GEORGE HUPKA
DOP / Camera Operator

 

 


Commercials
Corporate
Documentary
Film
Television

Documentary

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Windfall Films (UK) / PBS (USA) - NOVA : Making of North America
2014 - PBS
DOP (Canadian segments)

Windfall Films (UK) / Handel Films (Canada) - Rise of the Machines
2013-2014 - H2
Helicopter, Snowcat - DOP (2x 1 hour episodes)

Windfall Films (UK) / Handel Films (Canada) - Strip The City
2012 - Discovery World
Desert City, Earthquake City, Ice City - DOP (3x 1 hour episodes shot in Dubai, San Francisco and Toronto)
Finalist, New York Festivals (Best Documentary Series)
Finalist, Canadian Screen Awards (Best Documentary Series)

Windfall Films (UK) / Cineflix (Canada) - Mega Moves (aka Monster Moves)
2007-2008 - Channel 5 UK / Discovery Canada / National Geographic HD
Rescuing Ramesses - DOP (1 hour special shot in Egypt - HDCAM)
Director - Leesa Rumley
Good reviews from Egyptologists!
DOP for series segments in New York City, Seattle, St. Louis, Austin TX, and Canadian locations
Massive Moves - 2011 (HGTV) Segment DOP


OntheEdge

Downstream Pictures / Fadoo / Media Rendezvous
On The Edge - The Road to the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup

2013 - Sportsnet, CityTV
DOP, Producer (8 x 1 hour episodes)
Nominated for 2013 Cynopsis Sports Media Awards - Best Documentary Series
Nominated for 2013 Golden Sheaf Awards - Best Documentary Series & Best of Saskatchewan


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BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation
2001
The Science of Walking With Beasts - Documentary Camera (Canadian segments).
Producer - Kate Bartlett
The Prehistoric Beasts Within
Triumph of the Prehistoric Beasts

 

George positioning the Mammoth trunk for a shot...
The animatronic head was later stitched to a digital body.


The Eyes Multimedia (Peace Arch) / Life Network
Winner, 2004 Leo Award - Best Information Series.

2003
Campus Vets I  -  DOP.
13-part documentary series for Life Network.
2004 - 2005
Campus Vets II  -  DOP.
13-part documentary series for Life Network.

WHITE PINE PICTURES

2007
Radical Dreamer - The Passionate Journey of Graham Spry   -  DOP.
1-hour documentary produced & directed by Bruce Steele & Peter Raymont.
Locations across Canada and in Oxford, England.


TV RENAISSANCE / Discovery Canada

1998
Forbidden Places - "RCMP Academy"  -  DOP.
1-hour documentary directed by Anthony Sherwood.

1996
Forbidden Places - "Wild Kill"  -  Documentary camera (DOP)
Segments for 1-hour documentary in this Discovery Channel series.
Nominated for a Gemini Award - Best Science, Technology, Nature & Environment Documentary.


CBC - Witness

2002 (Stornoway Productions/90th Parallel - Bill Cameron, Director)
Witness
- The Season  -  Documentary camera (DOP)
Segments for 1-hour documentary.

1999 (Paradigm Pictures - Marrin Cannell, Director)
Witness
- Quads and Quints - The New Baby Boom  -  Documentary camera (DOP)
Segments for 1-hour documentary, including delivery-room footage of the birth of quintuplets.

 

George shoots while Dr. David Stark performs root canal surgery on a ferret for Campus Vets.
(Strangely, Dr. Stark was once in the television industry, and bears some portion of the blame for George ending up in this business! Fortunately they both look great in those stylish surgical caps.)


NATIONAL SCREEN INSTITUTE

2016 (NSI / NFB / NBC Universal) - Tasha Hubbard, Director)
Seven Minutes
- Theatrical Short. Documentary camera (DOP)
2016 Golden Sheaf Award - Best Short Subject, Factual.

2014 (Random Minds)
Off The Wall
- Yann Martel  -  Theatrical Short. Documentary camera (DOP)


CITIZEN PRODUCTIONS / CBC (2016-17)

Becoming Canadian
- Main Camera Operator (6 x 30 min.)


NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA & Co-Productions

2006 (National Film Board/Alta Nova Productions- Trevor Grant, Director)
Flight From Darkness  -  Second Unit DOP.
1 hour documentary.

