Downstream Pictures is a television and film production company based in Saskatoon, Canada.

Owned by Director and Director of Photography George Hupka, we also provide equipment rentals and freelance crews.

We produce and provide production services for television series and specials, documentaries, commercials, music videos, and corporate/industrial video production. Downstream Pictures operates fully-equipped EFP production packages, with High Definition and Digital Cinema cameras.

For acquisition in 2K, 4K, and 6K, we have an Arri Alexa Classic, RED Epic Dragon & Scarlet Dragon, as well as Sony BURANO,  F-55, FX9,  FS-7 & FX3  Digital Cinematography cameras. For low-cost and low-profile 4K acquisition, we also have the Sony PXW-Z280 compact camcorder syle camera, Blackmagic Pocket 4K, and A7Sii DLSR style camera.

We also maintain a variety of HD cameras, with the Sony CineAlta F800 & PDW-700 XDCAM, and F900R HDCAM, F3 XDCAM-HD (available with PL mount and Nikon mount lenses). And for the ultimate in portability and affordability, there's the CineAlta PMW-200 & EX-1 XDCAM-HD, compact 1/2" CMOS cameras, which record 1920x1080 to SxS memory cards.

On the film side, we have an Arri BL4 35mm motion picture camera package. Support gear includes a Stanton Triangle Jib complete with dutch head and remote wheels for film or video, Steadicam, dollies, Ronin, and a mini-jib.

If you're planning on shooting in Saskatchewan, or anywhere in the world (we love to travel!), we can provide the quality equipment and experienced crew you demand.

Rates on our equipment list are single day a la carte pricing.  Please contact us for a quote on package discounts and longer rentals.




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Downstream Documentary Productions Inc. is a production company formed by Tasha Hubbard and George Hupka. Our latest feature documentary premiered in February 2024 - Singing Back The Buffalo.
Produced under Buffallo Song Productions, in association with:
CBC Docs, Canadian Media Fund, APTN, Telefilm Canada, Indigenous Screen Office, Rogers Documentary Fund, Canada Film & Video Tax Credit, Alberta Film Tax Credit, The Redford Foundation and Nia Tero.

"The cinematography is glorious" - Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Contemplative and beautifully shot" - Kim Hughes, Original Cin
"The best film of Hot Docs 2024" - Thirty Four Flavours
"As remarkably riveting as it is revelatory" -

BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2024 - Official Selection & World Premiere
HOT DOCS 2024 - Official Selection & Canadian Premiere
DOXA 2024 - Official Selection
NORTH WEST FEST 2024 - Official Selection

ACIMOWIN FILM FESTIVAL 2024 - Official Selection

Downstream Documentary Productions Inc. is a production company formed by Tasha Hubbard and George Hupka. We previously collaborated on several projects, including the award-winning documentary Two Worlds Colliding and the short film Seven Minutes.

Our first project was the feature documentary, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up.

The film is a co-production with the National Film Board of Canada, produced in association with:
CBC Docs, Telefilm Canada, Creative Saskatchewan, APTN, Canadian Media Fund, and Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund.


HOT DOCS 2019 - Opening Night Premiere, WINNER - Best Canadian Documentary
DOXA 2019 - WINNER - Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary
CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS 2020 - WINNER - Ted Rogers Award for Best Documentary Feature

WEENGUSHK 2019 - WINNER - Best Documentary, Best Director
GIMLI 2019 - WINNER - Best of Fest - Audience Choice Award
CALGARY International Film Festival 2019 - WINNER - Special Jury Prize for Social Justice
DGC 2019 DISCOVERY AWARD - Tasha Hubbard, Director
ImagineNATIVE 2019 - WINNER Audience Choice, BEST FEATURE, Sun Jury Award

RIDM Montreal 2019 - WINNER Magnus Isaacson Award, Students' Award, Women Inmates' Award
VANCOUVER FILM CRITICS CIRCLE - Best Canadian Documentary of 2019
2020 CALIFORNIA American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival - WINNER Champion of Justice Award
2020 GOLDEN SHEAF AWARDS - WINNER Best Documentary (Social/Political), Best Multicultural Film
NOMINEE - Best of Festival, Kathleen Shannon Award, Best Indigenous Film, Best Research

MARGARET MEAD FILM FESTIVAL 2019, NEW YORK - Official Contender, Filmmaker Award
2020 AMPIA ROSIE AWARDS - Best Director & Best Screenwriter (Tasha Hubbard), Best Editor (Hans Olson)


"George Hupka’s stirring cinematography completes one of the most consequential films ever to open Hot Docs, which went on to win the fest’s $10,000 Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award earlier this month"
- Peter Howell, Toronto Star .

George Hupka, Downstream Pictures Director/DOP, was proud to be honoured with a 2015 Canadian Screen Award for Best Sports Opening/Tease, for the 101st Grey Cup on TSN.

The award went to:
Matt Dunn
Owen Ewers
Michael Farber
George Hupka

Thanks to TSN for selecting us to be part of their CFL and Grey Cup coverage for the last several years!


In 2012-2013, Downstream Pictures was proud to co-produce the extremely popular Sportsnet / City TV series, On The Edge - The Road to the 2013 Mastercard Memorial Cup, with Toronto's Fadoo Productions and Winnipeg's Media RendezVous.

The series was a hit with viewers and fans, and was nominated as Best Documentary Series in the prestigious Cynopsis Sports Media Awards - the only Canadian production nominated; as well as two nominations in the Golden Sheaf Awards.

Downstream Pictures provided the camera equipment and crew for the series, including DP George Hupka and lead camera operator Mark Utley (who spent 8 months embedded with the Saskatoon Blades hockey club), Camera Operators Gary vonKuster, Denis Gilbertson, and Rob Wurzer, and sound recordists Lanny Westgard, Tracy Westgard, and Timothy Bender. Rounding out the crew was Assistant Editor/Production Coordinator Matt Garand.

For more on our recent work, please click on "Projects"


Last updated April 22, 2024