Navigating Dreams On A Skateboard


Javier Mendizabal, frontside ollie. Photo: Sem Rubio.

Dreams have an uncanny feel; they incorporate the materials of daily life to sometimes bizarre, beautiful or unsettling effect.  “Cuatro Sueños Pequeños” (translated into English the title means “The Four Small Dreams”) is a skateboard film directed by Thomas Campbell.  The film uses the conceit of skateboarders navigating a dream world, one that feels distinctly different from the digital deluge of images and video of skateboarding uploaded everyday.


The distinctive feeling was achieved through using 16mm film instead of video, which while technically much more cumbersome lends the film a uniquely beautiful atmosphere. Exposures are not always perfect and colors wash in and out, but Campbell embraces the chance happenings and limitations of film, utilizing it to create the warm dreamlike aesthetic.


Metropol Parasol by Jürgen Mayer H. Architeckten. Seville, Spain via Architectural Review

Photo: Paul Raftery


Not only is the film gorgeous the skateboarding is not bad either.  Unique spots throughout Spain and Europe are used, and it was delightful to see Jurgen Mayer’s “Seville Parasol” utilized for illicit athletic endeavors.  Mayer is an architect that seems to at times be designing a skatepark without knowing it.



Images via Umyeaharts

Hewing to the overall handmade aesthetic of the film “Cuatro Sueños Pequeños” is available as a gorgeous physical object.  The DVD comes in a 90-page book complete with 14 pages illustrated by artist Nathaniel Russell.  The book also contains images taken during the filming of the movie.  There is also a digital download available at itunes if amazing, well thought out book design, art, and photography aren’t your thing.


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