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!