DANO Pendygrasse

odds and ends from an unusual life

The Shred Show 2013

Hi friends,

The World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler starts today which means we're less than a week from The Shred Show, one of the biggest activations Monster Energy does in Canada and one I've been working on since it was Grenade Games 5! I miss Danny and the boys showing up, I truly do.

Nowadays the event is a TTR 5-star, which means a bunch of kids will win a bunch of money and some points that help them win even more money. Can you imagine being a teenager and having the potential to win 25 grand in a day, several times a year? It boggles my mind. No wonder so many of those kids turn into freaks.

So here is a preview of The Shred Show with a bunch of footage from last year. It's always super fun, whether you snowboard or not. I'm looking froward to seeing old friends, eating at Sushi Village as many times as I can, and hopefully checking out Nas. My goal for the week is to not get stuck in the media suite as much as in years past and get up the mountain.

Hope to see you around the village.



Enemy Lines at Fernie.

Hi friends,

This weekend I made a video for a Monster Energy event called Enemy Lines. It was the first year for the event although the concept may seem familiar to some of the older folks in the audience. Anyone who watched the movie "Hot Dog," growing up will probably know the type of race I'm talking about…

So while the concept came from a low budget ski comedy from 1984, and over the years there had been multiple underground versions, (some, like the Westbeach Chinese Downhill in Whistler have become pretty big,) nothing had ever happened on this scale.

First of all, the prize was $20,000. Second of all, Fernie Alpine Resort got behind the event making it the first time I've ever heard of a Ski Hill endorsing this kind of thing. Third, a hand-picked field of world class skiers from a variety of backgrounds competed making it a hard race to handicap.

So the weather the week prior was 21 degrees causing the snowpack to essentially rot from the bottom up. That was a hard reality to swallow but it didn't change the fact that we were going to pull this thing off no matter what. Because the format had to be amended, we changed how the prize was distributed; everyone got a share of the pot as a gesture of goodwill for showing up, but 5 grand was set aside to give to the winner.

It was nuts. The whole run was less than 90 seconds. People chose a variety of different lines, some of them super smooth but longer, some of them super sketchy but shorter. Next year, off the top, this will be the best event ever. Until then, check out the first ever Enemy Lines. Watch for local guy Luke Nelson jumping a massive dirt patch and Rory Bushfield straight lining into a slushy mogul field. There are all kinds of good points to pause.

Enough talk, check it out.


This is your winner; Stan Rey was smooth and fast and beat em all.



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.