lunes, 29 de octubre de 2007

en la cresta de la ola (surf & posters)



There were a handful of filmmakers in the late 50s through the 60s. In 1953 Bud Browne made Hawaiian Surfing Movie, the first commercial surf film that was shown anywhere. John Severson along with Bruce Brown came up with the standard style of modern surf movie, silly comedy sketches with a search for surf plot.

In those days, the filmmakers spent half of the year traveling around shooting surfing on 16mm film. When they had enough footage to fill an hour and a half, they would add some silly comedy routines, an intermission in the middle, and show it at high school auditoriums, beach town theaters and community halls. They would put on the whole show themselves, setting up, running the projector, narrating the film live and packing it all up for the next city. These authentic surf films catered to a growing group of stoked, hooting young surfers.

Surf movie posters and handbills were the primary way to advertise the next showing of the surf movies. Often times, the filmmakers were out there plastering the handbills on car windows and tacking them to telephone poles. The surf movie posters documented an era of the 50’s-60’s when surfing was a culture. The movies highlighted the hot young surfers of the era, many of which have become legends today.

En este extracto de Surfing Collectibles Guide. Magazine & Poster Issue ya se ve que el surf, además de ostentar toda una cultura enraizada a los sueños y ansias de libertad, iba a generar una iconografía, una música, una ideología playera que difumina la línea entre el individualismo y lo colectivo. El surf también se presta a interpretaciones sociales, pero lo que ahora nos interesa es su grafismo.

Surf Movie Posters of the 60's nos da una idea de lo que una ola puede hacer con alguien que se sube en ella. Entre la subida y la bajada hay un momento en que el tiempo queda suspendido, pero los que creen que siempre estarán en la cresta desconocen que la ola ya ha decidido por ellos. El viento, dependiendo de donde venga, también hace su trabajo. Mantenerse es otra historia.

 
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