Chris Gordaneer

Who Needs Thrones? Chris Has Homes.

by Alex Beetham on March 4, 2015

It’s near impossible to discuss Game of Thrones.  The immediate response is either a frantic “SHHHH” followed by hands slapping ears to silence potential spoilers, or the friend next to them launching into a vein popping, sputtering rage since the show has mutilated the holy scripture of Mr. Martin.  Well, there’s a new show we can discuss.  Just swap out the blood sport and incest for power tools and mild asbestos, and you got yourself W Networks new hit show in the making, Game of Homes.

Our very own Chris Gordaneer was tasked with creating some epic home renovation imagery, and the results look a little like this.  Well, exactly like this:

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In Game of Homes, Host Cameron Mathison guides teams of skilled amateur home renovators as they compete for the chance to trade their skills for the prize of a lifetime. The teams save rundown houses that are marked to be torn down and revive them into dream homes. Each team must redo the houses room by room, as they cope with small budgets, tight deadlines and even tighter living spaces.  -  W Network

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Client:  Corus EntertainmentW Network
Photographer:  Chris Gordaneer
VP Creative:  Dolores Keating-Mallen
Design Creative Director:  Vince Robles
Lead Designer:  Robin Timmins
Producer:  Kirsten White
Prop Stylist:  Cheryl Thompson
Stylist:  Marie Eve Tremblay
Hair & Makeup:  Lisa Vella
Assistants:  Brendan Smyth,  Al Quintero, Mike Smith, Hassan Mohamed
Interns:  Tiana Gordinho, Ashley Farina, Matt Besenyodi

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You may (will) spot a placement or two down in the tubes that look a little something like this:

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Take a glimpse into some behind the scenes from the day:

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Pre-dressed set with Lion King reenactments, and a dressed set with Chris, God of light.

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Check out the premiere March 17th on W Network!

All Images © Chris Gordaneer
BTS Images © Brendan Smyth, Alex Beethan, Kirsten White

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    Ford + Toronto Maple Leafs = A Chris Gordaneer Special

    by Alex Beetham on November 25, 2014

    Sure there’s always death and taxes, but here are two more certainties in this life –  Chris Gordaneer will always be a Leafs fan, and he will always drive a Ford. This made Chris an ideal candidate to photograph die hard leaf fans that, like Ford says, go further.

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    Client: Ford
    Agency: Blue Hive
    Photographer: Chris Gordaneer
    Art Director: Marc Caringal
    Producer: Kirsten White
    Assistants: Brendan Smyth, John Wayne Brown, Adi Saciragic, Paul Swanson
    Tattoo Artists: Maddalena Ruggiero & Alex Richarson
    MUAH: Taylor Savage
    Wardrobe: Marie Eve Tremblay
    Prop Stylist: James Kennedy

    Here’s a look at Chris’s final images, uncropped and outside of the final ad layout:

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    Producer Kirsten White was good enough to snap these BTS shots of Chris channelling his inner bride:

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    Tattoo artists Maddalena & Alex had our talent under their markers for a full a day to create this custom back piece.  First assistant Brendan Smyth snapped these BTS shots:

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    All Images © Chris Gordaneer
    All BTS Images © Kirsten White & Brendan Smyth

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      IN PRINT | CHRIS ON THE FARM

      by Matt on January 24, 2014

      With it being Friday and all, it seems appropriate that we go easy on your brains and stick to the soft, warm, savoury facts.

      Chris Gordaneer and Andrew Gillingham from Agency 59 recently hooked up and spent some time churning out a lovely looking campaign for Gay Lea Foods. Andrew knew that Chris had a leg on both the stills and motion fence and that this creative was perfect for Chris’s stylings. Let’s kick things off with the motion side of things and then check in with Chris Gordaneer before seeing the stills.

      Myself and the team at Agency 59 had a blast working on this campaign for Gay Lea. There were some early call times and hard working days, which was appropriate considering the work that these farmers put into their product.

      Big thanks to everyone that was involved, and a special shout out to Annie for being such great company. ~CG

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      © Chris GordaneerPhotographer/ Director: Chris Gordaneer
      Client: Gay Lea Foods
      Agency: Agency 59
      Chief Creative Director: Brian Howlett
      Creative Director: Andrew Gillingham
      Line Producer: Erwin Abesamis
      DP: Samy Inayeh
      Editor: Danica Pardo
      Make-Up: Lisa Vella
      Producer: Kirsten White
      Digital Tech: Aric Guité
      Assistants: Gabe Nivera, Mikael Cosmo, Rebecca Leach, & Peter Olson

      So who is Annie you might ask, well she’s a special lady who you’ll meet thanks to some great behind the scenes from Producer Kirsten White.

