2004 Video Preview
TransWorld photographers shot ‘em up at this season’s hottest film shoots.

Bloodshot eyes from hours spent in front of the editing machine. The first third of a catchy 80s jam on repeat until that segment is dialed-or insanity sets in. Swear words ringing out when the computer freezes at 3:00 a.m. This is the lovely truth about the lives of our favorite directing teams right now. They’re holed up in studios across the country, feeling the crunch of deadlines as their masterpieces slowly come together. They know you’re waiting, and no one’s about to let you down.

So what can we expect from this season’s load up of snowboard films? Well, a few things you can probably guess: New tricks from old heavyweights. Secret spots shredded. New talent uncovered. Antes upped. However, there is an element we can’t predict, and that’s creativity. With so many people making films-anyone with a digicam and a laptop has a chance these days-you truly have to stand out to be noticed. So count on the unexpected and amazing-something unique that’ll make each video (the good ones, at least) shine with its own personality, like the playfulness of last year’s Afterbang from Robot Food or the dramatic flair of Absinthe’s Vivid.If you really want to know what’ll be inside this season’s shrink-wrap, though, read on. TransWorld had a trusty photographer placed on almost every film shoot that went down, and we managed to get our mitts on those images posthaste in order to bring them straight to you. Get an eyeful of some of the latest, greatest snowshredding action a few weeks before the videos come out-and start placing bets now on who has the best part.-Jennifer Sherowski

Video Gangs
Four Star/Video Gangs
Taking the team video to a whole other level, Four Star Distribution has founded its own production company called Video Gangs and is poised to punch a hole in the film scene with its debut release, called, that’s right, Video Gangs. Headed up by Matt Davis of Wildcats movie fame and fellow Canadian Sean Johnson on directing duty, the film taps into the serious talent of teams Forum and Jeenyus. “We wanted to create a movie that inspires the desire to snowboard and leaves you understanding the teamriders’ abilities and personalities,” says Davis. And with names like Leines, Line, and Walsh, it’s hard to believe this thing won’t be bangin’.Apparently, the search for good snow and great shots meant Johnson spent a total of seven nights in his own bed over the course of filming Video Gangs, running around to such exotic winter locations as Alaska, Whistler, Tahoe, and Finland with a crew of Four Star heavweights in tow. According to reports, calling a standout part won’t be easy, but watch out for Devun Walsh, Joni Malmi, and Andreas Wiig. Also, Forum anchor Bjorn Leines spent an entire season injury-free-you know his part’s gonna be insane.-J.S.

Starring: Nate Bozung, Tara Dakides, Chris Dufficy, Kevin Jones, Bjorn Leines, Peter Line, Joni Malmi, Chad Otterstrom, JP Walker, Eddie Wall, Devun Walsh, Andreas Wiig, the Forum Youngbloods

“You’re looking at the only clear day we had at the Tulsequah heli service in Northern B.C. The best part about the setup of this shot was the shuttle to the drop-in zone. Instead of hiking, Bjorn and Devun would get shuttled up via the heli-not inside, but sitting on the outside basket with nothing strapping them in. They’d literally jump off the heli straight into the run in, then off the huge kicker. I’m pretty sure that the ride was scarier than the actual jump.”-Rob Mathis

Shakedown
Mack Dawg Productions
MDP has had the lockdown on progressive snowboarding for years-shining a spotlight on everything young and cutting edge about the sport. This year’s installment to the legacy will once again contain the full spectrum of freestyle riding. ots of natural powder jumps, sick street rails, and some quality park and pipe footage,” says Mike “Mack Dawg” McEntire … but that’s about as much as he’ll give up: “Seriously, the riders in the film don’t want to leak any of the new tricks they’ve landed this year.” What we do know is that ex-Whiskey mastermind Sean Kearns is in the director’s chair again-a man blessed with the skill of bringing out what’s best in riders on the silver screen (as proved in films like True Life). Also, the recent shake-up in Mack Dawg’s list of riders has left the company with nothing but an explosion of talent and energy. “The crew is amazing,” says McEntire. “This group has such a positive vibe that it has made the filming super fun.” Despite the fact that JP Walker broke his jaw over the winter, his part comes highly anticipated after last year’s hiatus from filming. Fellow Utah man Jeremy Jones is said to have a sweet part, too.-J.S.

