Ebb & Flow

Ebb & Flow

Gulf of Georgia Cannery / Parks Canada

Turning Points in the History of West Coast Fishing.

Project Details

For most of its history The Gulf of Georgia Cannery was a central part of the fishing industry at the mouth of British Columbia’s Fraser River, packing millions of cans of salmon, halibut, and herring, and employing thousands of Indigenous and immigrant workers. In the 1980s, after nearly 100 years in operation, the “monster cannery” was designated a Parks Canada, National Historic Site. Today the site and museum, located in the quaint fishing village of Steveston BC, continues its mission to honour the country’s fishing heritage, delivering engaging and educational exhibitions, interpretation, and programs to thousands of visitors each year.

Denman was asked to produce a short documentary film for the site that could introduce people to the history of fishing on the West Coast. We worked together with museum staff to develop a film that featured the voices of prominent historical experts and “real-life” fisherman, spoke to a wide range of audiences in multiple languages, and whose aesthetic would allow for a long shelf life.

The eight-month project included weeks of historical and archival image research, interviews with historians, industry experts, and indigenous leaders, and writing. Once our story was written and our audio-visual assets licensed and recorded, we began a long post-production editing phase which pieced it all together. Our visual story was complimented by a professional voiced narration by Kavan Smith and an original score created by award-winning composer Graeme Coleman.

The film premiered in the Gulf of Georgia Cannery’s Boiler House Theatre where it now screens a number of times daily.

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