Top 5 Full-length videos of 2020 by Josh Hallett.

Top 5 Full-length videos of 2020 by Josh Hallett.

What is a full-length these days? 30 mins? 20 mins? Maybe even 10 mins? Everyone’s attention span is getting shorter and shorter but I know that there are still plenty of people out there who like to put their phones to the side, sit down with a brew and enjoy a classic full-length. Although 2020 has primarily been another year where the individual online part has dominated, below are the five of the full-length videos that I’ve enjoyed the most over the last twelve months. 

Bronze 56K - ‘***2020***’

Peter Sidlauskas and the Bronze 56K squad beat everyone to the punch by dropping the first real full-length of the year and suitably named it ***2020***. Clocking in at just over 19 minutes and edited in classic Bronze 56K fashion, ***2020*** features the glorious wooden toy skills of shop favourite Jordan Trahan alongside Dick Rizzo, Buggy Talls, John Shanahan, Brad Cromer, Dane Barker, Josh Wilson and many more. NYC skateboarding and beyond at its finest. An incredibly strong start to the year!

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Vans - ‘Credits’

Filmed in just under a year by a very talented and motivated Shari White, ‘Credits’ is a Vans video highlighting the talents of a group of mates that are just doing their own thing and inspiring a lot people in the process. Vans seemingly allowed Shari the freedom to create something of her own and she teamed up friends with Una Farrar, Breanna Geering, Fabiana Delfino and Helena Long to create something that is very authentic and highly enjoyable. You’ll obviously know that there was another Vans video out this year, however compared to ‘Credits’ it just didn’t come close. Shari’s Vans video had that feeling that makes you want to grab your board right after and go skate. 

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‘Karaoke’

Karaoke is a fairly new independent hardware company straight out of Holland. It was brought to my attention by an old friend Tom, who has been filming with his friend and the Karaoke head honcho Ziggy Schaap. Their full-length boasts so many amazing Dutch spots, a solid soundtrack, windmills, and a Rob Maatman part that will have you drooling. VD and the boys quickly followed ‘Karaoke’ with the second installment ‘Karaoke around Two’ just five months later. Pretty solid productivity levels!

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Converse - ‘Seize the Seconds’

If there was a video that was always going to make this list, then it was this one. Alexis Sablone has been a favourite of mine ever since watching ‘WHL’ back in 2002, the year I started skating. Eighteen years on, Alexis dropped her best part ever in ‘Seize the Seconds’ for Converse. I wish I could skate like her. The style, trick selection, spot choices, flick, stomp....there isn’t really anything not to love. Oh yeah, there are other people in this video as well. After Alexis’ heavy opener, Ben Chadourne pieces together a team montage featuring pretty much every Cons rider you can think of. Zered, Dela, BDK, #jkjhnsn, Herrington and even Tommy Guerrero makes an appearance along with the rest of the global team. Eventually, Louie Lopez hits us with one hell of a tribute to his close mate Ben Raemers then follows that us with a part that could rival any other this year (except that Knox one of course). 

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‘John’s Vid’


Rumours of this one have been circling online for a while. Threads titled ‘Johnny Wilson’s Nike Video’ were created and the forums got to work guessing who would have parts and when would it come out. Well, the answers turned out to be that it wasn’t necessarily a Nike video, it featured Cyrus fucking Bennett, Andrew Wilson, Max Palmer and Nik Stain, and it dropped without any real hype on Dec 10th. Most people know that Cyrus Bennett has been good for a long time, but now he’s very, VERY good. This is his stand out video part and it’s obvious how hard him and Johnny Wilson worked on it. The middle section of the video features parts from Andrew Wilson and Max Palmer, as well as a few short cameos from their friends. However, the strongest elements of this video are the previously mentioned opening Cyrus part and then the Nik Stain curtains section. He might be the Gino of our generation. The style, the grace, the trick selection and with addition of high speed, this 2010 ‘One in a Million’ contestant has become one of the most pleasurable skateboarders to watch so his shit. Like the Vans ‘Credits’ video, ‘John’s Vid’ also has that feeling. It makes you want to skate. I think that these videos really do show that you don’t need high production values or ridiculous equipment. You just need a camera, a group of mates, a bit of inspiration and plenty of motivation. 

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Honourable mentions:

The National Skateboard Co - ‘MMXX’

Orwellian World Landscape - ‘Pavilion’

Both extremely stoke inducing UK skate videos but as their runtimes are only 10-12 minutes, they found themselves more in the ‘promo video’ genre. 

 

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