Starring: Chris Brown, Tadashi Fuse, Lukas Huffman, Seth Huot, Jeremy Jones, Jon Kooley, Mikey LeBlanc, Micah McGinnity, T.J. Schneider, JP Solberg, Heikki Sorsa, Kale Stephens, JP Walker, Shaun White

“One of the first things you see when you get into the Alpine at Callaghan is this cliff band. For that reason people call them the morning cliffs, or the warm-up cliffs. They’ve been the site of some pretty serious progression in the last few years. As the dominance of cheese-wedge jumps declines and natural terrain gains popularity again, people are looking for good drops and step-downs to push their riding. Kale has hucked some huge airs here-but this is the first time he put down a backside seven.”-Dano PendygrasseKale Stephens. B.C. backcountry. Photo: Pendygrasse

White Balance
Standard Films
Since the first Totally Board movie released in 1989, Standard Films has been churning out movies that stab at something raw and pure in the heart of snowboarding. Headed up by the Hatchett brothers (Mike and Dave), these videos have always focused on the mountain, but newer releases like last season’s Notice To Appear and the upcoming White Balance are tapping into younger blood and more progressive freestyle riding. “This is going to be the tightest edit ever from Standard,” says Mike. “That means no weak shots. It’ll be mostly freestyle, but mixed with some insane freeriding.”Like any of the major videos, White Balance was filmed in every snow-covered corner of the globe-Tahoe, Europe, Canada, Alaska, Utah, Finland, and Russia, among other places. And the Hatchetts seem more stoked than ever on the footage they’ve amassed. According to Mike, a few of the highlights are “Terje Haakonsen doing some of the best freestyle freeriding ever, Matt Hammer with big spins off natural drops, John Jackson with everything from tech jibs to kickers to Alaska, and Eero Ettala on rails and doing Cab 1080s.” -J.S.

Starring: Dave Downing, Eero Ettala, Terje Haakonsen, Matt Hammer, John Jackson, Jeremy Jones, Mads Jonsson, Freddie Kalbermatten, Markku Koski, Erik Leines, Jason Murphy, Benji Richie

“Watching Terje ride lines like this is a real treat, because his perception of ridable terrain is warped! He breaks down mountains in a way that few can comprehend with a simple, subtle, last-second decision-making attack. It’s snowboarding in its simplest form, but the consequences are far greater than getting hurt at a resort, and your life is in your crews’ hands. People like Terje put their lives on the line purely for their heart!”-Ruben SanchezTerje Haakonsen. Tahoe backcountry. Photo: Sanchez

Back In Black
Kingpin Productions
Remember Andrew Crawford’s car jump in Revival? How about Marc Frank Montoya’s music video in Happy Hour? That shit was snug (that’s when it’s extra tight). Well-Whitey, Brad Kremer, and the boys are at it again this year, bringing you what could be some of the most amazing/amusing snowboarding of the season.Over the last few winters the artist formally known as Rob McConnaughy has taken a step back to try his hand in Hollywood filming for the Jackass movie, as well as numerous music videos and commercials. In turn, the reins (for the most part) have been handed over to Kremer-with good results. Using the time-tested formula of mixing the biggest names in snowboarding, hot new talent, a great soundtrack, and funny skits, Kingpin has been making movies for the masses for over ten years. While they wouldn’t tell us whose part to look out for, we were told “You’ll never see another part like it” about Scotty Wittlake’s footage. Also, keep an eye out for Zach Leach and Gigi Rà…f’s sections. If they’re anything like the photos we’ve been seeing of ‘em, they could be nasty as hell.-Chris Coyle

