After a five hour chartered bus ride from Timmins, we arrived at Detour Lake, Detour Gold’s premier Canadian mine-site.
With the multitude of mining films we’ve done up until this point, the variety of situations and events we’ve been able to capture at mine sites has been amazing. We’ve become so seasoned and comfortable that few pieces of machinery or processes surprise us. A part of the mining world we get to capture is gold pours. Having been a part of multiple gold pours at other mining companies, when Detour Gold asked us to film their first, I believed it would be like any other.
After a five hour chartered bus ride from Timmins, we arrived at Detour Lake, Detour Gold’s premier Canadian mine-site. As Stan, Adrienne, and myself disembarked from the bus we were confident the following morning’s gold pour would be a standard shoot – something we’ve seen and done before.
A company’s first gold pour is an important and special event. The gold bar after-all is the defining symbol for success and production for any gold mine. In my past experiences gold pours typically took place in small-secluded-high-security rooms, with a couple of important people and a few technicians who produced a single gold bar. In one separate instance we were even given the privilege to hold one. I have to say, there is nothing more cool or more surreal then holding $800,000 – $900,000 worth of gold in two hands. An amount of wealth I can safely say I won’t see anytime soon in a single grasp.
Nevertheless those gold pours, though exciting for business, were typically a fairly low-key event. This was not the case at Detour Gold. With Detour recently beginning production, it was an honour and surprise to be a part of one of the most exciting, heart-felt, and high producing gold pours in my experience. Here is their first gold pour story…