Bombastik worldwide 2022
Since its release on the market as one of the first accessible, consumer-type video camera in the prehistoric times of 1995, the Sony DCR-VX-1000 (strong of the then-novel Mini-DV and 3CCD digital technology, combined together for the first time) has left its own mark on folk art and general audiovisual history; especially when finally paired up with the perfect « death » lens issued by Century Optics soon after, cementing a cult following in niche fields such as pornography and, also, skateboarding filmmaking. Reverence of a type so strong, the camera eventually escaped the common logic that is using up-to-date, mostly practical technology and literally became iconic, to the point where to this day many enthusiasts will search for spare replacement parts all around the world (the model being long discontinued and its successors never as well-received), learn how to mod if not rebuild one, invest in personal MK1 fish-eye lens re-runs (!) and, sometimes, even use it to film — in between two fights against the faulty ribbon cable or temperamental tape deck.
This arguably desperate timeless appreciation for a commercially dying medium is one more of those cosmic forces that is bound to bring likeminded ones together eventually, and thus so was the case here with Patricio Valdes and Pepa Kostal joining energies, lower back pains and artistic visions that « proves that the merging of Chilean and Czech forces was the right choice. The result is a follow-up to our former project from last year: ‘Bombastik worldwide 2022’. The process for this new one started right away after the Vladimir X Pula premiere and involved filming in numerous cities: Prague, Malmö, Copenhagen, Turin, Rome, Budapest, N.Y.C. and Philadelphia, up until August this year. This independent production is a tribute to the VX cult, as well as an homage to the original Bombastik crew in Chile, out of which Claudio Donoso traveled overseas to come film, and it depicts skateboarding in its raw form.
The message of the crew is the same: to spread the love for the Sony VX.