When I look through my collection of surf and skate videos, I have a hard time picking out my favorites. Every video tends to blend tricks with music seamlessly, editing seems effortless and overall they are all perfect productions of a surf/skate video.
Filmmakers within the industry and constantly pushing to produce videos that showcase the latest and greatest, yet I find myself less and less interested in the “sport aspect” of today, and more interested in the overall lifestyle portrayed. My favorite videos aren’t located within the confines of the popular video shelf in the local surfshops, but rather along the never-ending web of personal networking. Filmmakers of today a forced to dig deep within their creative minds to produce videos that are enjoyable to watch. Showcasing lifestyles rather than just raw sport creates a feeling as if you stepped inside the film and are living the life of the film, leaving your mind with a feeling as if its been on a frying pan for the duration once the credits roll.
Recently I’ve been frequenting the Korduroy.tv site, because Cyrus Sutton and his contributors seem to know the overwhelming feeling of documenting lifestyles. I’ve found more inspiration for rekindling my creativity from Korduroy in the past 4 months then I have anywhere else in my entire life. Take a recent entry from John Lynch, a surf filmmaker that does more than just film surfing, he films his (and others) lifestyle associated with the sport, and instead of spending all of his time facing the ocean, he turns the camera around and explores landscapes and cultures of the various “wave producing” lands.
Here John strays away from the common DSLR shots and moves over to some 16mm to showcase a traveling surfers lifestyle in South Africa….
Thanks to Korduroy.tv for giving me the opportunity to explore the lifestyles of creative types, and to John Lynch for inspiring me to have a different take on surfing.
For more inspiration and opportunity to see what its like behind the scenes of various boardriding activities check out Korduroy.tv