Spirit 150 Victoria

Week in Review

  • CLIENT: SpIRIT 150

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 1 WEEK

  • BUDGET: N/A

Celebrating 150 years of the country we call home made for one of our most ambitious projects yet, and in the summer of 2017 our entire crew was on deck to pull off the   Spirit 150 celebrations in downtown Victoria!

While our broadcast crew went to work preparing a two-night show from the lawn of the Legislature to entertain thousands in the Canada Day crowd, our production team spent the week exploring the city collecting images and moments from every part of the festivities.

With nightly concerts down at Ship's Point and a host of cultural celebrations throughout the downtown core, there was no shortage of smiles to catch the attention of our lens. Everywhere we looked there was red and white, and an amazing feeling of national pride in the air. It's hard not to appreciate the incredibly diverse tapestry of this country when you take the time to enjoy the talents of just a handful of it's people. 

Our shoot (and video) all culminated in an annual Canada Day tradition in Victoria - the Living Flag. With our drone in the air we had the perfect shot to close out an amazing week of fun, and this wrap up video took centre stage in our Spirit 150 broadcast production, which was watched live by more than 60,000 people in the Inner Harbour and thousands more online. 

Needless to say, Spirit 150 is an event we will forever be proud to have been a part of!


War Canoe Races

  • CLIENT: SpIRIT 150

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 1 WEEK

  • BUDGET: $2,000 - $2,500

Our first major project to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada was capturing the return of traditional First Nations war canoe races to Victoria's Inner Harbour!

More than a century ago many of the local bands would routinely gather to paddle up the Gorge waterway - so event organizers decided to celebrate the history of our diverse community than to reinstate one of the most powerful cultural events you'll ever have to chance to witness.

But the only way to truly appreciate the energy of the rowers (without being in the canoe yourself) is to capture the action from the air. So our team dispatched our DJI Inspire 1 drone to shoot the bulk of this video, complimenting the aerial footage with camera angles both on land and on the water from a safety boat. 

By leveraging the high frame rate shooting capabilities of our production cameras, we were able to collect beautiful slow motion footage of the ceremonial dancers to open the festivities, and then let the power of the war canoes take the show from there.

This final piece was shared hundreds of times online, and also played a central role in our live broadcast production of the Spirit 150 main stage on the Legislature lawn!

Power To Be

Power To Play - Vancouver

  • CLIENT: POWER TO BE

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 2 WEEKS

  • BUDGET: $2,000 - $2,500

With one event already under our belts, it was time for our team to dive into another Power To Play event - this time in the beautiful setting of Vancouver's Stanley Park! 

Once again, the Power To Be team was instrumental in pulling off this production, ensuring we had the chance to capture key teams in action and the ever-important course map to help our crew zip from location to location throughout the day. 

With our camera stabilizing gimbal on hand, we were able to record some dynamic sprinting sequences as the teams made their way across the finish line. And of course, we had to ensure we were collecting the sounds of the moment as well - and used both on camera microphones and a standalone boom mic to capture the audio that would really make the final project come to life in editing!

In total, the event raised $310,000 in support of inclusive adventures rooted in nature, and we couldn't be more proud to support the cause!


Power To Play - Victoria

  • CLIENT: POWER TO BE

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 2 WEEKS

  • BUDGET: $2,000 - $2,500

Power To Be is recognized as one of the most influential charities on the province, and when you’re fortunate enough to attend one of their events it’s not hard to see why. Each year the organization helps hundreds of kids explore the outdoors, regardless of their physical or mental abilities – and the key annual fundraiser for these programs is Power To Play.

This spring, event organizers asked our team to get involved and help capture the unforgettable energy of the day. With 35 corporate teams competing in a course that challenges even the most seasoned obstacle course races, we can’t think of a cooler way to raise money for the cause.

Our crew set out to cover the 10 kilometre course with an oh-so-necessary golf cart at our disposal. Between lugging equipment through the woods and running through fields with a gimbal in hand, our day was still only half as strenuous as those in the thick of the competition.

