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To watch trailers and Webisodes for Poor Boyz Productions' 2008 ski film "Reasons," go online to www.espn.com/reasons. Tyler Hamlet - a graduate of The Lowell Whiteman School - co-directed the film, which was honored as Powder Magazine's Movie of the Year for 2008. To learn more about Poor Boyz Productions, go to Poor Boyz Productions.
Becoming a good filmmaker is all about mileage.
That's how veteran film teacher Mitch Globe approaches passing on his knowledge to students at The Lowell Whiteman School, and it's the principle he applied in teaching Poor Boyz Productions director and cinematographer Tyler Hamlet.
A 2000 graduate of The Lowell Whiteman School, Hamlet recently was honored by Powder Magazine for "Reasons," a Poor Boyz production he co-directed. The film won Powder's Movie of the Year award for 2008. Poor Boyz founder Johnny DeCesare co-directed the film; the production company's previous films include "War," "Ski Porn!" and "Yeah Dude."
"Reasons" - a documentary-style movie that reaches past shots of tricks and focuses on why the members of the Poor Boyz ski team have devoted their lives to snow - beat out Matchstick Productions' "Claim," Teton Gravity Research's "Under the Influence" and two other films for the Powder award. It also won "Best Core Film" at the 2009 XGames, an honor Hamlet compared to "the Sundance of extreme sports."
Coming away from a film tour and a number of awards, Hamlet said he's happy with how "Reasons" turned out.
"Looking back on it to talking about the movie last fall and getting it organized with everybody, and then seeing it completed and having it be, like, 90 percent of what we talked about is pretty cool," Hamlet said. Going beyond the usual ski movie trick-scene-change-trick format was important to Hamlet.
"We've been trying to do this type of movie for the last three years, and just try to tell a little bit more of a story," he said. "We wanted to go on trips with the riders, but not really make it about the trip and just make it about the personalities on the trip."
Hamlet graduated from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in motion picture arts and joined the Poor Boyz Productions team soon after. Hamlet said he was grateful to his family for their continued support of his passion for filmmaking.
Globe remembers a high-school-age Hamlet - who also was a competitive freestyle skier - as a creative student whose artistic potential he worked to unleash.
"I think he was interested in combining his love for skiing with a creative outlet," Globe said. "It's cinematography on snow, and he's definitely taken that to higher levels."
Globe, who now is dean of students at The Lowell Whiteman School, has been teaching film there for almost 20 years. In that time, he's seen hundreds of student productions - and Hamlet made at least two of the films that stand out to Globe as some of the best.
"I think exposing him to the potential of the creativity in that medium : the desire of the class is to expose kids to that potential," Globe said.