This is such a sick film by Sector 9! It is one of those films that makes you shout for everyone in the house to “Come check! Look how fast that is!”
In an exploration of the abstract and the extreme, Second Nature is an examination of the natural boundaries of the human body. Noah Sakamoto, Patrick Rizzo and J.M. Duran star as the test subjects as they wield skateboards and blue suits to race down the roads of the High Sierras in California.
My favourite thing is this longboarding film is the fact that there isn’t any music for the big hill section, just pure wind and wheels. It sounds so raw and epic! Its amazingly shot and the cinematography just draws you in completely and gives you such a sense of what it’s like to pin it down hills going this fast!
I’ve always been a big fan of the Sector 9 films as they seem to get their ‘image’ and lifestyle they’re trying to portray absolutely perfect every time.
The film has done extremely well at a couple of the big action sports film festivals around the world:
Winner: Best Extreme Sports Film at the 2009 Mammoth Film Festival!
Winner: Best Short Film at the 2010 X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival.
Winner: Best Sports Film at the 2010 Sonoma International Film Festival.
Winner: Best Adventure Sport film at the 5 Point Film Festival in Colorado.
Official Selection of the 2010 San Francisco Independent Film Festival.
Official Selection of the 2010 Los Angeles Skateboard Film Festival.
Official Selection of the 2010 Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival.
Official Selection of the 2010 Adventure Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado.
Official Selection of the 2010/11 Banff Radical Reels Tour.
Official Selection of the Durango Independent Film Festival.
Here’s some fun facts about the film from one of the crew members:
- Some rangers shut down production near the end of filming. The crew was lucky enough to slip one of the hard drives into his backpack with the footage before they took away the cameras.
- The weird animation you see in the middle of the film was something Colin (the producer) and Noah (the skater/producer) made in art school together at CCAC in Oakland.
- Dru Down was paid $500 to use his song in the film. He negotiated the deal on the spot during a 30 second phone call after pulling over on the side of the freeway.
- The two main camera guys work at Industrial Lights and Magic on big budget blockbusters. They ran Noah and Patrick’s footage through some programs to stabilize it in addition to the stabilization built into the camera.