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Harbour Air Seaplanes

Recruitment Campaign

  • CLIENT: HARBOUR AIR 

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 6 weeks

  • BUDGET: $8,000 - $10,000

As one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and one of the aviation industry’s most dynamic teams, Harbour Air has cemented itself as a cornerstone airline on the West coast. Now, with an expanded schedule and locations on the horizon, the search is on to grow their staff - and Harbour Air asked us to create a series of recruitment videos to get the message out.

With specific searches for pilots, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) and front office staff, we developed a plan to produce three targeted videos to give candidates a better idea of what life is like in the Harbour Air family.  Over the course of three days, our crew traveled (by seaplane, naturally) to the Richmond and Vancouver Harbour terminals, interviewing everyone from 20-year veteran pilots to rookie deck hands in order to get a real sense of the job.

We had the opportunity to shoot at sunrise in a quiet Victoria harbour before pulling the cameras into the co-pilot’s seat for a first-hand perspective from the cockpit. Next we stepped behind-the-scenes and inside the beautiful Aerospace Services hangar at YVR to watch the Harbour Air team get their hands dirty and keep the aircraft fit to fly. With an interview with Harbour Air President Randy Wright to cap things off, it was into the edit suite to weave a narrative for each job on offer!

   

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!

Bear Mountain Resort

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: $6,500 - $8,500

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.

Parkland Secondary School

School Showcase

  • CLIENT: parkland secondary

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 4 WEEKS

  • BUDGET: $2,500 - $3,000

It's rare that we have the opportunity to work with Greater Victoria's public school system, but the staff at Parkland Secondary in North Saanich reached out to us to help showcase all the options they offer, including the new International Baccalaureate program, as part of a campaign to boost enrollment. 

We quickly elected to use students and staff as the voice of the video, describing all of the elements that make Parkland unique. With such a wide variety of activities and clubs to choose from, the challenge was deciding what to include in our two minute window of opportunity. From a dynamic drama program to athletics such as hockey, judo and sailing academies - getting good visual elements was never going to be a problem at Parkland. 

Over the course of two weeks we made a number of trips to the campus, shooting the bits and pieces that would eventually form the structure of our video. With the help of the NavCanada crew at Victoria Internationl Airport, we were also able to include some stunning drone aerials of the school and nearby Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club.

But the final shot of the video was the most challenging of all... at least, mentally. It meant scaling an enormous wooden ladder to rig our camera to the cable raceway above the school's lobby. Once our equipment was secured in place, we set the camera to take a timelapse image every 5 seconds over the course of an hour, capturing students as they filed out of class at the end of the day.

With the school logo front and centre for the closing image of the video, our project was complete - an upbeat look at all of the elements that make Parkland one of Victoria's hidden gems.
 

Inn at Laurel Point

Hotel Overview

  • CLIENT: INN AT LAUREL POINT

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 6 WEEKS

  • BUDGET: $2,500 - $4,000

If you're looking to truly experience Victoria, the Inn at Laurel Point is hard to be. Located in the provincial capital's Inner Harbour, its views, service, and offerings are unbeatable. Which made it easy to do our job!

When filming such a lovely property, there are countless areas to capture and only so many hours to get them - so it was essential to make the process as fluid as possible by working with professionals. This was a rare shoot where we utilized paid actors, and it showed  Katherine Slingsby and Lance Burrows were top notch.... not to say that our friends and clients have done a sub-par job in the past! ;)

Our concept was a day-in-the-life, which made for the perfect chance to shoot a sunrise time-lapse with our Kessler Second Shooter. It definitely took some early alarm clocks and perseverance to wait for that perfect morning light - but the sun glinting off the harbourfront windows made for the perfect opening sequence.

Thanks to some drone shots of the Inn from earlier in the year, and a few kitchen scenes with the hotel's renowned Chef Ito, we were able to give visitors an inside-out look at one of the city's top properties. The hotel's sales and marketing team are always coming up with creative concepts and we look forward to teaming up with them on many projects to come!

