Article courtesy of the Barrie News
What do you do with two Olympic silver medal moments,
eight Canadian championships, a couple of
award-winning films, and a list of achievements too
numerous to mention?
Simple you put them all together and make a biography
about one of the figure skating world's most respected
members, Brian Orser.
That's exactly what a police-escorted camera crew were
doing when they filmed Orser driving back to his
hometown of Penetanguishene recently.
The crew of the Vancouver-based Out to See Productions
began filming Orser for a television biography more than
three months ago.
Executive producer/director, Moyra Rodger says they have
been travelling with Orser and capturing footage of him in
various locations across the United States and Canada.
They began in April, when Orser began another
cross-country tour with Chrysler's 'Stars on Ice' in Halifax.
Not only is he featured with a star-studded cast with the
famous ice show, he's also an associate producer.
After completing an intense touring schedule, Orser and
the film crew headed for Philadelphia, where they filmed
him training with friend and fellow figure skater, Elvis
Then, it was back to Canada, stopping first at the
Mariposa School of Skating in Barrie.
Orser spent many years training at the internationally
renowned skating school, coached by Doug Leigh, who is
also the school's owner and director.
Before his return to Penetanguishene, Orser and the
production company, along with some family members
and a few close friends, spent a few days filming at his
cottage, while reminiscing and exchanging stories of the
Orser also took the time to revisit the Midland Centennial
Arena. It was here that a young Orser was discovered by
Leigh, more than 25 years ago.
When asked if it has been difficult having cameras
following him everywhere, Orser just smiled and humbly
replied, "Actually, it's been fun and it's very flattering."
The biography of Orser is being aired on CBC's Life and
Times in the fall. Rodger says they are obtaining old
photographs and film footage of him before his major
competitive years, possibly of Orser playing hockey or
skating in a club carnival.
If you can assist the production company in any way,
please contact Kim Walker at 527-0627 or Marcia at 526-6239.
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