Spotlight on Brojects
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Andrew and Kevin Buckles, stars from television series Brojects and Brojects: In The House
Brojects, a Nova Scotia television series has gained quite some traction over the past few years. We caught up with producer Kent Sobey to learn more.
This is the second season of Brojects: In The House. Can you share some background with us about the evolution of the show?
We produced three seasons of the original show, Brojects, near Antigonish, Nova Scotia, from 2013 to 2015, where brothers Andrew and Kevin Buckles converted their modest family cottage into the ultimate retreat. Some of their projects included a floating hot tub, a bowling alley dock, the ultimate outdoor shower, bunkie renos and a waterski chair (affectionately nicknamed the ‘chairski’). Brojects was originally produced for Cottage Life (operated by Blue Ant Media), but can now also be seen on CMT (operated by Corus Entertainment) in Canada, Great American Country (operated by Scripps Networks) in the US, and Discovery Channel and RTL Nitro in Europe, among others.
In the follow-up to Brojects, Brojects: In The House, the brothers are taking their quirky DIY renos to a century-old hall in Great Village, Nova Scotia, with the goal of turning it into the ultimate indoor escape. Season 1 saw them start to realize this dream with projects such as a halfpipe living room, bedroom pods, an infinity shower and the ultimate coffee bar. The brothers have only just scratched the surface of the potential of this building and now with Season Two, they’ll further their dream.
What goes into filming a production like this?
A lot of effort and planning goes into the production of Brojects: In The House. We plan our filming months in advance.
Our preparation, however, extends beyond what normally goes into any television show. Because the brothers’ unique and often ambitious building projects are such a big part of the show, we’re simultaneously having to conceive, design and plan for each of these “brojects” as well. It is a major team effort and there are many aspects that need to come together to make it all work.
When and where is it aired?
In Canada, Brojects: In The House is a key part of Cottage Life Television’s prime time block on Thursdays at 9PM ET / 6PM PT / 10PM AT. Internationally, Brojects: In The House can be seen on History Channel Iberia, which airs in Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Gibraltar, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome & Principe, on various days & times.
Tell us more about the crew…
A lot of our crew have been with us from the very beginning. It was a real mix of industry vets and newbies. Especially with the cottage and lodge settings, and being away from the city and surrounded by nature, it really is a set experience unlike any other. We’ve all become a very close knit family. And like family, sometimes, due to scheduling and booking other gigs, they might have to leave us for a bit, but they always do come back!
What are the benefits of filming this series in Nova Scotia?
Filming in Nova Scotia is a great benefit for the series. Of course, the brothers themselves are from Nova Scotia and their families, their family cottage, and their friends are integral parts of the show. But also by being in Nova Scotia, we have access to talented and professional crew who understand the nature of the show. The natural scenery is a perfect background for the show. We film in a lot of local small businesses and the people are very friendly and accommodating.
Why is Nova Scotia the right place to film a series like Brojects?
Nova Scotia is such an ingrained part of the show…
As mentioned, there’s the great crew here, the amazing locations, and all the friendly people we encounter when we’re out filming. Last summer, when we were preparing our “climbing wall staircase”, the great folks at Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro were more than happy to have the boys come down and check out their massive climbing wall.
We’ve also had great success in our collaborations with numerous local Nova Scotia businesses including most recently Nova Scotia Fisherman in New Minas, Homegrown Skateboards in LaHave, as well as all of the local antique dealers in and around Great Village. Plus, we’re ecstatic that the show allows us share the joys of our favourite local fare like Pictou County Pizza with not only the rest of Canada, but also the rest of the world.
And on a personal note, what’s your favourite thing about filming this show in Nova Scotia?
I grew up in Pictou County, and while I reside elsewhere now, I still consider Nova Scotia “home”. It is a treat to be able to work in the province on this series and to have the opportunity share it with our audiences.
To learn more about Brojects:
Brojects: In The House Season 2 is qualified to receive funding through the Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund. To learn more about filming in Nova Scotia and accessing the Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund please visit NSBI.ca/filmapplication
Use our Film Fund Estimator tool to estimate funding available for your Nova Scotia production.