Pension Snow Flake, Cafe Tirol, Tirol Lamb BBQ, Kojima Academy & Kojima Academy Kids Park

If you’re thinking that’s quite a bit to cram into one title for a post, you’d be right.  But the simple fact is that former champion Alpine Snowboarder Kojima Hiasyuki has put his heart and soul into the businesses he runs at Furano.  In fact when we had the privilege to speak with Kojima san for our upcoming documentary, he was justifiably proud when speaking in depth about the business and lifestyle he has built for him and his extended family of “snowflakes”.  You see for Kojima san, his staff are not just paid help, but part of a vision to raise the profile of Alpine Snowboarding as a sport, and to get local children fit and active.  Kojima san calls his staff his “snowflakes”, as snowflakes are all unique, but they stick together.

We also met Rumi Itagaki, herself an accomplished alpine snowboarder and former champion alpine snowboarder.  Working as one of Kojima san’s snowflakes, Rumi balances teaching snowboarding at Kojima Academy in Furano’s Kitanomine zone, hosting at Tirol Cafe, Supervising the junior snowflakes at Kojima Academy Kids Park as well as helping out at Tirol Lamb BBQ and Pension Snowflake.  That sounds like a massive workload right?  However, I struggle to recall meeting somebody so happy and content with life.  In fact, most of Kojima san’s snowflakes are former students who see Kojima san as a father figure. 

If you stay at Pension Snowflake, or visit Cafe Tirol or Tirol Lamb BBQ (which you should – the food is excellent), you will be welcomed to the fold and can consider yourself part of the extended snowflake family during your time at Furano.

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Bar Ajito – Furano

Hi folks,

We’ve mentioned Bar Ajito in a few previous posts and videos, but I wanted to take the time to send Nii the owner of Bar Ajito and his friendly staff Tomo & Miki a special thank-you.

We stayed at Pension Furanui in Furano Village, and Bar Ajito was our “local”.  Furano itself has more of a family-friendly laid back vibe, so there are not many bars in the village, and you will rarely find yourself having to line up for a beer or cocktail.

Nii and the staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome.  It doesn’t even feel right to be calling them “staff”, as they realy felt like good friends for the time we spent together.

As well as fulfulling our drinking requirements, Nii also took us on an awesome snowmobile tour out at Tomamu, followed by a bonus Onsen vist in the mountains that evening :)

After spending our last evening with our new Furano friends at Bar Ajito, Nii presented us each with a CD containing photos from our last night and the snowmobile tour.  A very thoughtful touch, and something that goes way beyond just great customer service!

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Enjoying the slopes at Tomamu

While enjoying the slopes at Tomamu, I stopped to smell the roses and whipped out my iPhone and took this photo.

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We’re back in Australia

Hey snow fans!

Firsly we would like to apologise for the lack of update to the website over the last few days. We had some back to back day trips to satellite mountains around Furano, and had a very full schedule meeting with some key Furano personalities to interview and film for our website and documentary.

Thursday night was our last night in Furano, and after a full day and evening of boarding with Mari San, the manager of the Furano ski host program followed by back to back interviews, we made our way to Ajito bar for our wrap party and to thank and farewell all our Furano friends. Friday morning, we made our way back Tokyo and spent Saturday exploring Shinjuku before flying back to Australia and arriving Sunday afternoon.

We will be updating the website with snippets of footage and more posts over the coming week. We would like to thank all the Furano locals who made our trip so special and memorable and the filming of our footage for the documentary possible. In particular we would like to thank:

  • Ken McBride - Manager, Furano Tourism Association
  • Mari Yamazaki - Furano Ski Host Manager
  • Djan Aston - Manager, Rhythm Snow Sports Furano
  • Nii Takeyuki - Ajito Bar and Dining owner, Onsen and Snow Mobile guide
  • Tomo (Tomoyuki) Saikawa -Ajito Bar host and cocktail mixer extraordinaire
  • Miki - Ajito Bar host and awesome snowmobile guide
  • Noriko Omori - Personal massage therapist from BB Forest, Furano
  • Rumi Itagaki - Snowboard instructor and stunning Tyrol cafe host
  • Kojima Hiasyuki - Alpine snowboarding legend and Furano business entrepreneur
  • Meguma - Japanese to English translation genius
  • Yoh Kubayashi - Kitsusuki Bar Owner and local Furano guitar legend
  • Simon and Roger - Our Swiss powder guides ;)
  • Takahashi San - Owner of Pension Furanui
  • The staff at R’s - For cooking the best damn doria north of the equator

Please check back with the website over the next couple of days and weeks. If you have any photos or videos you would like added to the website, please email them to leroy@snowboardinjapan.com.

