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March 17, 2017
Horizon Milk
Things got weird and wild when Horizon Milk came up in February. Spot the backyard? Thanks to Vancouver's very own weird winter, everything was covered in a foot of snow just 12 hours before we shot!
Nice work to the whole team for pulling it off. Now I'll have some of that string cheese please...

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February 1, 2017
Hallmart
Love is in the air! Hallmark is back with this sweet little spot about a couple of shy lovers. Luckily they have a coworker willing to work a little magic for them.
This spot is a continuation of the Hallmark's #careenough campaign.

 


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December 1, 2016
Hallmark
Director Tony Barry and the Knucklehead folks came out at the end of October for Hallmark.
The shoot involved one heck'uva man made downpour on Pender St. And lots of hard work from over 50 OCP talent.
7 shoot days and 5 spots later the final product had us tearing up. 

November 11, 2016
Kohler

 Kohler brings the power and intensity in a new TVC and print campaign. Dirk Verheye and Inti Calfat were back in Vancouver directing the action. 

This spot has it all. From raging storms, dramatic construction sites, and of course, babies!


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November 30, 2016
HP
Seb Edwards was here last summer to shoot Armani, this time he came back with Academy Films and AMVBBDO to make a masterpiece for HP.
The story that follows is one of brotherly love and compassion. Lots of work went into creating the mind blowing light scenes. 
We're pretty darn proud of this one.
 

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November 10, 2016
Kerrygold

Third time's the charm for Aaron Ruell. After joining us for Walmart and BMW  earlier this year, he and the Biscuit crew came back again for Kerrygold.

Our 2 ginger leads travelled all the way from Ireland to remind us of those first love feelings. And we kept it very close to home, some scenes were filmed accross the street from the MOP office!


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October 17, 2016
Chivas
Was it all a dream... or was it that final glass of Whiskey? Last summer Javier Bardem, Don Cheadle, and Chris Evans joined Chivas in support of social entrepreneurs around the world.
Vancouver provided the backdrop and director Alex Henry Rubin and Smuggler UK filled out the team. It took six full nights of shooting and lots of hard work by a monster cast and crew to bring this project to reality.
Having Javier around didn't hurt! Pease don't pinch me, I don't want to wake up!

October 4, 2016
Hyundai
In July our friends at Frankfurt Films joined us for a fun Hyundai shoot. Check it out!
Vancouver is looking pretty, pretty good.

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September 28, 2016
Jeep

If you want to sing out, sing out! Yusuf Islam's classic song sets the tone to this unifying Jeep Commercial.

Directed by Sam Bayer, the ad was made in the whirlwind leading up to the 2016 US election and first aired during the debates. 

 

 


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May 1st, 2016
Dick's Sporting Goods
Are you ready for the Olympics?
If this spot doesn't pump you up, I don't know what will!
Energetic. Inspiring. I'm going to hit the gym. Who's with me?!

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February 18th, 2016
Wanda
Seb Edwards, the Wanda team and Chris Pine (!) squeezed this shoot in last Summer while Chris was in town shooting the latest Star Trek.
Let's just say hearts melted, swooners swooned, and everything smelled fantastic.

September 12, 2015
Jet.com

A big shoot, with big results. Gary Freedman came out to show us all where the savings are at with Jet.com!


July 31, 2015
McVitie's

It's a bird, it's a plane...it's McVitie's Oaty Breaks!

Owen Trevor and the Stink team bring the blast from the past back... do you recognize the theme song?


July 24, 2015
Uniqlo
UBC student and Google Science fair winner, Ann Makosinski stars in this spot directed by Kurt Iswarienko.
When a friend in the Phillipines described the difficulties of studying during frequent power outages, Ann invented a flashlight powered by the heat of your hand.
Her most recent invention is a cell phone charger powered by the heat of an insulated travel mug.
A real local hero.

 


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June 20, 2015
MoneySuperMarket
Money Supersupermarket is back! And about 1000 times hotter then ever.
Noam Murro knows how to make Vancouver look really, really good.

