Banks Gilberti has trouble keeping skiing out of his head. Gilberti, a 23-year-old skier from Sun Valley, Idaho, is living in Carlsbad, California, this summer, surfing and relaxing after a winter filming a segment with Matchstick Productions for the upcoming, "Days of My Youth," a two-year project due out this fall. Amidst the sunshine and waves, we reached Gilberti on the phone to discuss his inbounds MSP segment, his next steps and his gripes with the filmmaking process.
XGames.com: How did you link up with Matchstick Productions for "Days of My Youth"?
Banks Gilberti: I got in through Cody Townsend. Cody keeps up with everyone's online videos. He's into all type of skiing. He said he was cruising around the web, watching my "Adventures in Transitions" web series from two years ago. Cody had an idea for an inbounds segment and used my videos as an example of how to make it happen. I worked with MSP once a few years before at a Stevens Pass shoot with Bobby [Brown]. I'd never met [filmmaker Scott] Gaffney before this year. He gave me a call one night, which was pretty cool, because he's a super legend in my book.
When and where did you film for the movie?
We were kind of in a weird holding pattern. There was no snow anywhere early season. We had two ski areas in Tahoe that didn't work out because of lack of snow. We started in Crested Butte. I'd never skied there before. We hit it good and had great snow. Skiing with Richard [Permin] and Cody for the first time was wild. The segment is so simple. It's based around what skiing is for most people -- having fun with friends. Later in the year we met up with Sander [Hadley] at Snowbird and had a blast in some good sunny days.
You've filmed with Level 1 and MSP. You've made your own online video series. Where would you like to go next?
Filming for companies is a tough concept. You have to go to a company with a lot of sponsor support. I enjoyed when I had freedom with my career making my own web series and controlling my destiny. Filming for those companies is an amazing experience. As for the future, I try not to look too far into the future. In three years, I want to be in a place I worked hard to get to and I want to be happy.
Do you have any gripes with making ski films?
There's a lot of emphasis on sunny weather. I totally understand it makes footage look better, the cinematic beauty of a sunny day, but unless you're a film critic, I don't think any skiers really decipher between a cloudy day and a sunny day. If you think about it, it kills at least half the days during the winter. Throwing those cloudy days out loses all that opportunity.
Do you come from a skiing family?
I do. My dad comes from an aerials background. He ended up quitting aerials and worked as a rep for Spademan bindings. He traveled all over the country selling bindings to shops when he was 23. That time was a different time in skiing. He grew up in Utica, New York. There're only a couple hills around there. A nearby graveyard was on the steepest hill. He and his friends used to go out there and build jumps off of gravestones. That was their terrain park.