Jan 24, 2012
Surfmatter Contest Result...Sort Of
I don't know where to fall on judging the entries to this contest challenge. There are some good ones! And with a free T-shirt hanging the balance, that adds to the pressure.
Culturally, it's too late for me to hide behind any "I'm the decider" jokes. :(
I'm leaning towards Matt23's reply, with the idea of the bottom of the mat being a primitive blue screen. Then again, Mat Max was really in the groove when he speculated that George was signaling "bottoms up" to the crew on the beach. And Piskian, with his brevity, showed classic Brit-Wit.
And I can't decide of Grayman is brilliant or in need of some kind of therapy.
Anyway, what do you guys think? (And you can't vote for yourself!)
One option: How about we call it a draw, and 4GF donates double the cost of a T-shirt ($20 x 2 = $40) to Surf Sister? She busted her leg after the contest was announced...so that might be cool.
Daniel: i would have to say it's the end of the shoot and he can't wait to dump that cam and get away alive from that guy on the surfboard that keeps ditching it at him. he doesnt care what side is up he wants to go in and go ride somewhere else with paul up or down the coast like after this film shoot.
Piskian: Blue movie? And he was shy of displaying his valve?
Pranaglider: Certain "movie magic" involving post production techniques only know to the Marx brothers turn that footage into the intro for the original "Hawaii 5 oh" that we all know and love. Regarding riding the mat stripes down, a sudden oil slick produced by the hair products the male star was using so contaminated the local waters that fishing was ruined for years. George's mat took a direct hit due to his close proximity. The deck was covered. George flipped the mat over for the ride to shore attempting to prevent further transfer to his wetsuit. P.S. as it turned out both the wetsuit and his mat were completely ruined and had to be written off. Sadly the film company didn't reimburse George for the wetsuit or the mat causing George and friends to look into making mats for themselves. Yes nasty Hollywood hair products are directly responsible for the surfmats we ride today. True story.
KP: The Striped pattern on the Hogmans bottom is a shark repellant GG was way ahead of his time on this subject and was a setting duck with that camara gear at a well known shark hangout. First guess , The light on the dark bottom didn't reflect the light from the morning sun, second guess. I would keep going but I have to go to work, when I just typed that, have to go to work I thought of Manard G. Crebs one GG's hero's.
KA: Converse/Hodgman pulled the plug on George's three figure mat riding endorsement deal, so in protest, he flipped his mat over to make it look like he wasn't riding a Hodgman anymore?
Grayman: These days he needs to clad himself in rubber and rub up against moist bottom to shoot?
Mark: 1. we all now how actors like bright and shiny things and Mr. Greenough's mat being the brightest thing out there, he opted not to distract the "talent". 2. He was tired of getting smacked by the valve, dodging the "talent" and carrying the extra weight of the camera.
Mat Max: George was getting thirsty and signaled "bottoms up" to crew on the beach in order to have a beverage waiting there for him.
Matt23: Halfway through shooting Bruce O'Dube (scriptwriter) the guy in the shirt with a buterfly on the elbow changed the plot! George would play an intergalactic FBI agent hot on the trail of the main evil character. Later FX were added to show Georges camera as a high powered laser cannon. The main reason for the mat flip was to help aid an early version of 'blue screen'. Unfortunatley the film never saw public release as Carrington Sheen (Charlies grand father!) bought the rights and kept in under lock and key!
Surfempty: He'd become distracted by some excellent flange?
Mat Max: ...Well you see, George was getting fed up with Hollywood and California and the US is general, right? So, as a symbolic gesture of protest (it was the late sixties Vietnam era), he flipped his mat upside down to voice his opinion that he longed to go back "down under" in Australia...