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May 4th, 2015
Biscuit

A bit of fun we had with director Andreas Nilsson, GE and the Biscuit team.


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December 3rd, 2014
Smuggler (UK)
See what our friends from Smuggler did...we love it. 
An elephant in downtown New York is easy when you're filming it in Vancouver.

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December 3rd, 2014
LG

They are called Zorbs! Director Christian Lyngbye flew in from Denmark to roll them down the streets of Vancouver. Do not try this without professional supervision!


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December 2nd, 2014
Sony

Directors Damien & Leila Laurant made frozen bubbles in the forests of Whistler. The process to freeze the bubbles require the right bubble mix with just enough corn syrup, sub zero temperatures and a Sony 4K Television. Fun!


July 29th, 2014
Nissan X-Trail
Wanda Productions (France) teamed up with Director, Paul Hunter and DOP, Darius Khondji to shoot an exciting spot for Nissan. Mountain biking, stunts, parkouring, Ultimate Arm, helicopters & base jumping - all shot within 45 minutes of the Vancouver downtown core. Well done team! Check out the article and the spot in the Locations Guide (click here). 

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March 5th 2014
Sochi Paralympic Games

Director, Henry-Alex Ruben from Smuggler, London made headlines with his real, grity & pitiless take on the Sochi Paralympic games. Sponsored by Samsung, Henry-Alex brings home the message that despite our problems...losing is the Paralympian's only real problem. The commercial was filmed in beautiful Banff National Park & Calgary, Alberta. Well done team!


February, 2nd 2014
Bates Motel
Troika, Loyal Kaspar, NBC, A&E, AND Company - they all were here to shoot the 2nd round of promo's for the TV series Batel Motel. 

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January 30th, 2014
Farnham Glacier, Alberta
Our new friend John Park from Seoul, Korea came on an expedition with us to The Rockies in Alberta for a high altitude production on Farnham Glacier. It was awesome...have a look!

January 27th, 2014
Bakery Films, Germany
The very talented Matthias Berndt from Bakery Films in Germany Directed a series of films for the Porsche Macan. Now if only I can afford one.

January 25th 2014
Framestore
Our Framestore friends Director's David Mellor, Murray Butler & Producer Paul Middlemiss was back for Snadragon 2.0. The scripts required all 4 seasons, mountains, city, a wide variety of Talent and reindeer! Where else but Vancouver can you find it all.  Have a look on "Our Work" page.

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November 20th, 2013
Perpetual Motion
Our friends from Blink Productions, UK knew where to go when they were dealt the hand to shoot the latest commercial for ASUS. Talented Director, Noah Harris took the reins and managed to create a seemless narrative that swicthes back & forth between the mundane world of a white collar worker and the intrigue of a secret agent. The spot earned a front page review in the Shots Magazine. Well done all!

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November 15th, 2013
Promo with the Stars....
Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston & Madchen Amick graced the shores of Minaty Bay, along the sea to Sky Highway just outside Vancouver to shoot the Promotional Video for the TV Series "Witches of East End" - currently shooting in Vancouver.
Director Kevin Robinson from Juniper Jones, New York teamed up with Means of Production and together they lit up the shore! Click on the image above to see how we did it...

October 21, 2013
There and Back Again...

Trigger and Cogent Elliot, London, took us all over the map of BC to show off the new Range Rover. Sea to Sky and back again!


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August 9th, 2013
Lexus
Raf Wathion came twice this year to Vancouver...this time for Lexus. Tarmac, water & Precision Drivers. It's all here. How do they do it?

July, 8th 2013
"Shhh...a Short Tale"

Go Team! The short film that keeps on giving we call it here at MOP. Again, "Shhh...a Short Tale" took the stage at the Leo Awards winning Best Production Design (Athea Boyes, Production Designer) and Best Short Film (Producers - Freddy Chavez, Shervin Shoghian & Heinrich Beisheim). This film has reached 14 film festivals & winning best short at the Guanajuato Film Festival in Mexico, best short at the Rhode Island Film Festival and was accepted at the Cannes Intl Film Festival 2013.      Go! Shhh!


