In late July we took a road trip up to Fort St. John and spent a couple of days doing research for a new documentary project we are starting. We will be sharing more info later but for now please check out some photos from the trip!
Last week the world lost an amazing, bright, strong and inspiring person that we were fortunate enough to call our friend, Dolores Jury. We met Dolores last year when we began working with Pivot during their involvement in the Bedford case at the Supreme Court of Canada. We became friends as we all traveled to Ottawa together and we connected with Dolores immediately. Her courage was so inspiring and her voice and the voices of those she carried with her from Vancouver were so moving on the steps of the Supreme Court.
She was such a loved and active member of her community and she will be greatly missed, by us and so many others. We know she touched and changed so many people's lives as well as our own. We will never forget our friend Dolores.
If you would like to see the full journey to Ottawa, check out the final video that we produced for Pivot last year.
We're getting very close to the premiere of 'Cooking with Tim'! We're in the final stages of post-production, and we're very excited to get it out into the world.
But for now, here's the poster!
Shot in and around Calgary, this short promotional documentary is about the National Beef Quality Audit - a report produced by the Beef Cattle Research Council - which measures the quality of Canadian Beef and aims for improvement based on research.
Thanks to Jamie at JMW Films for his help with the shoot!
Music by Gabriel Koenig.
Gabriel Koenig at Ghost Time Games's newest creation is called 'Orbits of Conquest' - and we were thrilled when asked to help make this 50's sci-fi game trailer.
The game is for 2-4 players, local party-play style, and is incredibly fun and addictive - we seriously cannot recommend it highly enough. It's available on Ouya, or you can play directly in your browser!
We had limited space to shoot this spot - working with what we had on the fly. Here is a little peek behind-the-scenes of our high-tech shoot:
We had a blast recently working with Vision Critical on a new animation that describes what they are all about, and also introduces their new 'Market Panels'.
We were responsible for the script, direction, design, and animation. The beautiful sound and music was provided by the mega-talented Gabriel Koenig.
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.
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.
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!
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.