Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Blog Moved...

my blog has moved to www.willroegge.com/blog

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Midwest Surfers DVD rip

The complete Midwest Surfers DVD has been ripped and added to Vimeo. This video was shot in 2005 and edited in iMovie in a car. It was a fun project that really got me more interested in filmmaking and it was a fun way to document those who were involved. If you have a desire to make videos or short films- do it. I hope this proves it. For me, its always been about doing- make your art/craft and learn the skills necessary to make it into a career. In the 2 years since college, I've realized that following your passion and making it into a career is the only way to "work".

Midwest Surfers from Red Panda Creative on Vimeo.

Me with long hair = awesome.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

VOW - Midwest Surfers II Trailer

Crystal Pepsi was the same as regular Pepsi. It just lacked the carmel coloring that the regular stuff used for its soda brown color. Crystal Pepsi faded into obscurity. What does Crystal Pepsi have to do with my choice for Video Of the Week? Nothing. Except that some projects are like defective fireworks- good start but no boom. Midwest Surfers II is my defective Crystal Pepsi firework. It never got finished- except for a trailer set to Dragon Force. It had the best intentions- flips from train bridge, good wake surfing, and longboarding. It didn't have my commitment. That summer I was saving up cash to move to Los Angeles and being a robot for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. No time for video editing.

So with the grandest of takeoffs, here is Midwest Surfers II, the trailer for the video that never was.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Groovy Drift RC Nationals

Groovy Drift RC Nationals HD from RiceBoyTV on Vimeo.

Formula Drift exposed me to RC drifting. It seemed so simple and trivial compared to the full sized counter part on the track. hmm...I remember when my interest in RC peaked- 9th grade. RC drifting looked lame.

Flash forward to August. Riceboytv tells me that we are going to be covering the RC drift nationals @ Zero One Motorsports. Great. What a waste of a day.

Wrong! RC drifting is down right impressive. Groovy Drift assembles the best RC drivers in the country to compete for the title of national champion. These cars are sick. The bodies have functional headlights, taillights, and turning indicators. ridiculous. They are also powered by high-spooled electric motors and require a great deal of skill to pilot. RC drift car setups are close to real drift cars, its important to: adjust the camber, toe, and tires for different track surfaces. Dialing in the car is just as important as the full sized machines.

I gained a lot of respect for RC drifters at the Groovy drift nationals. These guys are skilled, love what they do, and bring out a good crowd of dedicated drivers. Plus when you tap the wall- it doesn't mean days of labor and thousands of dollars in replacement parts. Plus anyone can do it. Unlike buying a 240 or FC RX-7, RC drift setups are affordable and completely customizable. We saw a few RC cars made up to pay homage to the full sized drift car and their drivers- like Riceboytv's Patrick Mordaunt's Nissan 240sx.

RC drifting is very cool and with any luck I will get my paws on a car sometime in the near future.

Scope the video coverage I shot and edited. Respect RC drifting. I do.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Formula D Sonoma

My Riceboytv edit for Formula Drift Sonoma. Held on September 13, 2008.

Formula D Sonoma 2008 HD from Will Roegge on Vimeo.

Since our turn around at riceboytv for event coverage is usually 2 days. I was feeling the pinch to get this edit finished for Wednesday morning launch. When reviewing my footage from the weekend I cannot help but think about opening montage and how to grab a viewer's attention. Thats usually how my mind works. Three steps ahead and usually focused on the final presentation. For example, I had the opening montage for this edit locked down and color corrected before even starting the narrative coverage. The more I shoot with the Sony EX-1 (about 6 months now) the more I appreciate it. I was and still am a loyal Canon and Panasonic user. I've shot stills with Canon's since I was 17 and the Panasonic DVX line was the first video camera that got me hooked on video production. Previous generations of Sony Prosumer/HDV cameras were cheap feeling and the controls were poor. The image quality was lackluster and who doesn't use XLR on their pro level cameras? Mini-jack? My gripes with Sony were forgotten after a day with the EX-1. Its incredible, even better than Panasonic's HVX (All accept for color space, 4:2:0? Really Sony? HVX's 4:2:2 is more desirable) The work flow with the SxS cards is simple and downloading/converting raw m4v files from the EX-1 using the express slot on my Mac Book Pro is a breeze!

Wow, super camera nerd digression.
Let me know what you think about the edit?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Midwest Surfers III Trailer

The long - awaited - underground - sensation - you've never head of - is now a trilogy.

Midwest Surfers III - Under Siege
Ever time the Adams brothers and I get together we usually are on boards. Surf boards, wake surf boards, wake boards, snow boards, long boards, diving boards, school boards, it doesn't matter - we are down for the cause.

While I studying film production, Chris, Nate, and I shot the original midwest surfers in 2005. We wanted to document our dedication to riding. It was a no pressure shoot. Just being ourselves and having a good time. We broke the video down like our favorite skate and surf videos - giving each of us a section set to music highlighting our best tricks and runs.

Jump to: 2008.
Packing an HD mini cam and more lenses than your optometrist - we reunited the crew in Indiana for some midwest surfing. Funny that I have to fly to Indiana to surf more, considering the Pacific Ocean is within view of my apartment. None the less, enjoy the trailer and stay tuned for the completed short film - Midwest Surfers III.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Working for the Weekend

It seems like lately I've been working all of the time.

Probably because, I have been working all the time. The past two weekends have been non-stop shooting and traveling with Rice Boy TV. To give you a better idea of what I've been up to, here are some photos I snapped between rolling the video camera.

