Royal BC Museum

Tsimshian Weaver Display

  • CLIENT: ROYAL BC MUSEUM

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 8 WEEKS

  • BUDGET: $7,000 - $8,000

It's not very often that we have the opportunity to produce a legacy piece - a video that will stand on display for many years within a permanent exhibition. But as part of the Royal BC Museum's ongoing efforts to revitalize the galleries, Tsimshian weaver Willy White (Tsamiianbann) was invited to create a series of traditional dance aprons for the First Peoples Gallery and the museum team gave us the incredible opportunity to document the entire process on video.

Over the course of a single week, we returned to the gallery several times to capture Willy's intricate work unfolding. First and foremost, we carefully arranged our lights to illuminate the scene without an abundance of shadows and flares, and then got down to work behind the camera.

We captured the intimate details of the patterns with a telephoto lens and gave movement to the wider scene using our Kessler Second Shooter, adding a bit of camera movement to enhance the cinematic look of the video.

Then, as work was coming to a close on the Raven's Tail and Chilkat aprons, we sat Willy down for an interview to give us a better understanding of his art and its role within his heritage. 

We also knew this video would be incomplete without seeing the aprons used in a dance sequence - they were designed and woven to move to the beat of a drum and it was an integral piece of the story.

It's a tremendous honour to have our work on display within the walls of this great institution and we couldn't be happier to play our small part in celebrating the culture of BC First Nations.


Learning Centre Feature

  • CLIENT: ROYAL BC MUSEUM

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 10 WEEKS

  • BUDGET: $8,000 - $10,000

Imagine you are creating a video to fundraise for an upcoming educational facility, but the staff do not yet know the extent of what this facility will include. You are tasked with creating visuals to demonstrate what the public will experience during a visit as well as the resources that will be available to them. This was our challenge during our latest project for the Royal BC Museum’s upcoming Learning Centre, and we had an open slate to work with! So we used our imagination.

The one facet that the staff wanted to stress was the use of relevant technology in this space, so we leveraged existing visuals within the RBCM to create imaginative Learning Centre scenarios.  It was also important for the viewer to be able to visualize an all-inclusive space that not only had technology but hands-on experiences, too.

To bring the architectural design renderings to life, our team utilized PhotoMotion software, which turns 2D images into 3D stages, allowing us the opportunity to add simulated camera movement to photos or sketches. We also worked with the museum staff to stage a number of scenes that give an idea of programs that the new Learning Centre will offer. Another key goal of this video was to showcase all of the potential user groups for the new space - young and old, families and professionals, experts and amateurs.

Now that the video (and various short social media versions) is complete, it is a central part of the museum’s fundraising campaign to help bring this ambitious vision to life.