Session Commercials / GoPro

Client . GoPro Camera
Role . Director / Color / Editor / Motion / Compositing
Date . 2016

I played a big role in the 2016 advertising of GoPro's smallest, most user friendly camera yet, the Hero Session. The task was 3 commercials (starting with a Superbowl spot made in 3 days) featuring the three key-features of the Session. Simplicity, durability, and versatility. 

For durability it was a team effort of many people in a small Oakland studio to put together this one-take assault on the camera in 30-seconds. The shot is mostly authentic with some light compositing to feature the camera in the best way, and to wipe it clean at the end. 

For Versatility, as Director, I traveled the United States with a number of custom made GoPro rigs to capture this center-weighted match cut spot. 

C/D Shelby Mustang

Client . Car and Driver
Role . Director / Camera / Editor / Color
Date . 2012

The first project in my short stint working with Car and Driver magazine, I directed a video review of a comparison between modern high-performance cars against the classic 1965 Shelby Cobra. Sam Smith provided the narrative and hosting, I directed a crew of camera operators and did all editing for this piece. 

Vaughn Gittin R/C Car Chase

Client . K&N Engineering
Role . Director / Camera / Editor / Graphics
Date . 2012

A collaboration of three directors, Andy Laputka, Will Roegge and Skylar Smith, this project for K&N Engineering was a viral success. Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. chases an HPi R/C Car version of himself around the manufacturing and distribution facilities of K&N Engineering, a high-performance air filter company. 

My responsibilities for this production were co-directing, shooting, editng and providing motion graphics and animations for the final piece. 

Insight Racing

Client . Insight Racing
Role . Director / Camera / Editor / Color / Graphics
Date . 2011

My first project as Skylar Smith Media, Insight Racing hired me to cover their efforts at a Grand-Am Rolex race in Mid-Ohio. The team featured a familiar face, Tyler McQuarrie, a driver for Falken Tire's Formula Drift team. 

This job was performed solo by Skylar Smith, all camerawork, motion graphics, editing and color were done by him. 

Falken Porsche GT3 RSR Testing

Client . Falken Tire
Role . Director / Camera / Editor / Color / Graphics
Date . 2011

Falken Tire began racing in ALMS while I was their Multimedia Specialist. Their first year was a constant struggle, but they reinvested in the program for their sophomore run and wanted to document their race for a win in 2011. Here, I directed a piece on their testing in Sebring, Florida of their new Porsche GT3 RSR. 

We had a closed course for some car-to-car filming and I was in charge of a second camera operator for this shoot. All motion graphics (including the opening 8-bit intro) editing and color were done by Skylar Smith. 

Climb: Pikes Peak Hill Climb With a Monster

Client . Falken Tire
Role . Director / Editor / Color / Graphics
Date . 2010

As part of my role of Multimedia Specialist at Falken Tires, I was in charge of directing the first full-length real-time on board camera video of an Unlimited Class car competing  in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Monster Tajima is a name synonymous with Pikes Peak and was chasing the ever so elusive ten-minute record for Pikes Peak. 

With a partnership from GoPro Camera, we covered as many angles as possible on Tajima's insane Suzuki and let the world really see what it was like to race up America's Mountain. 

This video quickly became viral, and has  reached millions of views on Youtube. The most popular Pikes Peak video since "Climb Dance"

Direction, editing, color-grading and motion graphics by Skylar Smith.