3rd & Grand, 9am Saturday September 6, 2008. Disney Concert Hall in the background. I dig the tiered roadways and dividing drop that becomes a sky-light for the roadway below.

LAPD's off-duty finest guards Vaughn Gittin Jr's Ford Mustang in the turning lane of Grand Avenue. Why is a drift car in downtown LA? Well because Bosch Spark Plugs is shooting an advertisement featuring JR's Mustang decorating the intersection with Falken tire rubber. Who says driving isn't art?

Vaughn's car between takes. In the foreground is a crane getting the overhead shot of the intersection- which is transformed into a cement canvas. Cool idea for an advertisement. Personally, I really enjoy the combination of art and precision driving. This combination is something that I strive for in my work. Trying to find the elements in motor sports that are often overlooked or overpowered by speed. The spiraling tire smoke, flickering exhaust flames, dancing tire debris, and the synthesis of driver & car. Stay tuned for more on Vaughn Gittin JR's Bosch advertisement and Rice Boy TV's coverage of the shoot.

Sunday checked out Subie Fest @ Willow Springs International Raceway. Good turn out and tons of on track action with Subaru putting fans into STi's and WRX's to test drive Big Willow track. Sweet. Also some time attack action in the heat. Also check for the coverage on Rice Boy TV in the coming weeks.

Friday (September 12th) rolled up to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. Thanks to Moe @ Mitsubishi Motors we drove up in a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart. It was very cool to drive the Lancer Ralliart for a few days on highways, country roads, and around LA- it gives you the opportunity to further evaluate the Ralliart. Ricky, Justin, and I even had the chance to drag race the Ralliart at Irwindale Speedway's 1/8th mile drag strip. Check back soon for an update- because you will not want to miss my first drag racing experience- captured on video.

Rik and I shoot a time lapse en route to Sonoma in the Ralliart.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Seattle at 120 MPH

The tachometer hit red line, up shift, the speedometer rushes past 120. The sweeping left hand turn was approaching fast. Down shift. Down shift. Fourth gear. Hold it and hit the apex then accelerate out.

Saying that the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR is fast, is an understatement. Its like a four door, four wheel drive jet.

Riceboytv was fortunate to be invited to the Mitsubishi Lancer Family day in Seattle, Washington and I was excited to meet my date with EVO destiny. In May I was close to buying an EVO- without having ever driven one. The EVO's reputation as a twisted turbo charged sedan precedes it. Driving it on Pacific motor speedway confirms- the EVO is a werewolf in sheep's costume. The only clues to the car's underbelly are the rear fiberglass/carbon!? spoiler and the vented aluminum hood. Minor body pieces and larger wheels are common after market parts these days. The EVO's heart and soul is its turbocharged 2.0 liter engine coupled to a 5 speed (GSR model) or 6 speed twin clutch paddle shift configuration.

These few photos are from my point and shoot, Panasonic LX-2, which shoots 16x9 native and has some great manual controls- including the ability to shoot RAW images.

The event was incredible. With an auto cross, track, and street drive sections to showcase the new Lancer Ralliart, Lancer Evolution GSR, Lancer Evolution MR, and compare all to the base Lancer GSR.

Check back for test drive videos and full video coverage on Rice Boy TV

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Lakes, Dirtbikes, Biplanes - Indiana.

The horizon disappeared and the field below rushed towards the plane ferociously. I was in a hammerhead. One quick kick of the rudder and the nose dove from nearly vertical climb to vertical drop. My stomach tightened and all of my senses screamed silently. The biplane pulled up and I glanced over my shoulder at the pilot, my good friend Nate Adams, words wouldn't help over the roar of the engine- so I pounded my fist into the air and tried to ease the smile from my face.

Indiana. Hoosiers.
The Midwest.
Lake Michigan.
Meth Amphetamine.

I took a vacation day and visited my friends Chris and Nate Adams in Knox, Indiana. For a Labor day weekend of wake surfing, wake boarding, boating, skateboarding, airplane flying, motorcycle riding, family cookouts, and the 3 am longboard cruise.

It was awesome. Chris was able to assemble the crew he rides with: Blake Bailey, Nick Williams, and his brother Nate to come out and surf a man made lake thousands of miles from the nearest ocean. Wake surfing is similar to wakeboarding or water skiing in that the boat is used to launch the rider out of the water. The similarities end there though. Wake Surfing is close to the back deck of the boat where the wake is the biggest. Professional Ski boats have ballast tanks to increase the wave and trim adjustments to get the rear end to sink in and churn out a massive wake. The real challenge of wake surfing is to go "ropeless" and drop the tow rope and pump off of the boat's wake. By adjusting the nose height, board trim, and one's body weight (Similar to balancing on an INDO board) a rider can literally surf on a boat's wake.

Wake surf boards are usually smaller in length and use traction pads covering a majority of their top side instead of wax. This makes for a very durable board that preforms similarly to a full sized surfboard while still providing long lasting grip and float for the sans salt environment.

We all filmed individual sections for the epic

Stay tuned for the video in the next few weeks. Thanks again to the Adams family for their hospitality! I had a blast and you guys are the nicest people imaginable.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

VOW - "Tessellate"

After being told for months that I should listen to Tokyo Police Club- I continued to ignore them. In April of 2008, while looking for some new music on the Pitchfork "Forkcast" I saw the video for Tessellate for the first time. What did I do? I Continued to ignore them until present day.

