The best of Kohmposition 2012. Portlandia native and still-high schooler Jeffrey Kohnstamm has been sending us a heap of edits this past season, mostly pon di Mt. Hood. Jeffy K’s family’s pretty deep in Timberline history, and he’s been making an effort to do weird film shit and yes, mention the word “creativity” in the context of professional goals. Kohnstamm speaks a big game, hating on glidecams and calling E Heath played. Well, not actually, but our analytics tell us that controversy gets us a lot of traffic from Newschoolers, whether it’s real or imagined. Jeff just put together some of his fave cuts for us from the last 34 consecutive months he’s been skiing Mt. Hood (bastard!).
How did you get your start filming?
I used to be into taking photos and I was gifted an SLR that also recorded video, like 3 years ago I think. I feel like it all started there. I was never super into it until about a year ago, though.
Per the unknown code all action sports journalists are required to refer to, use the words “progression” and “creativity” to describe your approach to filmmaking?
I don’t really like the word progression. I think my approach to film is a sort of an experimental one. Every edit I make I learn something new. Every time I’m filming I’m trying to do something new. I try to put my creativity into making edits that are different than the rest. Creativity is essential to make a unique and entertaining edit.
What’s one overused trend or feature in ski edits these days?
I think glidecams can make great shots but there are so many fools my age trying to be eHeath its nucking futs. Try something new kids.
What the most undervalued asset or skill in filming skiing?
What was your best/favorite day filming last winter?
Last winter I spent a weekend filming my buddy Dan Kruse. We got some cool shots and it was one of my first times really trying to make something unique.
Who was your favorite person to film with this year?
I think Kieran McVeigh is my favorite person to film with thus far, every time I go on hill with that dude I see a trick I’ve never seen before. Or a trick I’ve seen, done in an entirely different way, M c S L A Y .
There’s got to be 1800 people with cameras on the glacier in the summer. How do you establish who is the coolest?
Whichever one has the biggest glidecam, tallest teez, dankiest nugnugs, etc.
What are your plans for this year?
This year I’d like to put some edits out from Mt. Hood just to remind people it still exists. Mt. Hood goes from being the sceniest scene in the sceniverse, to being a stormy ghost town for a lot of the year.
Stormy ghost town > Summer Scene