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Skateboarding DVD Video Review:Alien Workshop's Photosynthesis

Alien Workshop's Photosynthesis - DVD Skateboarding Snowboarding skateboard snowboard DVD Video Review Three Star skateboard DVD review rating

Director: Joe Castucci
Released: 2000
Rating: 3 Stars

Anthony Van Engelen, Anthony Pappalardo, Pat Corcoran, Jason Dill, Rob Dyrdek, Josh Kalis, Kerrry Getz, Mark Appleyard, Fred Gall, Danny Garcia, Tinm O'Connor and Danny Way.

Alien Workshop's third video, Photosynthesis is strictly street skating except for one trick by Danny Way, who was supposed to have a full part, but was injured before filming filming. It opens up with an intro montage of all sorts of stuff. Hold off on the fast-forward button, it does get better. There are a lot of techy ledge tricks from Love Park in Phily.

Photosynthesis leaf Photosynthesis is the process by which plants, some bacteria, and some protistans use the energy from sunlight to produce sugar, which cellular respiration converts into ATP, the "fuel" used by all living things.

The conversion of unusable sunlight energy into usable chemical energy, is associated with the actions of the green pigment chlorophyll. Most of the time, the photosynthetic process uses water and releases the oxygen that we absolutely must have to stay alive.

We also need the food for snackage.

Essentially, 6 molecules of water + 6 molecules of carbon dioxide = 1 molecule of sugar and 6 molecules of oxygen.

It would be cool if alien forces were pumping energy into skaters, forcing them to pull more complex tricks than those evidenced in this video.

Style and precision emanate from this video but, it lacks real excitement. Although there's a lot of technical street skating, this flick came to be before many of the skaters reached their prime. You won't be disappointed, but you might not be wildly stoked either.

This is a solid video that stays true to what we've seen from Alien Workshop in the past. There are a wide variety of angles, filters, and cameras used to capture each skater's unique style. There are those odd skits, but they are short enough to not be too annoying. The skaters put together very good (although short) video parts with standouts like Kerry Getz with his amazingly quick and precise style. Josh Kalis' big switch-ups were cool too.

Photosynthesis' Soundtrack

Section: Intro Song #1
Artist: Queen
Album: Flash Gordon OST
Label: Hollywood Records

Section: Intro Song #2
Artist: Rolling Stones
Title: I Am Waiting
Album: Aftermath
Label: Abkco Music

Section: Anthony Van Engelen Intro
Artist: Chemical Brothers
Title: Dream on
Album: Surrender
Label: Astralwerks/Emd

Section: Anthony Van Engelen
Artist: Iggy Pop and the Stooges
Title: Search and Destroy
Album: Search and Destroy
Label: Lo Recordings

Section: Anthony Van Engelen Final Song
Artist: Thurston Moore
Title: Root (25 Guitar Pieces Remix)

Section: Anthony Pappalardo
Artist: Roots/Ron Ayers
Title: Proceed Remix
Album: Do You Want More?!!!??!
Label: Geffen Records

Section: Timelapse Part
Artist: Tortoise
Title: Ten-Day Interval
Album: TNT
Label: Thrill Jockey

Section: Pat Corcoran
Artist: Turing Machine
Title: Swiss Grid
Album: A New Machine for Living
Label: Jade Tree Records

Section: Jason Dill
Artist: Phillip Glass
Title: The Ark
Album: Anima Mundi OST
Label: Wea/Atlantic/Nonesuch

Section: Rob Dyrdek Intro
Artist: Playaction
Title: Hip Hop V.1
Label: Play Action Records

Section: Rob Dyrdek
Artist: Main Flow & Mood
Label: PJS Records

Section: Josh Kalis Intro
Artist: DJ Shadow
Title: Red Bus Needs to Leave

Section: Josh Kalis #1
Artist: Freddie Fox
Title: 24 Hrs ...
Label: Landspeed Records

Section: Josh Kalis #2
Artist: Black Rob
Title: Whoa
Label: Bad Boy

Section: Jason Dill Intro
Artist: Radiohead & U.N.K.L.E.
Title: Rabbit in the Headlights
Album: Psyence Fiction
Label: A&M Records

Section: Jason Dill
Artist: Radiohead
Title: Polyethylene
Album: Airbag/ How Am I Driving?
Label: Parlo

Section: Credits
Artist: Tortoise
Title: TNT
Label: Thrill Jockey

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