Voices for Dignity

On December 20th we went down to the Pivot Legal Society headquarters in Vancouver, BC. to be there when they received the decision on the Bedford vs. Canada case.  Members of Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV) and PACE Society along with other sex workers and allies all came together to hear the historic decision.

When the unanimous decision to strike down all three laws was published the room erupted in joyous "woohoos" and happy tears as a group of women celebrated a long and hard fought victory.  It was one of the most exciting, inspiring, and emotional moments of my life and I really can't begin to imagine what it must of felt like for the people that have been committed to this issue for more than 10 years.  

You can read more about the decision and what it means on Pivot's website here.

Please watch our short documentary about Pivot Legal Society, Pace Society, and SWUAV's trip to the Supreme Court.  The doc gives some insight into how the laws impact street based sex workers in Canada and you get to meet some of the amazing hardworking individuals that impacted the Supreme Court ruling.  


Hope In Shadows - Artist Portrait

Mitch was invited by Cineworks to participate in a cool program they run called Play It Forward that facilitates the collaboration of artists and non-profits.  Mitch and all of us at Combination Films were really honoured to be one of the three artists selected for the initiative.  Cineworks generously provided us with free gear rentals and funds to cover additional expenses.   

The non-profit we picked to work with was Pivot Legal Society; we admire the work they do so much and had great experience working with them before.  After a couple meetings with Pivot it was decided that an artist portrait of one of the Hope In Shadows winners would be the best fit for the project.  

Pivot connected us with Brian Ward, a talented artist living in the Downtown Eastside that had a winning photo selected for the calendar as well as a photo that was awarded a Honourable Distinction.  Brian and his wife, Rose, kindly welcomed us into their home for the interview and Brian shared with us his passion for art.  We had a really great afternoon shooting with Brian and learning about his art practice.

We are really happy with how the project turned out and have already been getting some great feedback.  The artist portrait screened at this years Passion for Justice (which if you missed I highly recommend you go next year - it's so fun!) to a great crowd and received a big round of applause.  The video has been screening at VanCity Theatre before the screenings of the documentary, Inequality for All.  There is one last screening tomorrow night.   

You can check out the video below and remember to pick up your own Hope in Shadows calendar sold by vendors around the city.

Laura Bachynski Music Video - Recent Shoot

Earlier this week we shot a music video for Darren's mom, Laura Bachynski.  We all stayed on location for 2 days in West Vancouver for the shoot - it was a blast.  

We will be posting the video once it's finished, but in the meantime we thought we would share some screen-grabs from the first day of shooting.  The shots below are not colour-corrected, but we think they are looking great straight out of the camera!

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Posted on December 5, 2013 and filed under Combination, Music.

The Cinematheque // Venue Rental Promo

One of the most fun shoots we've ever had was recently working with the lovely staff and volunteers at our favorite theater in Vancouver, The Cinematheque.  They program the best films, have the best popcorn, and as you will see are an awesome rental venue for a variety of events.

We're really looking forward to their upcoming series of Ozu films, Family Ties: The Sublime Cinema of Yasujiro Ozu.  Maybe we'll see you at a double-header?

Posted on November 27, 2013 and filed under Video.

Save the Date Video

Darren's bother and sister-in-law where married this summer on a stunning Vancouver Island farm.  It was a magnificent day!  Months earlier they asked us to produce a Save the Date video for them.  We wanted to document a little slice of their life while also showcasing the natural beauty of Vancouver and BC (there were a lot of guests coming from out of town).  

We were really happy with how it turned out.  Check it out - it's short and sweet.

The Cinematheque - Logo Animation

We have been huge fans of The Cinematheque for a long time, so it was very exciting for us to come up with an animated intro/logo for this incredible organization.  It will be playing in the theater soon, so be sure to look out for it!

 Gabriel Koenig did the killer sound design and music, and Steve Chow is responsible for the smokin' text design. 

Posted on November 1, 2013 and filed under Motion Graphics, Video, Combination, Animation.

'Cooking with Tim' — Location Scout

We have been preparing for episode one of Cooking with Tim, and we went to scout out our first local food producer — Garside's Fruit Farms!  We met with Richard, who runs the farm with his wife, and he showed us around their amazing grounds.  We don't want to give too much away before the episode, but we are going to be joining them for a post-frost harvest of some of their incredibly delicious heritage apples!  We can't wait!  Check out some photos from the scout:


Motion Comic - Opening Sequence

In addition to being totally awesome over at Combination Films, Darren Bachynski, is also awesome all over the place.  He's put together these two title sequences an Atomic Cartoon's motion comic series.  


Check them out!


Opening title sequence that Darren made for the 'Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk' motion comic from Marvel Knights Animation. Except for a few pieces of art taken from the comic, all work done in After Effects.

Darren's Role: Design + Animation + Effects + Compositing

Director: Carl Upsdell
Producer: Kelsy Wittman
Additional Art Prep: Toren Atkinson

Studio: Atomic Cartoons


Opening title sequence Darren made for the 'Wolverine Origin' motion comic from Marvel Knights Animation.

Darren's Role: Art Prep + Animation + Effects + Compositing

Director: Carl Upsdell
Producer: Kelsy Wittman
Additional Art Prep: Toren Atkinson + Chelsea Ker
Studio: Atomic Cartoons

Posted on September 18, 2013 and filed under Animation.