VideoStudio People: Matt Goff On The Art of The BMX Video
For anyone who loves to ride bikes or who frequents the skate park, UK-based Matt Goff has videos worth a watch. A user of VideoStudio Pro X4, Matt recently posted a highly watchable highlight reel of BMX rider Todd Cleaver from Little Heath skatepark in Reading, UK.
Matt kindly took some time out to answer @VideoStudio’s questions about his techniques, his gear and what inspires him.
What motivates you to spend the time shooting and editing your videos?
Well for a while now I have had such a big interest in filming and editing, I just find it good fun and it may sound weird but I get such a buzz from people recognising and enjoying my work.
How did you get into video editing?
I used to just play around with a mate and just experiment, over time I have gained more knowledge and experience and I have just stuck to it pretty much.
Your subjects are talented riders -- how did you get to know the subjects of your videos?
They’re just friends that I have met through school, skate park...etc. Over time people have heard more about me and a few people have just come up to me and asked for a video.
Do you work completely independently or collaborate on ideas with your friends?
Most of the time it’s all independent work, I sometimes use ideas from friends and recently whilst I have been working for G&H Media I have been working with as a team with other people.
Its really impressive that a young guy [Matt’s 14] is shooting such great stuff –you’re even involved with a multi-media company (G&H Media) -- how did you get here at such a young age?
Thank you! Well I guess practice makes perfect, yet I’m still far from perfect. Over time I have just tried to get my name/work around and I am friends with the people from G&H Media so they recognised what I can do and employed me to produce music videos, event coverage...etc.
You’ve got a lot of interesting shots in your Todd Cleaver video – slow mo, title sequences (0:16), tracking shots with action (0:18) – how did you come up with these and plan these shots out? Do you storyboard, or do you just “go with the flow?”
How long did it take to shoot and produce your Cleaver video?
At 1:57 there’s a really striking fisheye effect, which begs the question of how you capture some of your cool perspectives—how much of it is your gear, and how much your editing? (Gear list from YouTube: Sanyo Xacti VPC FH1; Opteka 0.43x AF fisheye lens; DV-S HOOD 37mm; Velbon CX 440 tripod; Opteka X-Grip; Opteka GLD-200 23" camera slider) how did you arrive at this set up?
Your main “axe” is your Sanyo Xacti VPC FH1—full HD, nice form factor—what do you like about the Xacti?
You edited this in VideoStudio Pro X4. What attracted you to VideoStudio?
Which video are you the most proud of?
Do you plan on expending outside of extreme sports?
Is this just a hobby or do plan to really pursue this as a career – as in go to film school etc.
What’s your next project?
G&H Website: http://g-hmedia.co.uk/
G&H You tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/GHMediaUK
Keep watching to see what Matt does next!