Lastly, we will be booking out next trip to Furano in the next month or so. Next season is going to be bigger, better and just as much fun. We hope to see all our Furano friends again very soon and do it all again!

Leroy and Iao.

Enjoying an OJ in Jetstar Star Class on our way home :)

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Days 6-10

Friday 5/2 was a rest day for us after a couple of very active days. We caught up on some sleep, had a late lunch and then an onsen. For dinner we jumped on the local bus and headed to Okonomiake Senja - a sensational restaurant run by a husband and wife team.

Around the corner was a strip of 4-5 bars and the one we settled for was run by a local musician - Yoh Kobayashi. Well known around Japan his traditional  music has featured in many movies and animations over the years. What followed was an impromptu performance with one of his friends who played the bamboo flute.  We were welcomed by all at the bar eventually inducting them all into the Koala Club by the time we left.

Saturday was also low-key as we were still suffering the effects of the 3hr hike out of the boonies on Thursday. Furano Village put on a small cultural show tha was attended by some locals and tourists. Joined by Carl and his father who had both just arrived from Niseko, it was dinner at R’s then a few game of pool at Ajito and off to bed.

Sunday was back on the slopes at Furano and later on we headed to B.B Forest for well deserved massages. Omori-san is a fantastic local aroma massage therapist. If you are in Furano and needing some rejuvination, drop Omori-san a line on 0167-22-0838 or email on b.b.forest@ezweb.ne.jp

Monday was one of the best powder days of th trip. We had booked  bus to Kamui and the powder and runs there were just magnificent. We had no difficulties finding fresh powder all day and back to the pension by 5pm.

Tuesday was a half day on Kitanomine Zone in order to upload some footage and interview Djan from Rhythm Snowsports.

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Furano Day 5

We booked a snow mobiling trip for today.  Ni, our local publican come snow mobile guide picked us up from htoel Furanui at 8am in his minivan.  We dropped past another hotel and picked up 4 lads from Newcastle who were joining the tour.

We made our way to Kamui and did a stint of rock climbing on an indoor wall while our snow mobiles were being transported to the snow mobile course on a flat bed truck.

Once at the snow mobile course, Ni gave us a short briefing on general operation and safety procedures before we spe off down the snow covered track. 

A short while down the track and my snow mobile conked out.  Ni and Masa San were unable to fix it, so I hitched a ride with Ni to the next stop while Masa San went and picked up another snow mobile.

We entered a snow covered open field.  The powder was about 50cm deep, and we had free reign to carve it up on the mobiles.  What started out as a fresh powder field ended up as a tracked out  paddock after 10-15 minutes of ripping it up at high speed on our snow mobiles.

Next we made our way up through a forest to an alpine ridge where some of the group slid down a ledge and almost caused an avalanche.  After our hike the previous night we opted not to slide down the ledge as we knew how tough the climb back up would be.  Masa San drove his arctic cat snow mobile off the ledge and then had a tough time getting it back up.  5 guys were required to pull the machine back up onto the ledge.

We wound our way up to the top of the ridge, before turing around and retracing our tracks to the start of the course.

After loading Ni’s snow mobile back onto the trailer, we headed to a famous eatery called Fortune Bagel.  We enjoyed curry soup followed by freshly baked bagels with assorted fillings that really hit the spot. 

After dropping our gear off back at Pension Furanui, Ni picked us up 30 minutes later for a trip out to Onsen Takachidake.  This onsen was by far the best we have seen.  After a scrub down and a quick dip in the indoor pool, we headed out into the fresh mountain air and submerged our aching muscles into the outdoor onsen surrounded by fresh snow.

After soaking our bodies the drying off, we sampled some of the hot food dispensed by a vending machine, then tried our luck on a lucky ball machine at the front desk on the way out.  Iao won a beer, I got a red ball and got zip.