2006 (National Film Board/NSI)
First Stories  - ti-wîhcasin (It's Getting Easier) DOP.
First Stories - O Mother, Where Art Thou? DOP.
2 documentary shorts as part of an NFB program for first-time directors.

2005 (SCN - Doug Cuthand, Director)
For Love of the Land  -  DOP.
1 hour documentary.

2002 - 2004 (National Film Board - Tasha Hubbard, Director)
Two Worlds Colliding  -  DOP.
1 hour documentary
The Canada Award - Gemini Awards, 2005
Best Aboriginal Film - Golden Sheaf Awards, 2005

2001 (SCN - Doug Cuthand, Director)
Childhood Lost  -  DOP (Segments)
1 hour documentary.

1999 - 2000 (National Film Board - Doug Cuthand, Director)
Donna's Story  -  DOP.
1 hour documentary.
Best Documentary - Showcase 2002

1996 (CBC Newsworld/National Film Board - Doug Cuthand, Director)
Rough Cuts - Gift of the Grandfathers  -  DOP.
1 hour documentary.
Best Documentary - Native Indian & Inuit Photographers Association.
Official Selection - "Festival Presence Autochtone 98 de Montreal"

1995
Prophecy, Milestones & Challenges  -  DOP.
1 hour docu-drama starring Tantoo Cardinal. (CTV Saskatchewan)

Shooting Gift of the Grandfathers for Blue Hill Productions
with director Doug Cuthand.


INCANDESCENT FILMS

1996 - 1997 (Discovery Canada / NFB)
Twixt Heaven And Earth  -  Documentary Camera (DOP)
60-minute documentary shot in Saskatchewan, Ontario, the USA, and Argentina.
Honourable Mention - 1998 Columbus International Film & Video Festival (Science & Technology category)
Montana International Wildlife Film Festival - 2 Merit Awards, 2nd place in Independent category, and Finalist in Overall category.

1997 (SCN)
Houston and the Great Horned Owls  -  DOP.
60-minute documentary on Dr. Stuart Houston and his 50-year study of the Great Horned Owl.

1998 (Vision TV/SCN/NFB)
The Honey Children - Dear Johnny  -  DOP.
60-minute documentary.

1999 (SCN)
Rapture of the Deep  -  DOP.
60-minute documentary.


Title
Production Company
Broadcaster
Position
Information
Year
Saturday Night in Saskatchewan
Westwind Pictures
CBC
2nd Unit DOP
60-minute documentary - Director: Trevor Grant
2005
The Fight for True Farming
Rapide-blanc
NFB
2nd Unit DOP
90-minute documentary - Director: Eve Lamont
2005
The Psychedelic Pioneers
Kahani Entertainment
History TV
DOP
60-minute documentary - Director: Gordon McLennan
2003-04
Two Lands - New Visions
Media Group
Vision TV/Knowledge Network/SCN
DOP
60-minute documentary
1998
A Scattering Of Seeds IV - "Monsigneur Bourdel"
White Pine Pictures
History TV
DOP
30-minute episode - Director: Donna Caruso
2000
Things We Do For Love III - "Sister Sacrifice"
Great North Productions
Life Network
DOP
30-minute episode
2001
Ghost Towns - "Ghost Town Trail"
Insight Film & Video
History TV
DOP
30-minute episode
2001
The Female Perspective - "Infertility"
Heartland Motion Pictures
Global TV
DOP
30-minute documentary
1997
Rough Cuts - "Spirit & Intent"
Great Plains Productions
CBC Newsworld
Camera
60-minute documentary
1994
Simon and the Spirit Bear
National Geographic
National Geographic
Camera
Segments for documentary
2002

Television

CTV/TSN

Calgary to Vancouver - An Olympic Journey - 60 minute special, 2008 - 09
Director of Photography for segments featuring the Jamaican Bobsled Team, Eddie the Eagle, Katarina Witt, Brian Orser & Brian Boitano.
Location shooting in Jamaica, England, Germany, Switzerland, and Canada.

