White Shirt Club film heralded a success

A 50-MINUTE feature film highlighting the talent of Northern skaters has been hailed a success by Launceston creator Scott Atkins.

Although more than 160 people attended the launch of White Shirt Club #3, held early this month at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Atkins said the project would be his last full-length project.

``I made the first one about seven or eight years ago, just kind of messing around with mates who started White Shirt Club,'' he said.

``The second one came along, after that I decided to get really serious with it, basically, bought a better camera and started filming this about 2-1/2 years ago.''

Atkins said the project, much larger than his usual 10-minute clips, began to build pressure as a self-imposed deadline loomed closer.

``I probably had about three or four hours of actual usable footage that had to get cut down,'' he said.

``You don't want to repeat tricks or use too much footage from the same areas.''

Being removed from potential venues by security, cracking skulls on cement and working with time-poor talent were all tough factors in producing the movie.

``When you pressure someone into skating it defeats the purpose of skating _ it's meant to be fun,'' he said.

``Getting kicked out is a big worry, there are lots of tricks I didn't get because we got kicked out, didn't have enough time or had injuries.''

For more information about White Shirt Club skaters and projects, go to www.facebook.com/whiteshirtclub. 

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