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. Hoser

    March 12, 2013 3:28 pm

    Fuck You guys, shotgunning beers is what’s good, go sip on a perrier faggot

  2. Piggy

    September 21, 2013 4:00 pm

    Seriously agree with the first three. Freakout montages and bail montages are just a waste of time.

  3. annonymous

    October 10, 2013 1:28 am

    What about that old TV effect? Sure, it can be done tastefully, but people seem to be using that one a lot now. How about any effect that made a certain pro video stand out? You know, when Stay Gold came out lots of kids were trying to make their footage look the same (grainy and tinted green / sepia). Better yet, how about stupid/boring shit? I went to a premier recently and the kids who made the vid used footage of someone hitting baseballs, riding unicycles, and put poorly filmed footage of an entire mini ramp contest that happened at the local park a few weeks prior. I had to walk out because it was so awful and boring. Save all the fun and funny stuff for credits/outros and b-rolls.

  4. Apteryx

    October 18, 2013 4:10 am

    I only agree with the first two points. The other ones don’t matter at all to me, and believe me, I watch A LOT of skate videos. I think freakouts, high fives etc actually enhance many parts. I prefer gopro angles over VX any day.

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