Watch Possibly the Coolest Skateboard Film Ever as Lexus Unveils 'Hoverboard'

Henry-Alex Rubin Directs Ross McGouran in Floating Stunts

By Alexandra Jardine. Published on Aug 04, 2015

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Ever since Michael J. Fox rode a levitating "hoverboard" in "Back to the Future," skateboarders have been dreaming that one day this might actually become a reality.

In June, Lexus and agency CHI & Partners released a YouTube teaser hinting that they had indeed created a hoverboard; now they have revealed the full story. In this film directed by Smuggler's Henry-Alex Rubin, pro-skateboarder Ross McGouran gets to grapple with, and then performs a series of stunts on the board, eventually jumping over a moving Lexus. It's quite possibly the coolest skateboard film ever.

The board, which uses a combination of liquid-nitrogen-cooled super-conductors and permanent magnets to float, was developed in collaboration with a team of scientists specializing in magnetic levitation: IFW Dresden and evico GmbH. Watch the "Making Of" Documentary to find out more.

It's all part of Lexus's ongoing "Amazing in Motion" campaign through CHI & Partners that uses technological innovation to create incredible visual feasts; other films have included Swarm and Strobe.

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Aug 04, 2015
CHI & Partners London
Executive Creative Director:
Jonathan Burley
Creative Director:
Monty Verdi
Brad Woolf
Dan Bailey
Olly Burn
Photographer's Assistant:
Hannah Rose
Agency Executive Producer:
Zoe Barlow
Agency TV Producer:
Zoe Barlow
Agency TV Producer:
Nikki Cramphorn
Agency TV Producer:
Nicola Ridley
Agency TV Producer:
Matt Cresswell
Agency TV Producer:
Lindsay Hughes
Agency Content Producer:
Karina Aloupi
Digital & Content Creatives:
Chad Warner, Ben Da Costa
Digital Designer:
Chad Warner
Production Company:
Executive Producers:
Fergus Brown
Executive Producers:
Chris Barrett
Production Company Producer:
Ray Leakey
Henry Alex Rubin
Director's Assistant:
Sarah Michler
Ken Seng
Production Designer:
Joel Collins
Ross McGouran
2nd Rider/Hoverboarder:
Ignacio Morata
Editing Company:
Marshall Street Editors
Spencer Ferszt
Editor Assistant:
Jake Armstrong
Local Production company:
Local Production Company Producer:
Gordon Mackinnon
Music Artist & Title:
Rudimental "Waiting all Night"
Music Company:
Platinum Rye
Music Composition:
Waiting All Night
Master Recording:
Warner Music
Bucks Music Group, BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited
Publishing (additional):
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Music Supervisor:
Platinum Rye
Music Writer:
Edward Jonathan Harris
Music Writer:
Kesi Dryden
Music Writer:
Piers Sean Aggett
Music Writer:
Amir Izadkhah
Music Writer:
James Richard Newman
Post Production Company:
VFX Supervisor:
Bill McNamara
Post Production Supervisor:
Tim Phillips
Jean-Clement Soret
Audio Post Production:
Wave Studios
Sound Design:
Parv Thind
Content Production Company:
Head of Carbon:
Chris Reed
Content Director:
Ben Hanson, Simon Frost
With Special thanks to Henry-Alex Rubin
Content Producer:
Nazneen Hosenie
Content DOP:
Ben Hanson, Simon Frost
Content DOP:
James Blann (announce only)
Content Editor:
Simon Pearson
Content Editor:
Pete Brenan
Content Editor:
Alastair Graham
Content Colorist:
Simon Pearson
Content Post Production Producer:
Leanne Tarvin
Content Graphic Annimator and Supervisor:
Thomas Brady
Content Post Production:
Kerry Arif, Aubrey Ghansah
Content Audio/Sound Design:
Russell Bradley @ Scramble
Art Buyer:
Emma Modler
CHI&Partners CEO:
Nick Howarth
CHI&Partners Business Director:
Jack Shute
CHI&Partners Account Director:
Catherine Peacock
CHI&Partners Account Manager:
Chris Tivey, Lexi Alston
CHI&Partners Planner:
Rebecca Munds
Public Relations:
Nita Rushi
Digital Content Strategy:
AllTogetherNow CEO:
Conor McNicholas
AllTogetherNow MD:
Steve Parker
AllTogetherNow Account Director:
James Chanter
Model Maker:
Robert Jones
Model Maker Assistant:
Glenn Haddock
Production Designer:
Joel Collins
Technical Partner:
IFW Dresden and Evico GmbH
Evico GmbH CEO:
Dr Oliver De Haas
Evico GmbH Chief Engineer, Hoverboard:
Dr Lars Kuhn
Evico GmbH Engineer, Hoverboard:
Marcel Hupfel
Evico GmbH Engineer, Hoverboard:
Kai Gunther
IFW Dresden, Pioneer of Superconducting Levitation:
Dr Ludwig Schultz
IFW Dresden, Chief Engineer Supratrans:
Dietmar Berger
IFW Dresden, Scientist:
Thilo Espenhahn
IFW Dresden, Engineer:
Ronal Uhlemann
IFW Dresden, Student:
Stefan Hameister

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