I cant stand surf videos that show guys on short boards making hard cutbacks and spraying off the top of a wave. I enjoy a video that conveys the serenity of the ocean and the smooth ride. Showing someone do an areal is boring seeing someone carve smooth turns through a wave is great. That being said I ride a long board and therefore would rather watch longboard surfing then shortboard. Also forget aggressive hardcore music. Watch 100m surf videos and then do the exact opposite of all them, you will have something original and unique.
No matter how much crap gets attached to surfing, when it comes down to it, it is about being in harmony with nature. It is the act of connecting with a pure form of energy over the surface of the water. With this concept in mind:
1.) Absolutely no techno or electronic music. NONE. Unless the sounds are coming directly from the manipulation of an instrument of some sort by a human being, it has no business being a part of a film that is trying to capture the serenity and power of nature.
2.) Film in the highest video quality possible. Old school typed films are cool in theory, but I abso-****ing-lutely hate that in the age of 1080p that people still record ther vids on old cameras and film when a far superior image can be achieved. The Drifter was a major disappointment for me because of this.
3.)Include wide sweeping shots, not just tight shots focusing on the surfer. Tight shots are definitely cool, but they make it look like the wave is not moving and they take away from the speed of the wave and surfer.
4.) Only really awesome airs need apply. After the 786th air, they ALL look the same.
5.) SMILES. Everyone needs to stop trying to look cool and simply just look cool. This is accomplished by being natural. Surfing is fun and shouldn't make people frown or have to put on a mask to hide their joy.
6.) Try to minimize \"the scene\" and hip factors and stickers and cool guys in suv's and anything that takes away from the ocean and actual surfing.
I am an aspiring film maker and I'm wondering what you guys think makes a good surf film? I would like to hear eveyrones ideas or input that I may consider for my new film.
Check out Nathan Oldfield's work. He's from New South Wales, Australia. He mixes both longboarding and shortboarding into his films. They're definitely more about the stoke and the search than a lot of other films I've seen. The music is always fantastic, too.