Category : Blog

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 […]

08 Jun 2014

May Festival Shenanigans

Over the past month my life has been filled with hectic (but very enjoyable) film work and travelling. After my trip to NFFTY in April, I was very fortunate to be able to travel to two festivals: CineYouth in Chicago, and TIFF Next Wave Jump Cuts in Toronto. Here’s a brief rundown, with pictures, of my adventures… CineYouth CineYouth was a lot of fun! It was a really awesome community that I was happy to be a part of this […]

26 May 2014

Casting Call: 9 to 11-year-old actress for my next film

I am working on pre-production for my upcoming short film “Kurayami no Wa“, and I’m looking for a young actress for a supporting role. Here are the details: Production Title: “Kurayami no Wa” Genre: Dark Thriller Production Type: Independent/Student Project Length: Short Film (Under 10 minutes) Production Location: Ottawa Compensation: Non-paying/volunteer, credit in film, meals & snacks  Audition Date: By appointment, June 25-27 Character: “Alex” Attributes: Female, Caucasian, Age 9 – 11 (or equivalent appearance) Actress will need to: – portray a […]

05 May 2014

NFFTY 2014 Adventures

I had the huge privilege of having “GIFTS” be accepted into National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) this year. NFFTY is the largest international youth film festival in the world, based in Seattle, WA. It is a four day festival, filled with speed networking, panel sessions, film screenings, Q&A with filmmakers, and parties. It really is an awesome event for youth filmmakers. This was my first year at NFFTY, and my experience was beyond fantastic. My friend Laura (who […]

14 Apr 2014

CBC Ottawa Morning Interview

This morning, I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by Hallie Cotnam on CBC Ottawa Morning radio about GIFTS and the upcoming NFFTY festival. It was a wonderful experience, and everyone was extremely nice, especially Jessa the producer. Before the interview, Hallie told me that she watched GIFTS earlier in the morning, and was feeling uneasy because she isn’t a huge fan of scary movies. The idea of her nervously watching GIFTS at 4:30am made me laugh. Press the […]

29 Mar 2014

Shots as a form of Art, and Moo!

Moo Cards NFFTY 2014 is coming up fast, and it’s very difficult for me to contain my excitement. Another reason that I’m excited, is my Moo mini-cards (several boxes) came in the mail the other day! Moo is a service for creating business cards that you can style and change to fit your business and personality. I styled mine so that each mini-card had a different frame from one of my films on the back, and of course all my […]

16 Mar 2014

March Break, a Kessler Crane, and My Next Film

My March break has come to an end. I didn’t go anywhere sunny over the March break, because my family was hoping we’d be travelling in April to the NFFTY film festival in Seattle – a wish that came true! So, what did I do over my March break in freezing and snowy Ottawa? I attended a two-day workshop at the local “SAW Video” centre, which is a not-for-profit organization that offers courses, equipment, and facilities for artists. I wanted […]

14 Mar 2014

Fav Film Friday #13: Stop the Dog

A cute short story that follows the exciting adventures of an altruistic, but very clumsy Labrador.

09 Mar 2014

GIFTS Screening and Film Festival Update

There has been A LOT of stuff going on with “GIFTS” lately, and I’ll start off with the friends and family screening we had a couple of weeks ago at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum theatre. It was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who came and supported! It was really a blast seeing everyone and being able to answer any questions that people had. Charlene Burnside (a professional photographer, family friend, and the Mom of two cast […]