Premiering this weekend at the Cannonsburg rail jam are two widely anticipated crew edits… Scott Smith’s Blunts, Brews and Bad News “Blackout” Film and Nathan Kudla’s “Total Revenue” crew video. Crew season edits seem to be the thing these days and from my point of view it isn’t hard to understand why. I mean, why wouldn’t you want to film with your best buds? Especially if your buds are super supportive, help to push your limits and help you progress as a rider. They’re there to have your back and yell, “fuck yeah!” when you stick your banger after riding like shit. With crew edits, it seems like they are more about documenting good times with your friends as opposed to the more aggressive feel of individual edits which is awesome and, quite frankly, refreshing. As with any fad, the crew edits craze will fade away, but one thing I don’t think everyone realizes is how good for the soul and scene these edits are. Even if the footage is grainy or a shot is iffy these edits get kids pumped to go out and shred; to me, even more so than watching the huge pro edits. Getting more people into snowboarding and building up the hype is really what makes this absolutely weird world us shreds live in rotate. The shops, the resorts, the brands, the bros, and the skinny pant kids…we all have this symbiotic relationship where if one crashes it eventually hits us all. A few years of super weak winters has brought snowboarding to it’s knees and the hype surrounding this year is the product of last seasons snow fall resulting in a revival of our lives.
I talked to both Nathan and Scott about their videos and considering that two such noteworthy projects are happening at the same time we decided to publish our interview with Nathan of Total Revenue this week before the showing of his film and Scott’s piece next week after the showing… Works perfect.
Total Revenue… Yeah I saw it. Yeah it’s dope. Yes I am pumped. Ha ha…see I can’t say much more than that without spoiling it for ya. It’s a well-done video technically and the riding is on point. It serves all its purposes: gets you pumped to ride, gives you good vibes and it makes all of them look like badasses! I’m fairly certain once it comes out there is going to be a teen pregnancy surge in GR…ha ha just kidding, but no… seriously.
There is a ton of noteworthy riding from all of the guys and a bunch of good shots artistically speaking. We loved it. We love those dudes. Oh yeah… Sam Ralston… you effing killed it. Anyways yeah I don’t want to say too much about it, but I do want to give ya a bit of inside on what it takes to make something like this. Below are a few questions with crew rider and the filmmaker Nathan Kudla.
When did the decision come to do a “crew” vid?
We honestly had no plans to film a street movie until well into the season…maybe February or so. It started with Sam Schowalter and Harrison getting some clips with Addison and Adam Rottschafer over Christmas break. Then I came back from vacation and we started just going on weekends with the mindset of maybe compiling a 3 min street edit. It wasn’t until pretty late in the year that the realization hit that ‘dang we have a lot of footage…lets make a movie’.
Who did the edit? Obviously you, but was there any help?
Yeah I did all the editing, but I was lucky to work on each part individually with the rider to give it a personal feel. They chose the songs they wanted as well. I think its important because each person should have their part tailored the way they want. It’s their amazing shots so in the end I want them to be happy with how it turns out. For filmers…Sam Schowalter is the number two filmer. He does all the filming when I’m riding and he’s picked up on it fast. Addison Beeker, Dom Palarchio, and Harrison McIlhargey filmed some as well. If there’s a shot that looks bad in the movie blame Harrison, he’s a jabroni filmer.
How did the filming go? Do you recall any tough times? Days where guys weren’t getting shots, weather wasn’t co-operating etc.?
Filming was awesome. I think the farthest we traveled for a shot was 30 min. It was almost all shot on the weekends during the day and entirely in Grand Rapids. We would just meet at Cannonsburg pile in a car and drive usually 10-20 min to a spot and then ride park the rest of the night. Its something anyone could do. One of the toughest times was filming Sam Schowalter’s ender. He told me what he wanted to do and I thought he was nuts. That rail is huge in person. It was just he and I early on a Sunday morning and he tried it for 2.5 hours straight. He took a nasty slam too (which I accidentally deleted). When he finally landed I went nuts, we were both so pumped. We ate a celebratory meal at Pizza Hut…one of the best days ever.
Do you think doing crew edits is easier than doing single rider edits?
I think crew edits are easier. We are all motivated and have such a good time together I feel like it really pushes us to keep at it. We all support one another. It never feels like you’re on your own and a chore to get a shot. Its just friends having fun and its the best vibe.
When did Total Revenue startup? What’s behind the name I have to ask…
I met both Sams and a couple other Cburg dudes at Mt. Hood before heading to the west side of the state for school actually. A lot of freak luck brought us together and I’m so thankful. They are seriously the coolest people and no matter what’s going on I have the best time with them. I got the name from taking a microeconomics class. It stuck out to me when reviewing for an exam. I haven’t really thought about any new additions. Linden Cool will hopefully hit more spots with us.
Sam Ralston had our favorite part, seems like he had a killer season.
Yeah Sam went off this year. He really pushed himself. He’s one of those guys who rubs a lot of people the wrong way. I’ll be honest I wasn’t too fond of him when I met him, but you just need to get to know him better and you realize he is one of the most supportive, funniest and biggest team players around. He just has this unique humor that cracks me up. In the movie, when you hear screaming when someone lands a hammer its almost always Sam. He’s always down.
Are there plans for another edit for this seasons riding or…?
Oh yeah we plan on doing another movie this winter. It’s too fun to not to do!
Awesome!!! Can’t wait!!!
Harrison McIlhargey, Sam Schowalter, Sam Ralston, Brett Kulas, Nathan Kudla.
With special guests….
Travis La Rocque, Linden Cool, and Dom Palarchio , Matt Kusbel