By Joe Carlino

With a hundred-plus snowboard videos coming out ever year, picking out which ones to buy can be a difficult task. We know you’ve all been stumped at the local snowboard shop staring at the dozens of videos on the shelf, so in order to make your life a little easier, we’ve put together a list of the videos we’re most looking forward to this year. Check out twsnow.com for the teasers, and read these previews to get a little better idea of what each video is about. Once you’re done with that you can walk into the shop with confidence. Now go spend some money!


(powder:75 street:25 park: 0]
Optimistic?
Absinthe Films
Riders: Marc Frank Montoya, Romain de Marchi, Danny Davis, Wolfgang Nyvelt, Justin Bennee, Marco Feichtner, Jules Reymond, Matt Beardmore, Nicolas Mà…ller, Kurt Wastell, Hans Ahlund, Mikey LeBlanc, Nicolas Droz, Gigi Rà…f, and Sylvain Bourbousson

Filmers: Justin Hostynek, Shane Charlebois, David Vladyka, Eric Brandt, and Patrick Armbruster

Directors: Justin Hostynek and Patrick Armbruster

MFM, Gigi, LeBlanc, Müller … are you kidding me? I would buy a video based on just those names alone. What should we be looking forward to seeing from these seasoned veterans? According to Producer Patrick Armbruster, “Look for dreamy and progressive backcountry riding combined with a lot of funny stuff: MFM spraying tourists at resorts, LeBlanc mounting bindings onto a toboggan sled, and Terje Haakonsen pushing the limits of cross-country skiing.”
Jokes aside, Justin Hostynek knows what he’s doing when putting together a crew, and when have you ever been let down by Marco’s or Nicolas’ parts? Exactly-never. Then, on top of that, Justin tells us, “Absinthe is holding, again.” So we know this video will be insane for sure. Don’t forget about young bucks like Danny Davis and Justin Bennee who’ll keep the video fresh and keep you glued to the screen. If you’ve been saving your lunch money all summer for a video, this one will not let you down.


(Park: 10%Street: 50%Powder: 40%]
We’re People Too
MDPeople

Riders: Austin Smith, Bode Merrill, Bryan Fox, Filippo Kratter, Jon Kooley, Jordan Mendenhall, Josh Mills, JP Tomich, Justin Hebbel, Nima Jalali, Pat McCarthy, Ryan Thompson, Shaun McKay, Stephen Duke, and Zac Marben

Filmers: Pierre Minhondo, Justin Eeles, Corey Koniniec, and Gabe L’Heureux

Directors: Pierre Minhondo and Justin Eeles

Under the guidance of video powerhouse Mack Dawg Productions, Pierre Minhondo and Justin Eeles offer up their sophomore release, We’re People Too. Justin says, “With Global warming hotter than ever this winter, many familiar filming spots were not an option, and the crew was forced to travel more than ever to find good snow.” But this didn’t slow them down a bit, and not only did crew vets like Nima Jalali, Jon Kooley, Bryan Fox, and Jordan Mendenhall put together a solid year, but rookie sensation Austin Smith (see his Check Out on page 102) seriously stepped up his game and put down more hammers than The Home Depot sells in a year. This video is going to have loads of heavy street rails, ledges, bomb drops, wallrides, and all that, but all you powder hounds can also expect a healthy serving of backcountry kickers, cliffs, and slashes. Power to the people!


(powder:30 street:40 park:30]
Picture This
Mack Dawg Productions
Riders: Aaron Bittner, Andreas Wiig, Darrell Mathes, DCP, Eero Ettala, Etienne Gilbert, Hampus Mosesson, Heikki Sorsa, Jakob Wilhelmson, Jeremy Jones, Josh Dirksen, Jussi Oksanen, Louie Fountain, Seth Huot, Shaun White, and Wille Yli-Luoma
Filmers: Brad Kremer, Jaakko Itaaho, Mike McEntire, Ross Steffey, and Simon Turcotte
Directors: Brad Kremer and Jaakko Itaaho
Okay, right to the point, this movie is pushing the level of snowboard video production in every way possible. Everything from the rolling dolly shots to the colors to the editing will ke this one of the best movies ever put on the market. We’ve also heard the riding of Eero Ettala, Jeremy Jones, and Darrell Mathes is second to no other, but put best by Brad Kremer, “In a less-than-epic snow year, this group of snowboarders show exactly why they are the best in the industry.” Oh, and by the way, if you haven’t seen this teaser yet, I expect you to drop everything and log on to twsnow.com to watch it because you’ll see exactly what we’re all stoked about.

