Back in October of 2014, Pontus Alv came out with “Manhattan Days,” a six-minute Super 8mm short film of the Polar/CONS crew cruising through NYC with some sketchy portable obstacles: two diamond-plate metal grates to wallie, a pole to jam, and a reinforced shopping cart to grind and carry around the rest of the stuff from spot to spot.
The final edit makes it look like a super fun and easy project, but this behind the scenes footage we just got proves otherwise. Manhattan traffic, nosey bystanders, the limits of Super 8, and the sheer difficulty of hauling hundreds of pounds of metal around made for plenty of difficulties in production. Check out how Pontus and Co. overcame these hurdles to make one of last year’s best clips.
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A CHAT WITH LUDVIG HAKANSSON, THE OLDEST SOUL IN SKATEBOARDING
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