WELCOME TO HAYFIRE

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We tell stories

We are a documentary film and video production company

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featured projects

VOYAGEUR QUEST

Algonquin Park is one of Canada’s most celebrated wilderness areas. Made famous by Tom Thompson and his contemporaries, the whole idea of a flatwater canoe trip seems to be influenced by the Park. Watch the video.

spirit of the west adventures

This project was proposed to me on very short notice, and before I knew it I was flying out to a remote area off the northwestern coast of Vancouver Island. This area is incredible and certainly left a mark on me. Watch the video.

THE GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP

This idea came, as most good things do, as a spur of the moment decision. I had always wanted to see the American South, so when my partner Ashley asked me to drive her new car from Vancouver to Toronto with her we opted to take a 10,000 km scenic route instead. Good way to break in a car right?
See the photos and read the story.

PETAWAWA

A short documentary commissioned for Petawawa’s 150th anniversary celebrations. We spent a week on location filming with everyone from whitewater paddlers to a special forces sniper squadron. Watch the video.

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documentary films

broadback

The rivers that flow into the eastern side of James and Hudson Bay have a certain allure to paddlers worldwide. They are very remote yet relatively accessible, they are wild, and their flows can be absolutely massive. Some of this changed when Hydro Quebec began diverting rivers in the area to feed their hydro projects, but much remains the same. Learn More and Watch Film.


nine rivers

NINE RIVERS follows four men on a month-long, thousand kilometre canoe journey through the Canadian shield. Share the hardships and splendor of the North on this journey to Hudson Bay. Learn More and Watch Film.

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in development

keepers of the trail

Set for release in 2016, Keepers of the Trail is a film about a traditional winter travel expedition on the frozen headwater of the famed Missinaibi River in Northern Ontario. The film examines the fringe traditional lifestyle and viewers as legendary traveller Garrett Conover passes on the torch to those he inspired. Learn More.


john hartman: the process

COMING SOON! This feature documentary is in the post stage.



