Before joining the film industry, Dan Crosby spent his entire working life on the water. Whether he was commercial fishing, salvaging and towing logs or driving water taxis, Dan had done it all. In 1972, the Canadian Broadcast Company started filming what was to become an enigmatic long-running television series right in his hometown of Gibsons, BC: The Beachcombers. Given that Dan had done his own fair share of beachcombing, he found himself involved in the marine-focused show.
Following The Beachcombers, Dan moved on to other movies and TV shows around Vancouver and soon found his extensive marine knowledge was being requested at film sets across British Columbia. At the same time, Hollywood had begun looking for new parts of the world to film in, and BC soon became a hot spot due to its diverse scenery, proximity to LA and growing talented film crews.
Dan founded Crosby Marine Film Services in Gibsons in 1986 to meet this growing need, finding many successes in the company’s initial years. Crosby Marine continued to thrive when Dan’s son, Jason, joined the family business 10 years later, and the father-son duo worked together on a variety of major productions such as Free Willy 3. In 2003 Jason became president of the company, taking over the day-to-day operations and relocating it to Vancouver to carry on the family tradition of expertise in boat and water operations for the film industry.
Today, Crosby Marine Film Services has been in operation for over 30 years and is widely recognized as a respected, integral component of the Canadian film industry. Crosby Marine has an extensive fleet of custom-designed camera and support boats specifically made for working with film crews, and Jason has added a growing number of talented, experienced and knowledgeable members to the team.
Since its inception, Crosby Marine has been involved in nearly a thousand different productions, including feature films, made-for-TV movies, television series, commercials and special events. Visit our Projects page or browse our Image Gallery to view an array of samples that we are proud to be a part of.
From prep to post - with you every step of the way.
Crosby Marine is continually evolving to meet the varied demands of today’s film industry. With a safety-first approach, decades of practical experience and extensive knowledge of beautiful British Columbia we possess a deep understanding of both the benefits and challenges that come with working on the water-enabling film and television crews to get the shots they need safely and efficiently.
Planning starts during the early stages of script read-throughs and never stops until the job is done. Marine filming demands detailed preparation in order for the day to go smoothly and safely, and our high level of organization combined with decades of experience make us the best choice in our field.
Every filming day starts with a safety meeting covering all the essential procedures for working in and around the water, and these guidelines are monitored throughout the shoot to ensure cast and crew are always safe. Clear communication lines between film and marine crews are is instilled through our marine coordination team, which strives to be steps ahead at all times. Our crew knows how important it is to quickly and effectively move through shots to ensure the productions time is never wasted all while doing so in a safe manner.
To wrap up production, we certify that the marine department account can be closed in a timely fashion. Finalizing all loose ends is as important to us as any stage in the project. We work hard to make sure that the entire production team, including any marine vendors, are well taken care of.