The Gulf Islands Secondary Improv team‘s recent area win qualifies them for a spot in the Canadian Improv Games. This is sixth time a GISS team has qualified. And they are the defending champions after last year’s huge-for-a-little-island win.
Here’s a brief story about the photo above:
IMPROV coach Jason Donaldson came up with an idea of voyageurs travelling across the country to the Nationals. He found a great painting which showed voyageurs in a Canadian river. We just needed a canoe photo of the team to ‘simply’ drop into the canoe spot.
However using an image of that painting might have been a copyright issue. Jason and I were talking about it during a school function in the gym. I noticed the wrap-around mural in the gym corner, grabbed a quick photo, and were were on our way…
Next we did a quick shoot of the team and canoe (in the school’s Dance Studio):
Lastly Claire Robertson, a parent of one of the team did the compositing magic as seen in the finished image here:
Kudos as always to Jason and his stellar creativity and to the always amazing IMPROV team.
The entire project was completed within 48 hours at no cost to the school or to the IMPROV program. And that’s good because getting a team to Ottawa for a week is definitely not free. The team have fundraising shows at Salt Spring Elementary – Feb 20, a Dinner Party – March 1, a Legion Show – March 10, and will be at ArtSpring – April 6.
A candid image of a Gulf Islands Secondary student at work in Shop Class.