In 1993 I had left the Outer Banks and starting Snowboarding. I borrowed a Sony Betacam and took it to the coast for Hurricane Emily and also to Snowshoe WV to document the emerging sport of snowboarding. One of my first edits was “Riders on the Storm”
Discovering the BetaCam Format after shooting 3/4″ Video was amazing. Technology had upgraded picture quality and the newer cameras did not need a separate recording unit. The entire unit weighed in around 20 lbs and retailed for $60,000. Needless to say most videographers kept them on a Tripod and this limited the type of footage you would see. I liked to shoulder this beast and carry it around snowboarding.
Finding inspiration for an edit can come in many different ways. My first visit
to the beaches of Cleveland Ohio inspired me with its historic looks.
I looked for some old postcards that captured that feel. A “Video Postcard” seemed like the best way to showcase my water footage and skyline views from the beach. You never would expect this kind of beach by a city like Cleveland.
The city park at Edgewater Beach reminded me of South Beach with the Art Deco Architecture and like Southern California with the ethnic neighborhoods. There are all kinds of unique shops and eateries.
All in all it is quite a scene and well worth the visit. I can only imagine how strong the surf could be on a larger swell.