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RVS // Around the World


Below you can dig into some of our recent projects to see what we’ve been up to. You can also check out our gallery of photos, journal, and various social media accounts, or better yet reach out to us and we can tell you all about it personally!

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RVS // Around the World


Below you can dig into some of our recent projects to see what we’ve been up to. You can also check out our gallery of photos, journal, and various social media accounts, or better yet reach out to us and we can tell you all about it personally!

 

film & video production around the world

We film in many places around the world: over the last few years we've filmed in Poland, Tajikistan, Spain, Nepal, Indonesia, USA, Guatemala, and Kenya. We are no strangers to filmmaking in the wild places of the world but we also focus near our own backyard in Canada!

 
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Finding Water


A Documentary in Turkana, Kenya

Finding Water


A Documentary in Turkana, Kenya

Finding Water: A Documentary in Kenya

In 2016, we set out to Kakuma, Kenya to follow a team of geoscientists who were on the hunt for cleaner, safer water and more of it. The UNHCR refugee camp, along with the local town and tribes, is home to roughly 300,000 people. With little to no access to clean, safe water, it was a timely story to capture.

The main challenges with this project were the logistics of getting our equipment and personnel to such a remote region of Kenya. Once there we were dealing with 40ºC weather, sand, and sometimes limited access to people and places within the camp. This project is currently in post-production.

A local Turkana tribesman speaks with us about our project.

A local Turkana tribesman speaks with us about our project.

Where?

The town of Kakuma is located in the north-west corner of Kenya, near the borders of South Sudan and Uganda. Before the UNHCR camp was there it was simply a small village surrounded by bands of wandering hunters and gatherers. With the many thousands of displaced people from around East and Central Africa, the area quickly grew in population around the camps.

 

Project Objectives

The objectives of this project are to create a feature length documentary to bring international focus back to the people and region of Kakuma, Kenya. The UNHCR camps have been in the region for around 20+ years and the urgency of the people there hasn't diminished. To do this we wanted to pair beautiful imagery with compelling stories and interviews with the local people, refugees, NGO staff, and the geoscientists. This project is still in post production and is slated for release in late 2016 or early 2017.

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Wuqu' Kawoq


A short, branded documentary on the important efforts of the Wuqu’ Kawoq (Maya Health Alliance) NGO in Guatemala

Wuqu' Kawoq


A short, branded documentary on the important efforts of the Wuqu’ Kawoq (Maya Health Alliance) NGO in Guatemala

Wuqu’ Kawoq: A Short Documentary

Guatemala is one of the poorer nations of Central America, but they are making great strides in modernizing their medical facilities. However, one of the issues is providing those services in the many languages of the people found in Guatemala. Wuqu’ Kawoq (Maya Health Alliance) is stepping in to bring much needed medical health services to these underserved communities in Guatemala. With a great focus of theirs being that the services are delivered in the local languages of the people. It’s often difficult for these people to get the care they need in a language they understand, not to mention the difficulty in traversing the rugged and long distances needed to reach modern facilities. Our job was to bring this to the screen.

Where?

We started our trip by flying in to Guatemala City; from there we travelled by small bus, car, and boat to the many villages and offices of Wuqu’ Kawoq around Guatemala.

 

PROJECT OBJECTIVES:

The goal for this project was to highlight the important efforts being made by the nurses and volunteers who go village-to-village and door-to-door to bring the medicine, nutrition, examinations, and knowledge to the people most in need.

We traveled around Guatemala with a number of nurses and volunteers of Wuqu’ Kawoq to create an intimate portrait of the people doing the leg work in the organization. From there, the goal was to have media for the NGO to show at fundraising events and on social media to show where the money goes and how much good it is doing for people all over Guatemala.

You can view the documentary below, we hope you enjoy and also consider learning more about the work they do in Guatemala.

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Esme Tours


Branded Content in Pozos, Spain

Esme Tours


Branded Content in Pozos, Spain

Esme Tours: Branded Content

Esme Tours brought us out to their main tour location in a small village called Pozos, located in northern Spain. The goal was to create a home-like atmosphere to showcase their gourmet offerings. Chef Esmeraldo Oteruelo and owner Laura Leffingwell offer custom tours, cooking lessons, and private excursions into the remote and rugged landscapes in northern Spain.

Where?

Rarely visited by mainstream tourists, Pozos is a small village of 10-20 people located in the rugged hills west of Léon, Spain. Close to the Camino de Santiago, there are many thousands of tourists passing not too far, but still far enough that Esme Tours needed ways to get noticed.

 

Project Goals:

A major component of marketing strategies of most companies today includes video. This project was part of a larger branded content campaign which was spread across social media, their website, and online video marketing. They needed a video that would be attention grabbing as well as compelling enough to get people to find out where this remote place is and how they could get there to take part. You can see some of the mouth-watering results below!

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Emily


A short film by Brendan O’Brien

Emily


A short film by Brendan O’Brien

EMILY: A SHORT FILM

Emily (2018) After losing her mother and getting no help from her father, Emily (Angel Lo) decides to run away with her friend Lucy (Rachel Stillings) down the river and into the mountains. The two girls get more than they asked for when they lose their raft and become stranded in the wild.

 
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The making of…

Emily (2018) is a short film adapted from a feature film written by Brendan O’Brien. The goal for this project was to create a proof-of-concept short film to showcase the work of the team and pitch the feature film concept.

Filmed over 2 days in Alberta, Canada, Emily had a successful presence at the Cannes Short Film Corner in Cannes, France in 2018 as well as some showings are a few different small film festivals, including the Central Alberta Film Festival.

Currently, Emily is slated to be aired on broadcast television in Canada in the autumn of 2019. We will update here with more information and links to view when available. Until then, you can watch the trailer below!

 

Teaser Trailer for Emily (2018)

Credits: Directed by Brendan O’Brien, written by Brendan O’Brien and Jonathan Malloy, produced by Jennifer Will, assistant director Seth Williams, starring Angel Lo, Rachel Stillings, and Michael Schaar-Ney, music by Michael Vignola, location sound by Thomas Geddes, craft services by Erinn O’Brien

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Nepal


A Trip to the Annapurna Base Camp

Nepal


A Trip to the Annapurna Base Camp

Into Thin Air

In 2015 we travelled to the Annapurna range in Nepal. It was a short but life-changing journey. Despite the devastation from the massive earthquake earlier in the year, the people of Nepal endure tenaciously in the valleys and on the mountainsides. 

After losing count of the number of valleys we climbed into and out of, we made it to the base camp (4200m) in the late afternoon of the fifth day. Nepal is one of these places of the world where it can be difficult to put down in words; rather, it's best if you have a look.

The Challenges

In such remote and tough conditions it can be a challenge getting all of the right gear in and out all in one piece. But the people of Nepal made it seem too easy. Plus power was often limited along the way for our many batteries. The toughest part, however, was having to eventually leave and make the journey home again. It's a special place indeed.

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Show the world


Now that you've seen some of what we've done so far, it's time for us to work with you and bring your ideas to life.

Contact  Journal

Show the world


Now that you've seen some of what we've done so far, it's time for us to work with you and bring your ideas to life.

Contact  Journal