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July 8th, 2013
Park Avenue

MOP Director Pedro Romero & Producer Heinrich Beisheim was at the helm of this 60" commercial for Concord Pacific that tells the story of future real estate developments in the city of Surrey (a short drive from Vancouver) in 2025. Work in Vancouver, hop on the Speed-Train to Surrey & enjoy your resort lifestyle at Park Avenue. Means of Production prepped, filmed & edited this spot in under 3 weeks. Well done team!

 


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April 25, 2013
Total AI

Wanda Productions from Paris found Vancouver to be the city of choice for their take  on the Total Quartz robot commercials. The production team painted the town red with Director Marcus Walter.


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Pemberton, BC
Nobody but Danes in Canada

The Director Christian Lyngbye said: "I am very happy and proud to inform you all that less then 18 hours after we wrapped our night shoot in Vancouver after 4 incredible shooting days in BC and Vancouver, and less then 3 weeks after the job got confirmed, where we managed to prep and shoot 2 spots, we presented our edit of the BIKE spot and got a very happy approval from the client. This makes me proud and it is all based on the incredible and dedicated engagement from all of you people that made it happen. We improvised, we changed our minds and directions various times, but I never felt anyone was not part of the struggle. It is funny we now have a spot that consists of more then half the scenes that was never storyboarded but the agency and client felt the spirit we carried on the set and trusted us. Unusual in our business today."!


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January 10, 2013
Framestore & Oglivy & Mather LA

...to television screens around the world! This multi tasking amphibian was brought to life by directors & VFX artists Dave Mellor & Murray Butler from Framestore. The commercial for Snapdragon was shot in the surroundings of Vancouver. Medieval villages, farmers, covert anti missile carriers, fried fish, advertising boards & modern city folks all testified to seeing the creature in their backyard. Beware! The Dragon also interrupted the pages of The Little Black Book: http://lbbonline.com/news/ogilvy-introduces-qualcomm-snapdragon


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5 January 2013
LoyalKaspar
Bates Motel is the life story of Norman Bates...the fictional character in Alfred Hitchcock's famous film, Psycho - based on the novel written by Robert Bloch. Director's Doerneman & Bailey from LoyalKaspar set the tone for the TV series with these promo trailers. Can't wait for the show!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013
Amaluna

Cirque du Soleil is in Vancouver until 20 January 2013 with their production called "Amaluna". Means of Production facilitated a film shoot for the show with Montreal based Jimmy Lee TV. Producer Jacob said: "It is really, really good. When I saw the off-line I kept saying nice...nice...NICE...that's so great!"  Thanks Jacob! 


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December, 17 2012
A Time for Magic

Director Christopher Hewitt & our friends from Knucklehead, UK took Lincoln's concept to the next level & brought it to life in British Columbia's lakes, mountains, roads, back-roads, rooftops, backyards, Whistler's peak to peak gondola, aiport runways & more - it was more than just a car commercial. MOP Producer Ed Callaghan took on this job & ran with it for 10 challenging shoot days. A job well done by all the crew & talent involved. The pay-off is a  Shots Contender nomination.


The Hero Team!
Mini Cooper & DELL

Our super-hero friends from Biscuit Filmworks came to Vancouver to shoot a commercial for Mini Cooper with Aaron Ruell as the director and DELL, directed by Philippe Andre. Good locations, good talent, good value for money. Please go to "Our Work" page to see the spots.


The Competition....
National Geographic

Three Fishermen: a Brit, Brazilian & Canadian battle it out in the rivers & oceans of 3 continents - Europe & North & South America to see who can catch the biggest fish. Fun? Fish? Plenty of it! The fish in the picture was one of the 10 biggest Sturgeon fish ever caught in the Fraser River outside Vancouver - it weighs almost 1000lbs, 10.5 feet long & is over 150 years old. The old fish was just catching its breath before we had to let it go...


