Check out Drew’s YouTube page at – http://www.youtube.com/user/hockey903/videos
Drew, you’ve been on the scene for a little while now, tell us about yourself?
Alright, well I’m 17 years old and from a little town called Millbank, just outside Stratford. I race in Southern Ontario and make videos and movies of just about everything! I had my professional media “breakout performance” (I guess you would call it) last year doing all the video stuff and the 3D map for the TransCan so that’s really how I got my name out there and have been busy since.
How long have you been riding/racing for?
I think it’s been about 5 or 6 years racing now. It’s got a lot more serious lately though, I’m getting closer and closer to the top of Junior and finally have a few podium finishes this year. I also have my first ever Loretta’s regional coming up in a few weeks so it’s been pretty busy and a lot of fun. It still makes me sad though, that most people at the track know who I am because of my videos, and not my riding – Haha.
Where did you get such a good taste for cinematography?
Haha, well I’ve been producing videos for a few years now and have done a lot of experimenting with different styles and concepts. I’ve kind of adapted my style to what people want to see yet try to create something that’s different than all the other videos we see everyday. I always try to put some sort of story or theme into each video so that there’s a little more behind it than simply putting clips to music and I think that’s the main thing that stands out and has caught on with the industry. I’ve been lucky enough to work for organizations like Walton Raceway and CMX Racing over the last year and have learned lots and have definitely evolved a lot since even this time last year.
What kind of equipment do you use? Or what kind of equipment do you hope to own?
Nothing fancy, really. Right now I’m just using a standard HD DSLR camera with a kit lens along with a bunch of little add-ons. I have lots of accessories like a slider, TV shoulder mount, tripods, a cable-cam and a bunch of equipment like that. Enough to get by, basically. By the time we start filming for “The Forgotten Series” this summer I’m sure I’ll have a bunch more little gadgets to film some cool shots. I’m working on a dolly system right now and will likely find or borrow a boom for the summer so I really look like I know what I’m doing – Haha.
Where did the idea of this web series come from and what is it?
The original concept for the series was to create a Canadian version of the popular American series “Inside the Outdoors”. That’s not so much the plan anymore, but it will still be a similar style of series. Really, I want to create something that shows the behind the scenes stories of pro motocross and how unique the sport really is, especially in Canada. Most of us know that the Canadian series is very overlooked and has little industry support compared to that of the states, yet somehow, we still make it work. There’s so many great stories and great riders in Canadian Motocross and I think it’s time that someone shows the real story of it and bring some coverage to the Canadian Nationals.
It’s going to be a documentary-style series, and that’s the first challenge. I have never filmed or produced anything like what this series will be. The plan is to have an episode from each round I’m filming at, and depending on how much footage I can get, each episode will likely be anywhere between 12-20 minutes. So far I plan to be filming at Gopher Dunes, Sand Del Lee and Walton; but depending on my race plans in the summer I might do Deschambault and see if I can hitch a ride with someone to Moncton as well.
I had been flip-flopping on whether or not I was going to film it this year, but finally last week I decided to pull the trigger and start figuring out the details. I came up with the name “The Forgotten Series” which I think perfectly sums up the Canadian Nationals. It will definitely be a learning experience; but as long as I can make it look as good as it does in my head, it should bring some really cool and unique videos.
What kind of riders, mechanics, media people are you looking to get the true story of Canadian motocross from?
I have few guys lined up already, really the series is going to follow a few riders/teams and their lives on race day, training days, etc. I am basically looking for a privateer and a factory rider in each class to follow around for the main story line. I have been talking to RJ and Rob Roy and will definitely filming lots with them. I’ve also been in contact with Michael Dasilva and he’s also very interested in it. Now I just have to man up and talk to a few factory guys to see if they’d be interested and hopefully work with some near-top pros. Depending on what Cole Thompson’s scheduling is, I might do some work with him, too.
Are you looking for any help, or support to help out with the progress of your series?
Right now it’s just me, completely funded, filmed and produced by me. Hopefully I can get some supporters, or at least a large enough audience to make this thing really take off. I will likely need a couple people to help me out filming on race day so if anyone’s interested that will be there anyway, let me know. I’d also like to find some industry support that could help with publicizing the video to get those views, as well as any that could help out on the financial end.
Any last comments?
I’m really feeling “The Forgotten Series | Presented by MXM Nation”. Hows that sound? Haha.
Give a shout out to your supporters and sponsors?
AEX Racing, Rynotech, One Industries, Gaerne, Split Designs and Dragon Goggles