OLD 1

New edit, old footage. Ciaran Hughes delivers the goods with Finn Merrins, Gav Coughlan, Darragh Forrester, Anthony Thornberry, Paddy Walsh, Dion McGarrity, Andrew Dellas, Phili Halton and Apples.

OLD 1 from Dublin SMA on Vimeo.


“SPUDS”

Ciaran Hughes will be premiering his new video “SPUDS” this Saturday at Anseo. Phili Halton and High Rollers have worked together to set up a jam at Portobello on the day for Go Skateboarding Day as it wasn’t possible to organise one on the 21st. The video will premiere at 9pm and features Gav Coughlan, Dion McGarrity, Phili Halton, Anthony Thornberry, David Flood, Alex Sheridan, Martin O’Grady, Andrew Dellas, Gavin Beale, Finn Merrins, Andrew Loughnane, Sam Byrne, Peter Buckley, Ciarán Hughes, Paddy Walsh, NOB, Michael McMaster, Alan Collins, Andrew Gibbons, Phil Evans, Rob Moss and more.

Click the poster below to find out more.

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Epilogue – New Full Length Video from Ciaran Hughes

Ciaran Hughes full length video Epilogue is now online. Watch it below and then hear what Ciaran has to say about it when questioned by Paddy Walsh.

How did EPILOGUE come about?

EPILOGUE is essentially bookended by two breakages of my VX. The heads in the camera failed in autumn 2013 and it took me until January 2014 to get them fixed. Around that time, our crew started regularly skating with new people, guys like Gavin Beale, who hadn’t really had much footage out before. So that was the final motivation to get the camera fixed. When the VX was repaired, the first person I spoke to was Beale and I asked him if he was up for getting footage and thankfully he was.

You (Paddy) were then involved in the most recent demise of the camera when you conspired to kick the microphone off. Once that happened, I started editing.

It’s been a long time since your last full length video. What made you decide to create another?

It wasn’t really a conscious decision until I had started editing. I knew I wanted to make something but I was unsure if it was to be just another edit or something a little more substantial. As well, I didn’t want to rush it and I had no deadlines to adhere to so I thought I may as well take my time putting it together.

When I think about it, it was always going to become what it did because I tend to hoard my footage for a while before I release it. Both the skaters and I put a lot of time, effort and energy into filming so sometimes I can be a little precious with the footage. All those things conspired nicely to form the foundations of EPILOGUE.

Would you be interested in making another in the future, or does EPILOGUE imply that this will be your last?

This is certainly not my last full length video, no. We need more full lengths these days in the current age of skate coverage. Edits are obviously cool, too.

Is there any (other) significant meaning in the title?

When I first started editing, I had just bought a HD camera and so changed the format that I was filming in. I sort of began thinking of the video as life after the VX, hence the title. Since then, though, I have fully realised (again) the merits of the VX and how quintessentially important it is to the skate aesthetic. But for the time being I’m pretty stoked on HD.

Do you have a preference between making videos or edits?

I like the immediacy of making an edit with recent footage and I particularly like how stoked people get when their footage is released. But an edit is never as fulfilling as making a full length. The skaters I film, however, might think differently.

Sitting on footage is becoming harder and harder to do. Do you feel pressure from skaters to get your (their) footy out quicker? And is it hard to convince them that it’s worth holding onto for a full length?

Yeah, definitely. Every day we see new skaters putting out new footage and its natural that the guys want to be a part of that. But releasing stuff so regularly just makes it more disposable. The amount of skating that you watch at the minute and how much can you actually remember? I much rather take my time, put something together that has a little more substance than a minute and a half of skatepark footage of a Thursday and then show it. Part of the fun of making videos is to watch them with people. Having a premiere of a full length makes all the waiting worthwhile; it’s very nice when people are willing to travel further than their laptop or iPad to watch a film you’ve made.

As far as skaters getting restless goes, they just get worried that stuff will get old fast and no longer be relevant. A skaters style and standard can change so quick that some clips may not be what they were when they were filmed. I still get a bit of shit for sitting on stuff for a time but everyone seemed happy with EPILOGUE so not blowing my load with the footage was right I think.

Do you think there is still an appetite for longer scene videos today?

100%. Not just an appetite, but a need. You can really get a sense of a scene as a whole when you sit down, watch a video and are able to digest all the different styles that that one scene has to offer. You simply cannot get that effect with a 2 or 3 minute edit.

The problem with longer videos is keeping people interested for its entirety. Especially when it’s online and not a physical DVD; the amount of things that can distract you over a thirty minute period of watching a skate video is basically infinite.

Why did you decide to release it online rather than as physical media?

It got to the point that I simply ran out of time to get it authored to DVD. Even making a master copy for one of the screenings was a nightmare. Ideally, I would like it to be a DVD but I can live with it being online.

What reactions have you gotten to the video so far?

Mostly positives, thankfully. Although, the people that do have grievances with videos tend to not make them known to the person who made it. I welcome all feedback to do with the video so I’m hyped that most people I have spoken to about it have enjoyed it.

What is your favourite clip from the video?

There are quite a few that stand out. The Berlin trip was sick and all the footage was fun to film. My favourite clip is probably Beale’s line at Baggot when he 5050’s the black rail at the end. The line itself is obviously sick but the whole session was just rad. The day was Good Friday so we ended up going to spots that we don’t usually skate, which was cool.

