finally got my chance to see mind field this weekend. super good. besides the skating (which is predictably amazing), i thought greg hunt stepped in and made a classy little piece that fits perfectly within the alien workshop canon. lots of fantastic timelapses, trademark aws-style graphic interludes, schizo mulitple exposures, and frenzied stock juggling all of which are filled with plenty of shots of seagulls, robotic gizmos and other typical delights you'd expect to see in a workshop video... all set to an amazing soundtrack with plenty of duane, dino and j.
there are several nods to classic alien projects from the past within mind field to stoke you out without ever getting the feeling that you're just watching a bad impersonation or some recycled rehash. granted the whole vibe is a little slicker this year... but what isn't nowadays. very nice.
don't mean to get all ebert on your ass, but memory screen changed my whole shit up back in the day, redefining what i thought was possible on film (let alone in a skate video) and i've always held workshop videos to a higher standard because of that. i was worried that mind field might fall short due to burton's alien abduction but was quite relieved when its overall quality and aesthetic were left intact.
now can we please get a box set!?!