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

 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  #explorebc #explore #monashee #ski #acmg #hayfire #mustangpowder #britishcolumbia #hellobc #freeski #powder #pillows
 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  After a stellar two weeks in British Columbia I'm heading down to Jackson Hole for a week of shooting. This is another from the Northern Monashees with @mustangpowder #explorebc #explore #monashee #ski #acmg #hayfire #mustangpowder #britishcolumbia #hellobc
 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  Sunrise in the Nothern Monashee Mountains. with @mustangpowder #explorebc #explore #monashee #ski #acmg #hayfire #mustangpowder #britishcolumbia #hellobc
 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  ACMG guide Garret checks out a couloir at @mustangpowder. It was good to go! #explorebc #explore #monashee #ski #acmg #hayfire #mustangpowder #britishcolumbia #hellobc
 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  Snow dreams. Northern Monashee Mountains. #explorebc #hayfire #skitour #mustangpowder #explore
 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  A few minutes earlier than this I flew a drone through this amazing sky. Part of an upcoming documentary project. Stay tuned. #hayfire #georgianbay #sunset #westwind #documentary #storytelling #hartman #creative #theprocess
 @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  Another shot of Neil Liskie. Potter, athlete, and underground legend of the ski traverse world. He and three friends were the first to complete the Great Divide Travers from Jasper to Lake Louise, AB. Neil is part of an upcoming documentary project that touches on this journey, though not as you may think. #hayfire #greatdivide #skitour #travelalberta #rockymountains
 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