CLIENT: EAGLE WING TOURS
SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION
LENGTH: 90 SECONDS
Eagle Wing Tours, located at Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria, was one of our first clients at Roll.Focus. We have produced videos for this fantastic company ranging from experiencing their tours, to their lauded conservation and sustainability efforts, to their fleet of tour boats.
Our first promotional video was created two years ago, so with their new website under development it was time for a fresh feature. We have gone out onto the water with them for the last two summers and have seen a variety of wildlife including orcas, humpback whales, Dall’s porpoises, harbour seals, stellar sea lions, sea otters, seagulls, bald eagles, and more – all featured within this new video.
It’s taken time and practice to get great shots on the ever bobbing boats with our Panasonic GH4s. However, having our Inspire DJI Inspire 1 on board for all the stunning visuals, as approved by Transport Canada and Department of Fisheries & Oceans, has only improved the quality of our production package. You can see another video of our take offs and landing in this fun feature below – Mission Impossible style!
Our First Viral Video...
We’re often out on the water with our client, Eagle Wing Tours, capturing a variety of video that features the experience, Eagle Wing’s boats, their conservation efforts and the wildlife.
In October, we were out capturing drone footage of four transient orcas (the family T69s) when they led us to an enormous flock of seagulls, indicating a school of herring or krill were nearby. Unfortunately, these birds are also not fans of our drone and, seeing it as a threat, love to chase it.
Forced to land the drone, Executive Producer Mike Walker pulled out our GH4 to continue capturing any ensuing action and would not be disappointed. That’s when he saw the large male in the family, T69C, try to flip the seal twice, allowing for Mike to set up the shot for the next attempt, and that’s exactly what happened. Mike’s ensuing “Yes, yes, yes, yes!” (despite what some YouTube commenters believe) was out of sheer excitement for capturing this moment on film and not due to the poor seal’s fate.
We decided to cut the resulting footage into a small montage of the tour’s events, send it off to Global BC, gathering nearly 1 million views, and once we posted it to YouTube, it’s reached over 2 million views. There have also over 50 fantastic outlets sharing it as a result, most notably Time Magazine, Washington Post, IFL Science, National Post, Chicago Tribune, LAD Bible, etc. It’s been a learning experience of navigating such a large reaction, but we’re thrilled to have received such exposure for our first client and for Victoria as a whale watching destination.