Its amazing how music can meet needs and fit the mood of your life. That certain songs, grow in and out of favoritism . That one day requires a certain sound . The next something completely different. Tokyo Police Club is a band that I should have appreciated immediately- instead it fits my mood currently and I couldn't be happier about ignoring it- until now.

Monday, August 18, 2008

FD Seattle Blows up

My edit for Formula D Seattle is getting exposure thanks to speedhunters and driftlive. Stoked to see people enjoying the opening montage- because I wanted to try something different. Using the overcranked footage and using an "epic" classical song to slow down the pace but not the intensity of the action- worked for me and I'm excited that others are receptive.

The edit on Speedhunters

The edit on Driftlive

Driftlive, nice new site layout and design. The gray with highlight orange works really well. Fresh update.

In the future, expect more & better. I want to push my creativity and the boundaries of what people get from the coverage I'm responsible for putting together @ riceboytv. The turn-around is time prohibitive, usually 2 editing days before its posted. So in 48 hours, err- less than that- sleep is nice, I have to organize my hours of footage from the weekend's FD event into a 5 minute edit that covers the event. Fans deserve better than that- better then waiting until October to see the Speed Channel program. Anyone with a video camera can record runs and post them on YouTube that night! @ Riceboy we need to split that difference. We have the equipment and the access to shoot high quality footage & the responsibility to the fans to deliver it fresh.

It reminds you why you put the hours in- when people compliment you. thanks!
"he opening montage of this film is absolutely stunning.... wow! Always great to see true audio visual artistry being applied to drifting. Nice work Will Roegge!"
"great video, i agree the opening montage is awesome!"

awesome video will. you're killin it right now!!!"

"Hats off to Will. That intro was nothing short of epic.

"Rice boy tv has amazing coverage of the Fd series. Can’t wait to see the final two events."

Friday, August 15, 2008

Formula D Seattle 2008

Formula D Seattle 2008 HD from Will Roegge on Vimeo.

After road tripping to Seattle, I shot for 3 days @ Evergreen Speedway. Fortunately, the northwest has incredible clouds and weather. The rain held off for most of the event- until the 2nd half of qualifying. It still made things entertaining and the good sized crowd was stoked to watch the action on their home court. This edit came together in two days. The second one was a long night while I was waiting on the flash encode and the H264 encode for Vimeo. Other than the quick turn around I am extremely happy with this video. It showcases the Sony EX-1's overcranking ability and great image quality. What do you think?


Produced for www.riceboytv.com
Voice over by Justin Kaehler
Post event interviews by Patrick Mordaunt
Shot, Edited, and Colored by Will Roegge

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Gram Lights 57D

oh those Gram Light 57D's so hot right now. just so fresh. they go with white black red blue purple. Digging the Mazda RX-7 FD on top with the matching flat "highlighter" yellow sponsor decals. They look incredivle on the two Nissan 240sx S15's. Plus with sizes like 18" by 9.5 +32 offset they will fill out your 240's rear wheel well...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Seattle Road Trip

On August 5th, I left Los Angeles for an 18 hour road trip up to Seattle. I was riding along with Pat Mordaunt and Adrian from BOSO Garage. The drive was split into three segments with each of us taking a leg. The northwest gets far cooler weather than Cali and the clouds are incredible- they remind me of the midwest.

We made it to our hotel by 4pm the next day and were ready to crash. We hit up a family style Asian restaurant in Seattle's Chinatown!? Pretty scrumptious, large family style portions and plenty of comedy.

Thursday was testing and practice runs at Evergreen speedway. Evergreen's big loop and small infield were utilized to make the Formula Drift course. The high speed sweeping bank into a S curve followed by a tight right turn by the infield wall. I rode along with Pat and the transition between the pavement on the bank and infield is harsh. Pat handled the course like a seasoned pro and looked good qualifying first in unseeded qualifying. This is even more impressive considering that its his third time driving the new Braille Nissan 350z. I'm excited to see how the car helps to display his driving skill for the last two rounds of the Formula D 2008 Season.

And if drifting isn't your thing- you could scope the gun & knife or rabbit show that weekend too! Just don't take your new gun to the rabbit show.

Monday, August 4, 2008

VOW- "That's it, That's All" Teaser

Travis Rice's "That's it, That's All" looks like its going to be an epic film. Two years in the making and some of the most incredible helicopter landscape and action shots I've ever seen. If this teaser is any indication of the full movie- I can't wait till it comes out in September 2008. Wow. Be sure to look for the snowmobile just cruising across a lake in the middle of the teaser- bonkers.

Code Named: Cherry Sundae

Code Name: Cherry Sundae HD from Will Roegge on Vimeo.
Was out at Willow Springs International Raceway shooting some testing for Formula D Seattle - Round Five. Let's call this project, Cherry Sundae. Hope you dig it.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Project 240sx- Enkei RPF1

My project Nissan 240sx is about to have a serious wheel upgrade. Enkei has sponsored the car with a set of RPF1 wheels. The wheels will measure 18x8 in the front and 18x9 in the rear. With the addition of some rubber from Hankook the S14's grip will increase significantly over the stock 16 inch wheels. It will also help to fill up the wheel well and give the car a more aggressive look. The RPF1's are lightweight racing wheels and I was genuinely surprised by the lightweight of the wheel! Pictured above is my 18x9 wheel which will soon have some Hankook tires mounted on it.

