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How many edits can you do in a year?

Having had my Canon 7D for 6 I have made countless videos with it. Some have never (and will never) see the light of day. Experimenting and going through the process from idea to posting on line is the most real training you can get.
Preston Kanak decided to make 1 short a day for a whole year! (visit his website for more info on this as well as heaps of other educational resources)
Now, I know my schedule is pretty much booked up from before day brake until, what time is it now? ah its now tomorrow 00:23! So I am busy- but after reading about making 365 edits!! I had the motivation to make a short. This is my first video of… well I’m not making any commitments yet… but following Prestons logic, the more videos I shoot, edit and post the better I will be at shooting, editing and posting. So here is number 1 of this new endevor to create as much as possible:

Shot on Canon EOS 7D, F1.8 50 and 18-55. Marvels PP. Graded Magic Bullet looks. Cut FCP.

Useful links:
Preston Kanak</a
Philip Bloom

Also my site

Thanks to both Preston and Philip who both inspire me to make better videos while also giving me the information required to do so.

About the author:
John-Jo has broken approximately 14 bones in his 28 years. Not bad going.
It started with his left clavicle at a young age and recently finished with his left clavicle having just turned 28. John-Jo is hoping these breaks are the bookends to his bone breaking but accepts the 2nd law of thermonuclear dynamics which states “Over time things move from a highly ordered state to a highly disordered state” AKA entropy.

Some of his injuries have happened while snowboarding, while most have not. John-Jo is currently in Banff National Park teaching Snowboarding and filming at Lake Louise.

John-Jo takes one large calcium pill each night before bed. 🙂

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Four Months and six days later…

Four Months and six days later…

Breathing deeply, eyes fixed. Honing in on the situation. Assessing.

It was an unchecked, miscalculation that had cost me dearly. I will not make the same mistake twice.

I want to….

Is now the right time? Is this the right jump? Should I be doing this considering how badly it went wrong last time?

These question went through my mind. Andrew, my riding buddy, was unawares of my plans. He was catching up with a friend also stood at the drop in with us.
The jump before me was pretty much the same, if not a little bigger (to the knuckle) as the one at SnowparkNZ that saw me off to the hospital.

I took a deep breath and looked down to the snow, trying to get a better sense of the situation. Was I being cocky going for the Switch Back 5 on my 2nd day riding park? It sounded like I could be, but I was feeling good, not cocky. I had hit the jump a few times already and knew the speed, had spun a few 3’s and stomped them, and a few 5’s off the small jumps…

This is the right time, this is the right jump, this is it…


I was tempted to speed check as I rolled down from the drop in below the hip, but knew the speed was good and moved my thoughts to the spin to come. For a flash of a second, the blink of an eye, I saw the acciendt which broke 6 ribs and my collar bone in 2 places. I erased the thought as quickly as it came into being. There were more important things to think of…. I saw before me all the times I had set the toe edge just right, as I neared the lip I snapped into the backside spin grabbing melon instinctively, after all, that’s where I grab for my SW B 5’s..


BOOM! Stomped it into a small puff of snow! Clean as you like.

I claimed it. I did. I let myself revel in the moment. I cheered, I wooped, I pointed it for the step up jump below…


It had taken me four months, six days to spin that trick again. Those months were hard times finically, physically as well as mentally. I had been told it would effect my game. It would be like a ghost forever in my mind. I knew I had to banish that demon.

And four months, six days later I did.

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For the love of it…

I love helping people learn to snowboard. I am constantly trying to make the lessons I teach as clear as possible, making sure all the information is there for the taking, with out any superfluous waffle.

I went rock climbing many years ago and the instructor was telling me how to do the belay business, kinda important. However, I was wearing a harness and those rubber kick ass climbing shoes. These 2 physical things in contact with me, where very distracting! I know that sounds kinda dumb, but the big monotone guy was losing the battle for my attention. The funny thing was, that I WAS REALLY TRYING TO PAY ATTENTION! I learned from this, and not just how to belay.

On a crowded learning slop, being clear and animated, keeping the students attention is key. So many factors effect students learning ability. What they had for breakfast, how their boots feel, if someone near by is smoking, pretty clouds in the distance… the list is endless!

