Thomas Campbell has a new film coming out this year and is running a few rounds of very rad and creative fundraising for it. Read up on the project, the skaters, and the artists involved.
Interview by Blair Alley
Y.O.D. stands for Ye Olde Destruction. How did you settle on this title for the film?
Well, skateboarding in general is an outlaw activity bent towards destroying shit. But that is just one part of it. The way the idea of the film was written was for it to end in chaos and destruction. That’s all I will say for now.
When will it be released?
It looks like the film will have kind of a two-fold release around July. My plan is to make a small hardcover book with images from the film and a download code for the movie inside. Pictures taken by Brian Gaberman, Arto Saari, Jai Tanju, French Fred and myself that will be available at umyeaharts.com and also do some screenings of the film with the band No Age playing a live score to the film. They are making the original soundtrack. Eventually in the fall, the film will be available online for everyone to see.
Who are the skaters in front of your lens?
Here is a list of the rippers that will be featured in the film: Evan Smith, Jon Dickson, Jason Adams, Rick McCrank, Max Schaaf, Dennis Busenitz, Tony Trujillo, Caswell Berry, Brent Atchley, Arto Saari, Elisa Steamer, Ray Barbee, Al Partanen, Omar Salazar, Jackson Pilz, Ben Raemers, Chris Russell, Keegan Sauder, John Whitworth, Cole Wilson, Jeremy Leabres, Aaron Suski, Mark Suciu, Nick Garcia, Javier Mendizabal, Raven Tershy, Barker Barrett, Zack Wallin, Chico Brenes, Louie Barletta, Collin Provost, Stefan Janoski among others. Also thankful to have French Fred and Jon Miner helping me capture the moments.
Is it a struggle to shoot film in this day and age?
I have always shot 16mm film and not really ventured into the digital realm too much. So shooting in film is home for me, the issues in 2018 with shooting film is cost, evaporation of labs that deal with it and the almost extinction of people that will fix film cameras, which is a weird predicament. But Kodak is still making film and they have been supportive of this project. So I am thankful for that.
What artists are involved in the fundraising/auction?
Andy Jenkins, Barry Mcgee, Todd Francis, Simone Shubuck, Richard Colman, Tim Kerr, Neil Blender, Ed Templeton, Cody Hudson, Ron Cameron, Jenny Sharaf, Russ Pope, Sean Cliver, Tod Swank, Chris Reed, Fernando Elvira, John Herndon, Evan Hecox, Steve Claar, Mat O’Brien, Natas Kaupas, Lori Damiano, Thomas Campbell, Jason Arnold, Jay Howell, Nathaniel Russell, Max Schaaf, Todd Bratrud, Brian Lotti, Geoff Mcfetridge, Jeff Canham, Jim Houser. So to say the least it takes a village.
Has it been difficult to raise the amount of money you need to make this film a reality?
This film is a labor of love, that has taken close to six years working on it slowly. I have no direct sponsors for the film, I just didn’t want it to be a thing selling something, it’s just a celebration of skateboarding. Skateboarding pretty much gave me everything in my life, especially creativity, determination and great times, I’m just psyched to share it. Yeah it’s hard financially to make the movie on film, it basically costs about 175 dollars for every three minutes of filming to buy the film, process it and transfer to digital for editing. But I love the way it looks, film has a very emotional feel to it and skating is emo. It seems like it is going to be very hard to have functioning cameras in the near future. So the time is now.
More info about the film from Thomas:
So yes, I have been working on this self-funded skateboarding movie for about six years now, mainly shot on a 16mm film with a solid grip of shredders building and skating DIY action, some street stuff, pools, and some parks. The movie is really about capturing sessions at different spots. It’s basically a driving movie, with two different crews driving these two old cars around skating and sometimes skating the cars.
I have been doing some fundraising by having a large group of friends from my artistic community lend their hands to the project, painting raw skateboard blanks that I have been auctioning off. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE AUCTION AND SUPPORT THE FILM!