How Cheap Is Talk? A Few Questions With Ryan Navazio

Just a week away from the release of the new Cult DVD “Talk Is Cheap”, I wanted to talk shop with filmer/editor Ryan Navazio- because one man’s premiere date is another man’s deadline.

How close are you to being finished with the video?

All but two parts are finalized and I have two more to go. Plus the credits. Also need to plug the graphics into everything.

How many gigs of footage are you working with?

Not sure what the total is, but let’s put it this way- When I lay out peoples footage in the timeline for the first time it can be up to an hour long. I capture everything, every crash, lots of mistakes, whatever- just in case. So in the end I have tons and tons of footage that all gets cut down. But having all that stuff in front of me at the end helps me remember how the part should look. It’s hard to explain but I try and memorize all the clips, so if someone were to ask me what they have I can recite it back to them, clip for clip. It helps a lot when it comes to editing.

How many hours a day are you editing?

It’s hard to say, but probably twelve at the least. But if I’m not actually editing I’m thinking about editing, or I’m at the record store or on YouTube. I’ve been taking breaks on the weekends but that just usually ends with me being up all night.

What are the biggest challenges at this stage?

Making everything flow together. Keeping myself sane. Dealing with the tediousness of finalizing peoples parts.

At what point do you choose the songs?

The intro song was chosen two summers ago, one song was picked yesterday. I try and have all the songs picked before I start editing, and in this case, I had about half the songs before I started.

How does this video compare to the first Cult video?

It’s much longer. Double the length. Alex & Bobby have full parts. Krone and Baz both have parts. And I think the overall vibe is more relaxed. I think its filmed a lot better too, for the most part.

Are you done with the VX after this?

Definitely, and unfortunately. Then again, if someone wants to hire me to film with a VX, why not?


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25 thoughts on “How Cheap Is Talk? A Few Questions With Ryan Navazio

    • If I had 4 grand to blow, I'd have an HD setup. SD definitely has that "raw" feel that I'm way into, and the vx's and dvx's are amazing cameras asthetically, plus the colors can look amazing when done right. But the technology really is just way behind, and any legit HD camera can produce amazing stuff, even dslr's if you know what you're doing. Navaz is proof of that, and from a professional standpoint HD just makes sense.

    • ill be buying a hd setup for film school and non bmx shoots but I'll swear by my dvx for bmx till the end.

  1. My opinion of the camera hasn't changed. I Still love filming with it! And I would still recommend it to anyone who wasn't concerned with shooting BMX in HD. But aside from Talk is Cheap everything I've shot in the last 2 years has been HD. Sorry to disappoint.

    • Any word on wether it will be available for digital download or if not when the dvd will be available in shops/mail orders.

    • your not disappointing man! your editing still has that great vibe that only true filmer/editors can grab. hd or not your shit is dope, I've just been a vx guy since the beginning!

  2. Iunno about these crazy kids down below but I'm stoked for the video to drop. In my opinion it doesn't matter about the quality, it matters on the way the video is projected. HD or not, Talk is cheap is going to be the illest of videos of the year.

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