Are You Ready for CANADA IN A DAY?

Are You Ready for September 10? Film Tips Revealed in Advance of Landmark Filming Day for CTV’s CANADA IN A DAY

Canada in a Day logoTORONTO, Sept. 1, 2016 /CNW/ – With the countdown on to the CANADA IN A DAY Filming Day on Saturday, September 10 – when Canadians from across the country and around the world are encouraged to grab their cameras or smartphones and film their lives – CTV is sharing some key filming tips to help people capture their day in the best way possible. With some help from Greg Middleton, Director of Photography for HBO Canada’s GAME OF THRONES, Canadians are encouraged to visit for FAQs as well as instructional videos from Middleton and CANADA IN A DAY Ambassadors including Tricia Helfer (LUCIFER, SUITS) and Kevin Zegers (NOTORIOUS, GRACEPOINT).

From the countless individual moments and stories Canadians will capture on Saturday, September 10, one film will be crafted by Director Trish Dolman which will air on CTV as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. Inspired by the original award-winning Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald film Life In A Day, CANADA IN A DAY‘s Filming Day follows the Friday, September 9 international premiere at TIFF® of another In A Day success, India In A Day, directed by Canadian Richie Mehta.

From the ordinary to the extraordinary, here are some key tips Canadians should keep in mind while filming their lives on Saturday, September 10:

  1. Use Any Camera – Footage will be accepted from any device, including mobile phones, and can include time-lapse and drone footage, as well as content shot with special lenses.
  2. Film Horizontally – To avoid black bars on TV screens when the film airs next year, people should be sure to hold cameras or smartphones horizontally.
  3. Film Anywhere – Canadians can film anywhere. At home, at work, or out in their communities. From a favourite getaway or spot to hike, to a park or time spent in a backyard, to moments swimming or up in the air. Proper permission should be secured to film on private property.
  4. Film Anyone – People can film themselves, family, friends, or strangers they encounter during the day. Permission should be secured from anyone who appears in submitted footage.
  5. Think About Light – Avoid filming in front of windows or other sources of bright light, unless the goal is to have the subject appear in silhouette.
  6. Get Good Sound – To hear everyone included in videos, people should try to avoid loud areas. If possible, use a microphone to capture the best sound.
  7. Keep Your Camera Rolling – Be sure to film for at least 3–5 seconds, and try to avoid too much zooming and panning.
  8. Film In Any Language – Canadians can film their day in any language.
  9. Think About the Four Main Questions:
    • What do you love?
    • What do you hope or dream of?
    • What do you fear?
    • What does Canada mean to you?
  10. Don’t Worry – There is no right or wrong way for people to tell their story. Filming the simplest moments can lead to the most compelling footage.


Grab Your CameraFrom the top of the CN Tower in Toronto, the banks of Rideau Canal in Ottawa, and the historic streets of Old Montréal, to Stanley Park in Vancouver, the West Edmonton Mall, and exploring tunnels in Moose Jaw, to a backyard in Halifax, a home in Iqaluit, and a stroll through Terra Nova National Park in Gander, there’s no right or wrong place to film on September 10.

The Specifics:

  • CANADA IN A DAY is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents across the country as well as Canadians living abroad or visiting other countries.
  • Participants can film as much or as little footage as they want during the 24-hour period in their time zone on Saturday, September 10.
  • Canadians have until midnight on Monday, October 10 to submit their original uncompressed, unedited videos at


CANADA IN A DAY is inspired by the original award-winning Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald film, Life in a Day. Shot in 2010 and released in 2011, Life in a Day was the remarkable story of one day on Earth. The project garnered more than 80,000 submissions from around the world, and contained more than 4,500 hours of deeply personal, powerful moments shot by contributors fromAustralia to Zambia – from the heart of bustling major cities to some of the most remote places on Earth. Since then, several countries have launched their own In a Day films, including Britain, Italy, Germany, Spain, India, and Japan.

CANADA IN A DAY is produced by Screen Siren Pictures Inc. in association with CTV, with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, Bell Fund, Creative BC, FIBC, and the Government of Canada. Executive producers are Scott Free Films, Trish Dolman, and Christine Haebler, with Trish Dolman producing and Michael Ghent co-producing for Screen Siren Pictures Inc. Switch United is the web producer and Innovate by Day is the Social Media producer.

For Bell Media, Danielle Pearson is Manager, Factual and Reality, Independent Production; Robin Johnston is Director, Factual and Reality, Independent Production; and Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content.








About Screen Siren Pictures Inc.
Established in 1997, Screen Siren Pictures is a leading independent film, television and digital media production company based inVancouver, BC. We create innovative, award-winning feature films, documentaries and television. With a focus on international co-productions and partnerships, we bring creative energy and established local and international industry relationships to all projects.

President and founder Trish Dolman has been working in film and television for more than twenty years as an award-winning producer and a documentary director. In April of 2009 she joined forces with feature film veteran Christine Haebler as a producing partner. Known for excellence in production quality and fiscal management, Screen Siren has more than twenty productions to its credit and has produced for leading broadcasters around the world with completed titles premiering and winning awards at the major film festivals. Notable titles include Hector and the Search for Happiness starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Jean Renoand Christopher Plummer, as well as recent documentaries such as Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson.

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, MOTIVE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. Upcoming original series on CTV include CARDINAL and THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV’s original series LETTERKENNY andRUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery’s upcoming drama FRONTIER, and Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, andCANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new scripted series in 4K.

About CTV
CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 15 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at