Viewed and Reviewed: Hard to Earn
If you’ve been paying attention to snowboarding at all, then you probably know exactly the type of rider featured in FODT/MFM Production’s Hard to Earn. Snow Gangsters, I believe they are called.
But for the sake of humor, let’s pretend to be an out-of-touch person right now. What would their reaction to this movie be? Well, they would be amazed that there were so many midgets who were so good at snowboarding. They would think, with that many midgets, maybe I should start a brand specifically catering to the little people who snowboard so they are longer forced to wear such giant apparel! And then we would end up with another ridiculously specialized brand run by some moron. Great.
Wait, what? That’s not really that funny? Crap.
Let’s go with another approach then, because in reality I’ve seen a bunch of snowboard videos, including all the free ones on the Internet. Here’s how Hard to Earn stacked up: It was like a really well-made homey film. Meaning, the crew we’re obviously homies, in the literal and figurative senses. The locations were, for the most part, creative shit that any kid who wanted to put a little effort in, could go ride. I’m referring to tractor trailers, jungle gyms, and normal rail spots used in creative new ways (dude, he jumped over the rail!) The FODT crew seems to know it ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none.
The cinematography however, is head and shoulders above what you’re going to find Vimeo. Multiple camera angles, dolly shots, and super high quality HD, dawg. Of course, by around Jake Devine, Chris Bradshaw and Yan Dofin’s shared section, the “Ty Evans” shots we’re starting to make me a bit nauseous. But it was definitely far more pleasurable than any shaky hand-held crap you’ll get for free.
The line up featured just about every pro snowboarder who lives the thug life, MFM, Travis Kennedy, Lucas Magoon, Jonah Owen, etc. Even the super famous TV star Louie Vito makes a cameo and only has one pipe shot, which may or may not effect his chances at making the Olympics. The biggest surprise for me was the ender by Johnnie Paxson. In Oregon we’ve known this kid is no joke for awhile now, but it was sick to see him getting the ender-ender action he deserves.
So if snow gangsters bum you out, this probably isn’t the movie for you. But if you like watching snowboarding, it definitely offers an entertaining and quality version of it.