2010 VANCOUVER WINTER OLYMPICS
Director of Photography for high speed photography of sports including Hockey, Luge, Skeleton, and Bobsleigh.
Olympic Opening - Winner of multiple PROMAX GOLD Awards
Director of Photography for essay segments (Red One)
Olympic Closing Essay - Gemini Award for Best Sports Segment (Writer Stephen Brunt, Producer Matt Dunn)

2012 LONDON SUMMER OLYMPICS
Director of Photography for Special Features Unit (Red Epic)

NHL ON TSN
2008-13 Hockey Opening
- Director of Photography (shot in New York)
NHL on TSN Music Videos - Featuring Neil Peart, Simple Plan, and Barenaked Ladies - Director of Photography
2009, 2010 & 2011 Playoff Openings - Director of Photography

CFL ON TSN
2008 - 2009 Road to the Grey Cup (West)
- Director of Photography
2010 - 2016 Road to the Grey Cup (East) - Director of Photography
2008 - 2017 Sportscentre Features - Director of Photography


ROGERS

2014-2017 NHL Promo Production Elements - Director of Photography (shot in New York & across Canada)
2014-2017 Rogers Hometown Hockey - Features & Live Broadcasts - Director of Photography
Hockey Night In Canada - Features- Director of Photography
2016 - World Cup of Hockey Promo Production Elements - Director of Photography



CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Program
Position
Year
CBC Network Live coverage of The Royal Visit of Charles, Prince of Wales
Steadicam Operator
2001
Newsworld Live Coverage - 1998 Premiers Conference
Camera Operator
1998
The National
Camera Operator
Various
The Fifth Estate
Camera Operator
Various
Disclosure
Camera Operator
Various
Street Cents
Camera Operator
Various
Country Canada
Camera Operator
Various
Marketplace
Camera Operator
Various
Infomatrix
Camera Operator
Various
Code Green
Camera Operator
2006
Test The Nation - Watch Your Language
Camera Operator
2007
National Aboriginal Achievement Awards
Camera Operator
1995, 2003
Prairie Roadhouse
Steadicam Operator
1996-97
In Their Footsteps: RCMP 125
B Camera Operator
1998


Title
Broadcaster
Format
Position
Production Company
Year
Canadian Idol 5
CTV
Reality
EFP Camera
Insight Productions
2007
Modern Marvels - "Environmental Tech"
History (USA)
Doc. Series
DOP (segment) - Varicam
Actuality Productions
2006, 2009
Comic Genius Live
Comedy Network
Live Variety
Camera Operator
Verite Films
2006
Canadian Idol 3
CTV
Reality
EFP Camera
Insight Productions
2005
E-Talk Daily
CTV
Newsmagazine
EFP Camera
CTV
2005
Popcultured
Comedy Network
Entertainment
EFP Camera
Popcultured
2005
Beyond Corner Gas - Tales from Dog River
CTV
Entertainment
EFP Camera
90th Parallel Films
2005
The Money Programme
BBC
Newsmagazine
EFP Camera
British Broadcasting Corporation
1999
Recordbreakers
BBC
Entertainment
EFP Camera
British Broadcasting Corporation
1999
Popstars 3 - The One
Global TV
Entertainment
EFP Camera (Saskatoon segments)
Lone Eagle Productions, Toronto
2003
@ Wood River Hall - "Bruce Cockburn"
Vision TV
Variety
Steadicam Operator (Multi-camera)
Westwind Pictures, Regina
2003
Skate Canada 2001
Lifetime USA
Sports Magazine
EFP Camera
Red Brick Productions/ABC Sports
2001
ABC World News Tonight
ABC
News
Freelance ENG Camera
ABC News
1994
CTV National News
CTV
News
Freelance ENG, Field Producer
CTV News
1994-98
Canada AM
CTV
Current Affairs
Freelance ENG, Double-Enders
CTV News
1994-2007
Inferno
Discovery USA
Doc. Series
DOP (segment)
Great North Productions
1998
Famous Families
Family Channel USA
Entertainment
DOP (segment)
Glen Ave. Films
1998
C-SPAN
C-SPAN
News
Freelance EFP Camera
C-SPAN
2001
News
Televisa Mexico
News
Freelance ENG Camera
Televisa Mexico
1998
FoodEssence
Food Network
Lifestyle
DOP (segment)
Edible Pictures, Halifax
1998
The Canadian Farm
CTV
Newsmagazine
DOP (segments)
Carleton Productions, Ottawa
2002-03
Daily Planet / @discovery.ca
Discovery Canada
Newsmagazine
EFP Camera, Double-Enders
Discovery Canada, Toronto
1995-2015
Bravo!News
Bravo! Canada
News
Freelance Video Journalist
Bravo! Canada, Toronto
1996-97
Youth Achievement Awards
YTV
Entertainment
EFP Camera
YTV, Toronto
1994, 95, 96
Canadian Living Television
Life Network
Lifestyle
EFP Camera
Life Network, Toronto
2000
Vox Pop
CPAC
News
Freelance Video Journalist
CPAC, Ottawa
1996-2001
Special Event Coverage
CPAC
News
ENG Camera, Field Producer
CPAC, Ottawa
1996-2002
Current Affairs Specials (30 - 120 minutes)
CPAC
Current Affairs
DOP
CPAC, Ottawa
2000-2001
Telemiracle Telethon
CTV Saskatchewan
Live Variety
Handheld Camera
Telemiracle, Saskatchewan
1987-1999

