The Story of Oatway Lake

I plugged in an old hard drive to use for a Moun­tain Lion upgrade and found this video file wait­ing to be uploaded to Vimeo.

As it’s a half hour-​​long video, I haven’t yet watched it all the way through since upload­ing it to Vimeo. So if you do watch it please let me know in the com­ments if you see any issues with audio/​video.

The Story of the Video

I had the oppor­tu­nity to be the video cam­era guy and edi­tor of a video my wife’s father, Derek Oat­way, wanted to put together that told the story of his uncle, John Oat­way, a World War 2 pilot that was lost in bat­tle. He had a lake in North­ern Saskatchewan named in his hon­our and many years later John’s brother (my wife’s grandpa) wanted to put a plaque on the lake to hon­our John’s mem­ory and tell the story of who the lake is named after should any­one ever come across it.

Oatway Lake Plaque site

We rented a pro­fes­sional HD cam­era and a cou­ple of wire­less mics and set off to La Ronge, Saskatchewan to catch a float plane ride over to Oat­way Lake. That’s part of the story you’ll see told in the video.

The other part is the telling of the short life of John Oat­way through pic­tures and a voice over nar­ra­tive writ­ten by Derek.

It was a fun chal­lenge to try to weave the two sto­ries together. Obvi­ously it’s of pri­mary inter­est to close fam­ily and friends, but we tried to tell the story in such a way that it would hope­fully be inter­est­ing enough to watch for some­one who is into World War 2 and/​or Saskatchewan history.