An Interview with Michael Gazetas, Lost in Space Location Manager

Lost in Space, the latest Netflix series to be filmed in British Columbia is being released this Friday, April 13. BC Creates had the opportunity to talk to Michael Gazetas, the location manager for Lost in Space about what it was like filming this one-of-a-kind production in British Columbia.

First off, where in British Columbia was Lost in Space filmed?

We filmed in almost every municipality in Metro Vancouver and in other areas of the province, such as Squamish and Kamloops. A majority of the 2nd unit filming occurred near Cache Creek at the CN. In Langley, we mostly shot at farms including the Johnson Farm and Emerald Springs where Legends of Tomorrow and Travelers were also filmed. In North Vancouver, most of the filming took place in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve and Lynn Canyon Park. We had the opportunity to collaborate a lot with the community in Lynn Canyon which was great for the crew and the community.

What was it like being a Location Manager for a set based in space?

I had to imagine what a lost planet would look like when envisioning filming locations, a unique task which ultimately ended up including some spectacular wilderness locations.

With a crew of 200+ and some remote wilderness shooting locations, managing complicated logistics was a large part of the job. For example, one of the shoots took place on a glacier in the Mount Garibaldi range, we had to get 75 crew and their equipment up the mountain in one wave, a real logistical challenge for the Park Rangers, Conservation Staff and the Sno-cat operators. We were grateful everyone was collaborative and a great help getting this shoot done. 

Where there any unexpected challenges during the production?

The snow was a big one! The production was filmed last winter when we saw extraordinary amounts of snow, it was one of the coldest and snowiest seasons Metro Vancouver ever faced! We did a lot of filming in Watts Quarry, near Squamish and it seemed like the snow was non-stop, there were times when all only access road was buried under several feet of snow, and on one very long night, we had a grader drag out our work trucks one-at-a-time so we could film the next day at studio.

While shooting at the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, the unusual amount of snow also meant that bears came searching for food lower down the mountain than they usually would. It was a unique challenge keeping the bears away from the catering trucks! To help, we hired bear management experts for the set and they also conducted special bear management training for the crew.

What’s next for the Lost in Space crew?

I believe the family feel of the show is a great niche for Netflix, with a potential audience of those aged 8 to 80, I think the show will do well!  The ultimate hope is for Lost in Space to be renewed and keep using Metro Vancouver as a studio hub.

Anything else to add?

This was a wonderful production to be a part of, although there were challenges with the weather and wildlife, the crew always found a way to overcome adversity and successfully complete the shoot.

Celebrated BC Children’s Authors Release New Book

Following the success of their bestselling book Hello Humpback!, celebrated and award-winning children’s authors Roy Henry Vickers and Robert (Lucky) Budd are back with One Eagle Soaring.  We had a moment to check-in with Lucky and learn more about these wonderful books. Read our full interview below and follow along on Twitter with Lucky and Roy.

How did the partnership begin?

Roy and I met over our love of BC’s stories! I was working for a time at the Royal BC Museum as the person charged with digitizing their oral history collections. It took me nearly 5 years to listen to all of the amazing stories in there! Roy called me one day because there were a few recordings he was looking for. We connected right away and have been in this together ever since.

How many books are in the series (or, how many will there be)?

We are planning on doing 3 books in this series: first words (Hello Humpback), numbers (One Eagle Soaring) and colours (that will be next year). It is possible we will do a 4th.

What inspired One Eagle Soaring and Hello Humpback?

I was visiting Roy’s home which overlooks the Skeena River. My children (5-3 at the time) were playing on the grass with a friend’s little one (1 year old). An eagle swooped over the river and landed in a tree. Our friend said, “I wish there was a little book that could explain what we see every day on the west coast to my toddler!” Roy and I looked at one another and said, “We can do that!” The result was Hello Humpback!

What’s next for the series?

The next book in the series is a book that will introduce the colours we see everyday when we are out playing along our majestic west coast!!

ROY HENRY VICKERS is a renowned carver, painter and printmaker. He is the co-author of Harbour Publishing’s popular children’s Northwest Coast Legends series, all of which were shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award: Raven Brings the Light in 2014, Cloudwalker in 2015, Orca Chief in 2016 and Peace Dancer in 2017. He lives in Hazelton, BC.

ROBERT (LUCKY) BUDD is the co-author of the Northwest Coast Legends series and the author of Voices of British Columbia (Douglas & McIntyre, 2010), which was shortlisted for the 2011 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, and its sequel, Echoes of British Columbia (Harbour Publishing, 2014), which won second prize in the BC Historical Federation’s writing competition in 2014. He lives in Victoria, BC.

