July 4, 2019
Yet another familiarization tour recently got even more outside eyes on all that the NWT can offer guest producers.
And this time, they included one of those who was responsible for shaping the iconic Seven Kingdoms in Game of Thrones.
The NWT Film Commission and noted location scout Ken Brooker brought industry leaders from across Canada, the USA, and Europe together for a tour showcasing the unique locations and growing pool of talent within the territory’s film sector.
The group is welcomed to Yellowknife on the first leg of their journey
The goal? “We want to see more guest producers choosing the NWT when they’re deciding where they want to tell their story,” explains Camilla MacEachern — the NWT’s Film Commissioner.
“That means investing in helping people in the industry understand that we’re a territory with local talent and diverse locations ranging from cityscapes and ghost towns, to vast waterways, deep forest, and haunting tundra.”
Getting shots of the local scenery
Here’s a look at the contingent and what they’re known for.
Robert Boake, RBC Creative
- Award winning Locations Manager best known for his work on HBO’s Game of Thrones (70+ episodes) as the Supervising Locations Manager. He is currently acting as Lead Consultant for HBO
Edward Mazurek, Independent Locations Manager/Locations Managers Guild
Los Angeles, California
- Entertainment industry manager with a 24-year production career immersed in film, television and media locations. He has researched, found and secured locations on more than 75 feature films, television shows, commercials, and music videos for entertainment leaders such as Sony Pictures, HBO, Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, NBC Productions, Warner Brothers, and DreamWorks. Sits on the board of the Location Managers Guild International.
Vancouver, British Colombia
- Award-winning indie film producer and production coordinator who is one of Canada's young up-and-comers. Ms. Verhagen’s films have won accolades at festivals around the world and most recently her film, "To Live, To Sing" was selected to represent Canada as the official selection in the 51st Director's Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival in France. She makes films that are ideally positioned to be set entirely in the NWT's from a budget-standpoint.
Gary Harvey, Independent Director/Producer
Location: Vancouver, BC
- Extensive director-producer background with his name attached to six TV series. Mr. Harvey also has 75 credits as a freelance director on such shows as Murdoch Mysteries (CBC/Shaftsbury), Strange Empire, Arctic Air (Omni), Cedar Cove (Hallmark), Being Erica (CBC/BBC), The Border and Wild Roses.
Meredith Hodder, Co-owner, Whistler Peak Productions,
- Has over two decades of experience managing productions around the globe. She worked for seven seasons on the Amazing Race at CBS Corporation (CBS) and the first 10 seasons of Survivor (CBS). In 2007, Meredith was the script writer for the medal ceremonies for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Meredith now co-owns Whistler Peak Productions which is a full service production company specialising in the facilitation of commercial photoshoots and working as a Location Scout and Manager on feature films and scripted television.
The itinerary which included Yellowknife, Dettah, Blachford Lake Lodge and Nahanni National Park Reserve was designed in partnership and co-hosted with the NWT Professional Media Association, who brought the industry perspective and the local talent, and regional offices of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, who brought the local knowledge.
Efforts like these are guided by the NWT’s Film Strategy – a plan designed to foster local talent and encourage more guest producers to produce in the NWT.
Together, these priorities allow more below-the-line talent to develop in the territory as more productions take place here while diversifying the territory’s economy.