We are a third party contractor that will help provide strategies to manage the risk, safety and logistical challenges of your ambition productions.
By managing risk and safety we significantly decrease the variables and uncertainties that a network and production company are exposed to during all phases of production.
We understand the balance between creative intentions and the necessity of providing a safe working environment for your cast and crew. Whitecap has the expertise to minimize the risks and help protect your greatest resources; your people, your reputation and your investment in the project.
Regardless of the conditions, you can trust us to customize our proven strategies to fit your needs.
With over 18 years in the entertainment industry we have the experience and resources to provide you with a safe and efficient filming experience in the most adventurous locations on the planet.
We can deliver solutions to the challenges associated with international logistics, remote locations and complex conditions. At Whitecap, our goal is to reduce the stress generated by your ambitious projects.
Alone Season 4
Alone Season 4, followed a pair of survivalists as they tested their skills and ability to survive in a remote and isolated location on the North-West Coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. In order to survive together, one partner, the “hiker,” had to trek through extreme terrain, roughly 5 miles, from drop location with a bearing provided to them by production and navigate their way to find their partner, “the non-hiker.” Once meeting up with their partner, the two survivalists had up to one year of working together to survive on their lone island.
Whitecap RSC’s mandate was to manage the risks that challenged this complex creative ambition and find solutions that protected survivalist participants from permanent and life threatening injuries while respecting the freedom of choices of these participants. On top of this challenge, the creative mandate dictated there not to be any visual contact with the participants to respect their authentic survival experience. This was achieved while survivalist participants produced media content. Whitecap was able to achieve this by implementing its Four Phases.
The first step, was to analyze the operational challenges and key hazards with not only the “hikers,” but also the “non-hikers” as well as crew. In previous seasons, Whitecap was able to identify such hazards, i.e. terrain, animal threats, communication issues, extreme weather, malnutrition, and by knowing the survivalists were to be kept in a designated “island” area, but by adding the “hiker” element it created an additional amount of risk to both the survivalist and the crew that at times could potentially be unknown. In order to cover all personnel, extensive researching, scouting and planning were the key solutions to help reduce such hazards and maintain an operation at the highest level of standard of care.
Whitecap scouted for a month prior to launch to better familiarize themselves with the location and its hazards. This helped to establish what was needed on the ground and implement the proper protocols in place.
The next step was to execute the management plans that were put in place as a direct result from the extensive scouting.
Because Alone, Season 4, added the Hiker element to production, this exposed the production to increased risk, thus the solution to maintain the operational risk tolerance was to increase mitigation measure such as: infrastructure, communication, outside resources, and a shadow team for each survivalist that chose to trek through Vancouver Island. These shadow teams acted as a communications link and ground access link to the hiker should an incident occur, as well as guide a shooter/producer to capture any field based incident while managing the rescue/extraction process. All “hikers” were tracked by both their designated shadow team with vhf radio tracking devices and by the production hub with satellite tracking devices.
One main Production Hub with 24/7 coverage acted as a communication hub and three Base Camps consisting of first responders and a boat captain equipped with a first aid kit, hypothermia kit, and immobilization equipment were established to service in an emergency. Additional external resources were also put in place – Coast Guard, Joint Rescue, Conservation Officer – should an emergency outside of the realm had occurred.
Communication Protocols were established to make sure cast and crew remain in contact via one link of the layered communication system. Transportation and Daily Movements included safety protocols for production personnel and cast so they were able to travel outside the standard production movements, but all movements were monitored and recorded by a production management representative. Each individual was responsible to carry first aid field equipment on their person at all times in the field. Each base camp was equipped with the highest level of occupational first aid available.
These plans were created to establish a clear check list for any emergency or critical incident that may have occurred.