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Wednesday, 24 October 2012
The Sehsucht & Markenfilm Road Trip

The amazingly wonderfully smart and hard working Ole Peters won the hearts and minds of The Richards Group and Chrysler with five epic spots for the 2013 RAM 1500 truck. Film star & super nice guy Sam Elliott got to see the beauties off the West Coast of Vancouver Island and everyone else visited pretty much every town, field, river, mountain and coffee shop in British Columbia & Alberta. 8000km on the Director's SUV! Unforgettable.


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Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Pacific Life

Neale Ferguson from Notorious LA paid us a visit again! This time to produce a series of spots for Pacific Life. He teamed up with DOP/Director Marco Mazzei who brought the scripts to life with stunning visuals & approach. The clients from Pacific Life needed sunshine, a clean ocean & fantastic crew...where else than in British Columbia.


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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Virgin Mobile

Yes, Brad Pitt has a brother - Mr Doug Pitt traveled to Vancouver to shoot a wonderful spot for Virgin Mobile. Directed by The Glue Society from Sydney, Australia - Doug stars in this new campaign by Virgin as the 'not-so-famous' Pitt being treated as a celeb! It's a good one...


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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Shell power in the snow!

Chris Palmer from Gorgeous (UK) was looking for snow & found it in The Rockies, Alberta. The commercial was filmed in Canada, Brazil & China. The Canadian portion included all the young school kids having fun at school - it's true!


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Monday, 25 June 2012
Skunk USA

Skunk USA teamed up with Director Raf Wathion from Belgium to shoot for Nissan. 3 Remote control chassis were the stars fo this ad as the challenge was to show the bodywork of the vehicle coming apart for closer inspection. A technical shoot made possible by a super dedicated team of proffesionals.


Thursday, May 31, 2012
Sales Trip Memoirs

Days in the life of Dave - have a LOOK.


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Wednesday, April 2, 2012
Vattenfall

2012 was off to a roaring start with two great jobs for Scandinavia in February and March. We started with snowmobiles on water (see below) for Nokian tires and went straight to 8 days of filming for Vattenfall (the Swedish power company) and their young Olympians sponsorship program. Producer Lina Stenberg and director Thomas Hilland from Partizan Stockholm chose Vancouver because they needed sailing AND skiing at the same time (as well as fencing, gymnastics, cycling, and hockey). We had fresh snow on the mountains 20 minutes from downtown and blue skies and fair winds just up the shore from the hotel. The spots required amateur athletes on the path to Olympic competition from all the sports and Vancouver delivered. It's all here. Click on the image above to see the summer spots. We'll put the winter ones up in the fall. And such nice people, our northern brethren.


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Friday, March 15, 2012
Nokian

Producer Marko Antilla and director Jalmari Helander from Helsinki-based Mjolk came to escape the frozen lakes of Finland to show off the traction of Nokian tyres. MOP just happened to find "snowmobiler on water extraordinaire" Kalle Johansson who pulled off some tricks none of us thought possible. And the spectacular lake and snow-capped mountain location at Golden Ears park, 40 minutes from the city, gave us everything else we could ask for. Great cast, too, and the usual AAA crew. Much fun.


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Friday, 5 February 2012
Shooting with Moment Factory

   


King David, Record TV
Record TV from Brazil comes to Kamloops

Record TV from Brazil comes to Kamloops in northern British Columbia to film a portion of their TV series on the story of King David from the Bible. Means of Production funded the tax credits & provided production service. King David has been a success and has achieved top ratings on the local network surveys in Brazil...


Friday, February 25, 2011
Euro Sales Trip

Hi folks, click here to follow along on the Great 2011 European Sales Trip (and visit to old friends) Blog. Hope you'll be amused and entertained (I was)....


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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Contenders

Aleksander Bach's and Erste Liebe's dramatic and rich story about a man, the pull of nature and a Mercedes CLS have been selected for this weeks Shots "Contenders" profile. We're all very proud!...


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Friday, October 15, 2010
Mentos with Smuggler, London

Filip Engstrom and the Smuggler gang brought a bouncy, uplifting and soapy shoot to Vancouver for BBH London and Mentos. Great creative and delivery. Pedro Romero, our indefatigable Production Designer extraordinaire delivered a fantastic set and DP Christian Haag really made it come alive. Another one of our favourites.


