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Young filmmaker shares skateboarding via video

Young filmmaker shares skateboarding via video
Associated Press
Associated Press
Max Kollman holds his video camera low as he flies on his skateboard around a dilapidated, outdoor basketball court in Libertyville, Illinois.

He's trying to capture his friend Scotty Brooke. Scotty nosegrinds on a metal bench, heelflips his board, lands a nollie 360, hits a 5-0 and ends with a hard flipback 50/50.

If that last sentence didn't make any sense to you, don't feel bad. You're just probably not familiar with lingo used to refer to skateboard tricks.

Kollman is starting his sophomore year at the University of Minnesota. He started skateboarding as young kid. It was in the eighth grade that he got serious and took up filming his friends.

"Eventually, skateboarding took a hold of me where I wanted to do it every day, and felt the need to do it everyday," explained Kollman. "I also felt the need to share it with other people, and that's when I started filming."

He began his new hobby, like most young filmmakers, by borrowing his parents handicam. He bought a fisheye lens to capture the effects that he wanted.

Eventually, he purchased a nice high-definition video camera by working as a bagger at a local food store and as a janitor at the school. He saved up $3,000 for new equipment.

Kollman and his friends like tofind places to skate around town that aren't usually designated skating areas.

"You can go guerrilla style, carry a backpack with you and you go find a spot," explains Kollman. He says the locations where skating is frowned upon are often the most fun.

He has developed a shooting style that requires him to skateboard alongside the skater he is shooting, a skill unto itself. It also means he has taken a few spills and scratched a lens or two.

He also likes to shoot from different angles that are outside the norm. Sometimes he lays on the ground as a skateboarder flies over a rock or shooting through a fence to capture the grittiness of the sport.

"Skateboarding is amazing because people suffer through the pain, because it gives them pleasure to ride this piece of wood down the street," Kollman says.

After getting the footage, then it's back to his bedroom where he edits his work on a computer. He creates his video pieces using video editing software. The editing process can often take much longer than the shooting itself, but his results speak for themselves.

Critical thinking challenge: Why does the editing process often take much longer than the shooting itself?

- Posted on September 18, 2013
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It takes longer because you have to edit a lot of stuff like theme, lighting, how long the video is, and how the picture appears. That`s why is it takes longer for the editing process

The editing process takes longer because they have to look through what they filmed and take out things they don't want in the video or improve things in the video.

I think that is really cool that he can do both at the same time because i don't know how to rid one but to do it on a skate board he could be a pro. Don't you think som?

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I agree with colling-Pol it is very cool hobby to have. To see all those cool tricks and to film them. And then to make a cool and awesome video about skate boarding. But I hope he doesn't get in trouble. Because some people are just rude and so they don't think filmmaking is cool or anything so they tell on you. I for one would like filmmaking and I think it would be awesome.

This is pretty cool,i'd like to do the same thing but instead of skateboards i would do it on bmx bikes, i have always like to do tricks on bmx bikes.

This is very cool and I bet it took a while to make 3,00 dollar! It would take years at that age for me to make that much. I hope he doesn't get in trouble.

I think that what he is doing is really cool,and he's right about where skating is frowned upon is the most fun to skate at. I really like to skateboard as well i do it in my free time i can do all that except the 360 part ha :(.