Starring: Jeff Anderson, Alex Auchu, Iikka B ckstrà®m, Gaetan Chanut, Chris Coulter, Chris Demolski, Zach Leach, Joel Mahaffey, Mark Frank Montoya, David Carrier Porcheron, Jason “J2″ Rasmus, Gigi Rà…f, Scotty Wittlake

Still Untitled
Robot Food
One of the more animated groups in the vid biz, Robot Food came out swinging last year with their first-round knockout, Afterbang. While most crews work through the am ranks for a chance to step in the ring with the big boys, the Robots threw in a mouthpiece and went straight for the title-making some of the longtime belt holders stand up and take notice. This year’s movie still didn’t have a name as of press time, “Because we are dorks and can’t make a decision,” explains filmer Jess Gibson. Whatever they end up calling it, you can be sure there will be some hotdoggin’ action. Rumors have it that Josh Dirksen, Christoph Weber, and Bobby Meeks could have parts with enough punch to give your TV the standing eight count. But all we wanna know is if Benedek is going to try to get the four nines again-and actually put them in his part this time.-C.C.

Riders: Scotty Arnold, David Benedek, Josh Dirksen, Chris Engelsman, Louie Fountain, Bobby Meeks, Jussi Oksanen, Travis Parker, Jaakko Sepp l , Christoph Weber, Scotty Wittlake, Wille Yli-Luoma

Saturation
Absinthe Films
Always the most culturally diverse films, Absinthe has been continually slept on over the years, often dismissed as the “artsy film.” Yet the snowboarding contained within is gnarlier than anything going. Romain DeMarchi’s part last year was straight-up ridiculous. Even though Justin Hostynek is based out of Tahoe, he travels the world to find terrain exclusive to his movies. Trying to stay clear of park jumps and rails, this last season his filmers scoured locales as far as Japan and Norway for big powder booters. Don’t be fooled, though, it’s not gonna be all kickers-these guys love natural features (i.e., cliffs, chutes, steeps, and such). Sections to keep an eye out for are Trevor Andrew, Jason McAllister, and the man with the bottomless bag of tricks-Travis Rice. But don’t count out anyone in this line-up, there’re quite a few heavy hitters.-C.C.

Starring: Yannick Amevet, Trevor Andrew, Shin Campos, Romain DeMarchi, Iker Fernandez, Steve Gruber, Jeremy Jones, Freddie Kalbermatten, Jason McAllister, Nicolas Mà…ller, Wolle Nyvelt, Axel Pauportà‡, Travis Rice, Gigi Rà…f, JP Solberg

Game Show
Mack Dawg Productions
For the past few years, Mack Dawg Productions hasn’t been satisfied with working on just one video-this season’s no different. In addition to Shakedown, MDP will bring you Game Show, a contest compilation designed to do justice to what went down in a handful of the winter’s most influential competitions. “Some of the best riding of the year comes out of heated sessions at the right contests,” says Mack Dawg. “People really feed off each other’s energy and the riding level goes way up.” Game Show is also another way for MDP to present more riders doing more stuff-cing snowboarding of the season.Over the last few winters the artist formally known as Rob McConnaughy has taken a step back to try his hand in Hollywood filming for the Jackass movie, as well as numerous music videos and commercials. In turn, the reins (for the most part) have been handed over to Kremer-with good results. Using the time-tested formula of mixing the biggest names in snowboarding, hot new talent, a great soundtrack, and funny skits, Kingpin has been making movies for the masses for over ten years. While they wouldn’t tell us whose part to look out for, we were told “You’ll never see another part like it” about Scotty Wittlake’s footage. Also, keep an eye out for Zach Leach and Gigi Rà…f’s sections. If they’re anything like the photos we’ve been seeing of ‘em, they could be nasty as hell.-Chris Coyle

