The Houston Test.
A Film and Doco-series following Zedyn Fellows (15) on a journey to Houston to see if he has what it takes to compete on the world stage of Vert Skateboarding.
Who is Zedyn?
Zedyn Fellows is a 15 year old skateboarder from Wānaka, New Zealand.
Zedyn began skateboarding at age 9 and in recent years has progressed to become one of New Zealand's greatest vert skateboarders.
At age 13 Zedyn realised that the 'Under 16' competition wasn't challenging him, so he began to enter the 'Open' division. His first entry to an open competition saw him walk away with 3rd place, and since then he has been winning national competitions around the country, outclassing former pro skaters of much greater age and experience.
Once again, Zedyn finds himself searching for the next progression. the next challenge, and the answer to the question everyone has been asking...
Does he have what it takes to compete on the world stage?
Welcome to Houston
The Houston Vert Ramp, or HVR for short, is a well regarded vert ramp set in a hanger in Houston TX. HVR is home to the annual competition know as 'Banger in the Hanger' which in previous years has drawn in the who's who of international vert skateboarding including the likes of Tony Hawk, Kevin Staab, Bucky Lasak and many more.
The 2022 event takes place in November and Zedyn Fellows has received an invitation to compete.
In brief, our plan is to produce a 3 part episodic docu-series, following Zedyns journey from Wānaka to Houston to compete, followed by a short documentary covering the whole story. At this stage this approach is fluid and can easily be adjusted to suit platform requirements.
The series will consist of 3 ~10 minute episodes available for staggered release.
Part one will focus on, who is Zedyn and what is he embarking on, we meet Zedyn and learn about his achievements in NZ and his plans to compete in Houston.
In part two, we get on the road, Traveling to Houston and practicing on the ramp for the fist time.
Climaxing with competing in the Banger in the Hanger 2022 event and answering that lingering question.
The film will follow the same story line however will tell the whole story as a ~30 minute documentary.
Who are we?
The production team behind this project are lead by Film Maker Joe Murdie and Producer Erin Murdie.
Founders of The Film Crew ltd and OurFilm.Group Joe and Erin have been producing film and commercial content for many years.
Being Wānaka based and with a passion for board sports Joe has worked with Zedyn a number of times in the past, most notably on Fourteen Foot Journey, a doco short about the construction of a vert ramp at the Fellows property here in Wānaka.
Joe has an extensive list of credits across a variety of film and television projects and has creatively worked with many agencies and clients including; TVNZ, Media Works, RNZ, The Coconet, bcg2, Hustle & Bustle, DB Breweries, Samsung, The Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Skycity, The NZIHL, NZ Merino, NZ Police, Healthcare NZ, New World and many more.
Want to get involved?
We are currently seeking platform commitment and sponsorship for financial support to help cover the costs of travel and accommodation during the production. We have opportunities for sponsors in many shapes and sizes including presenting partners and producer credits.