The Colorado-based casual clothing company Jiberish has spent the last few years periodically putting out skiing and snowboarding edits for free on the web. With a team of skiers that includes Tom Wallisch, Matt Walker, and Mike Hornbeck, these edits have been highly anticipated among park skiing devotees. This year, the company stepped their online offering up to a free, full-length online movie (see above). Titled "Right Back Where We Started," the flick features skiing, snowboarding, and skateboarding. We got a hold of Blake Kimmel, the director of the project, to tell us a little more about "Right Back Where We Started."
ESPN: Who else collaborated with you to make this happen?
Blake Kimmel: Quite a few filmers were able to contribute some exclusive footage to us, and Pete Drago, one of the founders of Jiberish, was instrumental in that. He crunched the phone and the email trying to identify people with who could work with us. Main cinematography contributions came from Mike Clarke and Duncan Lake, but there were many others.
Being a full-length film, "Right Back Where We Started" is a big step up from the periodic edits that Jiberish put out in previous years. How did you decide to step it up this year?
It was more a personal goal for myself to make a full length movie. That's been my dream since I was much younger. I have been working for Jiberish for almost five years now doing both design and video so I decided to stay where I was comfortable, working with them and their athletes, many of whom I already knew quite well.
What challenges did you face in putting this project together?
Making this movie was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I started with grand visions of month-long roadtrips with two or three riders at a time sleds, urban session equipment, everything to make the best damn ski movie there has ever been. We initially intended to sell it on DVD when were planning last November. Unfortunately, scheduling and planning was tough. We started the season with terrible snow in Colorado, and then I found that most of the athletes' schedules were already so stacked with competitions and other film company engagements that getting people on trips was almost impossible. So I wound up spending a lot more time around Colorado and in terrain parks. It's not bad though, terrain parks are where most normal athletes ride so it ultimately allowed me to capture footage the common man can relate to.
What were the highlights for you of making this movie?
Highlights were for sure the few trips on which I got to go to places I hadn't been before. The excitement of driving toward mountains you have never been exposed to with some athletes who are ready to do work -- it's the best ever.
Who were your favorite athletes to film and why? Do you have any section that was your favorite to make?
That's a toughy. I like all the Jiberish athletes a lot super nice, fun kids. Working with AJ Kemppainen was particularly great because he is amped to throw down. For instance, the rail at the end of his PC segment was his first nighttime urban session ever. Then he shows up in the spring to meet us at Breck and films a left-right clinic with so much style, all in one day. I had edited AJ's park segment to a different song initially and it looked really average. Then right before deadline I re-edited with a new song and I like how it came out. My favorite segment to make was definitely the skateboarding. I had never filmed any skating before this and I am so stoked to make more skate media with Stephen and Elijah in the future.