Natural surf park
Every now and then you gotta do something for yourself.
For me, after a long week there’s nothing like editing a little surf piece to draw in the happy vibes.
I found some footage I shot a while back and thought, stuff it. I’m cutting this now.
It was impulse, but I felt happy afterwards.
Do you ever have these sorts of moments?
And as I write this I remember making surf films all the time when I was a teen, using VHS tapes.
Remember them? It used to take me days to edit VHS footage.
Today it takes only hours to edit digital footage but I wonder whether digital media has any soul compared to the analogue systems? What do you think?
Today I’m in my mid 30’s and I’m still drawn to making surf films, but I also love watching them too.
There are many ways to present a surf film, for example you can shoot in a documentary style where you tell a story on a particular person or persons, or you can show a montage of surfing put to music with no particular story or angle.
Personally I like both these styles, I think they both have their place.
I used to surf a lot as a grom, ok it was an esky lid but don’t hold that against me.
For me there is something about watching a good surfer ride a nice looking wave. Slow that footage down, put some music to it and it can become quite hypnotising to watch.
Today it’s becoming easier and easier for a film maker to capture good surfing scenes with equipment costs coming down and the advantage of action sports cameras becoming small and accessible.
Here in Western Australia we have a large wild coastline of surf breaks and the winter season often supplies perfect conditions for both the surfer and filmmaker. Offshore breeze, big winter swells and clear blue water.
Have you made any surf films? Let me know, I would love to see them!
Music by Bad Panda Records | Gordikov – Stray Cat