‘Urban Isolation’ Follows a Skateboarder Through a Cityscape Void of Human Existence

The Berrics, in collaboration with has released the final installment of their REDirect series, an 11-piece video collection created to celebrate the niche of skateboard filmmaking. The final piece, shown above, is aptly titled Urban Isolation.

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Directed, filmed and edited by renowned skateboard filmmaker Russel Houghten, Urban Isolation follows around a lone skateboarder, skating the empty bridges, streets and overpasses of an otherwise busy cityscape void of any other human life.

While the concept itself is an incredible feat, the follow-through of production is extremely well done, bringing a contrast of scenes, a number of unique compositional elements, and wonderfully-graded film.

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If you’re wanting to see a bit of the BTS process, have no fear. RED documented the making of this piece, as can be seen, here.

If you’d like to read up more on Urban Isolation, Houghten shared his artist statement over on The Berrics’s website.

(via Laughing Squid)

  • Jim Johnson

    To me, this is a prime example of the value of an overall vision/ having something to say. There is nothing wrong with anything in the video, but I didn’t find it compelling at all. It looks nice, but I was completely bored halfway through.

  • Mojo

    I totally understand what you mean. I would have turned it off if it were a moment longer. It’s not bad, per se, but all he does is skateboard.

  • /CVP

    I disagree with the earlier posts. It’s gorgeous and it’s super super sick. I, as an Angeleno, however, love urban landscape, AND skateboarding, and have shot many of the locations in the film, so I have a recognition bias.


    I’m neatly divided between your finely worded opinion and the suspicion that perhaps it’s simply a celebration… of movement, shape, form, texture, music and the contrast between momentary/solitary revelry and then humdrum reality crowding back in

  • Jim Johnson

    I’m glad you got something out of it.