Firing Line: Artsy Edition

June 12th, 2013 | 4:28 pm | Time Capsule | 13 Comments

long lens

Long lens lines are chill. Though with our multi-decade dependence on fisheyes, they come few and far between. It’s tough to think of one from a classic video short of Ricky Oyola’s ollie into traffic line from Eastern Exposure 2, which certainly would’ve had its impact dulled a bit if the filmer ran up on the ledge to follow him or something. Much like Vine, you probably had to have attended film school in order to be good at filming lines without a fisheye. Framing, zooming, it’s a whole process.

Strangely enough, keeping the fisheye off sometimes gives you a better glimpse of how gigantic certain skate spots are, probably because we’ve grown jaded of seeing the same crouched down at the bottom of the steps angle with so many of them. This long lens version of Flo Marfaing’s infallible “Skateboard Line Hall of Fame” entry from the They Don’t Give a Fuck About Us bonus footage falls into that category. In the part’s fisheye version, it’s more of a “Oh, he’s skating the two big hubbas in Paris, that’s crazy” reaction. The fisheye angle doesn’t really drive home the fact that he ran the risk of falling over a fifteen-foot drop on two occasions in the same line. From the top of the spot, you might get the best view of this exemplary feat of line choreography. Still can’t think of anything like it done in the decade since…

P.S. Is there a scan of that Skateboarder “Greatest Lines in Skate History” article from the mid-2000s online anywhere?


Comment by Harry Corrigan
  • such a good line. damn

    June 12, 2013 @ 4:40 pm
  • Comment by bigbeefsbannock
  • wow!

    June 12, 2013 @ 5:08 pm
  • Comment by cossrooper
  • “download all the vids”

    June 12, 2013 @ 5:57 pm
  • Comment by shred
  • his nollie crook down that remains one of the gnarliest things Ive ever seen. this dude deserves more cred.

    June 12, 2013 @ 8:01 pm
  • Comment by fuckoutahere
  • Gideon Choi has an epic long lens line in one of the older blind videos, i don’t think trilogy
    but nevertheless it contains one of the best if not, THE BEST switch tre flips on flatground ever filmed

    June 12, 2013 @ 9:26 pm
  • Comment by gehl

    Can’t forget this one, pj ladd plan b teaser.

    June 12, 2013 @ 10:49 pm
  • Comment by gehl
  • and can we please take note on how well the cameraman stopped before the switch inward

    June 12, 2013 @ 10:54 pm
  • Comment by ryan
  • tom penny’s part in menikmati, right after the narrator fades out and the part actually starts, begins with a nice long shot of a short line with two big stairs.

    June 12, 2013 @ 11:17 pm
  • Comment by Snack
  • You’re right about the PJ line. Completely spaced on that; it’s probably my favorite skate clip from this year. Also puts into context how absolutely insane skate spots in China are.

    June 12, 2013 @ 11:33 pm
  • Comment by Sam
  • How about the philadelphia 411 Metrospective line with Ricky Oyola self commentating his line at city hall – epic!

    June 13, 2013 @ 5:39 am
  • Comment by soggy tail on a my cruiser
  • yo @sam peep at 15:26

    June 13, 2013 @ 9:43 pm
  • Comment by Sam
  • @soggy tail
    Yes! neon socks!

    July 9, 2013 @ 10:11 am
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