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Lava Girl Surf | News & Features

Film Festival Interview | Filmmaker Hayley Gordon for 'Summer Salad'

Davina Grincevicius

Hayley Gordon's film Summer Salad was selected for the 2014 NY Women's Surf Film Festival | Women of the Seven Seas. For your chance to see it on the big screen, join us this Saturday August 16th, at 7:00pm at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. 

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Where did you grow up? 

I grew up in Southampton on Eastern Long Island.

What was your concept for Summer Salad? 

I wanted to do a short film featuring surfing and skating - I wanted to document my friends summer, and keep a lighthearted vibe.  To me summer is a season for relaxing and having fun and I wanted that to show through.  It wasn't about landing the best tricks or nailing the most amazing footage ever, but showing a more fun and cruisey side to the sports.

How did you go about selecting the surfers and skaters for your film? 

I really just shot who was around me.  It was a bit more of a fly on the wall documentary of a period in my friends lives.

What is your favorite scene and or which are you most proud of in this film? 

My favorite scene is the desert, when we were shooting full, unopened beer cans with BB guns and then running up to them.  That party was a blast, and the lighting of the scene was pretty amazing.  The full moon coming up over the horizon shrouded with the hazy desert dust made it feel like we were on another planet.  I also really enjoyed shooting the scene with the girls skating the quarter pipe at the old abandoned elementary school in Encinitas.  I'm not sure how much longer that building will be there.  The girls rolled up and Vanessa and Taylor just took it apart.  It wasn't the easiest thing to skate, either.

What was some of the challenges in making this film? 

It was tough trying to get good surf footage.  The surf was not so great and I ended up getting so much skate footage that I had to wait to get surf footage to balance it out.  I joked that it was just becoming a skate video.  I was supposed to finish it in a few months, but it took a year.

When you manage to get away where is your favorite place to visit? 

I love coming home!  I can't wait to get back to New York this September.  Somehow getting a few waves back home on Long Island is one of the best things.  It has this special feeling.

What can't you live without when you travel? 

I need music.  If I had to have one thing, it would be a way to play music.

Where do you find your personal inspiration? 

I watch a lot of surf/skate videos and regular movies.  I get inspired by other people's work and ideas, and when I see something really good it gets me inspired to go out there and create my own unique vision.  I've been pretty impressed recently, for example, by Steve McQueen's long takes (12 Years A Slave).  I'd love to translate that into a surf or skate video.

Whats next for Hayley Gordon?

Working on a top secret skate video idea.  Stay tuned!  Also trying to finish a longboard video.  Getting good surf to match our initial shoots is getting hard, we had a knockout first session.


Hayley Gordon is a 29 year old filmmaker who grew up surfing on Long Island, NY.  She moved to Encinitas 4 years ago and began shooting surfing in the summer of 2010.  Since then she’s been making several short films for fun, as well as the hope of giving female surfers more visibility.  She loves surfing Swami’s and Pipes, and occasionally makes a trek to Blacks or Trestles.  Her dream surf trip is to go to Kandui in the Mentawais.  Check out more of her work at www.leashless.tv

Film Festival Interview | Filmmaker Morgan Maassen for 'Frankie'

Davina Grincevicius

Morgan Maassen's films on Frankie (in Hawaii & Tahiti)  were selected for the 2014 NY Women's Surf Film Festival | Women of the Seven Seas. For your chance to see it on the big screen, join us this Saturday August 16th, at 7:00pm at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. 

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Where did you grow up?

Santa Barbara, California

What was your concept for your movies featuring Frankie?

Frankie is an incredibly talented young surfer who loves to travel the world and push herself in waves of consequence. i set out to document her experiencing both the beauty of the ocean in these places, as well as her sheer surfing talent.

How did you meet Frankie and come to film her in Hawaii and Tahiti?

I've known Frankie for some years through shooting for Billabong Women's. We are both young, passionate, driven people who share the common interests of surfing and traveling, so it was only natural we schemed up trips to and waves to visit.

What was some of the challenges in making these films?

Swimming in big surf with my waterhousing, timing swell forecasts perfectly, and finding time to make these trips happen between our busy schedules. 

It looks like you travel a lot with your films, where has been your favorite place to visit and shoot?

Without question the Kimberly mountains of northern Australia; i've never experienced such magnificent beauty. 

What can't you live without when you travel?

A good pair of swim trunks, noise-canceling headphones and Cliff Bars.

Where do you find your personal inspiration?  

Traveling, the ocean, and being an avid surfer myself :)

Whats next for Morgan Maassen?

I have a crazy schedule of photo shoots, film projects, so lots more travel underway!

Morgan Maassen is a photographer and filmmaker, based in Los Angeles, California. He has been interviewed for publications such as Wired, ESPN, Stab Photolyfe, Empire Ave & Lomography. He has also won the 2013 Red Bull Illume "Lifestyle" Winner, 2013 Red Bull Illume "Athlete's Choice" Winner , 2013 Monster Children Black & White Finalist  & 2010 Follow The Light Grant Recipient. TO find out more about Morgan go to his website morganmaassen.com

Film Festival Interview | Filmmaker Taylor "Birdman" Larison for 'Say No More'

Davina Grincevicius

Taylor "Birdman" Larison's film Say No More was selected for the 2014 NY Women's Surf Film Festival | Women of the Seven Seas. For your chance to see it on the big screen, join us this Saturday August 16th, at 7:00pm at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. 

