Slow Your Roll and Satisfy The Soul | The Hood Crew

01.04.2017

What can we expect when hitting play?

For almost a decade, Salt Lake City has been a mecca for urban skiing. Surprisingly, with enough creativity and the right amount of snow, this city can continue to provide new features and opportunities to ski urban innovatively.

Viewers can expect a good mix of powder and SLC street skiing in our new movie, with a casual Friday’s at Park City segment thrown in the mix. Like most of the media we create, the goal is to highlight the good times we’ve all shared together and motivate others to seek out similar types of adventurous experiences.

Is there anywhere we can listen to the soundtrack?

Yup!



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How was shooting for and editing this movie different than past THC films?

Things really went our way while filming last winter. Everyone stayed relatively healthy, SLC received several good dumpings of snow, and a lot of the features we hit worked out successfully. Forster was a huge motivation for getting everyone out into the streets and putting together a solid movie. His new nickname became, “team captain Meeks.”

Editing the movie; however, was fairly challenging. I [Freed] only spent three weeks in SLC last season so the original plan was that Meeks, Wabs, and I would collaborate at Hood in May/June and edit the movie together. We did talk out some good ideas for themes and ways of organizing clips but I still ended up having to create the final project.

A big problem with computers is when they are used in a way where creative processes become inefficient. Think about making an iTunes playlist, it’s easy to just scroll through your library and throw random songs together instead of starting with a strategy and understanding of what you want the playlist to actually sound like, what artists you want to include, how you want the playlist to start and end… The parallel with editing is that it can be easy to throw clips in a timeline and put music over them but this lacks the element of strategy: of understanding how you want the clips to flow and why they’re in a certain order.

One of my biggest problems with editing is continuing to move things around in a timeline without actually making good improvements. At one point in August, I was feeling overwhelmed with the movie and was about to give up. I wasted a whole day trying to make a Christmas themed segment because I was going in circles: trying different songs, continuously reordering the clips. I was obsessing over one specific segment while making very little progress.


I used to love editing because of how fast it would be. Film for a day or two, import the clips in a timeline, and then organize them together with ease. The point is that you continue to ski and film new videos instead of over-editing old footage. When editing clips from December 2015 in the middle of August 2016, trying to organize the footage became a serious challenge.

The day I failed at making a Christmas montage, I met up with Wabs later in the evening and discussed strategies I used to use that made editing fun. Starting with a playlist of music you like (ideally mixing music together before adding in footage), using raw clips to help transition between segments/ songs, creating a timeline with the best clips to avoid being distracted by b-footy. This is all simple stuff but it’s easy to overlook. One of the big things I realized I’d being doing wrong that day was searching around for good Christmas music. I was trying to force in a holiday song instead of starting with music that I like. No one was going to watch our movie and be like, “damn, that one Christmas song is fire.”

Throughout making the movie and the trailer, I continuously struggled with playing around with footage in a timeline, instead of starting with good strategies and then editing efficiently. As frustrating as this was, I believe it helped me succeed in the long run because it forced me to make better plans. When attempting to edit a trailer, I became unsatisfied with simply throwing rowdy clips together with music like I’ve done year after year. It didn’t seem worth it because it was unoriginal. Editing is fun when it excites you, when you get to watch a video come alive. I eventually went back to the drawing board and scripted out the narration for a trailer while focusing on a specific theme. From there, it was easy to plan out how to organize clips to produce something I could be proud of that was different than anything I’d ever made before.

It was obvious that you guys had more than enough snow in SLC last season. How important is that when putting together a movie?

Having lots of snow opens up a whole new world of possibilities when skiing in the city -- especially with a winch. The major con of having a dry season and doing dry urban is that you often begin to force things... and then the streets become more dangerous. I’m excited to continue skiing in cities covered in large amounts of snow. While living in Portland, I’ve realized that one of the reasons urban skiing is so appealing to me is because it’s really convenient. Driving up to the Mt. Hood takes over an hour, whereas, it would take me less then 10 minutes to commute to my favorite stair-set on the Burnside Bridge.

Let’s get ourselves a Team Instabanger going this winter. What mountain would you suggest?

Brighton & Timberline… Zermatt if the stars align right

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