Starring: Jeff Anderson, Alex Auchu, Iikka B ckstrà®m, Gaetan Chanut, Chris Coulter, Chris Demolski, Zach Leach, Joel Mahaffey, Mark Frank Montoya, David Carrier Porcheron, Jason “J2″ Rasmus, Gigi Rà…f, Scotty Wittlake

Still Untitled
Robot Food
One of the more animated groups in the vid biz, Robot Food came out swinging last year with their first-round knockout, Afterbang. While most crews work through the am ranks for a chance to step in the ring with the big boys, the Robots threw in a mouthpiece and went straight for the title-making some of the longtime belt holders stand up and take notice. This year’s movie still didn’t have a name as of press time, “Because we are dorks and can’t make a decision,” explains filmer Jess Gibson. Whatever they end up calling it, you can be sure there will be some hotdoggin’ action. Rumors have it that Josh Dirksen, Christoph Weber, and Bobby Meeks could have parts with enough punch to give your TV the standing eight count. But all we wanna know is if Benedek is going to try to get the four nines again-and actually put them in his part this time.-C.C.

Riders: Scotty Arnold, David Benedek, Josh Dirksen, Chris Engelsman, Louie Fountain, Bobby Meeks, Jussi Oksanen, Travis Parker, Jaakko Sepp l , Christoph Weber, Scotty Wittlake, Wille Yli-Luoma

Saturation
Absinthe Films
Always the most culturally diverse films, Absinthe has been continually slept on over the years, often dismissed as the “artsy film.” Yet the snowboarding contained within is gnarlier than anything going. Romain DeMarchi’s part last year was straight-up ridiculous. Even though Justin Hostynek is based out of Tahoe, he travels the world to find terrain exclusive to his movies. Trying to stay clear of park jumps and rails, this last season his filmers scoured locales as far as Japan and Norway for big powder booters. Don’t be fooled, though, it’s not gonna be all kickers-these guys love natural features (i.e., cliffs, chutes, steeps, and such). Sections to keep an eye out for are Trevor Andrew, Jason McAllister, and the man with the bottomless bag of tricks-Travis Rice. But don’t count out anyone in this line-up, there’re quite a few heavy hitters.-C.C.

Starring: Yannick Amevet, Trevor Andrew, Shin Campos, Romain DeMarchi, Iker Fernandez, Steve Gruber, Jeremy Jones, Freddie Kalbermatten, Jason McAllister, Nicolas Mà…ller, Wolle Nyvelt, Axel Pauportà‡, Travis Rice, Gigi Rà…f, JP Solberg

Game Show
Mack Dawg Productions
For the past few years, Mack Dawg Productions hasn’t been satisfied with working on just one video-this season’s no different. In addition to Shakedown, MDP will bring you Game Show, a contest compilation designed to do justice to what went down in a handful of the winter’s most influential competitions. “Some of the best riding of the year comes out of heated sessions at the right contests,” says Mack Dawg. “People really feed off each other’s energy and the riding level goes way up.” Game Show is also another way for MDP to present more riders doing more stuff-considering that Shakedown only features twelve riders (which leaves out a good 80 percent of the pro community), and there’s some amazing talent out there spending their entire season workin’ the old contest circuit.

Featuring: Artic Challenge, Nixon JibFest, Red Bull Heavy Metal, TransWorld Team Challenge, U.S. Open, West Coast Invitational

Highlights: Kyle Clancy’s frontside down the twelve-split-ten kinked rail at the Red Bull Event, Simone Chamberlin at the JibFest, Matt Hammer at the West Coast Invitational, and Daniel Franck at the U.S. Open

Diary
The Wildcats/Whiteout Films
In a unique attempt to better expose the lives and personalities of the Wildcats, Diary chronicles each Cat’s day-to-day life for a week. Expect much of this journal to read like a chapter from Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. With two movies’ worth of experience under the crew’s belt and a subtle shift in direction, Diary should be the shit-and as always, the most entertaining video of the year. There’s more travel in this one, as well, hitting international locales like France, Sweden, Austria, Italy, and their favorite-Japan. Also, anticipate the usual improvements in cinematography and snowboard action-no small feat, but they step up every time.-Cody Dresser

