Industry Profile: Standard Films Videographer Scott Studach
06 Sep, 2012
Cover Photo: Cory Peasley
Years on snow: 19
Days on snow: 200+ days per season.
Currently Riding: 2013 Lib-Tech “TRS” 157, Bent Metal Bindings “Mortals”, 686 Outerwear, New Balance boots, POW gloves, Casual Industries clothing.
Currently I am: Enjoying summer and waiting for it to start snowing.
Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself:
Scott: I just like to play on my snowboard and film cool shit. I really just enjoy being out in the mountains and capturing moments with my camera.
Shay: How has snowboarding changed your life?
Scott: Honestly I think snowboarding actually saved my life. I feel like it put me on the right path and provided me with the opportunity to continuously meet new people, make amazingly gifted friends, and to see a little more of the world from a different perspective then I might otherwise had if I had to work the 9-5.
Photo: Jordan Ingmire
Shay: How did you get your start in the industry, who or what opened up more opportunities for you?
Scott: It all came about one day when I fell on my Motorola radio while riding, resulting in my spleen exploding. I almost died 3 different times that year from the fall due to complications from losing my spleen. I couldn’t get at it very hard the next winter so I bought a fancy camera I had no idea how to use off of eBay and started filming my friends; needless to say the footage was very questionable.
After a bit me and a few guys, Jeremy Dubs, Kurt Jenson & Nick Ennen started up WildCard Movies and made a couple of films for Fuel TV. We had a lot of support from the marketing crew @ Stevens Pass Nate Escalona & Chris Rudolph, Patrick McCarthy from 686, the guys at Lib-Tech, Casual Industries, Jonathan Glass from Snowboard Mag and Pat Bridges at Snowboarder Magazine.
I kind of just pursued it and chased the dream like you would any other goal or career choice and made it happen.
Shay: How has your previous education or work experience helped you in your current job?
Scott: “I learned this hustle on the street girl”… Just kidding, I think most of the skills sets I use were learned on the mountain honestly. Some things you just have to learn from trial and error. I spend a lot of time now researching film techniques and styles thanks to the interweb and a lot of practice.
Shay: Tell us about your role at Standard Films and a description of the work you do?
Scott: I am just a guy with a video camera, bottom of the food chain for sure. Mike Hatchett and Travis Robb are the men behind the magic.
I just get to be out where the action is with the riders filming working hard to make it happen, trying to capture it all for the film, and hoping my shots make the cut. I don’t get to take as many runs as I would like some days but I don’t mind, the ones I get are enough and the amazing riding I get to watch go down on the daily is priceless.
Shay: If you had to make up a job title that most accurately described what you REALLY do, what would it be?
Scott: Meteorologist would be a good one. I’m always trying to figure out where the best snow is and where the sun is gonna pop.
Shay: Describe the craziest day/moment you’ve had at your job?
Scott: Swept away in an avalanche probably tops the list.
Shay: What are some memorable experiences from working in the industry?
Scott: My first SuperPark. Nils Arvidsson triple cork while filming for Standard Films new movie 2112. Witnessing Tim Humphreys destroying everything in his path. The northwest scene. Kevin Jones passed out on my couch. Kimmy Fasani pushing the boundaries of women’s snowboarding, Watching Patrick McCarthy kill everything @ Mt Baker. Endless Road trips, probably a few too many with Joe Bosler. All the times I got to spend with my friends and all the people I meet every day who make this journey amazing.
Photo: Jordan Ingmire
Shay: What do you think are the biggest challenges that the snowboard industry faces and what changes would you like to see for the future?
Scott: Tough one. I think the hardest thing right now in the industry is uniqueness. There are so many good riders and so many crews and so many guys with cameras, everybody’s a friggin photographer or a filmer or somebody. I think it’s hard to stand out and define yourself or your brand in the mass chaos of media when there is just so much content being produced every second of everyday being instagramed, twittered and booked by the second.
In the end style will always rule and lead the way in the industry I think.
Shay: What advice would you give to people wanting to work in the industry?
Scott: Snowboarding doesn’t happen on the internet, unplug get out there and just be a part of it. If it’s where you are meant to be it will happen…