We promised in our Halldor Helgason interview in Onboard print issue #124 that you’d get to read the outtakes online.
Well, this is our website and these are the outtakes, featuring both Halldor and his mad filmer Johannes Brenning. If you want to read the rest of the interview – including Halldor’s thoughts on competitions, Nike, snowboard movies, Lobster Snowboards and helgasons.com – go to your favourite news agent and buy the latest issue of Onboard (the print magazine, that is)!
Most of our readers really want to relate to your kind of riding, but let’s be honest: They’ll never be as good as you.
Halldor: [laughs] Yeah…
Johannes: They can relate to ME!
They are more likely to think ‘Well, I can hold a camera, I can do that!’
Johannes: I thought you meant my riding! [laughs]
What makes you different from the gazillion of filmers out there? As you said you do everything in a rush…
Johannes: I have some tips on how you can edit faster in Final Cut, and that is: When you edit to a song, you just chop the song up by beats, and you can put the landings or the cuts in between the beats. That makes the edit look a little bit more fun to watch. Other than that it’s just… I don’t think there’s good or bad filmers for skateboarding or snowboarding. It’s more who you film. A good filmer is a filmer who knows good snowboarders. So… You’re all fucked! [both laugh] I don’t know, my advice if you want to get a lot of views is: Get naked, do super crazy, do weird stuff.
Halldor: US people love when…
Johannes: …penises appear. [laughs] Thank God this is Onboard. Euro people understand. [laughs]
Halldor: Well maybe for people who have been talking about doing their own website. Maybe this is a new opportunity to making it in snowboarding. If you and your friends do a sick website and do sick edits all the time people will recognise you, no matter what. That’s something for people who don’t like contests and just try to do their own thing. If it’s good people will recognise it.
Johannes: Yeah, just one more thing: I think a lot of kids are making videos to make their mum and dad proud. They make super-weird interviews where they explain everything you already see in the video. And I think people don’t really want to watch that. But their dads might be super proud of their son. If you have talking or conversations in your videos make sure it’s not fake and make sure it’s not super boring.
Halldor: But it is really important that it is emotional… and sensitive.
Johannes: Yeah, sensitive and emotional.
Halldor: Yeah, sensitive and… weird. And voiceovers!
Johannes: Yeah, voiceovers, but you can’t talk too much about that now. That’s the next big thing coming on the helgasons.com. Voiceovers!
Well, that’s all for now. Read the rest of the interview in our latest print issue!