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This Has To Be Real

This Has To Be Real

This Has To Be Real

Thomas Firth

The film I made represents stimulation and enjoyment of life. The day I captured the surfers in Aberdeen was spontaneous and the reason I felt I had to record it was because it’s not often you see surfers willing enough to get in Scotland’s water. It takes dedication and I felt huge respect for the surfers. A few weeks prior I was talking to a Spanish friend of mine who refused to take up surfing in Scotland because of the weather. This is partly why I recognised the surfer’s commitment to the sport and their pleasure. This is the idea I wanted the film to convey despite its short length. It makes life more exciting and varied when we see the dedication from people like this, and that is why I included the quote from Bill Hicks about the enjoyment of life. I think in some ways going out on the water that day was self-indulgent, because they didn’t plan to be filmed or appreciated, they accepted the cold climate and pursued their hobby regardless. I deeply respect that mind-set, and the sport. I think surfing is about harmony with nature and synchronizing your movement and pattern with the sea.’

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