Namaste Film Productions teamed up with reckseidler films this past weekend to shoot a TV pilot set in the breathtaking Banff National Park. When the team woke in Canmore at 6:00 am Sunday, they heard wind and rain pounding on the windows and rooftops, “we were not sure that the shoot was even going to happen, though we put faith into the weather forecast and crossed our fingers for clearing in the afternoon” said co-director Tracy Jacobson. Sure enough, around 8:30 am, the clouds broke and the sun began to shine “this is how adventure filmmaking goes, you are at the mercy of mother nature, it is out of your control and you need to hope for the best or find opportunities to work with it”. Tracy, along with executive producer/co-director James Reckseidler and co-producer Marc Vandergraaf, were on their way to Banff National Park to meet their mountain guide for the day, Joe McKay, to scout out the route and make sure it was climbable and not too wet.
After getting the okay from Joe, climbers Karita and Eben Sedun, along with camera operator Michael Klekamp, set off to climb a route on Rundle Mountain. Beautiful views of the Banff Springs Hotel and snow capped mountains all around. A few hours later, as the team arrived on a small ridge, their weather window closed. A powerful wind and rainstorm closed in on them, forcing the cast and crew safely off of the mountain, Tracy reflects, “we managed to get some great footage, though we were all pretty battered from the weather by the time we rapped everyone off of the ridge, our talent and crew were absolute troopers!”
Banff National Park was established in 1885, and was the first national park in Canada. Even before the turn of the century, it was and continues to be host to mountaineers and climbers from around the world, exploring and accomplishing many first accents on some of the highest peaks and most challenging routes in the valley.
The TV series working title “Precipice” is currently in production and scheduled for release winter 2013-14, date: TBA.