Dillon Buss’s skateboard was nearly hijacked by a passing bulldog when we were chatting for this week’s column. The 26-year-old Cape Cod native (@chomponsnacks) was cruising by the Charles when a friendly pup attempted to get on board. “Bulldogs love skateboarding,” he said matter-of-factly. “It must be something about the breed of the dog, because other dogs hate skateboards. The wheels make a growling sound that makes them uncomfortable.” The filmmaker, artist, and creative director graduated from MassArt in 2012, and stuck around the area to collaborate with creatives from his studio in Central Square.
Q. How did you end up in the creative field?
A. I somehow found out a way to incorporate three of my passions in one, because they all work together in some ways. Like, I’m a sponsored skateboarder for Converse and make films and art for them occasionally, too.
I make a living from my films, so I’m a creative director and video producer, but I haven’t found the right elevator pitch to describe what I do. It’s funny because I’ve more recently been hired as a creative eye. The Isabella Stewart Gardner museum and Bodega have hired me to come up with creative content for their brands. What’s cool about freelancing is that you don’t work every day, so I get to skateboard or make art when I’m off from filmmaking or editing.
Q. How did you get into skateboarding?
A. My parents bought me my first skateboard. I was born in San Diego, and I was 3 going on 4. I’ve always been really into skateboarding and growing up I was obsessed with dancing and Evel Knievel. It’s the perfect combination to utilize skateboarding.
Q. What do you think of Boston’s skate culture?
A. It’s the best skateboarding scene that I’ve experienced in the world. Granted, I haven’t been to every city, but I’ve been a lot through Europe and the United States and there are amazing skate communities everywhere, but here it’s so good. It’s like a family and everyone is involved in some type of creative field. There’s musicians, designers, thinkers, photographers, filmmakers and the list goes on.
I don’t know if this is the right analogy, but it’s kind of like the mob, and every skateboarder works in one trade or another. It’s a network of amazing creatives who are super intelligent.
Q. What was your entry into filmmaking?
A. I made my first film when I was 6 years old. I took my dad’s video camera which he’d use for home movies with me and my sister, and took it out of the closet and wiped off the cobwebs and made animations with clay and short skits.
Then I made videos for any class assignment in middle school through high school. And at the same time, when you have your friends over, as a host you come up with what to do for the day, and I’d have them act in my films and we’d spend a day making a short film or a movie and then watch into the night, laughing.Interview was condensed and edited. Rachel Raczka can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @rachelraczka.