(40% powder, 40% street, 20% park]
Any Means
ROME SDS/Kids On Shred Productions
Riders: Bjorn Leines, L.N.P., Marius Otterstad, Marie-France Roy, Jesse Fox, Max Legend, Jonaven Moore, Casey Neefus, Yan Dofin, and the rest of the Am Army
Filmers: Gary Pendygrasse, Trent Ludwig, John Cavan, and Will Demers
Director: John Cavan


Rome Snowboards set out to produce its inaugural video this winter, Any Means. With a production team of John Cavan, who has worked on countless movies including the Grenade films, and Gary Pendygrasse, who edited Mack Dawg’s True Life, they were ready to take on winter. Their goal was to capture all aspects of snowboarding from backcountry heavies Jonaven Moore and BJ Leines getting wild out of bounds to rail technicians LNP and Max Legend slaying the rails in Eastern Canada, and everything in between. This movie might have arguably the best rail riding of any movie this year. On top of that, throw in Marie-France Roy pushing women’s snowboarding to the limit and this is going to be a must-see for 2007. Director John Cavan said, “Kids all over the world work shitty jobs, eat ramen, and sleep on floors just so they can snowboard all winter-the Rome movie will remind everyone why.”

(40% Park, 40% Powder, 20% Rails]
Runway
Runway Productions
Riders: Alexis Waite, Anne Flore-Marxer, Desiree Melancon, Erin Comstock, Hana Beaman, Jacqui Berg, Jamie Anderson, Izumi Amaike, Laura Hadar, Leanne Pelosi, Marie-France Roy, Natasza Zurek, Elena Height, Silvia Mittermà…ller, Spencer O’Brien, Tara Dakides, and Victoria Jealouse

Filmers: Jeremy Miller, Kirk Bereska, and Aaron Leyland

Directors: Jeff Keenan and Leanne Pelosi

After years of girls struggling for parts in dude-heavy videos, Misschief Productions stepped up in the ’05/06 season as one of the first all-girl production companies-and the resulting product was a damn good snowboard video. This year there was a changing of the guard with Leanne Pelosi and Jeff Keenan at the helm of Runway Films. Most of the heavy hitters from …As If! And RoShamBo are still in the roster, but you can expect to see some new faces in there keeping things fresh. Hana Beaman, Leanne Pelosi, and Tara Dakides slayed it from the backcountry to the city all winter. Laura Hadar pulled out a solid season of city stuntwork despite a springtime knee injury, and Anne Flore-Marxer and Silvia Mittermà…ller killed it over in Euro-ville. Jamie Anderson, Spencer O’Brien, and Desiree Melancon headed up the rookie front and word is that they were giving the older girls a run for their money. As Director Jeff Keenan says, “The girls have been putting a lot of dedication and personal care into each of their parts this year, bringing a style of quality that has yet been seen in a female snowboard video.” -Julia Milan


(70% powder, 15% park and 15% street.]
Catch The Vapors
Standard Films
Riders: Mark Landvik, Matt Hammer, John Jackson, Marko Grilc, Mads Jonsson, Freddie Austbo, Danny Kass, Jonas Emery, Frederik Kalbermatten, Mathieu Crepel, Jeremy Jones, Chris Demolski, Kazuhiro Kokubo, Lonnie Kauk, Eric Jackson, Scotty Arnold, Mitch Reed, Chas Guldemond, and Juuso Laivisto

Filmers: Travis Robb, Mike Hatchett, Chris Ondercin, and Aaron Sedway

Director: Mike Hatchett


Standard Films never fails to deliver a progressive and action-packed snowboard video. With fifteen years of snowboard films under their belt, you know they’re doing something right. This season Standard had a mixed bag of riders including Danny Kass, Chas Guldemond, and Mitch Reed holding down the jibs and park jumps while John Jackson, Mark Landvik, and big-mountain Jeremy Jones went off in the powder. Right there you have everything you need to make an insane snowboard movie. The little bird in our ear has been telling us about the epic powder footage from Terrace, B.C. and the Denver jibs and rails that you can expect in this movie. The most exciting part of Standard Films are always the helicopter shots, but wait until you see the shots from the Whistler gap jump Mike Hatchett told us about: “It was super poppy and the landing was way too narrow, but John Jackson was able to handle it.” You will not be let down with the purchase of Catch The Vapors-we’re sure of it.


