Over the last year and a half, my partner Francis Luta and I have been working together on producing a short documentary film about the building we call home. I co-produced it with him and shot a lot of it as well. We made the film entirely on our own with no outside funding or assistance.
We used our own little doc camera & sound kit – which consists of a Canon C100, Canon L series zooms & primes, Nikkor AIS manual lenses, O’Connor 515S head and carbon fibre legs, Sennheiser 416 mic and MixPre mixer, Kessler Pocket dolly. We created our own super portable doc kit as we produce our own docs.
The film tells the story of the former warehouse building (built in 1956) that was eventually converted to hard loft condos in the mid 1990’s. The building was the design mecca for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s new television era. It housed their immense prop collection, wardrobe, scenic painting & set construction, rehearsal spaces, libraries, editing and so on. We wanted to hear from the retired CBC employees who spent decades of their lives here plying their crafts.
Being in the film business and having lived here since 2006 – I have always felt close to the building as I knew how special its past was in terms of our own industry. The current vibe in the building is full of creativity with many artists and designers working and living here – we wanted to show the connection between past and present that I feel is tangible.
Here is a link to Francis’ site which has his work:
We’ve released it on Vimeo, check it out here: