Never trust anyone who does this!!

GEORGE HUPKA: Director and Producer
Member, Directors Guild of Canada


Documentary
DOWNSTREAM PICTURES, Saskatoon.

2019
nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

Co-Production with National Film Board of Canada
Producer, DOP
WINNER - 2019 HOT DOCS Best Canadian Feature Documentary
WINNER - 2019 DOXA Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary

WINNER - 2019 WEENGUSHK Film Festival - Best Documentary, Best Director (Tasha Hubbard)
WINNER - 2019 GIMLI International Film Festival - Best of Fest Audience Choice Award

2013
On The Edge - The Road to the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup
Co-production with Fadoo Productions & Media Rendezvous
Producer, DOP (8 x 1 hour episodes)
Nominated for 2013 Cynopsis Sports Media Awards - Best Documentary Series
Nominated for 2013 Golden Sheaf Awards - Best Documentary Series & Best of Saskatchewan

1995 - 1996
LIFE LESSONS - Reinventing Themselves 
Director, Editor.
Half-hour documentary for CanWest/Global, produced in association with Heartland Motion Pictures.


CFQC TELEVISION (CTV Saskatchewan)
Director, Producer, Writer
1989 - 1991

OBMIN, a 60-minute documentary.
Spent 2 months in the Soviet Union, resulting in a news series, two half-hour documentaries, The Sleeping Giant and Testing The Limits, and the one-hour documentary OBMIN - a 1991 CanPro Gold winner.

In the photograph, George is pictured at the train station in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now in the Slovak Republic), with four of the students participating in the exchange program, and some of the 17 cases of gear he brought along!

George In Ukraine

 


Television

2013 - 2019 Telemiracle Telethon Supervising Director.

1993 - 1999 Telemiracle Telethon Director.

1995 - 2003
Golden Harvest North American Cup
Director, Producer.
9-camera mobile coverage of this annual darts tournament, broacast by CTV, TSN, and Sportsnet
3 x 90-minute programs per year (semi-final and final matches).


CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Director / Producer (Contract)

2000 2000 Today - Paul Brandt  Live Concert segment for national Y2K broadcast - Director.
Winner - 2000 Gemini Award for "Best Live Special Event Coverage"

1998 Saskatchewan Party Leadership Convention - Live coverage  -  Director. (2 hours)

1997 - 1998 CBC Saskatchewan NewsHour & NewsFinal - Director, Director Trainer. (50 eps.)

1995 CBC Saskatchewan Election Coverage - Director. (Saskatoon Unit)

1993 - 1994 CBC Saskatchewan NewsHour & NewsFinal - Director. (30 eps.)

1993 Showcase 93 (60-minute variety special hosted by Tom Jackson) - Director, Producer.



Title
Broadcaster
Length
Format
Position
Production Company
Year
Frankie & Walter - One More Time.....
Winner - Showcase "Best Arts & Entertainment"
Nominated for 2 Gemini awards.
CBC / A&E
1 x 60
Variety
Director - concert segments
Camera West Film Associates
1995-96
The Saskatchewan Summit
SCN
3 x 6 hr
Live Event
Director (5-camera mobile)
Downstream Pictures
2005
Dining With Bruce
Pilot
1 x 30
Lifestyle
Director (3-camera studio)
Independent Moving Pictures
2001
In:Culture
SCN
13 x 30
Lifestyle
Director - studio segments
Angel Entertainment
2003
Sweetness In Life
APTN
13 x 30
Lifestyle
Director - studio segments
Blue Hill Productions
2002
Running As One
APTN
1 x 60
Variety
Director - concert segments
Blue Hill Productions
2000
Building Saskatchewan's Future
SCN
1 x 6 hrs.
Live News
Co-Producer, Director (5-camera mobile)
Downstream Pictures
1998
Finding Common Ground on Canada's Future - a forum on national unity
SCN
1 x 8 hrs.
Live News
Co-Producer, Director (6-camera mobile)
Downstream Pictures
1997
STREETNiX - We Forgot the Instruments!
Global
1 x 60
Variety
Producer, Director, Editor
(5-camera concert film.)
Downstream Pictures
1996
Down on the Farm
Winner - Showcase 1994 "Best Children's Program "
Educational
1 x 30
Children's
Director, DOP
Media Group
1994
Prime Time Live
ABC
1 x 60
Newsmagazine
Live Remote Director (Saskatoon)
ABC News
1990
The 1994 Can-Pro Awards
CTV
3 hrs.
Live Event
Writer, Director
CTV Saskatchewan
1994


Empire Entertainment / Global / All-American
DIVORCE COURT 92. Associate Director, 45 eps.
Director: Cheryl Simard.


VP VIDEO POSTCARD
Director / DOP / Editor
1992 - 1993
3 x 30-minute and 1 x 60-minute travel videos, shot in Cancun, Acapulco, Cozumel, and Mayan ruins throughout the Yucatan.



CFQC TELEVISION (CTV Saskatchewan)
Director, Producer, Writer
1989 - 1991
1989 - 1991
CFQC TV NEWSCENTRE  -  Director (420 eps).
6 & 11:30 Newscasts.

1990 - 1991
The Provincial Report.  -  Director (75 eps).
Daily province-wide current affairs program.

1990 - 1991  
Farmgate.   -  Director (60 eps).
A weekly agriculture newsmagazine.

1989 - 1990
Farmgate at Agribition.   -  Director/Producer (10eps).
A live, daily half-hour series produced on-location from the Agribition site in Regina.

1990, 1991
WHL Hockey, Canadian Midget Baseball.  -  Director/Producer.
Live mobile coverage with 5 cameras.

MS 1990, 1991.
90-minute live variety specials.
Director, Producer, Writer.


