Roots and Wings proudly attended the 2016 BC Cadets Honour Band concert at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby, BC last Thursday night.
During spring break top cadet musicians from Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, and Air Cadets are selected to travel from all over the province to CFB Esquimault on Vancouver Island. They train for a few days together before taking their show on the road.
This year's stops included performances at the McPherson Playhouse in Victoria, the Port Theatre in Nanaimo, the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby, and then the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre in Vernon.
Each free concert included several numbers by both the Concert Band and the Pipes and Drums Band -- as well as a couple of musical surprises like the guest appearance by the Mighty Wings Jazz Ensemble and a shark fin during the Jaws theme in the Hollywood Milestones arrangement.
Here are some video highlights from the well attended Burnaby performance:
We had a great opportunity to work with the very creative Kayla Feenstra of Dragonlily Gardens to produce a video that overviews her Fraser Valley landscaping company's Nature Play Spaces for children at schools. Dragonlily just unveiled the video yesterday, just in time for spring.
For those who have asked, I shot this piece on my Blackmagic pocket camera as I could maneuver with it quite easily on the day and move between my shoulder rig and DSLR crane. The high contrast of the bright sun didn't suit our look. I used a 4x4 silk for the interviews, decreasing contrast in post and added a film-like colour grain to soften the colours, increasing saturation in the earthy tones.
We chose a natural and playful colour palette to underscore the natural beauty and creative discovery of the exceptional nature play spaces designed by Dragonlily Gardens. The images, which are neutral and open, invite the viewer to explore the frame and engage with the visuals of the gardens. The music, laughter, enthusiasm and earnest belief from everyone involved brings it all together.
If you're looking for a great landscaping company in the Vancouver-area, or want to improve your outdoor spaces with inspired natural elements, contact Dragonlily Gardens.
And if you want video for your business or other event, contact us at Roots and Wings Productions!
Celebrating a milestone event in Vancouver or the Lower Mainland? Whether the special occasion is corporate, personal, or part of a non-profit group, recording the events with legacy videography helps cement relationships with those sharing in the celebration.
With that in mind, I was honoured to record just such a momentous occasion for my son’s cadet corps, the 2277 Seaforth Highlanders, Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) of Langley.
On September 23 of this year a special change of command ceremony was held outside at the Cloverdale Legion to usher in the next generation of cadet leadership.
With a single HD camera, I recorded the highlights of this celebration, a witness to history unfolding and creator of a visual document that also hints at the personal journeys to come. The challenge on this occasion was that the ceremony was held outside as darkness fell, the rain grew heavier, and there was only low light from street lamps.
The RCACC only allows an officer to serve a specific term as Commanding Officer; Captain Ward has already been granted one extension and this fall evening marked the official handing over of the leadership to another officer.
“This is the best age group to work with. They challenge themselves to grow, to learn, to test boundaries, and to become responsible adults,” says Captain Ward, who has been Commanding Officer of the 2277 Corps since it was founded in 2010. “I like to think that I am a part of what makes the next generation of leaders a force to respected and admired.”
Captain Ward started her career in Cadets with the 2812 Surrey Corps as a supply officer in 2005 and soon learned the Administration and Training Officer jobs. She had first become involved with cadets as a parent volunteer in October 2001 when her son joined Army Cadets. She will continue to serve with the 2277 Corps in other capacities as an officer.
Her successor, Captain Iredale, says he chose to work with Army Cadets because: “This program is one of the best programs in Canada. It helps these young adults challenge themselves and develop not only friendships but also citizenship, leadership, and personal skills they will use throughout their lives.”
I tried to capture the personal moments that evening, not just the timeline. As I filmed that night I was mindful to illustrate the respect the young cadets have for their outgoing commanding officer and their warm welcome for their new leader. I particularly liked the contrast between the formality of the march past and inspecting of the ranks with the moments of laughter and easy camaraderie among the cadets at the party afterwards. At its heart legacy videography is storytelling, weaving the narrative and relationships into an interesting snapshot of a significant moment in time.
By filming and carefully editing the evening’s events into a short legacy video, this important moment for the cadets is documented for posterity. Witnessing this change of command through video celebrates the growth of this Langley cadet corps, the personal growth experienced by two of its officers, and the talents of the youth benefitting from the cadet program.
As a personal filmmaker, I firmly believe that legacy videos are as important for non-profit groups as they are for establishing corporate identities or company branding. Participating in the videography culture of new social media is a great way to market the unique opportunities and talents afforded by your group, business, or personal life’s journey.
Creating a video diary of milestone events is an excellent way to record achievements, highlight best practices, and make public announcements. The visual medium of legacy videography allows an opportunity for storytelling that documents history and allows for directed focus on the elements we want to showcase in heritage films.
Looking for a heritage filmmaker to record and edit a legacy video in Vancouver or Fraser Valley? Contact us at Roots & Wings to capture the story of your next milestone event or celebration on film.
Filmmaking brings people together like no other creative process. Taking advantage of a great developing sunset one glorious recent Vancouver evening, I rushed up to Capitol Hill in Burnaby with my legacy video gear to capture some images of the stunning landscape before driving home to the Fraser Valley.
Apart from the few early locals I met setting up, there were those out for a routine walk with their dogs and others pausing to pay quick homage to the view of Vancouver who stopped to ask about my videography. Before long a crew of film students arrived and began rapidly cranking out shots nearby, fighting the fading light, to complete a story of what looked like the end of a relationship. Part of their drama involved the poor girl going over a cliff.
Two American girls were next on the scene. It was interesting that while they remarked on the view to me they spent most of their time posing for selfies, seemingly oblivious to the spectacularly changing landscape as they concentrated on making funny faces for their cameras.
An engineering student stopped to chat, sharing his experience of taking shots in the water with his Gopro camera and asking me about my work in legacy video production. A locations manager in the film industry was the next to stop to chat and we discussed people we knew in common as he updated his portfolio with a few quick shots.
Throughout these encounters with passersby, the sunset kept spilling new looks and new shots out of one setup. I stayed longer and longer, partially out of curiosity to see how the film would out – the anticipation something like the old feeling of processing film – and partially to linger around the conversations stirred by the beauty and creativity of filmmaking.
Not too long before darkness settled over Vancouver, an aspiring filmmaker from Pakistan and his Chinese girlfriend wandered over. We discussed their hopes and dreams as the great evening’s diversion - the sunset at the end of our work day - took longer than expected to unfold.
This camera test proved to be a reminder of why I shoot legacy videos for those who wish to share their stories in their own uniquely visual and expressive way. Through Roots and Wings Productions, I hope to add visual perspective and poignancy in videography for clients in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Capturing wonderful moments on film, for current and future generations, starts a conversation about your story, in your time, in your place, with those who are interested in what you have to say.