Wilson's Transportation

BC Ferries Connector

  • CLIENT: Wilson's transportation

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • LENGTH: 90 SECONDS

  • BUDGET: $1,500-$2,500

This spring we connected with the team at Wilson's Transportation to begin highlighting their growing list of services to Vancouver Island and British Columbia commuters. One of their latest endeavors is a partnership with BC Ferries to provide daily trips between downtown Vancouver & downtown Victoria.

Always looking for a challenge, our team decided that we would try and catch all of the necessary elements for this video (except aerials) in just one day!

We met the Wilson's team on the morning sailing to Vancouver and captured the ticket sales agent on board. Then we rolled over to the beautiful Pacific Central Terminal building in the heart of Vancouver to shoot sequences with passengers loading onto the bus, and the Connector rolling back out of town toward the Island. Then the challenge was to beat the bus back to the Tsawwassen terminal for a couple of shots, and then to downtown Victoria to complete the visual journey... it was almost 300km on the odometer by the end of the trip! 

Later in the week we returned to the Swartz Bay terminal and, in coordination with BC Ferries & NavCanada, shot drone footage of the ferry arriving in North Saanich, completing the trip and all of the elements required for the BC Ferries Connector vignette. It's a fantastic service at an affordable price, and we're sure you'll see one of the Wilson's buses traversing the highway before long!

Ocean River Sports

Gulf Island Tour

  • CLIENT: OCEAN RIVER SPORTS

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 4 WEEKS

  • BUDGET: $2,500-$3,000

With a new season in full swing, Ocean River Sports asked our team to head back onto the water and capture their newest kayak tour option, an amazing weekend paddle through the Gulf Islands.

Our full-day shoot began with a quick 40 minute boat ride from Sidney across to Saturna Island, where members of the Ocean River staff were already on the midst of their pre-season training camp. We pulled into a beautiful sandy beach on an islet near the east side of the Island, and immediately jumped to work shooting the paddlers prepping their kayaks for the first leg of the trip.

Once the boats were in the water, we took to the air with our drone to collect some breathtaking  images of the group alongside the rugged Saturna coastline. Then we were back in the boat ourselves to get an ocean-level vantage point of these experienced paddlers in their element, traversing tidal rapids and a variety  of water conditions throughout the trip.

Once pieced together back in editing, we compiled this video to serve as a sales tool on the Ocean River website, while also finding a purpose at trade and tourism shows across North America.


Adventure Experience

  • CLIENT: OCEAN RIVER SPORTS

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • LENGTH: 90 SECONDS

  • BUDGET: $3,500-$4,000

With the spring sunshine arriving on the west coast, our friends at Ocean River Sports & Adventures wanted to capture the experience of paddling in Victoria's Inner Harbour and around the Salish Sea. So we set out to collect drone aerials and additional on-the-water footage to compliment some shots from their existing video library, and weave it all together with some insight from the tour guides themselves.

As always, the most complicated aspect of our shoots are the aerials using our DJI Inspire 1 drone. With the guidance of both Transport Canada and NavCanada, we were able to identify safe take off and landing locations, along with appropriate windows of time to shoot a group of kayakers padding in both the Selkirk waterway and the Inner Harbour. 

As a bonus, with the help of Ocean River owner Brian Henry and his boat (the Ocean Rose), we were able to capture beautiful shots alongside the paddlers as they navigated between our two aerial locations.

Now we're planning our next project with the Ocean River team - a series of vignettes on their various tours which will begin with a fun day trip to Saturna Island! Stay tuned to our Instagram feed for more behind-the-scenes images!

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary

40th Anniversary Feature

  • CLIENT: SWAN LAKE NATURE SANCTUARY

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • LENGTH: 2 MINUTES

  • BUDGET: $3,000-$5,000

For many years, one of our favourite places to escape into nature on Southern Vancouver Island has been the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. It's a beautiful little oasis not far from downtown that features a fantastic nature house, and all the bird watching you could ever want. That's why we were thrilled to jump on board and help them create a video to showcase 40 years in the community.

