Kent Willard

 

About Kent

Kent will likely live out his days as an old man hanging out of helicopters, holding onto a camera...

Kent started skateboarding when he was 12 years old, which means he also started shooting video when he was 12. But, it was The Royal Tenenbaums that made him realize he wanted to make a living off of cameras, especially the scene when Richie looks into the mirror and says, “I am going to kill myself tomorrow,” Elliott Smith is playing, and he has flashbacks of Mordecai and Margot. Kent was inspired by the feel, the symmetry, the color, and the darkness of the scene, which contrasted so well with the comedy of the film.

Kent was born and bred in Raleigh, but nowadays, he travels for work so often, he’s nearly a nomad. When he’s not at work, Kent is either filming, skateboarding, or filming skateboarding. Kent has won multiple Gold ADDY Awards for his cinematography, and spends every waking hour with cameras (there’s a rumor that Kent never sleeps. It might be true.)

Kent has a long list of pet peeves, the primary of which is soft focus. Additionally, he thinks Snakeboards are lame, Ripstiks are lame, and longboards are lame, too. His favorite music is Outkast, Wu Tang, and 90s hip hop. Kent also likes old psychedelic music. He keeps Little Brother on heavy rotation, but then again, music doesn’t really rotate anymore. Naturally, Kent thinks that’s pretty lame.

Kent will likely live out his days as an old man hanging out of helicopters, holding onto a camera…only to eventually succumb to an over-capacity heli rig or any of the other assorted aerial cinematography disasters one could imagine.