Real TROUNCE ALLEY please stand up!

Will the real Trounce Alley please stand up? Witness this sneak peak as photographed through the lense of Christopher Wallace — who first suggested the idea of a blog-based TALCO website — from a window overlooking the real Trounce Alley in Gastown. Could this be the start of a series? Only time will tell.

Providing GRIP/LX needs under one ROOF

TALCO provides a one-stop shop for all aspects of lighting and grip combined. We start with a base-package of equipment, tools, and expendables. We have active working relationships with the major rental houses and can sub-rent generators, electrical distrobution, HMI, and larger equipment on an as-needed basis. We have a lot of specialty gear, rigging, and custom tools to accomplish things many productions never even dreamed possible on their budgets. Our flexibility and resourcefulness allows a production to go places and film things in ways they never imagined possible. 

Farewell DOC master Geoff Browne

Vancouver loses one of its finest spirited filmmakers in writer, director Geoff Browne of Boundless Light, known around town for his Tibetan documentary, Kall it Karma. He has moved to Los Angeles to pursue directorial projects on feature length productions. He may be gone for now, but his name, along with TALCO, will be appearing soon on a 2-month shoot produced by Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Malcom Clarke. Look for this highly controversial feature length docu-drama to be released within the next year making headlines big time. TALCO is pleased to have participated in 6 weeks of interviews followed by 2 weeks of big budget reconstructions which will bring this terrifying story to life. In the mean while, you’ll have to see Malcom’s recently Oscar nominated, Prisoners of Paradise — or perhaps even more intense his 1985 exploration of  American Vietnam vets hiding from a society in which they are no longer fit to coexist with, Soldiers in Hiding. As for us, we are happy to have had an opportunity to work with filmmakers of such high caliber and for an extended period of time. Thanks as well to Barna Alper from Toronto for organizing, producing, and distributing this very interesting production.We look forward to working on many more amazing documentaries and we wish Geoff Browne great success abroad until we may next work with him again.

Jaydee Bixbee & Melissa Cavatti Videos

It appears to be the end of the year music video round-up for TALCO and we have found two more postings of our work from earlier in the year. These two videos were both done for Triton Films. The first is for young country music star Jaydee Bixbee, “Old Fashioned Girl”, and the second for pop singer Melissa Cavatti, “Passenger”. The artists appear to be getting younger and younger by the day. We had to go all the way to Chilliwack to find a suitable panorama farm location for Jaydee’s video which involved a circular dolly track around a 4-man band. It was simply dizzying 😉 Melissa’s video was filmed on 35mm around Vancouver including jerrico beach, a skate park on main, and even a moving bus.  Enjoy the videos below: Jaydee Bixbee – Old Fashioned Girl [media id=12] Melissa Cavatti – Passenger [media id=11]

Arkadia Award winning Videos with TALCO

We’ve been busy over the last year with one of our favorite music video production duos: multi-award winning Director Stephano Barberis and cinematographer Ron Williams CSC, the two creative front-ends for  Arkadia Pictures. With these two we’ve had the opportunity to work on award winning videos for CMT and Much music artists. In the course of making these videos we’ve filmed everything from night exterior performances along the cambie bridge, to large outdoor sets at ajatan studios, to elaborate rain and stunt rigging effects, and green screens. We’ve just found a bunch of their videos online and are posting them below, enjoy. Anything August – Last Minute (Much Music): [media id=10] The Yoko Casionos – Loose Cannon (Much Music): [media id=9] Jason Blaine – What I Can’t Forget (CMT): [media id=8] Shane Yellowbird – Pickup Truck (CMT): [media id=7] Aaron Pritchett – Warm Safe Place (CMT): [media id=6]

Under the Sycamore Tree

Filmed in 2006 with cinematography and lighting by TALCO’s  Josh Alkoff, Bases Loaded Entertainment has launched a website for this family flick starring Agam Darshi and Chris Shields. This film was selected for the Hollywood Black Film Festival in Beverly Hills and has had further screenings in Los Angeles and Lousiana. [media id=3 width=600 height=338] SYNOPSIS FOLLOWS: After superstar NFL quarterback, ROMAN CHRISTOPHE, says goodbye to a cheating wife, he takes an opportunity to re-acquaint himself with his eight year old daughter, CHRISTIAN, and her mother, POLLY. Without hesitation, Roman makes his intentions clear. He wants to reconcile. The tranquil, yet, spunky town of William Moss, West Virginia is soon overwhelmed upon the arrival of mega-star athlete Roman Christophe. Business at the town’s only coffee and pastry shop has never been better. However, not nearly as star struck as her easily impressed community at large; Polly, shop owner, makes it perfectly clear that even amidst the sudden increase in revenue, a reconciliation with the three time Super Bowl MVP is absolutely out of the question. The shit hits the fan when Roman, finally accepting Polly’s ill affection, begins courting ALLISON PARKER, his daughter’s third grade teacher. In the meantime, Polly, obviously oblivious to the town’s newest romantic item, begins to shrug her disdain for Roman. The thought of a life with he and Christian seems more like a happy ending rather than a spiteful ending. Needless to say, sparks can be seen clear across the county when Polly runs into Roman and Ms. Parker in the unmentionable section of the William Moss drug store. When the dust finally settles, the town that nestles itself 200 miles south of Washington, D.C. and a million miles from the rest of the world will never be the same