Crete The StreetsIn the early '00s, as we looked on while the upper-left portion of the U.S. turned into a concrete cornucopia, Rick Charnoski and Buddy Nichols captured, in black and white, skateboarding's newly-cemented legacy in the northwest. It was an infectious movement of rebar and sk-architecture that quickly migrated east, south and worldwide. Now, four years after releasing "Northwest," the boys at NCP Films have moved their focus eastward with the upcoming "New York Skate Movie" (working title).
EXPN.com: What has skateboarding taught you about filmmaking, and vice versa?
Buddy Nichols: Skating teaches you how to have fun in any situation. Making chicken salad out of chicken shit is a valuable tool to have in any pursuit. Sometimes the best session or best piece of film is totally unplanned.
EXPN.com: What do you like about shooting in Super 8?
B.N.: It looks good. It makes reality look like a movie.
EXPN.com: What's the hardest part about making a feature versus a shorter film?
B.N.: With a feature, you have to keep thinking about holding someone's attention for a longer period of time, and you really have to plan it out so it doesn't go flat.
EXPN.com: What's your own relationship to skateboarding in New York?
B.N.: I lived and skated in NYC from '95 to '03. The skate scene in New York is huge, but at the same time, it's pretty tight-knit. If you skate there long enough, you end up meeting a lot of good people.
EXPN.com: Favorite NY skate spots of past or present?
B.N.:The Banks were super fun. There was also a vert ramp in the anchorage of the Brooklyn Bridge for a summer way back. It was part of some freaky art show and was only 15 feet wide, but the space made it cool.
EXPN.com: So what's been going on in Cali in the last eight years? In N' Out Burger? Year-round skating weather?
B.N.: Both Rick and I moved to California in 2003, basically to skate pools and get away from the winter.
EXPN.com: Is there anything you miss about New York?
B.N.: I miss eating sushi at midnight on a Tuesday. I miss a lot of friends. I miss ducking into a bar after skating. I miss the energywalking out of my apartment at two in the morning and seeing loads of people hanging out.
EXPN.com: What do you feel has changed most about skateboarding in New York today, (versus that of the '80s and '90s)?
B.N.: I'm not the person to answer that. I know the history from what other people tell me, not first hand, but from what I've heard, there are more skaters in New York now and New York gets more coverage now.
EXPN.com: How do you account for seven poor-to-mediocre public skateparks in a city with 8 million people?
B.N.: Red tape. You have to get the go ahead from 50 different agencies to get anything going. Skateparks in New York just get taken over by bikers anyway. Skaters in the city keep it to the streets. Who wants to skate in a cage like New York?
EXPN.com: How does the weather factor into being a skateboarder in NY?
B.N.: The weather sucks, but it makes you creative.
EXPN.com: How do you think local companies and shops attribute to a tight scene here?
B.N.: Cool, skater-run shops have a long history in New York. They employ skaters and create a meeting spot for kids.
EXPN.com: Any projects planned for the future?
B.N.: We have loads of ideas and possibilities and basically have a few films that are already shot and sitting there waiting to be edited. We also have a couple already done that are waiting for the go ahead to come out.
EXPN.com: Release Date?
B.N.: Hopefully late summer. It keeps getting pushed back, but with something this important, we have to make sure we get the facts straight and don't leave stuff out.