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12 Apr 2015

Best Director Under 25, Ottawa Independent Video Award

In a night filled with great socializing, networking, some awesome short listed filmmakers and talented folks, I was extremely happy to attend the inaugural Ottawa Independent Video Awards. I attended not only because I was nominated in two categories (Best Music Video and Best Director Under 25) for my music video “We All Go the Same“, but also to support Ottawa’s indie filmmaking group, which I haven’t networked with in the past. I’m thrilled Ottawa is having more events like this […]

19 Feb 2015

We All Go The Same at KCFF

I’ve been completely focused on editing my thriller Kurayami no Wa for the past two weeks, but I wanted to give you some festival news! After a year of being in the festival circuit, GIFTS has received four more festival acceptances since the beginning of the year! It warms me to see that GIFTS still lives out in the festival world. The only one I can publicly announce right now is the screening at the Providence Children’s Film Festival. In addition, […]

09 Dec 2014

Ottawa Family Living Magazine Article

Back in September, I needed volunteers to help move two car-loads of equipment out to the forest shooting location for “We All Go the Same”. Three people on Twitter volunteered to help: Pete Patterson (@OttawaPete), Karen Fox (@SoupFox), and Pam Dillon (@PamnDillon). It was a very long shoot day, that wouldn’t have been possible without their help moving equipment very early that morning. A bonus on the shoot day was that pro-photographer Charlene Burnside (and awesome friend of ours) was on […]

10 Oct 2014

Fav Film Friday #16: Foam Drive Renegades

A gang of petty criminals enlists the last-minute help of an irrational acquaintance to pull off a robbery.

03 Oct 2014

Six Weeks Since My Last Post

We All Go the Same It’s been over a month since my last post, because I’ve been busy rehearsing and shooting a (unofficial) music video for the Radical Face song “We All Go the Same“. Creating the music video should have been a fairly easy shoot, as the song is only three and a half minutes long. But, the story behind the music video depicts characters from fairy-tales, and that required some detailed makeup and prosthetics work, creating costumes, as well as a ton […]

28 Aug 2014

Prodigy Camp Experience

A month ago, I went to Seattle for a week of indie filmmaking at “Prodigy Camp“. I received a scholarship to attend Prodigy Camp back in April at NFFTY, and was incredibly excited to go! The first few days went by, and I loved every aspect of the camp. Attending lessons, meeting new people, really everything. I played different roles while I was there: grip, sound, and acting (the acting was a new and pleasant experience). I acted in Elijah […]

22 Aug 2014

Fav Film Friday #15: Well

A short film by Rosa Berndt from Prodigy Camp 2014.

08 Aug 2014

Fav Film Friday #14: Prospect

Prospect is the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl on a toxic alien planet.

31 Jul 2014

I was in a film?

A couple weeks ago, I attended “Prodigy Camp” in Seattle. It was amazing, and I’ll post a blog on my experience soon. While I was there, I was asked by fellow camper Elijah Seneker if I could be in his film. This was different for me, because I don’t usually act in anything other than the occasional class play. But, I was thrilled with the idea and promptly said yes. It was interesting stepping back, and not directing for once. […]

08 Jul 2014

Festivals, Kurayami no Wa, and an Unnamed Music Video

Morgana is away (on her own) for the month of July, and this week she is attending Prodigy Camp outside of Seattle on a scholarship she won at NFFTY. So I (her dad) am tasked with keeping her website and social media engagement going until she returns. My first order of business? To round-up all the news from the past month… Festival Updates ASK Film Festival – This high-school film festival, in Kosovo, ran over a weekend in April. We knew that […]