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      Images/ Videos © Chris Gordaneer
      BTS Images © Kirsten White

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        IN PRINT | GORDANEER KNOWS #WEAREWINTER

        by Matt on January 6, 2014

        Welcome back Westside fans! We’re really excited about rolling out some fun and exciting new content this year on the Blog, but first we have a project from Chris Gordaneer that we’ve been dying to share. He spent a hard working 12 months alongside a great group of people creating what you’re about to see, and we’re very proud to be able to share his latest images. We’ll jump back and forth between work and words, so grab a coffee and prepare for a wave of pride.

        We Are Winter

        On December 31st – to great praise – the Canadian Olympic Committee debuted the largest campaign in its history, “We Are Winter“. With less than a month before the worlds eyes fall upon Sochi and the 2014 Winter Games, the COC aims to bring Canadians closer to our athletes through a strong multi-platform campaign, for which Chris was given the privilege of handling stills. Here’s our Olympian with some of his initial thoughts on the project.

        Once I got an understanding for what the COC was wanting to convey with their campaign, I knew #WeAreWinter was the project I’ve been training my whole life for. It would be a massive undertaking, but to be given the opportunity to represent my country and help bring us together as a nation was something out of my “I want to be a photographer” dreams.
        Not one to be passed up. ~ CG

        Alex Bilodeau | Freestyle Skiing – Moguls
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        Charles Hamelin | Short Track Speed Skating
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        Chief Marketing Officer, Derek Kent provided some great insights on the vision for #WeAreWinter in the COC’s New Years Eve press release.

        The essence of this campaign originated from conversations with our athletes who all said the same thing: Winter defines them and defines who we are as a country. We wanted to inspire Canadians by showcasing the drive, determination, and grit of our athletes as they train for the Olympic Games. We wanted Canadians to really get to know our athletes and their remarkably inspiring stories. We are proud of what we have built and that we are putting a brighter spotlight on our national sporting heroes.

        Denny Morrison | Long Track Speed Skating
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        Justine Dufour-Lapointe | Freestyle Skiing – Moguls
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        Kaillie Humphries & Chelsea Valois | Bobsleigh
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        For the first time ever, the COC will be able to connect athletes with viewers back home though their official social media partner, Twitter. By using the hashtags WeAreWinter and NousSommeslHiver – as well as team handles @CDNOlympicTeam and @OlympiqueCanada – Canadians nationwide will be able to join in conversation and cheer on their podium hopefuls from the comfort of their couch, bus stop, or barstool.

        If you’re a tweeter, you can get going by clicking any of our featured athletes names and start following their journey to Sochi.

        Mark McMorris | Snowboard – Slopestyle
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        A quick view from Producer Tom Nesbitt’s eye before we pass it back to Chris.

        Its always exciting to work on a project from inspection to fruition. It transcends work when the project is a creative collaboration of the kind of scale that the #WeAreWinter campaign is. From the first meeting Chris and I had with CD Josh Stein (now of TribalDDB) and Agency producer at Proximity Jessica Takas I knew this was going to be one truly exciting adventure. It was logistically difficult, physically exhausting, mentally taxing, but best of all something I was so proud to be a part of.

        Snow, Ice, Mountains, Olympic athletes, whats not to love? ~ TN

        Mikaël Kingsbury | Freestyle Skiing – Moguls
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        Noah Bowman | Freestyle Skiing – Halfpipe
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        From start to finish this was an amazing experience – a job I will forever be proud to have been a part of. It’s always a pleasure to see your work in print around your city, but there’s something special about this campaign that’s been giving me goosebumps since I’ve caught it at transit stops and on TV.

        Director Henry Lu (of Moxie Pictures) and I worked closely alongside Josh and Jessica, to collectively ensure the look and feel of #WeAreWinter met the COC’s vision. Now seeing our efforts getting fellow Canadians excited about the Games – it’s a tough feeling to describe. The kind of thing I’m sure all the athletes we worked with could tell you a lot more about. ~ CG

        Roz Groenewoud | Freestyle Skiing – Halfpipe
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        © Chris Gordaneer

        Sarah Reid | Skeleton
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        Client: Canadian Olympic Committee
        Agency: Proximity Canada
        Creative Director: Josh Stein
        Content Producer: Jessica Valentini
        Digital Imaging: Mark Tyler / Stir Images
        Photo Producer: Tom Nesbitt & Kirsten White (MTL)
        First Assistant: Aric Guité
        Assistants : Daniel Tremblay (CGY), Trevor Yee (BC), Stephane Fiore & Frederik Robitaille (MTL)

        Those of you who can remember way back to last March may recall a PHOTOGASM of ours, where we teased this project while still in its early stages. At the time, Chris & Co. had been spending their days at Calgary’s Winter Sport Institute, so we’ll get the BTS rolling with a trip down the bobsleigh track before taking a look at the team’s time in Montréal, Quebec City, and Whistler. Be sure to click a pic and get yourself a closer look at the action.

