The sixth installment of the action-packed event saw five star-studded teams square off against each other for the chance of taking home $10,000: The Big Picture, KSM Collective, Rinse Mega Corporation International, UBC Freeride and Andrew Santos Media.
The rules were simple: each short film had to be filmed and edited in seven days (with the filming period taking place back in March, amidst a massive storm cycle) and within 100 kilometres of Whistler. In addition, 75% of the footage had to be shot on hill, with 30 seconds of required on-resort and park footage thrown into the mix.
The Big Picture kicked things off in true hilarity and style, as Parker White stormed the stage in a Team Canada hockey jersey and goalie mask with hockey gloves and a stick in hand, and proceeded to authoritatively hype up the crowd by bellowing Canadianisms in his best north of the border accent. When their video began, the crowd understood why, as amidst some of the finest pillow skiing, trickery and spectacular ski porn once could hope for from White, Chris Logan, Jordan Clarke, Tanner Rainville and Oliver Chornous, the American-based crew won over everyone in attendance with a storyline that saw them nearly be refused entry to the contest for being “too American”, and therefore having over compensate by acting “too Canadian”. The result: Parker White absolutely shredding the Whistler park and backcountry… in his aforementioned, full-blown hockey get up.
Up next was KSM Collective, which consists of three local filmmakers: Kalum Ko, Dylan Siggers and Zac Moxley. For their sophomore showing at Intersection, the trio of talented individuals brought a Planet Earth parody called “Pillow Earth” to the table, complete with pillows galore (of course), stunning drone footage, drool-inducing pow, an exceptional cast of skiers, and the one and only Colby James West providing the spot-on and laugh out loud narration.
Rinse Mega Corporation International (a falsified name for Graeme Meiklejohn’s latest production, which included athletes such as Mark Jones, Patrick Slimmon, Logan Short and more) then took centre stage, with Meiklejohn explaining that anything that could have gone wrong during the filming period did, including equipment failure, athlete injuries, and the over abundance of snow foiling their original plans for the video. In an effort to solider on as opposed to waving the white flag, Meiklejohn turned his edit into a hilarious video blog, highlighted by comedic banter from the creative and hard working filmmaker and incredibly well-filmed top-to-bottom group park shots, a signature of Meiklejohn’s.
After a short intermission, longtime Intersection competitors UBC Freeride unveiled their latest offering, which much like in years past, featured a huge crew of up-and-coming athletes and filmmakers slaying pow with friends and enthusiastically chucking themselves off of any and all features in sight.
Last but not least was Andrew Santos Media, who hit a home run by taking the piss out of all types of cliches in the world of ski and snowboard filmmaking, including GoPro edits, street skiing and epic, artsy filming, all while keeping it true to Whistler with a group of weed smoking, pizza eating and beer drinking guys crammed together in a garbage-filled house.
Once it was all said and done, three awards were given out. The first was to the winner of the WSSF Best Clip Contest presented by Forecast, King Snow and K2, which went to Riley Culver and his filmer Cory Panesar, who took home $300 for their efforts. While we’re on the subject, be sure to visit and follow Forecast on Instagram, where you can vote for the WSSF Best Clip People’s Choice Award (who will take home a pair of skis + swag from K2) until 8 p.m. PST tonight.
And speaking of People’s Choice Awards, the capacity crowd on hand for Intersection then bestowed theirs (and a $1,000 cheque), which went to the entertaining hammer-like ender of the show, Andrew Santos Media. Following that, the judging panel (which included legendary snowboarders Kevin Sansalone and Spencer O’Brien, The Godfather of Freeskiing Mike Douglas, skiing’s superman Sean Pettit, and yours truly) came forth with their decision, awarding the Best of Show and $10,000 to The Big Picture, who, as Parker White would say, have been “Keeping it lit” in the rowdiest way possible since last night’s victory.
Congratulations to the winners and all of the teams who competed in this year’s Intersection (for more on the event, be sure to check out the press release below from WSSF), and we look forward to shutting down the World Ski & Snowboard Festival with you in a big way tonight at the Gibbons Style Session followed by the after party at the Longhorn Saloon. —JEFF SCHMUCK
Andrew Santos Media Wins Over Crowd With People’s Choice Award
WHISTLER, BC – April 16, 2016 – The American squad, The Big Picture won Best of Show at Intersection presented by Bromley Baseboards last night at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) in Whistler, BC. The audience was blown away by five diverse snow sports films that were shot, edited and produced within a seven day period that happened to be one of the snowiest weeks Whistler experienced this past March.
The footage from The Big Picture’s winning film showcased American skiers Chris Logan, Parker White and friends immersing themselves in comical Canadian culture and will be included as a part of their web series, Move. They took home the grand prize of $10,000 for being named Best of Show by the judges.
Andrew Santos Media secured the People’s Choice Award for their hilarious efforts. The Vancouver based crew took a slightly different approach to the contest and impressed the audience with their originality, creativity and storytelling.
Intersection presented by Bromley Baseboards challenged crews to shoot, edit and produce a film within a seven day period. The competition returned to its original format this year in asking that all films be shot within 100km of Whistler with 30 seconds of park footage and 30 seconds of Whistler Blackcomb in-bound terrain.
To find all the details on Intersection presented by Bromley Baseboards and the complete list of competitors, visit wssf.com/intersection.
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