“Welcome to the world of Tricking, Breaking, and Parkour; the new global phenomenon taking the extreme sports world and Hollywood by storm. These 3 urban athletic disciplines have captivated our youth and become a global sensation from their vast performances in almost every film, commercial, video game, or TV-show that features acrobatic stunts.” – http://hollywoodfilmandmedia.com/
There’s a new documentary out there featuring tricking, and I was lucky enough to be at the world premiere. My only regret about this film is that I should have shown up more than 15 minutes early as I was forced to sit in the second row, but let me tell you, a little stiffness in the neck was completely worth it. The film follows Travis Wong’s road to transitioning from stuntman to producer, King David’s journey to perfect his parkour, and Sammy Styles (aka one of the directors) road to overcome his chronic back injury to stay on top of his game as a breaker. After a year of development, the directors Samuel McKaig and Ian McKaig have produced something every tricker will be proud of.
I think the directors did an outstanding job showing how these three movements all have similar crossroads in the Hollywood scene, but yet are three distinct disciplines. The film starts out by giving a brief but concise history of each discipline. Throughout the film, the directors played close attention to keep each movement looking completely distinct from one another. The film does a great job balancing equal time to highlight parkour, breaking, and tricking. The tricking primarily features Travis Wong, but also shows Sammy Vasquez, Micah Karns, Marc Canonizado, Jacob Pinto, Cody Sanders, and a number of other tricking bosses.
The McKaig brothers did a fantastic job shooting and editing this project. Without ruining too much, there is a scene of the breaker Sammy Styles in the gym working out, and they put in a few special effects which blew my mind (as an editor). Also the way they shot King David’s parkour scenes with a steadycam was pretty amazing as well. I will critique the tricking shots though- as many of the shots were a little too close for comfort and sometimes it was difficult to see exactly what the movements were, but as a tricking editor, I probably am being a bit overly critical.
If you want to learn about the struggles of being a real athlete and trying to find a way to turn your abilities into a career, this is your Chapter 1. I believe this is a film every single tricker on the planet should see. I am very excited to see how this film progresses over the year through his film festival run. I have been told there will be a free screening sometime in April 2012 in Santa Barbara, California with 800 seats waiting to be filled. To find out more about this film, visit http://hollywoodfilmandmedia.com/.
This film is HUGE for tricking. It’s wonderful exposure and it brings tricking on the same pedestal as breaking and parkour are at now in the Entertainment world. 2012 is going to be year we got tricking known!