Industry Profile: Think Thank Filmer Justin Meyer

22 Aug, 2008



Industry Profile: Think Thank & HCSC Filmer Justin Meyer
Shay: So tell us about yourself?

Justin: My name is Justin Meyer. I am 26 years old, and an Aries. I have a computer tan, 2 dogs, and a loving wife. I stand 6’0″ with brown hair and blue eyes. I don’t have any tattoos.

Shay: What is your job title?

Justin: I guess it would be video guy/editor?

Shay: Did your parents question your job choice?

Justin: No, they are down for whatever. I think my mom just found out I snowboard.

Shay: What was your first set up?

Justin: I think it was a Morrow of some sort? Can’t remember, rode it once and it got stolen.

Shay: What is your current set up?

Justin: Right now I’m riding a beat-up Stepchild board…thanks Joey.

Shay: What was your first job?

Justin: I bagged groceries when I was 16.

Shay: What’s a great day of snowboarding to you?

Justin: Any and all of em.

Shay: Who are your influences?

Justin: My wife – Amber Meyer, Johnny Miller, Jared Johnson, Lance/Mike Hakker, Nima Jalali, Jesse Burtner, Jon Kooley, Preston Strout, Ami Voutilainen, Micah Hollinger, Stephen Hawking, Black Holes, Infinity.

Photo courtesy of Justin Meyer

Shay: How long have you been snowboarding?

Justin: 11 years.

Shay: How many days do you get to ride a year?

Justin: A whole lot; probably somewhere over 200. I think I missed a few days this winter and a few this summer.

Shay: How many days are you filming a year?

Justin: Probably almost the same, STACK STACK STACK.

Shay: What influenced you to go into filming?

Justin: Skate videos and skateboarding. I kinda got into filming by default. I filmed skateboarding here and there, and naturally in snowboarding ended up being the guy in the crew that didn’t shake all over and blow the shot.

Shay: What is your role at Think Thank Productions?

Justin: Friend, family, fool. I help out as much as I can, pretty much filming my misty roommate/3rd favorite human-Johnny Miller all winter. Film as much as I can with everyone else when they make it down south…usually go on a few trips to AK.

Shay: What goes into planning (locations, riders) for future films?

Justin: With Think Thank, its intensely mapped out by El Capitan – Jesse Burtner, he’s on that 2012 ish. The Transworld 20 tricks DVD was pretty planned out thanks mostly to Chris Wellhausen. Other than that, it’s all on-the-fly, no planning, real loose, fast turnaround-web stuff.

Photos: Liam Gallagher

Shay: This year Think Thank releases Stack Footy, what makes this film different?

Justin: It’s like a shiny gem in a sea of slow motion repeats. For me, it’s a snowboard video I haven’t already seen a hundred times over. Very few videos look different than those 7 years ago. Few people keep it fresh, Mack Dawg has freshened up the filming game for sure, and Think Thank has pushed creativity pretty far. They aren’t scared to think outside the box and get weird.

Shay: What camera/filming equipment do you use?

Justin: Panasonic HVX200, and a century lens. VX2000, Canon Elph. I used to be into shooting super 8mm, but realized I’m not that artsy.


Shay: From your previous films, what were some of your favorite films to work on?

Justin: I definitely have a blast making all of the Bear Mtn. DVD’s, and Sunday in the Parks, but I have more fun filming outside the park with other crews. Technine, People, Think Thank for sure.

Shay: Do you plan in advance each scene or do you see what happens during snowboarding?

Justin: Well if I have a song I really want to use, I might try to get a few shots to go along with it, other than that-no planning, keep it loose.

Shay: What locations do you enjoy filming at?

Justin: Alaska, Bear Mountain, Utah, Hood, Vegas.

Photo courtesy of Justin Meyer

Shay: Any close calls while filming?

Justin: Not too many. I’m stuck in the park for the most part. Hopefully I can get sketchy in the woods more often.

