August 25, 2006

Reasons to love YouTube #17

It's a great showcase for experimental local talent. It's great to see your home city being represented in smart little movies. Two examples:

First up '2 Tone Poem – Coventry Calling'. Nice visual treatment. It's rough and ready and out there and here it gets an audience. Many Coventry locations. A guy with the balls to walk the streets reading his work, which is a hymn to the mighty Specials

Dreaming of brewing up pop music as the only bomb worth dropping

Secondly, 'Parkour 06'. I'm fascinated by parkour – free running – having quite recently met an amazingly diverse group of kids performing outstandingly acrobatic moves in Central Birmingham. They are like a bunch of troubadours, an old fashioned, mobile circus act but brought together through internet forums to teach each other their skills on the street.

'Parkour 06' is the first film by Annie D about Parkour runners in Coventry. Simple, stylish, watchable. Nice sound edits. Annie, well done. Keep up the good work.

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  1. Michael S.

    well filmed and edited and good use of sound…

    But in terms of the actual content of the video (moves etc), that is probably the least impressive parkour video i've seen.

    25 Aug 2006, 12:39

  2. Hi Michael,

    Thanks for commenting. I appreciate your point. The film doesn't contain the best moves ever seen, by a long way, but I wanted to give praise to the moviemaker for her composition, for sharing the movie online and for putting Coventry 'on the map'. The whole thing – moves and movie – has a fairly amateur feel – and I don't mean that critically at all – but at least these people are making their own media and having the balls to put themselves up for public comment.

    25 Aug 2006, 12:59

  3. Nick Holland

    hello. Just started freerunning myself, and im local(ish) to Cov (Solihull dark countryside way – Chadwick End). Could do with knowing where you train and possibly getting some tips as all i have is muddy fields and trees round here.

    12 Dec 2006, 20:57

  4. Sam Webb


    My name is Sam Webb and I’m a reporter for the Coventry Telegraph. I’m keen to do a feature about Parkour in Coventry for our weekend paper.
    Could you either call me on 024 7650 0330 or e-amil me on


    Sam Webb

    19 Dec 2006, 14:30

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