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Over Ply Wood exhibition

2 Jul

The exhibition went off in Mumbles last week…..I spent the Monday (16th June) with Jamie and Jon Jones setting up in the gallery. Jamie painted the Over Ply Wood text up onto one of the gallery walls and I hung the rest of the show….plenty of framed photographs and magazines which were easy to put up, a couple of Ramprockers and pre 70’s boards lent by Simon Main….Furr skateboards lent a couple of their excellent new boards and Dan lent his Welsh Tommy Crayon board so the boards pretty much covered the entire history of skateboarding with a local flavour of course…..Tomsk lent a snapped Steve Caballero that appeared on the cover of Edge Magazine in the late 80’s…snapped by Twiss down at Langland in fact. Jack Kirtley did an awesome drawing comic book style of the Rotherslade ramp story from the film. I had 2 display cases made, one of which contained a good stack of 70’s artefacts….a Dave Friar elbow pad kindly lent be Phil Rees, a sew on patch from Skate City in London and a pile of books and magazines from the craze days…..hopefully the pictures show most of the material on show. Thanks for all the loans, time spent and amazing help from everyone…..Tomsk, Greg, Frenchy, Jamie, Simon Main, Jon Jones, Jack Kirtley, Exist skatepark, Phil Rees, Sean who made the cases, Kerry Evans for the framing and advice, Ceri Roberts, Oriel Bach, Zac at Crossfire for some great publicity. Everyone who came down to see the exhibition…..more soon!!

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Screening at The Park Inn, Mumbles. 22nd January 2014.

2 Feb

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I thought the screening at the Park Inn in Mumbles would be a low key event, a good chance to watch the film on the big screen again and figure out any changes I might need to make ahead of getting the dvd made. The Park is a cosy little pub in the backstreets of Mumbles, a real ale pub that is more terraced house living room than spacious lager hall. Kev is the owner and barman at The Park and thats the way he likes it….a great selection of ales and a cosy space that has made The Park extremely popular with the locals and visitors alike. We organised it to be on a Wednesday night so it would be nice and quiet and the film which was planned to take over one side of the pub wouldn’t interrupt the regulars. Kev is a skater as well as a publican so he was keen to see the film and it was a good excuse to get his friends into the pub midweek.
Audience by Simon
As it quickly turned out the screening was the most popular of the four I have done with the film. The place filled up at the advertised 8pm….we had to shift all the furniture out to make room for everyone and still there was no room! There were people in the street watching through the window at one point. It was more like a gig than a film screening.
Con and crowd
As with a gig the sound failed miserably for the first few minutes as I neglected to test the p.a. before starting the film. Mark saved the day with his musical knowledge and stuck the cable from the dvd player in the right socket! Nice one Mark! The volume was finally high and in both speakers and the film rolled.
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The room was getting hot and the ale was flowing and everyone was getting into the film. Plenty of faces from the film were there from all periods of Swansea skate history…Griff who is in the poster for the night heard about the film and came along. The photograph was him skating at The Hollywood bowl in Gorseinon in the 70’s….the film has plenty of photos and film from the 70’s. We had Con’s ramprocker borrowed from Tom at Exist so everyone was stoked to have a look at that too.
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The film was coming to an end and about 8 minutes before the end the technology failed and the dvd player gave up…not sure if it was the heat or the dvd player or the dvd itself but we couldn’t get it started again! Quickly got the raffle draw going to take the heat off the minor disaster of the missing end of the film……
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Loads of great prizes were donated so a lot of people went home with something ranging from an awesome signed and framed photograph of the Bones Brigade at Morfa by Phil Rees to clothes donated by Ric at Exist and a pile of t-shirts from Jason to an original painting by Simon Dark and a stack of wine and spirits from Kev at the pub!!
Thanks to this huge generosity and a whip round organised by Kev I made enough money to get the film audio professionally mixed at Rhondda Street Studios in Swansea and still have change to add to the dvd production fund…Thanks everyone who came down and supported the film!!! What a night, my favourite screening yet!Morfa print comp
Thanks to Simon Dark for taking photos on the night and special thanks to Kev at the Park, Phil Rees for the amazing photograph, Ric, Tomsk and Greg for equipment loans and everyone who came along, bought raffle tickets and gave money. Until the next time……

2nd Screening-Exist skatepark, Swansea, Sunday 10th November 2013.

