Let's Roll

Civitas Land Architecture Denver St. Patrick's Island

Civitas Denver

World-renowned landscape architecture firm Civitas collaborated with us to create a quirky, emotional production for their design of St. Patrick’s Island in Calgary’s East Village. So we strapped a camera on a bike.

+ Producing
+ Directing
+ Production
+ Art Direction

+ Nominated – AMPIA Awards


Bike Roll

St. Patrick’s Island was banged up, unkept, and home to some sketchy people. Along with the CMLC’s plan to redevelop East Village, came the vision to design a park for today and tomorrow. Enter Civitas Landscape Architecture Firm. The team at Civitas, headed by Mark Johnson, designed a beautiful, functional, natural park for generations.

It would have been easy to interview Mark and hear his thoughts about the design of St. Patrick’s Island, but that wouldn’t do it justice. So we strapped a big camera and a gimbal on a bike. Even then it wasn’t good enough, we needed the film to be genuine – so we stuck Mark on the bike with a microphone and set him free to ride and describe the vision and features of St. Patrick’s Island.

What we ended up with was a very deep and thoughtful film straight from the brilliant mind of the park’s creator.

“It’s really simple to stick a camera up and watch someone speak. It’s also incredibly boring – no matter who that person is. So I make sure we do something interesting. Whether that’s strapping a big camera on a bike, creating stunning visuals, or pushing where we go with the camera. It has to be interesting.”

Ryan Northcott, Director

Mood & Inspiration.

Shot Setup
Planning out the bike shot at the Simmons building in East Village.
St. Patrick's Island Calgary
The beautiful river cut through the island which features a beach perfect for chilling out.
The Rise
The Rise on St. Patrick’s Island offers a beautiful view of the city, and a great place to toboggan in the winter.
Cheeky Ad
We had a little fun with our nomination ad for the AMPIA Awards


Production Company: MEDIAPOP | Creative Director: Ryan Northcott | Director: ilana Fowler (Civitas) | Producer: Eric Giesbrecht | Producer: Ryan Northcott | Editor: Anies Hassan | Special Thanks: Mark Johnson, CMLC/East Village

The Film.

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