The Grand Finale…

This week is the 16th and final blog post of the year. Blogging for the past few months has really changed my outlook on my day to day activities because I now do everything for the sake of getting good content for the blog.  I want to thank each and every person who has been reading the blog all along.

This final week of blogging has been a really exciting one. With the school year winding down and summer on the way, I have been really busy. From shooting a concert to getting a new camera to working on a music video, this week was crazy. Keep reading to find out all about it.

On Wednesday I shot another concert for a rapper named Al-X The Great at Velvet Jones. Alex is a 19 year old rapper that goes to UCSB who I have been shooting with for quite some time now. I always like shooting concerts because I get to hang out with really interesting people and be on stage during the concerts. I also really like shooting concerts because it makes for sick videos. Capturing an artist performing live on video and the crowd going crazy always makes for a great edit.

Another awesome aspect of shooting concerts is that you discover new music. One of the bands that played called “Just Another Crew” put on an amazing show and had great music. I really liked their music because it was really groovy and soulful.

Overall it was a really good concert and everyone that played put on a great show.

The video recap of the show will be up on my youtube this Friday night, so stay posted.

Another highlight of my week was getting a new 4K Cinema Camera. This is something I have really been looking forward to for quite some time because it will take my videos to the next level. Now that I have my new camera I have lots of projects coming up like a documentary, a music video and much more.

Although the blog is coming to an end, there are still lots of goods things to come. Make sure to keep watching all my videos on my youtube channel @KaiWilkinson and as always thanks for reading the blog.

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MAXO, MAXO, MAXO, KREAM

This past week was one for the books. I was fortunate enough to get to film the Maxo Kream concert and hang out backstage with all of the rappers in the show. I was able to do this because I am a filmer for a rapper called Al-X The Great and I was part of his media team for the show. This was really awesome because I was able to film on stage during the show. Check out the video recap below.

Before the show started I got to hang out in the backstage of Velvet Jones with all of the performers. This was really sick because I got to here some  good stories and get b-roll for my video. All of them were really chill and I had a really good time hanging out with them.

Once the show started I got to go on stage and film Alex who was opening for Maxo Kream. This was something I had never done before , so it was really cool. The crowd was all hyped up, and when I would point the camera at them they would go wild.  Also, the light show on stage made the video look sick.

After Alex performed I filmed Quez and Monte. These guys were going absolutely ham on stage. They put on a crazy show with stage diving and all.

Finally, when Maxo wen’t on a lot more people showed up and the crowd wen’t insane. He put on a crazy show.

Overall I had an amazing time and will definitely do that again in the future. I got to meet the manager of all of the rappers and he wants me to shoot future concerts which I am really looking forward to doing.

I never thought for a second that I would be shooting rap concerts on stage. It was such an amazing experience that I will probably never forget.

I am looking forward to doing this again in the future.

 

The following Sunday I went down to my grandparents house to visit  them for mothers day. This was nice because I got to visit my great grandma who is 97.

Stay posted for next weeks blog.

Shooting an M6 and a C63 AMG

This week I finally got back to shooting cars. Of late I have not been shooting cars and have been mainly focusing on a documentary I am working on. I also have been really busy with tennis and studying for finals, so it felt nice to to shoot cars again.

On Saturday I shot with a BMW M6 (one of my all time favorite cars) and a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. The M6 is the fastest car I have ever shot coming in at a whopping 763 horsepower. The owner spent 7 grand on a matte orange wrap and has also put a lot of money into mods such as a catback exhaust system. This is barely faster than the Dodge Charger Hellcat I shot which was around 725 horsepower.  I could never choose between the two cars because they are both so bad ass. The C63 AMG I shot wasn’t quite as fast, but it was still really sick. The owner did a custom cream grey and black wrap and he also equipped it with a carbon wing, carbon accents, and a custom exhaust.

We shot at a parking garage downtown, which turned out to be a great location because the background looked sick.

Both of the owners go to SBCC and are exchange students from China.  The fact that these guys were only a few years older than me and had such sick cars, motivated me to work harder.

I was really pleased on how the edit came out, here it is….

 

This week I also played tennis for the first time in a few weeks. Our tennis team has had the past couple weeks off prior to our first round CIF playoff match. This has been nice because it allows me to rest my injured shoulder. This season has been really hard for me being that I have been battling a shoulder injury the whole time.  I am very competitive and love competing, so it was really hard to sit out most of the season due to my injury. All I can do now is put in work to get my shoulder healthier and stronger for next season.

Thanks for reading this weeks blog post. Be sure to come back next week for more content.

Making A Documentary

This past week was an eventful one. All of my family was in town and I made a trailer for a documentary I am working on.

On Saturday all of my family got together at Padaro Beach Grill for lunch. It was nice to see family members I hadn’t seen in a while. It was especially nice to see my little cousins who live in Costa Rica, who I used to skateboard with when they lived in America. When they lived here, they had a skatepark at their house and I would come and skate with them pretty often.

Here is one of my youngest cousins Dexton.

My cousin Dexton is the happiest little kid I have ever seen in my life. He is always smiling and never cry’s or complains.

Dexton’s older brothers are the ones who I used to skateboard with, and they are reckless. They are always fighting but are very well mannered. Also, they are really good skaters and just started surfing.

The next day, on Sunday, I began to edit the trailer for a documentary I am working on called “Suntribe”. The documentary is for my dads sunscreen company called “Avasol”. The documentary is a story about people and the sun. I am working with Producers and Filmmakers to make the documentary. The documentary is starring many of the embassadors for my dads company who are mainly watermen.

I am really excited to work on the documentary, and am looking forward to sharing it.

 

Later on in the week I went to physical therapy for my shoulder. This usually tends to be my favorite part of the week because it relieves my shoulder pain quite a bit. Ever since I hurt my shoulder a few months ago playing tennis, I have been getting physical therapy treatment which has helped it significantly. This week my physical therapy was great because I got to do cryotherapy. Cryotherapy is a chamber with liquid nitrogen in it that you get in and the temperature get as low as  -200 degrees. It is really good for reducing inflammation. This felt really good and helped my injury quite a bit.

 

Thanks for reading. Stay posted for next weeks blog.