Category Archives: Education and Training

There is no better way to learn than by doing. I am grateful to my many peers, mentors and instructors who have been kind enough to share their skills and knowledge. Pick up a book or seek out tutorials on subjects you are interested in. Education and Training are the keys to enlightenment.

Boy Scout Snowboard Program

I work as a Snowboard Instructor at the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling WV and at 7 Springs in Champion PA.  This season I got to work with a group of 13 Pittsburgh Area Boy Scouts in Jumperpursuit of their Snow Sports/Snowboarding Merit Badge.  This 5 Week Program was very rewarding  because we got to see these guys progress over a compressed time period.

Steve Draper, Nathan Tedjeske and I got to work hands on to get these guys down the hill in grand style.  We started with the basic elements of riding:  Balance, Edging, Rotation and Pressure.  Using the terrain and specific riding drills these elements were reinforced with Instructor Feed Back and Riding Analysis.

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Here is a short ten minute video of our last day:

I took some photos and have them posted on my Public Facebook Page also:

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Please call Oglebay @ 304-243-4049 or 7 Springs Resort @ 800-452-2223 and Request Me for a Private Lesson.  I specialize in Video Analysis.

Action Sports Addiction

My first TV Interview was with Steve Caballero in 1985 in Raleigh NC at the Endless GrindPDVD_032 Skateboarding Competition.  I invited my surfing friend and former world champion free-style skateboarding champion Reggie Barnes to our TV Studios at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill for my Senior Project.  I began producing Surfing Segments for ESPN in conjunction with Surfer Magazine in 1987.

During the 90s I produced a series of Feature Length Action Sport Films called East Coast Motions.  Volume II, Hatteras Surf Feast was released internationally and funded a winter ECM02at Snowshoe WV and the creation of Volume III, “Cheat Mountain Shredders”.  I began producing and streaming video for the internet in 1997 and actively used, the Action Sports Industry to market and brand one of the First International Internet Services.

My love of Digital Media has led to work with MTV, Hurley and Monster Energy.  I have a passion for production and an eye for detail that crosses all demographics.  My TV Program, Eastern Extreme gives me the opportunity to mentor and work with many independent and up and coming photographers.  Many of my Action Sports Segments air on Havoc TV.E2

On Location — Chapel Hill NC

Being in the right place at the right time can get you some great subject material.  I used to hitch-hike back1372254077-HitchHiking (1) and forth between Chapel Hill NC and Kill Devil Hills NC during my college years.  One time a guy in an old rusty cadillac picked me up.  His license plate said “Jack and the”  Turned out to be none other than the musician3586584785_9a35d632fd_b featured in this video; “Michael Kelsh”. We struck up a conversation about who we were and what we did.  When it came time for a senior project for school I rang him up and we scheduled the shoot.  Fellow students LeeAnn Woodard and Jim Kinney contributed to the production.  Michael was playing for Southern Culture on the Skids at the time and he invited some of them to appear in the video.  It was fun setting up different scenes all over the area.  When we revealed it in class it became an instant hit.

 

Technology Outpacing Operators

My career spans an interesting time period.  When I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with my degree in RTVMP (Radio, Television and Movie Production) it took an entire tractor cameraMantrailer full of equipment to run a decent production and video cameras still used picture tubes.  I had solid skills on all sides of this.  My first camera was a DXC3000K Manufactured by Sony and was a first generation CCD (charge-coupled device)style camera and my footage looked much better than the network standard at that time.  When computer editing came out in the early 90’s you got a virtual computer based program that mimicked the hardware I was used to using.  This gave me an excellent point of reference to learn and master computer editing and video encoding standards.