Transcript: Our Home and Miniature Land | Aug 11, 2017

(piano music plays)

Fast clips show images of a miniature representation of parts of Canada with moving parts. It showcases some of Canada’s most iconic buildings (such as the Parliament, the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre), vistas and landscapes.

Jean-Louis says I'M JEAN-LOUIS
BRENNINKMEIJER,
AND IN 2011 I WAS
IN-BETWEEN JOBS,
AND I VISITED A
WORLD-RENOWNED ATTRACTION
IN GERMANY CALLED
MINIATUR WUNDERLAND,
AND I WAS JUST STRUCK BY THE
SHEER SIZE OF IT, THE SCOPE.
AND DECIDED
THEN AND THERE,
THIS IS WHAT I WANNA DO
FOR CANADA.
WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE AT
MINIATURE LAND,
OUR HOME AND MINIATURE LAND,
IS ACTUALLY MAKING
STRUCTURES WHICH PEOPLE ARE
FAMILIAR WITH.
YOU'LL RECOGNIZE THE CN TOWER,
THE ROGERS CENTRE.
THE ONE QUOTE THAT
STICKS IN MY HEAD IS,
"I KNEW I WAS
GOING TO BE AMAZED,
BUT I WAS NOT
PREPARED FOR THIS."

A caption reads "Jean-Louis Brenninkmeijer. Founder, Our Home and Miniature Land."

Jean-Louis is in his fifties, clean-shaven and with short straight white hair. He wears glasses and a white shirt.

He says THE SIZE OF IT,
AND IT'S GOING TO BE
THREE TIMES
THE SIZE OF THIS
WHEN WE OPEN TO
THE PUBLIC.

The caption changes to "More than 60,000 hours have gone into building ‘Our Home and Miniature Land.’ Brenninkmeijer’s team has completed Hamilton and Toronto. Over 4 million dollars has been invested into the project, so far. Ottawa is next. The goal is to represent all of Canada."

(SOFT PIANO PLAYING)

The caption changes to "David McLean. General Superintendent and co-founder."

David is in his fifties, clean-shaven and with very short gray hair ad he wears white and blue print shirt.

At the workshop, he says WELL, THE PROCESS IS
REALLY INTERESTING,
'CAUSE FIRST YOU
DREAM IT UP.
I MEAN,
THE DESIGN,
YOU COME UP WITH A
FUNDAMENTAL DESIGN OF
HOW IT ALL SHOULD LOOK,
AND THEN YOU START LOOKING AT,
OKAY, NOW YOU HAVE TO
DESIGN THE PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS.
SO, OVER TIME,
AND EVENTUALLY,
AND OVER THE MONTHS,
IT ACTUALLY...
BECAUSE IT TAKES ABOUT A YEAR
TO BUILD ONE OF THESE EXHIBITS,
IT TAKES TIME
TO DO THAT.
SO IT'S KINDA LIKE
WATCHING YOUR CHILD GROW UP,
AND IT JUST
GROWS AND DEVELOPS,
AND BECOMES MORE EXCITING
AND MORE COLOURFUL EVERYDAY.
THERE'S MORE THAN JUST
COMING AND LOOKING AT MODELS,
OR TRAINS, OR CARS,
OR TRUCKS, OR PLANES.
THERE'S A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY,
IT'S A VOYAGE.
SO YOU GET TO LOOK
AND GO WALK,
FIND OUT ABOUT THINGS
ACROSS CANADA THAT
MAYBE YOU DIDN'T KNOW,
THAT'S THE EDUCATIONAL ASPECT.
OR, THINGS YOU CAN
HAVE FUN LOOKING AT.

Clips show miniature people, and miniature vehicles running across the model.

The caption changes to "So far, miniature Canada occupies 4,000 square feet of a warehouse space. The team estimates the finished project – 15 exhibits in all –will cover 40,000 square feet. And be displayed somewhere busy, such as downtown Toronto. ."

Jean-Louis says WELL, WE WANT TO OPEN IN
EARLY 2019 WITH SIX EXHIBITS,
AND THEN WE WILL BUILD AN
ADDITIONAL EXHIBIT
EVERY ONE OR
TWO YEARS.
SO WITHIN A FIVE YEAR TO
TEN YEAR TIME FRAME
AFTER OPENING,
WE SHOULD HAVE COVERED
THE WHOLE COUNTRY,
COAST TO COAST TO COAST.

Watch: Our Home and Miniature Land