Doing repetitive work can be monotonous and boring. With teaching so many lessons you meet so many interesting people, however the information is the same regardless. The physics and bio-mechanics don’t change, only the people do. This means I always present it differently depending on the client and how they learn best.

When you wash the dishes, you can rush through it to get them done. Or you can “practice” washing dishes. Taking each dish as a chance to be better at washing dishes, becoming the most efficient, most accurate dish washer you can be.

I take a little of this into my teaching. People obviously are WAY more exciting than dishes! but when your on your 5000th lesson, you can keep it progressive for yourself by giving 100% focus to doing the best lesson possible. Addressing the most important issues first…. is the person nervous? did they have an injury they are scared to hurt again? Or maybe their boots are not tied up!

When all is said and done, its snowboarding, not brain surgery. But when you see people in all emotions racked with fear, crying, elated and shouting with joy, you know it means everything to that person. In that moment, snowboarding is everything. I’m there to share the joy, as cheesy as it sounds, to share the joy and get them stoked on boarding. As instructors we get commissions if people come back for more lessons but for me, the most important thing beyond everything else is that they get to experience the pure unadulterated pleasure of sliding along on the board. IT IS FUN! It can be the most pure & exhilarating feeling in the world. I have done lots of things in my life including diving with sharks, full contact karate tournaments, to name but a few… and NOTHING has ever given me the same all natural “mountain air” high as Snowboarding. Nothing has even come close.

If people can grasp that, if people can get even a tiny glimpse of that magical feeling in a first timer lesson…. I am happy.

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“What they say”… Rookie Academy Video.

So I have just published a video for The Rookie Academy and thought I’d let you know what went into the making of it.

First here is the video:

Rookies asked for a video from the client’s point of view, just Ex Rookies talking about their time during the training.

I knew that I had some interview done on the snow, in lift lines, on chairs, at the side of the run etc etc but want to give the video some basic structure. To this end I contacted a few ex rookies and some just finishing the course to pin down some set interview.

Sound is often an issue recording on snow, due to wind, (and shitty in camera mic’s) so to be able to set up a dual sound system is awesome. Until you go to edit 😦

Sound syncing can be done a number of ways, software, time code, and the good old clapper board!
I feel like making a good old clapper board for a number of reasons, including having color grade indicators and a true white balance card. AND TO SYNC THE SOUND! Until then, saying 3,2,1,and clapping your hands (do all this twice) is the poor mans clapper!

Anyhoo… I set up with Tom in his front garden, filmed using the Canon 7D, my sony mp3 recorder as well as the Sony HDR HC3 as a B cam. I knew Tom from filming last year for hte rookies so we basically just had a chat about the last 2 years of his life, which have been pretty good 🙂 I didn’t end up using any of the B cam footage because I wanted the final video to be quite fast paced, with quick cuts between each person. If I had then cut to another angle of the same person I may have been hard to follow who was saying what and also may have looked like I was trying to make it seem like there were more people!

Was quite surprised at just how much footage I have on file for the Rookies, so had an enormous amount to choose from. In the end I just put the most relevant clips in and have the rest for another video later on should it be required.

Last year during my Canadian season Rookies asked me to put together 3 videos for them, which was possible as I had kept all the files of the season.

Also filmed Clair just before she left town, down by the lake with TC in the BG. I shot with same set up as Tom’s interview, and had the F-stop down around 2.4. This in fact gave a nice blur of TC to the point the TC was pretty much unrecognizable! However the effect I was after was achieved, Clair is what we are interested in, she is in focus, the beautiful snow capped mountains are there but not what we are looking at, more suggested and give a nice light airy feel.

The set interviews gave a nice solid feel to within which I could drop the more ad-hock unplanned clips from off the snow, as well as other interview done on the smaller sensor camera (HDR HC3).

Quite please with the video, added a bit of saturation and some other looks to try to blend the very different camera footage together. Also got to test out the new Cinestyle Picture Profile from technicolor in Tom’s interview. It gives a real flat picture, and grades perfectly with s curves. Will be shooting with it from now on 🙂

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