Media production company settles in Squamish | Squamish Chief

Media production company settles in Squamish

Blue River Canada is looking to help local businesses and musicians

It's no secret that Squamish makes for a great location to shoot film, and one company knows it.

Blue River Canada is a media production company that set up shop here in town in July, and they're now ready to give the community a chance to get familiar with them.

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The company employs a team of nine in Squamish.

The outfit has a number of film projects on the go, shooting films for Amazon Prime and Netflix, as well as commercials.

There are also more community-minded projects that the team is considering, like a tribute film for Mikayla Martin, a star skier and mountain biker who died last year in an accident.

April Chandler, the founder of the company, has 11 producer credits on IMDb.com for various documentaries, TV series and video shorts.

She immigrated to the United States in 2001 where she began her career as a personal growth and self-help non-fiction author and coach to actors and professional athletes, her IMDb.com biography states.

Then she became an executive producer and raised money for film productions.

After years living in Los Angeles, Chandler headed north and set up Blue River in Squamish. She is a director, producer and can pilot a drone as well.

Alice O'Connor, Blue River's business manager, and Sarah Bulford, social media marketing manager, told The Chief that the company is hoping to attract local businesses, and enterprises looking for help in creating promotional videos.

The pair touted affordable rates for small businesses and added they wanted to reach out the Squamish community to make their film ideas come to life.

But that's not the only service the company is aiming to provide.

Musicians and podcast aficionados can rejoice in having professional recording studio spaces, as Blue River is aiming to have three of them available to book.

Blue River's production space features some artwork by local artist Mehran "Raz" Razmpoosh, with images of the Stawamus Chief, Mount Garibaldi and Shannon Falls, so people can still have a view of the great outdoors, even from inside.

O'Connor and Bulford said down the line, the company hopes to also have bookings available for video production space as well.

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