Physical Mental Concrete (1997), Why Walk (1998) and Urban Explorers (1999) were three skate videos I released while I was studying a Bachelor Degree and the School O Fine Arts in Hobart, Tasmania.
These were produced during the Video 8 and then Hi-8 days of analog tape and reel to reel master tapes. The equipment by todays standards were pre-historic! Video Production at the Art School was still in its infant stages, preceeding multi-media studies, so obviously it was very time consuming to log and edit.
I was heavily influenced by the big videos of the time (e.g Eastern Exposure's, Toy Machine's "Welcome To Hell" and Zero's "Thrill Of It All", and drew great inspiration from the rawness of Dan Wolfe's filming and Jamie Thomas' "get in close" style.
From what I knew there wasn't really anyone else constantly filming in Tasmania in this time frame (however I later found out Chris Snare in the North of the state kept the fire burning). The skate scene had fluctuated for a long time, and these vids were filmed just as it was starting to pick up again.
These vids featured all the well know (in Tassie anyway?!) skaters of the era such as Sean Holland, Joe Beecroft, Redvers Beard R.I.P, Paul Evans, a young Tom Cuthbertson, and Tyrus Mason. There's even a few snippets of the occasional pro sighting (very rare in Tas), such as Bob Burnquist, who was relatively unknown at the time.
Most of the spots are long gone, and it was well before the time of easily accessible parks that were actually built okay.
These 3 videos were never released outside of Tasmania and came out on VHS, so excuse the lo-resolution. So with out any greater fanfare please kick back, blow the dust off the VCR and step back to a time in one of the world's most southern skate scenes!
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