We enjoy working in remote and challenging environments

{ as well as the studio }

the instagram feed

 It's strange what you can get used to. The smokestacks dominate the landscape in Sudbury and appear at first to be eyesores. I lived in Sudbury for four years and over time I grew to like the stacks, especially when they frame the setting sun. I'm not sure what it is I like about them, but maybe they just seem larger than life. Apparently you can drive a school bus around the rim of the one on the left, aptly names the "Superstack." We passed through Sudbury while filming Nobody Does it Alone and spent magic hour in the industrial corner of the city. #sudbury #smokestack #discoveron #ontariotourism #otmpc #yourstodiscover #northernontario #bike #cancer #cancersupport #nobodydoesitalone #sunset #documentary #landscape #d750 #nikoncanada  Kie Marrone of @lureofthenorth in her beautiful handmade Anorak jacket. We were travelling the boreal forest using traditional methods on a shoot with @theplanetd a while back. #discoveron #hayfire #photooftheday #borealforest #wintercamping #explore #camping #bbctravel #natgeo #northernontario #explorecanada #ontario #adventure
 The wind was howling so I walked down to check on the boats and lo and behold there were the Northern Lights. You can't see the Aurora Borealis much further south than this spot, and this is just shy of the cutoff to what is considered #NorthernOntario. My favourite night sky pine tree fills the foreground. #CanadianShield #discoverOn #georgianbay #landscapephotography #landscape #westwind #pine #greatlakes #northernlights #auroraborealis #neilyoung #wilderness #nearnorth #natgeo #ontariotourism #omtpc  The airplane certainly felt old and the key fell out of the ignition as we ferried onto the runway, but she held strong and got us some of the most impressive views I could imagine. Shot form a 1976 single engine Cessna on a four hour flight over the Divide. Part of an upcoming project #TheProcess #hayfire #exploreBC #exploreAlberta #travelAlberta #DestinationBC #explore #rockies #rockymountains #bw #blackandwhite #icefields #hayfire #landscapephotography #cessna #d800 #mountains #photooftheday
 Our Instagram feeds can be deceiving. People sometimes think that my life is one of constant motion from one filming trip to the next. There is some truth to this, but I also spend long days staring deep into a computer, trying to craft a story from a linear sequence of images. I'm editing a documentary right now and thought it would be interesting to share some thoughts along the way: This is a documentary about the broad reaching topic of cancer. It does really affect us all, wether we admit it or not. We're telling a regional story, but I believe it crosses borders and cultures. One thing that distinctly ties this story to our region though is the landscape. Georgian Bay and its surrounding area are like no other place I know, and the weather in late August is often dramatic as fall creeps into our lives. Amazing clouds are a constant presence as I review the footage and begin piecing together this story. This shot is from a stormy day on Manitoulin Island. #manitoulin #discoveron #ontariotourism #otmpc #yourstodiscover #northernontario #bike #cancer #cancersupport #nobodydoesitalone #clouds #documentary #landscape #d750  The mountains rise to the Continental Divide and hide miles upon miles of glaciers behind them. Shot form a 1976 single engine Cessna on a four hour flight over the Divide. Part of an upcoming project #TheProcess #hayfire #exploreBC #exploreAlberta #travelAlberta #DestinationBC #explore #rockies #rockymountains #bw #blackandwhite #icefields #hayfire #landscapephotography #cessna #d800 #mountains #photooftheday @travelalberta
 I'm just back from an incredible nine days of filming with the crew from Nobody Does It Alone. We travelled some amazing landscapes that are very familiar to me, and others that were completely new. This is a shot of something new. I grew up on the other side of Georgian Bay from the Bruce Peninsula but had somehow never visited the area. Film drops on October 6th. Stay tuned! #georgianbay #nobodydoesitalone #drone #dji #aerial #discoveron #ontariotourism #otmpc #northernontario #brucetrail #brucepeninsula #hayfire #greatlakes #adventure #bike  Killer Whale having some fun a few feet of the Eastern shore of Vancouver Island. On location with @spiritofthewestadventures again on this one. #hayfire #kayak #greatbear #explorebc #ocean #telegraphcove #broughton #explorecanada #bcwild #beautifulbc #tourismbc #discoverBC #seakayak #broughton #vanisle #vancouverisland #d750 #wildlifeplanet
 I went paddling this past weekend and it reminded me of some old photos that were sitting on a hard drive collecting digital dust. This is Drew Sellen hucking the final drop on St. Leons Creek north of Nakusp, B.C. This is as clean as a 25-foot waterfall gets and way too much fun. #beautifulbc #tourismbc #natgeo #kayak #whitewater #bctourismmatters #explorebc  This hot tub is full of ocean water and is heated by cedar driftwood. I was impressed. @spiritofthewestadventures #hayfire #kayak #greatbear #explorebc #ocean #telegraphcove #broughton #explorecanada #bcwild #beautifulbc #tourismbc #discoverBC #seakayak #broughton #drone #dji #DJIPhantom
 In YVR on my way back from an incredible time filming with @spiritofthewestadventures in the #GreatBearRainforest. This is easily one of the most amazing landscapes I've been lucky to shoot in. There was rain, sand, wind, fog, swell, and some token sunshine to keep things interesting. This is an aerial of a west-facing cliff on the McNaughton Group of island. Behind the camera is the open Pacific Ocean. The fog lifted enough on the final evening to send the drone up for one last shot. #beautifulbc #tourismbc #drone #natgeo #kayak #dji #aerial #greatbear #pacificwild #greatbearwild #seakayak #adventurekayak #celebreategreatbear #bcpoli #bctourismmatters #rainforest  We had spent the previous night out on the exposed White Cliff Islands in the Broughton Archipelago. The islands a quite a sight but the worry with them is that the wind picks up and leaves the group stranded. Here @SpiritoftheWestAdventures guide Jana leads the group through morning swells to safer waters. Go paddling with these people, it could change your life! #hayfire #kayak #greatbear #explorebc #ocean #telegraphcove #broughton #explorecanada #bcwild #beautifulbc #tourismbc #discoverBC
 The beautiful lines of Desolation Sound, B.C. We spent two days filming there with @spiritofthewestadventures last week. These places never get old. #discoverbc #explorecanada #bcwild #beautifulbc #tourismbc #drone #natgeo #kayak #dji #aerial #desolationsound #seakayak #adventurekayak  @mglockenspiel riding a snowy wave @hmheliskiing just outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The sun was out and it was getting warm down low so we hit North facing chutes all day! Amazing day. #hayfire #explore #heliskiing #helicopter #wyoming #idaho #visitidaho #wyomingtourism #explore #getoutthere #helicopter #ski #snowboard #powder
 Filming high above Wapta Falls on the Kicking Horse River. Pretty tricky landing on this one! #discoverbc ##explorecanada #bcwild #beautifulbc #tourismbc #drone #natgeo #kayak #dji #aerial  Melina Glock ducking out of the chopper @hmheliskiing just outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The sun was out and it was getting warm down low so we hit North facing chutes all day! Amazing day. #hayfire #explore #heliskiing #helicopter #wyoming #idaho #visitidaho #wyomingtourism #explore #getoutthere #helicopter #ski #snowboard #powder