We did our best to collect the unique and interesting angles that would differentiate this year’s video from those of the past, and paid special attention to the sounds of the day as well – capturing clean audio that would be an integral part of the final edit. And arriving at the finish line to watch exhausted teams clamour out of the water and over the final wall to ring the bell made for some of the most rewarding images we’ve shot to date.

In editing we quickly pieced the best moments together for a public release just days after the event, which we’re proud to say raised  $223,000 for the great work carried out by our friends at Power To Be. Our crew will be back on the course for the Vancouver event in September, and we’re already looking forward to it!

Play On!

Quick Shift Series

  • CLIENT: PLAY ON!

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 12 WEEKS

  • BUDGET: $1,000 - $1,500 each

Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! is this country’s largest sports festival, with street hockey events coast-to-coast and more than 40,000 kids and adults participating each year. Roll.Focus. Executive Producer, Mike, has  been involved in the event since 2010, serving as a host at the National Championships on several occasions while also developing video content for the brand and their social media channels.

Over the past two years, the goal for the program has been to gather endorsements from players at the highest level, the National Hockey League. That led Mike to borrow an idea that was created while producing CHEK Television’s Vancouver Island sports show, Game On! – a quick rapid-fire interview with celebrity athletes.

Before long our team was rinkside at Rogers Arena in Vancouver to chat with members of the Canucks, and this year our travels extended as far as Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Ottawa while gathering interviews with some of the sport’s biggest names.

We have now interviewed more than 15 NHL stars, and the chance to hear some street hockey stories from the NHL pros really underlines how important the game of hockey is to Canadian kids, and celebrating that tradition is what Play On! is all about. We look forward to more Quick Shifts with players from across the country and around the world in years to come!


Tournament Highlights

  • CLIENT: PLAY ON!

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 2 WEEKS

  • BUDGET: $1,500 - $2,000 EACH

Every year the Play On! team hosts more than a dozen events across Canada, giving thousands of kids (and kids at heart) the chance to celebrate the game of street hockey. And to help showcase the regional events to sponsors and participants, we were asked to create a highlight reel from both Calgary and Ottawa.

Because we were already in the respective cities working on other projects, the usual hurdle of travel costs wasn't a factor in creating these clips. So our team arrived on game day to capture all aspects of a Play On! event - from the little ones in the Tidbit Division to the men's and women's Elites. 

It's always a blast to bring our cameras out to a great community event, and when that festival also involves our national pastime - well, that's just the cherry on top!

Harbour Air Seaplanes

Green Roof Beehives

  • CLIENT: HARBOUR AIR 

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 3 WEEKS

  • BUDGET: $1,500 - $2,000

We first connected with the team at Harbour Air in 2016, when the Royal Tour brought the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Vancouver Island. We were asked to document the experience as the couple passed through the brand new Victoria Harbour Terminal.

Now, when Harbour Air set out to install a series of beehives on the green roof of the terminal, they asked if we would be able to showcase the process and the reasons behind the idea.

After planning out the process with the staff from the Capital Region Beekeepers Association, our crew ascended to the top of the terminal to watch the hives be hoisted to the roof. Then, as the team assembled the four structures on the building, we placed one of our GoPro cameras inside the honeycomb slats to capture the release from all angles

Then it was time for the be reveal, and with one fell swoop 5,000 honeybees were dropped out of their shipping tube and into the hive... and needless to say, it’s not the most comfortable environment when you have that many angry bees buzzing around you. But fortunately enough, none of our crew suffered a sting – and ironically, it was only the two beekeepers who drew the ire of the insects.

Once all was said and done we crafted two versions of the video – one for Harbour Air’s social media channels, and another with graphics to play silently within the terminal building itself. So next time you see a bee in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, remember that you likely have the team at Harbour Air to thank!


Royal Tour Recap

  • CLIENT: HARBOUR AIR 

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 3 WEEKS

  • BUDGET: $1,500 - $2,000

With news that the Royal Tour arrive on Vancouver Island in the fall of 2016, our team was recruited to capture the event for a number of clients – including Harbour Air, who would have the opportunity to fly the couple and  their family on two occasions.

