Film Director, TransWorld SNOWboarding
Directing a feature-length snowboard film is a heavy undertaking. You're responsible for everything—rider selection, visual direction, filming, managing other filmers, checking in with riders, organizing footage, editing, licensing music, finding premiere venues, and every minute detail in between. At 22, around the time most kids are graduating college and stumbling into the world trying to figure out what to do with their lives, Theo was three major projects deep with Rome and embarking on his first director role with TransWorld—a film called Origins. Following that, he directed last year's full-length TW release, Insight—plus 30 webisodes to accompany it. Theo is sitting down the hall from me buried in the final editing stages of his third TransWorld film. He's probably going to pop his head in soon proposing some sort of weekend party plan, 'cause the dude just turned 26 and can't say no to a good time.
— Taylor Boyd
Filming majestically in a winter wonderland.
Where are you from and where do you currently call home?
I’m originally from New Mexico, currently reside in sunny Southern California.
How did you start snowboarding?
I started skiing when I was quite young in New Mexico. I remember the mountain wouldn’t let you ride a snowboard until you were 10 years old, I think, so as soon as I turned 10 I switched over to snowboarding.
At what point did you realize that you wanted to work in the snowboard industry?
Honestly, at first I wanted to become a snowboarder—classic filmer sentence. It wasn’t until later that I got interested in video and working on that side of the lens.
And how did you make that happen?
I moved to Utah when I was 17 and started working as a snowboard instructor, trying to ride as much as possible on my off time, and my on time. It was funny because I had zero interest in filming snowboarding at that time; what led me down that path was a series of injuries. I broke my wrist one winter, and I remember I took all the painkillers and just chilled out on my couch for a month while it healed. When it was nearly ready to go I went back out snowboarding and on the first day I fell and re-broke my wrist. With another month of recovery on the horizon I decided that I wasn’t going to do nothing again so as soon as I got a new cast on I starting riding but holding my friends old GL2. It was almost more as insurance to prevent myself from getting too excited and hurting my wrist again. Since then I pretty much always have a camera in my hands when I’m riding—maybe still as insurance because I put the camera down and took a few laps this past March and broke my wrist again.
But as I was starting to film, my friend Ozzy Henning was getting super good at snowboarding, and I just starting following him around Park City. We made some funny, weird videos that I guess people liked. From there, he got sponsored by Rome Snowboards, and I kind of slid in and started doing video work for them. I did three projects for them and they were all incredible learning experiences. Those guys were the best. If we came up with some crazy concept for a video project they’d always be down. After that, Transworld reached out to me to direct their upcoming film and that's that. Now I’m finishing up my third film with Transworld, called Arcadia.
Very chill and always ready to party, even when he’s working. PHOTO: Toni Kerkela
Who did you look up to in the industry for inspiration?
There were a lot of people. Isenseven films and anything Vincent Urban did were definitely huge inspirations.
What do you want to accomplish that you haven't yet?
I’m not sure; I like to take these things as they come. One thing that I would really like to happen is to never stop doing work within snowboarding. My path working with video is still just starting, and as I move forward and what I’m doing evolves I never want to forget that snowboarding got me here in the first place.
Anyone you'd like to thank?
Oh shit yeah—everyone that I’ve crossed paths with! Huge shoutout to the old Park City crew, everyone at Rome Snowboards, and everyone at Transworld Snowboarding. Thank you, really.