 

Life Tree Media – The Best of Both Worlds

With a commitment to helping, healing and inspiring its readers, LifeTree Media brings written works to life by publishing books and offering authors additional editorial and marketing services.

Founded in 2013 by Maggie Langrick, LifeTree Media has made a name for itself in the publishing industry for its commitment to aiding personal growth and conscious communication. Pushing the boundaries of the traditional publishing model, the hybrid publishing model employed by LifeTree Media is giving more self-financed authors access to the mainstream marketplace. The creative and distribution services offered by LifeTree Media has contributed to the success of its published works.

In combination with Pink Velvet Couch, LifeTree Media is co-hosting an all day Book Publishing Boot Camp in Vancouver on Tuesday, March 6. The event is aimed at helping first time authors find out exactly what it takes to plan, write, publish and market a nonfiction book!

Some great authors LifeTree has worked with will be sharing their insights at the event, including Tracy Theemes, The Financially Empowered Woman  + Lindsay Sealey, Growing Strong Girls.

To learn more about the event click here.

 

Magazine Profile: The Claremont Review

The Claremont Review is a literary magazine that features outstanding fiction and poetry by young writers between the ages of 13 and 19. The magazine has about 650 to 700 annual subscribers that are primarily based in the U.S. and Canada, although they have begun shipping more issues internationally.

The magazine is edited by volunteers, who take on a great amount of work during the journal’s busiest period, from January to April. During those first few months of the year, the editors finalize and edit selections for the spring issue, write their Canada Council grant application, run the annual contest, and compile a shortlist for the judges.

“If you want to know the future, pay attention to what youth are doing in their art, what they are trying to tell you or show you about the human condition and what is possible for humanity.”

–       Jody Carrow, Co-Editor The Claremont Review

The Claremont Review has seen significant changes over the years. Artwork within the journal’s pages is now printed in colour, the number of international submissions has increased, and they have doubled the prize money for their annual contest. A unique feature of The Claremont Review is the guaranteed feedback they provide on submissions, which supports and encourages young writers and artists.

 

Stay up to-date on The Claremont Review by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

BC Artists Well Represented at the 2018 Juno Awards

The 2018 Juno award nominations were announced this morning and British Columbia artists from across the province are well-represented.

Within the nominations, the BC Music Fund has supported a variety of the artists including: Hedley, Lights, Peregrine Falls, Five Alarm Funk, Bobs & Lolo

Other BC Nominees: Michael Buble, Dean Brody, Nickleback, Bria Skonberg, Anciients, Felix Cartal, Ivan Decker, Charles Demers, Ben Kaplan.

Dean Brody originally from Jaffray, BC, is nominated for Country Album of the Year for his album, Beautiful Freakshow. 

Hosted by Michael Bublé, the 47th annual JUNO Awards ceremony will take place in Vancouver on Sunday, March 25 at Rogers Arena.  The show will be broadcast and live streamed via CBC.

Also, Hedley will be performing at the awards. 

A full list of the nominees from British Columbia are listed below, the entire list of JUNOs nominees is available on their website.

JUNO Fan Choice Award
Hedley

Artist of the Year
Lights

Group of the Year
Hedley

Pop Album of the Year
Skin & Earth – Lights
Cageless – Hedley 

Album of the Year
Nobody But Me – Michael Bublé

Comedy Album of the Year
I Wanted To Be A Dinosaur – Ivan Decker
Fatherhood – Charlie Demers

Country Album of the Year

Beautiful Freakshow – Dean Brody

 

Rock Album of the Year
Feed The Machine – Nickelback
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year
With a Twist – Bria Skonberg
Turn Up the Quiet – Diana Krall
Jazz Album of the Year: Group
Infinitude – Christine Jensen & Ingrid Jensen

Instrumental Album of the Year
Peregrine Falls – Peregrine Falls * funded through Careers/Sound Recording, this album?
Sweat – Five Alarm Funk * funded through Sound Recording – this album?

Children’s Album of the Year
Blue Skies – Bobs & LoLo

Classical Composition of the Year
My Name is Amanda Todd – Jocelyn Morlock

Dance Recording of the Year
Get What You Give – Felix Cartal

 

Jack Richardson Producer of the Year
“Better Days” (co-producer Jacob Hoggard) CAGELESS – Hedley, “The Drugs” (co-producer Ryan Guldemond) NO CULTURE – Mother Mother
Brian Howes & Jason Van Poederooyen

“Get What You Give” GET WHAT YOU GIVE – Felix Cartal, “Drifting Away” DRIFTING AWAY – Felix Cartal
Felix Cartal
“L-O-V-E”, “Night and Day” (co-producer Tommy Lipuma) TURN UP THE QUIET – Diana Krall
Diana Krall

Recording Engineer of the Year
“Widowmaker” SWEAT – Five Alarm Funk, “Speak” SPÜKEN – Ninjaspy
Ben Kaplan * Five Alarm Fund was funded, for this album?

