You all did an amazing job!! I’ll be sharing it far and wide. Keep up the great work!

Dr. Kai Chan
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair
with the Institute for Resources, Environment
and Sustainability

at UBC

As a biodiversity researcher and ecologist, I think the kids did a great job with their research and video editing. I am sure they learned tons — much more than students reading a standard textbook! I like the K vs. adult (20 years later) comparison. It is a creative way to show a common issue. Also, this looks more like a movie by at least high school students! The students appear very articulate and have good interviewing skills.

Laura Super

I was so moved to see this film! I learned a lot about endangered species in British Columbia. I was also impressed with the clarity and commitment of the folks you interviewed -- mostly young people who are working to protect and study them. As a filmmaker myself, I recognize the many hours of hard work that you have put into this project! Your passion, creativity, and discipline are all over it. Plus your sense of humour! You should be very proud!

Bonnie Klein

NFB Film Maker, Officer
of the Order of Canada
and Grandparent of
a THRIVE student

I have watched You Can't Eat Money and am most impressed by the high quality and the professionalism of all the students who appear in it. I am proud of them.

Janet Fraser

Vancouver School Board

I was really impressed with all of the information the students included in their presentation. By adding skits that had some humour, the students made it entertaining and easier to remember the key points. Way to go THRIVE students. You should be very proud of this collaborative effort!!!

Ron J Gorman

A comment left on
our YouTube site
after viewing
the film

Wow!!! Great work on the video! The kids did such a wonderful job!!!! I wish I could have been there to watch the making of it. Your students are amazing! Tell them I wish I was as good a film maker as them!!

Dr. Jason Peterson

Film-maker, scientist
and long-time friend


Written by THRIVE Program Teacher, Tyson Schoeber • Last Updated: 06-26-2015

THRIVE's newest film introduces some of BC's endangered species and outlines their need for better protection. Taking nearly two years from start to finish, its creation was something of an odyssey. Yet the work is now done and we are very pleased to finally be able to share the results of our work.

The earliest work on this project was done by most of the same students who created our last film, the award-winning Poisoning The World in 2012. Many of those kids moved onto high school a few months later so the majority of the work on this film was done by a new crew.

While the idea seemed simple at the start, this film turned out to be the most ambitious project we've ever undertaken. Our efforts included extensive web research, interviews and several key field trips. We ended up with a great deal of material to work with and the kids' plans developed gradually. The script was the most detailed we've ever produced and, as one student recently observed, this was the first time that the script was largely finished before filming even began.


This film runs for nearly sixteen minutes in total — three times longer than any of our previous films. While it includes footage and photographs that were graciously contributed by a handful of professional photographers, the kids filmed all of the interviews and did virtually all of the editing themselves. Indeed, as anyone who has ever hung around a THRIVE filming project knows, I do my best to keep my mouth shut with regard to scripting and content and my hands hardly ever touch the equipment. I coordinate field trips and handle the behind-the-scenes communication with the experts we meet but I also make a real effort to limit my role to teaching the kids the skills and attitudes they need to succeed as film-makers. I don't even get a vote when major decisions are discussed! That way, the kids can truly own the product — and the rewards that come with a job well done.


With all of these things in mind, there are many things that I'm sure I will always remember about this project, including:

Even though this film isn't perfect, I am very proud of the kids' efforts. The finished project reflects their best efforts to understand and explain a complex subject and there's no doubt that we've all learned a great deal from the process.