Posted: August 26, 2013

There's no denying our huge affection for the folks in front of the camera - the cast of HAVEN is beloved around the world. But just as it takes a Village to Keep A Secret... it also takes one to make the magic we've been enjoying for the past three seasons. So as the HAVEN team works through the summer of 2013 with the goal of bringing Season 4 to our screens this fall/winter - we are celebrating the people behind the scenes.  It's our salute to the production team - the HAVEN Crew Who's Who series - continuing now with a fella who's had a steady focus on the troublesome town since Audrey arrived...


clapperboard PATRICK DOYLE with seasons

film rollWhat exactly does a Steadicam operator do?

The Steadicam is a camera stabilizing device that is worn by a trained operator (or someone like myself!). Through a mechanically mounted harness and sled, the operator is able to isolate the camera from his body and create smooth flowing shots.No matter how rough the terrain may be, the Steadicam takes the edge out of the shots. It allows the operator to create dynamic flowing shots that seem like the camera is floating through the air.

The Steadicam sled, vest and arm, along with the 35mm Panavision film cameras we use on HAVEN, weighs 65 lbs – it’s certainly something every director should put on for a little spin at least once. 😀


My job as the Steadicam operator is to take the director’s vision - no matter how complex it may be - and work with the actors and background performers to tweak it until we have something film roll 2fluid and precise.


What's the worst 'trouble' you've seen in HAVEN?

The worst trouble that I've seen on HAVEN has to be during Season 2. It was a trouble that actually affected EVERYONE in HAVEN, not only the townspeople but the cast and crew. We were hit with Precipitis-Activatis trouble. We were hit with 52 straight days where we experienced precipitation in the form of rain … we actually even had snow and rain on a couple of early spring days. Our total shooting days for the season were 92, and we had something like 72 days where "the troubles" reared its wet head.

What's the best part of working on HAVEN?

I would have to say the best thing about working on Haven has to be the people that I'm around on a daily basis.  You get to create a really great looking show, with a crew of people that in some cases you get to know better than family members (we spend that much time together), and being a camera operator that can often mean stuck in very close quarters.

Haven-Patrick Doyle

film rollThe camera department I work with on this show is amazing. Besides reminding me where I left my rain coat, etc., the guys totally take care of me. I'd be lost without them and the amazing team they are.

Also, we as a group have been extremely lucky to work with a Director of Photography like Eric Cayla.  He's simply a painter of light - or as Emily Rose affectionately calls him "the Light Whisperer.” Every day I'm in awe of what he creates on screen.

What's your favourite thing to do in Nova Scotia when you're not filming HAVEN?

Well, since just recently moving back to Cape Breton this spring, when I'm not shooting HAVEN, I can usually be found blasting back to CB late at night on Fridays to spend my weekend with my 5-year- old daughter and 4-year-old son. For my beautiful wife and I, we're usually found with the children on the Mira River soaking up summer in Cape Breton and cruising down the river at the in-laws’ cottage, if we're lucky.

Funny enough during the first couple of seasons of HAVEN, during our hiatus we spent the time in the south of Maine... I called it doing research, but it was mostly camping and beach hopping.

And finally... Audrey & Nathan or Audrey & Duke?

Emily Rose with Eric Balfour & Lucas Bryant

Well how can you not see the magic between  Audrey and …..?

I'm not touching that one.



HAVEN 4While you're here check out our HAVEN CREW Who's Who profiles on TIM WEBBER - Key Craft Service , TERRY QUENNELL - Art Director, SHERNOLD EDWARDS - Story Editor , DARRYL DUZAK - Key Grip and DARLENE LEWIS - Senior Set Decorator

For more posts on HAVEN including news on Season 4 click here


SABS Note of Noteworthiness

While you're here check out the powerful 'safe-grad' video "JUST ONE" that Patrick volunteered to help make along with the students of Cape Breton's Riverview High School. Click here for that.




  1. We Cape Bretoners are very proud of Patrick and his work! So glad he is back in Cape Breton with his lovely family. It's great to see young entrepreneurs and professional return to the Cape. His work on "Bullying" was amazing.
    The "Sea and Be Scene" is another way to promote the excellent work by our young people. Thank you!

    Comment by Kay Batherson — August 26, 2013 @ 10:05 am

  2. Hi Patrick,
    As your father it is no great tribute to compliment you on your work but, as a teacher, you made me realize that some young people show a fondness and skill at certain activities that can lead to their chosen profession in life.

    Comment by Leo Doyle Sr. — September 1, 2013 @ 11:58 am

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