Video of the Year
Emma Higgins – THE DRUGS – Mother Mother * Mother Mother was funded
Grimes (Claire Boucher) VENUS FLY – Grimes (born in BC)

Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year
Voice of the Void – Anciients

Adult Contemporary Album of the Year
Nobody But Me – Michael Bublé

 

 

North Island Film Commission & North Island College Create Careers in Film + TV

Vancouver Island North Film Commission (INfilm) partners with North Island College (NIC) to celebrate the completion of BC’s first TV and Film Crew Training program–one that has successfully prepared more than 135 students in its first graduating cohort for careers in the motion picture industry. NIC launched the program last year, after the federal and provincial governments allocated almost $500,000 to deliver the pilot program on Vancouver Island.

 

INfilm championed the inception of this program as the regional film commission that provides liaison and location services to film, television, commercial and media companies filming from Nanaimo northward. INfilm commissioner Joan Miller saw an opportunity to increase the region’s success through availability of local crew and led collaboration with NIC to deliver local training which now qualifies crew and creates a base of talent that can help attract a wider range of film projects to Vancouver Island.

Current synergy exists between the acclaimed show Chesapeake Shores, which filmed its first two seasons in Parksville and recently announced its renewal for a third season. This announcement coincides with the graduating class and representatives from the show will be present to congratulate graduates.

Chesapeake Shores is the Hallmark Channel’s most-watched original television show (in Canada the show airs on the W Network).

In a previous interview, Matt Drake, Chesapeake Shores producer, said crews are excited to take advantage of North Island College’s TV and movie industry courses, “I think that will be a really good way for us to get some new faces into the industry.”

Today’s graduation is taking place at Vancouver Island Film Studios in Parksville which will provide the motion picture industry with three new sound stages, office space and prop shops. A portion of the space is already complete with the remaining sections scheduled to be completed in mid-2018.

 

Festival of BC Film Returns to Maple Ridge

The ACT Arts Centre and Ridge Film Studios, with the support of the City of Maple Ridge, are presenting the second edition of the Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film. Highlighting films created throughout British Columbia. The festival is taking place at The ACT Arts Centre from Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25, 2018.

The ACT Arts Centre’s Acting Executive Director, Philip Hartwick, says, “As an addition to our programming that includes our Golden Ears Movie Series, we are thrilled to once again present the Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film in partnership with The Ridge Film Studios and the City of Maple Ridge. Through this festival, we are able to not only bring more film to the heart of our community, but high caliber, domestically-made films too. We are proud to be able to support our local film industry in this unique way.”

The Ridge Studios’ John Wittmayer adds, “The Ridge Studios supports a talented and thriving local film community. We are very pleased to collaborate with The ACT Arts Centre and introduce these remarkable films to the public. It’s important to create a strong Canadian film industry.”

According to Lino Siracusa, Manager of Economic Development with the City of Maple Ridge, “Maple Ridge is regarded as a film friendly community, and this is reflected in the high volume of movies and series that are shot here every year. The film industry provides employment to over 600 Maple Ridge residents. In addition, the wages, which total over $24 million, and services procured by production companies help support local businesses. The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film contributes to the City’s film profile by showcasing some of these exceptional productions filmed in Maple Ridge.”

The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film kicks off with an Opening Reception on Friday, March 23 at 6:30 pm and features a total of six shorts, four feature films, and one documentary over the course of three days. To purchase tickets and view the full lineup visit http://www.theactmapleridge.org/FestivalofBCFilm/ 

 

 

 

Vancouver journalist, Sabrina Furminger, launches YVR Screen Scene

YVR Screen Scene is a digital magazine and podcast that celebrates the shining stars who power Vancouver’s booming film and television industry. Helmed by award-winning film and television journalist Sabrina Furminger, YVR Screen Scene is a go-to source for in-depth conversations with the dynamic artists, actors, writers, directors, and all manner of behind-the-scenes magicians who’ve made Vancouver’s screen industry the juggernaut industry it is today.

Sabrina honed her craft as the force behind the Westender’s wildly popular Reel People column and with YVR Screen Scene, she continues in her mission to showcase Vancouver’s film and television storytellers through engrossing, revelatory, informative, funny, intimate, and regularly confessional conversations with Vancouver’s brightest stars.

We had a moment to check-in with Sabrina and learn more about what led her to YVR Screen Scene, read our full interview below and follow along with YVR Screen Scene on Facebook and Twitter.

What milestones have you achieved or are you focusing on now?

