David Knight - 14th Dec 2010

"Recently I've been doing lot of work in music and met some incredibly talented artists," says James, a former professional skateboarder turned filmmaker. "That gave me the idea to explore the similarities between the journeys musicians and skateboarders go on to get to the top of their game.

"The focus was to explore the idea of the skateboard as a catalyst rather than a performance tool, and use the story of a musician as a counterpoint to create a subversive, yet linear narrative. I didn't want there to be any focus on tricks or stunts as I felt that would detract from the notion that the skateboard is the vessel by which Ben is travelling through life.

"Steve was the perfect person to narrate the film as his story is a great example of how you can come from nowhere and really make it with the right kind of honest passion and dedication to your art. I'm a big Beta fan so when he agreed to take on the project I was really excited. Looking at it now, I can't imagine anyone else doing it."

Credits

DirectorJames Gardner

David Knight - 14th Dec 2010

Related Content

video

Steve Mason’s All Come Down by James Gardner

A few months ago James Gardner directed Flight Of Passage, a film about skateboarder Ben Nordberg with accompanying autobiographical narration by The Beta Band's Steve Mason. Now James has got back …

David Knight - 28th Apr 2011

video

Three Trapped Tigers’ Untitled 1 by James Gardner

Shot in Redcar on the North East coast and at an East London studio, this 'zero budget' promo was produced with nothing more than a passion for the band and their music. Three Trapped Tigers are …

Jimmy Brown - 6th Aug 2009

video

Kazu 'Meo' by Eva Michon

Eva Michon has created a narrative film for the Blonde Redhead singer Kazu's debut solo LP Adult Baby, with the second single Meo, providing the soundtrack to the sweeping trailer to the …

Promonews - 9 days ago

Latest News