Justin Hare

Recent Projects:

“Lame” and “Afterlame“ by Robot Food
“91 Words for Snow” , “The Gap Session” and “In Short” by Blank Paper Productions
“Ro Sham Bo” by Misscheif Films


Shooting Since:

I recently found a VHS tape at my parent’s house that dated back towards 1990 and contained footage I shot of my little brothers and our friends playing out in our yard.  
When I was a freshmen in high school I pieced together my first snowboard video using two VCRs for a school project.  From there I graduated to DV formats and started shooting 16mm when I was approached by Jess Gibson to work with Robot Food on “Lame”.


How did you get into filming?

My brothers, my friends and I were really enthusiastic about snowboarding videos.  Whenever we got our hands on a camera we would use it to see how our tricks looked - and have proof that we landed them!


What different formats have you shot during the years? What is your favourite?

I once filmed the US Open with a big VHS news style camera.  I was 16 and so stoked to be there.  My video productions teacher at the time talked to Burton and got me a press pass. I knew I wanted to keep shooting and that I wanted to upgrade from the camcorders I was using at the time.  I saved money and after high school, bought a 3ccd camera (canon GL1).  I moved to Lake Tahoe from VT, and learned to shoot digi.  After a few years an opportunity presented itself and I began to shoot 16mm. I have primarily shot film for the last 5 years.  Recently I’ve been learning about the new range of HD cameras that have begun to flood the market. I’d say that overall, 16mm film and cameras are my favorite to work with because of the quality  and variety of optics available, and the warm look the developed film has.


What is the biggest difference between shooting analog and digital?

Instant results!  It can be frustrating to watch a digi-filmer review the particulars of his shot, while I try to stay confident in the choices I made and wait to see the results on film.  I’ve gone entire seasons without seeing my work because there can be such a lag in time between shooting and film transfers.
Also, It seems like there is the potential for more post production work in the digital realm as well, meaning film is more likely to have a good feel on its own without much tweaking in final cut / post (to make it look more “film-like”).


Have you shot anything besides snowboarding?

Yes, but only in small doses. I’ve been caught up in the whirlwind of full time snowboard filming for the last 5 or 6 years which (I sometimes feel) leaves very little time for me to move in other directions.  Perhaps that’s an excuse, and I’m not trying hard enough to stray from my current path.  Maybe I should work during the off-season instead of surfing… Nah. In the last couple years I have managed to expand my horizons a bit.    I did a short DV piece on glassblowing with Bob Dane who owns the “Dane Gallery” and also shot interviews with mental health patients for some software which is currently being developed by Patricia Deegan for use in a doctor’s offices.  It’s always refreshing to look through the viewfinder at a new scene, or some colors that you don’t normally find in the mountains.


Where do you find inspirations for your shots?

Light is really important to me. The contrast of a well lit subject and clean, dark background or vice versa might catch my eye.  In snowboarding, terrain can be inspiring.  Natural features are especially attractive.  Whether it’s the sexy curves of a slope, or some sleepy, snowy pillow lines, I’ll look at a feature and imagine how a rider ( and a cinematographer) might approach it.   I am much more likely to be drawn to a scene which lends itself naturally to film rather than one which requires alteration it so that it works.   A shot is so much more special if you capture it at that moment when everything just falls into place.


Is there anything you want to shoot desperately besides snowboarding?

Weddings. No, just kidding.  This is a predictable answer, but, I like the idea of shooting surf. I imagine this is because I want to go to some of the wonderful places that these surfers wind up.  I don’t really have much interest in swimming with a camera at this point, although I might like it.    I do want to produce a show in the food genre in the near future.


Did you attend a school/course to learn your profession?

I did take a video productions course in high school which really helped me to channel some creative energy in an otherwise boring place to spend my teenage days.  My teacher helped me design a “creative learning project” which allowed me to skip school one day a week to work on a snowboarding video! My classmates hated me, but admired my scheme. Thanks Mr. Davis!


What do you like to do besides filming?

I’m really into food and health. Lately I’ve been enjoying learning about how to live a balanced life through a diet of raw, organic, vegetarian food.   Making changes to your diet, or your daily habits can teach you a lot about yourself. When I’m not eating I like to read, or play guitar. Surfing and skateboarding are my off-season energy outlets.  After a long winter, spending time with family and friends and taking walks with my dog feel good too. As I get older I spend more time thinking of ways I can add meaning to my life by being more conscious of the decisions I make and the impact I have on my environment.  I’m researching alternative fuels and transportation options and trying not to support corporate interests.   I have found that these thoughts and actions are rewarded with positive feelings which are well worth the efforts involved.


How did you get involved in the PiratesProject?

I was approached by those involved when the Pirates decided that they wanted to expand and include some US riders in their roster.  They thought it would be good to hire a filmer who lived in the US and knew the ins and outs of filming in the states.


Worst part of traveling?

Luggage.  Middle row seats.  Xrays and all the other radiation you are exposed to on planes.   Missing pow days at home.


Best part of traveling?

Experiences on and off the hill that might be hard to come by if I had to fund the trips myself.  Also it’s kind of in our best interest to be in a location where the snow is good, so traveling can greatly improve the quality of your work (and your pow turns!).


What’s the worst part of being a filmer?

The backpack I suppose.  Cold, cracked hands get to me sometimes.  Trying to make it look big is always fun.


What’s your opinion on downloading Snowboard movies?

Go to your local shop and support the people whose work you appreciate.