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Sunday, August 15, 2010
Nissan with Atanasio
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The indomitable Anthony Atanasio & Valerie Martinez brought their HSI and TBWA crew to Toronto to film a rather large shoot for the new Nissan Micra. Tom Whitehead produced for HSI and Jeremy Goold came along for the lovely weather. Toronto was really at its best, all the gear was there (Russian Arm, Cineflex, Electric Camera Car, Giraffe Crane, etc.). Great job.


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Thursday, July 15, 2010
Knucklehead

Daniel Barber and the Knucklehead posse were back to shoot 5 days for SAP in Canada before heading on to Italy for another 7 (!). Once again we used the whole province of BC to bring you the world of SAP: snowy mountains, grassy plains, sunny beaches, football fields, driving ranges, and on and on.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010
BMW with Hochkant

Exactly the kind of shoot we like to do. The 2nd ever 3D car shoot in the world. The first time a 3D rig is placed on the Russian Arm, and eight days of glory. Man, that was a great production. Pascal Bohlen and Hochkantfilm brought the super nice director duo RAD-ISH to the city, beaches, mountains, and plains of BC for a sizable shoot for the new BMW X3. The results were so good the car is now on 9 month back-order. Next!


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Monday, March 15, 2010
Quirin Bank with Wolff Brothers

Daniel Lwowski and the very friendly Wolff Brothers brought over a great script and left with an outstanding film for Quirin Bank of Germany. And at a very friendly price, too!


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Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Johnny Green shoots Guinness

The shoot took place in New Zealand, Fiji, and Canada. You'll know you're in Canada when you see snow. We've also posted some production stills from the shoot. Very cool.


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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Schumacher Surprise!

Christine-Marie Gardeweg, producer for BM8 said it was the nicest pictures she's ever shot. The commercial showcases the new Mercedes SLS AMG - a gull-wing, made-for-speed, gravity-defying car. Check it out! in 'Our Work'


Thursday, October 01, 2009
Clowning around.

I think the pictures speak for themselves. Have a look at the Production Stills.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Shooting with Nick Mirbach..

It was great to meet Alexander Schildt, EP at Tempomedia, and Herr Mirbach is always welcome into our lives for whatever reason. Have a look at our production photos. Some are very nice.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009
2010 Winter Olympics for ZDF

Joern Heittman, Jürgen Krause, and Peter Krause brought some very colourful boards to Manning Park and downtown Vancouver. The boards required a frozen lake, falling snow, clear skies, and beautiful scenery: Snow please, from 7am to 1pm, then clearing to bright blue skies. Overnight we'd like some new fresh snow and blue skies again in the morning. And that's exactly what happened. Amazing.


Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Alberta - Spray Lakes!

JG and Fergus Brown, the famous producer, needed a day or two of snow and freezing temperatures to complete their epic shoot in Australia and Bali. Alberta did not disappoint.


Friday, December 19, 2008
Anadin

Click Here to see pictures from the set!


Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Porsche, Audi, Mercedes, The Cooperative, Skoda, Hummer, Jeep.

 

- We kicked into gear with Audi, BM8 & Director 
Marc Schoelermann.

- BM8 came back with Mercedes & Director 
Ole Peters 

- Followed by the two epic Porsche commercials from C3 
Films & Pipeline Films.

- RSA Films brought us 'The Cooperative' Christmas catalogue. 

- The Hummer & Jeep from Biscuit USA was shot on remote 
locations around BC. Steve Rogers directed both.

- Skoda! is shooting with us now & we've just completed the 
Best Stills Shoot Ever!

For more info on these productions, keep an eye on 'Our Work' tab
 
Thank you to all that helped make all these jobs turn out so well. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Newfoundland

Go to the Making Of & Production Stills to see some of the shots from that wonderful trip. Lobster, cod tongues, Screech, jigs, and even icebergs. So lucky.


