Filmtastic Fridays: “Second Nature” A Documentary Film About Janne Saario

Filmtastic Fridays is back! To kick off, we’re heading over to Finland, where landscape architect and skateboarding enthusiast Janne Saario reveals how his two greatest passions in life have influenced one another. Beautifully shot, “Second Nature” captures a softer side to skateboarding and fuses together design, art, nature, construction and community.   

From the description:

“Second Nature is a 20-minute documentary on Element team rider and budding landscape architect, Janne Saario of Finland.

The short film allows a glimpse of Saario’s thoughts and dreams, which float between design, art and skateboarding. Though it also reveals the important concurrence of post-industrial areas, sustainable concepts and natural environments, and unfolds the demanding obligation, towards today’s generation and those to come, to create positive and inspiring, local communities.

Over the past two years, filmer Yves Marchon’s keen eye reels in the various aspects and angles of Janne’s life and creates the perfect portrayal of what Element is most proud of and strives to constantly stand for through their products, artists and team riders: to bring progress to skateboarding in the most honest and ethical way.”

“Second Nature” A Documentary Film About Janne Saario from ELEMENT SKATEBOARDS on Vimeo.

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  1. Transparent hand drawn overlays in the film are great showing how something found becomes a design component!

  2. I’m a residential landscape architect in the San Francisco area. My older brother owns a landscape construction company that builds parks, and skateboard parks, which are commonly part of larger park designs in this area. I haven’t seen any in California that integrate such interesting forms and larger concepts as in Janne’s designs. Very cool, very cool. I’ll share this with him and my grandson in Vancouver who is 10 and a skater. Thanks for sharing this story.

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