The Team

The Team

Tom Baleshta

Director of Operations

  • corporate planning and client relations.
  • oversees  copter design, construction and maintenance
  • rc pilot

After finishing the Industrial Design program at Carleton University in 1992, Tom moved to Vancouver to pursue a design career and to be close to the recreational activities he loves.  In the course of his career, Tom has used his training to design knee braces, develop quality control systems for Arc’teryx and as a volunteer for the Disabled Sailing Association. Tom started building props for the Vancouver film business in 1994 and began working on set as a Property Master in 1996 where he continues to polish his craft.

When using remote controlled planes as props, Tom recognized their potential as flyers capable of carrying cameras.  He experimented with the technology and now enjoys chasing mountain bikers, skiers and snowboarders hillside.  Using his business skills developed over the years and employing the numerous contacts he made in the film industry, Tom created Tada Films and assembled the quality team responsible for delivering amazing remote video shoots.

Taking full advantage of beautiful coastal BC, one day finds Tom kayaking to Texada Island and the next might witness him skinning to the top of the north shore mountains or skim boarding with his twins down at Jericho Beach.

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Tyler McDougall

Head Remote Control Pilot

  • responsible for planning flight paths
  • works with camera operator for optimal positioning
  • liaises with site owners and Transport Canada to ensure that operations are performed safely
Tyler graduated from BCIT Marine campus with a Bridge Watchmen Certificate. His training involved safety and marine emergency studies and he graduated with the mandated medical certificate associated with this profession. Since graduating Tyler has joined the Tada Films team full time specializing in FPV (first person view) piloting where he gets to pursue his avid interest in remote control flight operations.

Tyler was born and raised in North Vancouver. Since he started piloting remote controlled helicopters as a full time job, working on a number of productions such as TV shows, sporting events and action sports films, he has now reached a high level of professionalism and efficiency which always gets the job done. When Tyler isn’t working, you can find him skiing and mountain biking on the North Shore mountains.

Bill Hawley

Head Camera Operator

  • responsible for camera operation and post production

For the past five years, Bill has been working as a professional photographer. In 2009, he won the V.I.M.F.F. photography competition grand prize. Since then, he has worked with some of the biggest names in the ski industry, including Jordan Manley and Adam Clark, as well as numerous innovative outdoor gear companies such as Icelantic Skis and First Drop Outerwear. When he’s not shooting action sports for other clients, Bill works as a videographer in the city and shoots freelance for various clients. Bill has a wealth of experience with RC camera operation including 100’s of hours working side by side his pilot allowing for unique and precise shots done in an efficient manner. He brings artistic, creative, and innovative skills to the Tada Films team and he is known in the industry for the startling images he captures.

 

Nick Hawley, P.Eng,

Business Director

  • responsible for corporate management and financial planning
Nick is an experienced program manager and senior executive from the renewable energy business. He brings the skills of planning and investment management to Tada Films along with an enthusiasm for photography and film.

He has lived and worked in the Canada, the UK and New Zealand and also managed energy programs in Africa for the World Economic Forum. In Canada, Nick works with First Nations in the more remote areas of BC to help improve living conditions. As an essential member of the Tada Films team, Nick brings the business balance to this artistic and creative team of producers, pilots and camera operators!