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.