It’s part two of our ‘How to make the perfect snowboard movie’ series!
Got all your clips? Gonzilla.tv are back once again to give you some handy advice on how to make an edit even Scorsese would be proud of.
- Keep it short and to the point
- Only put in tricks/riding that is perfectly executed and landed
- Vary your shots
- Try to build a story with your shots, beginning middle and end
- The best shot does not always have to be at the end
- Pick fun music
- Set your project up correctly before you start, to match the footage resolution
- When you start editing, bring all your footage in, watch through it all and pick out the best bits.
- Make sure your shots are tight! Not too much run in or landing! Short and sweet!
- Timing is key! Cut the shots so that the rider lands on a beat in the music
- Make sure the sound is mixed, if your using dialogue dip the music so you can hear what people are saying
- Colour correct so all the shots look the same in terms of colour and brightness contrast! If in doubt make it black & white
- Exporting! Web (youtube/vimeo etc) Export in HD at 720p or 1080p, 25 frames per second, H264 compression at least 5 mbps
- If you get stuck or find a problem, Google it! Forums and youtube tend to have the answers!
So that’s it! Easy… right?
Check out Gonzilla.tv for some bang on examples of how to film and edit! It’s the one stop shop for UK snowboarding talent!
We’ve teamed up with Gonzilla.tv to bring you 17 essential tips to help you with filming this winter. Whether it’s your family or your buddies, cruising piste or busting some freestyle moves they have it covered…
1. Snacks! Water and food are a must if you are going to be standing around all day
2. Layer up! Wear warm clothes and pipe gloves are the best option so you can still work the camera… We recommend Celtek
3. Amnesia! Make sure your memory cards are clear and take spares if you have them
4. Keep any spare batteries warm so they don’t run out so quickly. Hide them under your arm, in your jacket or somewhere else toasty warm 😉
5. What’s your story? Before you start filming, think about the edit, have a story. What do you want it to look like in the end? This will help you plan what shots you need
6. Quality! Film at the best possible quality for example 1080p whenever you can
7. Always carry a lens cloth, cap or even your goggle wipe
8. Danger! Don’t stand in the landing, it’s dangerous!
9. If you are doing a ‘follow cam’, plan your route, make sure you know where you are going so you don;t go the wrong way or crash into something
10. Mooove closer! If you think you are close enough… get closer!
11. With an action camera, such as Ion, point the camera at the groin area. It’s not kinky, it’s just that they have a wide angled lens and it means you will fit everything into the shot
12. Think about mixing up your angles, low angles, high angles and moving around the feature
13. Communicate! Talk to the person you are filming, find out where they are going and what they are doing so you are not in the wrong spot or filming the back of their head!
14. Steady Eddy! Keep the camera steady, use a tripod and brace your arms against your body. Use a smooth motion. If you are using an action camera then use a pole! The worst thing you can do is hold it in your hand.
15. If you are filming a trick, make sure you get the take off and the landing. You don’t have to be in two places at once, just get the rider to do the trick twice and then edit them together 🙂
16. If you are using a helmet cam, make sure you press record before you put the helmet on. Gonzilla recommend filming with a pole as it gives a better shot
17. Fill’er up! Make sure you get filler shots so you can mix the edit up! People laughing, scenery that kind of thing!
Check out Gonzilla.tv for some bang on examples of how to film and edit! The one stop shop for UK snowboarding talent!
Tips on editing coming soon!
Now here at Mint we don’t want to be known as a ‘Debbie Downer’ but it’s just a fact that fun can sometimes come at a price and if you’ve ever been snowboarding you know that can come in the form of a sprained wrist or a shocking hangover from the local brew… Unfortunately it can also come from the very mountains we are enjoying every day on our holiday or season. We figure that to be armed with the knowledge is a much better way of continuing to have fun in the mountains so read on for some interesting facts and tips!
Did you know:
- Avalanches kill more than 150 people worldwide every year
- Avalanches are not triggered by noise as the movies would have us believe
- 4 factors contribute to an avalanche; a steep slope, a weak layer in the snow, the snow cover and a trigger
- The trigger is normally the weight of you or a friend
- The slope needs to be 30 degrees or above to be prone to avalanche
- Avalanche kit doesn’t just mean a transceiver, you also need a shovel, a probe and the know how!
