"It truly has been a relationship that has grown, and you guys have shown such commitment and thoughtfulness to our ideas and the execution of them." Gabriel ArmstrongExecutive Vice PresidentTag Idea Revolution
"You guys came through and delivered a fantastic product - really first rate, professional and exceptional in every way.... your team is just a fantastic crew." Dan NewmanDirector of Corporate CommunicationsRicoh Canada Inc.
"You are the model of Customer Service!! I cannot thank you enough for all of your excellent work and commitment to meeting our deadlines. More importantly, I really enjoyed working with you and look forward to making our next video with you and your team." David FleuryNational Training ManagerG4S
"You guys were incredible and your videos were impactful, professional, moving, amazing!!! It was an absolute pleasure to work with your entire team." Rebecca DiamondChair MemberUnion Gala
"Many thanks for the great job performed by you and your crew... it was a very challenging assignment, with video shoots in Montreal and Toronto, two languages to deal with, a demanding on the run schedule, and countless hours of editing and programming... it was a pleasure working with all of you. Looking forward to future projects." Carol Warren-WhelanProducerMazda
DMS Video was founded
From humble beginnings to the industry leader, DMS Video is a highly sought-after Event Videography company located just North of Toronto.
Darren Sager, owner and founder of 5Gear Studios and DMS Video, started everything in the basement of his parents' house. Working tirelessly, Sager began to receive word-of-mouth praise from his happy customers, and the company quickly outgrew his small space.
Because of its growing success, DMS Video had to hire several freelance videographers to keep up with the solid work-flow. They did so in a new office in Thornhill.
1990 also marked the transition from consumer to industrial-level equipment. Staying abreast of technological advances has kept Darren at the forefront of video production.
Consistent growth merited full-time employees, which lead to a larger office the following year.
During these years, DMS Video did steady work for various corporations, producing commercials, product videos, and promotional pieces. It wasn't until 2008 that the name 5Gear Studios came to be, however it existed informally since inception.
In 1995 a representative of Steven Spielberg contacted Darren, asking whether he would be interested in work. A documentary on Holocaust survivors was on the table, and they needed someone who could interview and film Canadian survivors. This prompted Darren to invest in professional-level broadcast cameras, and upgrade his lighting.
For several years Darren collected stories and footage for Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. Hearing the stories of the survivors first-hand changed Darren's life forever.
In two short years they outgrew their office once again, and they moved to a new space. As always, DMS Video lead the pack as far as equipment and expertise were concerned. Corporate video production was steady in growth, and even more people were brought on as full-time staff to keep up with the demand.
Customized from the ground-up, this new home for all of the video staff is pure perfection. Nine complete editing suites, two meeting rooms, complete equipment room, attached garage for our fleet, reception desk, coffee station, full kitchen... it's magical!
After over twenty years of creating corporate videos under the DMS name, the creative team decided to brand a separate company for video production. 5Gear Studios took off with a running start, and it hasn't slowed since!
Shortly after this, 5Gear Studios invested in cinema-style cameras and pro-line lenses, providing a higher quality that was previously not possible. It was a game changer, that's for sure!
Always ahead of the curve, 5Gear Studios was among the first to have a licenced Drone pilot for aerial cinematography. They also have trained Steadicam operators, a 16-foot jib, a MOVI, pro-line sliders, teleprompters, complete Diva, Lowel and Arri lighting systems, professional-level mono and tripods, Sennheiser audio systems and voice-over booth, audio field recorders, a Ninja... and the list updates on a weekly basis.
In studio there are graphic artists, 2D and 3D animators, sound mixers, Blu-ray authors, and editors. 5Gear Studios does complete film production in-house through collaborative minds. That means that there is a shorter turn around for produced videos because everyone works together. It's better this way.
Whereas the earlier offices were for production, equipment, and staff only, the new office needed extra space for visiting clients, corporate meetings, and walk-in traffic. It also meant that the company needed a receptionist to man the front so that the staff could keep up with editing. At this point there were four full-time videographers and editors in studio, and an arsenal of freelance videographers on speed dial.
The first step to creating a strong video is flushing out the concept.
Where is it being shown?
Who is your target audience?
Is there a message that you would like to
leave in the viewer's mind?
Are there examples of other videos that you
would like to emulate?
Do you want a script, or should it be free
and natural dialogue?
Will 2D/3D animation strengthen delivery?
These are the types of questions that we ask when we work alongside you, and through brainstorming and collaboration, we can give you the video of your dreams.
Once you have your idea, we can get started on the pre-production.
Script finalization, shot lists, storyboards, production schedules, location scouting, talent coordination, hair, makeup, craft services, permits, release forms...
it can be very overwhelming to some, but we love it! We'll calmly lead you through the full process, and show you how fun planning can be!
Without a doubt the most exciting part of the process!
