Skylar is yet another noteworthy filmer on this list to hail from the icy shores of New England. Connecticut born, he first made his mark on snowboarding when he moved to New Hampshire and created the Loonatics web series. The momentum he created through the instantly successful series has since grown through his work with Keep the Change, Videograss, and more.
I first met Skylar in Oregon where he turned his lens on the endless parade of professional riders that cycle through the Palmer Glacier over the summer months. It was in Government Camp, OR, that he first connected with brands like CAPiTA, 32, and Vans, with which he has since found his home as a freelance filmmaker. Today, Skylar’s critical approach to filming has a unique aesthetic that has rightfully secured him a spot behind the camera for years to come. Keep an on the horizon for more from Skylar, and make sure to ask about this tooth trick next time you see him. — Owen Ringwall
Birthdate: October 11th, 1990
Current title: Filmmaker
Where are you from and where do you currently call home?
I grew up in Woodbury, CT but I’ve been living in New Hampshire for about 8 years.
What does your current position in the snowboarding industry entail? Describe a typical day on the job.
It depends on the time of year. In the winter I’m going on trips, exploring and finding new spots to shoot. There’s a lot of time spent shoveling snow and I end up feeling really guilty about making Johnny O’Connor throw himself down flights of stairs over and over again. When I’m not shooting I’m at home editing or location scouting on Google Maps. Right now, I’m at home editing some projects for 32 and Capita.
How did you start snowboarding?
I think I was 9 years old skiing at Butternut in Western Massachusetts. Some dude ripped by me on a snowboard and sprayed me with snow as I was just sitting in the middle of the run. I remember thinking it was the coolest thing ever. After that, I took a couple of lessons with my friends and I basically haven’t thought about anything else since.
At what point did you realize that you wanted to work in the snowboard industry?
I told my Mom I wanted to be a Movie Director when I was like 10 or 11. I would take my Mom’s camcorder and try to make movies with my friends. One day my cousin brought his Sony Handycam to the skatepark and showed me how to edit it on his dad’s laptop afterward. Pretty sure I begged my parents every day to get me my own camera for Christmas that year. I had subscriptions to all the snowboard magazines and a few video magazines like Videomaker and I would read them over and over every day. I was so obsessed and I pretty much knew when I was 15 that I wanted to do something with snowboarding.
And how did you make that happen?
I moved up to NH when I was 19 with Brendon Rego and he introduced me to some of the snowboard scene up there. We spent that winter making the first season of Loonatics and people were really hyped on it. The next year I met Colton Feldman and he asked me if I wanted to start something with him and Rob Balding. He came up with the name Keep the Change and we sat down that night and made the penny logo together. After the first video Get it Together came out Colton got in touch with Justin Meyer and he started supporting us through VG. Tanner Pendleton also hired me that year as a videographer at High Cascade Snowboard Camp where I worked for a few years. Eventually, I started to talk with Mark Dangler at Capita and he hired me on for Defenders of Awesome 2: Stay Badass. That led to other jobs working on films with companies like 32, Union, and Vans.
Who did you look up to in the industry for inspiration?
Back, in the beginning, I would go on the Bear Mountain website all the time and watch the edits that Carlino made before he even started working at TransWorld Snowboarding. Those were a huge inspiration to me. I would try to emulate his shooting style all the time when I was first getting into it. Lame was the first movie I bought so of course Robot Food and the rest of Pierre’s work was huge. The intro to DC Mountain lab with the Frou Frou song changed my life.
What do you feel has been the biggest impact in your work?
I think moving up to NH and meeting people like Rav, Johnny OC, Colton, Tanner, Harry and everyone else. I owe a lot to those guys. Also, both of my parents are artists so seeing them have successful careers doing what they love and being creative made me realize it’s possible for me to do the same.
What do you want to accomplish that you haven’t yet?
I just wanted to keep shooting and pushing myself creatively. I want to experiment a little more. I love filming snowboard parts and making traditional snowboard films, but I’d like to take more time to work on different types of projects as well.
Anyone you’d like to thank?
My family, my girlfriend Steph, my cousin Alex, Mike Rav, Johnny OC, Cole Taco, Colton Feldman, Harry Hagan, Tanner Pendleton, Dave Stags, Buling, Scott Mccurdy, Dylan Dragotta, Rego, Gravedigger, Nick Doucette, Tyler L’heureux, CSM, Justin Meyer, Jon Stark, Kevin Casillo, George Kleckner, Pirate Crew, Mark Dangler, Brian Cook, Everyone at Loon, Everyone who was involved with KTC, There are too many!