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. meny

    November 2, 2013 9:25 am

    so u call Baker 3 intro a crap?

  2. Gabe

    April 6, 2014 1:18 am

    Hahaha that was terrible, just like your mag

  3. Captain Howdy

    May 7, 2014 12:16 am

    7. “Subscribe, like, and comment!”
    If we like your fake Day In The Life video enough we will do these things regardless. Stop begging for these things like the underaged kids who beg for cigarettes at the skatepark.

    8. Hash Tags
    #This #trend #has #got #to #stop.

    9. Party footy
    We know you have a drinking and drug problem and you have to fight for your right, so why document this garbage for a skate video? This is skateboarding, not MTV.

    10. Standard middle finger shots
    Flipping the bird to a camera in record mode after landing a trick is so rebellious. Unless you are Tommy Sandoval frontside flipping a massive stair set, keep this out.

    11. Gangsta shots
    You know the clips, a few guys pinching their shirt’s shoulders and lifting them up, people talking in unknown gang speak, headphones around the camera lens, bling bling blong blang shots, etc. This fad is dead.

  4. Jackson

    May 23, 2014 8:57 pm

    People need to stop filming themselves eating or drinking or whatever they are eating or drinking.

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