Piotrek Smietana has released a third trailer for his documentary, We Are Throwers. Unfortunately the film will no longer be ready for a premiere at the 2016 World YoYo Contest, but it has a new release date of December 2016.
Filmmaker Piotrek Smietana has released the second trailer for his in-progress documentary about yoyoing, We Are Throwers. Looks like Piotrek has been having fun with his drone!
Piotrek and I are working on a proper cinematic premiere of the film at the 2016 World YoYo Contest…we’ll announce details once they are confirmed!
Dale Oliver is the 1992 World YoYo Champion, and the founder of the modern World YoYo Contest. He was an instrumental part in the creation of the modern yoyo scene, and I’m personally really glad that Piotrek was able to get some time with him on camera. It speaks well to the depth that we can expect from We Are Thrower when the film is finished and released.
Yoyorecreation just released a trailer for “Revelation”, a short new documentary coming soon about the 7-year old company that has been a dominant player in the high-end yoyo market in Japan…one of the most demanding yoyo markets in the world.
Filmed and edited by Piotrek Smietana, and featuring tons of drone footage and extra-epic music. Because yes.
The hits just keep on coming from Yoyorecreation with their World YoYo Contest releases!
Next up we have a brand new bi-metal yoyo, the Yoyorecreation Valkyrie! Designed with input from Yoyorecreation team member Piotrek Smietana, the Yoyorecreation Valkyrie is a design from the people who brought you the Draupnir, which has become the gold standard for bi-metal yoyos. We don’t have specs yet, but while the shape and profile appear to be incredible similar to the Draupnir, the weight and weight distribution have apparently been changed to make this a more “accessible” feeling bi-metal for a wider range of competition players.
Expected retail is ¥25800 (about $207 USD), and the Valkyrie will be available first at the 2015 World YoYo Contest.
YoYoRecreation has released another “team portrait” video, this one featuring Yuusuke Ootsuka.
This is one of the first yoyo videos to be shot extensively with drone footage and the result is staggeringly beautiful. It’s such a completely different look for yoyoing, and once again Backspin leader Piotrek Smietana has taken yoyo cinematography to the next level.
Yuusuke’s yoyo play is fantastic, but hearing him talk about the motivation behind his freestyles is really my favorite part. This part in particular really struck me:
Nowadays, tricks are telling too much information to the audience. That’s why I want to express only a few things with my freestyle. I think that most people don’t choose the most important parts, and simply don’t watch how it looks overall. I want to make a point, that showing the best of your skill doesn’t always mean to show all of your tricks in a single freestyle.
New players coming up and starting to think about competing in freestyle competitions..pay close attention to this idea. I promise you, it will be the thing that separates you from the pack.
Huge thanks to YoYoRecreation and Piotrek Smietana for this incredible video!
Piotrek Smietana of Backspin attended the 2015 Israel National YoYo Contest this year in Tel Aviv, and now we have the official post-contest video! Featuring Petr Kavka, Tal Mordoch, Piotrek Smietana, and a ton of great new talent from the Israel yoyo scene!
The recent Israel National YoYo Contest had some excellent local talent, as well as some big-name visitors from out of town! CLYW’s Petr Kavka and Backspin’s Piotrek Smietana were both in attendance, and when they weren’t swimming or partying they took to the roof of their hostel for some filming. Enjoy!
Be sure to support Piotrek’s “We Are Throwers” documentary campaign on IndieGoGo if you haven’t already!
Yoyo used is the Scout by CLYW.
The IndieGoGo campaign for We Are Throwers is live! The race is now on to gain funding for this incredibly ambitious documentary about the modern yoyo scene, to be filmed and directed by yoyo filmmaker extraordinaire (and occasional YoYoNews contributor) Piotrek Smietana.
It seems every year some filmmaker pops up and wants to create a documentary about the yoyo scene. These are always done from an “outside looking in” perspective, and while it’s illuminating to see how the rest of the world views yoyo players it always leaves the players themselves feeling a little left out. We Are Throwers definitely aims to change that as a documentary shot entire by and for yoyo players.
The perks are fantastic…limited editions YoYoRecreation Draupnirs, one-off anodizing tests from CLYW, DVDs, shirts, and tons more items coming from manufacturers like Rebellion. There is something for everyone, and all yoyo players should be able to find a level to support and help make this love letter to the yoyo community happen.
Head over to IndieGoGo right now and pledge your support, and then share the link to get more people involved!
Piotrek Smietana, one of the most celebrated and respected videographers in the yoyo scene, is working on a new documentary about our community, our industry, and the people who hold it together.
We Are Throwers will begin fundraising soon on Kickstarter to raise money for gear and travel for Piotrek and his crew to visit players and events around the world to truly document what it means to be a yoyo player in the modern age. Check out this amazing trailer, and we’ll be sure to update when their Kickstarter page is live!
Backspin has teamed up with upstart clothing label Thrower Worldwide for this new video, featuring some solid yoyo tricks from Piotrek Smietana, Jakub Wawrzyniak, and Zbyszek Kubinski.
Our newest YoYoNews contributor, Piotrek Smietana, was the official videographer for the 2014 Duncan Toys International YoYo Championship held this past August at Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida. Piotrek brought his skill and craftsmanship to the event, and this video really gives you a great idea of what it was like to be at this top-level contest with some of the best yoyo players in the world.