For many film makers slow motion capture offers an opportunity to explore something in more detail. To show the beauty of something we’re unable to see with the naked eye. Nature documentaries, like Planet Earth, often use slow motion to add a dynamic element to the story. To show the detail of insects in flight or animals in chase.
In his recent short film, cinematographer and YouTuber Darren Dyk used slow motion to do just that. But his film has a bit of a twist. While most skaters may use slow mo to showcase the detail of their tricks, Dyk added another element to craft a film that blends skateboarding and colour into an art form.
Chromatic 2 is the second in the series. The first film was shot in 2012 alongside Powell-Peralta skateboards. Of the film, Dyk said:
When I shot the first ‘Chromatic’…we had barely two hours to film and were limited to just one angle of shooting. This time around I wanted to do it properly, so we took a full week to really knock this one out of the park! Jason Bastian, Jonathan Bastian, and Ryan Thompson were the skateboarders behind the craziness!
We shot with the Phantom V12.1 high-speed camera at frame rates up to 6,900 frames per second and my Sony FS700 to shoot on the fly at 240fps.
Dyk’s film offers a different perspective on skateboarding. It’s like a colour run on wheels, but one that offers time to appreciate and reflect on the motion that being captured.