education

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.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Victoria

Raising the Grade

  • CLIENT: Boys & Girls Club

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 2 WEEKS

  • BUDGET: $1,500 - $2,000

We have a soft spot for programs that work hard to help kids, and so when our friend Tyler Olson of the Boys and Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria asked if we could produce a video promoting their Raising the Grade program, we didn't hesitate to get involved and we were happy that they would have us.

The Raising the Grade program is an after-school education program for Youth in Grades 6 to 12 that runs out of the Kaare Norgaard Boys and Girls Club located in Central Saanich. This interactive program allows youth to get homework help, meet new people, and explore options for their future. We also produced a message from BC NDP Leader (turned Premier) John Horgan, who used to work at BGCVIC, below.

Our aim was to showcase how beneficial this program is for youth so that they could receive the funds necessary to keep it going. The video, which features a variety of kids and staff impacted by this program, was unveiled at the 2017 Mad Hatter's Ball which was one of the best fundraisers we've ever attended and would strongly encourage everyone to come out next year.

Amanda and friends Tara-Lee and Andrea at the ball!

Amanda and friends Tara-Lee and Andrea at the ball!

World Fisheries Trust

Seaquaria Program 

  • CLIENT: WORLD FISHERIES TRUST

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • LENGTH: 2 MINUTES

  • BUDGET: $1,500-$2,500

This spring, we had the pleasure of working with World Fisheries Trust and learning about their Seaquaria in Schools program.

Seaquaria brings local marine life into grade school classrooms to let students get up close and personal with some of their aquatic neighbours. It places permanent saltwater tanks in schools across the province to bring captivating, ever-changing marine ecosystems into students' everyday lives.

Our shoot took us to three separate locations to capture the Seaquaria process from start to finish: with the divers scooping small sea life in their nets at Ogden Point, the beach along Dallas Road as the kids got a look at their new aquatic friends, and back in the classrooms where they had the opportunity to learn about them.

The two schools featured in this instance included James Bay Community School and Tillicum Elementary School, which each took an abundance of new sea creatures under their wing to care for, including star fish, sea cucumbers, crabs, barnacles, etc.

Being serious lovers of the ocean ourselves, it was a no brainer to get involved with showcasing how enriching the Seaquaria program is for kids. It was privilege to get to experience it ourselves – even for a short amount of time – and see its impact for generations to come.