Friday, April 04, 2008
FRijj

You can see some of the set photos here. Pedro and the art gang did a wonderful job.


Monday, March 03, 2008
Wrigleys

Have a look at some of Russ' great B&W photos from the shoot by clicking here.


Friday, February 01, 2008
Colin & Jeff.

   


Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Freezing

Florian dusted off the jodphurs to direct for the famous steel and manufacturing giant. The gang shot in Calgary and the boomtown of Fort McMurray where temperatures reached minus 30˚ Celsius! Join the adventure! 


Tuesday, October 30, 2007
...The Epic

rkcr/Y&R had a script that shouted Canada, Johnny wanted Kazahkstan, and James Bland, Johnny's producer, said "let's talk to Dave at Means of Production in Vancouver. He knows everything". The result is one of the most fun, exciting epic commercials many of us have ever worked on. Yeah.

Have a look for yourself. You may not believe your eyes.


Thursday, July 12, 2007
Acura

Daniel Barber directed, Matthew Brown produced and John Lynch DP'd a really big, fun project. Tony Fernandes was the AD. The very talented PM Russell Hasenberg came along and local super star PM Kristi Lippa kept it all smooth and calm. We were in the stage, on the rolling hills of the BC interior at sunrise, and on the roof of a parking garage making a whole lot of rain. All the toys, all the time. Nice.


Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Gore-Tex

Stewart Parr directed with Igor Jadue-Lillo shooting with the Phantom high speed camera. Very cool. Jill Sartore produced for MOP and did a fantastic job. Mandy Kothe produced for Tony Petersen and was a joy to work with. So great to have the Tony Petersen gang back again this year.


Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Nivea

Sabine Lippert, Executive Producer at NSF (and the most wonderful EP on the planet) and Susan Barenberg (an incredibly lovely producer - I get goosebumps just thinking of the two of them) brought one of the nicest shoots in memory to Vancouver (just ask Sabine!). The cast came from Vancouver, Toronto, Montréal, Paris, and South Africa. Some people even got Canadian Wood!


Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Germany - Sri Lanka - Vancouver

The team travelled from Germany to Sri Lanka to Vancouver and home again to film an internet and cinema commercial for Rapid Share online file sharing. Ask Kristi to show you her pictures if you want to know what kind of time they had. Read all about it.


Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Scouting

Karen Cameron led a group of Vancouver producers and location managers to the spectacular Robson Valley. Dog Sleds, Trains, Heli-Skiing, and great roads abound. 


Friday, December 22, 2006
Getty Images

The MOP crew were at their finest working with Alexandra le Gentil (say no more) who produced for Getty. Christopher McMullen also came from France to keep an eye on things. Laurent Picard art directed for TBWA Paris (a saint of a man!). What a great bunch of people and so much fun! Hope to see you all again very soon.


Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Shooting with Fergus

The 4 day shoot involved Bison in Cochrane, helicopters in Drumheller, dinosaur bones near Brooks, and a whole lot of steak. Dan Landin was the most excellent DP. Fergus Brown produced with his usual Scottish extravagance. The extremely nice Anne Hoffman produced for Grabarz. And the Calgary crew were their usual wonderfulness. Please come back, everyone, it was one of the nicest shoots ever.


Sunday, October 15, 2006
Good Philosophy

Director Peter Refle, producer Pascal Bohlen and DP Werner Maritz came to Toronto for the skyscrapers and low-flying helicopter options. It was some fun. We did discuss philosophy.


Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Shooting with Colin

Christmas comes but many times a year here in Vancouver. Colin Gregg directed and the sun was out! Now that's news. Naturally Kristi, Jeff, Tara, Dave, Chris & Pedro were there, too. Plus the added bonus of Tess! Great snow effects were supplied by HollyNorth. Therapy is good for you; take lots.


Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Wescam

Until this Vancouver had almost everything. Now Vancouver has it all. Local Heli-DP/Operator AJ Visak is the best Wescam/Pictorvision shooter in the West. Look for his work on the next VW Touareg ad from John Dolan.


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