Lannie Rhoades is the Video Production Coordinator and Videographer for Black Box Distribution. But don't let the fancy job title fool you, this man is traveling the world putting blood, sweat and tears into his work, to bring you the latest and greatest footage from your favorite pros.
We caught up with Lannie to learn of his experience behind the lens for Fallen's "Road Less Traveled" and Zero "Cold War", what life is like in a skate house and to figure out what makes Lannie more than "just some dude".
This is The Lannie Rhoades Interview
Where did you grow up? What was the skate scene like?
Oceanside, California. We had a bitchin’ skate scene growing up. Skatepark less a block away from the beach, couldn’t ask for a cooler situation. If we got bored at the park, we’d try to go find some spots and get weird.
What was your first introduction to film? Did you have a mentor?
Anthony Schultz and I would just film each other.. He was obviously much better, so I would end up filming him way more. Then I broke my ankle or something and just pretty much only filmed, bought my own camera and started pretending I knew what I was doing. My buddy Nate Kapinanski was filming a bunch at the time and just gave me the basic rundown on film and shit. Thanks Nate.
Are you influenced by films made outside of skateboarding? If so, which ones?
Not anything specifically. I’m more influenced by people I would say. My friends, music and comedy.. I come up with my best ideas when I’m partying or hungover.
Do you still live in a skatehouse? With who? What's it like living there?
I’ve always lived in skatehouses with tons of people. I don’t want to grow up and I try to surround myself with people that feel the same. I live with Pete Eldridge and Tony Cervantes officially. Unofficially there’s about 6 people freeloading at any given time, they rotate. It’s a never ending good time.
Click the photo to watch the trailer | #ColdWarIsHere
"I broke my ankle or something and just pretty much only filmed, bought my own camera and started pretending I knew what I was doing."
When's the last time you cut your hair?
The last time I got lice. A long time ago.
What were some of the first tricks you got for Cold War?
Probably with Jamie or Dane when I was Team Managing for a clothing company from Australia called Insight that they were both riding for..
Do you have a favorite Zero video? Has the answer changed over time?
I like them all. Zero was easily my favorite company growing up so I’m biased. But if I had to choose it would be Dying To Live just cause that was my favorite era of skateboarding.
What are some of your other favorite skate videos?
I like everything! But I always loved Foundation’s Art Bars and Nervous Breakdown. Shimizu and Justin Roy! The old Emerica videos were the shit, Stay Gold, Jon Miner rules. Baker 2g had a huge influence on me. Anything that is more skateboarding based and raw. Oh ya, I’ve always liked that one Girl Tour Video “Harsh Euro Barge,” it always stands out in my head.
"I’ve always lived in skatehouses with tons of people. I don’t want to grow up and I try to surround myself with people that feel the same."
What was your LEAST favorite destination for Road Less Traveled and why?
I only got to go on two trips for that project and both trips were absolutely amazing. I don’t think there was a least favorite destination for anyone who was apart of it. Traveling to skateboard for work doesn’t create too many complaints.
Do you have a favorite spot from Road Less Traveled?
Thailand. Thanks to Oat and Levi I was buzzed and smiling the whole trip. People are super welcoming, spots were amazing and beer was cheap. Perfect combination for a blast!
When did you start filming Cold War? What were some of the first tricks you got?
I plead the fifth? I don’t have a very good memory, haha.. The first trick I can remember filming that actually made it in the video was Dane fs boarding a double kinker in New Mexico on a trip we went on with Daniel Lutheran.
What is your favorite part in Cold War?
I like every part in the video in all honesty. I don’t think there is even a right answer for that question. Everyone on the team brings a different, radical element to the video and team. If you had a gun to my head and I had to choose one, Tommy.
Who worked the hardest for the video?
Everyone on Zero has such a heavy work ethic and drive, it’s inspiring how damn hard those guys work. No one person worked harder than the other in my opinion.
We heard you were calling a feeble on that SD handrail for Cold War but you never came through. What happened?
Haha, damnit. Na, I’ve feebled that rail a bunch of times. I wanted to skate this rail that I found a while back and have been looking out for years. I went out there with Burnett, Brockman and Tony and I completely bitched out. Plain and simple gooned in front of my favorite skaters. haha
Click the photo to watch Zero Skateboards "Dying To Live"
"Zero was easily my favorite company growing up so I’m biased. But if I had to choose it would be Dying To Live just cause that was my favorite era of skateboarding."
What's the ratio of digital/hard copy dvds of Cold War sold so far?
I don’t know any of the numbers, but from what I hear it’s doing good.
Who is your favorite past Zero rider and why?
Matt Mumford. Been one of my favorites as a kid, love his skating past and present and he is one of the coolest dudes around. I was so stoked when I got go on a trip with him way back when. We went out to a bar in some shitty town we were passing through, and we ended up getting wasted and broing down. I fanned out on him all hard and he said “I thought you were too young to even know who the hell I was.” It was cool. Big fan.
Do you have a favorite skate videographer?
I’ve got a bunch. But Jason Hernandez is my all around favorite and I wouldn’t know half the shit I know today without working with him on an Adio video for a couple years. Jason single handedly introduced me to the HD world and workflow of all that step by step. I always wonder what I’d be doing if I never met that dude.. He’s the best. I’m pretty sure he’s everyone’s favorite.
What is your favorite Social Media outlet?
Instagram probably. Get to keep in contact with all your bros sprinkled around the globe. Im a social media whore these days somehow.
Lannie Rhoades & Mike Gilbert
"Everyone on Zero has such a heavy work ethic and drive, it’s inspiring how damn hard those guys work."
You send Jamie Thomas a pic on Snapchat. What is that picture of?
I don’t think Jamie has a snapchat, but if he did I would send him the same thing I send everyone! Beers and hi jinx, he’d probably block me eventually, haha! Jamie’s the shit.
What’s your poison?
Booze. Partying. Women. I need a liver transplant, donations are accepted.
What's your stance on VX versus HD?
I don’t even care. People get so worked up about it. But obviously the HD workflow is much more convenient and practical.
Do you film much during the week or are missions weekends only?
I film whenever the hell anyone wants to skate. Let’s do this!
"Booze. Partying. Women. I need a liver transplant, donations are accepted."
What is the farthest you’ve ever traveled for one trick?
For a single planned out trick, S.F. Windsor James and I once drove to Stanford Hubba for a trick. He tried it until he couldn’t walk anymore and we drove home. He’s a badass.
When a rider in the SoCal area needs an ender-ender, what spot do you take them to?
Hopefully a spot that’s never been skated before. But usually we end up at Rincon, haha.
Most epic filming mission?
I wasn’t there, but Dane’s last trick grind. I felt like I was there. Ant Travis was sending Mike Gilbert and I updates and Snapchats and shit.. I was supposed to go, but I felt like it made more sense for Ant to go since he was from Philly and had a real close working relationship with Dane. They flew there just for the one trick, it was the second time Dane had flown there to try it, he had a rolled front ankle, there was a outdoor seminar happening at the spot, and he must have stuck 30 before rolling away. Heaviest trick ever.
What lies ahead for Lannie Rhoades in 2014?
Smiling, partying and skating of course. Well I hope. Gonna do a couple Real Streets, start on a Mystery video and work on some Zero stuff we’ve been talking about. Take it all one day at a time with a smile on my face.