Thanks to Ni for an awesome day snowmobiling and sight seeing.



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Furano Day 4

Today was one of the best filming days so far.  We managed to get a whole lot of quality helmet cam and stick cam footage which we will be uploading to the site shortly.

We found some great drop offs and small kickers on the side of some runs in the Furano zone.

Late in the afternoon, we caught up with Simon and Roger (a couple of Swiss guys we met at our pension), and took an off piste run beten the Furano and Kitanomine zones.

What was to be a short hike, then a short tree run to an untracked powder stash turned out to be a long tree run followed by a 3.5 hour hike down the mountain.  

Caught next to a creek between two ridges, we had to climb out of the gully onto the ridge then hike down through waist deep snow in failing light until we finally walked out into the Furano zone car park at 6:45pm, 3.5 hours after we started the run.

Simon and Roger gave us the tree run of our lives, and the hike of our lives. :)   Having our Swiss mates experience and cool heads off piste helped get us out off what could have been a messy situation safely.

Simon and Roger still owe us a beer ;)

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Furano Day 3

Today was pretty chilled. We had to get some supplies from Furano town down the hill, so caught a taxi in. After wandering around town for a bit, we stopped for lunch in a nice little cafe. A full lunch including miso and side dishes and coffee for 2 was less than $17 – bargain. After we stocked up on memory cards for the helmet cam and camcorder, we then headed back to the village for a massage. We finished the night off with an onsen and a few beers at Ajito’s.

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Furano Day 2

With the morning of day 2 comes another fresh stash of powder.

After a breakfast of eggs, salad and mashed potato, we make our way back to the top of Kitanomine Zone where we find our tracks from yesterday have been filled with fresh snow and we’re starting a new canvas.

With the lure of bigger and better things at Furano Zone we spend the day there exploring and finding even more powder areas.  A late lunch at Restaurant Downhill and rest before spending time freshening up on any thing we could jump off.

We ran out of memory in our camera which put paid to the terrain park filming we had planned, so we headed back to the pension for an onsen.

Dinner was at R’s restaurant followed by a pint of Kirin at our ‘local’ Ajito. We’re known there now and the bar tender already had two pint glasses at the ready and was eagerly awaiting the nod to commence pouring.

The staff at Ajito are awesome people and more importantly they’re snowboarders too. One works on the ski patrol so it was good to get some local knowledge about the best runs.

An early night for us to rest up for snow mobiling and some exploring of Furano town.

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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 airline to rebook another iternal flight.  Luckily we got on a fligh to Cairns at 7amwhich connected directly to Tokyo and got us in 5 minutes before our cancelled flight.

By the time all this was sorted out, it was only 1.5 hours until our maxi taxi was due to pick us and our boards up at 3am, so we decided to stay up rather than sleeping. By the time we checked our bags in and were on the flight, we were ready for a good sleep on the plane. We ended up only getting a couple of hours.

Our flight got in to Tokyo Narita at 6:55pm on Firday night.  We were booked in at the Excel Toyu hotel at Haneda airport, so we took the airport limousine to Haneda airport which is an hours drive and checked into our hotel.  We were quite tired, but still decided to make the most of our Friday night in Tokyo and took the monorail into Shibuya central Tokyo to grab a bite to eat and a beer.

It was quite late when we hit the hustle and bustle of Shibya so we explored the alleyways off themain drag and found a traditional noodle bar and devoured some traditonally prepared dons.  After that we found a trendy little bar tucked in an laneway and had our first Japanese beer for the trip while listening to the smooth tunes playing on the decks.

We woke up Saturday morning at 5am to grab our flight to Chitose airport in Sapporo.  The flight is 90 minutes, but we managed to get a bit  more shut eye on the way over.

Once in Sapporo, we boraded the resort liner bus to Furano.  This is quit a slow trip through the snow coverd plains and foothills of Hokkaido.  3 hours later, we reached our destination of Furano and checked into Pension Furanui.

With everything settled we took a walk around the village. We had planned to do some night boarding but this was cancelled to make way for the annual Furano Snow Festeval comprising of a big air jump competition, food and beer stalls, bonfires, sleigh rides, military band with the evening finishing with a fireworks display.

