Every skateboarder should know the basics of filming. If you skateboard actively there is a good chance you have tried your hand at filming once or twice. This is where some film knowledge will do you some good. Let's face it, skateboarding and filming go hand in hand. There isn't always enough film gurus around to capture every clip. If your a skater that occasionally films for friends, or your looking to get into a career in skateboard filming then we have the article for you. We will be going over some common film mistakes and how you fix them. Avoid these mistakes for great filming!!
Mistake #1 Getting in front of the skater: Generally when your filming skateboarding you don't want to get in front of the skater. When watching a skateboard film the goal to create the illusion that the audience is following the skateboarder along on their journey.This creates really smooth clips that move along with the skater. This rule can sometimes be broken but a general rule of thumb is to stay behind the skater.
Mistake #2 Not filming on a board: If you are filming skateboarding you want to be cruising around along with the skater. Filming stationary creates clips that look stationary and kinda flat. If your skater is doing a line you want to be right there in the action.
Mistake #3 Filming too high: In skateboarding the legs and feet of the skater are what your audience really wants to see. Thats where the skateboarding is mainly taking place. You want to avoid filming too high and missing the most important bits. Also avoid holding the camera over the skaters head or at eye level. When filming you want to get low. Getting low really creates some nice and professional looking clips.
Mistake #4 Not using a longboard or cruiser to film: This one is by no means mandatory. It sure does help though. If your skater is doing a line it helps to be on a longboard or cruiser, the shots are less shaky and its easier to keep up.
Disclaimer: The advice we are giving is just general advice. Certain situations call for different styles of filming. This advice won't apply to every single one of them, but it will get you by for most situations.
Picture Credit: Braille Skateboarding
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