(PARK 20%, STREET40%, POWDER 40%]
Child Support
Defective Films
Riders: Simon Chamberlain, Joe Sexton, Markku Koski, Stian Solberg, Chris Wimbles, Mark Sollars, Jed Anderson, Terry Kidwell, Steve Cartwright, Shin Campos, Terry Kidwell, Risto Ruokola, Fredu Sirvio, Scotty Vine; and guests Eddie Wall, Jonaven Moore, Antti Autti, Knut Eliassen, and Tom Burt

Filmers: Sean Johnson, Ilari Suhonen, and Chris Edmands

Director: Sean Johnson

Child sup¿port: _ payment made for the support of the children of divorced or separated parents.
And no, this is not a parenting how-to movie. This is the Stepchild and Nomis team video created by Sean Johnson, who brought you classic videos like the Whiskey series and modern hits like Video Gangs and Promo Copy. This video is going to be amazing-you’ll see footage from 1985 of freestyle legend Terry Kidwell, insane pillow lines from Whistler, and a two-year part from Simon Chamberlain. We know the entire team has been working their asses off when Sean tells us, “Every Stepchild rider lost their girlfriend while filming for this movie.” And furthermore, “The movie almost killed everyone involved.” Proof of this will be in the parts of Joey Sexton and Risto Ruokola, who both had breakout seasons. On top of buying this DVD with all the hot, progressive snowboard action, you also get a free 50-page hardcover picture book.



(60 percent street, 30 percent powder, 10 percent park.]
Keep Talkin’
Under Par Productions

Riders: Chris Grenier, Chad Tarbell, Lucas Magoon, Lane Knaack, Scott Stevens, Chad Otterstrom, Jonas Michelot, Nick Dirks, JJ Thomas, Ricky Tucker, Josh Sherman, MFM, Jason Legge, Stephen Laterra, Jarad Hadi, Austen Granger, Mike Casanova, and many other fun people

Filmers: Bryan Redniss, Lane Knaack, Chris Grenier, Brady Bowers, Justin Gunson, Jim Langer, and Javier Raphael Fernandez

Directors: Bryan Redniss and Chad Otterstrom

This season Chad Otterstrom and Videographer/Editor Bryan Redniss came together to create Under Par Productions. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, the Keep Talkin’ crew went all balls to the wall. They put out four teasers online when most companies didn’t even have one. Through those teasers you got sneak peeks of Nick Dirks, Chad Tarbell, Lucas Magoon, Chris Grenier, and Chad Otterstrom, but that’s nothing compared to what they had on the hard drive. Don’t forget about the other heavy hitters like Scott Stevens, Mike Casanova, and Jonas Michelot to really make you hit the rewind button. Expect this movie to be snowboarding in its rawest form with bangers and curtains around every corner.



(side notes]

Six Recent Movies That Changed The Game

1. True Life/Mack Dawg Productions (2001)
2. Brainstorm/Kingpin Productions (2001)
3. Afterbang/Robot Food Productions (2002)
4. Neoproto/Neoproto Films (2003)
5. Love/Hate/KidsKnow Productions (2004)
6. 91 Words For Snow/Blank Paper Studio (2005)


What To Look For When Watching A Snowboard Video

Riding: Are the riders doing new tricks? Are they p’re doing something right. This season Standard had a mixed bag of riders including Danny Kass, Chas Guldemond, and Mitch Reed holding down the jibs and park jumps while John Jackson, Mark Landvik, and big-mountain Jeremy Jones went off in the powder. Right there you have everything you need to make an insane snowboard movie. The little bird in our ear has been telling us about the epic powder footage from Terrace, B.C. and the Denver jibs and rails that you can expect in this movie. The most exciting part of Standard Films are always the helicopter shots, but wait until you see the shots from the Whistler gap jump Mike Hatchett told us about: “It was super poppy and the landing was way too narrow, but John Jackson was able to handle it.” You will not be let down with the purchase of Catch The Vapors-we’re sure of it.


(PARK 20%, STREET40%, POWDER 40%]
Child Support
Defective Films
Riders: Simon Chamberlain, Joe Sexton, Markku Koski, Stian Solberg, Chris Wimbles, Mark Sollars, Jed Anderson, Terry Kidwell, Steve Cartwright, Shin Campos, Terry Kidwell, Risto Ruokola, Fredu Sirvio, Scotty Vine; and guests Eddie Wall, Jonaven Moore, Antti Autti, Knut Eliassen, and Tom Burt

Filmers: Sean Johnson, Ilari Suhonen, and Chris Edmands

Director: Sean Johnson

Child sup¿port: _ payment made for the support of the children of divorced or separated parents.
And no, this is not a parenting how-to movie. This is the Stepchild and Nomis team video created by Sean Johnson, who brought you classic videos like the Whiskey series and modern hits like Video Gangs and Promo Copy. This video is going to be amazing-you’ll see footage from 1985 of freestyle legend Terry Kidwell, insane pillow lines from Whistler, and a two-year part from Simon Chamberlain. We know the entire team has been working their asses off when Sean tells us, “Every Stepchild rider lost their girlfriend while filming for this movie.” And furthermore, “The movie almost killed everyone involved.” Proof of this will be in the parts of Joey Sexton and Risto Ruokola, who both had breakout seasons. On top of buying this DVD with all the hot, progressive snowboard action, you also get a free 50-page hardcover picture book.



