Throughout his career and life, skateboarding has given a lot to Seb and being the great man that he is, Seb gave back to skateboarding a lot, in terms of character, style, fun, and attitude. Now well in his thirties, he continues to remain an influential skateboarder everyone around the world should look up to.




Time certainly has gone by, but never managed to affect his skills on a board. Seb still carves, grinds, airs and slides as if his life depended on it, and makes it look so easy, when the kind of stuff he's doing definitely isn't. His section makes for a good representation of his routine - you'll get to see a lot of good lines, old-school tricks taken to new terrains and turned into something new, fucked-up obstacles and two whole minutes of footage filmed at his homemade bowl, completely painted in black and white line for the occasion. The look and vibe of these clips are nothing but priceless, and are enough to justify the purchase of the video by themselves.



After Seb's comes the turn of another long-time influencing french skateboarder's name to show up on screen : Soy Panday has a full section, mixed with some Vivien Feil footy thrown in for good measure. Together they are the Magenta resistance, showing the world what they think skateboarding should be like, performing never-ending lines in random streets, hitting up everything in sight, and nosemanual-ing between pedestrians. Out of nowhere, their section blends into the next one, entirely devoted to the third element of the Magenta roster, and an emerging name all-around, Leo Valls himself.

Leo clearly has the longest part of the video, and the one with the catchiest song, specifically composed for him by the Japanese band One Peace Session Band. The mix of his skating and the soundtrack works exceptionally well, and undoubtedly contributes to making this section by far his best one to date. While staying truthful to his personal skating style we have all come to get to know and love, spontaneous street lines in random french and japanese streets with a unique, 90-styled trick selection involving master switch flips, Quim Cardona-reminiscing body varials and one-footed powerslides, Leo naturally throws in a lot of switch tricks to the mix. Switch back lips, switch back tails, switch backside nosegrinds, nollie back lips, switch flip manuals - you name it, he does it, in not less than four or five-trick lines in traffic or on the oddest spots you can think of. Highlights include a very... unique wallie on a street sign, and a flatground bluntslide while skitching behind a car going full speed as his ender. Rawness.





After another super 8 montage meant to clear your mind from the oppressive occidental mindset, only to introduce you to the Japanese lifestyle, it's the turn of Akira Imamura and the Japanese force to come into play, and close the curtains. If you haven't been living under a rock over the past years, or watching too many Transworld videos, then you know how good the Japanese are at skateboarding, and what to expect from them and their style. The streets are so crowded there in daytime, and the people in charge of the laws so strict, that the only time they really get to skate is after dusk - making them the absolute kings of night skating and, given the nature of their spots and futuristic architecture, creativity. Check out the TBPR site and blog, and try to get your hands on the numerous FESN (Far East Skate Network) videos, to get a better understanding of how tight there scene is, both literally and figuratively.



Japanese people are known for effectively getting things done proper and their part in Minuit makes for no exception. They just kill it. Weird-ass spots you only get to see in Japan, and the tricks are mind-blowing in terms of creativity, style, and technical execution. Take a peek at the pop out on this frontside lipslide and go ahead and tell me that it isn't the best one you have ever seen in your life.



Shinpei Ueno, TBPR's main filmer / editor and one of the greatest skateboarders from his country, gets the last clips in the part, therefore in the video. His last line actually takes place at dawn, being the first bright clip after 45 minutes of strictly night footy, representative of your spiritual awakening as a spectator as a new day rises up again.


Shinpei Ueno (TBPR Staff), nosemanual around the world, Japan

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GET YOUR COPY !

At Yoan's site : http://www.yoantaillandier.com/project/online-store-coming-soon/

'MINUIT DVD OUT NOW!!!
Send me an email at [email protected] to order a video. Include your name and address. You can pay through Paypal or by sending me a check.
The video is 15 euros / 20 dollars.

shipping:
france: free
europe: 4 euros
international: 8 euros'


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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2011, 09:04:18 PM »
i'm sure the videos really cool, but fuckn hell, i feel like i played it out already just reading half of that

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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2011, 09:05:31 PM »
I need to see this new Leo Valls part.

