Kaius Potter: Young, Free, Alright!
The Rad and Creative Youth of Australian Surfing
Presented by Arnette
Interview by Dan Caban
How good is Byron Bay? The Pass, The Wreck, The Pie Shop, Danny Wills, Soli Bailey, Kaius Potter... Who is Kaius Potter you ask? Well Kaius is a 17 year-old filmmaker who has very quickly coming to recognition by filming and producing some exceptional quality clips. He has had over 30 thousand hits on one short, has filmed the likes of Stu Kennedy and Rasta but still doesn’t like to be called a filmer. Modest much? Still, Kaius is the perfect candidate for our next installment of Young, Free, Alright!
CW: How did you originally get into filming surfing?
KP: I kinda started filmmaking ‘cause I was never really a gun at surfing, skating, bodyboarding or whatever, but I kinda had a thing for editing. So I started filming my mates who are all really good surfers and that. ‘Cause I’m from Byron Bay so everyone around here are really good surfers, and I just stuck to it and me and Soli (Bailey) started filming so I bought a camera, to try to get some quality stuff, and he bought a lens and we kinda just progressed from there. We got into some serious stuff, but at the beginning all I had was like a HandiCam and a GoPro.
What’s it like being Soli’s filmer?
Half the time when we are shooting we are just messing around really, just crusin’ and havin’ fun. But we still manage to come away with pretty good clips. We hang out heaps in the same groups and stuff. It is always so much fun. He is by far one of my favourite people to shoot.
Living in Byron, there must be loads of talent to shoot with.
Yeah, I’ve done stuff with Rasta by chance once. I had a little clip with him that blew up all of a sudden. I’ve filmed with Stu Kennedy; he is really fun and definitely pushing the limits, but yeah mostly Soli. There is never a lack of talent.
Shooting some of the pros must have been a rad experience.
Well I was just shooting some mates at Lennox Point when Rasta turned up so I started shooting him, what else was I going to do (laughs), and made a little clip. It was really bad, when I first got my camera and the setting were all horrible, nothing was set right, but within two days on Vimeo it had 33,000 views or something. I was just like ‘woah’. I think it gave Stuey and Sol the idea that I was kinda into it and onto it. It was good, gave me so much more confidence.
Do you take many pictures as well as shoot videos?
Well I normally just, like if it’s a banging air or something, I’ll just get a frame grab of it. ‘Cause at the moment I’ve got a 7D so it only gives me the capabilities to do one or another. So I just film and grab frames out of it.
Tell us about some of the things you’ve had published.
Well just recently, a few weeks ago, I had this little kinda ‘Do it yourself guide to filmmaking’ which Korduroy TV put on me. That was a massive confidence booster; they pretty much called me a filmmaker, which I wouldn’t even call myself (laughs). I just told them how I’ve done it and it was sick, I loved it. It was only like an at home do it yourself kinda thing. I had a cool little report thing in MagicSeaweed when I first did that Rasta video, which was the reason it got so many views. I just did a a recount of what happened that day and that page alone got like 15,000 views for the video.
What would be the best thing about shooting in Byron?
There is always so much going on, like never a lack of lifestyle shots. There is always like guys riding past on a bike with a coconut stand on the back or singing songs or tourists taking funny photos (laughs). I don’t know, there is just always something going on, just so much life to capture.
Do you travel much out of Byron?
At this stage it has only really been locally, ‘cause with this first clip of Soli it has only really been the start. But we’ve been up the Goldy to D’bah and stuff. Then down the coast to places like ____ and a few of those kinda un-ridden spots. But this next week we're planning on going somewhere ‘cause I’m on holidays. So we're definitely going to try and get some more footage somewhere and just see where the surf is good really. We are hoping to maybe go somewhere cool, somewhere like Hawaii ‘cause I finish school at the end of this year.
What are your plans for after school?
I am planning to do a University Degree on Business and Design ‘cause I’m really into graphic design as well, but I am also planning to do a degree in Media to help me with my filming. But I also want to film with Sol heaps and get more exposure. If something happens that can all change, but those are the plans at the moment.
Young, Free, Alright! is an editorial series presented by Arnette. Once a fortnight we'll be showcasing and profiling a young and up-and-coming photographer, filmmaker, blogger, artist, musician, shaper, surfer or whatever that we've been digging. The rad and creative groms of Australian surfing. Alright!
To see more of Kaius's work check out his rad website over here.
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