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        What an amazing year long project this has been. I can’t thank the folks at Proximity enough for thinking of me in the first place. Josh and I went back and forth on these so often in post that we must have driven our retoucher completely bonkers. It was all for the best though, thanks Josh. To Mark Tyler, my long time retouching collaborator you did such an amazing job (as always) so thanks for all of your patience and skill. And speaking of patience, Jessica Valentini – big thanks go to you for keeping all of this on track and delivered on time. You should be putting in for a raise, I couldn’t have done this without you.

        All this to say, this was an amazing collaboration with some of the best in the business. Looking forward to seeing these up around town and around the country. As we cheer for the home team in just a few short weeks I was glad to play my part. Go Canada Go!! ~ CG

        © Tom Nesbitt

        Images © Chris Gordaneer
        BTS © Aric Guité & Tom Nesbitt

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          PHOTOGASM | GORDANEER’S ALBA ODYSSEY

          by Matt on October 7, 2013

          With a bit of time on his hands between projects, Chris Gordaneer packed up his camera and set off for a week-long trip to the greatest country on Earth – Scotland. Thanks to his Instagram account we were able to gave you a tease of the trip, and now the time has come to see what kind of candies he brought back for our eyes. We’ll kick things off with a look at Chris’ map – his travels marked in blue – before a bit of background on the trip.

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          Carrying little more than a few bare necessities, Chris arrived in Glasgow safely, where his first stop was picking up a rental truck to get out on the road. His second stop came 10 minutes later, when he had to return to the rental location. Apparently the best way to remember which side of the road to drive on is by colliding with a bus.

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          With his car troubles behind him, our hero was back on the road in search of beautiful countrysides and safe places for sleeping. We’ll let Chris take care of explaining that last one, but first a look at some of the beautiful Scottish scenery.

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          On this trip I wanted to spend some time just traveling the countryside and checking out some locations that have family ties to my mums side. I’ve been to Scotland a few times now and every time I’m there I can’t get over how surreal the landscape is. Everywhere you turn there’s a view worth capturing.

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          It was an absolute blast just being out on the road by myself, not having any real commitments, and just getting to take as much in as I could. Some might not be into the idea of sleeping on the side of the road in your rental truck, but the spacious Defender and sounds of the countryside really charges the batteries. ~CG

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            TIGW | ALONE IN THE HIGHLANDS

            by Matt on September 18, 2013

            The title of this post is all you need to know for now, but based on the Instagrams so far, we’re pretty excited to see whatever it is Chris Gordaneer‘s currently up to.

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            TGIW kids!
            All Images © Chris Gordaneer

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              IN PRINT | GORDANEER AT THE WHEEL

              by Matt on August 19, 2013

              Following the release of his fantastic looking campaign for the Acura RLX, Chris Gordaneer hopped back in the driver’s seat for another lap around the track with Bob Goulart of Grip Limited riding shotgun. His hands on the wheel of Acura’s mid-size luxury crossover SUV, the 2014 MDX, Chris and the team set off for western roads, later returning with another stunning series of automotive work.

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              © Chris GordaneerPhotographer: Chris Gordaneer
              Client: Acura Canada
              Agency: Grip Limited
              Creative Director: Bob Goulart
              Art Director: Pia Nummi
              Producer: Tom Nesbitt
              Assistants: Aric Guité, George Moreira, Dusty Parr, Adnan Saciragic, & Logan Allmendinger

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              There’s a whole lot more of Chris’ time with the 2014 MDX over on Acura’s website, so give a click and get the goods.
              All Images © Chris Gordaneer

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                IN PRINT | GORDANEER HEALS THE FUTURE

                by Matt on June 11, 2013

                The teams of health care workers at Sunnybrook Hospital are constantly working towards furthering their capabilities, and ensuring their patients are recieving the best treatment with access to industry leading technologies. Their latest advancement comes in the form of a crowdfunding campaign know as The Innovation Hub, which allows donations to be made directly to single initivies set forth by the hospital. Here’s a look at some examples.

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                Leading the charge to bring some of the hospitals successess to light, is Art Director Bob Goulart of Grip Limited, who brought Chris Gordaneer onto the project to handle stills. Each of their shots focus on a specific individual who, through Sunnybrook’s cutting-edge medical facility, were given a new lease on life. Like their website says, “We’re not just raising money to build and develop stuff; we’re crowdfunding the most treasured and beautiful thing on the planet: life itself.

