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9 July 2021

The Birdman comes around.

by Andrew MacGregor

International Olympic Committee: “Progress” - 58s

Following the success of 'Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2' - remasters of two seminal skateboarding video games from 1999 and 2000 - Hawk stars in this measured piece of work for the International Olympic Committee. He may be one of the least recognized celebrities on the planet, but his impact on the sport about to make its Olympic debut is palpable.

This is illustrated by a blend of grainy skate clips and present-day Hawk cruising through a tunnel on his board. As more skaters follow, we see the fifty-three-year-old Californian known as 'Birdman' lead his flock into the light.

Both reverent and forward-looking, it's a strong opening gambit for the sport ahead of Tokyo 2020. Cue multiple grazed knees and bloody noses as viewers decide they can pull off a 1080-degree spin no problem.

Director: Mark Zibert Ⓟ Ⓦ (Rogue Films Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Cinematographer: Mark Zibert / Eric Kaskens
VFX: Mike Mederios / Andrew Farlow

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