Shooting on Super 8mm was like taking a 35mm picture except that I was able to capture the moment and atmosphere in movement.
We've seen thousands of surf films. We've watched them from age 15 to today. We know them by heart. The songs, the waves, surfers and silences. There is this delicate routine in surf films that make us smile, make us mumble and raise our eyebrows. So when we find something different, we like to share it to the world. We met Tristan Mausse, French filmmaker known for his artistic approach. He recently launched his latest short film entitled "Eight Short Breaks"entirely shot on Super 8mm.
Tristan started to get interested in making films almost 3 years ago. "At that time, I made a 52 minute long documentary about the underground scene of the surfboard industry around the world." Screened in Germany, France and Spain, the 'Sacrebleu' movie won the Special Jury Award during the International Surf Film Festival in Anglet.
Since two years now, Tristan has been working on the idea of creating a movie entirely shot on film. "I'm passionate about images and photography. Above all, I'm passionate about the traditional analog process. So the fact of shooting on Super 8mm was like taking a 35mm picture except that I was able to capture the moment and atmosphere in movement. I could even add a soundtrack to it." Throughout this project, Tristan really wanted to produce a surf film using beautiful travel images. "So I bought an old Beaulieu Camera and boxes full of 8mm films. I left on a trip during 8 months without interruption. I went to Brazil, Vietnam, Australia and visited New-York." Originally, Tristan works as a sander-glasser and is used to work for workshops and factories in France and abroad. "I largely shot surfers who surf Gato Heroi boards cause I worked a lot with the guys from Gato Heroi and Gato Bask. And those guys became my friends."
Joyously told with jazz music in the background, that's what the movie is about: Friends having fun. Images of Jack Lynch, Robin Falxa, Evan Daley, Guylhem Dupouy, Andy Findlay, Robin Kegel, Yann Baldenweck follow one after another, inextricably mixed. Eight Short Breaks could be defined as a contemporary escape with the intention of showing a deep vision of the surfboard culture. We smiled, mumbled and raised our eyebrows. Twice.