Kilian Martin: A Skate Illustration
A Short-Film Review

South Africa By: Mandy J Watson on 30 September 2011
Category: Screen > Shorts > Reviews
Tags: #skateboarding, #watch Comments View Comments


The beauty of skateboarding is celebrated in a short piece that's expertly shot in urban and rural settings to allow colour, light, and architecture to complement the freestyle techniques.

Kilian Martin: A Skate IllustrationKilian Martin: A Skate illustration is a combination of stylish skateboarding, a director who really knows how to move the camera to complement the freestyle flow, and clever use of slow motion interspersed with real time to emphasise key moments, all of which is well matched to the soundtrack "Rescue Radio" by Soft Bullets (UK musician Christopher Wall).

The short, which was filmed earlier this year, highlights the impressive and unique techniques of professional freestyle Spanish skater Kilian Martin. To capture the beautiful slow moments filmmaker Brett Novak used a camera from Quench Studios that captures video at high speed, which results in slow-motion video when the footage is played back at normal speed.

Kilian Martin: A Skate Illustration

The result is this short, which was used in the documentary Concrete Circus that was made for and aired on Channel 4 in the UK in August this year by director Mike Christie. The documentary explores urban sports such as parkour, BMX biking, and skateboarding.

Kilian Martin: A Skate Illustration

This is the third in a series of Kilian Martin skateboarding shorts that Brett Novak has created over the past two years. To view them all, see the "Watch Online" section below.

Watch Online Watch Online
Kilian Martin: A Skate Escalation (2010)

Kilian Martin: A Skate Regeneration (2010)

Kilian Martin: A Skate Illustration (2011) Opinion: Kilian Martin: A Skate Illustration (2011)
Rating: 8/10
In One Word: Mesmerising

Key Facts: Kilian Martin: A Skate Illustration (2011)
Year: 2011 (15 August 2011)
Running Time: 00:04:00
Genres: Documentary, Sports
Director/Camera/Editor: Brett Novak
Skateboarder: Kilian Martin
Music: "Rescue Radio" by Soft Bullets
Production Team, Renegade Pictures: Thomas Scott Evans, Eddie Sears, Laura Viner
Line Producer, Renegade Pictures: Rachel Naughton
Producer: Mike Christie

On The Internet
Kilian Martin: A Skate Escalation (2010): Watch Online Streaming Video YouTube | IMDb
Kilian Martin: A Skate Regeneration (2010): Watch Online Streaming Video YouTube | IMDb
Kilian Martin: A Skate Illustration (2011): Watch Online Streaming Video YouTube
Brett Novak: Official Site | Facebook | YouTube
Mike Christie: Official Site | IMDb
Concrete Circus (2011): Official Site: Channel 4 | page | Facebook | IMDb

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