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Director / CrewHello Reddit! I am Andre Dupuis, co-creator, director, and cinematographer of the travel shows Departures and Descending. Ask me anything!

Aug 14th 2017 by Andre_Dupuis • 23 Questions • 112 Points

Hello Reddit! I am Andre Dupuis, co-creator, director, and cinematographer of the travel shows Departures and Descending. I just finished my latest 6-part series Over the Horizon (My Pacific Quest) now airing on National Geographic and Outside TV. I trained for several years, along with host and adventurer Ellis Emmett, in order to learn how to sail a 56' yacht offshore into the Pacific Ocean. Our mission was to document our adventure exploring some of the most remote islands on Earth. This has been a passion project four years in the making. Ask me anything!

UPDATE: THANK YOU Thanks everyone for the amazing questions and most of all for the incredible support over the years. This was lots of fun! I hope you all get a chance to see Over the Horizon / My Pacific Quest soon. Now get out there and explore this amazing world of ours! -Andre

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Q:

Hi Andre, Happy 150th to you and your fellow Canadians. What are some under the radar destinations people should explore in Canada?

What are you favorite drinking customs you've found around the world that don't involve being stuck between a bed and a wall?

A:

Under the water in beautiful British Columbia!! Port Hardy, Vancouver Island. One of the most incredible places I've every been is diving on Browning Wall.

Drinking customs? When shooting Over the Horizon drinking Kava with the entire community of Muanaicake on the island of Fulaga. Its a communal bowl and you drink out of a communal coconut shell. There is an order of who drinks first, and who drinks last.


Q:

WHITEHORSEEEEEEE

A:

My finest moment on television.


Q:

Hi Andre - when watching Departures it's difficult to gauge the production time frame. What was the schedule before going to each country? A certain period of pre-production and then how many days/weeks of actual production in the country?

From all your TV shows, which shoot/country was 1) your favourite and 2) the most challenging to film?

Thanks Al

A:

I like to have a month in any one place. On Over the Horizon we aimed at a month per destination. Departures was less, the shortest was 5 days in North Korea. Amazing we got two episodes out of it. I would say North Korea was the most challenging in many ways because 90% of the time I was not allowed to film. My favourite place to shoot was by far Antarctica.


Q:

How did you ever manage to fit all your equipment while filming Depatures, while also packing all your clothes, etc?

Do you think you or the others would ever consider publishing a photobook of your time with Depatures? I know I'd buy one for sure!

A:

My backpack was filled mostly with equipment (I managed to squeeze a steadicam in there). I didn't have much room for clothes and so I was the grubbiest guy out of the three of us.


Q:

How has tech changed the way you produce a show like this, from Departures to Descending a decade later?

A:

Great question!

Drones have changed everything. While filming Over the Horizon, from the boat I saw this beautiful shot over a nautical mile away. Mist was pouring over this mountain in New Zealand. I thought to myself "Damn, gonna miss that one". But wait! Drone! Flew there in a few minutes, got the shot, flew back and landed on the boat. The shot is in the opening of the series.


Q:

Andre! Being on the road for extended periods of time can be physically and mentally draining, how do you stay mentally fresh whilst moving from place to place?

A:

Travel keeps me going. If I'm not filming I'm photographing. Its not hard to stay inspired. I also consume a disgusting amount of coffee!


Q:

Hi Andre! I just want to say thanks for all your incredible amounts of hard work you've put into creating your shows. You've inspired me to become better at photography and I see things differently now when I travel. Thanks for showing me the world!!

Question:. What was the scariest part of your journey when filming Over The Horizon? Was there any point you thought you were going to die?

A:

Thanks for watching!!

The scariest part for me was when I got the bends after a really long decompression dive. But I think worse then that, although we never got to film it because I was too busy trying to save the boat, we almost lost her in a huge storm (with no working motor because it was full of salt water) in New Zealand. Bunji saved the day. That guy is a legend.


Q:

Hey Andre! Firstly, I want to say that Departures has had a HUGE impact on me as a person. As a photography enthusiast, your cinematography combined with the 'realness' of the relationship between you, Scott, and Justin really captured my interest and attention from the first episode!

The show has really inspired me to travel with friends whenever I have the means to do so. I'm really looking forward to the new show!

Now, for my question: what was the most photogenic location or environment that you've gotten a chance to capture in all of the shows?

Thanks to you, Scott, and Justin for sparking my wanderlust! :D

A:

Hey! Good question....

Photogenic - India. But I can't really use India because it's so beautiful you don't even have to try. You don't really even need to look through the lens. Just point and click and its awesome. I'm gonna say Iceland.


Q:

Hi Andre!

I loved both Departures and Descending! When it came to Descending, how did you guys pick where to film? Were there restrictions to filming dives in any country?

Hope to see your new show soon in Canada!

A:

For Descending, Scott and Ellis chose a big list of destinations they wanted to explore (their own research). It's important that the hosts go where they are interested to go rather the production telling them where to go. From that list we shortened down to our 13 episodes based on budget and logistical restrictions. In terms of restrictions mostly just film permits and park fees when applicable. Canada had the most paperwork!!


Q:

Is it true that Scott is doing a series about traveling by motorcycle? If so, are you interested in joining him?

A:

Yep! This is a series we are currently developing! I would certainly be there filming it!


Q:

Have you ever been to the sunshine coast near Vancouver, BC? If not you need to come asap

A:

Not yet but its on the list!