Over the course of two weeks, Executive Producer Mike Walker spent a handful of early mornings and late evenings at the lake, capturing the wildlife images for the video. We then teamed up with Swan Lake's Executive Director Kathleen Burton and a team of volunteer actors to showcase the other elements of the sanctuary - including a trip to the top of Christmas Hill, some fun in the nature house and of course a stroll along the floating boardwalk.

There are a long list of reasons why you should spend a few hours at Swan Lake - but not the least of which is an opportunity to support a great organization that promotes nature and outdoor adventure in Victoria!

Victoria Symphony

Maestro Christian Kluxen - Vignettes

  • CLIENT: VICTORIA SYMPHONY

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • LENGTH: 3 SEGMENTS, one minute each

  • BUDGET: $2,500 - $3,500

There’s a new conductor in town: Maestro Christian Kluxen has been appointed as the new Music Director of the Victoria Symphony, starting in their 2017/2018 season.

Christian, of Copenhagen, Denmark, was in town for the announcement and our team was brought in to create a series of video vignettes to help Victoria get to know him better. A handful of locations around town were chosen to both photograph and capture footage of Christian, including Ross Bay, Ogden Point, the BC Parliament Buildings, and Union Pacific Coffee. And though the weather was drizzly and gray, he couldn’t have been a better sport about the entire afternoon. Whether jumping on the breakwater, laying in seaweed, or wading barefoot into the icy Pacific, Christian kept a smile on his face the entire time.

While the rainy weather was a challenge at times that afternoon, it became so much easier with teamwork. Special shout-outs to the Victoria Symphony team, Jill and Molly, for not only have plastic bags on hand to protect our gear, but for the little details like brand new, dry socks for Christian when we had soaked them. And we couldn’t have done it without our intern, Joe Webster, who was absolutely indispensable helping out that day as we moved from location to location under a tight time frame with a lot of gear to manage.

It was also a pleasure to team up with Kevin Light of Kevin Light Photography and Lara Minja of Lime Design and see them bring their creative vision to life. We were especially left in awe seeing Kevin go that extra mile to get the best vantage point for his shot – namely, in a dry suit, floating in Ross Bay with his camera tucked securely in waterproof housing while he captured unique imagery.

Congratulations to Christian, who we look forward to working with on more projects to come!


Symphony's 75th Anniversary

  • CLIENT: VICTORIA SYMPHONY

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • LENGTH: 5 SEGMENTS, VARIOUS LENGTHS

  • BUDGET: $8,000-$10,000

As part of their platinum anniversary, the Victoria Symphony wanted to create a series of videos to promote their brand both here on Vancouver Island and across the country. 

We set out to create one video that sums up the orchestral experience, and the various venues they have occupied over the years. Our opening shot is thanks to the beautiful pipe organ balcony at Christ Church Cathedral, while we also used elements from concerts at Butchart Gardens, UVIC's Farquhar Auditorium (thanks to Daniel Pender for his excellent shots) and of course, the Symphony's home, the Royal Theatre.

But when it came to the grande finale, we knew we had to leverage the spectacular scenery of Symphony Splash - the annual concert in Victoria's Inner Harbour. So, under the guidance of Transport Canada and NavCanada, we pulled off the most challenging drone flight yet - navigating heavy boat and foot traffic (and the occasional curious seagull) to capture the  stage and the crowd from a never-before-seen vantage point. All in all, it made for the perfect last impression for the promo spot.

The other element of this project included a series of point-of-view vignettes that could be used as teaser videos for upcoming shows and events. We enlisted the help of Symphony conductor Tania Miller, along with timpanist Bill Linwood, to show a behind the scenes look at the moments leading up to the show. Using our AllSteady Pro 6 gimbal, we followed each of our volunteers through their routine from backstage and into the spotlight, and also included a scene from the eyes of an audience member at the Royal Theatre. 

There remains one more video in our series with the Symphony, exploring 75 years of history in the Capital Region. Watch for that clip in Spring 2016!