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lava girl surf film festival 2014 birdman taylor larison

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised within walking distance of the Pacific, in Oceanside California where I followed the natural progression of So Cal boys: Crawl, walk, skate, ride and surf. 

What was your concept for Say No More?

I haven't seen that many all women longboard surf films in awhile, and thought it was time to create a film that showcased local women surfers that shred at longboarding.

What are you trying to communicate, and whats the meaning behind the film's name?

Their's really no meaning to the name of the film. I couldn't think of a title, and one night 'Say No More' came to mind for some reason. Then I started to think of it as 'Say No More' Lindsay is here! 'Say No More' Makala is here! and so on..

How did you go about selecting the surfers for your film?

I knew a couple girls that longboard and that I film. I was told a lot that I should make a women's longboard surf film, but always the situation came up that I don't know enough women to make a film. I was on Instagram one day looking at Makala Smiths photos and I made a comment on her photo, and she instantly comment back to me saying "Fool! We need to film!" so instantly I was like really? hmm ok. Then when I met up with Makala for the first time, I asked her "Do you know other women that shred at longboarding? and instantly she told me "YES I DO!, I'm friends with this girl Karina Rozunko that shreds hard!" From one girl to the other, spreading the word that I'm making a women's longboard surf film. The rest is history to meeting all these women surfers.

How did you go about selecting the music for your films?

I asked the girls what type of music they enjoy listening to. I'd pick an artist that I enjoyed and let them listen to the song, and would ask them what do you think? They'd give me a yes or no.

What is your favorite scene and or which are you most proud of in this film?

I like and enjoy the film as a whole.

When you manage to get away where is your favorite place to visit?

Any where really. I don't surf as much as I use to. Since filming and editing has taken over my life, but when I do I enjoy surfing by myself any where in San Diego.

Where do you find your personal inspiration?  

From watching and observing what other film makers are doing right and what I think in my mind are doing wrong, and I try to expand off of that to make my own version.

What is next for Taylor Birdman Larison?

Off to Puerto Escondido with a couple long boarders from San Diego, for my next upcoming film that's going to be based around big wave surfing and noserides. Haven't really seen the full circle of what a surfer can accomplish. You see a lot of noserides in a film, but when can you see the long boarders talents in the tube and on the nose? and I'll also be working on and finalizing a project I've been working on for the past 3-4 years. The film is called 'FIN UP!' It's a movie based around a San Clemente longboard surfer named "Tommy Witt". The film will be showcasing Tommy Witt and his friends. Featuring Herbie Fletcher, Chris Ward, Noah Shimabukuro....and the list goes on. Another women's film will be in the works next year 2015.

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Taylor "Birdman" Larison is the founder and owner of Birdman Media which specializes in longboard surf videos and related "lifestyle" videos for musicians and manufacturers. For more information on Taylor you can go to his website birdmanmedia.com.

 

Film Festival Interview | Filmmaker Nathan Oldfield for 'The Involvement Dream'

Davina Grincevicius

Nathan Oldfield's film The Involvement Dream was selected for the for the 2014 NY Women's Surf Film Festival | Women of the Seven Seas. For your chance to see it on the big screen, join us this Saturday August 16th, at 7:00pm at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. 

lava girl surf film festival 2014 women of the seven seas
lava girl surf film festival women of the seven seas

Where did you grow up and where are you living now?

I grew up on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, an hour and a half north of Sydney. I now live on the Far North Coast of New South Wales.

How did you get started in surf filmmaking and why? 

For me filmmaking is just another extension of my surfing life. I have always mucked around with photography since I was a kid, so the transition to capturing moving pictures was a fairly natural one. I've always liked beautiful things & making stuff. 

How did Involvement Dream come about?

My friend Belinda Baggs was excited about the opportunity to ride this board & she approached me about making a small film about it.

How did you come to meet Belinda Baggs?

I met Belinda over ten years ago while making my first film called 'Lines From A Poem.' We are long time friends now & our families often get together.

What was some of the challenges in making this film?

Only that we had a small window to capture it. Belinda had to return the board to its owner and we only had two days to shoot. Thankfully, the elements aligned and we were gifted some beautiful winter waves and weather.

Where has been your favorite places to surf and shoot surfers?

It's kind of hard to nail down just one location. I love to surf a variety of places, and some of them I like to keep close to my chest. But I love a good right point break. In terms of shooting, I feel every location has something to offer in terms of angles, opportunities for creative composition and light play. Sometimes the most ordinary of shooting scenarios can offer moments if your eye is open to them. 

What can't you live without when you travel?

My iPod & headphones. Music is a really big part of my life.

Where do you find your personal inspiration? 

My wife. Our children. Friends. Surfing. Meditation. Artists. Musicians. Poets. Filmmakers. Authors. Waking up early in the morning. Sea gazing. The great outdoors. Really, I think, inspiration is everywhere.

What is next for Nathan Oldfield?

Hopefully, working on more film projects. 

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lava girl surf film festival 2014 women of the seven seas

Nathan Oldfield is a husband / father / surfer / shaper / photographer / filmmaker / school teacher / sea gazer from the North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. He is interested in beautiful things and making stuff. Nathan has made several short films, and three feature length surf films called Lines From A Poem, Seaworthy and The Heart & The Sea. Nathan is a local team rider for Patagonia and a contributing artist for The Critical Slide Society. You can follow the journey of Nathan’s work via his blog called Look & Sea, Tumblr page nathan-oldfield.tumblr.com or Instagram @nathanoldfield.