360 Slam Dunk for LG

by Alex Beetham on May 19, 2016

Ok so not literally dunking, but Dave can play a mean game of half court. He also can shoot and direct on the court without missing a beat! We’re excited to share this latest project for LG Canada with Cory Joseph for the new LG G5! 360 cameras, VR goggles, the works. All sorts of fun toys on this one!  From Dave:

Any campaign where I get to both shoot the stills and direct the motion spots is a really great day for me! Being able to bring my thoughts and aesthetic to both parts of the job allows me to create work that feels much more thought through and complete than just creating one nice image or two.

Working with Cory was a great experience – Crazy respect for this guys game and for being a total pro on set.

-  Dave

Check the spots!

And let’s not forget about the stills component!



Client: LG Canada

Art Director: Lucas Longman
Copy Writer: Dean Horne
Agency Broadcast Producer: Mark Pan
Account Supervisors: Lisa Smith & Jana Masiewich

Production: Westside Studio
Photographer & Director: Dave Delnea
Executive Producer: Tom Nesbitt
Production Manager: Taylor Bateman
PA: Alex Mancini
Location Scout: Lance Creighton
Hair & Makeup: Lisa Vella (Stills) & Sandra Yang (Motion)

DOP: John Ker
Gaffer: Alex Knisch
1st AC: Chris Gruggen
2nd AC: Alex Motley
Camera Utility: Calvin DaSouza
DMT: Andrew Easson
Stills Assistants:  Jeff Jameison, Jon Brown, Mike Smith, Logan Allmendinger, Allie Mavian

A huge thanks to everyone for your amazing hard work!

Want to see how it came together?  A little BTS video & stills from Alex Beetham:



All Images & Video © Dave Delnea
All BTS © Alex Beetham



    Vicky Lam Feels the East Coast Love

    by Alex Beetham on May 18, 2016

    Have you seen any of these plastered all over billboards and bus shelters yet!?  Vicky Lam’s campaign with DDB for Nova Scotia Tourism is live and can be found all over the streets of Toronto, Montreal, and Boston!  Take a gander at a couple examples, and Vicky is going to walk you through how this job came to be!

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    A couple months ago, I was so excited when I received a call from DDB to create a colourful campaign for Nova Scotia Tourism.  Although, I can’t say I’ve ever been to Nova Scotia prior to my shoot, but I definitely want to make a trip out there soon after learning so much more about it.  Each item that we photographed was unique to Nova Scotia and was unexpected – tying it back to the whole If you only knew idea.  Here are the final images:

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    There were a lot of elements and people who came together to make this all happen including the client herself when she brought drift wood and a fiddle all the way to Toronto from Nova Scotia!  (Thanks Dana! )

    It was so great to be asked to photograph such a fun and colourful idea.  One of the ideas included the largest items I’ve ever had to photograph – a 15ft raft!  Not only was it a daunting task, but the raft was very specific to Nova Scotia and the experience of tidal bore rafting.  It was impossible to find the same model in Ontario, but prop stylist extraordinaire Donna Irvine did some sleuthing work and found someone who came to our rescue.  Steve Elder from Urbania, Nova Scotia showed us some true East coast spirit by towing one of his rafts all the way to Toronto just for our photo shoot!


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    Who knew that the world’s highest recorded tides have been found right here in the Bay of Fundy?  Not only that, but it is home to a unique experience called Tidal Bore (which can be read up more upon here).   I’m definitely going to check this out when I visit Nova Scotia!  I’m so excited to have been asked to be a part of this fun campaign and am really happy to spot some of my work out there already on the streets of Toronto (Montreal and Boston!), but this wouldn’t have come together without the support of these awesome folks:

    Client:  Tourism Nova Scotia
    Art Director:  Rebecca May
    Designer:  Tom Bourke
    Agency:  DDB
    Agency Producer:  Dana Drummond
    Account Director:  Melissa McCaughey

    Production:  Westside Studio
    Photographer:  Vicky Lam
    Prop stylist:  Donna Irvine
    Food stylist:  Ashley Denton
    Retoucher: Robyn Nowoczin
    Tidal Bore Raft wrangler:  Steve Elder of Tidal Bore Rafting Resort
    Producer:  Phaedra Kennedy
    Assistants:  Rebecca Leach, Bryan Ulrich | Eddy Kowal, Logan Allmendinger, Chris Dowswell, Jon Wayne Brown


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    Bonus Mandu pic, because he’s adorable.

