It’s 9:30 a.m. on June 11, a bright Sunday morning. With the film equipment fully loaded, the Groovy Gang heads off to Montreal.
Our Mission: To film the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum.
The six hours of travel along the 401 from Oakville to Montreal is a mix of abject boredom and near death experiences all rolled into one root canal of a trip. The way some drivers weave through traffic at break neck speeds without signaling you’d think they were racing in the Montreal Grand Prix.
As Mike and I arrived in front of the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Hotel we couldn’t help but notice all the Ferraris and Lamborghinis. What the heck is going on here? A Testarossa over there, a Bentley coming up Rene Levesque Blvd! Turns out the actual Grand Prix had just ended in Montreal.
Meanwhile back to our mission. The hotel staff helped us to get the equipment up to the Crescent Room, which was to be our venue for the next three days. It was a beautiful room, about 40 x 30 with high ceilings. Perfect for our shoot. Within an hour and half we had our lighting and backdrop screen set up and we were good to go for our interview shoot the next day.
We started interviewing at 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning. The shoot went by like a knife through butter. We finished our 12th and last interview for the day by 4:00.
Day two – Tuesday – started at 8:00 a.m. We did another eight interviews on Tuesday and were finished by noon. With our mission completed, we began the tear down of the lighting equipment and cameras, and by 2:30 the car was once again fully loaded and ready for the return trek back to Oakville.
We were heading out of La Belle Provence officially by 3:30 but it didn’t take long before the crawl along the 401 began. We were quickly going nowhere. A normal five and half to 6-hour drive stretched to seven hours as we hit three sets of construction sites along the way. But a hop on to the 407 saved the day and we were home sweet home by 10:30 Tuesday night, exhausted but exhilarated.
Another successful Groovy Concepts video production completed!
Our mission accomplished!