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John ‘Doe’ Aldrich ‘Twenty 11’ by Carter Hewlett

Carter Hewlett has been working through footage from an old project which never came to fruition, coming up with a full section of G-d out tech steezing from John ‘Doe’ Aldrich. Read the story behind the footage in Carter’s own words below, and enjoy some classic Milton Keynes ledge destruction!

In March 2011 I finally hung up my Sony VX1000 and jumped on the DSLR band wagon. I bought a canon 60d, 50mm 1.4 and Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 To be honest the learning curve was a slow painful one. Getting my head around operating the camera totally manually and using photography lenses was a nightmare at times. I’ve never been a fast learner. I’d always a film cameras but if I’m honest never really knew what the fuck I was doing, It was more of a numbers game. I’d take so many photos that eventually I’d fluke a couple of good ones. Slowly… VERY slowly I got the hang of it and was glad to see the back of the vx in the end.

My main reason for buying the camera was to shoot my next skate film. At that point I’d made 2 already and wanted the 3rd be HD and look at least at little more polished than the previous two. The previous two films were pretty standard/traditional skate videos. Film your friends for hours on end most days of the week. Do that for a couple of years and eventually everyone has enough footage to have their own 3-5 minute part in the film. The 3rd film was going to being titled “300”. The idea was to shoot, edit and release the film online within 300 days. The idea came into my head because at that time the standard of skateboarding was progressing so quickly that if you didn’t put the footage out into the world (the internet) pretty fast, it was old news before it had even been seen. I’d also planned to bite a bite colour grade/look of the Zach Snyder movie 300. Everyone who was going to be involved in the seemed keen on the concept so we got it.. We began filming as soon as I’d bought the camera and filmed and travelled for the film for the most part of 6 months. For reasons I still can’t really everything kind of just fizzled out and the film never got made.

That footage has sat unseen on my hard drive for nearly 6 years now. Finally I have enough free time edit some of it and put it out into the so everyones hard work, rolled ankles and broken boards don’t to waste. After going through over 500GB footage it turned out that John was really the only person that had racked up enough for footage to make a full part. This new/old part from John is aptly named Twenty 11″

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