Interview with Carter Hewlett
Carter describes the first time he encountered skateboarding and his first time skateboarding locally in Bletchley when he was fourteen. Carter and his crew would spend eight hours a day at ’Buszy’-the Bus Station.
Carter started to film skateboarding when he was fifteen with a Hi8 video camera. The first skate film Carter made was named after his skate crew, it was called ‘The Elder Gate Crew Video’. Carter is reflective, stating that the film is awful because he did not know how expose properly. He explains that a few years later, he invested in a better camera and he developed his own style. When Carter released his second film ’Get to Know’ he wanted people to see what Milton Keynes had to offer and wanted showcase peoples personalities. Both of these films were premiered in Milton Keynes and were reviewed in ’Sidewalk’, a British skateboard magazine. Carter gives details on how he was asked to film snowboarding and how he appreciates the fact it gave him the chance to travel all around Europe. He believes it was because of his experience of filming skateboarding that he was then able to make the transition into a full-time filmmaking.
Carter is now a filmmaker and feels like he owes his life and career to skateboarding in Milton Keynes. Carter explains the way his approach to his work stems from the days he spent filming skateboarding. He appreciates that his friends let him film them as it gave him the chance to make mistakes. He claims that mistakes are the best way to learn.