Starring: Pete Anderson, Chris Brown, Dave Cashen, Gaetan Chanut, Dionne Delesalle, Chris Dufficy, Tadashi Fuse, Max Jenke, Bjorn Leines, Jake “the bottle” McIntyre, J-F Pelchat, Kale Stephens, Paavo Tikkanen, Devun Walsh

Neoproto
Neoproto
Hailing from the Tahoe area, Neoproto is the newest film by Pierre Minhondo and Justin Eeles. You might remember Pierre from his freshman effort Mixed Elements, which even with a lack of distribution turned enough heads to make this year’s self-titled release stir a buzz. In fact, one of the cranked necks belongs to Kingpin’s Brad Kremer, who offered to help distribute the movie this year. “Everything coming out these days, besides a few videos, is so cut and dry-boring to watch,” says Minhondo. “This has to change, which is the reason why a production company with ten years’ experience is backing us.”Shifting focus from the formula set by predecessors, the boys from South Lake are promising to bring a whole new enchilada to the table. Start by using a lineup that consists of some of the hungriest kids in the country. Throw in a handful of seasoned pros to narrate, and garnish with a sprig of real life. The final result being hopefully one of the spicier dishes of the year.-C.C.

Starring: Liam Barret, Jake Divine, Stephen Duke, Tim Eddie, Ricky Gatterdam, Chris Hotell, Nima Jalali, Aaron Keene, Lane Knaack, Filippo Kratter, Luke Mathison, Shawn McKay, Robbie Sell, Corey Smith, Preston Strout, Jussi Tarvainen, Sean Tedore, True Love, Curtis Woodman

Locations: Lake Tahoe, Finland, Utah, Mammoth, Oregon, Washington, Italy, Canada, East Coast, Colorado

Also, keep an eye out for these quality flicks:
JD Pictures/Marco Lutz Productions’ Kingsize
Soldiers Of The Frozen Battlefield/Grenade’s Night Of The Living Shred
Finger On Da Trigger Productions’ Livin’ Proof
The Gathering Collective’s Gong Show

Video Timeline
A wise man once said, “If you don’t know your history, you’re bound to repeat it,” or some crap like that-I ain’t that good at ‘memberin’. What was I trying to say? Oh yeah, these are some of our favorite movies from the last fourteen years. Check a couple of them out-you might be surprised to see tricks you thought were new going down years ago.-C.C.

1988: Western Front by Fall Line Films
1989: Totally Board by Standard Films
1990: New Kids On The Twock by Mack Dawg Productions
1991: Pocahontas by Mack Dawg Productions
1992: The Hard, The Hungry And The Homeless by Mack Dawg Productions
19994: The Garden by VeeCo Films
1994: Sexual Chocolate by Kingpin Productions
1995: Melt Down Project by Mack Dog Productions
1996: Subjekt: Hakkonsen by VeeCo Films
1997: T.B. 5 by Standard Films
1998: Decade by Mack Dog Productions
1999: Whiskey
2000: Revival by Mack Dawg Productions
2001: True Life by Mack Dawg Productions
2002: Happy Hour by Kingpin Productions
idering that Shakedown only features twelve riders (which leaves out a good 80 percent of the pro community), and there’s some amazing talent out there spending their entire season workin’ the old contest circuit.

Featuring: Artic Challenge, Nixon JibFest, Red Bull Heavy Metal, TransWorld Team Challenge, U.S. Open, West Coast Invitational

Highlights: Kyle Clancy’s frontside down the twelve-split-ten kinked rail at the Red Bull Event, Simone Chamberlin at the JibFest, Matt Hammer at the West Coast Invitational, and Daniel Franck at the U.S. Open

