06/11/2013 | by Nina Zietman | 2 comments
Other than the actual riding, the element that will make a great edit stand out is the accompanying music. Classic parts have classic soundtracks that enhance the viewing experience and make it memorable, whether it’s Romain de Marchi shredding to Paranoid Android in Absinthe’s Vivid (above) or the cheeky Icelandic homage to Sigur Ros in Halldor’s part in They Came From.
Warning though, it’s an unwritten rule in skateboard and snowboard movies not to reuse songs. No matter how much you think Kids by MGMT suits your riding style, anyone who knows anything will hear that and instantly think of the first movie that used it, so don’t copy! You don’t want anyone to be let down by the lack of 120 foot booters and triple backflips in your edit. This also keeps things fresh and evolving. Try and find a track your audience is unlikely to have heard before, that way if they here the song again they’ll be transported back to your mad editing skills. For inspiration, there’s nothing better that putting together a playlist then going for a shred with your headphones on and seeing what feels good.
Music works so well in shredits, but a few little tricks will give yours a little extra class. Try editing to the music. This is simply making sure any key moments in a shot such as take offs or landings/bails match up to the beat. If it won’t work for a particular shot then try cutting to the next shot on the beat instead. All it takes is a little bit of playing around as you’re building your composition. If you do it as you go, you can make sure the music is synced all the way through. It’s not snowboarding, but for one of the best ever examples check out this trailer for Girl Skateboard’s Pretty Sweet.