(60 percent street, 30 percent powder, 10 percent park.]
Keep Talkin’
Under Par Productions

Riders: Chris Grenier, Chad Tarbell, Lucas Magoon, Lane Knaack, Scott Stevens, Chad Otterstrom, Jonas Michelot, Nick Dirks, JJ Thomas, Ricky Tucker, Josh Sherman, MFM, Jason Legge, Stephen Laterra, Jarad Hadi, Austen Granger, Mike Casanova, and many other fun people

Filmers: Bryan Redniss, Lane Knaack, Chris Grenier, Brady Bowers, Justin Gunson, Jim Langer, and Javier Raphael Fernandez

Directors: Bryan Redniss and Chad Otterstrom

This season Chad Otterstrom and Videographer/Editor Bryan Redniss came together to create Under Par Productions. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, the Keep Talkin’ crew went all balls to the wall. They put out four teasers online when most companies didn’t even have one. Through those teasers you got sneak peeks of Nick Dirks, Chad Tarbell, Lucas Magoon, Chris Grenier, and Chad Otterstrom, but that’s nothing compared to what they had on the hard drive. Don’t forget about the other heavy hitters like Scott Stevens, Mike Casanova, and Jonas Michelot to really make you hit the rewind button. Expect this movie to be snowboarding in its rawest form with bangers and curtains around every corner.



(side notes]

Six Recent Movies That Changed The Game

1. True Life/Mack Dawg Productions (2001)
2. Brainstorm/Kingpin Productions (2001)
3. Afterbang/Robot Food Productions (2002)
4. Neoproto/Neoproto Films (2003)
5. Love/Hate/KidsKnow Productions (2004)
6. 91 Words For Snow/Blank Paper Studio (2005)


What To Look For When Watching A Snowboard Video

Riding: Are the riders doing new tricks? Are they progressing, or are they trying the same thing that’s already been done?
Filming: Is the shot taken from the inside of the car because the filmer was too lazy, or did the filmer find a roof angle that no one else thought about? Are the shots exposed right and in focus?
Editing: Are the cuts hitting on beats? How are the graphics and colors? Is it creative or just dry shot after shot?
Music: Do the riding and music go together-is it fast riding with slow music, slow music with fast riding, or a perfect match?

When all of these components come together that’s what makes a great snowboard video; that’s what separates the professional video companies from the local bro-cam videos. Keep this in mind when watching the next video or use it to help in making your own video appear in the next top six movies that changed the game.

Don’t Forget About …
This Is For Everyone/Autumn Line
The Constant Struggle/Mongo Productions
Lubedence/Pirates
Season 4/White Out Films
First Kiss/Capita Snowboards
First Chair, Last Call/Special Blend
North South East West/Foursquare
Thanks Brain/Think Thank
Mtn. Lab 1.5/ DC
Apples & Oranges/Alterna Action Films
April/Airblaster




ey progressing, or are they trying the same thing that’s already been done?
Filming: Is the shot taken from the inside of the car because the filmer was too lazy, or did the filmer find a roof angle that no one else thought about? Are the shots exposed right and in focus?
Editing: Are the cuts hitting on beats? How are the graphics and colors? Is it creative or just dry shot after shot?
Music: Do the riding and music go together-is it fast riding with slow music, slow music with fast riding, or a perfect match?

When all of these components come together that’s what makes a great snowboard video; that’s what separates the professional video companies from the local bro-cam videos. Keep this in mind when watching the next video or use it to help in making your own video appear in the next top six movies that changed the game.

Don’t Forget About …
This Is For Everyone/Autumn Line
The Constant Struggle/Mongo Productions
Lubedence/Pirates
Season 4/White Out Films
First Kiss/Capita Snowboards
First Chair, Last Call/Special Blend
North South East West/Foursquare
Thanks Brain/Think Thank
Mtn. Lab 1.5/ DC
Apples & Oranges/Alterna Action Films
April/Airblaster