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    All Images © Vicky Lam
    All BTS Images © Alex Beetham
    All Rafting Canada Images © Steve Elder


      Dave Conquers Calder with The Marlies

      by Alex Beetham on May 9, 2016

      The Toronto Marlies (aka half of the Leafs) crushed the AHL this year, finishing the regular season first overall by 13 points.  The playoffs are now into the second round, and the boys in blue and white have their sights set on the Calder Cup.  Our Dave Delnea was asked to once again lend his talents, creating some promos for the Marlies playoff run.  From Dave:

      I’ve had opportunity to work with MLSE and the Marlies on a few different occasions – it’s always a blast and it’s usually a total whirlwind as we work to get our shots in with the very limited time we so often have with athletes!

      We’re into round 2 of the playoffs – continued good luck to the team!

      - Dave.




      How you’ll see them out in the wild wild web:
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      Credit where credit is due:

      Client: MLSE
      Art Director: Sandra Kong
      Production: Westside Studio
      Producer: John Stevancec
      Photographer: Dave Delnea
      Assistants: Jeff Jamieson, Jon Wayne Brown, Logan Allmendinger

      Assistant Logan shnapped a little BTS footy:



      All Images © Dave Delnea
      All BTS Images © Logan Allmandingerh



        Chris Refuels With Chocolate Milk

        by Alex Beetham on May 2, 2016

        Who doesn’t love chocolate milk?  Even the lactose intolerant among us crave it so desperately that they will ignore their bodies warnings and suffer the bloating consequences.  Dammit it’s tasty… and one of the healthiest things to drink post workout!  Chris was brought on by Sandbox for Chocolate Milk to capture some (really) early morning workout sessions.  Definitely worth the early alarm clocks:

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        Credit where credit is due:

        Client:  Chocolate Milk

        Agency:  Sandbox
        VP, Co-CD:  Jacob Gawrysiak
        Co-CD:  Michel Lang
        Copy Writer:  Amy Jacobs

        Production:  Westside Studio
        Photographer:  Chris Gordaneer
        Producer:  Kirsten White
        Digital Tech:  Brendan Smyth
        Assistants:  Jeff Jamison, Mike Smith, Christa Michelle
        Location Scout:  Steve Conner
        Retouching: Jorge Chaves
        Make Up:  Angela McQueen & Lisa Vella
        Wardrobe:  Tiffany Briseno
        Prop Stylist:  Cheryl Thompson
        Catering:  Emmas Country Kitchen

        Sandbox’s CD Mr. Lang had his camera out snapping away on all 3 shoot days. Take a look see from his perspective:

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        Can’t beat sunrise shinny… Thanks to all who made this happen!

        All Images © Chris Gordaneer
        All BTS Images © Sandbox



          Chris Captures the River Monster

          by Alex Beetham on April 25, 2016

          Perk #894 of commercial photography:  Escaping Canadian winter to shoot a job on the beaches of the Dominican Republic.  Exactly what Chris Gordaneer did this past winter when he got the call from Animal Planet to help introduce season 8 of the incredibly successful “River Monsters.”  Host Jeremy Wade didn’t think the rivers were cutting it anymore, so the 8th season of River Monsters moved out to open waters.  Take a look at what they captured:

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          TheKey Ad with copy:

           I had the pleasure of hanging out in the Dominican Republic with this guy, Jeremy Wade from River Monsters for a week in February this year.  These shots were for the shows 8th season on Animal Planet.  The shoot took place on both a beach, and at the Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios which is a 60,000 square foot water tank!  Amazing!  Great crew, great agency, great client, all around awesome experience.  Jeremy is the real deal.     – Chris.