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                Working with Grip Limited on this campaign was a lot of fun. What Sunnybrook does for it’s patients is an invaluable service, and it was easy to see their gratitude durring our time shooting.

                Getting to spend time with our talent and hear the stories of what they went through was fascinating, it really put the drive into all of us on set to give the hospital nothing but the best of our work. A big thanks to all of them, and to the team at Grip for giving me the opportunity. ~CG

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                Client: Sunnybrook Hospital
                Agency: Grip Limited
                Art Director: Bob Goulart
                Agency Producer: Liz Crofton
                Assistants: Aric Guité & Rebecca Leach

                Readers of The Globe and Mail might recognize Chris’ images, but for those seeing them a first time, here’s the shots in layed out newspaper form.

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                To find out more about The Innovation Hub and their crowdfunding campaigns, give a click on over to SunnybrookHospital.com/HealNow.
                Images © Chris Gordaneer

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                  NEWS | A WINNING HANGOVER

                  by Matt on June 7, 2013

                  MAward2-300x195-300x184If you’re anything like us, you like to unwind from putting in hard work with a bit of hard play – and last Thursday night at The 2013 Marketing Awards – we did just that. It’s been a long week of recovery, but we’re finally ready to revisit the spectacular evening with some shout outs to our agency friends who helped a few Westsiders bring home some hardware.

                  We’ll kick things off with Chris Gordaneer and BBDO Toronto‘s MerCow, which brilliantly highlighted the GE Profile Double Oven Range’s ability to cook two meals at one time!

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                  Next up is a great campaign from Matt Barnes and john st. for Wiser’s Small Batch whiskey. For more info and a full list of who was behind this simple genius, give a click on over to THE PASSING SHOT for more from Matt.

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                  Now it’s time we send a big Westside hug to DDB Canada‘s Vancouver and Toronto offices for their work with Frank Hoedl on campaigns for both BC Hydro and Toronto Crime Stoppers (shown respectively).

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                  Rounding the bend of this years awarded works is Anthony Redpath and DARE Vancouver‘s GiveSpace campaign, which in addition to it’s listed winnings below, took home SILVER for PUBLIC SERVICE – PRESS/ OUT-OF-HOME: CAMPAIGN!

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                  Closing out our re-cap of the evenings events with Derek Shapton and TAXI 2‘s Castor Gigashelf. Having successfully transitioned the worlds largest photograph (of a shelf) into a imaginative and unique website interface, the team behind the work is most definitely deserving of their Gold M!

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                  A HUGE thanks to everyone involved in the aforementioned works from all of us at the Studio, because without you, we’d have no excuse for our overindulgences ;D. Have a great weekend everyone!

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                    cover-smallThere’s a plethora of visual delights packed into the 162 pages of this years Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Awards issue, and selected works aside, that ChorusArt Silk 80lb paper combined with Mi5′s UV Pro-Brite printing process sure is a sexy sight. But enough about pretty paper, time to get into them pages, where a good showing from a number of Westsiders is what you’ll find.

                    Kicking off with Chris Gordaneer, who received top marks in two categories this year with his Trials motorcycle series, as well as some unseen panoramics from his most recent trip to Africa.

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                    For more from his time in Africa go check out the PERSONAL section of chrisgordaneer.com!

                    Following in Chris’ creative lead is Mr. Tyler Gray, whose fantastic images On The Run and Luke were awarded as both self promotion and unpublished works. Be sure to click the images and get the full story from Tyler.

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                    SELF PROMOTION PHOTOGRAPHY & UNPUBLISHED/ PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY | SINGLE

                    Next up is our newcomer to the Westside team, Anthony Redpath! While we haven’t had a chance to talk about the project, Anthony’s work with DARE Vancouver for BC Children’s Hospital is definitely deserving of it’s multiple awards.

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                    Rounding the bend of our winners is Derek Shapton, who’s unique looking corporate portraits and innovative self promotion found themselves in the high praises of the Applied Arts Judges.

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                    The subsequent images come from two of our favorite campaigns shot by George Simhoni this past year. With their sticky situations and beautiful scenery (respectively), George’s work for UR Immunization and Freedom 55 Financial are great examples of his ability to paint a photograph.

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                    Closing out our list of this years awarded photographers is product master Shanghoon, whose work with GREY Canada for The Salvation Army was a big success durring the 2012 Red Kettle Drive.

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                    A huge round of high fives to all our winners and those who helped with the awarded works; and an additional thank-ya to the folks at Applied Arts for not only appreciating the fine images of our photographers, but for printing their stuff on that oh-so-sexy paper!

                    **Side Note** Check out Matt Barnes sneaking his way onto the rear cover!
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                    All Images © Respective Photographers

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