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.

Life before this life

Right around the time I started getting pictures published, I had to quit my real job, and make a go of being a photographer. Those were lean years and I was broke. I did all kinds of strange things to make a buck and keep paying the rent until the photo thing took off. Coming from a background of being a sponsored snowboarder, I would do whatever jobs I could get relating to that. I modeled winter clothes for Japanese magazines, snowboarded and had lines an early Kokanee beer commercial, was an extra in that movie "Ski School" and on and on.

One of the best jobs I got though, was being a stunt guy for a Hong Kong action Movie called "Black Cat". Legendary shredder Kevin Young and I spent a few days getting chased off cornices by snowmobiles, riding through gunfire, lobbing grenades, and doing methods that knocked guns out of peoples hands. I think I made a couple hundred bucks. It was really bad, but the job was fun and I got to see how a movie set worked.

I never saw the movie. And now, by the magic of youtube, I have. I guess someone included it in some euro shred movie back then. Weird.

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