High Speed Cameras And Colored Powder Make For A Surreal Skateboarding Video

Sometimes the greatest tool for creating unique movement is your own body. Using human-powered camera moves, an aggressive color grade, and high-speed cameras, the final video in the full post is definitely worth a watch. In this behind the scenes video, Sebastian Linda explains how his vision came together using a high speed camera to create a fascinating 'dream world' of skateboarding.

After you've seen the making of video above, be sure to watch the final piece below. It had me shaking my head in amazement on more than a few occasions. The speed ramping from fast to slow-mo, mixed with the colored powder and heavy color grading really comes together perfectly to create the dream world that the director was going for. Pair all that with a solid music track that matches the content, and it's no wonder that this video became a Vimeo Staff Pick.

What's really impressive to me is how the vision came together in the edit with the timing, color, and music. I love the unique angles and movements made to capture skateboarding with interesting light and compositions, but those raw clips would have fallen flat without the right frame work to pull them all together.

Without technology improvements in the last decade, work like this simply wouldn't be possible (at a relatively meager budget). Being able to wield a high speed camera in ones hand without tether so you can simply spin it around is not something independent filmmakers have typically been able to– and I love how people like Sebastian are leveraging this technology. Super slow-mo test videos are fun and all, but practical application in shorts like these are where the real creativity lies.

You can see more of Sebastian's work on his Vimeo page.

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Mike Wilkinson is an award-winning video director with his company Wilkinson Visual, currently based out of Lexington, Kentucky. Mike has been working in production for over 10 years as a shooter, editor, and producer. His passion lies in outdoor adventures, documentary filmmaking, photography, and locally-sourced food and beer.

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What kind of camera did he used?

From the Vimeo web page...

Filmed with:
Phantom MIRO LC320
Red Epic
Lumix GH3
EOS 550 D
Tokina 11 - 16 2,8
Walimex Fish
Canon 28, 50, 85, 100
Gorilla Tripod