You know how they say, "behind every great man is a great woman"? Something similar can be said about skateboarders only it would go something like this: behind every great skateboarder is a great photographer and/or Filmer. If a trick were to happen and no one were there to photograph or film it in order for you to see it, did it really happen? You ever heard that other cliche, "I'll believe it when I see it"? I think a skateboarder made that up. Think about everything you've seen and were inspired by in skateboarding and I'll bet you most of it has been through the invention of photography or filmmaking. Throughout the evolution of skateboarding there has always been the photographer and/or filmer right there by the skateboarders side ensuring that whatever happened it would be documented for the world to see. If you're a fan of New York City and the people who made that scene what it is today, watch this and thank RB Umali for going in the opposite direction of California when he set out to make his dreams come true as a skateboarder and a filmmaker. The world is truly lucky someone captured these building blocks in skateboarding the way RB did. Enjoy. -- sb
RB Umali is 1 of 12 visionary filmmakers we handpicked for REDirect—a very special film project in association with RED Cameras, the industry standard for Hollywood movies. We gave him a RED cam and complete creative control to bring his vision of skateboarding to life, and you'll be able to watch his submission this Thursday. But first, get to know more about the man behind the lens.