Soon enough the Project 240sx will be ready for the track and some time attack events. Just as soon as I take care of the steering and look into some upgraded brakes to help stop the car. Currently the car is running stock single piston 240sx brakes in the front and the rear. When I purchased the car it was setup with larger Q45 calipers and rotors- which used a 2 piston setup. The calipers were in sad shape and were leaking brake fluid like a open faucet. Since they could not be re-build, Ricky Chu and I replaced the brakes with some used stock calipers, new rotors, and pads. Then I pumped the brake pedal as Ricky bled the air out of the lines. Slowly the pedal resumed a stiffer and higher position- from its previous place near the floor!

So far the current improvements that have been made to the project are:
-Magnacor spark plug wires
-New iridium spark plugs
-AEM short ram air intake
-DME cooling panel
-DME test pipe
-NRG Pilota steering wheel
-NRG short hub
-NRG quick release

Check back to riceboytv and my blog for future updates on the project. It will be nice to get some fresh paint, replace the dinged and peeling hood, drilled up trunk lid, and the haggard front bumper with an S15 conversion.

Friday, July 18, 2008

VOW- "Paris, France March 2007"

Oddly enough, I hyped up cutting a video on my visit to Paris, France in March- then never posted it. Well after exploring one of the many external hard drives laying around with my digital life on it- I stumbled upon the completed & compressed edit. So my pick for Video Of the Week is my edit for the Paris trip 2007. Its cut to Justice's DVNO, contains hyper active sped up shots and rapid edits that were Parisian espresso educed. It covers a red open top bus tour, Notre Dame, riding the Metro and a few others tourist highlights.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Formula D Las Vegas HD

Here is my edit for round four of Formula Drift at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Formula D Las Vegas 2008 HD from Will Roegge on Vimeo.

For more coverage visit www.riceboytv.com

The event went well! We missed being in the downpour of the thunderstorms each night after the event, the track didn't claim as many cars as I anticipated after seeing the setup, and with 98+ MPH entry speeds this parking lot based track was intense. Fans were a few feet from the action and Yoshioka's Toyota AE86 pulled in on all of his V8 opponents. Can't wait for round five in Seattle and the drift exhibition in Monterrey, Mexico. Enjoy the video, it was exciting to shoot and always fun to be a part of the action.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Speedhunters.com & Driftlive.com pick it up

Rod Chong & Antonio Alvendia of Speedhunters recently posted my video for the Ziptied All Star Bash. Be sure to check out their site. They update constantly and have a great interface with pop up HD video content, solid photography, news, and feature car stories. I'm excited to see what these guys do next.

Also much thanks to the crew at Drift Live for finding the video on Vimeo! Peep them too. Great for the daily visit.

Formula Drift Las Vegas kicked my butt. Check riceboytv.com for the edit soon.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Ziptied All Star Bash 4

Ziptied All Star Bash 4 HD from Will Roegge on Vimeo.

June 28 & 29, 2008 was Just Drift's "Ziptied All Star Bash 4" at Willow Springs International Raceway (WSIR). I was able to make it up on Sunday the 29th and shoot this small video highlighting some of the tandem runs and spins outs from the open sessions during the day. Wish I would have shot more, but I ended up taking a nap in the back of Pat's Suburban after getting sunburnt. 

Thursday, July 3, 2008

AEM Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X Intake LEAKED

Riceboytv was able to steal some dyno data and get an exclusive look into the upcoming AEM Cold Air Intake for the new Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X. With a 16.7+ HP gain and 17ft/lbs of Torque the intake is a great addition to the stock setup. The bonus is that it doesn't mess with the intake air temperatures and keeps the boost steady- keeps you from adding a boost controller!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

VOW- "Live Good"

Thanks to Motionographer for the tip and the post that introduced me to this video. I love the effects and hand held feel of the music video. It really is an experimental piece and is unlike anything else I've seen lately. The band is called Naive New Beaters. Check it.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Riceboytv Mini Ramp Session & NSX Oil Change

Here is a quick preview of things to come. There will be a short skate video eventually.

Here is the latest from the RBTV service manual series- an oil change on RikDaddy's 1996 Acura NSX. Shooting and editing done by me...enjoy it.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Spocom 2008

(Above- right, Ryuji Miki's Mazda RX-7 & left, Pat Mordaunt's Nissan S14)
Spocom 2008. Long Beach Convention Center. What a great show. Riceboytv was out in full force. Representing the website with our tent, driver Pat Mordaunt's S14, and a full junior jib setup to shoot new products. The event coverage goes up Wednesday on the website and well be taking a look at some of the best products of the show. Mad respect to Mike and the guys at Spocom for putting together such a great event- with a good crowd, tons of show car competitors and lots of girls the event needs to go national. The east coast would eat it up.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Riceboytv Connecticut Cannonball

After Formula Drift New Jersey, we hit the pool for a little bit of relaxation before editing all of the footage from the competition. If you know me, you know that I have to be constantly doing something- like jumping off of the landscaping of my CEO's pool surround into his in ground pool. Sorry for the big splash boss...CANNONBALL.

Seriously check out that splash. The torpedo second splash is nasty.

VOW - The Graduation Listening Experience

Kanye West posts on Vimeo. On his blog, Kanye embedded one of his videos featuring a thunderstorm and flood that effected the final night of his "Glow in the Dark" Tour. While scoping his Vimeo page I noticed a track listing and video playlist entitled "the Graduation Album Listening Experience". Interesting. After watching a couple with the attention span of...well me...I found thats his music video director Derek Lee chopped together famous Asian movies as music videos for the entire Graduation album. Impressive. Not only are songs like Flashing Lights incredible by themselves they are strengthened by the mind boggling work of Wong Kar Wai and his film 2046. 2046 is remixed as a music video for Flashing Lights. Chan-wook Park's Oldboy is re-cut to fit Barry Bonds and Akira is cut to the beat of Stronger. Wow.

