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Watch These Skateboarders Ride Through The Completely Empty Freeways And Streets Of L.A.

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Even in the wee hours of the morning, it's hard to catch an empty L.A. freeway completely devoid of cars. However, in filmmaker Russell Houghten's breathtaking and haunting video, he gives us a glimpse of what it would look like to skateboard through our freeways and streets as if our city were a ghost town.

In "Urban Isolation," you see Houghten's buddies skateboarding and doing tricks through the cinematic landscapes of our City of Angels, with our downtown skyscrapers and freeway overpasses serving as a backdrop.

"My biggest thing about moving to L.A. was the traffic: the traffic's terrible," Houghten said in a behind-the-scenes video about his inspiration for the video. "So, I was thinking, 'How cool would it be if traffic didn't exist?'"

The most surprising part is that Houghten said that the streets weren't empty when the skateboarders were rolling through the freeways—those parts were all real. He edited out the cars during post-production to give the city an abandoned feel.

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[h/t Sploid]