oscar y chen
oscar y chen
While I was working an internship in Calgary a few years ago, I became fascinated by the beauty of nature in the Kananaskis Country. That's the year I bought myself a DSLR and started paying more attention to the world that I lived in. Although the first film I made was a RC car commercial few years before, which was created in collaboration with Pubudu Basnayaka. That was the year after we graduated from highschool.
I love camping and hiking in the summer and I love to go on a road trip, they are perfect opportunity for taking pictures and videos; the first summer that I stayed in Calgary, I was out in the woods every weekend from May to August.
I am an avid snowboarder in the winter. From Lake Louise & Sunshine to Whistler & Black Comb, I have been to majority of the winter resorts in Western Canada. I also enjoy downhill mountain biking in the summer, I ride a 2010 Giant Glory 1 that I picked up second-hand and rebuilt with better parts. I also have a 2011 Giant Reign 2 that I use to ride around city trails and on trails like Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
I did sustain a head injury in Sunshine's terrain park one year, they took me to the hospital by ambulance and stayed overnight. I can't really recall much of the hospital stay and less the incident a day before. Allegedly I had a 40-second memory on the day of the incident, and could not recall when and where I was. Luckily I have a few good friends that stuck around in the hospital with me (one of them slept in a hospital chair overnight), and they were there to answer my repeated* questions of "what, where, and when" (*repeated because I would forget that I already asked the same questions only a minute before), and drew me this explanatory comic:
I had a very bad short-term memory for the few weeks or months after, it's gotten better over the last few years although sometimes I wonder if it ever got back to what it used to be before. Ever since the head concussion incident, I have tuned down my adrenaline-driving activities on the hills, whether it's snowboarding or downhill biking.
After I graduated, work brought me to the quiet and somewhat isolated town of Swan Hills, Alberta. I didn't have time to make it out to the mountains as much anymore, and that's when I picked up the hobby of flying Radio Controlled (RC) airplanes. Pretty soon I started building autonomous aircraft.
My hobbies also include 3D printing. I love designing things and being able to materialize them with my 3D printer. I'm familiar with SolidWorks, and I have sold many of my RC airplane and drone related designs through Shapeways.
Over the years I have accumulated lots of video footages on my Gopro camera as well as some from my Canon. They are about snowboarding, mountain biking, camping, hiking, and RC flying, these videos are glimpses into my life. Although I rarely have time to shoot a proper film, I have gathered a bit of reputation in my small circle of friends for filming and editing, which resulted in short films such as this music video. I hope you enjoyed watching them. Every photograph and film on this website is created by myself or with a friend. Aside from these, there are many more short clips in the Journals.
Oscar Y. Chen