Contact   Imprint   Advertising   Guidelines

How to make: kiteboarding video

forum for kitesurfers


eree
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 1254
Joined: Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:49 am
Kiting since: 0
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: shallow sea

How to make: kiteboarding video

Postby eree » Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:29 pm

how to make: kiteboarding video

first of all the name of the video: do not try anything smart, target audience is not really sophisticated.
name surname in blank (eg cumbuco, tarifa, grand bahama, mui ne etc, the more tropical the place name the better) will do

avant scene: principal character wakes up early in the morning in the two or three stars hotel room. there is evidence of character just moving in and party previous night everywhere. principal character moves to the bath room while scratching him(her)self everywhere. mandatory scenes: teeth brushing and/or urinating with different degree of nudity

next scene: moving to the kitespot. car or scooter to the beach. note! cars for transportation must be: classic us origin (option nr1), strange looking third world production safari cars (option nr2), undefinable origin pickup truck (option nr3). european, japanese and other countries sedans, hatchbacks, station wagons(bad choice) allowed only if filmed from inside the car. way from the hotel to the kitespot filmed in fast motion usually, accents on the palms, non-urban animals (chicken, donkey, buffalo, snakes and giant cockroaches)

next mandatory scene: pumping the kite. shortest scene, meant to make us believe that pro’s pump up their kites for themselves. pumping scenes with the female principal characters are often used to show the sponsors credentials

next scene: longest scene, moves, tricks, ambient. make sure there are palms and/or cabanas, gazebos, umbrellas made from reed or palm tree liefs everywhere. sunshine is crucial. also make sure during the shooting there are no other major kite brands visible on the back plan. best shooting time early in the morning, less crowd. frames must be taken only on rider, kite movement stays outside of their frame. moves itself are not of the much importance really. 100% of the non kiters don’t give a shit about the moves. 80% of the kiters don’t recognize or don’t know the names of the moves. 97% can not do or don’t intend to do these moves ever. note: old style moves are more attractive to the non kiter audience. again, it is useful for the appearing on the screen some exotic animals or eccentrically dressed local inhabitants from time to time. all the moves in the scene must be perfectly executed without the imperfect landings. for human touch at the end of the scene one or two moves have to be shot with real crashes and wipe outs.
at the end of the movie it is always good to show some shots of principal character’s minor ijuries, scratches, x-ray pictures or some damaged equipment. spice it up with some hard language or pain screaming. video makers with more substantial budget will use helycams, i'm sure

now, soundtrack: don’t use superstars songs for the soundtracks, use some unknown for the general public teenagers band songs for it. they will be happy for free advertising and you will not be shut down from youtube by sony or smb else. always stay away from disco, eurotechno and classic rock music

at last sponsors titles: even (and especially) if you don’t have a sponsors or contributors make sure at least 20% of the clip time goes to the sponsor titles (imaginary or not). it makes your video more credible.



now, this guidance is not copyrighted, so feel free to use it, copy it, edit it or update it!

User avatar
Larse
Frequent Poster
Posts: 482
Joined: Thu Oct 18, 2007 7:30 pm
Kiting since: 2006
Local Beach: Lynæs , DK
http://www.KiteboardingExercises.com
Favorite Beaches: Poppelvej, DK
http://www.KiteboardingExercises.com
Style: Wakestyle/freestyle
Gear: LF Nirvana, Envy, LF DLX and LF LFX
Brand Affiliation: Liquid Force and http://www.KiteboardingExercises.com
Location: Denmark, Frederiksværk
Contact:

Postby Larse » Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:06 pm

Haha perfect guide ;)

You just described 95% of all kite videos. We need some originals like when Aaron came out with mimic thus. He started the whole trip with kiters waking up in a hotel etc... At least the edit was new :)

User avatar
grantman54
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 996
Joined: Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:54 am
Kiting since: 2007
Location: Central CA

Re: How to make: kiteboarding video

Postby grantman54 » Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:20 pm

haha thanks.... some of my videos have some of those characteristics but I try to steer away from those "big production" style videos. I enjoy them, but like making home grown videos... Gopro style

