Scratching the itch

S. Whisper

An enthused Dane Reynolds, Quik boss Bob McKnight, and man of the hour, Julian Wilson.

After 18 months in production, Julian Wilson's profile film, "Scratching the Surface," premiered last night at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. With more than 700 friends, family and fans on hand to help celebrate, Wilson and girlfriend rolled up in a sporty Ferrari, and like that, the party was off and running. Quiksilver boss Bob McKnight played the roll of jovial host, while Dane Reynolds capitalized on the free Silver Bullets and Wilson fulfilled his red carpet responsibilities.

Prior to the premier I was able to catch up with Wilson for a short rundown on how the production experience had been. We'll have the full video interview cued up for you next week, but here's an excerpt from our conversation:

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Wilson and film producer/director/editor Matt Beauchesne feeling the love.

"It was really a lot harder than I thought. Two years ago we were like, 'Yeah, lets make a movie.' It's always been a dream of mine. I grew up watching the classics, Kelly Slater In Black and White, Sabotaj, and Raw Irons. And so when the opportunity came up to do this, it sounded like such a good idea. But there's so much that goes into it. We did a lot of trips, and when you're gathering all that footage you have to think of getting good clips of not just yourself, but you want the best stuff of the other guys that are going to be in it. Then there's all the other stuff you have to plan and shoot besides the surfing.

But I think the hardest thing for me was the editing. We had hours and hours and hours of footage, and it all has to be boiled down. I'd come to California and go into the editing bay to help out and four hours in I was going crazy. I couldn't sit in there for 12 hours a day, day in and day out. I don't know how people do it. You know, we'd have a part dialed, but then maybe change a wave or two, then the next thing you know the music doesn't fit, so you have to go back and fix all that. I only saw a finished version the day before the premier, and we went right back into the editing bay to make a few more tweaks. I'm happy with how it turned out, but would I do it again? I don't know, I'm going to try my luck on tour and see how that goes."

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