Garrett Reynolds and the Deadline video
Deadline finally reached
While still living at home in Toms River, N.J. X Games BMX Street gold medalist Garrett Reynolds, along with a crew that included Ty Morrow, Steve-O Croteau, Augie Simoncini, Colin Varanyak, JJ Palmere and Kevin Kiraly, started working on a DVD project dubbed "Deadline." That was over five years ago. This past weekend, Reynolds and the Deadline crew finally premiered the long-awaited Deadline video. "its been all over the place," says Reynolds. "Weve been filming since I bought a VX, which was in 2008, I think?"
"Last fall's premiere date, that was just totally a wash. We had a bunch of footage and thought we could just mix it up real quick, but obviously we can't do that because you just burn yourself out on riding when youre trying to go out filming everyday. And it's impossible in San Diego -- you gotta wait for the weekends," says Reynolds.
In the final weeks of May, the Deadline crew scrambled for last minute clips. "Everyone had a few things they wanted to get filmed, and once that was done, there were one or two San Diego things JJ and I wanted to get. It was less than 10 clips away from being done. Those clips weren't needed, they were wanted," says Reynolds.
"It's almost like we've filmed two videos. Like, Ty Morrow's footage is all newer stuff; some of us almost had a full part but there were some old scrappy clips thrown in there just to fill up a song. So it just didn't look right back then," says Garrett.
"I think the biggest challenge is the fact that you have to hold footage for a long time when youre making a full-length DVD. BMX is evolving so quickly. It's just a lot easier when you put out your stuff real quick and you don't have to hold it. If you go to a pretty famous spot that a lot of people are hitting, it's pretty likely that you're going to lose tricks when other people are coming through regularly," says Garrett.
Getting it done
"There's been multiple times that I thought we were finished up. It is weird that it's really happening," says Reynolds.
Of course, the Deadline video has not been the only video project Garrett has worked on in the past several years. He's remained steadily busy with his bike brand Fiend, team trips with Nike (seen here) and winning six X Games gold medals in recent years. Top that off with riding, and it's safe to say Garrett Reynolds is one of the most productive BMX riders on the planet.
The Deadline video premiered in Los Angeles on Friday, June 14. Here, Reynolds, pictured with Nike teammate Dennis Enarson, takes a moment to celebrate the culmination of five years spent on the video. DVDs should be available in July.