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Every year Transworld holds a competition called Skate & Create. This year Element Skateboards was invited to partake, and my handsome husband, Kirk DiAnda wrote and directed the piece.

Featuring the Element team; Boo Johnson, Chad Muska, Chad Tim Tim, Chase Webb, Ethan Loy, Evan Smith, Levi Brown, Madars Apse, Mark Appleyard, Nassim Guammaz, Nyjah Huston, andTom Schaar, with special appearances by Ray Barbee and Johnny Schillereff. Each team had to create a 5 minute video in the span of a week. They are provided a photographer, (Oliver Barton) and two builders to create any skate obstacle they needed.

The concept was to show skateboarding through snapshots of the times, creating a mini documentary. I took a satirical route with the concept and direction, loosely paying homage to the icons, fashion, and design that defined how we got here today. Ultimately, I wanted to commend skateboarders for their creativity and individuality. Since day one, we’ve been inventors that see the world differently, and that gene has been passed down from generation, to generation. The entire piece is strung together with a narrative by Chad Muska, told in the first-perosn perspecitve. I wanted to give that sencse of the narrator telling the stories of his generation, almost like a Forrest Gump-esque walk down memory lane. It’s meant to be humorous but has a sense of truth to it, too.“—Kirk Dianda

Here are some behind the scenes photos I shot while on set. Also check out the magazine article here with an amzing photo spread by Oliver Barton.

Filmed by Ryan Young and Mark Stewart. Edited by Kirk Dianda and Mark Stewart. Narrated by Chad Muska. Original soundtrack by Loren Humphrey, and Muskabeatz courtesy of Chad Muska.


Element just released its new line of skate obstacles, called “DROP SPOT”. We shot the commercial series in San diego at the Transworld warehouse.

Kirk Dianda, Ricki Bedenbaugh and Marc Falkenstien directed and shot the commercials together. The stars of the shoot were Chad Tim Tim, Vanessa Torres, Julian Davidson, Lacey Baker and Levi Brown, plus Ryan Dewitt who kept everyone out of trouble.

It was a long day of shooting, but the end result, edited by Kirk Dianda, looks really cool. Check out the commercial here or catch it on FUEL, and below are some behind-the-scenes photos from the day.



Ricki Bedenbaugh reminds me of The BFG (The Big Friendly Giant) from my favorite children’s book by Roald Dahl. He catches good dreams and blows them into kids’ bedrooms at night. And like The BFG, Ricki’s gigantic height is contrasted by his gentle nature. Anyway he’s one awesome dude.

For some time now, Ricki has been working on TRIO, the 3-part Element video series. The first part released last week, which was Chad Tim Tim’s, and it was met with resounding response from its viewers. The second part, starring Levi Brown, was released on Friday, and it too has been well received in the short amount of time it’s been live.

Due to his height, Levi could also be a Big Friendly Giant, but put him on a skateboard and he becomes Godzilla!

Here are a couple of behind the scenes photos of Ricki shooting the intro for Levi’s part.

Also check out the Levi’s TRIO part here.



We shot an Element commercial during the week, and by we, I mean a group of  creative rat-bags. The day was long, but was one of the most fun shoots I have ever worked on!

I will post the behind-the-scenes photos when the commercial airs on June 1st, but for now I’ll share the Polaroids portraits I took of each person .

The photo above is the Mr Ryan Dewitt; Element team manager and avid bird watcher.