Hello again everyone. With the summer heat deciding to stick around for a little while longer this year the boys here at Beautiful Earth had a real treat when we visited the Vancouver Aquarium recently.
We knew the project would not be complete without the inclusion of a feature that is such an integral part of a Stanley Park visit.
We were honoured to be able to interview Nicole Cann, manager of interpretive delivery. She gave us such an enthusiastic and informative insight into the work that goes on at the facility and also a wonderful overview of what you can expect to experience when visiting. She also gave us information on a lot of the different aquatic creatures they have, how they came to be there and why they are so important.
Nicole Cann, manager of interpretive delivery at the Vancouver Aquarium
There’s nothing more pleasing than to see someone who enjoys their work and this is certainly the case with Nicole. She clearly has such a passion for the aquarium and the creatures she gets to see each day, but also has a deep love in sharing her knowledge with eager minds, young and old, who want to know more. It is a refreshing experience to be around someone like this and we found ourselves leaving the aquarium with huge smiles on our faces and a glowing positivity inside.
So thanks a million Nicole and also to Danielle for allowing us to come in and do this, we had the greatest time!
Nicole sitting peacefully next to the Beluga tank
We would urge anyone who hasn’t already visited the aquarium to do so and to learn more about the work that is done here, particularly their rescue and rehabilitation programs. They are also very involved in education about (and sustainability of) marine life so that together we can make a difference in the world and conserve one of our most precious natural wonders.
There are many different events and programs running at the aquarium all the time so be sure to visit their website regularly to better plan your visit and get the most out of your time here. www.vanaqua.org
Another huge thank you goes out to Rebecca who runs her blog www.miss604.com She recently very kindly did a blog on us for which we are extremely grateful. She did an amazing job (as she does with all her blogs) and we feel thrilled and flattered that she took the time to do this and help spread the word on what we’re doing. You can read her blog on us here:
That’s it for now folks and I would say our last blog of the summer! Fall is almost here and is a perfect time to be in the park (and to grab a Mocha from the Legends Of The Moon Gift Shop at the Totems – they make the best ones in the city in my opinion!) Who knows, maybe we’ll bump into you, we’re always wandering around down there.
Take care everyone and thanks as always for reading. See you again soon.
Hello all. We just wanted to let everyone know about something that is currently going on behind the scenes here at Beautiful Earth at the moment, which is a very big deal for us, and will see us stepping into a very successful future if all goes to plan.
We are, as you read this, putting together a huge funding campaign through the very popular organization Indiegogo that a lot of you have undoubtedly heard of. If not, please check out their site and take a look at some of the campaigns currently running: www.indiegogo.com
We have achieved a great deal since we started filming this project back in the spring of 2011 and managed some incredible things that we really had our doubts about at the beginning. There have been some hurdles in our path but such things seemed to just send us in even more exciting directions and placed people in our sights that we would never have met otherwise. There were even certain people we’ve interviewed that are in the habit these days of turning most requests down but welcomed us enthusiastically; it made us wonder if what we’re doing is just that bit more special than we realize.
We are now busier than ever before and it will only become more so as we begin to enter this last episode of our epic journey. As we look back at everything we’ve filmed it can seem quite daunting as we now have well over sixty hours worth of footage to go through. Editing will be more than a full-time job!
Making a documentary can be an extremely expensive thing to do, particularly if an attempt is made to do it on a full-time basis. Even with our small set-up and the skills we are very fortunate to have, such as Grant’s ability to build the website, we are incurring costs that are stretching way beyond our means.
So far, we have done everything with no funding, no sponsorship and it has relied entirely on our own money, scarce as it is. We have now come as far as it is possible to go and so we are turning to Indiegogo and will also be seeking out funding and sponsorship outside of that.
We will be launching the campaign very soon and wanted to let you all know ahead of time. It is our hope that you will help us out so we can achieve our goal and finish this wonderful project. If nothing else we hope you can help us spread the word far and wide so that this documentary finally gets released.
Thank you all for reading!
Help Beautiful Earth Achieve our goal, watch out for our campaign on Indiegogo!!!
It’s hard to believe it’s September already and to think our original plan was to be done filming by summer! We had no idea just how big this project would grow when we first started but when we look back on just how much we’ve achieved so far this year it really is quite amazing. I think the extra time we’re taking on the filming and all the new ideas that have come along will really benefit the final product when we release it next year.
We’re slowly making our way through our huge list of subjects to cover in this documentary but it’s still very surprising that we’ve only now gotten around to filming the miniature train. It was always the plan to go down to talk to the staff that runs the train but we always seemed to have so many other things to take care of. But all that changed when we paid them a visit recently.
So often it takes many emails back and forth to get permission to film something but when we told the staff at the train our ideas they were more than willing to help out in any way they could.
We gathered lots of shots of the trains over a few days - mainly the CPR 374 replica – and were excited to get three interviews with two drivers (Krista & Tony) and one maintenance worker (Marc) during our time there. Marc is now retiring so we feel very lucky to have spent some time with him at the barn hearing his stories.
We felt it would be a very interesting feature to not only show the train ride but to have a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes which most people never get to see. We hope to go back later in the year and show the preparations for their big Christmas theme.
We cannot thank the staff enough for all their help in allowing us to be there and also making us extremely welcome. John, Joe, Marc, Krista and Tony, thanks a million!
We have more news coming up later this week so keep checking back with us and thank you to everyone for reading.
Krista Moyls: Miniature Train Driver
Marc Dupas: Miniature Train Maintenance Man
Tony Hamaliuk: MIniature Train Driver