Shooting video in Cuba is no easy task as we discovered and this fact simultaneously had us exercising our expertise as producers and uncovering new realms of paperwork that we’d never encountered. Because of the protective nature of Cuba as a country, it requires careful processing of visa applications and film permits to bring any camera equipment into this country, and a full time delegate watching our work to make sure the integrity of the country remains. We hopped on the plane and away we went.
Our most recent, and notable example for this project was the car share’s expansion to North Vancouver. BCAA wanted to drive 30 cars over the Lion’s Gate Bridge alone, all at once. The Lion’s Gate bridge is arguably Vancouver’s most difficult location to film around with heavy traffic day and night, and seaplanes controlling the airspace, it is no easy feat closing down the bridge. With multiple municipalities and organizations on our side, we were able to obtain all of the necessary permits from the Harbour Tower, Parks Board, Municipalities, Air Traffic control and even the RCMP to make for an unbelievably unique video.
With the help of Traction, we created four scripts which had comedian Jon Voth in our sights to walk through an office environment explaining everything with tongue in cheek precision. Ping pong balls will fly through the air, thunderous clouds of thought will burst and a trip to the forest leads to the signature of a CEO. The ideas created by our team were some of the most fun we’ve had in a long time.
Our involvement with this project was immense. From the beginning, the project has been ambitious. There’s a heat of the competition in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal, each of which have 10 participants who cook against the clock. While in these cities, David visited celebrated chefs in each region, talking about philosophy and what it’s like to grow up in a kitchen and how you come to terms with it.
This three part series was originally a one episode documentary through a grant from Telus Optik’s Storyhive program. It chronicles the plight of living on the Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver following several residents as they expose insights to their daily life. This heartfelt, emotional journey had shared its rounds through numerous social media channels, ultimately extending its lifespan to three episodes.
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