“Dagdraumer” featuring Jack Johns
Passion is the driving force for anyone who dedicates their life to the world of action sports. Sometimes that passion can bring the rewards of worldwide acclaim, titles and money. This, however, isn’t everyone’s story; a lot of people follow their passion without any hint of a reward other than the reward of doing what they love. This is the story that, filmmaker, Allan Wilson wants to tell in Dagdraumer.
The sixth entry in the Relentless Energy Drink Short Stories Competition, the film Stars bodyboarder Jack Johns and is a stunning visual poem about those who put everything into what they love, working long stints in the city to be able to fund jaunts to the sea and focus on boarding.
In his own words, Allan wanted to create “a surreal, dreamlike glimpse into life as a bodyboarder, a more than often overlooked element of the surfing world.” Dagdraumer (an Icelandic word for day dreaming) is a wordless journey into the salt as Allan’s distinctive camera style captures both the cold bleakness of the city, and the panoramic beauty of the sea.
Johns, alongside several other riders, display ballet like skills throughout the film, demonstrating that while, as Allan says, bodyboarding can sometimes be overlooked, it requires all the skill and power of surfing, and can thrill in the same way.
A mix of both personal and action led footage; Dagdraumer is very much Wilson’s personal vision. It’s a sort of self-portrait, bringing together the parts of his life he loves, and the struggles he goes through in order to live them.