Social Networking

  To coincide with the launch of the all new 10-Ton Truck, we have linked our faithful website dynamically with a social media network. You will now notice that you can share any page you like with the online masses simply by having a compatible account and clicking the new “like” and “share” buttons. We’ve linked our blog comments and posts so everything will by synchronized with the social network website via updates and wall posts. This TALCO site will remain the original source of the content so you will always find everything here first, but now we have presence on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Linked In. We figured since the new year has brought us an exciting new work truck and a larger equipment package, what better way to share the good news then an updated approach to social media. We have what you need…..now you can find us!

New Truck for the New Year

Big things are coming for TALCO lighting in the first part of 2013. We are upgrading to a 10-ton truck with a larger box which allows us to double the size of our pre-loaded truck package. A 1985 Kenworth K100 Cabover (COE) diesel from a nostalgic era of trucking to deliver the following improvements to your production: 30 foot box filled with 10 tonnes of lighting and grip equipment. More HMI: We’re carrying a 6k HMI Fresnel to complement our pairs of 4k/2.5k/1.2k/575w daylight lighting. Streamlined workflow: gets equipment unloaded and on set faster to make your days on budget. Distance: filming up north or across the mountains into Alberta? No problem for this big-cam, jake break equipped, long haul truck. TALCO travels to you for your production. Here is a sneak peak, of the new TALCO package truck, coming soon in the first quarter 2013:

Our new Lightweight Panther Dolly

It’s been about 2 years since the TALCO resume has been updated. That goes to show that we’ve been working nonstop without coming up for air. We’ve done quite a bit of features, commercials, and corporates since we last wrote one. It’s been a busy few years. Most importantly the truck has come a long way. It’s got side bins with a cable package. We now offer a complete HMI PACKAGE powered from a diesel generator, and PANTHER LIGHTWEIGHT DOLLY with G.I. track. Features, features, features, that’s what we’ve been doing with our truck. More on all this coming soon……

Punjabi done North American

Here’s a trailer to Mirza – The Untold Story, a punjabi film we worked on last year over a two month period. Release Date: April 6, 2012 Starring Gippy Grewal & Mandy Takhar with Rahul Dev and Bunnu Dhillion. Music by Honey Singh. The director, Baljit Singh Deo, wanted to create a Punjubi film with a distinctly North American large scale production value feeling. He wanted to set new standards for Indian films overseas. Principal photography was in Vancouver, BC. We had a challenging time creating that big budget movie lighting with a minimal crew and no budget for pre-rigging. We worked closely with our good friend and cinematographer Toby Gorman to use large sources, carefully shaped single sources, and strategically placed background lights. We used condor lighting where possible for our night exteriors to save time and manpower because we had minimal time for setup and turnarounds to rig smaller lights. Throughout the show we carried a pair of 6k PAR’s in addition to our base lighting package, slush truck, and a tow generator. Filmed on Red Epic. Produced by Inda Raikoti & Aman Khatkar. The movie has been getting a lot of attention overseas because of its cast special appearances, and non-conventional Bollywood production ways. [media id=46 width=640 height=340]

Happy New Years 2012

We’ve been doing short films and corporates throughout the first month of the year. Here’s a still from one titled “We’ll meet again” which we did with our friend Ryan. We’ve also done some interesting work with VFS Business Management which we will be posting on soon — it means big things for the film school academic world in Vancouver. As far as the future, we’ve got a few feature film contracts lined up which will be an excellent opportunity to take advantage of our new 10k diesel generator (recently modified to add camloc connections) and our ever-growing HMI package. We picked up the generator on our way back from shooting in Kelowna towards the end of last year. Stay tuned for more happenings, its been a busy new year!

“The Odds,” a Norm Li feature

…so to further update you. The Odds was our previous feature film and it was produced by Oliver Linsley who recently completed Beyond the Black Rainbow — also filmed by Norm Li… The guy is unstoppable — with multiple independent film cinematography credits under his belt, more RED Camera owned then he has fingers on his right hand, and a private Airstar 4k balloon light to fly high in the moonlit air on helium pressure — look for a steady stream of Norm’s work to debut soon.

TALCO crosses police tape in car thief shooting

In what has become a media battle between the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) who shot a suspected car thief in the Strathcona parking lot across from our film set, and a photographer for The Province, Jason Payne, who was subsequently beat up by police in front of our best boy for photographing the “clean up” operation, we have been looking and finally found a photo of our truck in the midst of it all. The VPD is spinning articles to try to rationalize the controversial shooting and the Province paper is trying to play up the assault on their photographer who’s rights were violated. Rather then confine their investigation to the parking lot where the shooting took place, the the Vancouver police (VPD) taped off the entire Strathcona neighborhood, including our 5-ton lighting and grip package truck, preventing us from completing our shooting day. They were investigating each house trying to get a handle on who had witnessed the incident in order to best spin their media story of what happened. In case you missed the published media stories, here’s ours: On Sunday April 5 in broad daylight an unmarked gray police cruiser carrying 4 officers in civilian clothes pinned a stolen black Ford F-350 pickup truck in a Strathcona parking lot across from our set by ramming into it. The driver spun the wheels on the F-350 trying to push free of the cruiser, but was not able to gain traction, and the rubber on his wheels started smoking. A cop shot the suspect at close proximity through the passenger window and hit him in the neck. Photographer Jason Payne of the Province arrived as they were pulling the body out of the car as did our best boy, nicholas-kandie; who then witnessed the cops physically restraining Jason and confiscating his camera. The Ford F-350 was apparently wanted by the police already in connection with a recent hit and run incident in which a hooker was dragged down hastings street 400 block with her jacket caught in the side door. This is the second police shooting to happen in three weeks. On March 20, Vancouver police shot and killed Michael Vann Hubbard, 58, in downtown Vancouver. Approached by two officers, he was shot after he pulled out a small x-acto blade. A witness, Adam Smolcic, who videotaped the shooting on his cell phone said  ‘he was very shaky, but he wasn’t making any moves toward the police at all.’ His phone was confiscated and the video was erased by the Vancouver police prior to them returning it. Threatened by The Province, the Vancouver Police spokesperson Constable Jana McGuinness released a diagram of what happened in the parking lot which caused the police to shoot the car thief…The scale was accurate about the size difference between the F-350 and the Police Cruiser, but we weren’t so sure about the pigmy sized cops and the gigantic protruding wheels. Even so, we decided to add our own modification to better understand the scale in terms of TALCO technicians who can single-handedly carry 18K HMI and C+stands on their shoulders, and who’s 5-ton lighting and grip package truck is larger then an F-350, a Crown-Vic Police Cruiser, and a parked car combined! We like the scaling on ours better!