Power To Be

20th Anniversary Feature




  • BUDGET: $7,000 - $8,000

When our friends at Power To Be approached us with the opportunity to document their story from concept to creation, we couldn’t be more excited to create a mini documentary about their journey to a permanent home at Prospect Lake.

Knowing that hearing from all sides of the organization was going to be essential, we interviewed everyone from founder Tim Cormode to the parents and participants that make the most of the organization’s adventure therapy programs. Then, with a little help from Power To Be’s Communications Director (and Mike’s former CHEK News colleague) Dana Hutchings, our team began assembling the narrative structure of the video.

After spending a few days at the new property hiking in the woods and paddling on the lake, we had all of the pieces to craft a story of how one organization is both connecting a community and empowering individuals.

As a thank you for their support over the years, we were also happy to broadcast their anniversary celebration live from the Empress Hotel in downtown Victoria - check it out:

Gala Fundraiser & Prospect Lake Tour




  • BUDGET: $4,000 - $5,000

With fundraising efforts ramping up for another year, the Power To Be staff asked us to create a pair of videos to highlight a busy summer of initiatives.

One of the key events on the calendar is their Gala Fundraiser, held on a spectacular waterfront property in Central Saanich. Bringing together business leaders and philanthropists of all kinds, the gala features local chefs competing for top honours while also presenting some top-notch musical performances. And this year was no exception, with Blue Rodeo front man Jim Cuddy stepping into the spotlight.

With a live recording of “While I Was Waiting” as our music track and speeches also recorded live at the event, our crew explored all corners of the event to catch chefs at work and guests enjoying. Whenever we produce a video like this, it’s important to capture the entire atmosphere and especially the little details -
giving the viewer an intimate sense of the event.

Since there was no shortage of star power in Victoria for the fundraiser, the Power To Be staff also invited a few of their supporters to Prospect Lake for a sneak preview of what the site will soon become…

Power To Play - Vancouver




  • BUDGET: $2,000 - $2,500

With one event already under our belts, it was time for our team to dive into another Power To Play event - this time in the beautiful setting of Vancouver's Stanley Park! 

Once again, the Power To Be team was instrumental in pulling off this production, ensuring we had the chance to capture key teams in action and the ever-important course map to help our crew zip from location to location throughout the day. 

With our camera stabilizing gimbal on hand, we were able to record some dynamic sprinting sequences as the teams made their way across the finish line. And of course, we had to ensure we were collecting the sounds of the moment as well - and used both on camera microphones and a standalone boom mic to capture the audio that would really make the final project come to life in editing!

In total, the event raised $310,000 in support of inclusive adventures rooted in nature, and we couldn't be more proud to support the cause!

Power To Play - Victoria




  • BUDGET: $2,000 - $2,500

Power To Be is recognized as one of the most influential charities on the province, and when you’re fortunate enough to attend one of their events it’s not hard to see why. Each year the organization helps hundreds of kids explore the outdoors, regardless of their physical or mental abilities – and the key annual fundraiser for these programs is Power To Play.

This spring, event organizers asked our team to get involved and help capture the unforgettable energy of the day. With 35 corporate teams competing in a course that challenges even the most seasoned obstacle course races, we can’t think of a cooler way to raise money for the cause.

Our crew set out to cover the 10 kilometre course with an oh-so-necessary golf cart at our disposal. Between lugging equipment through the woods and running through fields with a gimbal in hand, our day was still only half as strenuous as those in the thick of the competition.

We did our best to collect the unique and interesting angles that would differentiate this year’s video from those of the past, and paid special attention to the sounds of the day as well – capturing audio that would be an integral part of the final edit. And arriving at the finish line to watch exhausted teams clamour out of the water and over the final wall to ring the bell made for some of the most rewarding images we’ve shot to date.

In editing we quickly pieced the best moments together for a public release just days after the event, which we’re proud to say raised  $223,000 for the great work carried out by our friends at Power To Be. Our crew will be back on the course for the Vancouver event in September, and we’re already looking forward to it!

Play On!

Quick Shift Series




  • BUDGET: $1,000 - $1,500 each

Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! is this country’s largest sports festival, with street hockey events coast-to-coast and more than 40,000 kids and adults participating each year. Roll.Focus. Executive Producer, Mike, has  been involved in the event since 2010, serving as a host at the National Championships on several occasions while also developing video content for the brand and their social media channels.

Over the past two years, the goal for the program has been to gather endorsements from players at the highest level, the National Hockey League. That led Mike to borrow an idea that was created while producing CHEK Television’s Vancouver Island sports show, Game On! – a quick rapid-fire interview with celebrity athletes.

Before long our team was rinkside at Rogers Arena in Vancouver to chat with members of the Canucks, and this year our travels extended as far as Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Ottawa while gathering interviews with some of the sport’s biggest names.

We have now interviewed more than 15 NHL stars, and the chance to hear some street hockey stories from the NHL pros really underlines how important the game of hockey is to Canadian kids, and celebrating that tradition is what Play On! is all about. We look forward to more Quick Shifts with players from across the country and around the world in years to come!

Tournament Highlights




  • BUDGET: $1,500 - $2,000 EACH

Every year the Play On! team hosts more than a dozen events across Canada, giving thousands of kids (and kids at heart) the chance to celebrate the game of street hockey. And to help showcase the regional events to sponsors and participants, we were asked to create a highlight reel from both Calgary and Ottawa.

Because we were already in the respective cities working on other projects, the usual hurdle of travel costs wasn't a factor in creating these clips. So our team arrived on game day to capture all aspects of a Play On! event - from the little ones in the Tidbit Division to the men's and women's Elites. 

It's always a blast to bring our cameras out to a great community event, and when that festival also involves our national pastime - well, that's just the cherry on top!

Cycling Canada

 Canada Cup Gala Welcome




  • BUDGET: $1,200-$1,500

We don't often pass up the chance to take our cameras into the great outdoors - and that's where we captured most of this footage of the Canadian National Team training in the forests of Greater Victoria last summer.

Teaming up with the crew at Bear Mountain Resort and Cycling Canada, we leveraged some of that library footage of the team to create a welcome video for the 2016 Canada Cup Gala. As the final event of a full weekend of racing, the gala helped raise funds for the national mountain bike teams as they prepare to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this summer!

It's always nice to be able to support local athletes, and you'd better believe we will be keeping tabs on the ladies when they chase the podium in Brazil.