March / 2014

Filming The Mysterious 7th Continent

In this edition of the Cinevate Customer Showcase, we have the pleasure of introducing Rhonda and Tony Wannamaker csc, and share with you their journey to the 7th continent.

Rhonda and Tony Wannamaker csc are a husband and wife film team. Rhonda is a Producer/Sound Recordist and Tony is a Cinematographer/Director. During the month of November 2013, the filmmakers were in the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica working on a documentary about Eco-tourism and following in the footsteps of the great heroic Polar Explorers, Capt. Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton.

November / 2007

How Long is Now?
No Opportunity Wasted for Cast or Crew
On Reality Show Shoot


Working at a self-described "breakneck pace", cinematographer Tony Wannamaker csc had no time to waste in between shooting assignments for No Opportunity Wasted, a Canadian-produced TV series now airing on the CBC.

He's the DOP for all of the 10 X 30 episode series, and he's just back from shooting in Kenya to prepare for the next round of location shooting in California.

May / 2004

"Commercializing" the Sony XDcam at Toronto 1

As one of the two commercial DOPs for Toronto 1's Creative Services department, I recently had the opportunity to lens the first commercial to be shot in Canada with Sony's new blue-violet laser optical disc camcorder called the XDCAM, specifically the PDW-530 model. Toronto 1 is the first Canadian broadcaster to switch from tape-based acquisition to the XDCAM.

Prepping for the commercial shoot - for Richard Killen and Associates with Nick Appleton directing - I tested the camera in various field environments.

April / 2010

Inside Disaster
The Haitian Earthquake of 2010


It was a little after 6:00 p.m. on January 12 when my mother came running into our Belleville kitchen to tell us that a 7.0 magnitude earthquake had just hit Haiti. My wife took a concerned look at me as she ran into the bedroom to filter more information. I slowly poked at my spaghetti dinner, knowing my world was about to change. "It happened near the capital," Rhonda said with a knowing look. I'd been to Port-au-Prince 15 years earlier and knew it was an overcrowded capital city of two million. It was very poor and very desperate. I knew right then and there I would be leaving for Haiti. Within two hours, I had driven to my office in Toronto and finalized my preparation to go.

November / 2006

Talking Pictures

The year is 2050. Society is cold, stark, and impersonal. People live only for the thrills found on "life discs," tiny microchips played to their brains through transmitters implanted in their arms. They are fed the ultimate in virtual reality, and it's as addictive as any drug.

The struggle between humanity and a desensitized society is the premise for Amplifier, a short, sci-fi drama that is the brainchild of writer/director Glenn Forbes. Director of photography for the 35mm film, shot in the greater Toronto area last spring, was Tony Wannamaker, who said work on the project "was technically rewarding."

December / 2002

Passport to Ride: Sending a holiday message
"Getting precious cargo home"


The holiday season, says Toronto-based cinematographer Tony Wannamaker csc, is the time of year when the issue of drinking and driving gets most closely examined, and one of his recent jobs was a public service announcement (PSA) to increase awareness of the problem.

"Drunk driving is nothing short of destructive behaviour and must be eradicated," the DOP told CSC News. "Holiday statistics suggest we should continue our efforts to remind drivers and passengers that drinking and driving is not an option."