a ramshackle pickture by Daniel J. Pierce

phone. 778.320.8789 e-mail. ramshacklepicktures@gmail.com

THE HOLLOW TREE -- official trailer --

Pioneer cyclists in the Hollow Tree.

Pioneer cyclists in the Hollow Tree.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Courier Strikes Back!

Behold! Scathing criticism from Ken Read. Letter of the Week in the Vancouver Courier.


Monday, September 14, 2009


Article by Tom Hawthorne in the Globe and Mail:

Wonderful article by Cheryl Rossi in the Vancouver Courier:

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Thank you for waiting. Here is a taste of my forthcoming documentary about Stanley Park's fabled Hollow Tree.


Sunday, August 16, 2009


Hey all (or none),

I made this fundraising video for the Hollow Tree Society way back in February and never put it on this site. Well here it is now. Stay tuned for a brand new trailer for the Hollow Tree documentary which should be up and running by next week.

But for now, check this out:

And if you're interested, here is the 2009 DEMO REEL for r a m s h a c k l e picktures. There are some images from the HT doc included.

batteries dying

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

August 4, 2009 - FAPed

The National Film Board of Canada was generous enough to bestow upon us a small grant towards The Hollow Tree doc. This will go a long way to getting broadcasters and distributors interested in putting up the funds to complete the film. It also means I can stay alive long enough to at least finish production. (Beyond that is a mystery to me.)

The Hollow Tree is proudly erect. All it needs now is to be anchored to the ground. But the Hollow Tree conservation society is still short of its financial goal. To make a donation via paypal, please visit:


ever onwards

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

a few steps in the right direction.

Well this film is officially rolling now.  I purchased an HD camera kit last week with a generous donation from the Stanley Park Hollow Tree Conservation Society.  Last night was my second night of filming.  It was also a pivotal meeting of the Vancouver Parks Board.  First on the agenda was the issue of what will become of the Hollow Tree.  Seven souls came forward and spoke on behalf of the tree (3 of them members of the Hollow Tree Society), and put forth their proposal for why and how they feel the tree ought to be saved.  A wonderful woman named Eleanor Hadley (age 87) spoke at the meeting and tore the board of commissioners to pieces for "shirking their duties" and neglecting the tree all these years.  (Fore-shame, commissioners.)  However, in the end, the board voted unanimously to extend the life of the tree a further 5 weeks.  In this time, the Hollow Tree Society will need to obtain certified structural designs for how they plan to straighten and support the tree as well as complete their fundraising for the project.  After that they will return to the Parks Board and present their final plan for consideration.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Join the Hollow Tree Doc Facebook group.  Partake in discussions, post photos, share stories.  All those fun things that Facebook allows us to do in this modern age.