Final Bout II / KDF

Client . Keep Drifting Fun / Final Bout
Role . Motion
Date . 2015

Long time mentor / friend / overall rad guy Will Roegge and friend / beard god / video game partner Joshua Herron recently covered the grassroots drifting event Final Bout II, a carnival of beautiful cars getting silly on a racetrack. I was honored to be asked to design some titles for it. 

I was asked to do something short and sweet, but I had way too much coffee and the footage was way too fun not to do something really special motion-wise.

So with a dash of comic books, and a bit of King of Fighters, I present Final Bout II : 

Nitto Tire Auto Enthusiast's Day 2015

Client . Nitto Tire / YAER Productions
Role . Motion
Date . 2015

The YAER team is starting to bring in some high flying drone shots for me to play with, graphically, and I'm loving it. Check out this 4K video from the diverse and exciting Nitto Tire Auto Enthusiast's Day in Anaheim, CA. 

All motion graphics and animation by Skylar Smith Media.

Formula Drift / Long Beach 2013

Client . Formula Drift / YAER Productions
Role . Motion
Date . 2013

Formula Drift is where I began my video career. I've been covering it since 2005 and have missed few events since then. 

I was asked, on behalf of YAER Productions, to spice up some Formula Drift videos in 2013 with motion graphics. Here is the first of those pieces. 

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.