- There are 3 types of Avalanche; Powder, Wet Snow and Slab. Slab avalanches are the most common and reach between 60 and 80 mph
- Avalanche risk is highest 24 hours after a snowfall of 12 inches or more
We all know it’s fun to ride powder but here are some simple rules to follow to try to stay safe!
- Never go off piste alone
- Heed warning signs in avalanche prone areas (check the warning signs situated by lifts and also on the sides of the piste)
- Stay alert in backcountry areas
- Travel single file, not side by side in the backcountry
- Always carry safety equipment (Transceiver, shovel and probe)
- Check your transceivers battery and signals before you set off
If you think you would like to learn more then check out our options on Backcountry courses and Splitboarding or maybe book yourself a private lesson to get to grips with Avalanche Safety and Awareness!
This is definitely not a popular poster around town at the moment! It appears that they are planning to start charging for parking at the bottom of the new Prodain cable car which takes you up to Avoriaz.
The Prodain car park, which has always been busy at the best of times, is now smaller than before with the new cable car taking up valuable parking space. It seems that from this winter the remaining spaces will now be charged; around 5€ a day or 15€ for up to 24hrs. We can only hope that this at least means a more regular bus service from Morzine to Prodains, which currently runs every 15 minutes from the centre of Morzine at its most frequent.
See below for the proposed parking charges at Prodain…
Winter is coming! Frosty mornings in the UK and snow falling in Europe is getting everyone excited for another amazing season! Is this the winter you will take your first steps towards becoming hooked on snowboarding? Well read on to get those all essential first day tips for your first foray into the mountains.
Weather – check the forecast. Is it going to be windy, sunny, snowy or cloudy and what is the temperature? All this will influence your clothing choices. There is nothing worse than being COLD! BRRRRR!
Goggles – They will help protect your eyes from sun and wind as well as helping you see better in poor light conditions. Goggles will protect your eyes better than sunglasses as well as less likely to fall off, get broken or lost!
Gloves – Remember your hands will be touching the cold wet snow quite a bit so make sure you have some warm and waterproof gloves or mittens.
Protect your face – A decent bandana or micro fibre fleece will protect your face but also make everything feel a bit more snug if the cold is biting!
Stretch – Stretching both before and after will help avoid injuries as well as muscle recovery, a good warm up can help too! Click here for some snowboard stretching tips!
Helmet – Keeps your head protected as well as warm and dry.
Layers – your first layer should be thermals to keep you warm and dry. Definitely avoid cotton. You will use up a lot of energy in your first few days on a board, so may not need as many layers as you think
Jacket & Pants – You will need jacket & pants that are wind & water resistant as well as being breathable. Think comfort not fashion. A good 6,000mm waterproof and breathability rating should get you started.
Feet – Comfortable feet are key. Only one pair of socks (avoid cotton) and make sure they are pulled up without creases. And you want no inner layers tucked into your boots.
Fuel Up – you will need the energy! We love porridge and fruit in the mornings!
Snacks – Fill your pockets with snacks! Granola bars are a must!
Hydration – altitude contributes to dehydration, along with all the exercise you will be doing! Make sure you drink plenty of water!!!
Backpack – don’t take one! It will put you off balance, distract you and thus hinder progression. All you need with you are a wallet, sun cream, lift pass, phone… don’t weigh yourself down with anything else.
Sun Cream – Don’t forget to use it, the sun is stronger than you think in the mountains.
Check your kit – Make sure you check your kit in the morning, especially your bindings, nothing worse than getting up the gondola to find you are missing a strap!
Dry your kit – Nothing worse than wet gloves or boots in the morning, make sure you dry them over night!
Relax – no need to be nervous. Enjoy the experience of learning something new. Your instructor will have taught plenty of beginners before and the others in the group are in the same situation as you.
Apres – Don’t be a fool, get straight to Apres after riding, if you head back to the chalet you will miss all the fun!
So that’s it! Get out there and enjoy the experience of being in the fresh air on the mountain, take in the views and make sure you take advantage of a cheeky apres beer or hot chocolate! You will deserve it! Remember we are a Burton Experience Snowboarding Centre and offer lots of options for snowboard lessons, snowboard camps and courses to get you shredding!!!
See you in the snow!