For the last 25 years, I’ve been based out of Phoenix, Arizona and despite growing up in the Chicago area, I have to be honest, my blood has thinned and I’m not much of a fan of cold weather. All that being said, when the phone rings with a producing job for a Fortune 10 company north of the border, I had to dig out my woolies.
The first thing I had to do was a little research because the shoot had to take place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada. After figuring out where that was, securing a local crew and checking the weather, I started packing for a roughly 48-hour round trip that included about 34 hours on the ground. From when I took off in Phoenix to when I arrived at the hotel in Saskatoon, the temperature had dropped almost 90 degrees – before factoring in the wind chill, it was 20 below!
Luckily our shoot was inside which was great – so was our local crew! The team at Bamboo Shoots, https://bambooshoots.ca/, was amazing from pre-production planning all the way through follow up after the shoot. Our six-person production crew included two cameras, one on a Ronin and Easy Rig, audio, DIT and make-up. At all phases, they were very helpful and offered up suggestions and recommendations and were a joy to work with. If something needed to be done, moved, re-arranged or juggled, it was done with a smile. The team made me look good and allowed me to focus on what I needed to do which was to make our interviewee feel comfortable, complete the interview and make sure that all of the broll that we needed was gathered. If I ever have to go back to Saskatoon for a shoot, they will be my first call.
The shoot went very well and we got the story that out client wanted. I also learned something new – where Saskatoon is! I hope the next time I get to visit there, it’s the summer! All in all, it was a great trip and I’m happy to be back in Arizona, even if it’s only in the mid 60’s.
As a producer with more than 30 years of experience, I’m always happy to go anywhere if there’s a great story to tell – even if the temperature never gets above zero.