Director's Block feat: Will Kaufman"I've always admired Parkour as an art form but knew very little about the lifestyle of a traceur."
Will fell in love with film at age 7 when his father first let him use the family camera. Spending hours a day, utilizing stop-motion techniques with play-doh, army figures, hot wheels, and any other toy within grasp, he constructed massive war scenes. When he was 12 he created his first feature film, an hour long remake of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. William soon realized his passion for film went beyond a simple hobby. In high school he was able to create multiple music videos, short films, and short documentaries which landed him in several film festivals. It was clear, William was to be a filmmaker.
Will has joined with the WFPF production team and documented them during their east coast crash tour, their halftime shows in Detroit and Houston, and numerous Jams throughout the nation. Will had this to say after his first shooting experience with the WFPF on their East Coast Crash Tour, "I've always admired Parkour as an art form but knew very little about the lifestyle of a traceur. After meeting the WFPF team I really felt as though I had joined a family; one that puts egos aside and learns from each other. While on tour with the guys I saw how much they really loved Parkour - they were non-stop, I didn't have enough card space to capture everything so I'd have to put the camera down and just watch in awe as they did back flips off walls and raced through scaffolding. They were free, they had nothing to worry about except the environment in front of them - which was one giant playground." Will continues to capture parkour for the WFPF on a variety of levels which started with his lifestyle videos capturing the Crash Tour East Coast leading up to Red Bull's Art of Motion in Boston, MA.
"After meeting the WFPF team I really felt as though I had joined a family"
Will is now a featured member Here on the Parkour Play House. You can check out his IMDB profile by clicking here
Will's company website is here and you can "like" them on facebook here
Daniel Arroyo is quickly becoming emerging as a leader in the global Parkour community. This freerunner from Tampa is also a gifted director. So much so that he has been editing many of the movies available on this site. After spending some time on the set of MTV's Ultimate Parkour Challenge as a cast member, and hanging with the other cast members on a daily basis, Arroyo has really stepped up his skills.
"I don't like for my shots to be plain and boring. I really take pride in these videos".
Daniel is now a featured member Here on the Parkour Play House. You can check out his profile by clicking here
What do I do?
I am a free runner as well as a filmmaker. I love movement, but I love film and cinematography with an equal passion. I love playing with images and creating something that is both fun to watch because of the action as well as engaging and beautiful because of the content. In my videos I try and capture textured and true to life scenes, showing the people and experiences of the city I live in. I love creating time lapse shots where over time one simple area comes to life and creates something extraordinary. I try to show my perspective of life through my camera and I now rarely go anywhere without it. You never know when that inspiring or funny thing that will make your next video stand out will come along, so I like to be prepared.
Why do I do it?
I film because it's part of how I express myself. My love for film is part of my identity and how I relate to and view the world around me. I film everything from a bee on a flower to the city at sunset. My mind moves at 1000 miles an hour on a typical day and getting behind my camera and filming calms me down and helps me find my center. Where lots of people go out at night to clubs and bars to have fun, I would rather get b-roll for a project or get an edit done. Like Ellen page in inception says about creating a dream world, "it's pure creation." That is how I feel about filming and editing my videos. I can create any image or feeling that I want through my craft, to me it's creation in it's purest form.
What does film mean to me?
I'm the kind of guy that if I have nothing going on in a day and am too tired or sore to train, I'll go spend the day at the movie theater. I watch more movies in a month than some people watch in a year. Because of this, movies have become a big portion of my life. In some situations or events in life, remembering a quote or scene from a movie will help me figure stuff out. I even sometimes, and anyone who knows me can attest to this, use movie quotes to make a point or as a punchline to a joke. A lot of people find it annoying or don't get it but what can I say, it's how my mind works. I am a bit obsessed with film, but I think it's a healthy obsession that might lead to a career so I'm ok with it.
What inspires me?
Wow we could be here all day. I get inspiration from many, many places. From amazing cinematography I see in movies, incredible shots and sequences that i see in fellow freerunners' videos, an interesting angle of sunlight playing on the side of a building, even the odd yet awesome bagpiper on 16th street mall that gives Denver the flavor that makes it so great inspires me. I constantly get ideas for shots and places to shoot parkour in ways it hasn't been seen before. Even right now I have an idea for a video that hasn't been been done before. Because I have all this inspiration around me I am a very happy filmmaker. I have been told that I smile a lot and am happy more than not. All I can say is when you find something that you love to do with a community of interesting, fun, and like-minded people, there are very few reasons not to smile.
"I film because it's part of how I express myself. My love for film is part of my identity and how I relate to and view the world around me.".
Join Tim "Livewire" Shieff, Pip Andersen, Ben "Jenx" Jenkin, Daniel Arroyo in this hilarious debut episode. Someone has made off with Tim's noodles......the whole case!!!! Watch as the hilarity ensues when Tim begins his hunt for the noodle thief.