 

 


CTV Sports
1998 Grey Cup coverage - EFP Camera/Editor.
2000 Canadian Regional & National Figure Skating features - EFP Camera.
2000 Canadian Seniors Open Golf - EFP Camera/Editor.
2000 Reebok Invitational Basketball - EFP & Mobile Camera.
2000 Canadian Men's Fastball - EFP & Mobile Camera.
2003 Canadian National Figure Skating Championships - EFP & Mobile Camera.


TSN - The Sports Network
1995 - 2007
Sportscentre, Inside Sports, TSN That's Hockey  -  Freelance ENG Camera.

With the Grey Cup (and a few other celebrities)
while covering the 1998 Cup for CTV Sports

Dome Mobiles
1999 - 2017

CFL Football (TSN) - Mobile Camera.
CIS Football & Vanier Cup (TSN, Sportsnet, The Score) - Mobile Camera
91st Grey Cup (RDS) - Mobile Camera
NHL Hockey (TSN) - Mobile Camera.
CHL Hockey (SportsNet, TSN) - Mobile Camera.
Canadian Women's Hockey (TSN, WTSN) - Mobile Camera.
Women's Tour of Curling (TSN, WTSN) - EFP & Mobile Camera.
University Volleyball (TSN) - Mobile Camera.
PBR Rodeo Bull Riding (OLN) - Mobile Camera
Canada/USA Olympic Hockey (TSN) - Mobile Camera
Canada/Russia Super Series Hockey (TSN) - Mobile Camera

Dylan vonKuster, George, and Lanny Westgard
working for Dome Mobiles at the 2003 Grey Cup in Regina.


CFQC TELEVISION, Saskatoon.
1986-1989
Photographer/Editor

ENG/EFP Camerawork & Editing for QC8 News. (Betacam)
Covered the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
Photography & Editing of stories for CTV News, Sunday Edition, as well as local shows & documentaries.
Double-enders for Sunday Edition, Canada AM, and The Provincial Report.
Hand-held camera on mobile productions.

 


Corporate

2006

Asian Business - Director/DOP 5-minute HD presentation for Caffeine Productions / Phoenix Group / Sask. Industry and Resources
Beijing Heavy Oil Conference - Director/DOP 5-minute HD presentation for Caffeine Productions / Phoenix Group / Sask. Industry and Resources
Saskatchewan - Innovative By Nature  -  Segment DOP. HD 10-screen presentation for Caffeine Productions / Phoenix Group / Sask. Industry and Resources
PotashCorp - DOP Promotional videos for Creative Fire / PotashCorp.

