Both Sides Of The Lens

TJ Schneider

Why do you make movies?
I just like making things .

What kind of equipment do you use? Camera? Editing software?
When i was younger i used to set up the wildest creations to make movies. We had an old VHS recorder that I would set up in front of the TV on a chair. I would edit shots together then take that tape and replay it on the TV and re-record it to the video camera with a ghetto blaster sitting in front to dub music… by the time I had a finished edit the footage was such poor quality … it was amazing. In 2002 I graduated to imovie and just this past September I moved on to final cut. I’m also learning color for color correction and getting files to look how i want them , but this is new and a wild looking program for me. This summer I was using my canon g9 a lot , I really like the time lapse mode on that.

Why The MoonThis is the longest movie I have made to date, and has a lot of different ideas in it I know it’s hard for people to watch but I don’t really care, really wouldn’t matter if no one watched them I would still make them.

Dear FatherThis is the only movie I have ever had the idea of making before I made it , I was laying in bed on my Dad’s birthday he passed away in ’02. I got up out of bed at 1 am or so and made this video until about 6 am. This video is also hard to show , I think it has a lot of emotion in it and a lot of people in the line of work I do will think it’s pussy or emo or whatever .. I feel sorry for people that have no emotions or feeling.

Darling you are Beautiful but…This one has to do with nature’s nature and man’s new nature, trees and leaves vs. concrete and barb wire, we think natural is beautiful, but we want to change everything.

Recently I bought a canon 7d. I haven’t made too many movies with this yet…

Homeless – “I didn’t really plan on making a movie from this day ,  I remember filming the one shot of everyone walking past Brad ( hiv + homeless sign ) and saying ‘Holy Fuck’ to myself , I looked up at my homeboy kale and said “that was a really powerful moment”.. to see that and film that. This video changed my life .”

Then for the realms i use a sony hdr hc 9 SE3 EP1

The Snowboard Realms


This year I also had to drop in on a new computer set up , my old power book was just lugging a long trying to make movies, hours for rendering and color correction stuff … So now I have a new powerbook which flies through it, if I wasn’t on the road so much I’d get myself a desk top to blast through things.

Which other movie makers do you admire?
I really like what Lauren Graham has been doing A few years ago I saw a short 8mm movie she made and I remember saying I want to make films like that. She’s amazing and I love pretty much everything she does.  My friend TJ Nelson (here) is also amazing, he’s a genius. Makes the most simple videos look so pretty. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be making movies other than the realms. This video he made has the most beautiful shots in it of jelly fish that remind me of a time in my life that was so amazing, when i loved much more than i love now

After seeing that video I started to turn my little painting time lapses into short films, other than TJ’s stuff I don’t really watch anything else. The random video here and there, but I’m more interested in what people I know are doing than people I don’t.

Where can we find your work? has all of my short art films and such has all the realms videos

Do you think the Internet-era of today is good for movie making or does the flood of internet videos dilute the art?
Nah , I think that everyone should be making movies , everyone should be making art , everyone should be sharing their feeling their emotions their ideas , I may not watch them but I think the more the better .