Two years ago, German filmmaker and skateboarder Daniel Mildner came up with an idea. Mildner wanted to make a new kind of skateboarding video.
“Skateboarders today, they have seen skateboarding videos shot in almost every country,” Mildner told GrindTV. “They have seen videos shot throughout all of Europe [and] all of the United States. Nowadays, nothing is new to skateboarders. So, I wanted to shoot a video series showcasing countries nobody had ever seen on a skateboard before.”
Thus, Mildner’s new video series “Ahead” was born.
By merging skateboarding with travel, Mildner figured he could appeal to a larger demographic. He wanted to intrigue not just hardcore skateboarders, but also those suffering from wanderlust who simply want to explore new places.
The first episode, filmed in Scotland, has already been released.
Along with fellow filmmaker Dennis Götz, Mildner followed his friend, up-and-coming pro skater Markus Blessing, on a week-long tour of Scotland, experiencing not only the country’s lush scenery, but also its seemingly ever-present rain.
“Scotland was a great first country to introduce in the series, even if it was very wet,” Mildner joked. “But this series is not just about Scotland. It's more about skateboarding in unique places and landscapes. It’s about discovery. So for our next episode, we want to go to somewhere that will provide us contrast to Scotland — that is, some place warm and sunny.”
Specifically, Mildner said he hopes to film the next episode on Lanzarote, the easternmost of the Spanish Canary Islands, which is noted for its spectacular sunsets.
And while the dream location has been set, Mildner and his crew are currently in the funding process for the next episode.
“Right now we’re just looking for funding and financial support,” said Mildner. “The first episode I completely self-financed, and it cost me over €8,000 to make. I can’t sustain that alone.”
With the first under his belt, Mildner has been overwhelmed by support.
“We didn’t expect so much positive feedback so early,” said Mildner. “We’ve heard from people all over, including [skateboarding filmmaker] Chris Ray, who said he loved the idea … Ultimately, what we want is to help people discover as many countries as they can through skateboarding.”
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