2005
Sask Tel - Homenet  -  Director, DOP. Promotional video starring Dave Chalk - for Sask Tel / Brown Communications (Media Group)
Sask Tel - Messenger - Director, DOP. Promotional video starring Dave Chalk - for Sask Tel / Brown Communications (Media Group)
Sask Tel - Max Entertainment Services - Director, DOP. Promotional video starring Dave Chalk - for Sask Tel / Brown Communications (Media Group)

2002
Right Here!  -  DOP. Promotional video for Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science & Technology. (Media Group)
The Cutting Edge - DOP Promotional/Instructional video for Off the Wall Productions, shot in Harrisburg, Seattle, and San Francisco. (Media Group)

2001
Elk In Canada  -  DOP. Promotional video for Hursh Consulting, shot in Manitoba, Alberta, and the Yukon (Media Group)
Agrium Potash - Contractor Safety - Director, DOP. Training video for Agrium Vanscoy & Leslie Bell & Associates. (Media Group)
Posing For Profit - DOP. Instructional video for Off the Wall Productions, shot in Montreal, Denver, and Gainesville. (Media Group)
Cogema Resources - DOP. Stock footage of Uranium mines in northern Saskatchewan.

2000
Prairie Canola  -  Director, DOP. Promotional video for the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and Marketing Den. (Media Group)

1999

Prairie Strong Worldwide  -  DOP.
Informational video for The Canadian Wheat Board & Hursh Consulting.
Location shooting in Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

In A Heartbeat  -  Director, DOP.
Documentary-style safety awareness video for Trimac Trucking (Media Group).
Nominated for Best Corporate/Promotional Video, Showcase 2000.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan - DOP.
Corporate presentation video for MGM Communications.

 

 

 

 

 

George at work in Ipoh, Malaysia.

1998
Canadian Durum  -  DOP. Informational video for Hursh Consulting & The Canadian Wheat Board.
The Western Producer - 75th anniversary  -  Director, DOP. Video for the agricultural trade newspaper (Media Group).

1997
Crestline Coach -  Director, DOP. 2 30-minute training videos for ambulance technicians and maintenance personnel. (Media Group)
Mission:Gold  -  Director, DOP, Editor. 3-minute product launch promotional video for Federated Co-operatives. (Media Group)

1996
Market Prospects 96  -  EFP Camera. 4 x 30-min. informational TV series. (CTV Saskatchewan, SCN)
Moving Up Market  -  DOP. 2 educational videos for Hursh Consulting & The Canadian Wheat Board.
Malt and Malting Barley  -  DOP. Informational video for Hursh Consulting & The Canadian Wheat Board.
Raising Elk In Saskatchewan  -  DOP. Informational video for Hursh Consulting & The Saskatchewan Game Farmers Association.
Missinippi Broadcasting  -  DOP. Promotional video.


DOWNSTREAM PICTURES, Saskatoon

1999
Success In Saskatchewan - The Ducks Unlimited Story - Director, DOP.
Promotional Video
Winner, Best Corporate/Promotional Video, Showcase 2000
Nominated for Best Videography (George Hupka & Gary vonKuster)  and Best Host/Presenter (Jim McCrory)

1997
Volya!  -  DOP, Editor.
Promotional video for Edmonton's Volya Dancers.

1995
Tamara's House - The Hope and the Healing  -  DOP.
Promotional/Educational video.


More CORPORATE CLIENTS.