Over a few drinks and some average pool playing we met a few locals at Ajito – a bar that is just up the street. We should mention at this point that it hadn’t stopped snowing since we arrived, so we headed back to the pension for our first full nights sleep in three days.

Waking to a beautifully clear day we started out with a couple of easy runs and with some minor adjustments to our boards, we headed up to the summit for some serious powder.

Furano as a reputation of having strict snow patrol and limited off-piste runs. This appears to have changed slightly this season as it didn’t take long before we were in the trees and knee deep in powder familiarising ourselves with Kitanomine Zone.

By mid afternoon we made our way over to the Furano Zone snow area where there was more stashes of powder and ever fewer ropes providing loads of free-riding tree powder runs.

Back to the pension for an onsen and a powernap, we walked a short distance to a sensational Mongolian restaurant  for dinner – cranking snow the whole time.

After dinner we began reviewing the days footage with great anticipation. We only used the helmet cam today as a test run to perfect our craft which was  huge success. We’ll be uploading some of this footage to the site shortly.

We plan to make another post and upload some more videos from Kamui and Tomamu in a few days time, so please stay tuned and leave any comments.

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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 upcoming trip wouldn’t be the same without him.

Everything is packed an ready to go.  We have a 7:40am flight from Melbourne to Tokyo via the Gold Coast.  By 9:00pm tomorrow night we should be kicking back in a Karaoke Lounge in the heart of Tokyo knocking back some Japanese beer and warbling a few songs.  We’ll get pics and videos and update the site as soon as we can.  Apologies in advance if this isn’t every day, as I am sure we’ll be having lots of fun :)

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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 and rails this season and welcome the extra security of knowing my head is protected from any heavy falls.  There’s a great article about helmets for snow sports here.

I also picked up a pair of Shaun White signature series Oakleys.  They have an amber lens which should increase visibility in the fog and reduce glare.  I tried on several different brands and styles, and these were the snuggest fit while not restricting airflow through the nose.

Iao has also invested in a suction mount for the helmet cam, so look out for some wicked footage from the board level perspective as Iao rips up the Furano pow this season.

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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 to ensure we’re within our luggage allowance.

The yen has dropped slightly since we did a foreign currency conversion last week. It’s great that we locked the better rate in, but otherexpenses like accommodation and lift passes may take a hit if there is no improvement in the next week.

We’ve uploaded a whole heap of snowboarding videos from previous years as well as photos going way back to the first trip to Canada in 2001. You can check them out here.  The Canada photos were taken with a 1.2 Megapixel Sony Mavica digital camera that took floppy disks. It’s pretty amazing to see how far digital technology has come!

We’re also finalising travel insurance this week. We’re going through a company called http://www.ski-insurance.com.au that will cover us for all our on mountain action as well as the normal things like luggage loss and hospital cover.

We wanted to get the word out about what we’re doing in Furano this year. As well as the Koala Club, Mogul the Kangaroo and King of the Mountain, part of our promotion includes some cool rubber wristbands that you can check out in the gallery. We also have t-shirts that you will see us getting around in. All these things are designed to make the documentary and the trip fun, to use as ice-breakers when meeting people and to get the word out about our website, documentary and what we’re all about.

We’ll be in Tokyo on Friday 29th January and Friday 12th February.
If you live in Tokyo or will be there on these dates and want to be part of the documentary, then comment on this post with your details and we can organise to meet up on either of the Friday nights for some karaoke and filming fun.

If you’re not going to be in Tokyo, but have any good recommendations for a karaoke bar we should visit in Tokyo, then leave a comment with the details. We’d appreciate any good recommendations. :)

Closing out the week, we are also finalising some interviews with people that will be included in our documentary. If you want to get involved or know somebody who would – shoot the an email with a link to our blog, and leave us a comment. We’ll get stratight back to you to start organising a time and place to hook up and chat.

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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 and the prices are very reasonable.  Dinner at Samurai did provide a welcome break from filming and planning for the doco.  If you live in or are visiting Melbourne and haven’t been there, I highly recommend it – check out some of the food below:

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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 our camera gear, fine-tuning our shot list, filming instructions and interview instructions.  These are checklists we will be using as we film footage in Furano.

