It’s the lights, the camera and the throwing of a line in hopes of catching the big one as the cameras roll near Black Diamond, Alta.
The Dunning family produces a show called wild angles which airs July 1 on Sportsman Channel in Canada and World Fishing Network in the United States.
Aeden Dunning is the host and his family all contributed to the production of the series.
They run a TV production company called Dunning Imagery Productions from their home south of Calgary and have collected footage from numerous fishing trips over the years with the aim of making a series of shows.
“We started filming every time we went out fishing and making sure we had a full list of footage,” Aeden said. “It was really fun to turn fishing into something that I could eventually earn a living from.”
Andrew Dunning is the CEO of the company. His wife Debbie is a photographer and edits videos. The oldest son Liam is the cinematographer and editor while the youngest son Aeden is a fishing guide.
“On some of the fishing (images) I’m on camera, just to have an interaction with Aeden, sort of a father-son thing, just for an emotional connection with our audience,” Andrew said.
“Aeden learned to fish because I love to fish, so I wanted to fish too.”
Liam is responsible for getting all the right angles for the show using drone footage from above and underwater GoPro cameras, as well as his handheld camera.
“You want to keep that camera running most of the time to make sure you’re getting the shots you need so nothing happens when you put the camera away,” he said.
“It adds a bit of time to the editing process, but it’s worth it because then you know you’ve got those good shots and you haven’t missed a thing.”
Debbie must go through all the footage from each outing and edit the best shots together. It helps that she also shot a lot of footage for the production.
“I love working with family,” she said. “It’s unique, I think, that the four of us can do this project together.”
Andrew says the show goes wherever there is fish – budget permitting. Some segments will feature waterways close to home while others are filmed in exotic destinations where they hire local guides to help.
“I had to go down to Costa Rica,” Andrew said. “We didn’t take Aeden but I really wanted to catch a roosterfish so I went over there, we (hired) Dream On Sport Fishing and fished with them and of course I caught a roosterfish from 40 pounds and I landed it. It’s a can’t-miss fish and so we had that opportunity.”
At the start of the pandemic, the production company had no work, so Andrew and Liam produced a cooking show called Cooking in quarantine to track their camera and editing skills, and to pass the time. It was hosted by Andrew.
“The cooking show really helped us,” Andrew said. “TELUS contacted us, they picked up the six episodes for their community channel and everywhere I go, you know, people say, ‘I saw you on YouTube, I saw you on CTV (Calgary)’ and it became national, which we did. I don’t expect.”
Aedan says many existing fishing shows feature older, well-known hosts. He hopes his youth and experience will captivate viewers as well as the show’s educational component which teaches people tricks to help them catch more fish.
“We should top, I think it was two million views a month in the US on WFN, so you know, just the name of the channel we’re on on World Fishing Network, it’s a very well-known channel .and to be in the United States with that, there’s a lot of viewers and then in Canada, the Sportsman channel, we’re going to have a ton of viewers.”
The first episode airs on Canada Day and Debbie and the rest of the family can’t wait.
“It’s 99% complete and we’re really happy with it,” she said. “Really happy.”
Learn more about wild angles on line.