Darby’s Story

The best moment for any filmmaker is being there for a subject’s authentic, vulnerable emotional moment. When they speak what they know & their information or opinion carries weight because the full force of their experience and heart is in it, we know we have found what we are looking for.

We were able to experience that while creating this piece for LifeCanada.

Filmed at our studio on a Sony FS-100 & Red Scarlet camera using Canon glass.

Grounded in the Gospel interview

We produced this interview with Norm Funk, Lead Pastor at Westside Church, on growing up & ministering the Gospel in Vancouver, BC, for our friends over at Grounded in the Gospel.

I showed up on staff at a Christian summer camp hungover… then, by myself in a riflery range, I really had it out with God and said, ‘either I believe this and I’m in, or I’m not.’

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Part 2 –

Living it Up

Early this year, Camp Qwanoes had us produce the theme music video for their 2012 summer, “Live it Up.” This should also settle any questions regarding what happens when lots of LED lights, one very cold February night of shooting, and mirror suits combine.


Here is a behind-the-scenes that Trevor Stackhouse, our recent intern, cut together for us. If you can’t imagine what it would be like to work with us, this may help you… or it may not.


taking care of your media

We’ve built a pretty robust media management system over the past few years, more of which we’ll share in a future post. For the purposes of this post, it’s sufficient to know that we archive our completed projects to drive sets. An archive set includes a main drive, which stays at our studio, and a backup of that drive, which lives offsite.

All hard drives are programmed to refresh data as the heads skim along the drive. But that only happens when the hard drive is powered up and operational, but these drives stay powered down more often than not. And why would you care? Well, the reason drives refresh data when they’re running is because the magnetic data stored on the drive fades, or loses it charge, over time causing you to lose all the data on that hard disk. This data can start to disappear as early as a year after the hard disk is powered off. Obviously this is, to say the least, undesirable.

The best way to avoid this from happening is to spin up the drive every so often – but, how would you know when all the data has been refreshed? Our solution is a simple command line technique that reads the entire disk. We perform it on each archive disk once a month.

The Saving One // cover by Jeremey Zimmerman


Doing what you love for a living means sometimes you get to do it just for fun. A couple months ago, we asked a friend of ours—the fantastic Jeremey Zimmerman (whom we’ve filmed playing music before)—if he’d be into recording a cover of the song “The Saving One” by Starfield. It turned out early the next morning was most convenient time for all of us to shoot so within 24 hours we had it filmed. After over two months of post-production—mostly because a certain documentary shoot took much of our time—and a bang up editing job by our fearless intern Joanna, we are pleased to present Jeremey Zimmerman singing The Saving One from the rooftops.

shot on our Scarlet-X with the Canon 24-70 2.8L || Josh Knepper
edited in Premiere Pro CS6 || Joanna Matthews
graded in Davinci Resolve || Ryan Schroeder
sound editor/engineer || Brandon Dorsey

Production on “Who Am I”



In February of this year, myself and a few of my Vancouver friends visited Seattle to enjoy a concert and a weekend away. We stayed at the Coggins’ place, a family that my wife and I are close to and enjoy visiting. Their one daughter, Emily, has played me songs on various occasions that she had written. I’ve always encouraged that in her, because music it is a place that one can speak in such a way that words can’t do justice to. She always struck me as being genuinely authentic in her music, and this is something I enjoy seeing in an artist, sometimes more than the art itself.