Name: Jakub Kosmowski
Best PWA ranking/result: 13th Fuerteventura 2009
Favourite move: shaka, ponch
Favourite World Wide spot: Cape Town and Fuerteventura
First video produced: About Windsurfing http://vimeo.com/924784
Favourite personal video produced: About Windsurfing, I also really enjoyed working on the three videos from PWA Fuerteventura 2011 http://www.behance.net/gallery/PWA…
First up then, can you tell us what the project is and a little more about it?
Well we started thinking about the project in late 2010. I was watching a lot of action packed movies from Fuerteventura, Bonaire, Maui and all that and I thought that it would be a nice addition to make something different. A movie which is different to anything else before. A movie about the riders and their struggle on the PWA World Tour. So a documentary was the natural choice, but we decided we will also cover the PWA crew and not only the riders. We want to show what makes professional windsurfing so special. How the top guys are handling the emotions and stress. That was a starting point. In the beginning Crossing the Limits was supposed to be a feature length movie, but we quickly realized that you can’t cover 12 events in such a short amount of time. Then we had an idea for the series. I think a 30 minute episode from one event will be enough and will cover the event perfectly.
When we decided for the series we thought about what would be a good idea to bring more people into not just watching the series but also into windsurfing. We came up with that crowd funding/building community concept. We want to gather people interested in windsurfing, film, documentary, travel all to one place. We want to make sure the series is interesting to as many people as possible. They say that a good documentary is interesting for someone who doesnt know anything about the subject of that documentary, and this is what drives us! We want people to be interested in it, not only because they love windsurfing, but because it’s a great story.
We see the world of winter-sports pushing hard into video production, ideally what progressions would you say our sport needs to step up to that level?
Definitely snowboarding is a leading player n the extreme sport filmography, with Brain Farm films at the top. Luckily there is a progress already in windsurfing movies with Andre Paskowski launching his Minds Wide Open, which already set a new level for windsurfing films. Also riders are getting better clips by themselves. The standard is going up and that’s a good thing. I think that now with the camera gear getting cheaper we will see more and more better productions. But we need something different. It’s not about chunking tricks into a timeline and playing them one after another. We need new angles, new ways of shooting and editing. Windsurfers need to get more creative with the way they film. Hopefully our series will also set a new standard as this is something completely new and never seen before in windsurfing.
From your personal experience at PWA events what would you say we can expect in terms of behind the scene action?
I want to capture everything that happens on a PWA event. It’s not only riders who work hard. We will capture their highs and lows. From my own experience I know that very often you are exposed to your mental and physical limits. We want to capture that moment. Each of the riders have their own way of dealing with stress and exhaustion, and hopefully this series will bring us closer to each rider. We want to show people that windsurfing on the World Tour is not as easy as it seems and that those riders deserve respect. At the same time we want to keep it natural so we have no acting in our series. It’s a documentary that’s why we want to show reality.
When can we expect to see the first episode?
Every episode will launch one month after the event. PWA is planning first event in March so we hope to start with the first episode in April.
How many cameras could be shooting at any one time?
Our budget is set to cover three cameras and three cameramen on each event but if we raise more money we will spend additional funds on extra camera and crew.
So you will be doing a mini-series of features for us about filming, can you tell us a little more about what topics you plan to cover?
We are planning to cover every aspect of filming windsurfing. First we will start up with a setup of your camera and what you should look for and what to avoid when shooting in windy and sandy conditions. Then we will move to filming. So good camera angles and camera moves. Getting shots underwater.
Can we expect video tutorials for each of these?
I will create a feature for Boardseeker however when you want to get full access to all in-depth tutorials on how to shoot you can have that after a small donation to our project. Please check our website for details.
We are looking forward to seeing the project get underway, any last words and where can people head to find out more?
You can always check our project site at: http://www.indiegogo.com/Crossing-the-Limits-documentary-seriesYou can also find more information on our social media sites, with regular progress updates. Please always remember that we need to show the idea to as many people as possible so share it with your friends and family so we get better exposure! Thank you!