Interview with Ben Holmes – Behind the scenes for’ Skate The Peaks 2015′

We interviewed Ben Holmes about his latest film released on: 14/10/15.

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We interviewed Ben Holmes about his latest film released on: 14/10/15.

What inspired you to make this film?

I think about a year ago it kinda kicked in that I’d be leaving the Peak District in a years time for uni. Before I left such an incredible scene behind I thought I'd make a film that gives it the recognition it deserves.

How long did it take?

I think I’ve been stacking clips since April, so roughly 6 months.

Have you shot and edited the whole movie by yourself?

Yeah mostly. I've had help filming some shots that I'm in, I've used some people's GoPro headcam footage and I've also had help from some amazing follow car drivers.

Who helped make it happen?

A lot of people helped make it as big as it is. I received a huge amount of support from the whole Peaks/Midlands/North longboard community; everyone was happy to get stuck in and skate! I've had support from some amazing people who've helped me get to places I need to be, mainly my wonderful Mum! Also a big shout to Arbor UK, Bern and Sucrose for supplying me with quality gear to help me achieve all this! And of course big up to Mcvities chocolate digestives for helping me push through the editing.

What equipment and software do you use?

I use a Canon 600D with a bunch of lenses, a FlyCam Nano steadycam and a Konova slider. To edit with I use Final Cut Pro, After Effects and Logic Pro.

What is your next film going to be about?

At the minute me and some of the Arbor UK team are planning a little edit down south somewhere. I’ll also have some big uni projects coming up soon, so that will be fun!

How long have you been skating for?

I’ve been skating for about 3 years now.

What part of the movie are you most proud of?

That’s a tricky one haha! Probably the ending, I’ve been planning how I’m going to end the film for a while and its nice to see it all come together. Either that or Skateboard Phil’s little part, that man needs some heavy respect.

Do you prefer making movies or taking photos?

I prefer making films I think, but I love photography too! They both compliment each other and, as a cinematographer there’s a lot I can learn by taking photos.

What are your future aspirations?

I’d love to work as a cinematographer or DOP on a film set, or be a documentary filmmaker capturing raw life in some bizarre country. I aspire to inspire.

What is the most difficult part of making a longer edit?

For me, knowing how much footage you need for it; it's always more than you think! Finding the right music is always a massive challenge too, I think I spent 3 solid days looking for music for this film.

Have you learnt any valuable lessons?

I guess making a longer edit is a lesson in itself, it's taught me a lot about how to arrange an edit to have good flow and rhythm. I've also learned quite a bit about directing.

Do you have any advice for people wanting to skate the peaks?

Do it! It’s such an incredible place to skate with an amazing variety of spots and marvelous people, just give a shout to one of the guys up there and they’ll show you around.

Any advice for budding videographers?

Keep on making films! I believe if you have a passion for filmmaking, you will rapidly progress if you fight for your passion regardless of your initial skill. It's such a rewarding hobby/career and that's why we love it so much!


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