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Peralta: The one real artistic challenge we faced with the first videos, especially Animal Chin, is that we could not afford to shoot with film, so we were shooting on three-quarter-inch video tape, which is a separate camera and video tape. The lens selection that we had was super limited, so the quality of the picture was really limited and for the most part, not a very pretty picture. Video itself at that time was not a pretty format. And so, it wasn’t pleasing to look at, and because of the limitations with the lenses, the skating wasn’t as dynamic and cinematic as it could have been. That was something that always bothered me.

 

Everyone was a bit concerned that Mike was not the most adept street skater, so we couldn’t go down stairs and stuff like that. It wasn’t unspoken because he and Stacy spoke about it, but he said that we’re gonna have to say something in the video like, ‘Oh, Mike got hurt, that’s why he can’t skate San Francisco.' 
—Tony Hawk

 

Guerrero: It was great when everyone came to San Francisco because that’s kind of my stomping grounds. I was showing them around to different spots.

McGill: I didn’t do much street skating in Animal Chin because I had a dislocated shoulder. That whole jump ramp scene though San Francisco with Tommy through the park, I had to cruise around like I was fine. [Laughs.] I had gotten a lot of crap from people and they’re all like, “How come you didn’t launch off that?” So I have to tell this story over and over. We street skated before we rode ramps because we couldn’t go to the street park every week. When we had the opportunity to go to skate parks that had their own ramps I was like, “This is for me. I don’t have to play around on loading docks anymore.” [Laughs.]

Hawk: Everyone was a bit concerned in the beginning that Mike was not the most adept street skater, so we couldn’t go down stairs and stuff like that. It wasn’t unspoken because he and Stacy spoke about it, but he said that “Look, we’re gonna have to say something in the video like, "Oh, Mike got hurt, that’s why he can’t skate San Francisco.” Then when we went to Wallows, and it all kind of played out perfectly the way the scenes wound up, because there’s one scene where Mike hits a hole in the bank and his truck breaks. He went down pretty hard, it’s on camera, and Stacy, I remember him saying, “Oh, that’s it. That’s where Mike gets hurt.”

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