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Making the ‘The Dill & Beeg Project’


Malibu's Dillon Perillo and South Africa's Brendon Gibbens are wave sliding artists, and film connoisseurs. Not always sliding on water, no, but sliding and flying as further expression of the watery human art form in the 21st century. And like all good art, it needs to be documented and shared. What better way than motion pictures! Film, as much as art or photography, is today's ultimate canvas in this digital, online age. Brendon “Beeg”Gibbens talks about their recent short film release of ‘The Dill & Beeg Project’ .

‘The Dill and Beeg Project’, what is it about?

The Dill & Beeg Project is a compilation of our - Dillon 'Dill" Perillo’s and Brendon "Beeg" Gibbens best footage from 2015.


So it’s surfing and art? Was this the goal from the beginning? Or did things evolve as the year progressed?


The goal was to make a short film that highlighted our surfing. We wanted to make something that we’d both be proud of. Initially we were quite lax about trying to nail clips, but as the year progressed, we put a lot more time and effort into what we were doing. The project definitely grew in to a beast, it became a passion project.





There are three distinct chapters/segments to the film. Where were these filmed and tell us something interesting about each location?

We didn’t want the film to be location based, although there is definitely a travel element that’s present (hence the transitional section between the first a second surf sections). The first section is a mix of West Aus, Portugal and California, the second section is all Micronesia and the ender is a mix of Reunion and Indo.

You surfed and filmed in Reunion at the height of the Bull shark problem. Talk us through that experience? What was the feedback from the few local surfer you met?

Visiting Reunion was amazing! It was the best trip I’ve ever been on. The fact that the surf spots surrounding the island are riddled with sharks definitely made surfing a stressful experience. It also seems to have affected the tourism industry quite badly. It’s a shame, Reunion is a beautiful island with great waves!




Highlight while filming for D&B?

The highlight for us was being able to have complete creative control of what we were doing. It’s really nice to be able do what you want.

Lowest point?

I guess the cost? Even though Dill and I split the bills, paying for cameramen, airfares, accommodation etc etc, is really expensive.




Surfing alone or with people? And why.

I can’t stand crowds, although surfing with a couple people in the water is comforting.

What maters most to you as a surfer presently?

My health.




When you’re not surfing or filming, what do you and Dill enjoy doing in your spare time?

I like making music and Dill works on html coding, it’s an odd mix of activities.

In today’s world where do you think the focus is on surf movie making? What is the most valued and well-reached film format at present?

I’d say the most valued and well-reached film format would have to be online? It seems like it’s virtually impossible to keep material exclusive. For me, the focus of surf film making is entirely based on the performance. The standard of the clips is crucial.




So Kelly Slater unveiled the world best man-made wave recently. What do you think about man-made vs natural waves as a progressive surfer and someone who works so hard to perfect certain manoeuvres?

I think that new wave pool looks amazing. It will be fun to try it out. I’m sure every other surfer and his dog wants to do the same thing, so I’d rather look elsewhere for good waves. Surfing the same ‘perfect’ waves might get a bit monotonous. I guess I kinda feel indifferent about wave pools.

Cold vs warm water. Is there a difference in performance?

Yeah, I’d say there is a difference. How cold are we taking? I don’t really enjoy surfing in freezing cold conditions, wearing lots of rubber is definitely restricting. Surfing in trunks is a pleasure.




Which stamp next in your passport? What is next for Dill and Beeg?

I’d love to go back to South Africa, I miss home a lot! As for Dill & Beeg, I’m not sure? I guess we go our separate ways! It was fun while it lasted.

WATCH THE DILL & BEEG PROJECT HERE!!!.

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