This is the video of the week for sure and Graduation- in case you have been living with ear plugs in- was the best commercial hip-hop album of 2007.


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Formula D New jersey 2008 Video

Formula Drift Round Three Englishtown Raceway 2008 from Will Roegge on Vimeo.

Check out the rest of riceboytv's coverage. Shot & edited by Will Roegge for Rice Boy TV. Hosted and voice-over by Ricky "RikDaddy" Chu.
Thanks to Tanner Foust, Tyler McQuarrie, Brian Fox, and Formula Drift for their cooperation.
See you drift fans in Las Vegas in July.

Used Car Buying - Nissan 240sx Inspection from Will Roegge on Vimeo.
Here is my 240sx under inspection by Aaron Cassan of the Import Car Doctor.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Formula D Round 3 Results

Here are the results from Formula D Atlanta "The Gauntlet" Round three at Englishtown Raceway Park:

1. Tanner Foust
2. Tyler McQuarrie
3. Rhys Millen

Overall Point Standings after three events:

1. Foust - 259 pts
2. Hubinette - 228 pts
3. Forsberg - 226 pts
4. Yoshihara - 217 pts
5. Takatori - 206 pts
6. Tuerck - 199 pts
7. Millen - 187 pts
8. Gittin, Jr. - 182 pts
9. Grunewald - 173 pts
10. McNamara - 172 pts

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Formula D, Round 3- Englishtown, New Jersey

June 14, 2008 is the third round of the 2008 Formula Drift Series @ Englishtown Raceway Park, New Jersey. In previous years the event has been at the Wall Township Speedway- a banked motor sports track. The Wall closed down at the end of last year's season and forced the event to take place at the new open road course at Englishtown. In Formula D in-car video during testing of the track- driver Ryan Turcek foresees entry speeds of over 100 MPH on the Englishtown course. Considering that he and Vaughn Gittin Jr were already clocking speeds of 60mph in the rain, 100 mph could be a very real possibility. I'm stoked to see the event at its new location. The new track will be unfamiliar for all drivers and make for an exciting event. Check out Riceboytv.com on Tuesday morning for complete video event coverage. Also peep these videos below for a sneak peek of the track:

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Riceboytv Upcoming episode

Mom, look I'm in front of the camera! Wow. Grandma will be very happy to see me in the upcoming Riceboytv episode about certified automobile inspections. My newly purchased Nissan 240sx gets the fine-tooth comb from Aaron Casson aka the Import Car Doctor. Set your digital alarm clocks now to watch the video on www.riceboytv.com when it premieres on June 10, 2008 @ 9am. If you live in So-Cal, check out the Import Car Doctor. Aaron and Hozae are super nice guys, do quality work, and most importantly care way too much about cars. I highly recommend their work and so do most of the crew @ riceboytv.

Now if only Free Gold Watch would blow up- so people would realize this is a super stylish t-shirt. I mean look twice, yes that is a tiger printed in CMYK. That tiger is gigantic.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Nissan 240sx & some new work

Rear wheel drive is sweet. Last week, I picked up a 1995 Nissan 240sx from a friend of Ricky Chu's (Technical Editor, riceboytv). It is almost completely stock. It does have Tanabe coil-overs and a APEXi cat back exhaust- but other than those two modifications is very very stock. This is a rarity in Southern California considering the number of 240's that have been snatched up by racers and converted into drift cars and burn out monsters. I'm still formulating my plan for the car, but it will eventually run an S14 or 15 SR20DET motor, new wheel package, intake, front mounted intercooler, upgraded exhaust header, plus a few aesthetic upgrades: new paint, hood, trunk, and minimal body kit.

Here is a recent advertisement I edited for the Spocom Auto Show:

And this informative piece on installing vinyl graphics on Patrick Mordaunt's Formula D car.

Monday, May 26, 2008

VOW- "Flashing Lights- Take Two"

Kanye West presents the second version of his single "Flashing Lights". Instead of being beaten to death with a shovel, version number two follows the subject of the song through a series of stills. The flashbacks to the night before and the NYC backdrop make the video more fitting to the lyrics. 

Thursday, May 15, 2008

VOW- TOTO "Africa"

I can barely contain myself- this video made my day. Having never seen it before I was in for a shock, but loved every globe spinning generalized minute of it...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Formula D Atlanta Coverage

This past weekend I visited Road Atlanta for the second stop on the Formula D 2008 series. It was my responsibility to cover the event with a video edit. Dig it below. The event was great, the cars were bonkers, and the track ate more than a few bumpers with its fast middle "S" curve.

Formula D Atlanta from RiceBoyTV on Vimeo.

Check out more coverage on Rice Boy TV and scope the Drift Alliance shop for the Stay Hungry DVD

On YouTube:

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Formula D- Hotlanta

Go Pat Mordaunt. Congratulations on placing #9 in un-seeded qualifying for Formula D Atlanta.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Rice Boy TV- 5zigen Euro Accord Type R

Team 5zigen's Euro Accord Type-R from RiceBoyTV on Vimeo.

This video is my second finished video for Rice Boy TV.

Props to CJ, RikDaddy, and JuneBug for their hard work on the piece. It feels sweet to finish a project that covers a feature car from importation to the United States, engine install, track testing, and seeing it race competitively. Team 5zigen is great and the Euro Accord Type R/Acura TSX makes me drool. decked out in a wide body kit, with custom 5zigen racing parts (intake manifold, engine mounts, exhaust system) and naturally aspirated this car is incredible.

