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Mind the Video Man is a video that will hit closer to home with Yobeat readers than many other for a few reasons, but mostly because it’s great. The always-creative mind of the video man Jesse Burtner does not disappoint, even starting with the intro. The Tim Burton-esque kick off is a nice break from the standard lifeys of people crying or laughing with sponsor titles flashing intermittently. A few of the Think Thank veterans voice over their filming and snowboarding careers before they kick it over to the man behind the magic, who stars in the pre-opener opener.
Burtner puts together a classic part, even more impressive considering all the work he must be doing to produce the whole movie, and the show hasn’t even started yet. The “Mind the Video Man” title comes on and ushers in Brandon Hammid, who lets you know this video is going to have a certain unique feel. Nearly every shot in his part was a two or more rail/street feature line. His ender line had everyone knocked back a few feet. (Spoiler alert: regular and switch bs lips through a down-flat-down-flat.)
By this point the movie has hit its groove and you can expect everything that is a Think Thank production. Almost the whole thing feels crew-based, but highlights each rider’s unique style. It’s clear there were trips with several of the riders in the same spots, with each putting their own twist on them. Some of the major highlights were Nial Romanek’s control and diversity on all things street, Brandon Reis’s mix of A-list level rail moves and deep bag of jump tricks, Ryan Paul’s flips on and of course off rails, Scott Stevens and Jaeger Bailey doing flips where others would normally 360 and Ted Borland’s overall creativity and pretzel ender.
So on to the ender. I’m sure you’re scratching your head and running through the list of riders to think who it could be. And honestly when I saw the name Curtis Woodman, I was a bit surprised. But after just the first few shots, it was very clear why he was closing out this movie. The theme of Think Thank flicks is to make snowboarding what you want and Curtis does this very well. His riding takes a jibber’s approach to back country charging, where he’s constantly popping, spinning and buttering off everything in site and it will make you want to drop everything and go ride.
Think Thank videos have ranged from just plain weird, to outright amazing and this one is on the latter end of that scale. I highly suggest you get your own copy as it is sure to be one of the videos you watch before riding to get amped up and think of something new to do.