Category : Blog

16 Jun 2013

MIRROR was accepted into 2 Festivals!

Good news! Mirror was recently accepted into two film festivals! Yah! The first one is the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. The festival showcases films and videos from studios as well as independent and youth filmmakers, and partners with more than 50 venues who host screenings year round. The critics’s review on the web site says: This fantasy thriller is written, directed, edited and color graded by 13-year-old Morgana McKenzie from Ottawa, Canada. It’s well done and has many unexplained things […]

22 Apr 2013

TIFF Kids Jump Cuts Wrap-up

Hello everyone! As you probably know by my recent blog posts, I went to TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Jump Cuts over the weekend for my film “A Day in the Life of a Montessori Junior High Class“. And let me tell you, I had a blast! Now most of you are probably wondering so I’ll just say it now rather than later: no I did not win. But that’s okay! The winning film was a claymation short called “Out […]

24 Mar 2013

TIFF Kids Jump Cuts Finalist

On Friday I received an email from the TIFF Kids (Toronto International Film Festival) “Jump Cuts” competition, informing me that my short film “A Day in the Life of a Montessori Junior High Class” was accepted as a finalist! The Jump Cuts competition accepts films from Ontario students in a grade 4-6 category, and a grade 7-8 category. My film will be presented in a screening reserved for attending schools and students on Friday April 19th, and again in a […]

17 Mar 2013

Ups and Downs

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been writing many blog posts since entering Mirror into festivals, and having the first private screening for cast and friends. This is because I wanted to take a short break from filmmaking to focus on school, and to also see what type of feedback I would get from festivals. During this wait, I experienced many ups and many downs. The Downs My parents and I entered Mirror into many film festivals. The main […]

27 Jan 2013

Photos Page of Website Updated!

We’ve published MIRROR photos from all stages of production. Enjoy!

20 Jan 2013

Friends and Family Screening of MIRROR

After all the long days of writing, shooting and editing, the tiny idea that started in my head came to life on screen. I was very thankful to share the first screening with my family, cast members, and friends at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa. I was shocked at how many people actually came! Some were old friends, some were cast members and their families, my parent’s friends, and some were people I didn’t even know! It was interesting that […]

13 Jan 2013

Article on the Debut of MIRROR in Ottawa Metro News

Morgana held a private showing for cast, friends, and family at the Mayfair Theatre here in Ottawa today. A blog post from Morgana is forthcoming about this event. However, the Ottawa Metro News interviewed her about the film later this afternoon. Here is the article: Metro News: “Ottawa teen makes big screen debut”

09 Jan 2013

The Element: A Day in the Life of Junior High

In November 2012, I was asked by my school (OMS Montessori) to create a video about my Junior High Class. The video is a way of sharing with others “a day in the life” of Junior High (grades 7 & 8 combined). Both inside and outside the class, we work together as a community, and this video was meant to demonstrate that. OMS Montessori¬†will be opening a new high-school¬†in Ottawa, named “The Element”, in September 2013. The video will also […]

03 Jan 2013

The Completion of Mirror and the Process of Making It

Hello Everyone! As you could probably tell by the title, after long days of working on the film, I have finally finished! The overall experience of planning, shooting, and editing of the film was great, and today I will be reflecting on some of the challenges I faced. The Planning The planning of the film is almost the most difficult part of making a short film. I had to find friends that were not only able to act and learn […]

02 Dec 2012

TV Interview on Rogers Daytime Ottawa

About a week ago, I was on Rogers Daytime Ottawa with one of the actors in my film, Naya. We were interviewed by Lois Lee and Derick Fage about the experience of making a film, what it was like, some challenges we faced, etc. This was both Naya’s and my first TV interview, and we had loads of fun doing it! Naya, my producer (my Mom) and I got to relax in the Green Room prior to the interview. We […]