A Tofino resident is nominated for an award at the 17th Annual Eyelens Film, Video and Animation Festival.
The film In Search of Cadborosaurus, The Legend of the Deep by Cameron Dennison is nominated in the Adult Documentary Filmmaking category.
“I was really excited about [the nomination],” says Dennison. “I wanted to learn how to do documentary filmmaking. It’s something I’m passionate about, and there was an opportunity to go to the Gulf Islands Film and Television School [GIFTS].”
The school presents an annual festival to showcase its students work. The festival will be held in Victoria April 21.
This time there are over 140 videos, all of which were produced at the school in 2011.
According to a media release from the festival, Dennison is an “up-and-coming media artist who braved the rigours of a GIFTS media intensive and produced stunning work in a short period of time.”
The documentary was filmed over the course of eight days last summer on location close to the school.
“The school happens to be on Galiano Island, near the world’s foremost researcher on cryptids who happens to live on Galiano island,” says Dennison.
The Loch Ness Monster and Sasquatch fall under the category of cryptids and this film centres around the search for another cryptid; the Cadborosaurus.
Researcher, Dr. Paul Le Blond, is one of the main subjects of the documentary.
In the film, Dr. Le Blond describes the Cadborosaurus as “a large animal, 30 to 40 feet long, that has been observed by many witnesses on the B.C. coast, south to California and north to Alaska.”
The Cadborosaurus is quick moving, has a long neck, camel like head, and coils on its body.
According to Le Blond, its existence is still unproven.
Dennison says the win would give him a personal confirmation that he is going the right direction.
“The win would be a note that I’m on the right track, a confirmation that I’m doing something that I’m very passionate about. It means a lot to me and getting recognized for that is really wonderful.”
He is also taking his filming skills and applying it to his production company.
“I had done it [the documentary] because I have Strongheart Productions and I’m doing my best to learn how to become proficient at the craft so I can offer people a good product.”