User avatar
spleeft
Medium Poster
Posts: 164
Joined: Wed Apr 21, 2004 11:01 pm
Kiting since: 2002
Style: Waves
Gear: North Vegas, surfboards
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Maryland, USA
Contact:

Re: How to make: kiteboarding video

Postby spleeft » Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:19 am

You forgot "using any excuse to post ones' own home made video on kiteforum !"
Sea Life-Kite Kam footage

User avatar
tautologies
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 9358
Joined: Mon Feb 16, 2004 5:36 am
Kiting since: 0
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Oahu
Contact:

Re: How to make: kiteboarding video

Postby tautologies » Tue Mar 08, 2011 1:29 am

LOL, too funny!!!

My 5 cents...
If you want to show 30 seconds riding, DON'T do a 2 minute introduction regardless of the music...those works if it is a full movie..not if it is barely any riding there....

Actually, the less I see of the lives the better... I like to see riding. So for me overview shot with a short title, short image of the rider (maybe add name)...then riding riding riding...I think there are a few exceptions...but those are few...if the intro is long, and the riding meh....then the let down is just too much...

User avatar
SimonP
Frequent Poster
Posts: 318
Joined: Thu Aug 09, 2007 4:49 am
Kiting since: 2001
Local Beach: Maketu, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
Favorite Beaches: Aotea, Maroochydore, Faro, Aitutaki
Style: Free-style, waves
Gear: Switch Legacy
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Contact:

Re: How to make: kiteboarding video

Postby SimonP » Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:22 pm

Also, the location should be intentionally wrong to misdirect anyone who wants to go there; e.g. if you're kiting Lakey Pipe, put "Somewhere in Thailand" in the title. :)

eree
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 1254
Joined: Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:49 am
Kiting since: 0
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: shallow sea

Re: How to make: kiteboarding video

Postby eree » Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:23 pm

here is the fresh good example, it has all the mentioned ingredients:

http://vimeo.com/21134909


don't get me wrong, i don't think those videos are bad. but, come on, use some imagination, guys!

they all the same! videos like this is the reason i skipped the middle parts so far and i will quit watching whole clips if this trend will continue!

you do still want people watching your videos, don't you?
other wise why do you keep posting them on youtube, vimeo and kiteforum?



winds

User avatar
kitecomedy
Rare Poster
Posts: 13
Joined: Sun Oct 21, 2007 10:57 am

Re: How to make: kiteboarding video

Postby kitecomedy » Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:41 pm

:thumb:

Very important: at least two minutes of the title in in some wired animation back and for and upside down! Show the People what your animation-program can do!
It is good to show some minutes out of an Airplane-Window! (Makes everybody lucky: nobody of us has after all ever been to an Airplane befor...)

User avatar
dandaka
Frequent Poster
Posts: 305
Joined: Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:33 pm
Kiting since: 2010
Local Beach: Kaliningrad, Russia
Favorite Beaches: Boracay, Philippines / Mui Ne, Vietnam
Style: unhooked / newschool / wakestyle
Gear: North Vegas 12m² 2012
North Vegas 9m² 2010
North Vegas 7m² 2010
North Team Series 131cm 2011
Mystic Warrior III Len10 2012
Contact:

Re: How to make: kiteboarding video

Postby dandaka » Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:22 pm

Thanks, very accurate description! :) Found 90% of my next kite video script here :)

Anyway, these videos are meant to transmit the vibe of some special place. How you can do this without small details like weird ways of transportation to spot? On Boracay they use tricycles and I want to use them in the video.

User avatar
alexeyga
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 710
Joined: Thu May 31, 2007 12:41 pm
Kiting since: 2005
Favorite Beaches: Ocean shore!
Style: Freeride dongling
Gear: Any gear is good gear as long as it has nothing to do with EPIC!
Location: Montreal, Canada / NJ, USA

Re: How to make: kiteboarding video

Postby alexeyga » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:33 pm

I have finally figured out why the music is so crappy in most videos.. Nice writeup!!! :thumb:


Return to “Kitesurfing”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: alamos_kiter, Bing [Bot] and 10 guests