Commercials

Title
Position
Campaign
Format
Director
Prod. Co.
Agency
Year
SaskTel - "Network Positioning"
DOP
1 x :30
Red
Stephen Hall
Java Post
2017
NHL Winter Classic - "Pond Hockey"
DOP
1 x :30
Red
Eric Neuschwander
Downstream
Rogers Creative
2014
Pioneer Grains - "Breaking New Ground"
DOP
1 x :30
HD
Bruce Carter
Keyframe
McCormick Canada
2008
Sask. Learning- "Young Families "
Director/DOP
1 x :30
HD
George Hupka
Bamboo Shoots
Quest
2007
SaskSport - "Fun," "Dunk"
DOP
2 x :30
IMX
Darryl Kesslar
Media Group
Brown
2007
SaskTel Max HD - "Telescope"
DOP
1 x :30
HD
Jeff Beesley
Bamboo Shoots
Brown
2007
SUN - "Closed," "Emergency"
Director/DOP
2 x :30
HD
George Hupka
Caffeine
SUN
2007
SaskSport - "Victory"
DOP
1 x :30
IMX
Darryl Kesslar
Media Group
Brown
2007
Saskatchewan - Innovative By Nature
DOP
1 x :60
HD/35mm
Rob King
Caffeine
Phoenix Group
2006
Jeld-Wen - "Hockey On Door," "Hockey On Window"
DOP
2 x :15
HD
Tom Davidson
Caffeine
Direct Focus
2006
"Smoking Sucks 3"
DOP
1 x :30
IMX
Thomas Hale
Media Group
Media Group
2005
SUN - "Nurse"
DOP
1 x :30
IMX
Thomas Hale
Media Group
Media Group
2005
SaskSport - "Hockey," "Coat-Rack"
DOP
2 x :30
IMX
Luke Hutton
Media Group
Brown
2005
"Smoking Sucks 2"
DOP
1 x :30
IMX
Thomas Hale
Media Group
Media Group
2005
Mobility Cellular - "Beach Memories"
DOP
1 x :30
35mm
Thomas Hale
Media Group
MGM
2004
Mobility Cellular - "Peace on Earth"
DOP
1 x :30
35mm
Thomas Hale
Media Group
MGM
2004
SaskEnergy - "Old Days"
DOP
1 x :30
35mm
Thomas Hale
Media Group
Phoenix Group
2004
Mobility Cellular - "Tutu Late"
DOP
1 x :30
35mm
Thomas Hale
Media Group
MGM
2004
SaskSport - "Pregnant"
DOP
1 x :30
16mm
Thomas Hale
Media Group
Brown
2004
"Smoking Sucks"
DOP
1 x :30
35mm
Thomas Hale
Media Group
Media Group
2004
Sask Tel "High Speed Kids"
DOP
3 x :30
16mm
Stephen Hall
Media Group
Brown
2003
"Wide Open Saskatchewan" - National Version
Director/DOP
1 x :60
35mm
George Hupka
Media Group
Phoenix Group
2003
Sask Tel High Speed Internet - "Escalators"
Winner, ACE Award of Merit, 2003.
DOP
2 x :30
35mm
Tony Hrynchuk
Media Group
Phoenix Group
2003
Realty Executives "Boardwalk - Construction, Pelicans"
Nominated for Best Commercial (Low budget category) Showcase 2002.
Director/DOP
2 x :30
Video
George Hupka
Media Group
Media Group
2001
Smart Learning
Nominated for Best Commercial :30 and under, Showcase 2000.
Director/DOP
2 x :15
Video
George Hupka
Media Group
NEXT
2000
Sask Wheat Pool - "Signs of Autumn"
Director/DOP
1 x :30
16mm
George Hupka
Media Group
Marketing Den
2000
C:/Prompt Computers - "Fire" "Family"
Director/DOP
2 x :15
35mm
George Hupka
Media Group
Media Group
1999
TSN Curling Promo Campaign
DOP
2 x :30
Video
-
TSN
TSN
1997
Telemiracle - "Painting"
Director/DOP
1 x :30
Video
George Hupka
Media Group
MGM
1997
Jubilee Ford
Director/DOP
1 x :30
Video
George Hupka
Media Group
MGM
1997
Jubilee Ford "Signs" campaign
Director/DOP
5 x :30
Video
George Hupka
Media Group
MGM
1996
Telemiracle - "Helping People Every Day"
Director/DOP
2 x :30
Video
George Hupka
Media Group
MGM
1995

Film
JR PRODUCTIONS 1999 
Ryan's Babe -  DOP & Operator.
Independent feature film - 35mm.
Nominated for Best Feature Film Under $2 Million, Showcase 2000


SHORT FILMS

The Date - 2006, DOP & Operator (Director - Thomas Hale)
Doomed!
- 2005, DOP & Operator (Director - Lowell Dean)
Big Mother
- 2004, DOP & Operator (Director - Torin Stefanson)
The Underground
- 2000, DOP & Operator (Director - Glenn Forbes)


MUSIC VIDEOS

Underwater (The Northern Pikes) - 2004, DOP & Operator
Cold Feet
- 1998, DOP & Operator - 35mm
That's The Way Love Goes - 1998, DOP & Operator - 35mm

 

George and 1st AC Dean Frank camped out on the patio... people just don't build their houses to accommodate film crews!   The tent is to keep sunlight from ruining our night shot... it obviously wasn't enough to keep us warm!
"Yes, we actually shot a movie with an Arri IIc!"
(Well, okay, we also used a BL3)


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