- Introduction -
In 1999, the video game Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater shook the world when it sold 9 million copies upon release and changed the skateboarding scene forever. Pretending I’m a Superman is the story of the skaters and developers who came together to create the best-selling game as well as a look into how skateboarding became a part of the mainstream.
Pretending I’m a Superman is an independently produced documentary in association with The Berrics. Former Neversoft producer Ralph D’Amato and award-winning Swedish director Ludvig Gür teamed up in 2016 to create a film about the game that defined a whole generation.
In the early 1990s, the skateboard industry went through a major crisis. The popularity of skateboarding was on the decline and the certainty of its future was unknown. That was all about to change, not only with the introduction of the X-Games but also with the release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater in August 1999.
Pretending I'm a Superman tells the story of all of this, how skateboarding became a part of the mainstream (where it has stayed ever since), the development of the first Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game, its future titles and where skateboarding is at today. The story is told through brand new interviews with skaters such as Tony Hawk, Eric Koston, Steve Caballero, Rodney Mullen and many more.
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