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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2011, 11:18:19 PM »
i need. i want. i wish i had. shipping and waiting will be a bitch.

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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2011, 11:59:24 PM »
What is the short version of the original post? I have a lot of porn to browse, and limited time to read the intricities of the artform of nighttime skateboarding.
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2011, 06:58:15 AM »
looks worthy.

good colection of skaters nice concept and nice price, hope it gets here soon...

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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2011, 03:28:19 PM »
Will Buy, Cant wait to see this one!!
i think i was,anyways

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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2011, 04:35:13 PM »
I can't wait to buy this joint! Leo Valls is a beast.



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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2011, 12:08:10 PM »
leo valls is sick he just like cruises in the street. if you watch some of his older parts youll see that a few of his lines are just him doing like some flip tricks in the street

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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2011, 04:46:19 AM »
fyi, the video is now more conveniently available for US customers at Josh Stewart's website here : http://www.theoriesofatlantis.com/site/store/minuit/

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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2011, 02:05:51 PM »
I've just seen it, and I have been really disappointed.
I mean i'm really into that kind of skating, I've watched Far East Network tons of time,I'm really into the Magenta promo, or the Krooked videos which I rewatch every weeks but for me they tried way too much in this one. I'm a fan of dudes like Pat Stiener, Puleo, Tony Cox, Colin Fiske etc... but also of the new wave of creative skateboarding, but i would rather watch Pat Stiener's part in Static III to be motivated than watch Minuit.

I guess they tried to be creative, but doing 4 ollies and 3 powerslide in one line during the night doesn't makes you creative, even if you make a wallie between two ollies.  It's not just ollies and wallies, but about 70% of the videos is it. They are some good tricks here and here,  difficult spots sometimes and Akira Imamura's part is really good as well as Magenta's part but Leo's part that lasts 5 minutes gets boring after 2 min.

I mean you can't just film ollies, wallies, powerslides, guys grabing car like a NYC cab in Bordeaux or Japan, and make it creative, it's even the opposite that happens: after 40 minutes of watching it, you get tired of the lack of variety of the skating showed. If every tricks look the same (and with the same brown chino for at least 80% of the guys), at the end of the day it's not creative anymore, it looks like a gross caricature of "creative skateboarding" if even such a word can exists...

I don't really understand the hype about this video, i guess it made me expect more than it really is.
When the video ended i really had the felling that they were trying too much to be something that they are sadly not...
However at least just for the few "Tony Cox's look alike" tricks here and here the video deserves to be watched at least once and rewinded on those tricks  ;D

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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2011, 03:32:27 PM »
maybe you should purchase one of those pogo sticks
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« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2011, 01:56:19 PM »
sorry to bump an old thread but does anybody have a link to this?

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« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2011, 02:27:36 PM »
I've just seen it, and I have been really disappointed.
I mean i'm really into that kind of skating, I've watched Far East Network tons of time,I'm really into the Magenta promo, or the Krooked videos which I rewatch every weeks but for me they tried way too much in this one. I'm a fan of dudes like Pat Stiener, Puleo, Tony Cox, Colin Fiske etc... but also of the new wave of creative skateboarding, but i would rather watch Pat Stiener's part in Static III to be motivated than watch Minuit.

I guess they tried to be creative, but doing 4 ollies and 3 powerslide in one line during the night doesn't makes you creative, even if you make a wallie between two ollies.  It's not just ollies and wallies, but about 70% of the videos is it. They are some good tricks here and here,  difficult spots sometimes and Akira Imamura's part is really good as well as Magenta's part but Leo's part that lasts 5 minutes gets boring after 2 min.

