Dane Singleton: Young, Free, Alright!

20 Aug 2013 0 Share

The Rad and Creative Youth of Australian Surfing
Presented by Arnette

Interview by Dan Caban

Whilst being categorised as a ‘surf-filmmaker’, Dane Singleton, a 19 year-old from the south coast town of Ulladulla, certainly has aspects to his style which set him apart. Whether that be the elegant way he captures surfing, his fine portrayal of coastal landscapes or just a reflection of his humble personality, Dane’s clips are constantly racking up the stats, and his 5000 Instagram followers speak for themselves.

CW: Dane, tell us a bit about your filming, what gets you stoked?

DS: I enjoy creating films that are a little different, creating a bit of emotion to keep the viewer interested. I like each film to be different to the last one and have an artistic approach. Working with cool lighting and showing more lifestyle and personality. I also love shooting photos as well.

What's your favourite thing about filming?

I enjoy shooting with cool people and accomplishing what we planned. Having plenty of good clips to work with so I can put together something I am happy with at the end of the day. It’s also really cool when you shoot something you didn't plan. It makes it more interesting when it comes to editing.

What’s it like coming from Ulladulla and trying to crack into the surf industry?

It’s not too bad since it's only three hours from Sydney. We get lovely waves all along the coast so that makes it easier to get clips.  The dudes I like to shoot with live pretty close so it isn't very difficult.

How satisfying is it getting recognition for a good clip?

It’s pretty nice, keeps me psyched and it also helps out the surfers getting them out there. I guess if someone likes one of your films they will probably be interested in seeing the next one you create.

How did you get into it?

I have surfed my whole life and I love using cameras so I found I get a lot of enjoyment out of combining the two.

Do you enjoy shooting lifestyle as well?

Lifestyles shots are some of my favourite to shoot. You can get really creative working with different lighting and different people.

Do you have anyone you enjoy shooting with particularly?

Matt King and I have been working together for a long time now, he surfs really well and he gets better every time. That combined with his smooth style makes him easy to shoot and get the goods. Pama Davies is also one of my favourites to shoot. He's a really creative surfer, along with his personality (laughs). Young Kipp Caddy is good entertainment too.

You and Pama Davies seem pretty tight and work well together.

Yeah we have been shooting for a while now. I think we are both pretty weird; we both get psyched on the same things so we get along really well. We have plenty of projects that we're planning which I'm pretty thrilled to get into!

Dream surfers to shoot?

Any surfers that have an interesting personality. Anyone can point there camera at a good surfer but these days it’s not just about close up surf shots. Obviously Craig Anderson is one but I have always liked Andrew Doheny's surfing and the way he is portrayed. Most professional free surfers are pretty entertaining. And I can't not say Dane Reynolds.

Do you look up to any filmmakers?

Riley Blakeway is easily one of the best and it’s clear the dudes at What Youth produce good things.

What are you doing to help your future in filming?

I just plan to work on more and more projects, travelling and documenting. I have plenty of ideas that keep coming and I guess I will continue experimenting and exploring.

What do you think about social media? How has that helped your profile?

Well I don’t have a website right now because when I do eventually make one I want it to be more legit with more material than what I have to show right now. Other websites kind of put me out there with sharing my clips and yeah, Instagram is definitely a good way of promoting myself as well. I will get a site together once I have the time and skills and enough material. A good site can be really cool and work as your personal portfolio that anyone can view.

Young, Free, Alright! is a fortnightly editorial series presented by Coastalwatch and Arnette showcasing and profiling young and up-and-coming photographers, filmmakers, bloggers, artists, musicians, shapers, surfers or whatevers that we've been digging. The rad and creative groms of Australian surfing. Alright!

To keep up with the clips of Dane Singleton, check his Vimeo.

To see more Young, Free, Alright! profiles click here.

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