Sebastian Linda is a passionate audiovisual artist who lives in Dresden, Germany since 2011. He made Saxony the base from which he develops video and film projects that take him around the world.
Sebastian is a dedicated skateboarder, surfer, snowboarder and climber, connecting his passion for action sports and his everyday adventures with filmmaking. He produced his first short movies at the age of 12, thereby teaching himself camera, audio and cutting on Videorecorders and VHS Tapes. He finalised his first full-length movie called Born to Skate during his studies of media production.
He released another documentary since then: The Journey of the Beast captures nine talented skateboarders on a three week journey to Indonesia, which turns to the biggest adventure of their lives.
This young author has made a name for himself both nationally and internationally, working on commercial films for companies like Red Bull, Saturn, Goldwell, ARD, ZDF, PRO7 and cooperating with film companies like Cine+ Berlin, Grete Grote, Frank Sauer and Skwirral Media. He also won the Webvideo Award in 2014, 2015 and 2016 in the category Action & Best Cinematography with his series of the “Beasts” and Life is a Dance. He is passionate about his own projects and finds inspiration for them in daily life:
I did not develop any stories, but the stories developed around my own daily adventures, friends and influences. This taught me a lot about life.
Sebastian often travels into the unforeseen unknown. While many of his short films are featuring skateboarders, At Home Outdoors has a different focus: it documents a group of friends embarking on an exciting adventure.
Last March we traveled through Canada with a camping Car which we painted along the way.
And we really felt home.
It's not easy to capture Canada's landscape in a new, innovative way: the country hosted nearly 20 million international travellers in 2016 - and many of them were visiting to enjoy the impressive sceneries of one of the 47 national parks.
Linda captured the crisp moments, unique angles, wildlife, unspoiled nature and real action shots of two weeks on the road in a three minutes long video - all combined with dramatic music. He even transformed this short film to a storytelling piece guiding us through the time the group spent on the road enjoying the early Spring to the fullest.
The technical part of the film was also mastered: the images, depth of field and post-process create a perfect symbiosis. I found the colour grading more decent than in the previous short films, which contributed to a more contemporary look. At Home Outdoors was co-directed by Frank Sauer and Steffen Krones.
Sebastian says that "he just want to show the beauty of life", and this short is a great example: the film is all about passion, life and the cinematic perfection of all the details. You will notice the incredible energy in the filming and editing, dynamic cuts and other details.
Do you know the feeling when you just head out into nature. After a few kilometres you immediately know:
You just feel at so calm, relaxed and happy. You are at home outdoors.
Another thing that makes video more than a sequence of landscapes is the playful story and the spontaneous adventures, thanks to which the viewer instantly connects with the story: from horse riding to freestyle skiing, from ice hockey to hiking, this video features all - and will definitely awaken your wanderlust!
Diana is a photographer interested in questions of identity. She seeks smaller stories that tell more about the whole, investigating the daily life of different groups and communities.