Q:

My wife and i are huge fans of your shows!

How has travel changed as you have gotten older?

A:
  1. Uprooted! Yes! Travel + Food my favourite things. I filmed a travel cooking show in France with the talented Sarah Sharratt in 2016, a project which was brought to my production company. We get a lot of pitches but this was a series we really wanted to take on. Check out Uprooted on Cooking Channel US and Gusto in Canada!

Q:

Hi Andre!

What is the best place you have travelled to and why?

PS. I think your work is amazing. Can't wait to see Over the Horizon!

A:

ANTARCTICA!! Because so much of it is raw untouched nature. I want to go back.


Q:

I love sailing. I believe its one of the few remaining true venues of adventure. Did you you enjoy sailing on Over the Horizon?

A:

I love sailing. Ellis and I trained for over a year to become certified captains. Before that I had taken a coastal skippers course and had some experience at sea when shooting the pilot some 4 years ago. I love it out there in the open ocean. One of the last wild places on Earth?


Q:

Hey Andre!

My name is Santiago Trugeda and I am an filmmaker in Ottawa. I'll begin by saying that I really admire your work and what you've done with Echo Bay Media. I can proudly say that watching your work (starting with departures) was the inspiration behind me pursuing a career in filmmaking. I've also been following yours and Kristin's adventures via Instagram. I'm curious in learning about one or more of your favourite failures (if any) through the years. Has there been any particular failures or struggles that you have managed to turn around in your favour? Something in which you have learned from the failure than you would have from the success of that situation in the context of your work.

I would really appreciate your response and opinions on overcoming difficulties and struggles in the world of filmmaking.

Thank you for everything you've done and I can't wait till "Over the Horizon" reaches Canada.

Cheers,

Santiago Trugeda

A:

Hey Santiago!

Great question... I felt the entire project of Over the Horizon was about overcoming failures. Our engine filled with salt water TWICE. We had our main sail rip and it took a day to hand stitch it together. I got the bends scuba diving in the middle of nowhere with no recompression chamber for 400 miles.

Often storylines we would chase led to dead ends and we'd have to think on our feet how to turn it around. We brought with us a massive amount of gear to make sure the show looked beautiful and somehow managed to pull it off with a very small crew. It was an ambitious project to take on with a very small budget.

Over the Horizon was the most challenging series I've taken on to date.

Thanks for watching! Let me know what you think of the series!


Q:

Of all the places you have been, where did you find the happiest/most care free people?

A:

One of the happiest people I met was Tai in Fulaga, Fiji. You will meet him in Over the Horizon. I found the people of his village all seemed so content with life even though they had so few material possessions. They had fish in the sea, coconuts in the trees, and they had their community. What more do you need? (Kava?)


Q:

Hey Andre,

Remember Sampson's Corner? Congratulations to you and wishing you only the best.

A:

LOL ! YES! Blast from the past.


Q:

How big of a crew did you have with you on your sail boat?

A:

Hey Phil!

On the boat, 5. Ellis was the captain and the rest filled production roles. We all had various levels of training sailing the boat.


Q:

Hi Andre! Love your work and I'm already looking forward to seeing 'Over the Horizon' when I soon return home from a trip.

What is your favorite food that you have come across while traveling?

A:

I filmed a travel-cooking show in France with cook Sarah Sharratt called "Uprooted". She used to live in Switzerland and I was just recently passing through there. Sarah recommended a place... Best food I've had:

Handmade Tagliatele in a Bolognese, when plated - smothered in sage infused butter.. Seriously.


Q:

Hi Andre! I have followed you guys from the beginning. I remember when you went from 1 repetitive "trade in your gold" commercial during Departures to a Chevrolet commercial and I was like "they made it".

I have two questions:

1) When did you start lifting?

2) Would you ever go back to the DPRK, and what are your thoughts on the escalating tensions between the US and DPRK?

Thanks!

Edit: forgot the K's

A:

Hey! LOL When Departures started airing the commercials between were horrible! Glad we moved up the ranks. Better yet, glad to be on Netflix with zero commercials! To answer your questions:

1) 5 years ago.

2) I would not go there now as a film crew in lieu of recent events. I had a friend just visit a month ago and all was fine. I worry deeply about our friends in DPRK should things escalate, as you can imagine there is no way to really communicate with them.


Q:

Hi Andre, possibly a basic question but I'm new to filming. Your shows feature a lot of slow motion shots. Do you film these specifically, or shoot at a high speed all the time?

A:

I love slow motion. On Over the Horizon I was drones and slow-motion all the time! But... I was told by someone higher up to tone it down. You will have to wait for the Directors Cut.


Q:

Hi Andre! What are the top contender for countries for a potential Season 4 of Departures?

A:

Great question... I let Scott and Justin choose the places... BUT:

  1. IRAN
  2. BHUTAN
  3. we HAVE to and fix our mistake by bypassing NEWFOUNDLAND in Season 1 episode 1. To the people of Newfoundland.. We are SO SO Sorry and we will make it up to you!! :)

Where would you guys recommend?


Q:

Hey Andre, Any plans to get Descending on Netflix?

PS. Departures was a huge inspiration for me, I'm planning on doing some traveling next year because of the show.

A:

Yes! The rights were not yet available for Netflix, but they will be soon. We will post about it on Facebook if they pick up the series.

Thrilled to hear it! Where are you going?!