8 weeks ago, our Destination BC Creative Studio team and our creative partners 123W were producing our Dream of Later video that we released at the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown. One afternoon, I recorded my son James reading the script at home on my phone. It was really fun to involve the family in my work at home during that odd first couple weeks of our new normal.
And then the next week we created an alternate version of the video using James' voice over. I'm very proud of our original video and how the team conceptualized and produced a video in less than a week and don't want to undercut it or the team's awesome work.
But I'm also very emotionally attached to this version. Because I'm a super biased proud dad. Because of the look of wonder on James' face when I played it for him. Because of the tears from grandparents as we watched on FaceTime while they screened this video. Because it helped our family feel like we took a little control back from a situation that felt out of our control.
So to celebrate many things; how British Columbian's came together to follow Dr. Bonnie Henry's leadership, BC's reopening, BC's healthcare and essential workers... I present my director's cut of our Dream of Later video, known affectionately around DBC's Creative Studio and my house as "The James Cut".
When I met Leo in 2006, I told him designing an Olympic Games is my dream. He said “You should come work with me, I want to work with dreamers.” 2 months later, I started at VANOC on the design team. I’m so thankful for our random meeting and the chance he took on me.
Over the next 3+ years we made many things together, spent many late nights working together, went to concerts at Deer Lake Park, played ping pong, and had some really deep discussions. We had some disagreements along the way too. But I knew that no matter what happened at work, we would always be friends. I’m glad a few of us said that to Leo and he told us the same, while working late on his last night.
I’m still thankful 9 years later for my his passion, child-like wonder, work ethic, Leo-isms, small celebrations, and mischievous looks. He cared about us and that care spread to the rest of our team, many of our Brand & Creative Services team are still some of my best friends. And look at all the things our team made together! Thank you for all you taught me, Leo. 🙌