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!