January 22, 2013/ / ARTICLES/ Comments: 65

For being as creative and out of the box as skaters like to say they are, skateboard videos are still pretty formulaic these days. If you’re making a video, feel free to print this one out to remind yourself what clichés have already been jammed down our throats for the last 10 years.

1. Fuck cops / fighting security montage: We get it. Skateboarding is illegal and pretty badass and we are totally not criminals yo. But for the love of god, how many times must we watch some 17 year old “stick it to the man” and argue with some out of shape mall cop.

2. Shotgunning beers: It doesn’t make you cool and any frat boy piece of shit can do it better than you.

3. Stress montage / Freakouts: I’m having a small freakout montage just thinking about how many times I’ve sat through these freakout montages. Who knew that Kerry Getz would inspire legions of white suburban kids to act like a bunch of whiny annoying babies in public.

4. Film burn effect: This used to be THE go-to effect for your skate video. If you ever needed a little “artsy flair” or some filler at the end of a part, this was the default. I think people started to realize how ridiculous it was and settled down a bit, but there’s always a chance it could come back and rear its ugly head.

5. High 5’s / cheering: I know this might be a good way to humanize your skateboarders and totally show their personality but I think Pretty Sweet had enough of both of these for everyone else to just stop doing them all together.

6. Go Pro angle: This one hasn’t been done to death yet, but it’s coming soon. Just you wait. It’s already been used in the last Transworld video and Bam has already done promotion for them- Which means HIM & CKY fans will be putting on eyeliner and abusing themselves with it in their videos accordingly.

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  1. zach sulta

    February 4, 2013 11:25 pm

    I DONT SEE 360flips on this bitch

  2. JB

    February 7, 2013 1:41 pm

    why is it that everyone with a vx making an “independent” skate video has to throw in a bunch of faux vcr effects and 90’s screensavers and short clips of really shitty “B movies”? it might have looked cool in one video, but after six copy cats do it its starting to look retarded.

  3. fatanduglypisspants99

    February 9, 2013 11:49 am

    fuck it fu boys keep high fiving and shot gunning beers

  4. Vialli Tozer

    February 12, 2013 8:57 am

    I agree with some of these. But the “High 5’s / Cheering” is not a bad thing. It shows the sheer effort put into skating and the happiness you and your friends get out of landing tricks.

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