Blizzard day? I thought you said beach day
Iqaluit filmmaker and friends brave Sunday’s storm for a little fun
While most of Iqaluit was huddled inside during this past weekend’s blizzard, four residents frolicked outside as if it were a balmy Caribbean paradise.
A YouTube video of them, now with more 6,400 views, shows them, as the storm descended,clad in swimsuits playing volleyball, reading on a beach towel, applying sunscreen, and pretending to swim, with wind gusts up to 90 km/hr and a wind chill of -42 C.
The short film is the creation of Justin Tambogon, who, along with Hannah Chung, Isaac Freda, Kyle Jones and Kevan Nelson, decided to ignore the “frostbite in minutes” warning from Environment Canada to head out and make the video, called “Beach Blizzard Day.”
The video’s opening scene shows everyone cheerfully running out of a vehicle. But that was a scene they had to retake, Jones said.
The initial plan was to bring out a bunch of props during that scene, but Jones said they had “definitely under-estimated the power of the wind and everything was blowing away.”
“It’s us getting out of the car facing the wind, then giving up and screaming in about eight seconds,” Jones said on Monday, March 9, after the blizzard had finally ended.
As a result of the missed take, the group decided to keep the rest of the action a bit more basic in terms of set design.
Throughout the filming, they kept the vehicle running so they could warm up.
But, even so, Hannah Chung, who can be seen reading a magazine on a chilly beach towel in a bikini in one scene, admitted it was “so cold.”
Justin Tambogon, who shot and edited the video, works for the City of Iqaluit’s recreation department. And he has also produced other videos with the same group of friends as actors.
From beginning to end, it took only four hours to film and edit “Beach Blizzard Day,” Tambogon said. “Filming was difficult based on weather.”
But he had tested his gear on a previous short video, “Snowboarding through Iqaluit, NU.”
“Knowing it could handle the harsh weather up here was a good sign and filming this particular video was going to be good. I was dressed appropriately but as you can see everyone in the film had to take the bigger risk,” he said.
Tambogon said his film-making style and inspiration come from watching other great Canadian filmmakers on YouTube like Peter McKinnon and Matti Haapoja.
His other shorts are found on the YouTube channels “Justin Tambogon” and “Full Art Media.”