Our experience began with a quick flight across the Strait in anticipation of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge arriving at Vancouver Harbour Terminal. Despite the drizzly conditions, there were thousands of people lining the waterfront in hopes of catching a glimpse of royalty. That included Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who nearly collided with one of our crew while riding a bike down to the event!

In just a matter of moments the plane touched down on the water, and the couple were whisked away to begin a busy day on the Lower Mainland – so we regrouped and prepared for our next encounter.

One week later, Harbour Air was once more in the spotlight as the Royal Tour’s final departure point on their Canadian visit. With the new Victoria Harbour Terminal as a backdrop, and again thousands looking on from the shore, our cameras had the privilege of using the roof of Harbour Air’s office building as an exclusive vantage point – which made for some unforgettable images as little Prince George and Princess Charlotte waved goodbye to the crowd.

With their flight soaring off into the October sky, our edit staff went right to work compiling all of the footage and interviews into a same-day recap, along with a more in-depth recount of the experience that will serve as an archival piece for Harbour Air for generations to come!

Tally-Ho Carriage Tours

Downtown Tours & Farm Feature

  • CLIENT: TALLY-HO Carriage Tours

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 4 WEEKS

  • BUDGET: $5,500 - $6,000

We were quite excited when we were contacted by Donna from Tally-Ho Carriage Tours, who was looking to feature her company in two ways: first, a look at their tours that everyone can experience, and secondly, an in depth feature on their Hidden Acres horse farm where these beautiful creatures return to each night.

Pretty pictures were not a difficult task to achieve with the Tally-Ho tours highlights feature - you can't go wrong with beautiful horses combined with Victoria’s jaw-dropping scenery and architecture, and visitors who get to experience both will not be disappointed. The best time to capture these visuals was in the soft light of the evening, and the most challenging aspect of this shoot was managing the traffic - the horse and carriages deserved the spotlight without a Volkswagen driving through!

For the farm feature, it was an early shoot to catch that first golden light of day and the Tally Ho horses’ morning routine. We were there to capture their typical day - frolicking with their friends, eating their breakfast, while those who were designated to the morning tour shift got groomed and ready to go. Those who stayed behind often had time for some training which was both fascinating and entertaining to see.

As horse and carriage tours can sometimes be a controversial subject, one point that we wanted to make clear with this video was how well these animals are cared for, and as Kate puts it, their need to work to stay healthy both mentally as well as physically. It was easy to portray this message, for you could clearly see each horse’s personality shining through each day - including one sassy mare who loudly kicked the wooden fence until her breakfast was served.

We loved getting to know the team - both human and horse - at Tally-Ho, and encourage you to head down to the corner of Belleville and Menzies to meet them yourself!

Wine Cellar & Tennis Court Vignettes

  • CLIENT: Bear Mountain Resort

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 4 WEEKS

  • BUDGET: $1,500 - $2,000

While Bear Mountain Resort has already achieved world fame for it's Nicklaus designed golf courses, the Ecoasis team has much more on the go. And to help showcase the other amenities atop the mountain, we stepped in to produce a pair of short web vignettes. 

Beginning in the base of the hotel complex, we had the chance to explore the annals of the wine cellar, which features some amazing tasting and food packages. The one challenge from our perspective was the lighting, or lack thereof! But with the help of our trusty (and carefully hidden) LED light panels, we were able to bring up the ambient brightness in the room just enough to ensure we'd come away with top quality footage. 

The other half of the project took us outside to the newly completed clay tennis courts, where it was time to let the beautiful morning light take over. With our models all geared up, we shot a number of high energy scenes to match our music and give the video a driving pace. We also leveraged some subtle natural sound effects throughout the clip to really draw the viewer in!

With a full marketing campaign now underway for these clips, we plan to be back on the mountain in the new year for a fresh series of resort vignettes!


