Dane Reynolds Said These Clips Weren’t Good Enough
Could’a fooled us.
Chapter 11 TV started as Dane Reynolds’ creative reincarnation of Marine Layer Productions, but it’s turned into something bigger. While still retaining the subtle storytelling style, Dane has created consistent exposure for the guys he hangs with regularly, from up-and-coming talent to the crusty rulers of the parking lot.
The concept behind his latest film, Glad You Scored, was to document the ridiculous nature of surf film-making and all the ups, downs, failures and fun that come with it. Never Doing That Again features waves and moments that didn’t make the cut but were good enough to warrant their own package, while still capturing that overarching theme.
During his interview for How Surfers Get Paid, Dane opened up on his process behind creating a new yet familiar platform for local surfers out of his own pocket, even if he didn’t greet them with open arms at first.
“Pretty much when five years ago or whatever, I was just such an asshole,” Dane said. “I would see these up-and-coming kids and be like…these kids are too eager. Fuck. Give me a break. I have two hours of surf, let me get some waves, whatever. I was bitter about it. And then I just started surfing with them and the more you talk to them, they’re cool kids. And then I was asking them where they put their footage if they get some stuff they’re stoked on and asking them about their deals with sponsors.
“It wasn’t really a whole lot of thought, but I just missed making surf videos without a whole lot of pressure for it to be at a certain level. And the surf culture around Ventura is so funny to me. I just wanted to involve all these friends and kids I’ve been surfing with and create a community out of it and still be in front of the camera but have the back-end creative side, which is what gets me stoked. Well, I love surfing, but it’d be a little sad if I was the only one in front of the camera. I’ve got a few more years of that, but that’d be pretty sad in 10 years if I’m the only one, like if I’m calling filmers and having them come film me. It makes more sense if there are guys that are making a career out of it, and if I’m in it too, it’s fun.”
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