Check out the edit and as always tune into www.riceboytv.com for daily content. Happy Cinco de Drinko.

Camera(s) Sony Ex-1 (1080p, square pixels, 23.98)
Cut on Final Cut Pro 6 (XD native)
Color Corrected in FCP (3 Way like Skyline Chili)
Custom Color grading with Magic Bullet Looks 3 (my own workings- no presets)
With a lil bit of Art Beats Film Clutter (Head Leader/Film Burns)

Saturday, May 3, 2008

VOW- "Stress"

Been anxiously awaiting this video by one of my favorite bands JUSTICE. Here is the video for a great single off the album "Cross". The video is difficult to watch because of the violence, but the end shot is incredible- and it reminds me of Paris, France. On the steps of Sacre Coeur, where I got hustled by some dudes trying to sell me custom rings. Shot incredibly well, captivating, and as other reviewers have said- "difficult to watch more then once".

Rice Boy TV- Elizabeth Ashley

Next week's Rice Gurl is the rockin hot Elizabeth Ashley. She is on a personal quest to find a midget-chinese-jesus and I wish her all the luck. Check out www.riceboytv.com next Friday for the video. Also Monday's video, releasing @ 9am will have my signature look all over it.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Animated GIFs

The animated GIFs above were made for my myspace page. They are simple to make in an After Effects timeline and are impressive compared to a still image.

If you are a band, aspiring model, actor, or just want some stellar photos- hit me up. I really enjoy photography and feel like that enjoyment comes through in the final images.

VOW- "Mind over Matter"

Mind Over Matter from Will Roegge on Vimeo.
From the archives comes this classic- circa 2002. A young looking Brandon Wise and a super young looking Will Roegge take on the best ledges, drops, gaps, and ramps the west-side of Cleveland had to offer. I post this because now that I started riding the mini ramp at work- I haven't been this banged up- since I was rolling back in the day. Who ever could have guessed my current interest in skateboarding? I used to hate wood-pushers.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Rice Boy TV- Long Beach Grand Prix 2008

Long Beach Grand Prix 2008 from RiceBoyTV on Vimeo. Now available in 720p HD. Grab the embed code and put it up on your blog or site. Check out the Rice Boy TV Vimeo page or if HD isn't your flavor- the Rice Boy TV You Tube Channel- with even more content.

Rice Boy TV is dropping it on the regular. So check out www.riceboytv.com for feature cars, product reviews, all-access event coverage, lifestyle pieces on some of the biggest names in the tuner world, and smoking hot Rice Gurls.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Rice Boy Tv Mini Ramp

CJ and I reconstructed the mini ramp on Friday night @ Rice Boy TV. The mini is a 2 and a half footer with a small extension and its super fun. We rejoined the transitions together with a new mid-section. The previous flat had rotted out while the ramp was used outdoors. Now the mini is indoors so we re-coated the 2 layers of ply with some new masonite.

Now I just need to learn how to skateboard. Thanks to Solutions Surf Shop for the great blank deck- can't wait to ride it. Never thought I would end up saying that- considering that I rollerbladed from 7th grade through college.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

So Fresh Right Now

Seth Wins New Yorker Anti-Caption Contest

"Well, I think that speaks for itself and we can...AGH MEN IN CHAIRS!!!" -Seth

Seth Thomas, in a field of tough one-line competition is victorious over Nick, Francis, and Komicki in the weekly New Yorker Anti-Caption contest on Radosh.net

"Seth's prose looks strong and I expect many more good showings this season" said Will Roegge, also a former Ohio native.

In other feats of freshness, Macworld has posted a DIY cooking list of parts for a Franken Mac. If you want a mid-grade Mac desktop- think the three bears- too cold (iMac) too hot (Mac Pro) and just right (Franken Mac x86) and build a Intel based PC that runs Mac OSX. Oh the possibilities and for not a whole lot of loot ($982.40 MacWorld test). Dork out.


This week's VOW is my Long Beach Grand Prix coverage for Riceboy tv. See also, Will Roegge now works for Riceboy tv. Look at me harnessing the full potential of the interweb by inter-linking.

John "Nads" Naderi, Justin "Junebug" Kaehler, Ricky "RikDaddy" Chu, and Myself tried to take the event by storm, but were slowed in our quest by disinformation, stupidity, and people dressed like sea food. RikDaddy and I worked on the video- so follow this "guide to watch the video of the week" and....

Welcome Race Fans, Sunday, Sunday, Sunday (screeching car engine sound fx)

1. Open your web browser
2. In the address bar type the address: www.riceboytv.com
3. Sit back let the flash load
4. Be amazed for a second then remember what you set out to do
5. Click on the "GRAND STANDS" image or use "All Access" then "Front Row>Video
6. Click on "Video"
7. Congratulations you are wacthing the video of the week:

Long Beach Grand Prix Coverage on Rice Boy tv. Shot and Edited by Will Roegge

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Long Beach Grand Prix 2008

April 18-20th is the Long Beach Grand Prix. I am covering the event with the crew @ Rice Boy tv
The photos posted above are from my Canon Digital Rebel and were shot with one hand- I kid, I kid. But seriously the other hand was operating an HD video camera and recording all of the Champ Car, American Le Mans, Formula D, Super Lap Battle, and the Toyota Celebrity Race Action.

