Cam Boll – SECONDS
Cam Boll - SECONDS
After debuting SECONDS, I asked Cam what inspired him for his new project and how it all came together. Here it is in his own words:
"I had been filming with Stept for years, I grew up with some of the dudes who started it, Nick and Alex Martini and my brother Ian. Being an underdog in a big crew, it was hard to get more than a couple shots in each film. Injuries had also cut a few of my seasons short. I’d always wanted to have a full-part with as many shots and spots as possible; long, fast paced, like a skate-segment. That was my inspiration, I've always been hungry to rack up as many seconds as possible.
"That was my inspiration, I've always been hungry to rack up as many seconds as possible."
Two seasons ago, while trying to finish up school, I was stuck in Boulder for the whole winter instead of being able to travel and film with those guys. It was a welcomed break to try and do some stuff on my own. All of the spots I hit that season were hill in-run spots and day spots = no generator or lights, no winch, no bungie, no need for much crew, one camera, basic angles, just wanted as many shots as possible. It felt more natural like that too; it was simple, like skateboarding.
"It felt more natural like that too; it was simple, like skateboarding."
There were a few times I would literally set up a spot by myself, and then call a friend or one of my brothers, Alex or Ian, to film me hit it (like the one at the stadium where I jumped head first into the fence first try). I went on one trip with Stept to Maine at the end of the season in April, hit one spot (opener of my segment, the jump into the pool) and got a photo. It ended up being the cover of Freeskier Mag. Hit that spot one final time to land it better after I had landed it after a handful of unsuccessful attempts, stopped dead on the landing and tweaked my knee and that was my season.
"Right when I got there we got the most insane storm. Then another, and another."
I was sitting on a whole season of footage with no plan to edit it. I graduated in December, packed up my truck, subleased my house, and drove to Boston where my family's home is with vague plans to film all winter. Right when I got there we got the most insane storm. Then another, and another. There was 3 feet of snow everywhere in Boston, unreal. It stayed like that for the next two months.
"I decided I would keep all my shots, make my own 2-year part, and that's what I did."
I crewed up with Cam Riley, Clayton Vila, and Sean Jordan (all previous Stept dudes), and we hit spots and filmed each other every day for two months. Boston is a great spot for street skiing because it's so dense. Since we all are from the east, we know tons of spots. We had a small crew, so it was fairly easy for all of us to stack footage. Clayton was directing a street-skiing-documentary “For Lack of Better” with Cam Riley and Sean, so I decided I would keep all my shots, make my own 2-year part, and that's what I did."
Cam Boll - SECONDS