Is there any clip that you could not/did not to include that you especially liked?

Actually, most of the other footage from that Good Friday skate didn’t make it into the video. There is an absolute wealth of stuff that I still have that I will eventually get out there. I wouldn’t ever begin to tackle making a full length video until I had a lot more than the required amount of footage that is needed. It is very, very stressful when you are running out of footage midway through an edit.

Do you have any good stories from while you were filming?

Too many. Dublin is a really good place to skate and you only realise how much happens when you go back and reflect on it. When I was editing or watching back clips from the video, I immediately think of the events that surrounded the clip; something that is probably insignificant now but at the time was pretty interesting or funny. One really whack security guard springs to mind but every skater has a story about that.

There’s some new blood here that hasn’t been seen (prominently) in your other full lengths (Phili, Beale, Andy, Podge, DAB, Dellas) How did you hook up with these and where are some of the older faces?

Don’t forget Alex, too, he has quite a bit of footage in there. I’m not too sure how we all became the crew we have today; it all happened very organically. Mostly it comes from a shared desire for skateboarding; meaning we all seem to have a consistent idea of what skateboarding is to us. Dellas only moved to Ireland last year and we hooked up and he instantly immersed himself in the scene.

Guys I will always film with are Gavin Coughlan, Timmy Nolan, Michael Fitzpatrick, Anthony Thornberry, yourself and all the people we’ve been skating with for years. I was really hyped that Snowy had a trick in the video. He doesn’t skate too much anymore, and never films, so that was sick. Himself and Ross are the only DK Core who make an appearance in the video. I would have liked if NOB, Paddy Clear, James Carrol, Daire Carolan and many, many others could have shot something but it wasn’t too be.

The video itself only has 25 skaters. That isn’t a whole lot at all so the video isn’t entirely representative of the scene, instead it basically chronicles the year I had out skating with my friends and filming when I could. I probably had my favourite year of skateboarding when making this video and that actually hampered the act of filming. Too many times to recall I missed tricks from guys in the video or didn’t film somebody who ended up not having a trick in the video because I was having too much fun skating myself. I don’t have any regrets about that, though.

How has the scene changed since your last video? Are there any changes that you’ve noticed that you especially welcome or object to?

All changed, changed utterly. Skateboarding in Dublin is constantly evolving but manages to remain the same. Spots come and go, come back for a while and disappear again. The same goes for skaters. People have a lot of commitments outside skating so the guys who are mainstays for a time can disappear into obscurity for a time depending on what they have going on (I include myself in that). The scene is also much more varied than EPILOGUE shows. There are a whole load more crews and skaters that don’t feature in this who equally as productive as us. Keith Walsh is out skating most days doing some ridiculous tricks but he is entirely absent from the video. Keith is just one example but there are plenty of other people who unfortunately don’t have any tricks in the video.

The scene right now feels normal because it is the present moment. When I compare this video to ‘Gavin’s Island’, to ‘Dirty Dublin’, to ‘Collective’ and so on, it is only then when you get a real sense of what has changed and what hasn’t. All those videos feature a commonality of skaters and spots but the way the spots are skated is constantly changing. I think I’ll only really understand how much the scene has evolved when I put out my next full length in 2027.


HD Spring 15 by Ciaran Hughes

New edit from Ciaran Hughes from when he made the switch from VX to HD.

Springtime in Dublin featuring Finn Merrins, Andrew Dellas, Andrew Loughnane, Anthony Thornberry, Gav Coughlin, Alex Sheridan, David Flood, Paddy Walsh, Dion McGarrity and Martin O’Grady.


Lifestyle – SMA

Ciarán Hughes has put up another edit of some unused footage from the recent Akimbo edit/magazine which you might have been lucky enough to receive a copy of. Watch below to see Gavin Beale, Alex Sheridan, Ciarán Hughes, Martin O’Grady, Paddy Walsh and Luke Murphy. Additional filming by Luke Murphy.


Mandemdela

New little edit from Ciaran Hughes with some Dublin shredding.


Skate Éire iPhone Edit #2 – Instahammers

Did a phone clear out and ended up putting together all the clips I had from Instagram and a couple other clips thrown in there.

Featuring: Michael Fitzpatrick, Finn Merrins, Joey Lynch, Clint Walker, Aaron Homoki, Gav Coughlan, Dion McGarrity, James ‘Bender’ Norton, Paddy Walsh, Luke Murphy, Cian Eades, Gar Kavanagh, Timmy Nolan, Darragh Forrester, Cian O’Boyle and Aidan Moore.


Beirt

Ciaran Hughes has just put up a new edit of Gavin Beale and Luke Murphy, doing some doubles in Monkstown skatepark, with Gav Coughlan and Paddy Walsh making appearances.



Chilla Rippers – King of the Craic

Keeping with the King of the Craic edits, here is the Chilla Rippers edit featuring Snowy, Timmy Nolan, Nob, Dion McGarrity, Paddy Clear, Ciaran Hughes, Paddy Walsh and guest appearances from Tim Mills and Michael Feehan.

Filmed and Edited by Ciaran Hughes and Nob.