          Credit where credit is due:

          Client:  Animal Planet
          Jamie Dugger, Vice President of Creative, Animal Planet
          Joe Carey, Producer, Animal Planet
          Shannon Erb, Sr. Director of Talent, Animal Planet
          Selbern Narby, Sr. Editor, Animal Planet
          Jeanne Kopeck, Creative Director, Mrs K’s
          Andrew Turman, Director of Photography, Mrs K’s
          Erin Lofstrom, Producer, Mrs K’s
          Jessica Latterman, Vice President of Marketing, Animal Planet
          Monica Zeitlin, Director of Marketing, Animal Planet
          Lisa McKenna, Production Manager, Marketing
          Blair Staruch, Account Executive
          Anna Fodero, Account Coordinator
          Beth Stewart, Associate Creative Director
          Anand Gahlot, Art Director
          Laura Adams, Photo Producer
          Sheri Wake, Photo Producer

          Westside Studio Producer:  Kirsten White
          Photographer: Chris Gordaneer
          Digital Tech: Brendan Smyth

          Chris’ tech/first assistant Brendan (very talented photographer in his own right) had a few moments to capture some BTS from the 2 set days.  Check’em!

          Day one shooting on our beautiful Dominican beach location:

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          Day two, shooting at Pinewood Studios Horizon Water Tank, the “most advanced water tank in the world.”  Making waves.

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          Getting stuck on location for a couple extra days isn’t too bad with good company:

          All Images © Chris Gordaneer
          All BTS Images © Brendan Smyth



            Dave Gets Naked for Lululemon

            by Alex Beetham on April 21, 2016

            It feels like I’m wearing nothing at all… nothing at all… nothing at all

            That’s what it feels like wearing Lululemon’s newest offering of “naked bottoms.”  Last week Dave Delnea was locked into the job at 11pm the night before the shoot, hopped on the first flight out to Vancouver the next morning, and finished the shoot in time to catch the red eye back to Toronto.   How’s that for production turn around time?
            The shots are all over the Lulu home page… check’em:

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            We can’t share the BTS on the blog due to it’s revealing nature, but if interested they can be found here. (NSFW)


            All Images © Dave Delnea


              Dave Goes for a Ride with Mariposa Bikes

              by Alex Beetham on April 20, 2016

              Dave Delnea has been building up all sorts of gorgeous additions to his motion reel. The latest offering is this group of spots for Mariposa Bicycles. Since 1969, Mariposa handcrafts bikes of incredible quality right here in Toronto and deserve to be shown off doing what they do best. Doing so involved a whole lot of hanging expensive gear out of the back of moving vehicles. We think it was well worth it. Check out the results to see for yourself.

              The main spot:

              Individual shorts:

              One of my favourite parts of this job is getting to collaborate with other people who are doing amazing things around this city – Michael and Dede at Mariposa Bicycles are definitely a couple of those people.  It was a great experience getting to work with them and see their passion for the sport and lifestyle of cycling.  Huge thanks to the crew, talent and post production team who helped make this all happen!


              Dave pulled a few stills from that tasty Dragon footage:








              Credit where credit is due:

              Client:  Mariposa Bicycles
              Production:  Westside Studio
              Director:  Dave Delnea
              Producer:  Tom Nesbitt
              DP/Camera Opp:  John Ker
              1st AC:  Calvin D’Souza (Day One)
              1st AC:  Dan Duguary (Day Two)

              Talent: Scott Fitzgerald (Road), Marissa Janes (Mixte) & Chris Mathias (Porter)

              Special thanks to Cote de Boeuf 

              Producer Tom was snapping away on his phone over the 2 days of shooting… take a look behind the lens:










              All Images & Video © Dave Delnea
              All BTS Images © Tom Nesbitt


                Tyler Introduces The New Toys “R” Us CPO

                by Alex Beetham on March 31, 2016

                It’s the executive role every kid dreams of. Well, perhaps not many children are dreaming of corporate employment, but Émile Burbidge is no ordinary 12 year old. This is one of many reasons that Toys “R” Us Canada has hired him on as their new CPO! (That’s Chief Play Officer, for those not savvy with corporate toy chains.) Émile is the lucky (and deserving) new hire, getting his hands on the latest and greatest toys to test and review for kids and parents alike. Now his penthouse office was still under construction during the time of filming, so we had to improvise and retrofit our boardroom into his temporary work space. We think it turned out pretty well:

                Oh, and he’s completely bilingual too.


