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Mongoose Studio in Tofino:
Green Screen magic

the letter 'C'Chris Pouget and Duncan Booth both grew up in Amherstburg, Ontario, a few kilometres south of Windsor. The two developed an interest in cameras at an early age.

Duncan's father was an avid photographer and spent much time with him teaching photographic fundamentals in the darkroom in the basement of their home. Chris bought his first digital camera in high school, where he and Duncan became fast friends. The drag and ennui of high school curriculum on two young and creative minds began a continuing momentum of united artistic and entrepreneurial daydreaming between the two of them.

After high school, both attended St. Clair College in Windsor; Chris expanding his conventional and digital artistic abilities in the graphic design program while Duncan studied culinary arts.

In 2003 Chris moved to Tofino after a year stint designing materials at a mountain resort in Kananaskis, Alberta. Duncan had been overseas working in Sweden as an apprentice cook, but they kept in touch regularly and eventually Duncan was convinced to return to Canada and experience living in the beauty of the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Photography developed into a passion and mainstay hobby for both of them throughout this time, and it was Chris who started pursuing this passion professionally in 2005.

Duncan continued to work as a cook and caterer and it wasnt until he'd left Tofino for Victoria and returned two years later that they collaborated their collective photographic skill, experience and knowledge.

Chris and Duncan began working in digital architectural photography as a partnership using a technique they themselves developed. Locally they have worked for Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet, and the Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino - the photos can be seen on the resorts' respective websites. The pair have plans to take their technology-forward approach but classic aesthetic to other resorts in British Columbia and beyond.

The green screen studio is the result of an offhand remark (a bit of lighthearted brainstorming between the two partners in 2008), and has progressed in to its current fun and family oriented outfit above Live To Surf. Their green screen endeavour was also featured at the Richmond Ozone for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

As a part of Tofino's tent in BC Street, patrons could have themselves superimposed in to a photograph; either surfing in the barrel of a giant wave or holding up a freshly caught 50lb salmon on Tofino's fourth street dock.

mongoose studio tofino green screen surfer example

Chris and Duncan reside in Tofino and also enjoy coffee and musical instruments.

Visit Chris and Duncan's Mongoose Studio at 1180 Pacific Rim Highway above Live to Surf in Tofino.

Tofino Time Magazine July 2010

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Mongoose Studio in Tofino: A Tofino business profile, featuring Chris Pouget and Duncan Booth's new green screen studio in Tofino.

tofino time july 2010