Omar Massiah: The Man Behind 'Vice II'
We had the opportunity to interview the creator of 'Vice II' Omar Massiah. The film, shot and edited by Massiah, features some of the brightest talents in Florida, from the likes of Zion and Jax Effs, part of the up and coming 'next generation' to seasoned pro's like Jamie Foy and Zion Wright. We talked influences, filming processes and life advice. He was a pleasure to talk to & the film is well worth watching.
What got you into making skate films? I presume you skate yourself?
As a kid, making a montage with a group of friends was a big trend. I remember for some time seeing so many videos with the same song lol. I enjoy the editing part of making a video and I skate myself so it came hand in hand.
What’s the feeling like behind the camera when you know you’ve captured something great?
It all depends on the persons reaction after they get the clip. For the most part, always hyped to share the moment and sharing the angle with the person I filmed.
How would you describe the nuances of films like yours in comparison to some bigger budget but perhaps less authentic films?
I think no matter what the budget size of each film is, we are all here with the same objective and driven purpose to finish parts and films for the people to see. More budget can mean maybe more effects, traveling, or people, but I think just enjoying the process and if you get out what you want to share to an audience that’s all that matters. After that it’s more of an opinion, to each it’s own.
Is the authenticity a theme that was purposely focused on or is it pure coincidence?
There was no exact theme for the video. I knew who would be involved because we are all a very close group of friends, we're together a lot so we are always acting ourselves around each other. Luckily it just came together smoothly.
I think a lot of people would be interested to know what the filming process was like. Was there much direction, planning, attention to detail etc or was there more of an emphasis on capturing the moment?
With our schedules we met a lot more on weekends because during the week we may work or a lot of these skate spots are open down here in Florida. There was a good routine of practicing where they wanted to get a clip at maybe a park, and taking it to the spot that next weekend or even day. A lot of these clips we probably had to go back for, maybe even more than 3-5 times. We get kicked out a lot, rained out, hurt. A lot can happen while filming you just have to work around.
The choice of music seemed to fit each part of the film perfectly and really blended it all together very well, was that intentional?
My first objective with the video was to make sure whoever’s part I’m working on they liked how it came out 100%. I also wanted to pick music that was for an larger audience so it didn’t seem like it had one image. Making it more diverse, if that makes sense. I just wanted it to have a taste for everyone in some way and to show some parts of the video that we are from Florida. Thats why, for example, I chose the Kodak Black song Super Gremlin.
If you could give one piece of advice to our readers, aspiring filmmakers or the wider skating community in general what would it be?
I would say make sure you are always having fun with the people you are working on your projects with because you always win at the end, no matter what. Compared to what I’ve done in the past it was different but you’re always getting better so don’t ever look at one project as your last. Everyone can get better with practice and I’m glad to have done this with my friends.
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