DANO Pendygrasse

odds and ends from an unusual life

Carts of Darkness, Whistler Film Fest, WCP party.

Here is a quick shot from last week. I was in Whistler for a screening of my friend Murray Siple's "Carts of Darkness". It's an amazing documentary about bottle pickers who ride shopping carts down steep hills. Afterwards we met up with Nix from Fourstar Canada for some sushi. The Whistler Film festival is going on so we went to one of their party/gala deals where we hooked up with Whistler superstar Ace Mckay-Smith and legendary DJ/Producer Scott Arkwell.

This crew was obviously a recipe for hours of conversation, foosball and venue-testing. I don't get to hang with the good people as often as I'd like and this was an awesome night that I paid for dearly the next day.

The next night was the Film Fest party put on by Whistler Creek Productions. I set up a photo booth and we shot some of the attendees. Another legend, Bruce McDonald, was in the room and there were screenings of some of the films from the Heavy Hitting B-Grade Horror film Fest as well as an auction of some photos. Here are some of my favourite shots from out front. The rest will be on the WCP site later.

Romain De Marchi and Paul Watt from Absinthe Films

Super Master DJ Mat the Alien and his better half Amanda

Alberta is a long drive but Rob Stevens don't care

"Hey I'm going to do a backflip"

Nix And Kashi show their party face.

best expression of the night

Stuart Andrews and Shin Campos from Whistler Creek Productions

Just awesome


New jobs

One of the cool things about being a photographer is that you never know what kind of work you’re going to end up doing. When the phone rings, I tend to say “yes” first, and then figure out what it is that I said “yes” to…

Recently some dudes I know launched a new venture called Whistler Creek Productions
( http://whistlercreekproductions.com )and asked me to be a part of it. It is a collective, which is to say, they run it, but everyone has input. We had a “coming out” party in Whistler during the Whistler Film Festival and it was hugely successful, I set up a “photo booth” where people could press a button and take their own photo. It was cold outside but people got into it and the photos were Hilarious http://whistlercreekproductions.com/img/coming-out/coming-out.html

So anyway, I get a call to do a plate shot for a commercial. Of course I say yes. The director is Randy Krallman ( http://www.smugglersite.com/01/directors/player.html?cat=1 )who has done some really cool stuff including the amazing “Still free” (http://www.stillfree.com/) piece for Marc Ecko. Interestingly enough, he’s really down with the shred dog scene, spent time in SLC and we have mutual friends. He knows my work from snowboarding, I know his culture stuff. Cool bro. Etc.

So ya, the job. We drive around Vancouver on a stunningly beautiful day to shoot a little piece of forest for a background in a beer commercial. For real. That’s the job. It’s actually surprisingly difficult to find the exactly right looking piece of forest, but still, I mean, drive out into the middle of nowhere on a 13 thousand dollar snowmobile, in the freezing cold, banging your shit around, hoping that some snowboarder will land something, or drive around in a nice SUV with really friendly cats talking about how nice of a day it is…

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