5 Dec

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Exist skatepark was the second venue for screening the film….the great thing about this was that the skatepark was closed for a major refurbishment so no one had been in there for a good 4 weeks…it was amazing to get back in and see what Ric and everyone had been up to for the last few weeks. The mammoth task of fitting a soundproof ceiling above the whole park had taken up most of the time. We decided to do the screening as a fundraiser for the park as the ceiling alone cost thousands…an expense the council planning department had forced upon the park in order for it to stay open. An expense no one will even notice as they skate in the park after it reopens but thanks to Ric and Kate and their determination to keep the park going in the face of the constant hurdles placed before them the park has lived on to fight another day. The screening happened amidst the chaos of the refit and under the shadow of the sword of Damacles the council were wielding. The un skinned frames of the new skatepark were a fitting backdrop for the film. A great crowd turned out on another Sunday evening and many of the faces from the first showing came along for a second viewing which was a great endorsement of the film, thanks to everyone who came along, it wasn’t the warmest of evenings so sitting in an empty warehouse for a couple of hours was a bit of a trial! No one left so that must say something, cheers!

I made a small programme for the premiere and had a few left to give out at ExistDownload one here if you missed out on the night
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Tommy, Billy and Pedro came down.

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Stars of the show…Tomsk, Jason, Ric and Greg

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Tomsk, Arwyn and Kate who have all shaped and influenced the Swansea skate scene

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Twiss interviewed in the film and projected up larger than life on the skatepark wall,
literally Over Ply Wood.

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Tomsk, Bevan and Dan…the builders of ramps over the decades.

More screenings and a dvd very soon. Thanks for all the interest in the film and especially to everyone who has made it to see the film so far.

Over Ply Wood Premiere

6 Nov

It’s taken a couple of years but I have finally finished the film. There will always be tweaks and things I can do to make it smoother and more polished but as far as content it is done. Sunday was the first screening in front of an audience and it was a special audience as it was made up of many of the subjects of the film….this made it all the more nerve wracking in the run up to the premiere. Tomsk, Jason, Greg, Howard, Evs, Dan, Ric, Kate, Ty, Simon….all in the film and all in the room. I had been worried all week about the technicalities; will the projector work? will the sound work? will anyone show up? No need to worry….it was awesome, the room was full, the film showed pretty much smoothly, the sound worked fine thanks to Greg Fabb who raced home to get his p.a. when it turned out my cable didn’t reach the amp in the cafe.

Poster for Kitchen Table screening

Poster for Kitchen Table screening

There was an amazing response to the film and everyone got into it with plenty of cheering for the skating.
So there were representatives from all the decades of Swansea skating in the audience…couldn’t have been a better night! Thanks everyone for turning up on a soaking wet night, thanks for everyone who travelled and I hope this coming Sunday at Exist will be half as good which will make it amazing too!
Thanks to Adam and Anna and everyone at The Kitchen Table cafe who gave up their cafe and their time for the evening, the perfect venue for the premiere.

The audience is building for the premiere. #overplywood

On to the next screening which is at Exist Skatepark in Swansea on Sunday 10th November at 5.30pm….it’s a benefit for the skatepark so all money from the £2 entry price goes to the current skatepark refurb. The skatepark is currently closed for renovation and doesn’t open until mid November but the miniramp will be open on the night of the screening and it will be a good chance to checkout the new layout of the park and contribute to the woodfund. See you there and thanks for all the support!!!