Get Yourself a Crew
Just like snowboarding itself, filming is a craft. Only practice makes perfect, so to hone those skills you’re gonna have to spend a lot of time behind a lens and be prepared to throw a lot of imperfect footage away. Unlike more traditional videographic pursuits, it’s not something that you can do on your own, but thankfully that’s never going to be a problem within action sports. Snowboarders are intrinsically vain and most riders LOVE being filmed. Start out with your group of friends and have your camera with you at all times, especially on the hill. You’ll become your crew’s designated filmer in no time and BAM! You now have a great subject for your first crew edit.
Some of the best shred flicks and web-series come from the rider/filmer relationships off screen. Jesse Butner of Think Thank fame and others have spent years building up strong, loyal teams for annual releases, while Torstein Horgmo’s latest solo release, Horgasm, stemmed from the now infamous web-series he made with his videographer/director, Tobias Frøystad – the love story behind it all could almost be theirs. Similarly, the same can be said for the Helgasons and their long time cameraman Johannes Brenning, or Coach Thunder as he’s known in front of camera. So get stuck in and get filming, you never know where your friends might take you one day.