DANO Pendygrasse

odds and ends from an unusual life

Captive re-cap...

Hi friends,

Well, I certainly never thought that a little exercise in learning to edit would draw such response. I'm amazed and delighted by all the reaction to Captive. If you didn't catch it first time around, the story of Captive is here.

Right out of the gate my old friend Ian Ruhter (he's the one making amazing wet plate photos with the world's largest camera) posted about it on his Facebook wall and the next thing you know my website starts getting hit like a rug in springtime. VancouverIsAwesome featured it, friends and strangers were sharing it and commenting and after a couple days when it started to die down I was really happy with the result.

Then one afternoon a week later I checked my Vimeo analytics and saw a massive spike in my traffic from the day before. I looked around my social networks and didn't find any new links or mentions so all the traffic was a mystery. It looks like most of it came from a link on VancityBuzz that was then picked up by Peter Meiszner from Global who then put a clip on his "trending" segment on Global TV's Morning News. (right after the cats and french fries… ) So that generated more traffic. It even landed on the chinese language VanDiary.com!

As a direct result I've had thousands of views, I've sold some prints, have inquiries for some more, have spoken to several people about potential video projects, and I've heard from long lost friends who saw the video!

Pretty cool.

So here's a shot of everybody's favourite guy that got cut from the vid, if you know someone who would like a print of anything from Captive, drop me a line and we can set it up.

Thanks for all the support!


Captive from sidechannel media on Vimeo.



Hi friends,

Over the last few years I've been doing the bulk of my work in video. That is to say I've been directing other people to shoot and edit video that I've conceived of while contributing my own footage. At the beginning of the year I decided it was time to teach myself to edit, and due to a big unforeseen gap in my schedule I had some time to do so.

From the time I moved in late 2011 I had been compiling a body of work that had all been created inside my apartment. After I got my d800 and GoPro camera I started shooting a lot more motion, initially just timelapse shots but eventually vignettes of life around and inside. This was the material I used to make Captive.

I've always believed that when you apply limitations to your process that the result is creativity. For the first year of my career I shot with nothing but a 50mm lens and as a result I found ways to solve the problems that arose from that. Limiting the physical space that I allowed myself to use photos from was a new way to define the boundaries of this project.

In the end, this was an exercise in learning how to solve problems in the editing room, but I liked it enough to show the world. I hope you like it too. If you do, please share.



Captive from sidechannel media on Vimeo.

Special thanks to all the kind folks who offered advice and critique:

Murray Siple
Clayton Larsen
Adam Mackay-Smith
Olenka Krakus
Jon Boyer
Garry Pendygrasse
Jay Vaillancourt
Mikey Scott
Bob Kronbauer

I appreciate the help.

Grenade Games day 5 and all the crazy video movies...

I'm poking my head out to say hi to everyone. The Grenade Games are a rolling ball of madness and destruction. The parties every night and the hilarious events are way beyond what my fragile soul was prepared for but I like to think I'm rallying to the cause. My liver hasn't taken this kind of abuse in years.

The halfpipe finals are on now, I'm uploading photos from the rock party last night that SBC and Monster threw. The video is going to be as hilarious as the Grenade Games opening night at sushi village video. You can see all of em here.

Wish me luck. In 48 hours it will all be over.

John, Scott and Mat rock out.

Aliens are real.

My favourite hair metal rocker of the week

The dancefloor was madness. Especially for Slayer, Angel of Death.

Monster Grenade Games 5 - Day 4 from monster dano on Vimeo.


Grenade Games updates

What an insane week this has been so far. This basically the first time I've had a second to pause and update here since I've been doing all my updates over at the Monster Site. (blog, galleries, video) The Grenade Games started off with a bang and they have been loads and loads of fun. The moguls are going on right now, and unfortunately we went from sunny slush yesterday to cold overnight, so it's hard as a rock up there. Luckily the weather is going to get back to warm and sunny soon.

Here is a video from the opening party. We're doing tons of posts so if you want to know what's happening in Whistler this week check it out. I'm a twittering little fool too, so if you need instant updates you can follow me @dspphoto.

Grenade Games 5 - Night 1 from monster dano on Vimeo.

I can't give you guys any promises about updates for the rest of the week so drop by the Monster site if you are into that sort of thing.


Westbeach Heritage video number one is alive!

The first of several videos for the Westbeach Heritage Project is up. It's essentially a teaser for what is to come. It's fun for me to see so much of the work that I've done over the last year put together in video form. We hired Lenny Rubenovitch to produce the series and I think he's done a really great job. Check it out:

The Heritage Teaser from Lenny Rubenovitch on Vimeo.

While you're in Whistler for the Grenade Games you should check out the "State of the Art" show at the Whistler Conference Center. Westbeach has a heritage display there featuring a bunch of my old shots and best of all, the Classic Westbeach video "Virus" is playing. Watch all the way through for one of the few video parts I ever had as a sponsored shredder. I laughed my ass off when I watched it there, it's been 15 years since I've seen it.

Speaking of the
Grenade Games, the riders are starting to show up already and Monster's takeover of the Adara hotel is almost complete. More green M's than you can shake a dead cat at. Come on up and check it out!


Park photos from blackcomb, video.

Yesterday I shot photos in the Blackcomb Terrain Park. It was sunny, hot as heck and super, super fun. Mark Gribbon assisted, he's awesome. Rob Picard from the WVSC came along and shot video and then stayed up late putting it together. That was super nice of him and because of his hard work now you can watch a day at work with Dano. You'll have to wait for the photos until after Whistler/Blackcomb gets to see them.

Thanks to Dan Stubbs, Robjn Taylor and Mark Sollors who hiked a lot for me.

Enjoy Quicktime:

Or Youtube:


some other stuff

Brian Hockenstein and Lenny Rubenovitch made a little documentary about the early days of snowboarding in Whistler. I did a little interview for him and parts of it are sprinkled in the movie. Brian was good enough to finally put it on line today and I got to watch it for the first time.

check it out here

One reason I stopped working in an office is because it made me look like that! Damn son.