In a form I keep trying to break, I’m finally writing a blog post two months after my last one. I keep saying to myself and others that I will try to write and share more, but sometimes work and play get in the way of me and my blog. But alas, here I am again to spill out some of the most exciting things that have been happening in my world of photography and film over the past 2 months.
For the month of April I pretty much lived in my office, starring at a computer screen and a final cut timeline that seemed endless. Segment after segment, edit after edit, slowly STAND film was cracked away during the final stages. Sound design, colour correction, DVD design, poster design, articles, magazines, promo images, blog posts, festivals, world premieres, sponsors, new sponsors, logistics, logistics, logistics. That is what the month looked like, plus about 1000 other things that I couldn’t keep out of my brain; things to do or unique ideas or future trip planning. But after all the chaos of finishing a full film to a level I was proud of, we had the world premiere of STAND in Vancouver, BC, on Friday May 3. The venue was packed, 400 people strong, focusing their eyes and ears on what Anthony and I had dedicated the last two years of our lives to. It was the big test, and we passed with flying colours. The projection system was incredible, loaned to us graciously by Sim Digital (thankyou greatly Max and Jon!), and it pumped a massive 10,000 lumen 1920×1080 image onto a 24 foot wide screen. The event went off and I look back at that evening with such fond memories. My whole family was there, Anthony’s parents from Australia were there and Norm’s family from Ontario was there. Mike and Lucy McQuade traveled down from Haida Gwaii, Chris and Kara Williamson traveled down from Kelowna, and friends came from Whistler and Revelstoke for the show. A full recap with images can be seen on STAND’s blog. Following the premiere we had shows in Victoria and Tofino, and then it was vacation for me. I surfed a bunch in Tofino, then when up island to a bike-surf mission with some bros and we hunkered down on BC’s coast for a week of rain, wind, wolves, bears, sea lions, fish, and some slabs. What we found was a miniature gem, but most importantly it opened the doors to future exploration and adventure.
Upon arriving back in civilization and seeing that our province had voted Christy Clark back into power as premier, and with a majority, I was crushed. The fight for our coast continues harder than ever now, and I’ve seen even more to keep the fuel lit forever. The day I got home we hosted the Roberts Creek Film Festival, part of the Arts Festival and showed STAND twice to two packed and engaged crowds. The day that event ended I finally took a breath and could sit down and gather my bearings. Work is busy as always which is good but tiring at times. I know it will slow down, but certain things always need to be maintained when running your own business and those things do not go on vacation when you do. Fortunately I have a good group of friends and family that pick up the slack when I am away.
In some greater news of magazine publications, I’m stoked to share a recent article that ran in SBC Surf magazine’s current issue. Thanks to Ikelite Underwater housings for keeping my camera dry and allowing me to make pictures like the one in this article of legend Raph Bruhwiler surfing.
All photos are by me and words by Norm Hann. If you ever want to see the Great Bear Rainforest, or learn how to SUP, do it with Norm. The guy is legendary and knows the north coast so so so well.