Shay: Who is your favorite rider to work with?
Justin: Johnny Miller, Chris Bradshaw, Nima Jalali, Zac Marben, Scott Stevens, Gus Engle, Joey Sexton, Joe Mertes, Micah Hollinger, on and on.
Shay: You also work at HCSC in the summers, what is your role there?
Justin: It’s awesome! I film for 6 days, and on day 7, edit for 24+ hours straight to make a 30 minute DVD. Then drive to Portland and get copies made that same day, all in time to get copies to campers before they leave. Then repeat that for every session. As well as a little web recap of each session. Also, this year I managed the video department.
Photos: Liam Gallagher
Shay: How do you keep the videos creative and original for each session?
Justin: Each session is unique from the last, so it makes it a little easier. I don’t know if I keep it very original, they all kinda look the same.
Shay: What is the best part about working for a snowboard camp?
Justin: It is in Oregon. I get to pretend I can fish in my spare time. And of course, snowboarding in the summer.
Shay: What’s the story behind Sunday in the Parks?
Justin: It started 2 years ago. I had been making endless web videos for Bear Mountain, and wanted to expand it a little with a weekly web series for Transworld. Around the same time I hit up my boi Evan Lefebvre, and he was thinking the same thing. We talked briefly about it, he said he was down, we decided Sunday was a good day, I came up with the name and he provided the outlet on TWSNOW.com
Shay: What do you see for the future of snowboard films?
Justin: Every kid and their mom will be making one. It’s too easy to make a DVD these days. There will be a huge heap of garbage videos, but that will just make the legit flicks shine brighter. Sales will definitely slump due to shady downloaders.
Shay: What are your thoughts on people downloading snowboard films?
Justin: I hope those sneaky bastards feel guilty. They are slowly destroying the joy. Everytime someone illegally downloads a skate or snow video, a kitten is murdered with a butter knife. To hell with youtube! At least for ruining snowboard/skateboard videos. “I like turtles”
Shay: Prior to Think Thank, what other jobs/companies have you worked at?

Justin: At one point or another I have worked with Bear Mountain, High Cascade, Neoproto, MDP People, F.O.D.T., Technine, MDP, Transworld, Snowboarder Mag, Fuel TV, Future, Autumn Line, Team Thunder, Ashbury Eyewear…many others I probably shouldn’t mention.

Shay: What experience/education did you have before getting the job?
Justin: None, 100% self taught.
Photos: Liam Gallagher

Shay: What’s your average day like at work?

Justin: The best days are when I can snowboard for a good while, then pull out the camera, slap on the lens, take hot laps, and try not to unstrap.

Shay: What are some memorable experiences from filming?

Justin: All of them.

Shay: How is being a filmer (any cool work events, work environment, job perks)?

Justin: I despise filming events, and contests. Premieres are always fun. I think in my line of filming, I get to snowboard a lot more than most “filmers.”

Shay: What’s the best park you’ve gotten from your job?

Justin: Cutting lift lines. Or hiking for miles into the woods, where it is quiet with no mental pollution.

Shay: Any disadvantages of your job?

Justin: Cold weather. Equipment costs. Time away from the wife and mutts.

Shay: What’s the busiest time of year for you?

Justin: Summer at HCSC, and right after.

Shay: Education vs. Experience…which do you think is more important?

Justin: Experience!!! Hands down.

Photos: Liam Gallagher

Shay: What advice would you give to people wanting to become a snowboard filmer?

Justin: Learn how to snowboard really well first, and pay attention to it, pay attention to skateboarding as well. Then find out what you want. If it’s web videos you want to make, put yourself out there and get into it. If it’s full length videos, try to intern for someone for a few years or make a few homey videos? Most importantly don’t get caught up in the technical side of filming, you can spend all day learning frame rates, and all that ish, but if you can’t compose a decent shot, that info is worthless.

Shay: Final thoughts?

Justin: Thank you. Don’t download videos. Go buy that new Stack Footy, Familia, Down with People, as well as These Days. While you are at Active, make sure to pick up some Ashbury goggle/shades and a t-shirt. I guess what I am saying is if you really care about snowboarding or skateboarding, support those companies that do it well.

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Shay

From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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4 Comments

  1. Lance Michael Hakker
    August 22, 2008

    Yeah Beans!

  2. Anonymous
    August 22, 2008

    hell yeah justin!

  3. Anonymous
    August 24, 2008

    you the man justin

  4. jeffheit
    September 03, 2008

    Holy crap dude your totally famous!!!