Skateboarding in the ‘80s (©Harald Schmitt)
This Ain’t California is a unique movie that straddles the
line between documentary and narrative filmmaking. The
project depicts the skateboard subculture in East Germany
in the 1980s, which is presented as a manifestation of a
yearning for freedom. In the film, skaters from the era — now
approaching middle age — look back on that time wistfully.
They saw skateboarding as a rebellious act, and a way of
doing something completely nonproductive, just for fun, in a
politicized society where such actions were not only frowned
upon but actively repressed, and in extreme cases, could land
you in prison.
One skater in particular is recalled by all as a catalyst for
the scene. Identified at a young age as a gifted athlete, he
is put into the East German training pipeline by a driven,
competitive father, and by age 13 he is training 35 hours a
week as a swimmer. Eventually he rebels, drops out, takes the
street name Panik, and becomes a superlative skater who is
constantly provoking confrontations with authority.
VISION3 50D Color Negative Film
The story of Super 8 is a long and passionate one. From its roots as the home movie medium to its use as a viable alternative in professional filmmaking, this small gauge format boasts a distinctive look as a capture medium.
Today, Kodak is making our fine-grained KODAK VISION3 50D Color Negative Film 7203 available in the Super 8 format.
NEEDTOBREATHE: Seth Bolt, Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart
The American rock band, NEEDTOBREATHE took Kodak Super 8mm film with them to document their experience at the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee this summer. The band wanted to translate their rock and roll sound into a visual format and chose Super 8mm film as the canvas on which to display the energy of their show.
In their own words, here's why film captures their passion so perfectly.
Curtis Heyne, Principal at Living Cinema. Photo by Aaron Delesie
Living Cinema has been leaving clients speechless for years with their hand-crafted approach to wedding cinematography. The film does all of the talking for them. Yes, Living Cinema captures exclusively on film, and they're proud of it. I recently spoke with Curtis Heyne, Principal at Living Cinema, to ask him some questions about the company, their overall style, favorite film stocks, and more.
Allow me to introduce you to Curtis Heyne and Living Cinema!
Whether it’s the versatility or the look, film remains an expressive visual tool for extreme sports cinematographers. It’s certainly clear in the world of surfing. Some productions like Globe’s Year Zero are 100% celluloid; others like Quiksilver’s Moments have mixed film and video. Either way, it’s undeniable that film lends a unique look and feel, and the artists that create these inspiring films continue to turn heads.
With temperatures warming up in the northern hemisphere and swells building in the southern with the return of fall, it’s hard not to be inspired by the amazing footage. I’ve pulled together some clips from around the web to get the adrenalin flowing and to fill our heads with sun, sand, and surf.