The making of 'Pretty Faces'http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2014/0728/as_prettyfaces576.jpg
Lynsey Dyer sounds a little frantic. It's mid summer and she's been in the editing studio for so long, she doesn't remember the last time she saw the sun. Her movie about the female skiing experience, "Pretty Faces," is set to premiere September 30 in Boulder, Colorado, but right now, she and the production team have a lot of work in front of them.
"Pretty Faces" has been in the works for years. The first trailer dropped in November of 2012, and the film was supposed to be released that winter, but it got pushed back, and reformed, mainly due to funding shortfalls. The pressure of trying to capture a whole gender's ski experience became overwhelming. "This project has taken me to my knees," Dyer says.
She says that she wants to highlight how high the level of women's skiing is right now, but she also wants to spotlight real skiers of all ages. She wants to wrap the movie around being a woman in a ski town, from a waitress who works nights to tiny kids first learning how to ski. The film will also include big-name female skiers, like Wendy Fischer, Ingrid Backstrom, Rachael Burks and Elyse Saugstad. Dyer says she wants to give female skiers reflections as well as role models.
That's a lot to cover -- 12 terabytes of footage, in fact -- and she's hyper conscious of the reality that she has to make it marketable. She's trying to prove that people are actually going to pay to watch a film about women skiing, that they can hold an audience's attention for more than just a token shot in a more male-dominated ski movie.
Pro skier Lynsey Dyer is producing a new women's ski movie, due out this fall, called "Pretty Faces" by Unicorn Picnic Productions. Dyer, along with Lexi Dupont, Jacqui Edgerly, Mckenna Peterson, and others recently shot footage for the movie around Whistler, BC.
If that sounds harsh, it's because it has to be. No one has been able to successfully do that yet. There have been all-female ski movies before, like Grete Eliassen's 2010 film, "Say My Name," and last year's "Shades of Winter," from Sandra Lahnsteiner. Lahnsteiner is working on a follow up film, which is set to premiere at the International Freeski Film Festival this fall, but other than that, no all-women's ski film company has had staying power.
"I don't just want this to be a one and done thing," Dyer says about her film.
Last February, Dyer launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the film. Their goal was to raise $60,000 -- they ended up with over $100,000.
"The real story, honestly has been the making of the movie," says Jeff Brines, the producer of "Pretty Faces."
Some of the footage has been crowd-sourced as well, with contributions from athletes, other film companies and more. That makes for a wide variety of clips, but it also make for a bit of a mash-up. "When you put it out there to everyone it becomes democratic, but it can paralyze a project," Brines says. "The challenge has been trying to make it cohesive."
Now, with a premiere date set, there's a deadline on the books, which may mean editing around the clock until the end of September. Dyer says this film has been a career-long goal for her.
"I just want the world to see the best part of what it is to be a girl in this subculture where we've always seen guys as the ski bum," she says. "We're not trying to do something revolutionary, we just want to give girls the same spotlight."