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. 

White Shirt Club members Brad Sega, Zane Brown, Alec Atkins, Scott Atkins, Brendon Bill, Ryan Joyce, Blair Howard, Jesse Higgings, with Clinton Bassett and Hayden Baker standing at Royal Park, Launceston.

White Shirt Club members Brad Sega, Zane Brown, Alec Atkins, Scott Atkins, Brendon Bill, Ryan Joyce, Blair Howard, Jesse Higgings, with Clinton Bassett and Hayden Baker standing at Royal Park, Launceston.