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Nike Skateboarding Film Shows How Skateboarders See the World Differently

Nike SB Screen Shot

Nike and commercial production company Hoffman Bros. recently teamed up to produce a new skateboarding short featuring pro skateboarder Stefan Janoski. Currently airing on the Nike Skateboarding website and on-air on FS1, the three-minute film visualizes Janoski’s experience of the world—personally and as a Nike skateboarder—along with fellow pro riders Sean Malto and Karsten Kleppan.

“Can’t Turn It Off” is inspired by Janoski’s insight that skateboarders perceive things differently; whereas everyday people just see a bench, a set of stairs, or a railing to hold on to in the urban landscape, skateboarders can see and realize infinite possibilities through their lens as athletes. The film begins with intimate shots of Janoski’s personal items before revealing a close-up of the new Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel shoe. Janoski then takes a drive, where his imagination takes over as he manipulates the cityscape around him in physics-defying ways.

Staying true to Janoski’s eclectic personality, the piece hones in on his artistic leanings as a sculptor and collector. The items seen in the opening sequence are Janoski’s actual belongings, which were brought in to fill the house used for the shoot, including his own pet cat and puppy. In addition, the film is shot in a grounded, sci-fi way with seamless post that’s virtually invisible to the naked eye. While the backdrops and environments were altered, the tricks were authentic and captured in-camera to showcase the unique abilities of Janoski, Malto, and Kleppan.

The shoot took place in Austin, Texas. The obstacles had to be both challenging and interesting for a skater, but also work within the narrative of Janoski’s ability to modify his surroundings. Two cameras, an Alexa and a Red Epic, were used to cover the skateboarding action while a mini-stabilized arm, mounted on a street-legal electric cart, was used to track the movement.

You can view the entire spot below:

Client: Nike SB
Sr. Director Global Brand Communication: Ean Lensch
Global Brand Manager Nike SB: Kelly Bird
Global Brand Communication Manager: Steve Strand
Creative Director: Steve Strand

Production Company: Hoffman Bros
Directors: Hoffman Bros
Director of Photography: David G. Wilson
Executive Producer: John Beveridge
Producer: Rob Sexton
Art Director: George Selestino
Hair Stylist: Jessica Lindsay
Editor: Mark Hoffman

Visual Effects Company: Mode Adjust

Telecine Company: CO3
Colorist: Tom Poole

Sound Design: Digital One
Song Writer: Mickey Newbury
Performed: Kenny Rogers


July 8, 2016