"It's been about 6 months since the release of Beneath and the response has been really encouraging. My first real production in this sport and I was really keen to make it original, that was the goal for me from when I started shooting to when I exported the file. We had a great premiere outside the Board Lounge with over 120 people and since the digital release went on sale october 20 sales have been solid. The first few weeks especially there was a lot of hype about it and it was pretty nuts to see how many people were amping on it. All the riders were stoked on their sections and how they were portrayed as well as Agent Eighteen helping produce the film. The movie was about encouraging people to have confidence in themselves as well as pushing the boundaries and experimenting a little bit with post production and music. Moroccan Knights and Josh Rawiri scored a bunch of the tracks and I reckon that gave the film a lot of flavour. Beneath 2 is in conception stages and would likely be released mid 2015. It will be more focussed on Ben Player but also have a large amount of Agent Riders as well as a few of Ben Players peers. Thanks to all the support and everyone who purchased a digital cop of Beneath." - Tyge
It became personal; you get attached to the idea and the people involved. That’s when the magic happens I reckon, once your immersed, committed and pull focus. That passion just comes alive and everything takes form.
"Film / Art / Music – they are all the same like that, once the love of it takes over and you stop fearing what others may think - that’s it, that’s the place I want to be working from. This project took some cool turns and movements throughout; it’s got that hi-fi action feel with a creative, photographic edge. Tight action footage mixed with wide locked off scenery shots and some candid hand held shots. These camera movements / compositions set against dramatic or clean background was the vision from the beginning.Film / Art / Music – they are all the same like that, once the love takes over and you stop fearing what others may think - that’s it, that’s the place you want to be working from. This project took some cool turns and movements throughout; it’s got that hi-fi action feel with a creative and photographic edge. Tight action footage mixed with wide locked off shots and candid hand held shots. These were the main camera movements and compositions I was after from the start."
I wanted certain colors, tones and depths to come through in the shots. I had a rough mood board in my head and access to good locations, dramatic seasons and photogenic settings, all close to home or down the road. The subject of an athlete / person adds a lot to the shot and generally adds life and quality. I like pastels colours mixed with deep, dark blues and blacks. I went to the length of getting riders in certain wetsuits/board combos at certain locations. That probably sounds crazy but it’s just a part of who I am and I can't put that to sleep. I like the details in life and the details that can show up through motion pictures.
The film is shot with your typical DSLR's, 5D/7D with the cinematic lifestyle shots and most of the high-speed material on the RED Epic and the Sony fs700. A mix between Canon EF glass and Canon FD glass. Few zoom lenses and a couple of primes, cut on FCX.
Equipment is important and allows you to get a better grasp on the subject or story. The need for initiative, motivation and knowledge is probably more vital though. The ability of your equipment shouldn't outmatch your ability as an artist. Initiative; stop by the road and walk out into the field, get closer to that cliff edge, plan shots, storyboard ideas, shoot tighter, compose differently, pull focus quicker, don’t miss waves, these are the things I tell myself when working on film.
To see what hasn’t been seen yet and bring it forward, that’s what inspires me, whether I get there or not isn’t the question. For me Film is about at least begging the question and thinking about that very concept – has this been seen like this before, what can I add through my eyes? What will people find attractive and what would the athlete/actor like to see come from it. Without a human subject you’ve just got a bunch of landscapes, scenes and empty waves, and even though they can be so beautiful and photogenic it’s the relationship with your athlete or actor that can take things to another level, nailing clips together that blow your mind and inspire. Nothing like going over good footage with a rider and both being stoked. That relationship has to be real and get a bit deep at times. I don’t want to just to set up press record while you go for a surf or shoot a scene, lets talk and reveal something fresh to the viewer, see if the rider likes his surfing shot a certain way or ask them to do that move your wanting to capture, or a variation of a movement or scene. Directing an idea or theme is a good thing, even if people reckon it’s uncool or if it feels awkward, it’s got value and provides aim/direction. I’ve seen the best results when you get a bit involved as a moviemaker, just need to find that place where the athlete/actor is comfortable and expressive. There’s nothing like a unscripted candid scene too, when you pull away from directing or speaking and sometimes it just plays out, real stuff, capturing those moments is brilliant and often the gold, but i truly believe directed shots have there place as well, even in small indie productions like this.
Download a digital copy of the film at www.beneathfilm.com