If you haven't visited Rice Boy tv- check it out. Its crazy, Nads and Rik Daddy are characters, and the cars we cover are incredible, hot models, and rock solid performance upgrades for your car, and more.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Utah 3.0

Yes, Utah 3.0- This season I have ridden in Utah on three wonderful trips. Mid-April seems like too late to be snowboarding, but not when you have over 500 inches to date. This winter has been incredible for resorts.

First Trip.
My first days were following the 2008 Sundance film festival in January. The powder was fresh both days at the Sundance Resort and at Park City Mountain Resort. Both have unique features. Sundance is isolated and un-crowded. Its perfect for families and has enough bowls to keep advanced riders stoked. I hardly saw other skiers/snowboarders on the trails while I rode there. Park City is the polar opposite. After blowing up following the Winter Olympics as a well known world class resort the place is packed daily. Locals and tons of tourist track up the place on freshies faster then a heroin junkie. You would be lucky to get more than a few decent tracks before all that new snow is beaten into mogal'd mess. In Park City's favor is its massive peaks, back mountain Jupiter, and the Eagle Superpipe.

Second Trip.
Nate and I hit up a two day adventure to the Canyons and Sundance. The Canyons is "Utah's largest resort" by ski-able acreage. It has some great back country access points and varied terrain. Plus some nice varying terrain parks. In Canyons vs Park City, the Canyons would win for being less crowded and just as nice to ride.
Sundance is still cooler than Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Third Trip.
Mid April Pow Pow. Park City for day one. Jupiter back mountain for a few choice runs. Than some fun banked cuts and slashes down some of the North East end of the resort. Day Two was spectacular @ Snowbird
Snowbird is the my favorite resort of 2008. Its out of Park City, which is a plus. Has more challenging runs, higher amount of intermediate, advanced, and expert runs, and it is in a very steep canyon in the Wasatch range. Snowbird rocks. It grooms the right trails and leave you the option of cutting your own path through some nasty terrain- mini cliffs, drops, pine woods, and valleys. They also had a decent small terrain park set up for lil kickers, boxes, and a couple of fun rails.

Overall, get your self to Utah. They do have some of the best Snow on Earth...and a ski season that runs into late May.

VOW- "Time to Pretend"

This week's Video Of the Week is MGMT's "Time to Pretend".

MGMT (pronounced "Management") has been getting some decent airplay on Los Angeles radio stations Indie 103.1 and KROQ 106.7- the video surpasses my wildest expectations. And no doubt the streaming song sounds better than through my antenna-less car FM radio. I will be picking up their album very shortly.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Joshua Tree

D*Rock, BuckNasty, and I went on an overnight backpacking excursion to Joshua Tree National Park. The results are some solid snaps, flashlight writing, free climbing, and more white people then starbucks at 7:30 on a Monday.

In record time I've processed my RAW selects and posted them on my website. I think you will be able to appreciate the stunning geology as much as we did- minus all of the sand we got in our shoes.


VOW- Piece of Me, Piece of You

VOW= Video Of the Week
"Piece of Me, Piece of You" by Three Legged Legs
Song "Fancy Footwork" by Chromeo

What initially caught my attention was the song. The puppetry and visual effects keep it there for the duration and then a few more times.

The spot was created for the Microsoft Zune creative advertising series- Zune Arts.
By the director's collective Three Legged Legs. Check out their other work including the long running "Sprint Light writing"

Get used to the video of the week. When time permits I will sprinkle this blog with some internet video lovin and fill your sweet tooth for all things visually tasty. Until the next Video of the Week- peace.

Friday, April 4, 2008

New Job- Rice Boy tv

Rice Boy tv logo

Its crazy to imagine leaving my position at Trifecta Multimedia. Trifecta has given me the opportunity to travel to: South Africa, Argentina, Poland, France, the UK, the Sundance Film Festival and Resort, Miami, Seattle, Atlanta, Orlando, Boston, San Francisco, and the Playboy Mansion.

But its time for a challenge.
My friend from Live @ Sundance 2008 Chris Joseph recently started with Rice Boy tv and recruited me to produce, direct, edit, and do motion graphics for the online magazine's video department.

Its time to push my creativity, enter the world of import tuning and racing, and shake things up. Rice Boy tv is the brain child of Ricky Chu and John Naderi former editors from Super Street Magazine. It should be a wild ride.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Your Favorite Films Sweded

After the release of Micheal Gondry's latest flick, "Be Kind Rewind" last month, the number of "sweded" films has exploded! "Sweding" is the low-brow process of remaking your favorite movies ala the personal video camera, no budget, and a few friends. The results, especially from the UK, are incredibly entertaining to watch. My personal favorites are posted below. They contain the best balance of self ridicule and good-honest-resourcefulness.

Jurassic Park

Star Wars a Cardboard Hope
Donnie Darko

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Age of the Understatement

Bollocks. Simply Bollocks. The new collaboration between Alex Tuner (of the Artic Monkeys) and Miles Kane has an album due April 2008. The first single and video from the duo known as The Last Shadow Puppets is The Age of the Understatement. Visually the video works well with the heavy Russian tone of the song. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

El Porto

This past weekend I relocated to El Porto aka North Manhattan Beach. It has been an adventure already. My commute went from 3 miles round trip to 25+ miles. Which on a fixed gear bicycle takes me a little less then an hour each way.

The exercise is great but the surf @ El Porto is even better.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Paris Video and Music

Got some more images from my trip to Paris from David, including this gem. Its always cool to see "action" shots when you are doing something you enjoy. In this case, snapping some photos at the Citroen store on Champs-Élysées.

