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Thunder Bay video goes viral

Local cinematographer's aerial view of Thunder Bay has been seen more than 105,000 times on social media in less than two weeks.

THUNDER BAY – A local cinematographer's recently released aerial view of Thunder Bay has been seen more than 105,000 times on social media.

Thunder Bay Four Seasons has been a year and a half ardour for Imagine Films videographer Alan Auld.

Auld’s short 2 minute and 45 second drone’s eye view video highlights the beautiful features of Thunder Bay and area during the four seasons.

“The part that I’m really touched by is the comments,” Auld said. “People not just from Thunder Bay – but people that have lived here and moved away for upwards of 30 years – have said thank you for sharing.”

In late December, an hour after the video was released on social media the views had skyrocketed to 5,000 and by New Years that number hovered around 60,000 until a few days ago.

The view count steadily moved up and as of Saturday morning more than 105,000 had took the time to see the beauty of Thunder Bay.

“It was kind of addictive seeing those number go up,” Auld said.

“Thunder Bay has a population of more than 110,000, so that’s pretty remarkable to see that (number).”

Auld felt an overwhelming amount of encouragement from the comments he has received during the past few weeks.

There’s already plans in the making of filming additional landmarks in Thunder Bay, including the Sleeping Giant.

It was a heartwarming experience for Auld to see how many people were touched by the video in some way.

His favourite part of production was seeing how one scene flowed into the next.

“To look at raw footage sometimes isn’t that exciting, but to cut it up into shorter pieces and put it together and then find the right music to tell that story…that’s exciting.”

Auld said he chose the song How does it make you feel by Air, because that was the emotion he felt while putting the video together and he believed it was perfect.

“This is an interactive thing that you didn’t just post and put it in a magazine where people read it and you don’t hear back from them,” Auld said.

“People got back to me and I think that’s something that drive you to do more and you realize you made a difference in someone's life for a few moments and that’s what drive you to do it again.”

Nicole Dixon

About the Author: Nicole Dixon

Born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Nicole moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario in 2008 to pursue a career in journalism. Nicole joined in 2015 as a multimedia producer, content developer and reporter.
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