Freerunning (or free running) is defined as the art of expressing oneself in his or her environment without limitation.
Some of you may recognise freerunning from the opening chase scene of James Bond’s ‘Casino Royal’ or from home video compilations on YouTube that have been circulating on your Facebook or Twitter pages. For those of you that don’t know what freerunners are, lots of people will know them as ‘those guys that run through urban landscapes and flip down staircases leaping from building to building’. Many people consider them ‘adrenaline junkies’. It is a rapidly evolving urban sport. Peoples reaction to freerunning is often ‘how did they do that?’ or ‘wow imagine if he messed that up’
I am making a trailer as a teaser for my short film that will feature two freerunners Chris Kinally and Mark Woodland. When they aren’t at college or school they spend their weekends practicing the art of freerunning and are now at an extremely high standard.
Although Chris and Mark spend a lot of time surrounded by urban environments with hard edges, concrete tower blocks and man-made structures, they also enjoy running in rural environments. It gives them a completely different range of possibility and effects the kind of tricks they can do, the ground is more soft under foot, however it can often be more slippery and takes longer to dry than concrete.
Freerunning like lots of sports and activities bring people together and is becoming a recognised and established practice in modern culture.