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Flight of Passage: Ben Nordberg and Steve Mason by James Gardner

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."

"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.

"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."

"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.

"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."

"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."

"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."

David Knight - 14th Dec 2010

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