‘Dropping edits,’ the term used to describe putting a personal ski video online, has become almost as ubiquitous in the ski world as the expression "après." Some edits are good…and some are painful. Access to inexpensive helmet cams and editing software doesn't always mean you should go public with your footage.
This winter Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is offering incentive–big incentive–to hone in on the finest clips in your collection. It's offering a $100,000 winner-take-all prize for the best ski-themed edit.
Calling it an "open-source freeskiing project," the top 18 five-minute videos will be chosen by users on TetonGravity.com, with an additional three Wild Cards chosen by a 21-athlete industry panel. That panel will then vote behind closed doors to determine who wins the cash.
Co-founder of Teton Gravity Research, Todd Jones said, “Co-Lab is our chance to acknowledge the ever-changing space of creativity and distribution,” noting that since the cost of high-quality video and editing gear has dropped there has been a remarkable rise in the level of videos being produced. "We wanted to change the stakes – we wanted to make this an event,” said Jones.
Ski photographer Adam Clark said, “I find the contest most exciting because there are a lot of dark horses, wildcards, out there that have a lot of talent. And it’s a big enough winning that I'm hoping people will put in a lot of creative energy to make it a really great contest to be a part of. There’s never been anything like this before.”
All videos must be submitted by May 31, 2013. Viewers can log on to TGR’s website on June 10th to start voting for their favorites.
May the best shredder editor win! tetongravity.com/