How Do I Become a Filmer for Skateboarding?

Becoming a skateboarding filmer takes persistence.
Becoming a skateboarding filmer takes persistence. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Breaking into skateboard filming is like trying to break into any other media-related venue, it’s not what you know, but whom you know. However, before you meet the “right” people, hone your skills as a filmmaker. Famed skateboard videographer Scuba Steve, has stated many times that his impressive filming career began a sponsor requested the video he shot of his new client skateboarding. The client was simply a friend of Scuba Steve who he videoed doing tricks at a local skate park.

Things You'll Need

  • Filming equipment
  • Media waiver form

Graduate from an accredited film school. Most liberal arts colleges offer degrees in film. If you are unable to find a school near you with a film studies program, take a basic film course from a local artist or adult learning annex.

Obtain the proper equipment for filming and editing. Video software can be very expensive. Check with the public access channel in your area about renting or borrowing its equipment. If the public access station does loan out its equipment, usually your footage must be shown on their channel for free. This is great for publicity.

Film skateboarders (with their permission) and create a short movie that showcases your talent as a filmer and editor. The skateboarders in your film will need to sign a media waiver form. This form allows you to use their image and likenesses in your film. Have a local attorney draft the media waiver form.

Visit local skate shops, parks and competitions to make contacts. Pass your movie around along with flyers promoting your skills as a skateboarding filmer.

Skate often, making friends with local skateboarders. The more skateboarding friends you have, the more likely you are to be introduced to someone who needs a skateboarding filmer.

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