Watchers of the North News

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The crew was out last week to film some of Gjoa Haven’s residents build one of the most famous images the North: the igloo. If you’ve ever wondered how to build an igloo, and why it works so well to keep you warm in -40˚ weather, here’s a little how to:

1. Find or clear a flat space to build, preferably on well-packed, dryish snow.

Are you interested in finding out more about the Canadian Rangers? One of the most thorough and passionate researchers on the subject is Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer

Dr. P Whitney Lackenbauer is a widely published Canadian historian, whose books have focussed largely on the Canadian Arctic. They have largely detailed the perspective of the Canadian military in the region, especially as it relates to the Aboriginal and Inuit experience.

Tobi Elliott, our production coordinator, recently sent us these pictures of the van that’s going to be carrying our crew—and equipment—in and around Gjoa Haven. And it’s seen better days, to put it lightly.

While we won’t end up shooting there, our multi-talented research/director Steph Weimar went up to Pangnirtung—which lies on Baffin Island, northeast of Iqaluit—last March. While she was there, Keith (Samuelee) Angnakak, a local Ranger, snapped this fantastic shot of the tents at camp in Pang – he’s also responsible for that great photo of the iceberg that serves as this blog’s splash. This is the kind of accommodation our crew is looking forward to when they take their handful of trips out onto the land to film.

The team at Picture This is wrapping the last of the pre-production meetings in preparation for our first shooting day on April 18. It’s a long way up to Gjoa Haven – here’s a look at how our team is getting there. Dennis Allen, one of our directors, takes the cake with the longest trip at 10 hours.

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