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Robert Bateman Centre

Bird’s Eye View

  • CLIENT: ROBERT BATEMAN CENTRE

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 6 WEEKs

  • BUDGET: $2,000 - $3,000

With the 100th anniversary of the Victoria Harbour Bird Sanctuary quickly approaching, the Bateman Centre team has developed a travelling exhibit to celebrate the history of avian life in British Columbia. The project features informational displays and photography, plus a showcase video that weaves together some of our favourite drone footage from the past few years!

The task for our crew was to create a piece that showcased our province from a “bird’s eye view”. Without an interview or voiceover to carry the story collecting authentic audio clips would also be an integral part of the edit (since the drone doesn’t record any sound).

So our editors went to work, mining our archive for aerial footage from across BC to weave into one overarching story. Then, with a few shots of local wildlife life interspersed, we collected the individual shots into scenes from a variety of environments - coastal, mountain, urban and even farmland.

After carefully mixing our sound and animating the Bird’s Eye View logo, this completed piece was ready to head out on tour!


Nature Sketch Club Series

  • CLIENT: ROBERT BATEMAN CENTRE

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • SCHEDULE: 10 WEEKs

  • BUDGET: $8,500 - $10,000

One of the most enjoyable aspects of our work is when we have the chance to collaborate with other talented professionals to make a project come to life - but it was an extraordinary pleasure to join forces with one of Canada's most iconic artists, Robert Bateman, to launch a new video series for the gallery that bears his name. 

A recipient of the Order of Canada, Robert has made a career out of capturing the little details that make nature so magnificent. And with the launch of Nature Sketch Club, he is passing along some introductory tips and tricks to the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.

Our team was recruited to develop the video series from scratch, starting with a trip to the Bateman homestead on Saltspring Island for an initial brainstorming session with the man himself. Next we visited a number of Robert's favourite sketching spots around Vancouver Island, collecting the on-camera segments that form the lesson part of each clip. We then recruited kids as Nature Sketch Club volunteers to put those lesson plans to work, and show the concepts in practice. 

The final piece of our puzzle was an animated intro that would serve as a unique branding piece for the program. Our team scanned a series of Robert's original sketches into our graphics software before adding a touch of animation and some subtle sound effects, all culminating in a quick little logo that will open each video in the series.

Nature Sketch Club is now running coast-to-coast and live online, and we can't wait for our next chance to step into the Bateman studio and help keep his passion for promotion Canadian art going strong!

Mountain Equipment Co-Op

Victoria Race Series - Royal Roads

  • CLIENT: MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT CO-OP

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • LENGTH: 4 VIDEOS, VARIOUS LENGTHS

  • BUDGET: SEE BELOW

The summer stop on the MEC Victoria Race Series took us to the beautiful setting of Royal Roads University and the shores of the Esquimalt Lagoon. Unlike the first two events, weather was absolutely no concern for the runners or the video crew today.

The half marathon runners kicked things off with a jaunt around the forest trails on campus, where Alex was stationed to capture the excitement and enthusiasm at the start/finish line. After navigating the winding roads, the 10K group also made the swing down to Esquimalt Lagoon, which made for some unforgettable imagery for Mike & Owen who were working the drone camera. There aren't many events that keep us on our toes like these races do, but it's always a fun challenge to be in the right place at the right moment.

Now our focus shifts to creating an event wrap-up video, which will feature highlights from the first three races and comments from some of the runners... stay tuned!


Victoria Race Series - Thetis Lake

  • CLIENT: MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT CO-OP

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • LENGTH: 4 VIDEOS, VARIOUS LENGTHS

  • BUDGET: SEE BELOW

The second installment of the MEC Victoria Race Series was held on Easter Sunday at Thetis Lake, a fantastic circuit around one of the Capital Region's most popular lakes.  

Though the skies were cloudy and wind swirling through the trees that morning, it wasn’t enough of a breeze to keep our DJI Inspire drone down. And it's a good thing - we were shooting over the water after all, and didn't want to have to place that call to the insurance company.

In order to cover all corners of the race course our team split up, with Amanda covering the start and finish of the runners’ journeys, while Mike and Alex took mid-course duties, capturing the participants as they persevered through the rolling trails.

It's always a pleasure to watch the enthusiasm at the start line, the determination at the 5km point and the jubilation at the finish! We can't wait to round out the series with Race Three at Royals Roads in June! 


Victoria Race Series - Lochside Trail

  • CLIENT: MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT CO-OP

  • SERVICE: VIDEO PRODUCTION

  • LENGTH: 4 VIDEOS, VARIOUS LENGTHS

  • BUDGET: $3,000-$5,000

Every year, MEC Victoria hosts five running races open to the public, each consisting of a 5 km and 10 km route. Locations vary around Greater Victoria, including trails such as Lochside, Thetis Lake, and the Galloping Goose.

We are working with MEC to create a round-up video feature on these series, as well as a teaser video prior to each event. And we're off to a great start - the first race at Lochside Trail in January was undoubtedly our wettest shoot yet but we came back with some solid material to share.

All it took was some rain coats, plastic bags and some innovative shots (namely holding tripods in the air) when we could not use our drone due to the wet conditions. But we had fun capturing the spirit and determination of these runners and look forward to a picturesque (and dryer) second event in March at Thetis Lake! We'll see you there.