SASKATOON TELECABLE
1982 - 1985
Extensive experience directing multi-camera studio and mobile productions, including live hockey, football, and baseball coverage, political forums, and music programs.


Commercials

Title
Position
Campaign
Format
Agency
Year
SUN - "Closed," "Emergency"
Director/DOP
2 x :30
HD
Java
2007
Sask Learning "Young Families"
Director/DOP
1 x :30
HD
Bamboo Shoots
2007
Sask Highways "Slow to 60"
Director
1 x :30
Video
Juxtapose Productions
2006
"Invitation - The Quilt of Belonging" Campaign
Director/Editor
2x:30, 2x:15
Video
Downstream Pictures
2006
"Wide Open Saskatchewan" - National Revision
Director/DOP
1 x :60
35mm
Phoenix Group
2003
SaskEnergy - Conservation II Campaign
Director
3 x :30
35mm
Phoenix Group
2002
SaskEnergy - Conservation I Campaign
Winner, Gold Summit Award, 2003.
Winner, ACE Award of Merit
(TV Campaigns Under $50,000), 2002.
Winner, Best Commercial (Low Budget Category), Showcase 2002.
Director
3 x :30
35mm
Phoenix Group
2001
Realty Executives Boardwalk - "Construction, Pelicans"
Nominated for Best Commercial (Low budget category) Showcase 2002.
Director/DOP
2 x :30
Video
Media Group
2001
Smart Learning
Nominated for Best Commercial :30 and under, Showcase 2000.
Director/DOP
2 x :15
Video
NEXT Communications
2000
Jubilee Ford, Jaguar & Volvo - Relocation Campaign
Director
12 x :30
Video
MGM Communications
2001
Mallard And Associates - Campaign
Director
8 x :30
Video
Marketing Den
2001
Sask Wheat Pool - "Signs of Autumn"
Director/DOP
1 x :30
16mm
Marketing Den
2000
C:/Prompt Computers - "Fire" "Family"
Director/DOP
2 x :15
35mm
Media Group
1999
Telemiracle - "Painting"
Director/DOP
1 x :30
Video
MGM Communications
1997
Jubilee Ford
Director/DOP
1 x :30
Video
MGM Communications
1997
Jubilee Ford "Signs" campaign
Director/DOP
5 x :30
Video
MGM Communications
1996
Telemiracle - "Helping People Every Day"
Director/DOP
2 x :30
Video
MGM Communications
1995

Corporates

Title
Position
Format
Agency
Year
Federated Co-operatives -Loss Prevention
Director/DP
10-minute HD video
Bamboo Shoots
2011
Sask Industry & Resources - Asian Business
Director/DP
5-minute HD video
Phoenix Group
2006
Sask Industry & Resources - Heavy Oil
Director/DP
5-minute HD video
Phoenix Group
2006
Sask Tel - Homenet
Director/DP
Internet streaming video
Brown Communications
2005
Sask Tel - Messenger
Director/DP
Internet streaming video
Brown Communications
2005
Sask Tel - Max Entertainment Services
Director/DP
Internet streaming video
Brown Communications
2005
Sask Tel E-Services
Director/DP
5-minute Internet streaming video
Brown Communications
2003
Federated Co-operatives Marketing Conference
Director
3 x :30 marketing videos
Media Group
2003
Sask Tel Interactive Services
Director/DP
2 5-minute Internet streaming videos
Brown Communications
2002
Federated Co-operatives Service Training
Director
Training video
Media Group
2002
Crestline Coach - Manitoba & Ontario
Director
2 x 30-minute training videos for ambulance technicians and maintenance personnel.
Media Group
2001
Agrium Potash - Contractor Safety
Director/DP
Training video
Leslie Bell & Associates
2001
Federated Co-operatives - Retail Theatre
Director
5 x :60 corporate presentations
Media Group
2000
Prairie Canola
Director/DP
Promotional video for Sask. Wheat Pool
Marketing Den
2000
Sears Canada
Director, Writer/Director
6 corporate training videos
Sears Canada, Toronto
1992-93
Crestline Coach - BC Ambulance
Director
30-minute training video
Media Group
1998
Crestline Coach - BC Ambulance
Director
30-minute training video
Media Group
1997
Federated Co-operatives - Mission:Gold
Director/DP/Editor
3-minute product launch promotional video
Media Group
1997
Federated Co-operatives - Director Training
Director
10-minute corporate training video
Media Group
1996
E-Zeewrap
Director
30-minute infomercial for the US market
Media Group
1994

1999
In A Heartbeat - Director, DP.
Documentary-style safety awareness video for Trimac Trucking..
Nominated for Best Corporate/Promotional Video, Showcase 2000.

 

 

 

Re-creating a car crash for In A Heartbeat


DOWNSTREAM PICTURES, Saskatoon.

2014
PCS Allan - Milling Operations. Corporate for PotashCorp - Director, Writer.

2012
PCS Allan - Underground Operations.  Corporate for PotashCorp-  Director, Writer.

2006
Invitation - the Quilt of Belonging. Corporate for Saskatoon Folkfest - Director, Editor.

2005
Vision, Mission, Values. . Corporate for Saskatchewan Wheat Pool -  Director, Editor.

1998
Success In Saskatchewan - The Ducks Unlimited Story - Director, DP.
Promotional Video
Winner, Best Corporate/Promotional Video, Showcase 2000
Nominated for Best Videography (George Hupka & Gary vonKuster)  and Best Host/Presenter (Jim McCrory)

1997
Streetnix..... ignition. Promotional video for CD -  Director, Editor.

1994
10-minute promotional video for The Saskatoon Foundation.  -  Producer, Director, Writer.
PSA for The Saskatoon Foundation.  -  Producer, Director, Editor.


 

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