If the name Foster Huntington sounds familiar, it’s because he is the genius behind the Cinder Cone tree houses and skate park. He’s also a one heck of a photographer and has released a new stop motion skate movie completely on Instagram.
Entitled, “Pool Scum,” it’s a wild west skate-off in a random backyard pool set in the 1980s. It evokes the grittiness of the iconic era of skateboarding throughout the three-episode film.
Fueled by a childhood love of the classic “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”, Huntington wanted to explore stop motion animation — and he did so with a very difficult project. Nailing the subtleties of the movements of skateboarding is no easy task to do with handmade figurines, which is why it took Huntington and crew seven months to make “Pool Scum.”
As Huntington told Monster Children in a recent interview about the project, "Everyone that works on the project skates. We've redone shots because it didn't feel like a real McTwist — not that we can do — but we know what a McTwist or a Smith grind should look like. We've been very attentive to that. Skating is a big part of the DNA up here."
All-in-all, “Pool Scum” is three, minute-long clips that make up one of the more unique skate movies we’ve seen in a while. There’s also a bunch of clips on the @MovieMountain Instagram documenting the making of the movie and everything that went into it.
Hopefully we get more of these from Huntington and crew in the future, and hopefully others take note of this creativity and putting out a non-fiction piece on social media.
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