Over the years the culture of filming within fingerboard scene has changed significantly. In the early 2000s, there were numerous forums, such as FFI and many others, where people would post pictures, edits and ideas to one another. As that community progressed YouTube came along and really helped build a new culture of filming and edits. Here is where people from all over the world posted all variations of edits; from sitting at your parents kitchen table to outdoor spots to home made parks. People began taking not only their fingerboarding skills to the next level, but also their filming. Viewers could now tell fingerboarders apart by their style of tricks and filming.
As the years went on Instagram began to grow in popularity, this changed a lot within the fingerboard world. Instead filming a 4-5minute edit, that you would have to film, download onto a computer, edit, and post online. People could now post a 30second clip and post it instantly. From there people have began posting clips to their social media accounts which has shortened clips even more. This has had an impact on edits as a whole within the community. There are differing opinions and thoughts when it comes to the change from longer edits to shorter clips.
Some believe that the shorter clip culture is wonderful. It's easy to use, quicker to pump out short edits, and post so much more. People have thought that it's easier to get recognized for their edits based on algorithms and hashtags. Instead of having a smaller group of people posting edits to YouTube, now there are so many people posting clips to social media. People can now scroll through hashtags or the discover page and find an endless amount of people who love the same thing. That is a great thing! Seeing what people can do instantly. This builds a sense of excitement and inspiration among the community. It became more efficient being able to get in contact with others and talk fingerboard. These are good things, but is there a cost?
People believe that this has affected the quality of edits as a whole. They see ease and efficiency as a negative thing. Within YouTube filming culture there seems to be a consistent sense of higher quality filming. The impression is that people take way more to time to get the cleanest tricks and highest quality angles and lighting. This community seems to non-verbally communicate, "Take your time, and make it the absolute best you can".
Although there are two different schools of thought, there are many people who merge both of these thought processes together. They accomplish this by the way they take their time. Taking more time to set up lighting, angles, and video quality. Not using the same angle, same obstacle, same filming style, for a full minute edit.
Regardless of where your opinion lies it is always good to include different elements to your edits. Using different cinematic elements to create something unique. These would include setting up intentional lighting, self-filming, friends filming, shallow depth of field, fish-eye, no fish eye, adding B-role, along with so much more.
At the end of the day, what makes fingerboarding great is just having fun. Enjoying the feeling of landing a clean trick or just shredding with friends. It's not about the followers or the views its about so much more. Just go fingerboard!
To check out some of our edits go check out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyrsIwTCZe4EWCnDv1isBHw
Or our Instagram edits: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJefe1aBb2H/