When Andrey Blanco visited Alberta a few years ago, he discovered that people knew little about the Maritimes – and vice versa.
Now the Saint John-based filmmaker and Venezuelan immigrant plans to change that.
Blanco is adding the finishing touches to ‘Our Provinces,’ a 90-minute documentary film to be released on Canada Day.
The movie is a mix of drone shots, photographs, and time lapses of landscapes and communities in each of the 10 provinces, interspersed with interviews and commentary from residents, he said.
More so, it’s an opportunity for everyone to discover Canada, even if they cannot travel far, he said.
“I think it’s important to really know this place, that is so huge, so vast, and sometimes you miss that,” he said. “It’s a huge country, so it’s not easy for everybody to learn about this place.”
Creating something unique
Blanco moved to Saint John with his wife six years ago, after spending several years in the U.K., where he created design animations for architects.
When he arrived in Canada, Blanco said he started filming corporate videos for local businesses. But he always wanted to work on something creative, “something for me,” he said.
When he learnt late last summer that Canada would celebrate 150 years as a nation in 2017, “I thought it was going to be an amazing opportunity to create a documentary on this subject.”
Three weeks later, on Sept. 1, 2016, Blanco set out to travel the country, first by car, in the Maritimes and across Newfoundland and Labrador, then flying by plane to cities further West.
‘I wanted to explore Canada in the best season possible, and I thought fall was going to be awesome to travel around Canada.’
– Andrey Blanco, filmmaker
He gave himself two months to visit all 10 provinces, he said. Along the way, he…