A few years back, Taylor Steele, along with his partner, Nathan Meyers, started an online surf filmmaking competition called Innersection that offered surfers and their respective videographers the chance to film and edit surf sections, enter the sections in to a publicly voted competition, and earn huge cash prizes for the winning video. In 2011, Maui's Matt Meola walked away with a whopping $100,000 first place prize! Each year, the online Innersection competition draws in some of surfing's brightest stars both in front of and behind the lens. The latest offshoot of the Innersection project is a surf movie called “Se7en Signs,” which puts the spotlight more on the videographer/editor rather than the surfer.
"Innersection has been going on for three or four years, and it's a strong as ever," says co-producer/director Nathan Meyers. "We did a film using the best of the best Innersection submissions last year called ‘Here and Now’ and had a lot of fun with it, so we decided to take that concept to the next level."
The next level meant having the public vote on its five favorite filmmakers, each of whom received a $10,000 cash prize as well as an all-expense paid trip to film a portion of “Se7en Signs,” which is a surf movie based as much on “how the surfers get there as what they do when they're there.”
"The theme of this project is based on different forms of travel—we call it a traveling film as opposed to a surf film," says Meyers. "One crew was on a rock and roll tour, another crew of guys took motorbikes around and found a new wave in Java, just to name a few of the sections. We took all those trips and wove them together so it becomes more of a collage instead of five separate movies in one. We like to refer to it as collaborative filmmaking."
“Se7en Signs” takes the viewer around the world on motorcycles, steamy van rides, through jungles, over mountains, and on trails and roads that always end on the beach, where waves are usually waiting. Proof yet again that "getting there" may be a lot more than half the fun.
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