Last night I was honoured to receive a Canadian Screen award for cinematography in a documentary program for my work on the NFB/EOne/APTN docudrama “We Were Children”. The awards took place at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Toronto.
We shot this film a couple of years ago in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is a true story that is based upon the testimony of two survivors of the infamous resident school system that was spread all over Canada for many decades – up until the 1990′s. Below is the synopsis created by the National Film Board:
For over 130 years till 1996, more than 100,000 of Canada’s First Nations children were legally required to attend government-funded schools run by various Christian faiths. There were 80 of these ‘residential schools’ across the country. Most children were sent to faraway schools that separated them from their families and traditional land. These children endured brutality, physical hardship, mental degradation, and the complete erasure of their culture. The schools were part of a wider program of assimilation designed to integrate the native population into ‘Canadian society.’ These schools were established with the express purpose ‘To kill the Indian in the child.’ Told through their own voices, ‘We Were Children’ is the shocking true story of two such children: Glen Anaquod and Lyna Hart.
Jeremy and Dora
Jeremy with John Tory
Below is a gallery of behind the scenes photos I shot while we were making the film.
Last week I spent time shooting in Clearwater and Orlando – shooting for Home Depot Canada and Disney respectively.
Shooting in Magic Kingdom, director Vance Malone of Wild Plum was going for a naturalistic style for this Disney spot. Using only available light, we planned our day in the live park around where the sun would be to get the best light. I think we captured some really magical stuff.
Lovely natural light.
Mad Hatter’s Tea Cup ride
Walt & Mickey
Director Duane Chrichton and I worked together again on the Home Depot campaign, with the team from Publicis Toronto and Partners Film Inc. We had great locations and team working for us to get some great vignettes. Shot with Alexa and Cooke S5/i lenses.
Deck set by Jordan Worth
Director Duane Chrichton lines up a shot.
Home Depot garden centre in Tampa.
- Jeremy with presenter Debbie Allen
I was extremely humbled and honoured to accept this award for Outstanding Achievement in a Television Motion Picture for National Geographic’s “Killing Lincoln” drama. Standing in front of a room of 1500 people, many of them people whose work I respect tremendously, is somewhat intimidating and thrilling at the same time. It was an amazing evening where I was able to catch up with some old friends like Chris Soos CSC, Pierre Gill CSC and David Greene CSC. Plus my good friend and director Mike Clattenburg was also in attendance. Having my parents with me, my partner and my agents Dora and Michael also meant a great deal to me – to share such a special moment with the people I love. There is a gallery below which links to my Flickr gallery of the night’s festivities as well as our stay in LA that week.
Jeremy on stage in the Ray Dolby Ballroom.
The hardware – the ASC award in all its shining glory.
Jeremy and Francis at the ASC Clubhouse after party.
I shot this dance film with director Ben Shirinian. This is the second dance film we have done together. We shot this using two Red Epics and Cooke S5/i lenses, shooting everything at 240fps. Steadicam and 30′ Technocrane were utilized for our camera moves and positioning.