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Sunday, April 8, 2012


Danny Way: Waiting For Lightning

Waiting For Lightning” main theme is Danny Way’s Jump over the Great Wall Of China
Skateboarding News: Danny Way: Waiting For Lightning

Back in July 9th, 2005, Danny Way made skateboarding history when he jumped over the Great Wall of China on his skateboard.

Seven years after, the story is on the limelights again with “Waiting For Lightning” a feature documentary about Danny Way's life story in which the jump over the Great Wall of China on a skateboard has been put on perspective to explore the extraordinary attempt to do it.

Danny Way Waiting for Lightning
Danny Way wanted to do "Waiting For Lightening because “I think a lot of people who are involved today
with skateboarding don’t know the gist of some of the stuff we have done before"
The reason why the main part of the documentary is about the jump over the Great wall of China is because “it has a lot of hidden secrets in it, that, when you hear the story told correctly” says Danny Way.

According to Jacob Rosenberg , the director, Waiting for Lightening “peels the onion skin back to shed light on that personal fabric that makes each individual unique and what leads someone like to Danny to explore his talent and take skateboarding all the way to the Great Wall of China. I wanted, very specifically, to make a film about a skateboarder that allowed people who didn't know anything about skateboarding, to have clear insight, compassion and draw inspiration from such an incredibly personal sport and compelling life story.”

Danny Way Waiting for Lightning
Danny Way’s goal with that movie is to try to showcase the younger generation “a lot of history and heritage in
the stuff that DC and myself have done together.” He adds that “I think a lot of people who are involved today
with skateboarding don’t know the gist of some of the stuff we have done before”.

Jacob Rosenberg is more than the movie director.

In a recent interview with SXSW, he said that “In line with that, as teenage skateboarder, I understood that I didn't have a gift for skateboarding so I picked up a camera and started taking pictures and filming video of all the skaters in my community. I eventually ended up moving to San Diego, meeting Danny and making skate video for a living. From there I went to film school, got a formal education and immersed myself in the the world of filmmaking. I am very proud that this is my first feature length film, because it reflects a symmetry to my journey of being a filmmaker.” 


Danny Way adds that after you see the movie, you will “ understand some of the challenges and dynamics that went into it. And that’s the culmination of a lot of things I had to go through in order to get to that point, so it’s the peak of the movie.

But even if “Waiting For Lightning” main theme is Danny Way’s Jump over
Danny Way Waiting for Lightning
Wainting For Lightening is not only about that amazing jump over the Great Wall of China but also "that’s the
 culmination of a lot of things I had to go through in order to get to that point"
the Great Wall Of China the film also spins around a new ramp in Hawaii that Danny calls a permanent fixture. He adds that’s it’s “a relevant design and I think I’m trying to reinvent the whole mega concept. There’s a certain perspective of mega ramp skating. I think people see it as the evolution of vert skating and I don’t necessarily think that’s the case.”

Eventually, the film also focuses on Danny Way internal struggles over the years, something that Danny Way defines as an ambition that has to “transcend beyond skateboarding to reach a bigger audience.

Danny Way’s goal with that movie is to try to showcase the younger generation “a lot of history and heritage in the stuff that DC and myself have done together.” He adds that “ I think a lot of people who are involved today with skateboarding don’t know the gist of some of the stuff we have done before”.

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