When: 26-28 March 2008
Where: Mayrhofen, Austria
Now in its 4th year and having relocated to Mayrhofen to take advantage of the killer Vans Penken Park and surrounding terrain, the Jib-Vid is delivering on the promise it’s had ever since its inception back when it was just a seasonaire’s gig in Tignes. A broader spectrum of crews were in attendance this year than ever before and a stellar series of shorts were knocked out in the tight window the event lays down.
The premise is a simple one: teams of 3 have 26 hours to film, edit and produce a 120-second movie. The teams each judge the other crews’ efforts with three external judges also handing out the scores, which get broken down into riding, filming, editing and ‘creativity’. It’s the latter part that makes this event so fun. The riding itself counts for a healthy 40% but if your filming or editing ain't on point, or you don’t have a good idea and aren’t able to sell it, then you’ll struggle to place well.
From the moment we rocked up to the Alte-Post you could tell the vibe of the Jib-Vid was a good 'un. The mood was relaxed and fun, yet you could sense all the teams were focussed at the same time, everyone guarding their concepts like they would the family jewels. A glimpse of various random props would have you scratching your head trying to figure out what the hell was going on, and on the mountain proper this was even more the case. You’d be there seeing pure randomness go down and, try as you might, it was hard to work out what the films would turn out like. This sense of anticipation is something that made the Jib-Vid super fun to cover, and by the time it came time to show the films each team was as stoked to check out what the competition had locked down as they were nervous about how their own effort would be received.
The on-mountain shenanigans were mostly centred around the park, but several crews took advantage of the recent snowfall to get some pow in the rushes. Our crew decided to keep it safe and stay on the kickers and rails and with the likes of Joonas and Peter as your riders the snowboarding side of things took care of itself. They’d been first in the park and by the time we’d brought them their oh-so important head (and left it on the gondola and had to wait 40 minutes for ‘Michael’ to come back up) Joonas had nailed a front board down the length of the 18m rail, Peter had stomped a back 9 and both had got some heavy-hitting lines down on the booters. As our crew set about adding to this healthy base you could see the others going about their business but, like I said, without knowing what the heck was going on. To give you an example, there was John Ludvingson dressed like Bananaman, a guy who looked like a monk, some dudes running round shouting a bunch with numbered bibs on, and some cardboard alien jellyfish things. You try to figure that out.
Some teams – Whitelines in particular – didn’t wrap the filming until late into the night, the Oakley posse had to deal with a plot change as Vicci Miller broke her collarbone, while Fall Line realised their idea didn’t work and had to go up the second day to film AND edit their entry in a mere 3 hours. It was far from plain sailing for some. The hotel became like a ghost ship as everyone holed up in their rooms to cut their films. The editing side of things had the majority up most of the night capturing and cutting away till eyes were bleeding. The average seemed to be till 4 or 5 am, a short kip and then polish it off first thing, though certainly there were one or two that skipped the sleep thing altogether. Us? Well, too many cooks and all that so we left Tom to it and had a few ales at the poker night in Scotties.
The next day saw a best trick session go down with a strict ‘cash for bangers’ policy seeing on the spot rewards dished out but, understandably, there weren’t many of the film editors to be seen. It was a blast nevertheless, the highlight being the Flip and Grip bit out of the minishred spine that set the good vibes up well for the film showing later that night.
When it came time to show the films the bar was rammed. All the teams, media and organisers were surrounded by a good couple hundred people who were just as amped to see the fruits of the crews’ labours. There was a bunch of banter earlier about where in the running order was best to be, but someone has to go first and that someone was us. It was the first time that Joonas and Peter – and myself – had seen it and everyone was super stoked on Tom’s efforts. Our R/C Joonas 3000 thing came together great, ‘Michael’ the head fell off and rolled like he was supposed to, and the riding was solid.
With that out the way we could relax and concentrate on enjoying the other 14 movies and boy there were some corkers in the mix. Oakley had an Austrian guy learning to shred and then pulling that saw Tyler Chorlton go from window winding to the infamous double frontflip; Dalikfodda’s revolved around a magic hat that was the secret to Terje, Shaun, KP and now the Dalikfodda crew’s talents; Lockdown had employed a bit of tech green-screen and ended with the lads in the buff; and Whitelines produced a documentary about conjoined twins who get separated (the actual separation is possibly the best 20 seconds in the long and distinguished history of snowboarding film making). These, for me, were the strongest both in terms of riding and the execution of the ideas.
To be honest, we were holding out for making top 5 once we'd seen everyone's efforts. The quality of the films is always going to be on point in there, but to win it was epic. When it was just down to us and Lockdown you could almost cut the tension with a knife and as the call was made the boys – and even us jaded editors – went nuts and Tom was carried onto stage to receive the award. Then we all got wasted, which is exactly what Spielberg does I heard.
The Jib-Vid was, once again, a sterling success and there are plans in the pipeline to make it even bigger and better next year, yet without losing the more laid back, fun-centred vibe. The best thing about this contest is that anyone can apply for entry. If you have a couple of decent riders, a camera and a killer concept then apply for next year’s gig and get involved.
Oakley Jib-Vid 2008 results 1st - Onboard (87.6), 2nd - Lockdown Projects (78.8), 3rd - Whitelines(78.3), 4th - Dalikfodda (75.5), 5th - Oakley Snowboard (74.6), 6th - APO (69.4), 7th - Team Nitro (69.2), 8th - Red Bull (68.6), 9th - Protest Team (66.5), 10th - Tacky.nl (65.6), 11th - Whitespace (62.3), 12th Oakley Ski (59.8), 13th - Magical Rainbow (59.2), 14th - Pim Prod (55.6), 15th - Fall Line Mag (45.6)
Best trick: Tyler Chorlton - double frontflip (Oakley team) Most creative: Whitelines Best editing: Lockdown Best camera work: Protest Most stoked film: Onboard