We hit the ground running on January 8 with a full slate of articles featuring top-notch industry talent like Amanda Tapping, Vincent Tong, John Cassini, Agam Darshi, Lee Majdoub, Christopher Russell, Christina Sicoli, and the filmmakers behind Adventures in Public School and Scout and the Gumboot Kids. As soon as we launched, the response from the film and television industry (and people who love reading about the film and television industry) was immediate and validating, which reiterated something I’ve long believed: there is an appetite for these kinds of stories. I spend my days conducting interviews and writing articles while also seeking out the next generation of entertainment journalists and planning for the podcast, which is coming in March. My goal is to publish at least two interview-driven articles a week but I’ve been surpassing that because there are so many wonderful stories to tell, and I have ample space to tell them. I have some incredible interviews in the can that I’m excited to share, featuring an array of established and emerging film and TV industry talent from both sides of the camera.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of the numerous articles I’ve written over the years in which the interview subjects have trusted me with their deeply personal stories. In my journey to find the story behind the screen story, I’ve written articles about pregnancy loss, racism, sexism, domestic violence, poverty, #metoo, missing and murdered Indigenous women, grief, trauma, being an outsider, and all manner of love. I’m just as interested in why someone chooses to tell a particular screen story as I am in how they choose to bring it to the screen. I told many such stories at the Westender, and I’ll continue telling them at YVR Screen Scene.

I’m proud to have been the first recipient of Women in Film and Television Vancouver’s Iris Award for shining a spotlight on female filmmakers, performers, and storytellers in my column (you can watch her full speech on YouTube!).

I’m proud of the cover story I wrote in October about the #metoo movement which featured several brave women speaking out about sexual harassment and violence they’ve faced on set and in the industry. I am proud of those women, full-stop.

Where can readers learn more and sign-up for YVR Screen Scene?

The best place is the source itself: www.yvrscreenscene.com.

 

Brian Kaufman from Anvil Press

Founder and Publisher, Brian Kaufman worked for years in the Vancouver art scene as a playwright, editor, and publisher. He founded the internationally known literary magazine subTerrain, as well as Anvil Press. Now in their twenty-sixth year of publishing, Anvil has firmly established itself as a publisher of progressive, contemporary Canadian literature and has become known for its quality books and unconventional literary work. Anvil remains committed to its East Vancouver roots and doesn’t shy away from work from the wrong side of the tracks.

This dynamic hard working committed team have survived bad plumbing, rent hikes, eviction, bankrupt distributors, and numerous pronouncements on the “death of the book.”

Not to be the case as demonstrated with numerus awards and acclamations. Anvil Press recently received The City of Vancouver Book Award for Carleigh Baker’s debut collection of short stories. They have also just released a fabulous anthology with Vancouver’s current poet Laureate, Rachel Rose. It’s called Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food and brings to the table some of Canada’s best contemporary writers — Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Mark Winston, Susan Musgrave, Lorna Crozier, Ayelet Tsabari, Adèle Barclay and many others — celebrating all that is unique about Vancouver’s literary and culinary scene. The book is fully illustrated with beautiful local food photographs, and includes interviews with and recipes from some of our top local chefs — Frank Pabst (Blue Water Café), Thomas Haas (artisan chocolatier), Meeru Dhalwalla (Vij’s and Rangoli) — each of these short pieces will shock, comfort, praise, entice, or invite reconciliation, all while illuminating our living history through the lens of food.

A great thing about this recent project is that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program, providing a refugee or low-income family with fresh, locally grown produce, and at the same time supporting B.C. farmers, fishers, beekeepers and gardeners. It’s early days, but there has been an enthusiastic reception to this book thus far.

Anvil Press is certainly making waves with another recent story collection, Bad Endings by Carleigh Baker, which is currently a Finalist for the $50K Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

In addition, two books from last year (2016)– Cretacea & Other Stories from the Badlands by Martin West and Garage Criticism: Cultural Missives in an Age of Distraction by Peter Babiak were finalists for the Montaigne Medal, which is part of the Eric Hoffer Awards, and is an additional distinction awarded to the most thought-provoking books.

 

Baffled Octopi Records

Baffled Octopi Records, is a record label which creates and promotes local music artists in the electronic, dark folk, drone, and spoken word genres. Mark Anthony Brennan, owner of Baffled Octopi Records, is proud to promote this genre in BC and has signed 6 artists to the label thus far.

Baffled Octopi Records, released 4 albums under the band name The Purveyors of Free Will. The Purveyors of Free Will started in 2014 with the single “The Folded World.” Their album releases include: The Folded World, Frozen in an Ice Age of Regret, bringer to Here, and most recently, BLOOD like INK. Unbidden…

Be sure to check out some recent videos released by Baffled Octopi Records:

You can also follow them on Facebook.