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92 Dreamin

Brooklyn, 1992. A lonely skater gets thrown in a dreamy virtual world, where everything is possible

0 – 5 | 2014 | Adventure | Mixed Media | Skateboarding | USA

The current overhyped 90s nostalgia is often forced and deeply naive, but there are some fortunate cases in which this obsession can give brilliant results, when used creatively.

92 Dreamin can be a great example. Incorporating live action, VFX, digital animation and 3D, directors Mikhael Villegas and Escarla Abreu managed to create a new and exciting product (it’s their final essay at the School of Visual Arts in New York City). The most remarkable trait is how they managed to render the familiar 90s VHS “style” in an otherwise perfect HD quality video. The videotape glitches that accompany  the images were made by composing together the effects made with an old VCR with the HD footage, thus avoiding the pretty lame instagram effect that many retro videos seem to have.

The story is simple. We are in Brooklyn, in 1992. A skater is practicing in a deserted road, trying to grind an abandoned television. Despite many attempts, he cannot carry out the trick – but the TV set will actually drag him into another, dreamlike world. In a twist that’s reminiscent of Tron, we’re taken in a digital dimension similar to a 90s video game, in which our protagonist is free to skate  wherever he wants. The Com Truise track (that also served as an inspiration for the title) used in the video is perfect: the american musician’s late 80s sounds seem to be just made for the images. Back in Brooklyn, he’ll bring back some parts of the virtual world he was thrown in, transforming the reality around him whenever he moves.

Skate videos are as old as the sport itself. From the images of the Z -Boys from the 70 to 1991’s Video Days, up to the today’s Vines, this format has been a constant companion for any kid with a board. This short is yet another variation on the theme, both original and new. Taking a different approach, less focused on the immediacy of the sport or the technical abilities of the protagonist, but still closely related to the fluid act of skateboarding, used as a vehicle that carries the narrative from one world to another .

The young protagonist of the video is skate videos’ enfant prodige Cooper Winterson, an independent filmmaker who recently made ​​’\ m /‘ , a video that includes young skaters (pro and not ), filmed in the style of Video Days, keeping up with the 90s nostalgia theme.

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

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