I mean you can't just film ollies, wallies, powerslides, guys grabing car like a NYC cab in Bordeaux or Japan, and make it creative, it's even the opposite that happens: after 40 minutes of watching it, you get tired of the lack of variety of the skating showed. If every tricks look the same (and with the same brown chino for at least 80% of the guys), at the end of the day it's not creative anymore, it looks like a gross caricature of "creative skateboarding" if even such a word can exists...

I don't really understand the hype about this video, i guess it made me expect more than it really is.
When the video ended i really had the felling that they were trying too much to be something that they are sadly not...
However at least just for the few "Tony Cox's look alike" tricks here and here the video deserves to be watched at least once and rewinded on those tricks  ;D


That was pretty damn accurate.
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« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2011, 03:32:08 PM »
Where is Pat Steiner these days?

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« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2011, 06:49:51 PM »
I've just seen it, and I have been really disappointed.
I mean i'm really into that kind of skating, I've watched Far East Network tons of time,I'm really into the Magenta promo, or the Krooked videos which I rewatch every weeks but for me they tried way too much in this one. I'm a fan of dudes like Pat Stiener, Puleo, Tony Cox, Colin Fiske etc... but also of the new wave of creative skateboarding, but i would rather watch Pat Stiener's part in Static III to be motivated than watch Minuit.

I guess they tried to be creative, but doing 4 ollies and 3 powerslide in one line during the night doesn't makes you creative, even if you make a wallie between two ollies.  It's not just ollies and wallies, but about 70% of the videos is it. They are some good tricks here and here,  difficult spots sometimes and Akira Imamura's part is really good as well as Magenta's part but Leo's part that lasts 5 minutes gets boring after 2 min.

I mean you can't just film ollies, wallies, powerslides, guys grabing car like a NYC cab in Bordeaux or Japan, and make it creative, it's even the opposite that happens: after 40 minutes of watching it, you get tired of the lack of variety of the skating showed. If every tricks look the same (and with the same brown chino for at least 80% of the guys), at the end of the day it's not creative anymore, it looks like a gross caricature of "creative skateboarding" if even such a word can exists...

I don't really understand the hype about this video, i guess it made me expect more than it really is.
When the video ended i really had the felling that they were trying too much to be something that they are sadly not...
However at least just for the few "Tony Cox's look alike" tricks here and here the video deserves to be watched at least once and rewinded on those tricks  ;D

you obviously have no clue what it is like to skate in europe. watch the video again till you understand it. it's the best thing i've seen in a long time.

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« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2011, 12:27:07 AM »
I've just seen it, and I have been really disappointed.
I mean i'm really into that kind of skating, I've watched Far East Network tons of time,I'm really into the Magenta promo, or the Krooked videos which I rewatch every weeks but for me they tried way too much in this one. I'm a fan of dudes like Pat Stiener, Puleo, Tony Cox, Colin Fiske etc... but also of the new wave of creative skateboarding, but i would rather watch Pat Stiener's part in Static III to be motivated than watch Minuit.

I guess they tried to be creative, but doing 4 ollies and 3 powerslide in one line during the night doesn't makes you creative, even if you make a wallie between two ollies.  It's not just ollies and wallies, but about 70% of the videos is it. They are some good tricks here and here,  difficult spots sometimes and Akira Imamura's part is really good as well as Magenta's part but Leo's part that lasts 5 minutes gets boring after 2 min.

I mean you can't just film ollies, wallies, powerslides, guys grabing car like a NYC cab in Bordeaux or Japan, and make it creative, it's even the opposite that happens: after 40 minutes of watching it, you get tired of the lack of variety of the skating showed. If every tricks look the same (and with the same brown chino for at least 80% of the guys), at the end of the day it's not creative anymore, it looks like a gross caricature of "creative skateboarding" if even such a word can exists...

