The Cinematographer Project, World View: Kyle Camarillo Interview

From our February 2017 issue

BRAZIL: KYLE CAMARILLO
WORDS / Mackenzie Eisenhour

How has it been filming this?
Well my section was shot entirely on a two-week trip to Brazil. So it was a pretty tight schedule. I also had to play the team manager roll with help from Rodrigo Petersen. So I had more to juggle than just filming. But the crew I had made it real easy. They killed it out there and they are the reason it came together at all. 100% shredders.

Some of the squad in São Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Camarillo

What was your plan going in? Break down everyone involved in your section.
The plan shifted a few times, but settled with a week in São Paulo and a week in Rio. Rodrigo Petersen really helped me get the main crew together. I have known Rodrigo and Adelmo Jr. for a long time. Long before I worked for LRG actually. We'd talked for years about taking a trip to Brazil so I was more than hyped to make it happen. I'd skated with Carlos Iqui, Yuri Facchini, Klaus Bohms, and Danny Cerenzini a few times in the past but just on little sessions here and there. This was the first time I got to work on an actual project with them and I knew they would kill it. I hadn't met Wilton Souza, Pedro Biagio, or Gabriel Fortunato before but I had seen footage of them and knew that this was the next generation of Brazilian skaters. We met up with photographer, Heverton Ribeiro in São Paulo and he was down to continue with us on the trip to Rio.

Klaus Bohms, kickflip. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Ribeiro

Why did you choose the location in question?
I actually didn't choose my location. When I was approached about doing the project, Joe Pease asked me if I would cover Brazil. I had wanted to go there for the longest time and surprisingly had never been. But I was mainly down to cover Brazil because of the many good homies I have there. It always sounded like such a rad time. Brazil has been such an important part of skateboarding, from the spots to the skaters. It's always been a place I needed to go.

Adelmo Jr., frontside wallride. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Ribeiro

Any stories of note during filming?
How's this? The very first morning I woke up and I pissed blood. No joke. Day one. Due to a past experience I knew I had a kidney stone and scrambled to get to a hospital before the pain kicked in. Finding the hospital and the correct ER building was an adventure in itself. But once I got to the right place Carlos Iqui showed up and it went pretty smoothly. Iqui saved me for sure. He stayed with me and helped translate the entire time. I would've been screwed without him. Thanks again, Carlos! Amazingly I was completely fine after the 8 hours in the ER and we were able to start filming the next morning.

Carlos Iqui, frontside flip. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Ribeiro

Are you happy with the finished part? Would you do anything differently next time?

I am, but I wish I didn't have to film the entire part in such a short period of time and on a trip. The
time crunch took away from the piece creatively. I wish I could've really taken my time with angles and worked with the skaters to get each trick exactly how I/we wanted. But I'm really happy with how it came together and again, I'm super proud of my crew and how hard they killed it. Their skating speaks for itself. Part of me almost wishes they had a Brazilian cinematographer make the part instead of me. Keep it 100% Brazil. But I'm honored to be able to do it. I just hope I did Brazil justice. I think if I got to do this again, I'd really try to push it creatively. But that can be a tough balance in skateboarding. Cinematographers and creatives might love something new and different, but skaters might hate it and just want to get back to a raw skate video. Finding that balance is really difficult.

Rodrigo Petersen, ollie. São Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Camarillo

Favorite Cinematographer section from the past?
I gotta pick Mike Manzoori and Jon Miner's part from the OG Cinematographer. Adrenalin skateboards days, classic SF spots, and Chris Senn footage easily wins me over. That video all together is so nostalgic of my early skating years. It's so good—the music, gnarly vignette fisheye stuff, Reynolds and Rowley footage. It's a classic. For the 2012 Cinematographer Project there's too many to pick a favorite. I'll give you my top 3. Russell Houghton for pushing it creatively, Beagle for keeping it raw as hell, and The Alien Workshop section for just overall radness.

Yuri Facchini, nollie backside 180 switch frontside crook. São Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Camarillo

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