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Travelling Abroad | Behind the Scenes

Red-eye flights and sleepless nights.

Sunrise call times and full-day grinds.

Late-night eats and bumpin’ road trip beats…

We were sent to North Chicago, Brazil and Ireland earlier this year to film stories of how local people and organizations were working together with businesses to bring economic and social change within their communities. Each community had unique needs and it was inspiring to see people come together to build a future for the next generation.

Truly, we have met so many wonderful people along the journey…

Some examples:

  • A passionate librarian in North Chicago filled with a vision to equip every child with the learning resources they need to flourish in life.
  • Teachers at an elementary school in North Chicago giving up their free time to teach their children’s parents basic life skills like financial stewardship, literacy, preparing their kids for college and more.
  • A fiery grandmother in Ireland who took on the challenging task of coordinating volunteer programs in her local community centre. This, responding to the increasing need for children and families to have a space where they can learn life skills, make friends and have fun together.
  • A non-profit organization in Brazil dedicated to providing education and educational resources for children who come from low-income families.

The list goes on and there are simply too many stories to tell here, but you get the point. There are some amazing, positive things happening all over the world and it’s normal, everyday people who are participating in it.

Indeed, we have grown and we have been stretched beyond our imagination, both personally and professionally. We are humbled to have had this opportunity and we hope and pray to discover more inspiring stories to share with you and with the rest of the world.


Points of Light

“I have spoken of a Thousand Points of Light, of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the Nation, doing good…The old ideas are new again because they’re not old, they are timeless: duty, sacrifice, commitment, and a patriotism that finds its expression in taking part and pitching in.”

– George HW Bush, Inaugural Address 1989

January 2016, Portland USA – Our team travelled across the border for a weekend getaway retreat last year. We reviewed our work, shared ideas, cast vision for the future of Wakefield and prayed together. We realigned to a dream that is (and always was) far bigger than ourselves – telling stories that move the world. Oh, and we also threw out a Big Hairy Audacious Goal for 2017 to travel internationally for our work…

Fast forward a year and we found ourselves in Paris this past April, shooting a video for this organization called Points of Light. Points of Light is a nonprofit organization that seeks to mobilize volunteers all around the world to “be the change they want to see.” George HW Bush founded the organization in 1990 (hence, the above quote).

Not only were we amazed at how we even got this opportunity to tell their story and travel for it, but we were humbled by the whole experience. We heard stories of people from all over the world who one day decided they wanted to give their lives to make their world a better place. Yes, I understand that sounds incredibly cliché, but I can assure you that these people are not just talking the talk, they are walking the talk.

So, with that, here’s just a snapshot of the faces and voices that represent the many points of light, scattered across the globe doing good. And may we as a people continue to be uplifted and inspired with a vision to bring about positive change, wherever we are. Enjoy!


Tell me about yourself

It’s funny (tragically) and sobering how proximity is meaningless in bringing people together. We live next to people we barely know, beyond saying “Hi.” All I know of them is what their name, what they look like, what they do for a living, etc. Some, I don’t even know, period. Sometimes, people are just there. And because of that, they fade away and we forget about them.


Demo Reel 2016

We thought it was about time for us to post a demo reel showcasing some of the adventures, people, moments, memories we’ve captured over the past while. This time around we wanted to try something a little different.

At Wakefield we strive for balance. Ever passionate about the depth of a story and equally fervent in pursuit of visuals that wow us, we are constantly on a search for what moves our soul and stirs our spirit.


Hope Through Nature [FASD Documentary]

I used to think making movies take a really long time. Now that I’m part of making even short films, I can see why. From the concept of the film, to the filming, to the editing, every detail gets looked over and decided upon. Nothing is left to chance, because story, is valuable and precious and never should get a haphazard treatment.


Meet Your Neighbours: Dairy Farmers

I recently made a discovery: ultrasounds are not as romantic as they make it on TV. As a guy, you’re surrounded by pregnant ladies who are uncomfortably drinking water to keep their bladders full so that the sonography gets a good image. Donna was incredibly uncomfortable, waiting her turn. When we got to see the first image of our baby, it was incredible but also a relief for her as she could finally go to the bathroom.


B.O.Z’s Transformation [CBS: Real Stories]

You always see in movies where someone has something to hide, the proverbial “closet full of skeletons”. It’s either some illness, or some character defect, some past failure that is too heinous for forgiveness and only makes people judge you and hate you. And the writing typically has three different directions to head towards:

The secret is discovered and people hate that character
The secret is discovered and nothing happens
The secret is discovered, there are consequences, but good comes out of it.


StrongCamp Submission Video

Jacquelyn Son is a personal trainer in our hometown of Vancouver, Canada. We met her a few years ago when she was just beginning her journey of learning about health and fitness. We have seen her blossom and grow into the strong woman you see here and it is with such great joy that we share with you a glimpse into her life and story.


A Hidden Gem for Small Business Owners

Have you ever felt like you have this great product, service or program that if only people knew about it, they’d want to get involved or learn more?

For the past year, I’ve been serving on the advisory committee of the small business council (at the Vancouver Board of Trade) and it’s been a really neat experience hearing and learning from different business owners on how they do business and how they’re making an impact. However, only a small group of people in the board of trade knew or understood who they are, what they do and the heart behind it.

This past summer we set out to change that.


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