What's the PDGA World Champion throwing?
February 24, 2017 by Steve Hill in Gear, Video with 1 comments
Joe Hite, the producer and videographer behind Hellfish, said the video took a couple days to shoot spread out over two weeks in Phoenix, where the pair were both spending their offseason. He said Wysocki was incredibly focused on getting each part right, and that, in total, it took roughly 30 hours of production and editing time.
“I just saw all the love that [Paul] McBeth was getting from media, and I thought Ricky could use a little love,” Hite said. “I wanted to make it good.”
Filmed at the iconic Fountain Hills Disc Golf Course, the video combines up-close footage of Wysocki explaining how he uses each disc, as well as some insights into his grip and putting style. Drone footage of flight lines — Hite used Particular in After Effects, he said, to change the colors on the lines when the disc was slowing down — cap off the production.
“We have known each other for a while now and I asked him to just trust me,” Hite said. “I’ve always prided myself on trying to produce the best content I can. He’s seen what I’ve done for Huk Lab, SpinTV and Smashboxx. I think my previous projects have helped earn me his trust to do something original and good. Hopefully that’s what I accomplished here.”
Though they already had a relationship coming into the production, Hite still walked away from the process learning something new about the man known as “Sockibomb.”
“He sucks at spinning a disc on his finger,” Hite said. “I always figured that was a given as a disc golfer… Not with Rick. That, and he never made me wait. Showed up to everything early or on time…I think meeting the media in the middle goes a long way.”
For more of Hite’s work, be sure to check out his Vimeo page here.