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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!