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27 Sep 2015

Ellie moves to post (and festival updates)

I had an amazing summer, filled with friendships and film work. I had planned to do a post talking about the highlights of my two month break, but I’ve been slammed with work ranging from Ellie work to home work. So until then, I have a brief update on the post production of Ellie, and some festival updates. Ellie The Kickstarter campaign for Ellie was more successful than I could have imagined, bringing in $5,275, which was 175% over my original […]

17 May 2015

A month of insanity

I feel like I blinked and woke up in mid-May. The past few months have been absolutely insane, attending festivals for both “We All Go the Same” and “Kurayami no Wa”. I was still wrapping up the final colour grading for Kurayami no Wa (even on the plane), so I wasn’t able to submit it to NFFTY 2015. That being said, I’ve been off my website for some time, so a well deserved update is now here. NFFTY I attended NFFTY […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

26 Jan 2014

GIFTS Trailer

I am pleased to present the trailer for my short film GIFTS! As the film is very short (10 minutes), and because I wanted to introduce the main character Jan and her struggle, the trailer is actually a prologue. It provides a glimpse into Jan’s life and includes footage not present in the film. Here is the synopsis of the film: At age six, Jan was miraculously revived after her body was retrieved from the frozen river that consumed her […]

05 Jan 2014

GIFTS Update and Fav Film Friday

I hope everyone had a great holiday break, and the new year is going well so far. My “Fav Film Friday” series took a break over the holidays so I could spend time with family and finish my latest short film, GIFTS. But no fear! Fav Film Friday will be back up and running this coming Friday with great short films! As I mentioned, over the holiday I spent time working on GIFTS. At the beginning of December I completed […]

28 Sep 2013

Another GIFTS Shoot Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the last on-location shoot for my new short film GIFTS. It’s going to be a fun day, but it will also be a very challenging day because tomorrow we have to shoot the most complex scene of the entire film. Last Sunday we had a very long shoot schedule that started at 8am and went until we lost our sunlight shortly after 6pm. But one of the highlights of the day was that we had a professional photographer, Charlene […]