Our experienced directors, cinematographers, gaffs, grips and sound mixers are used to the early morning production schedules, and their talents take away all of the stress and replace it with pure enjoyment and ease.
Unlike many studios where there is a disconnect between production and post-production, our editors are on-site during filming! They listen to the director's calls, observe the camera movements, and take note of the client's needs. There is never a broken-telephone kind of experience thanks to this, and the editing goes smoothly, and fully reflects the client's intentions.
Once your film is complete we can help you get the right file types and exports to circulate.
Movie theatre, television, internet, or home-viewing: we can always provide you with the right codecs, resolutions, bit rates, and protocols.
We also have graphic artists and BluRay authors in-studio, so we can help you promote and display your work in the best light possible for consumers.
Let us help you create the film of your dreams!
The only name you need
in complete film production.
You're now ready to meet the creative beasts
who work tirelessly to produce the
videos of your dreams.
President and CEO
Double chocolate stuffed cookies
Buster, his golden retriever
Anything to do with Star Trek or J.R.R. Tolkien
Steak, but only the really good kind
English Breakfast Tea
Vertical cellphone video files
When Tim Horton's puts too much milk in his tea
Darren's voice has not changed since he was a baby
Vin Diesel looks like him, not the other way around
He can parallel park any vehicle
Motion 2D/3D Animator
Everything from the 90s
Apollo, his fur baby
Wearing seasonally-inappropriate shoes
The sun (the sun dislikes him)
Being called a Calgarian
Kris owns three Power Ranger t shirts
He enjoys eating chili and donuts at the same time
He can build a structurally-sound pillow fort
His wife and two sons
Johnny Walker Black
Bulgarian and Russian cinema
Dynamically balancing his Steadicam
Meatball sandwiches from Subway
Strong winds on his Steadicam
Being late for anything
It's impossible to pronounce his last name
He performed a Shakespearean play in German,
even though he doesn't speak any German
He can speak Hebrew, Russian, & Bulgarian
Basketball - coaching, playing, watching
Michael Jordan everything
Gadgets, Trinkets, and Swords
Every other driver on the road
People talking in a movie theatre
Pictures of himself. In fact, he hates this one here
Kirby can do a perfect cricket noise
Like Madonna or Seal, Kirby is a mononym
He has a basketball-court in his backyard
Avocado, but not the pre-packaged kind
Grimace, the purple McDonald's guy
Game of Thrones
Toilet paper that is put on the holder the wrong way
People who ignore the recycling bin
Dan has attended over 200 Phish concerts
He's comfortable lifting 50lb containers of cheese
He once drove nonstop to Vegas-- only got 1 ticket!
Director of Photography
Christmas music, year-round
DIY home repair projects
Free samples, actually, anything that's free
Writing in notebooks, scraps of paper, her hand
Leaving the house when the bed isn't made
LED Christmas lights
Ali once built a snowman on top of Mount Pilatus
She has yelled "Take off ya hoser" with road rage
She is a firm believer of the five-second rule
MOVI & Camera Operator
Camping, and being at one with nature
Greasy junk food
Nico can bench-press his own body weight
Nico once smiled for two weeks, without a break
He was born in Argentina
He won third place in a salsa-eating competition
Daniel "DC" Caruso
Gaffer & First AC
Everything tech and camera-related
His German-Shepard puppy
Halloween-sized chocolate bars
Uber-fitted, tailored pants
Anyone's cooking other than his mother's
Daniel is DC. DC is Superman. Daniel is Clark Kent.
He once ate 15 sliders in a single-sitting
Daniel never leaves the house with his hair unkempt
His grip-strength rivals a fully-grown gorilla
Tartan, plaid, checkers, gingham, madras, tattersall...
Rick is a tea and coffee connoisseur
He shot over 70 shows and musical festivals in 2016
Rick walked here from Australia
Editor & PA
All kinds of Vegetables
Loud people, actually loud anything
Fake trees and blue paint
Headphones & Scarves
Her parents originally named her "banana"
Dina is a vegan, but she isn't preachy about it
She hates fake plants in blue offices
She once ate a whole bag of baby carrots
Sci-fi movies, especially Star Wars, over Star Trek
Action Figures, especially the expensive ones
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Rainy days and Mondays
A dirty car
An office without daylight
Jerome is an extra in XXX: Return of Xander Cage
His mom makes his lunch every day
He keeps secrets in his beard
Going to the gym at odd hours of the day
Planning and organizing shoots
Deadpool, carpool, whirlpool
A warm blanket, a cup of hot cocoa, and a book
Photos of himself, even though he's a total babe
Smudges on glasses, even if he's not wearing them
Texting: the teeny keyboard, autocorrect mistakes,
confusing short abbreviations, emojis
Michelangelo's David is his biological father
David is a new homeowner
Kirby cuts and styles his hair