Diary
The Wildcats/Whiteout Films
In a unique attempt to better expose the lives and personalities of the Wildcats, Diary chronicles each Cat’s day-to-day life for a week. Expect much of this journal to read like a chapter from Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. With two movies’ worth of experience under the crew’s belt and a subtle shift in direction, Diary should be the shit-and as always, the most entertaining video of the year. There’s more travel in this one, as well, hitting international locales like France, Sweden, Austria, Italy, and their favorite-Japan. Also, anticipate the usual improvements in cinematography and snowboard action-no small feat, but they step up every time.-Cody Dresser

Starring: Pete Anderson, Chris Brown, Dave Cashen, Gaetan Chanut, Dionne Delesalle, Chris Dufficy, Tadashi Fuse, Max Jenke, Bjorn Leines, Jake “the bottle” McIntyre, J-F Pelchat, Kale Stephens, Paavo Tikkanen, Devun Walsh

Neoproto
Neoproto
Hailing from the Tahoe area, Neoproto is the newest film by Pierre Minhondo and Justin Eeles. You might remember Pierre from his freshman effort Mixed Elements, which even with a lack of distribution turned enough heads to make this year’s self-titled release stir a buzz. In fact, one of the cranked necks belongs to Kingpin’s Brad Kremer, who offered to help distribute the movie this year. “Everything coming out these days, besides a few videos, is so cut and dry-boring to watch,” says Minhondo. “This has to change, which is the reason why a production company with ten years’ experience is backing us.”Shifting focus from the formula set by predecessors, the boys from South Lake are promising to bring a whole new enchilada to the table. Start by using a lineup that consists of some of the hungriest kids in the country. Throw in a handful of seasoned pros to narrate, and garnish with a sprig of real life. The final result being hopefully one of the spicier dishes of the year.-C.C.

Starring: Liam Barret, Jake Divine, Stephen Duke, Tim Eddie, Ricky Gatterdam, Chris Hotell, Nima Jalali, Aaron Keene, Lane Knaack, Filippo Kratter, Luke Mathison, Shawn McKay, Robbie Sell, Corey Smith, Preston Strout, Jussi Tarvainen, Sean Tedore, True Love, Curtis Woodman

Locations: Lake Tahoe, Finland, Utah, Mammoth, Oregon, Washington, Italy, Canada, East Coast, Colorado

Also, keep an eye out for these quality flicks:
JD Pictures/Marco Lutz Productions’ Kingsize
Soldiers Of The Frozen Battlefield/Grenade’s Night Of The Living Shred
Finger On Da Trigger Productions’ Livin’ Proof
The Gathering Collective’s Gong Show

Video Timeline
A wise man once said, “If you don’t know your history, you’re bound to repeat it,” or some crap like that-I ain’t that good at ‘memberin’. What was I trying to say? Oh yeah, these are some of our favorite movies from the last fourteen years. Check a couple of them out-you might be surprised to see tricks you thought were new going down years ago.-C.C.

1988: Western Front by Fall Line Films
1989: Totally Board by Standard Films
1990: New Kids On The Twock by Mack Dawg Productions
1991: Pocahontas by Mack Dawg Productions
1992: The Hard, The Hungry And The Homeless by Mack Dawg Productions
1994: The Garden by VeeCo Films
1994: Sexual Chocolate by Kingpin Productions
1995: Melt Down Project by Mack Dog Productions
1996: Subjekt: Hakkonsen by VeeCo Films
1997: T.B. 5 by Standard Films
1998: Decade by Mack Dog Productions
1999: Whiskey
2000: Revival by Mack Dawg Productions
2001: True Life by Mack Dawg Productions
2002: Happy Hour by Kingpin Productions
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1994: The Garden by VeeCo Films
1994: Sexual Chocolate by Kingpin Productions
1995: Melt Down Project by Mack Dog Productions
1996: Subjekt: Hakkonsen by VeeCo Films
1997: T.B. 5 by Standard Films
1998: Decade by Mack Dog Productions
1999: Whiskey
2000: Revival by Mack Dawg Productions
2001: True Life by Mack Dawg Productions
2002: Happy Hour by Kingpin Productions