Guardians of the Green

  • CLIENT: Bear Mountain Resort

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 6 WEEKS

  • BUDGET: $4,500 - $5,500

With a new golf season about to tee off, the brass at Bear Mountain Resort reached out to us with hopes of creating a promotional video that was a little different from your usual fare. Most of us are used to seeing the perfect polished greens and laser-cut fairways on Bear Mountain’s pair of Jack Nicklaus golf courses, but a rare few know how they get that way. For this campaign, we decided to go behind the scenes with the grounds crew, who we dubbed the ‘Guardians of the Green.’

We set out with a plan to shoot three mornings at the resort, featuring course superintendent Chris Ainey as our central figure. The first morning we arrived more than an hour before sunrise to scout our locations and capture interviews with Chris and a couple of long-time members, setting the stage for a busy day two.

With the perfect early morning light on our side, the second day consisted of shadowing the grounds crew right from the morning meeting to the cutting, trimming, rolling, blowing and mowing that fills their day. It’s no easy task  to cover more than 500 acres and 36 holes each day, and our team was definitely on the move to get everything we needed before golfers set out onto the course.

Day three was our opportunity to collect the jaw-dropping aerial drone shots that accentuate this video. As we moved from hole to hole, we also took the chance to capture the wildlife and more scenic elements of the course, including the stunning sunrise shot that opens the final video.

Once back at the studio, our editors crafted the story of a day tending to the courses and utilized some great footage from our colleague Dave Wallace at Riptide Studios to help showcase the PGA Champions Tour stop at Bear Mountain, the Pacific Links Championship.

We’re thrilled with the final result on this project, and hope that next time you have the chance to play a round you’ll take a moment to thank the team that keeps the course looking so stellar.

DanzKool

  • CLIENT: DANZKOOL

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 6 WEEKS

  • BUDGET: $4,500 - $5,500

Dare-2-Dance

When you first meet Tim Mah, you can’t help but notice his infectious energy and passion for dance. The Vancouver-based founder of DanzKool connected with our team to create a video that would reveal the Dare-2-Dance program to the world (and potential funders).

Over the past  few years, this program has taken dancing of all varieties (ballroom, swing, salsa) into school as an alternative to traditional PE classes. Tim and his team bring live musicians into the gymnasium and work with students of all ages and all abilities to demonstrate the physical and mental benefits of movement.

The big hurdle for us was seeking permission for dozens of students and parents to shoot the training and performances – but thankfully the staff at Sir James Douglas Elementary school are tremendous supporters of the program, and helped with the extra legwork to make the project happen.

Capturing the excitement and enthusiasm on the kids’ faces was the key piece of the shoot, and we used our gimbal stabilizer to add even more movement to each shot. Along with capturing interview testimonials from the kids, we recorded the live musical performance to use as an audio bed for the final edit.

Once all arranged in the edit suite, we have a video that outlines all of the benefits this program has to offer, and shows the joy instilled in the students who are lucky enough to Dare-2-Dance.

Victoria Harbour Ferry

Gorge Tour

  • CLIENT: VICTORIA HARBOUR FERRY

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 4 WEEKS

  • BUDGET: $1,500 - $2,000

We first connected with the team at Victoria Harbour Ferry in the summer of 2016, when they were searching for a way to showcase their new fleet of all-electric boats. The vessels were set to travel up and down the Gorge Waterway, offering tours to visitors and locals from across the region – so it seemed natural to us to create a video that would highlight both the tour and the boats themselves.

With no shortage of beautiful summer weather to work with, we shot this piece on back-to-back evenings during that amazing golden hour light. Once on board, we fitted our captain with a lavalier microphone to convey the true experience of being on board a tour. Then our team split up, one with camera operator on board and the other capturing the journey from the shoreline. With a mix of urban working waterways and secluded natural channels, the Gorge is truly a feast for the eyes (and the lens).

Once we were satisfied with the key pieces of the shoot, we set up at the turnaround point of the tour (near the Tillicum Narrows) to shoot some drone footage. As always, we were in close communication with the Harbour Control Tower and NavCanada staff to ensure our operation would not interfere with float plane arrivals just a short distance away.

Once complete, the video was an intimate perspective of the trip from start to finish, offering an authentic preview of the experience you’ll receive with Victoria Harbour Ferry Gorge Tour – including the oh-so-silent electric motor!