I don't really understand the hype about this video, i guess it made me expect more than it really is.
When the video ended i really had the felling that they were trying too much to be something that they are sadly not...
However at least just for the few "Tony Cox's look alike" tricks here and here the video deserves to be watched at least once and rewinded on those tricks  ;D


I know exactly what you're referring to, it happens a lot nowadays, but in this video I only see that in the Bordeaux montage. You can't say the same about the major parts in the video, especially Leo Valls. The guy clearly has ledge game, switch skills, speed, style, flow, and originality. I mean, how many boardslide shove its has ayone seen on ledges? I also think that this video was more about capturing the vibe of cruising and skating at night, rather than filming "serious" parts.

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« Reply #18 on: June 23, 2011, 01:58:50 PM »
I've just seen it, and I have been really disappointed.
I mean i'm really into that kind of skating, I've watched Far East Network tons of time,I'm really into the Magenta promo, or the Krooked videos which I rewatch every weeks but for me they tried way too much in this one. I'm a fan of dudes like Pat Stiener, Puleo, Tony Cox, Colin Fiske etc... but also of the new wave of creative skateboarding, but i would rather watch Pat Stiener's part in Static III to be motivated than watch Minuit.

I guess they tried to be creative, but doing 4 ollies and 3 powerslide in one line during the night doesn't makes you creative, even if you make a wallie between two ollies.  It's not just ollies and wallies, but about 70% of the videos is it. They are some good tricks here and here,  difficult spots sometimes and Akira Imamura's part is really good as well as Magenta's part but Leo's part that lasts 5 minutes gets boring after 2 min.

I mean you can't just film ollies, wallies, powerslides, guys grabing car like a NYC cab in Bordeaux or Japan, and make it creative, it's even the opposite that happens: after 40 minutes of watching it, you get tired of the lack of variety of the skating showed. If every tricks look the same (and with the same brown chino for at least 80% of the guys), at the end of the day it's not creative anymore, it looks like a gross caricature of "creative skateboarding" if even such a word can exists...

I don't really understand the hype about this video, i guess it made me expect more than it really is.
When the video ended i really had the felling that they were trying too much to be something that they are sadly not...
However at least just for the few "Tony Cox's look alike" tricks here and here the video deserves to be watched at least once and rewinded on those tricks  ;D

you obviously have no clue what it is like to skate in europe. watch the video again till you understand it. it's the best thing i've seen in a long time.

HAHAHAHHAA I'm French and never skated outside Europe... so please shut up

Edit: And please don't think that I am one of those french haters from Paris or wherever that can stand Bordeaux's Hype.
I really appreciate Leo Valls and Seb Daurel (which Zebra bowl part is minuit is really good), but I was expecting so much more from this video because the hype around it was really HUGE at least here in France and Europe...
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« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2011, 08:36:22 AM »
I thought the video was inspiring. It's obviously a homie video and from that perspective it's pretty damn sick. I guess you got disapointed because of the hype around it, but that's not the dude who made the video's fault if people got really hyped on it and expected it to change the face of skateboarding or something... it's not like they put ads in magazines for the vid or had a budget to advertise it. It's just friends from the same town who travelled and made a video.

And for the record, Leo Valls obvioulsy came up super hard in this part. That dude is amazing.

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« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2011, 07:05:25 AM »
I thought the video was inspiring. It's obviously a homie video and from that perspective it's pretty damn sick. I guess you got disapointed because of the hype around it, but that's not the dude who made the video's fault if people got really hyped on it and expected it to change the face of skateboarding or something... it's not like they put ads in magazines for the vid or had a budget to advertise it. It's just friends from the same town who travelled and made a video.

And for the record, Leo Valls obvioulsy came up super hard in this part. That dude is amazing.



They just had some help from Burn energy drink...which as lame as Red Bull or Monster...

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« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2011, 07:18:56 AM »

They just had some help from Burn energy drink...which as lame as Red Bull or Monster...

I would take free money to help make my video...

Minuit was pretty much the freshest and most original video I have seen.  Amazing skaters and beautifully edited.  It's almost like some sort of art house skate project.  I have never wanted to skate so badly after watching a video.  I got it from Unicron.net, pick it up if you can, it's spectacular.