PREMIERE / Film Trucks "Colorway" / Thomas Guérin / INTERVIEW

Just a couple of months after the release of "Nouvelle Vague", fifteen minutes of video collected and assembled by Guillaume Colucci for ex-Cliché Skateboards founder (the whole story hereJérémie Daclin's brand: Film Trucks, today, said firm is dropping "Colorway": a montage by Thomas Guérin. The most hardcore (or Grenoble-based) of our readership might remember his name, as LIVE has put it out before via his audiovisual contributions to the reports of last summer's Thursday Sessions.

As its title rightfully suggests, "Colorway" is also announcing the release of three new colorways of Film trucks on the market, each of them attributed to a French up-and-comer: namely, it's Arno WagnerFred Plocque-Santos and Victor Campillo who happen to be on the receiving end of that skate Power Rangers treatment. And right now, as telephone switchboards all over the world are imploding from the mass reaction to these news and the most in-the-know skateshops are already reporting being low on stock, LIVE is keeping you distracted from the chaos via this interview with the aforementioned Thomas Guérin: the man behind this new edit, who turned out to be more than ready to recount his recent rise to absolute success - with a symphony of metal grinding and bushings squeaking punctuating his words to the beat of his hands rubbing together in satisfaction.


LIVE Skateboard Media: Yo Thomas! May you please introduce yourself to our readers and tell us your background, both in skating and video making? LIVE already worked with you last summer as you were documenting the Vans Thursday Sessions for ABS Grenoble, but how long have you been filming for altogether really?

Thomas Guérin: Yo Aymeric! Name is Thomas, I'm twenty-eight, I've been living in Grenoble, France for five years and originally come from a small village thirty minutes outside of the city of Nancy.

My parents bought me a skateboard for Christmas back in 2000; at the time, I didn't have the Internet nor access to skate magazines, so all I could do was cruise and (mongo...) push around my village.

"We started using my father's little digicam
to make Movie Maker edits to Mobb Deep

My older brother quickly followed through and took up skating too, and then we met this guy from our village who also skated. Just seeing him do flatground ollies or backside nollies really made something click in me; it looked incredible and we really wanted to do the same!

The first video that really hit me was éS "Menikmati"; we got the DVD as it was distributed with an issue of Tricks Skate Mag, to then quickly end up on loop on my parents' TV.

The idea of filming and making our own videos quickly blossomed, and we started using my father's little digicam, to make Movie Maker edits to Mobb Deep!

"Finally I had a real camera - the same one as the Rios Crew!"

Some time later, my parents bought a little HD camcorder for the family to use, on which I figured out how to mount an Opteka fish-eye lens.

What's funny is, back then, I wasn't even too fond of the popular skate videos of the time period - at least, not the ones I was exposed to which were, for the most part, productions by the "big name" US companies.

That's around the time when I found out about videos such as "Panic in Gotham", "Static III", "Make Friends with the Color Blue", "In Search of the Miraculous", "Eleventh Hour", and then it just blew my mind - spot selection, and consideration for aesthetics were concepts that would resonate with me a lot more than just dudes jumping down stairs, or onto crazy handrails.

"I then spent entire days on
the Skateperception message boards"

Around 2011, I moved to Metz; that's essentially when I got my own flat, which was a revolution for me; I could finally go out and skate spots or parks whenever I wanted. That's also when I first met my friend Dimoule, who was a VX-1000 filmer then still working on the independent video: "No Fun". I was on it: we'd skate every day, film around the city... Just a blast!

Stayed in Metz three years, then I moved to Grenoble in 2014, where I started making a little series of web clips: "Trente-huit mille" [editor's note - the local postal code]. I ended up really loving the energy and diversity of the Grenoble scene, notably thanks to Arno Wagner who quickly became a great friend, and that's when I thought a real camera to document all that local effervescence could come in handy. Eventually, I bought Jimmy Cholley's old XM-2, after skating with him a handful of times somewhere in the North East of the country. I was freaking out: finally I had a real camera - the same one as the Rios Crew

I then spent entire days on the Skateperception message boards in order to learn how to set up the camera, the sound, etc...

When Fred Demard opened ABS Skateshop in Grenoble back in 2017, Arno directly got on the team, quickly followed by Gaëtan Ducellier. Arno and I would mostly film at night, therefore I found myself a VX-2100 on eBay and subsequently, we started going on holiday skate trips. We'd usually go just the two of us and we'd take turns filming, literally passing the camera back and forth every five tries. Great times and we actually endured some true missions there!

