News__ COREY ADAMS
Most young boys dream of having a career like Corey Adams. The ability to combine skateboarding, directing and writing into a profession must conjure up the same warm feelings you get when school is closed due to snow. But Corey Adams' life wasn't all snow days and recess, it was hard work, followed by more hard work and, on the good days, credible winks of recognition in between the labor.
Corey dropped out of film school and made his way into the industry. Corey landed a job at FX Make Up Studios as a janitor and soon worked his way up to doing SFX techniques for films like "Freddy vs. Jason" and "Scary Movie." During this time, Corey kept his own creative practice thriving with projects like "Of Wolf & Limb" (co-piloted by director/writer Alex Craig) and the long-running series, Swampdonkey. Corey broke into the spotlight when he and Alex's first full-length film, Harvey Spannos, won the Fuel TV Entertainment contest for sports action earning them $1 million budget for the follow-up. The big-budget masterpiece, Machotaildrop premieres tonight in New York. (Cue the winks.)
Capturing the same mystical world as "Harvey Spannos," where skateboarding is the highest form of sport, Blair Stanley (Rick McCrank) is God and dreams come true on the ramp. "Machotaildrop" follows the story of Walter Rhum (Anthony Amedi), a 17-year-old skateboarder whose life transforms when he is asked to ride for the highly prestigious skateboard company, Machotaildrop. Paralleling the dynamic relationship between sponsor and athlete through the lens of fantasy, "Machotaildrop" is a story about youth and adventure.
We caught up with Corey to ask him some questions about skateboarding, his latest projects and his dream film.
How was Paris? What have you been working on these days?
[Paris] was fantastic and will forever be in my heart. I have been shooting some ads lately for a shoe company called "Native" and working on getting another feature going.
What is it that you see as the most important aspect of skateboard culture?
Style in the way you ride the board.
How did skateboarding change your life?
It introduced me to booze and drugs. Also made me appreciate the value of a parking block or a curb cut like most humans would never understand. Ultimately it led me to making this film which changed my life completely.
What is the thing you love most about creating with film?
It encompasses all the art forms and puts them in one place.
How does your creative process compare when working on projects like the Bangmaster Series or full length feature films?
The Bangmaster series involves working with many lunatics and drinking a lot of beer with no idea what you are going to shoot next. It's very much improvised. Where as for a feature you still have some lunatics but they are getting paid so they seem to be a bit tamer and you actually have a pretty good plan of attack.
Have you ever considered writing a skateboard film about female skateboarders?
No I haven't. Hopefully I won't have to make another film about skateboarding. But if I did, then I might make it about the ladies.
Tell me about how you came up with the idea for Machotaildrop.
I spent a week in the woods with two friends. We went to the town where the first Rambo movie was filmed and camped out. We stretched an extension cord from a near by cabin and set up a TV in the trees and hung some inspirational paintings. There we conjured up the ideas that were to become the film.
What was it like shooting on a bigger budget? Did you feel more or less artistically satisfied with the extra cash on hand?
I think a bit of both. There is a certain freedom that comes from having no budget that you lose when things are more structured. But it is great to have a budget to come up with some bigger ideas also. There is something great about having a ridiculous idea and a team of people to make it a reality. But I am happy working on both sides of the dollar.
When watching the preview for Machotaildrop, I really liked how fantastical the skateboard camp is. Is the knightly aspect of it followed from Blair Stanley' character in Harvey Spannos? What is this theme about?
Blair's character is continued on in Machotaildrop only he is getting a bit older and weaker. For me there is many themes in the film. The exploitation of sub cultures and holding on to your youth are two of the main ones.
Can you elaborate?
Well I think everyone is afraid of aging. Or if they are not afraid of it then they still probably don't want it to happen to soon. Especially being a skateboarder you get to a point where your body just starts to fall apart. So if your making a living off this then the last thing you want is to get older. As far as the exploitation of sub cultures goes I don't really think it's that important. All sub cultures will eventually get exploited and I don't think there is anything that can be done about it. Just be happy that someone is getting paid I guess and next time you're at the mall buy yourself whatever the latest and greatest thing is.
How do you feel now that the film is done? What's next for you?
Just trying to get another film going. Also keep pushing Machotaildrop out to the people.
If you could shoot anywhere, with anyone in the world. Where, who and why?
Romania, Willem Dafoe, and locations, people, mood.
Machotaildrop premieres tonight in TriBeca Cinemas, Boundless NY. Check here for more information.