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How to Break Into Filmmaking According to Greg Hunt

Greg Hunt is one of the more successful filmmakers to emerge from skate culture. While he’s never done a feature film, his body of work spans 20 years, and includes: high-profile skate releases, music videos, commercials, and documentaries. Given his background as a former pro, and D.I.Y. approach to breaking into production, he’s definitely a credible voice when it comes to advice on how to succeed in the field. He offers some solid guidance in a new interview published by Monster Children yesterday evening.

Do you have any advice for people that want to get into filmmaking?

Start making films of any kind. That’s the only way to do it. I think film school is great. It’s a great way to dive into it. Start making films right away, and you’ll learn a lot pretty intensively. And I think most importantly, from film school, from what I can tell is people build these communities that last long beyond film school. People that end up kind of bringing each other in. When one of them maybe gets really successful, they kind of bring everyone up with them. That’s really common. Because it’s hard. Some people get a break. Some people don’t. It has nothing to do with their talent, so I think film school can be really helpful because you do build a really strong filmmaking community that supports each other.

How about those who go the DIY route?

If you don’t go to film school, I think your chances are just as good but you need to make films. You need to jump in there. I think the most important thing is to not have an ego and just be willing to get in there and work as a PA, or work as a second AC, even though you might be a great DP. Work as a grip. Do anything that you can to get in there and be around, be on set, and be around other filmmakers. And at the same time, try to make your own work, and figure out what type of films you enjoy making the most because it’s hard. Filmmaking is a really difficult, challenging, stressful process, so making films that you really have a connection to, and that you enjoy making, and that you believe in is really important, because there’s going to be obstacles all along the way.

How about skate films?

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I always tell people that if you really want to make skate films, you can totally do it. I think the most important thing also is you need to find a community of skaters who you connect with and are friends with. Obviously, if you want people to see your skate video, you got to make sure the skaters are pretty good are sponsored or pro, but I think that’s how people get in there. It’s who you know, and I think skateboarding filmmaking is different than anything else, because there’s a lot of dedication, there’s a lot of days where you don’t shoot anything, you don’t even take your camera out of the bag.

Read the entire interview here.

Image Via Monster Children

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‘Good Work’ Episode 2 Now Playing on Redbull Skateboarding Channel

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business in this episode of “Good Work”.

Good Work episode 2 features Alphonzo Rawls and his #EVERYBODYSKATES and Savalé Footwear brands.

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business.

#EVERYBODYSKATES brand sells shirts, hoodies, hats, boards, and accessories.

He also had been involved in designing shoes for international footwear brands.

After 25 years of working with other companies, he decided to launch his own luxury footwear brand, Savalé.

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Alf was also a pro-skater back in the day.

He started skating when he was 10 and turned pro when he was just 16 years old.

He thinks that skateboarding has somehow helped him be successful in business.

“Skateboarding, it’s for the most part, a really inconsistent sport, which means you definitely have to have some patience and some perseverance…It’s allowed me to think outside the box and apply that ‘out of the box’ thinking to run my business”

Redbull’s Good Work Series features skater-owned and skater-operated businesses.

You can watch the first episode here or on the Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel.

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‘My War: Gabriel Summers’ Now Playing at Thrasher Magazine

Watch “Gabbers” Gabriel Summers as he narrates how the story behind the “Damn It All” part where he got a broken collarbone while trying to conquer a massive kink handrail.

I will think about that forever because that’s something that’s like, took me so hard, and it’s so hard to accomplish and that I actually did it.

The gnarly goofy-footed Australian Skater has been a member of the Zero team since 2019.

Watch the “Damn It All” Zero part below.

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Skate Tales Season 2 is Coming

Skate Tales Season 2 is coming on Red Bull TV starting April 20.

Madars Apse’s documentary series takes us through skateboarding underground to share life experiences and ask more skateboarding mavericks to find out what skateboarding means to them.

You can also watch the series on Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel on these dates:

  • Ep 1 – April 20th
  • Ep 2 – May 5th
  • Ep 3 – May 19th
  • Ep 4 – June 2nd
  • Ep 5 – June 16th
  • Ep 6 – June 30th

You can watch all the season 1 episodes here.

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