"The thought of touring in the former Cliché van for a week felt incredible"

After a while, Fred suggested that I could skate for ABS, and that the video we had been working on could become an ABS video, which eventually came out last year under the name: "ABS Trente-huit mille".

LSM: How did Jérémie Daclin get in touch with you to involve you into the makings of this clip to accompany a drop of new Film Trucks colorways? Was it your first time editing a video for a company?

Thomas: I think originally, Jérémie would have asked Guillaume Colucci, but he had just gotten out of a surgery and therefore was unavailable to film.

Arno, who skates for Film Trucks, was considering suggesting to Jérémie that I could make the video but apparently, Jérémie called first... Or so says Arno!

I had never met Jérémie personally at that point, although I had been asked to edit his montage of slappies in the USA with Fred Demard and Ben Gonsolin before, but I think he just knew I had, and used, a VX.

"I chose to use footage from
a 1946 documentary
on physical optics and
was way into it

Honestly, at first I was freaking out a little, as it was the first time a company was involving me in such a project but at the same time, the thought of touring in the former Cliché van for a week felt incredible, so I took a few days off work and accepted the offer, first thing!

LSM: Would you like to narrate to us what the working process was like on that project, and what you might have learned from this experience working with Jérémie? Did he have an influence on the editing, the music, the camera you used perhaps? On which accounts would you say he trusted you?

Thomas: The original idea for this video was to film a promotional clip to accompany the drop of Arno Wagner, Fred Plocque-Santos and Victor Campillo's new colorways of Film trucks.

At first, Arno and I meant to depart from Lyon to catch up with Fred [Plocque-Santos], film there for a day and then move further down South to try and synchronize with Victor, who was just coming back from another trip.

Plans that were quickly jeopardized by the weather conditions, though - the whole Marseille and Nice region was suddenly supposed to get rain for the entire week. We almost cancelled the trip!

In the end, we really just dodged the rain drops: we spent the first day in Avignon as it was the only city that wasn't getting any rain, and then Nîmes, Narbonne and then back to Lyon.

Unfortunately, Victor couldn't tag along, so he just sent me a clip for the edit.

"I could sync up
the experimental physics
footage with music
involving old synths

At one point, Jérémie forwarded me some videos he had found on YouTube for me to try and incorporate into the editing, in a way that would be reminscent of "Nouvelle Vague", the previous Film video that came out earlier this year. His selection, though, didn't match what I was envisioning for the vibe of the video at all, although I did like the basic idea he was going for of highlighting certain colors, so I suggested we should reflect on that concept.

I've studied mechanical engineering and always been into sciences, most notably physics, so I chose to use footage from a 1946 documentary on physical optics and was way into it!

I had green lights for the soundtrack, so I could sync up the old, experimental physics footage with music involving old synths.

Generally, I'd say he trusted me: I could do my thing how I wanted to do it, and am pleased with the results!

"Honestly, once back home
I was really yearning to skate too

LSM: One particular filming anecdote, perhaps?

Thomas: I'm used to filming with my friends - which means, everbody skates and everybody films so in the end, you know the people you film. So here, the situation was different, especially since I pretty much didn't skate on the whole trip, as to be focused on filming; because of that, I think I've put extra thought into composition, light and various other aspects I normally consider a bit less.

After we arrived in Nîmes, the sight of all those marble ledges blew my mind and I was so stoked to film Arno and Fred who just love those spots, but honestly, once back home I was really yearning to skate too!

I was also new to the whole intrusive aspect of filming somebody you don't really know at first - especially off the board. But in the end, it all worked out because Fred and I got along super quick, dude is great!

LSM: More projects you're working on that you'd like to warn us about? Do you film a lot, locally? Any shout outs and last words for now?

Thomas: My friend Arno just set up his board company: Album. For now it's just a homies' thing, we just try to get out of the house and go film and have fun times!

We already dropped one clip last year, of a trip to Valencia and another one is actually scheduled to drop sometime in the following months.

Thanks Jérémie for trusting me and the opportunity of working on this project.

Thanks Guillaume Colucci for hosting us although we probably overstayed our welcome, Fred Demard for the support and owning the best skateshop on Earth, Arno for everything, you're the best!

Shout outs to all the Grenoble, Metz and Nancy homies, plus all the others!

Last but not least, thanks Live Skateboard Media for this opportunity!

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