Long-form surf film?
Shortly after writing the Social Contacts post I realized it was a huge mistake and I almost took it down. In it I stated that I would self-edit and produce the Progression Project Origins film. I wrote the post so I’d be forced to complete the project and almost yanked it when I realized the daunting task ahead and that the post would actually work and hold me to it.
That’s what you get after a great surf session and an espresso…
Since writing that post I hadn’t touched the project, and then yesterday John followed up to make sure I was working. I woke up at 4am feeling bad that I said something I wasn’t doing, and started to create a project outline. See, social contracts work.
I promise the journal won’t turn into a venting session about the project. Today’s post servers a purpose. I’m trying to figure out how to make the most valuable film for the paddle surf community.
This rabbit-hole, what is valuable to a passionate paddle surfer, has led me to an unexpected outcome.
I might be an outlier, but I prefer long-form content. The current platforms for media, InstaTwitBook, cater to the lowest common denominator. I like long blogs, podcasts and documentaries -the more raw the content, the better. It’s closer to the truth.
My question is whether the same premise holds true for a surf movie?
Would there be more value to have a long-form surf movie. To take the best waves from each session and let them run. Edit the interview audio on top. Instead of a bite-sized best-of-the-best edit, the nobody-ever-fell-on-this-trip mix, create a long-form reference for solid, technically sound paddle surfing. And we have that content.
It may not be a movie to release at a film festival. It would be a movie to watch before you surf to be inspired by beautiful lines that Colin draws. Or to reference when you’re working on frontside cutbacks or backside bottom turns.
That’s been the value in these projects for me. I use both Progression Projects’ videos for inspiration and technical understanding. I don’t generally use edited videos.
That said, we could do an epic 20 minute edit – but if I think back to what I would have wanted 2 years ago, when I was craving every little bit of paddle surfing knowledge I could find, I’d 100% opt for long form.
What about you? Let me know in the comments below…
Either way, we have 8 days to decide, maybe longer. I’ve committed to reviewing one day of footage every day. Day 1 done. 7 days to go. The next blog might be about tackling a massive project by breaking it up into manageable steps.