Current generations build off what previous generations have created before them. They take that influence and push it forward in both style and expression. It creates an ever evolving world and that is no different in snowboarding. The Snackbreak Crew is part of the current generation expanding on what was built from their influencers before them. Armed with a shitty camera, a do it yourself attitude, and the Internet they are part of snowboarding’s present which will ultimately influence snowboarding’s future.
Would you say the Déja Vú crews style of editing had an influence on the way you shot and edited this movie?
Lucio Doglioni Majer: I can’t really speak for the editing of the movie. But I think they’re a big name crew which inspired some filming of our techniques. This is because they along with other crews like videograss and Dope set the industry norms that we then conform to but I wouldn’t say specifically Déja Vú influenced us, but don’t get me wrong their stuff is dope!
Tommi Ollikainen: I guess I should speak for the editing part. I am super hyped on the first Déja Vú movie but haven’t seen it that many times. I would say VG (Video Grass) is more of an influence, as I’ve seen those movies so many times. But it’s all just snowboarding movies in the end.
What were some other influences in how you created the visual appearance of this movie?
Tommi: The first step to the visual appearance of the movie was the shitty camera we used to film most of the shots. I was then just playing around with the low-quality images in post production and noticed that the only way to make them look good is to make them look even grainier and more old school.
With a slightly international crew what were the hardships of filming/editing and how did you break up the filming duties between Canada and Finland?
Tommi: Lucio you should start for the foreigner’s point of view on filming in Finland
Lucio: So most of all for me it was hard to get to Finland to film with the rest crew. But overall it was an awesome opportunity for me to travel, meet new people, and snowboard in foreign places. I was really lucky to be involved in a project that let me travel internationally. I only helped film a little because I am so bad at it that it was best not to leave it up to me. Overall the majority of the filming and all the editing was done by Tommi.
Tommi: Ya like that time you blew Jopi’s shot two or three times in a row and he didn’t get it again after. Haha.
Tommi: We had a pretty solid crew here in Finland but it was tricky to have other people filming back in Canada, as they were working with different filmers and that made the quality of the footage varied. I had to cut a lot of shots from the movie just because they were filmed kinda badly.
There’s some solid slams, who in the crew took the worst assault on themselves?
Tommi: Oli and Andy definitely.
Lucio: Andy for sure he put so much work into his part, he would refuse not to land his trick regardless of how hard he slammed.
I remember that one time when Andy cut up his shin really badly and was bleeding everywhere so he just laid in the snow and filmed while I tried to get my clip. After about another hour of me trying to land my trick we packed up the session and went home. Once we got home we realized we needed to take Andy to the hospital and he ended up getting a bunch a stitches. I think it was 10 plus stitches in his shin.
Tommi: Yeah, he (Andy) only stops when he gets the trick, or gets hurt, or breaks his board.
You guys were largely self funded with the exception of money provided by Fyve and Powderpak Parks, with financial constraints how did you optimize your resources to fully commit to putting out a full movie?
Lucio: Full on dirtbagin it! Cooked as much as possible at home and the rest of the time took advantage of student subsidized meals from the Finish government. I stayed strictly on the pops to conserve my stash for my time there.
To avoid renting cars we also laid on top of boards in Tommi;s grandmas car to get around regularly doing two trips to spots to get the whole squad there.
Tommi: Other than that we also squeezed 4 people in to my 35 square meter studio, everyone was sleeping on the floor for almost a month.
There’s an on going debate that online movies such as Honyos are “destroying” the snowboarding culture because people are consuming content differently, how do you interpret the changing landscape of the snowboarding cinematography and where do you see for yourself film making in the snowboard world going?
Lucio: Its hard to say I recognize that movies that are online for free are maybe making less demand for paid movies but I mean everyone’s trying to get it. I would love to film for paid movies but I don’t think anyone wants to watch me board so I just put my shit online for free.
Tommi: No one has asked us to film for a “real” film, so we had to do it ourselves.
Lucio: I think free online movies have also allowed a certain group of core snowboarders to consume huge amounts of media for free. This is a positive thing because videos like this inspire young boarders.
Tommi: Yes Luc your an inspiration to the next generation, haha!
Lucio: Haha, I don’t know about that, but I think that a lot of free snowboard videos such as Dope are some of most inspirational videos I saw growing up that made me want to continue snowboarding. So small production films like Honyos might also show kids that all you need is a shitty camera, some snow, and the homies. I find sometimes I can’t relate to big production films. I don’t have the money to get into the backcountry or use a winch in that way. Small free films feel more relatable to the snowboarding I do.
Adding to that question what would you want your crews legacy to be with the videos you have shot?
Lucio: I just wanna try and have fun while making sick videos that inspire other boarders, especially my friends
Tommi: To just make a sick snowboard movie with a good soundtrack that somehow shows the fun we had while filming it.
Anyone you want to thank or shout outs?
Tommi: family, sponsors, friends!!
Lucio: I wanna thank my parents, sponsors, homies, and everyone that inspired me along the way!