Invisible Skateboards

This is from the skate video Yeah Right.  What it is is the pro skaters riding around on an invisible boards.  How they did this was they painted the entire board green, like a green screen.  I’m not to familiar with green screens but they then edited the boards out and it looks like they are riding on invisible skateboards.


6 Responses to “Invisible Skateboards”

  1. thekingofeurope Says:

    the yeah right video is interesting. i like spike jonze and girl, but the use of special effects in a skateboarding video runs counter to what makes a skateboarding video great. watching these guys pull off tre flips, impossibles, k grinding a handrail, or clearing a massive gap all on their own is simply amazing and inspiring. i know there is no camera trickery involved (aside from the owen wilson part), and everything shown actually happened with only the boards removed, but it just seems like i’m being scammed here. it’s kind of like what george lucas did to the original star wars. if it isn’t broke don’t fix it.

  2. very interesting, i wonder what other riding objects we could green screen out! i love how even the shadow of the skateboard is edited out.

  3. astrangerwithcandy Says:

    thekingofeurope-they only use special effects as interludes between skaters parts. there is no special effects during the skaters actual parts.

    spike jonze is known for pushing the envelope with any project he’s attached too; this is one such case.

  4. thekingofeurope Says:

    astrangerwithcandy – i think the use of a green screen is a special effect. i know that every trick that is shown actually occurred and all they did was remove the boards. i just don’t feel it was necessary. i like watching the board flip end over end during a kickflip or the trucks grinding a metal rail. this was a good experiment and it does have some interesting visuals, but i’d love to see how the video would have looked minus the heavy editing work.

  5. astrangerwithcandy Says:

    the tricks that they are doing in this piece are rudimentary, and only done to highlight the effect of the green screen. again, this clip is an interlude between parts of the professional skaters, and is not meant to display their true potential. their actual parts are unedited, and feature extremely technical skating.

  6. sailorattitude Says:

    I think I would actually prefer to see the actual skateboard, but my question is: where did all the shadows go? I can understand getting rid of the boards, but how did they get rid of the shadows on the cement…

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