                Client:  Toys “R” Us Canada
                Agency:  Open
                Executive Creative Director: Martin Beauvais
                Copywriter: Samara Luck
                Account Executive: Nicolas Rouleau
                Art Director:  Tyler Mckissick
                Production:  Westside Studio
                Director / Photographer:  Tyler Gray
                Producer:  John Stevancec
                DOP / Camera Op:  John Ker
                Audio Capture:  Alex Beetham
                Hair & Makeup:  Lisa Vella
                Wardrobe Stylist:  Jessa Bissett
                Assistants:  Jeff Jamison, Logan Allmendinger, Rebecca Leach
                Adorable Dog: Mandu

                Émile drummed up a fair bit of press!

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                Congrats again Émile! Oh and of course, a little look behind the curtain…

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                  Tyler’s no Outsider with AGO

                  by Alex Beetham on March 21, 2016

                  Tyler was approached by Cundari and the AGO to help promote their latest photo exhibit; Outsiders: American Photography and Film,1950s–1980s. This exhibit celebrates the artists who changed the image of American life, including Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Danny Lyon, Nan Goldin, Gordon Parks. Four Torontonians were invited to sit down with the exhibition’s co-curators, Jim Shedden and Sophie Hackett, to discuss what it means to be an insider or an outsider—this is what they had to say:

                  Credit where credit is due:

                  Client: AGO
                  Outsiders Curators: Sophie Hackett, Jim Sheddon

                  Agency: Cundari
                  Art Director: Jake Bundock
                  Copy Writer: Ryan Kukec

                  Production: Westside Studio
                  Photographer & Director: Tyler Gray
                  Producer: John Stevancec
                  Camera Operator & DP: John Ker
                  Audio Capture: Alex Beetham
                  Editor: Taylor Bateman
                  Assistants: Brendan Smyth, Logan Allmandinger
                  Hair & Make Up: Taylor Savage
                  Wardrobe Stylist: Jessa Bissett

                  From the curators description of the exhibit:

                  Harnessing the descriptive and expressive capacities of photography and film, the artists in this remarkable exhibition, Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s, all participated in changing the image of American life. Motivated by a sense that the status quo was untenable, and that current visual expressions of American life did not reflect what they knew and saw of the world, they deployed their chosen media to reflect a more complex, more authentic and more diverse view of the world in which they had grown up.

                  Keep your eyes peeled for these posters all over the city!





                  A look see behind the scenes…

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                  BTS 3The exhibit is running now until May 12th!  It’s a fascinating curation… go check it out!

                  © – Images & Video © Tyler Gray
                  © – BTS Images © Alex Beetham


                    Frank Drives Toyota into Square One

                    by Alex Beetham on March 16, 2016

                    It’s the dream of many to have the opportunity to go full Blues Brothers.  A car chase of epic proportions, crashing through a malls worth of stores and stalls.  Frank was hired on by Toyota to show off their take over of the old Target real estate in Square One, but they weren’t exactly keen on having the mall destroyed in a reenactment.  So close, yet so far… How fun would that be!?  There obviously had to be a few compromises.  No drifting through Holt Renfrew, but take a look at these shiny new Toyota’s hanging out in the mall!

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                    Client:  Toyota Canada

                    Agency:  Saatchi & Saatchi
                    Executive CD:  Brian Sheppard
                    Senior AD:  Lena Lee
                    Senior CW:  Naeem Ghafari
                    VP, Account Director:  Andreas Doerig
                    Print Producer:  Bill Ing

                    Production:  Westside Studio
                    Photographer:  Frank Hoedl
                    Producer:  John Stevancec
                    CGI: Brad Pickard
                    Assistants:  Bryan Ulrich, John Wayne Brown, Abe Roberto, Logan Allmendinger


                    Many thanks to the teams at Square One, Toyota Canada, and Saatchi to make this happen!  Fantastic jobs all around!

                    All Images © Frank Hoedl
                    All BTS Images © Logan Allmendinger & Abe Roberto