The exchange rate between AUS$ and Yen is quie good at the moment.  You can currently get about 80 yen to the dollar.  This time last year, you would have been lucky to get 50 yen for every dollar you exchanged.  You can check the rate at www.xe.com but keep in mind you will always get slightly less than what is quoted at that website as your bank, or foreign exchange company will take a margin as profit.

You can currently get great deals on internal flights within Japan with JAL and ANA if you are a foreign visitor.  You will pay about 50% of the cost you would normally have top pay if you present an international flight booking reference number upon booking your internal flights.  Check the JAL and ANA websites for further information.

Current snow depth at Furano is 155cm – and remember this is all powder.  Adding to this the fact that Japanese mountains get an annual snowfall of 11-14 metres we look set for a bumper season, and poised to capture some great snowboarding action on film.  Keep track of Furano snow conditions here.

We have also spent the last week creatingand editing additionl video footage for the documentary and website.  All our videos will be uploaded to our YouTube account snowboardinjapan.  You can view and subscribe to our channel here.  All these videos are linked to this website and also available on the Videos page above.   

You can read the top 5 reasons to snowboard in japan here.

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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 hall of fame for posterity.

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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 60 cuddly clip-on koalas, so you really have to impress us with your enthusiasm, skills or sheer good looks to get in the film. All Koala Club members will also be featured in our online gallery.

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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 purpose for the shoot was to get our first footage of us describing some of our previous snowboarding adventures as well as our expectations for the upcoming trip.  This footage will provide a great contrast to the final footage taken during the trip.  We will be able to see directly how our expectations stacked up against the actual trip itself.

Lastly we took some footage of the different types of gear required for a trip to sub-zero snowboarding locations.  This will be useful for first-time boarders or those heading to snowboard in Japan for the first time.

We will be making some of the footage available online shortly.

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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 ramifications, and therefore cost of your choice.  If you want a theatrical release, then you will need to record to film.  Alternatively, you will need to record digitally in such a fashion that the end product can be successful transferred to film without loss of quality at a later date.  DVD is a higher quality than is required for online video publishing.  Once you know what your technical goals are, you can start gearing up and planning for production in that particular format.

You will also need to identify who your audience is.  Who will you be pitching your movie at?  What other products exist in the marketplace, and how are you going to set your product apart from your competitors.  I.e. what is your unique selling point?  Once you have developed your concept, you can start to put a plan down on paper.

Planning for a shoot can be as simple or as detailed as you want to make it.  We are striving for a happy medium.  Mainly because we want to be able to enjoy the experience.  Also because I believe a story should unfold organically.  We are planning to interview a few select people fo our documentary, but there will be many others who we are yet to meet, that we could not have anticipated would be great for our documentary story.

In comparison to a regular fiction movie script, a documentary movie script cannot contain all the dialogue that will occur throughout the movie.  You can however plan for the scenes you want to shoot, the shots you want to get, the people and the kinds of people you want to interview, and the questions you want to ask.  You can also plan the general flow of the piece.  Below is a preliminary list if scenes / shots that we are planning to get on film during our trip:

  • Gear selection
  • Purchasing Airline tickets
  • Purchasing Accommodation
  • Planning activities
  • Planning Tokyo
  • Travelling to airport
  • Arriving Airport
  • Checking in
  • In the airport lounge
  • On the plane
  • Sleeping on plane
  • Arriving in Tokyo
  • Tokyo airport transfer
  • Tokyo Hotel
  • Tokyo dinner
  • Tokyo Drinks
  • Tokyo Karaoke
  • Tokyo drunk
  • Tokyo Crashing
  • Flight to Sapporo
  • Arriving Sapporo
  • Bus to Mountain
  • Snow out bus window
  • Arriving hotel
  • Night skiing
  • First night sleeping
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Boarding
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Onsen
  • Ice Fishing
  • Ice Climbing
  • Snow Shoeing
  • Snow Mobiling
  • Off Piste tour
  • Other mountains

This is a high level list and does not include interviews we will be conducting or actual snowboarding action shots that we will get on film.  When shooting to tell a story, you need to make sure that you get all the shots you need to make your film work once you get to the editing room.  For instance, in general the beginning of each scene in a movie has what is called an ‘establishing shot’.  This sets the scene.  For example, if all the action of the scene takes place inside a train station, the establishing shot might be of the outside of the train station.  You need to get this shot while on location.  To make sure you do, you need to plan for it!

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