Skate video

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A Skate Video, also known as a Skate Film or Skateboarding Movie, is a movie of or about skateboarding, often showing new tricks and a series of skateboarders in a montage.[1] With the advent of social media and new digital filmmaking tools, the conventions and styles of skate videos continue to evolve and redefine themselves alongside the sport of skateboarding.[2][3]


Released in 1965, the short film Skaterdater is credited as the first film to depict skateboarding and therefore the first skate video. In 2015, The Berrics campaigned for the film's acceptance into the National Film Registry.[4]


In most skate videos, skaters show their skills in sections called video parts, but other formats and techniques, such as montages, are used, and new tricks are often demonstrated.[5]


Skate videos are usually made by skateboard companies, but small skate shops, magazines, websites and independent skaters may also make skate videos.[3]

Lens style and music[edit]

Often the videos are shot using a fisheye lens.[6] Skate videos are also notable for featuring music soundtracks of punk rock, alternative rock, or hip-hop music.[7]

See also[edit]

Film director Spike Jonze has shot several skate videos.[8]


  1. ^ "Go Skateboarding Day: 8 Things Every Skate Video Needs". The Shutterstock Blog. 21 June 2016.
  2. ^ Kang, Interview by Jay Caspian (9 January 2019). "Bing Liu Sees Skateboarding as a Tool for Life". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b Ducker, Eric (2018-08-16). "From 'Thrashin to 'Kids' and Beyond: A History of Skateboarding Movies". The Ringer. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  5. ^ "How To: Filming and Editing a Skate Video". Motion Boardshop. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  6. ^ "TRACING THE HISTORY OF SKATEBOARDING'S MOST FAMOUS CAMERA". Jenkem Magazine. 2018-07-13. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  7. ^ "The 10 Best Soundtracks from Skateboarding Videos". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  8. ^ Hill, Logan (2013-11-01). "A Prankster and His Films Mature". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-13.

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