Brian Panebianco is a skater and filmmaker from Philly who’s the main lensman for Sabotage. His filming is on point and so is his skateboarding. There are not many skaters out there who have such a noticeably strong handle on both as Brian does.
Learning lines and refining his technique at Love Park shredding its iconic ledges, whilst capturing the bangers of the Sabotage squad, his contributions in front of and behind the lens in the Sabotage videos have been irreplaceably pivotal to making the crew what it is.
Since its inception the Sabotage series has showcased some of the most standout tricks to go down in the Philly skate scene
But we realised although we’ve watched his video footage for years, we didn’t know much about Brian and how he got into it.
So we hit him up and after a chat about skating, filming and creativity, we were stoked he was down to join The No Comply Network.
Discover how Brian got his first board and camera, became the main filmer for Sabotage, making Sabotage 1&2, Sabotage 3, 4 and 5 shooting Josh Kalis’s Tre over the can, filming Kevin Bilyeu, Jamal Smith, Mark Suciu, Jahmir Brown, Dylan Sourbeer and Ishod Wair, his memories of Love, keeping it rolling at Muni, his standout tricks, favourite skaters, filmers, photographers, spots and much more.
Read the Brian Panebianco interview below to find out for yourself
What’s your favourite trick you filmed down the Love Gap?
Walker Ryan‘s Switch Backside Flip. The light was so perfect.
Your Switch Crook down Temple Hubba in Philly was fucked! What’s the story behind how that went down?
I went to school at Temple. I tried it a bunch during that time. The tiles up top fell apart but about 7 years later they fixed it. So I started trying again.
It was so hard especially with the fast kickout. I did one fisheye but the filmer flinched. So did another long lens.
Took about another 8 times there before getting it again.
Sounds like it was a battle. How did your long BS Bluntslide on the Baldi bank to ledge go down and why did you end up doing it twice?
I did it 5 times.
It took like 9 months from figuring it out to the final land. First one I landed was perfect but it seemed so slow. I did two fisheye. One for a sequence and then the final one was the good long lens. 2 hours at least each time I tried it. Would love to do something else.
I have! Everyone’s parts in the DC x Sabotage video were done but I had like 4 spaces to fill.
So in the last week I got a few good things like the front 360 over the chain, Switch Crook on the yellow rail, Switch Noseblunt the tall bench, the Nollie down the gap and the Varial Heel holding the camera.
What was it like making the Sabotage x DC edit?
A lot of work. Filming a whole video and trying to skate too is so hard. The crew was perfect though.
The Sabotage x DC Lynx shoe is dope, why did you choose that model and blue colorway for it?
Because I skated that colorway in Sabotage 5 a bunch.
The DC X Sabotage Lynx Shoe
It looks great. So how did you and Ryan start Sabotage?
Ryan started Sabotage. I jumped on board and gave him footage for Sabotage 1.
I kept filming downtown and we just combined footage and made Sabotage 2 and just kept it going from there.
Brian and Ryan filming for Sabotage at Love: Shot by @vernlaird
What does the name Sabotage come from?
I’m not sure where the name came from, Ryan thought of it.
Okay. Sabotage 3 was sick. What stood out to you from making it?
It was cool. Love Park was crackin’ again. That’s when Sourbeer moved to Philly and started killing it.
How did Ishod Wair end up filming a part for Sabotage 3?
I thought Ishod Wair was just filming for a Nike part but then he said we could use all the footage. It was pretty dope.
Right, so when did you realise Sabotage was getting attention?
After Sabo3 dropped and people saw Mark Suciu‘s part.
What was it like filming Jamal Smith for Sabotage 4?
Its always fun filming Jamal Smith. We would meet really early to film before Love got crowded.
What’s your favourite Jamal Smith trick of all-time?
Jamal’s Tornado Spin on a ledge
Do you have a favourite memory filming Mark Suciu for Sabotage 4?
He filmed like 5 lines in one night for Sabotage 3. One didn’t get used so we used it in Sabotage 4.
How did you end up filming Josh Kalis nail that second iconic Kicker Tre Flip over the can 20 years later at Love Park?
I tried to get him to do it a few times. He almost did it in 2017.
The night he did land it again it wasn’t even planned and it was getting dark so fast.
As soon as I got the lights set up he landed it a few tries later
Sick. You film a lot with Kevin Bilyeu, what’s that like?
It’s good. We definitely have the same vision on how shit should look.
Kevin’s Kicker SW Tre the can was sick, looks like it took him a few attempts but he nailed it in the end. How’d it all go down?
It took a lot of tries because as soon as you would lift the tile the security would come out. He came so close so many times.
The day he landed it was funny. Our guy Tore Bevivino put the tile up and was trying the same trick. Almost doing it.
Someone called Kev and his mom drove him downtown.
No warm up Kev ran down the stairs and started trying it with Tore.
Tore was landing on them over and over and was about to do it. Then boom Kev does it in his face. It was epic.
Jahmir kills it. What’s your favourite thing about his skating?
Its great Jah always comes through with some good shit. Style for days and crazy pop