Ryan Walker walked away with top honors with his scenically beautiful “Seasonal” at this year’s Meadows Film Festival. Ryan’s advance planning, selecting camera locations for time lapse at different times of the year was visually stunning and poignant, telling a story that Mt. Hood is more than just a winter playground. His editing, music selection and overall presentation measured up to his usual high standards (last year Ryan placed second) and he has been a perennial top 10 selection. Ryan wins a Hero4 Black GoPro, $250 thanks to feature sponsor Full Sail Brewing and the special edition Film Festival logoed Dakine backpack filled with Full Sail goodies (awarded to all five finalists).
Receiving second place honors was Chris Bright, for “It is what it is”. Chris’s use of time lapse along with incredibly steady cam work, and high quality production rated high, but sharing the mountain with friends to tell the true Meadows experience really set his apart. In addition to the backpack Bright receives a $100 Meadows Gift Card.
Here's the playlist of all five finalists in order. Enjoy!
The edits from Kyle Skutch, Tommy Ellingson and Mike Haase were deserving runners up. Each provided a personal perspective of the season and how to make the most of it. The athleticism of Skutch (snowboarder) and Ellingson (skiing) showcased some of the best freeriding talent on Hood this year. Haase pure enjoyment of the sport shown through in his submission. All three earned $50 Meadows Gift Cards along with their Dakine backpacks.
The judges were impressed with all the finalists and their ability to truly enjoy the season, even with the below average snowpack. It demonstrated that there was a lot of fun, excitement, social sharing and great riding for those that pursued it.
Kyle Skutch was voted the People’s Favorite - a new twist this year on the Film Festival. His film received the most online votes through Meadows YouTube channel.