In the summer of 2014, the Western Canada Summer Games hosting committee of Wood Buffalo engaged us to produce various video and photo elements for the Games. Large scale events are always great projects to work on. Everyone is dedicated to raising the bar and hosting the best games while highlighting their community. Coordination and communication were vital to our success. We scheduled over a dozen shooting days over a nine month span. The Journey of the Torch vignettes required flights, actors, extras, dog sleds and helicopters. Everything came out amazing and it was a very proud moment for us to see everything come together for the Opening Ceremonies!
We produced the catalogue imagery of the branded merchandise to be sold during the games, as well as some promotional images of the storefront.
Working in tandem with CTV Sportsnet, we provided B-Roll footage from various community events throughout the year leading up to the Games.
Building on the creative brief the Opening Ceremony committee created, we provided writing support to turn the vignettes into a storied Journey of the Torch.
We filmed the Journey of the Torch at various times throughout the year. From dog sleds in Fort Chipewyan to runners along the Athabasca river and ending with an aerial shoot over downtown Fort McMurray.
Below are some stills from some of the videos we produced, followed by some BTS images.
Spread out over nine months, we provided coverage of 10 community events, 4 scripted shoots, 3 hours of catalogue shooting and shipped a total of 120 GB of H.264 video to CTV Sportsnet. There is certainly a lot of effort that goes into producing an event of this scale, but as always, it was worth it.
"The 2015 Western Canada Summer Games required high quality video footage to be shown during a private function for local and western Canadian leaders who were VIP's at this event but, more importantly, for a major video production that was shown on large screens during the opening and closing ceremonies.
Sean McLennan (of Rebel 5 Films) was recommended as a high quality producer of video footage and was contracted immediately.
During the various days of shooting, Sean was always available during key times (ie natural sunlight hours, cold -40C days) and travelled to remote locations by airplane and helicopter to ensure the highest quality video would be produced. Sean's attention to cost efficiencies, timelines, detail and high quality resulted in a series of videos that were highly acclaimed by the event board, event participants, viewers and media. I would not hesitate to recommend Rebel 5 Films for any video production and they would definitely be my first choice for any video production requirements."