Sometimes I produce things for non-profit and friends on weekends. I find inspiration in just doing things for fun and giving, of course, always makes a kid feel right. The best part about doing freebies is most of the time the recipient is stoked with just about anything that is produced for them. If they don't get stoked, then it was fun doing something with no pressure anyway, right?

This is a film I put together for my good friend, David Grigsby, Enterprise Director of Tribe One. Tribe One is non-profit organization that prepares under-served youth for active citizenship in their community through leadership development, educational enrichment, and entrepreneurial training within a supportive environment.

Dave, as I call him, invited me to Knoxville, TN a few months before the benefit took place. He wanted me to visit and see the BBOY battle that his non-profit was having to generate awareness for their free after school program, which is a workshop to teach breakdancing every Thursdays. Also, he knows I love me some breakdancing and every once in awhile, I'll break out the infamous backspin at the club on the dance floor without warning.

So to make a long story short, I had planned on making the trip just to take some breakdancing footage and do a bit of partying in downtown rocky top while catching up with good friends. However since Carl Schultz, my co-photographer and I already had a carload of film equipment from a shoot the day prior in Chattanooga, we decided to see what type of production we could create.

After sitting on the footage for nearly three months, I was finally able to crank out an edit this weekend over a period of two days. This film was edited to showcase the sick dance moves from the Benefit Battle and a short interview with Dave on the vision for the battle. I didn't have time to add more special effects, but still feel good about it for a two-day post production job. Hopefully, I can find more time in the future to put together a longer version from all the capture.

Producer/Director/Photography: Pupon Saiyasak
Photography: Carl Schultz

Camera: Canon 5D
Lens: Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm 1.4 / 85mm 1.4, Canon 35mm 1.4L
Pocket Dolly
Pocket Jib

Song: Remix of The Message by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

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