Still working on the Paris trip video. Which I should have uploaded to willroegge.com shortly.

Hear this- watch this now: (top 5 for today)

1. We are Scientists "After Hours"
2. Justice "DVNO"
3. Metric "Rock Me Now"
4. LCD Soundsystem "Someone Great"
5. Daft Punk "Digital Love"

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Paris, France

Just putting the finishing touches on the Paris, France photo gallery.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

February willroegge.com update

My website, www.willroegge.com has been updated with photography galleries from my recent trips. The first update being the gallery for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The second update being my February trip to London, England. It also has a few sneak pics from a photo series I am developing called J.O.B. or Jumping On Beds around the world. Give me a few more trips and I will post the entire series. www.willroegge.com is also the home of some of my motion graphic, cinematography, and editing.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

London, UK

London is a phenomenal world-class city. The history of the romans and the early settlements by the Thames river are well preserved. They provide strong contrast to the modern architecture in the business district. England isn't well known for their cuisine, but I was surprised by their curries. The house ales are second to none. Its great when the domestics are better than the imports- for once. Riding on the Underground is a convenient way to get around the city on the cheap. The other trains give you the opportunity to commute from the suburbs to downtown without spending all of your pub money. Check back soon for a more in-depth write up and photos.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Video- Snowboarding Sundance

Nate Adams and I ride @ the Sundance Resort, Utah

Monday, February 11, 2008

Utah Trip, February 9&10

I decided to visit Utah- again. After being there for the Sundance Film Festival 2008 and spending the last two days of my trip knee deep in "The Best Snow on Earth" I wanted more.

With the taste of Squatter's Captain Bastard Oatmeal Stout still fresh in my mind I arrived in Salt Lake for a *free day of snowboarding. Riding the Canyons for the first time was incredible. The snow conditions were mixed and honestly less then desirable, but Nate and I ripped it up. Bonked a couple of trees, dropped a couple of cliffs, and got in a starring contest with a Moose. Yeah, a moose. Just hanging out by a bush we rode and stopped by. It was actually the scariest thing that has happened to me in a while. Within 45ft of us was a gigantic moose equipped with massive antlers- looking just as startled by our presence as we were by his. We navigated our way away from it and nervously laughed it off.
Second day of riding was at the Sundance resort. Probably my favorite in the Salt Lake area. It takes an hour to get there from the airport, but is well worth it. Short lift lines, runs in solitude, and still some un-tracked powder from the week's storms make it really memorable.

Cap off the trip with a charbroiled burger from Apollo Burger. Seeing a man dressed in clown clothes, with a clear backpack, and a rainbow colored umbrella and discovering the mysterious Utah "fry-sauce" that everyone uses to smoother their fast food.

I will be posting some clips from riding at Sundance soon.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Barrel Jumping

Jumping cones and barrels on ice skates is incredible. I played ice hockey all through school and worked at an ice rink during high school. The most challenging aspect of ice sports is just that- they are on ice. When things were quiet at the rink my friend Chris Stein and I challenged ourselves to learn ridiculous techniques on hockey skates. Shoot the duck, suicide style. I would usually shoot the duck forward- Chris going backwards. Then try to grab each other's extended skate without losing balance, or tripping.

Then there was barrel and cone jumping. Cones and barrels were used at the ice rink to control the flow of skaters around the rink. When the sessions were slow we jumped them. Upright or on their sides. My personal recording for barrel jumping is 15 large cones on their sides or about 16ft. The winner of the 1952 World Barrel Jump contest did well over 28 ft.


Speed skating is a joke.

Monday, February 4, 2008


This is an unaltered image. Its visually impressive and very simple to do. All you need:

  1. digital camera and tripod
  2. large computer monitor or television (37' or greater)
  3. a computer running itunes or similar program with music 'visualization'
  4. a small light
Position your subject in the middle of the screen. Start the music visualization software. Focus the small light on your subject's face. Expose for the screen (long exposure for more interesting looking background movement) The randomization of the background colors, patterns, and speed will make each image unique. SNAP. PROCESS. ENJOY.

Friday, February 1, 2008


Finally started to scan some of my recent drawings and art. Here is one of my favorites. Inspired by the robot days of Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Relationship in Four Days Continued

Apparently Sundance was good to the director of A Relationship in Four Days- Peter Glanz. The video interview above provides some insight to the feature length version of the short- The Longest Week. It would be incredible to see the story in the feature form. Hopefully it will end up in production and not in a script library.

The combination of a short film attached to a feature length script works well for independent and young filmmakers. Especially those filmmakers who are interested in actually directing their screenplay. The short film can exhibit the qualities and vision that a potential financier, agency, or studio is looking for in new talent.

Park City Mtn Resort

The view from the top of the summit at Park City Mountain Resort is stunning. Looking out over the Wasatch range is incredible. The forecast was wrong and I couldn't be happier. Clear skies and plenty of sun made charging the powder filled bowls a blast. With about 9 inches of new snow the trails were fun until about 10:30 when the main passages were torn up and mogul'd. After getting first tracks at the Sundance resort the day before the crowd at Park City seemed monstrous. I did get in about 6 hours of riding per day and wished that I had a camera for some of the frontside sprays I threw over ridges @ Sundance. Nasty. My 15 day Utah adventure is coming to a close.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

On the Sundance Channel

The Sundance Channel has syndicated our clips from Live @ Sundance and started to post them on YouTube. Here are the clips I edited:

Short Films

In Bruges

Filmmaker's Brunch

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