Our first day on the mountain

G’day snow fans, well we finally arrived in Furano yesterday afternoon after 3 days with next to no sleep.  There was a small hiccup the night before our flights, and we received a text message from our airline at 1:00am stating that our 7:40am flight to the Gold Coast was cancelled.  We had to call the [...]

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A massive Happy Birthday to Iao!

On the eve of our departure to the land of the rising sun I’d like to take the opportunity to wish Iao a massive Happy Birthday!  Iao has put in a mammoth effort helping prepare for this trip and documentary shoot, I would like to personally thank Iao for all his efforts as the experience so far and the [...]

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Helmets, Goggles and Supermodels

We headed down to Trigger brothers on Saturday to pick up the last of our equipment. Iao picked up his Burton Supermodel board, a very nice inclusion to the gear list for 2010. I invested in a new helmet.  I haven’t worn helmets before while snowboarding, but I’m looking to try a few more jumps [...]

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Less than a week to go…

Things are really heating up, or cooling down, depending on how you look at it We officially leave for Furano, Japan in less than 1 week. This weekend we’ll be finalising the testing of our film gear as well as packing and sorting our snowboard gear and doing the all-important weigh of our wheelie bags [...]

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A trip to Samurai

In an effort to start to fully immerse ourselves into the Japanese culture and way of life we visited Samurai Japanese restaurant in Hawthorn on Saturday night to sample some of the fine cuisine. Actually, that’s a big fib.  We actually go there all the time, because the food is great, the service is fantastic [...]

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Furano update

We’re getting very close to our departure date for this years trip to Furano.  This week has been a whirlwind of activity including finalising and paying for our internal flights from Tokyo to Sapporo, exchanging some AUS$ for Yen, filming some more footage for the DVD and website, organising and creating an inventory for all [...]

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Mogul the kangaroo

We’d like to introduce you to Mogul the kangaroo.  Mogul will be making regular appearances in photos and videos during our trip to Furano in 2010.  Keep your eyes peeled, as you may spot him doing some extraordinary things.

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King of the Mountain

Each day we shoot footage of snowboarders in action at Furano we will be awarding a King of the mountain award.  Winners will be judged on personailty, flair and skill in execution of snowboarding tricks.  Winners will have their photo taken with the coveted King of the Mountain crown, and their name and picture added to our [...]

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The Koala Club

Everybody we meet and film as part of our Snowboard in Japan documentary will become an honourary member of the Koala Club. As a member, you’ll receive a cuddly clip-on koala as well as a complimentary copy of our DVD once it is released. I must warn you. We only have a limited supply of [...]

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Our first shooting session

Last weekend saw us complete our first shooting session for the Snowboard in Japan documentary.  The purpose of the shoot was two-fold.  Firstly, it was an opportunity to test all our gear including lav mics, shotgun mic, wide angle lens and lighting.  We also wanted to test different lighting configurations for conducting interviews. The second [...]

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Pre-production planning

A lot of planning and effort go into producing a quality video production.  You first need to figure out the kind of production you will be producing.  Is it for theatrical release?  Will you publish to DVD?  Will you publish online only?  To decide which path you will take you need to know the technical [...]

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Gearing up for production

We have been frantically gearing up for production of our documentary about snowboarding in Japan.  When shooting footage overseas with a small 1 or 2 man crew you need a healthy compromise between having just the right amount of equipment to produce a quality production while not over-burdening yourself with having to lug a heavy [...]

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Useful Japanese words and phrases for use while at the snow

Chair lift = Lifuto Let’s go skiing = Suki ni ikimashyo Snowboard = sunoboodo Skis= suki powder = powda avalanche = nadare I saw an avalanche = nadare o mita Lunatic = Kichigai I am a ski-freak/dork/lunatic = watashi wa suki-kichigai ice = koori Fresh/uncooked/(draft) beer = Nama Beer = Biru Large/Big = Dai Cold [...]

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