How a CALLOUT episode is created

A lot of people have asked us: How is the CALLOUT series made? Are they actually live rescues? Do our cameramen rush out when there is a call?

The answer is simple. We provide a number of teams across BC with compact hi-def camcorders and tiny helmet cams that do all the work for you (focusing, light metering, white balance, etc). Each team that participates usually designates 1 or 2 of its members as camera operators. When a callout occurs, the camera person shoots as much footage as he/she can without compromising the rescue operation.

If it is a good rescue story, the production team will then meet up with the SAR team and the subjects at a later date and film interviews. A short re-creation will usually be staged to fill in the gaps in the footage.

And there you have it – the making of a real, live CALLOUT episode!

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2 Responses to How a CALLOUT episode is created

  1. Roger Nickel says:

    With all the world watching the Boulder Mt rescue in Mar 2010
    Maybe you could do a Callout show on that.
    I am with SAR in Revelstoke and have had lots of questions asked of me
    But media has made their veiw known but I think SAR veiw might be different.
    Just a thought

    • CALLOUT Team says:

      You’re right. The Boulder incident with Revelstoke SAR is a great story to tell from the rescuers’ perspective. We actually have phenomenal footage of the rescue activities as well as live footage of the avalanche occurring and the aftermath including self-rescue by the snowmobilers.

      Revelstoke SAR definitely played a pivotal role in the rescue and the only thing CALLOUT needs in order to proceed with the story is a go-ahead from the Revelstoke SAR team themselves. Please contact us at if you are part of Revelstoke SAR and wish to see CALLOUT do this story.

      CALLOUT currently has 10 busy SAR teams filming rescues as they happen.