I was delighted to be asked by my friend and sometimes colleague Christine Estima to help direct and shoot her War Child Canada Challenge video submission. We shot in the beautifully decorated Coffee & All That Jazz cafe in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood on a sunny Thursday a few weeks back, and I'm quite pleased with the way the short turned out! I was also very happy to step into the director's chair, something I haven't done in the past, but always a role I have great respect for. Good luck Chrissy! And thanks for all your complimentary words! And now, the vid, I hope you enjoy it!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Corpses premiered last night during the Toronto Film Challenge screenings at the Bloor Cinema. The challenge was to incorporate the following into a 6-8 minute finished film within 48 hour:
Prop: Skull Toy
Line: Don't look at me like that
Location: The Mall
And now, a pictorial recounting of the evening:
|The pre-party, across the street @ Paupers. Our DOP, the talented Mr. Bruce William Harper (bottom right) is warming-up his face for an animated and engaging performance in his roll as unofficial MC and commentator of the event.|
|I heart holograms|
|The official batting-order, and viewer's choice ballot.|
|Our event in (a few) lights!|
|Eagerly anticipating the first film.|
We received the encouraging news during last night's screening that our entry has been selected as part of the top 10 and will be eligible for awards at the gala on Saturday November 27th at the London Tap House. Fingers crossed!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Cancelproof's post-production team successfully submitted the completed entry to the Toronto Film Challenge selection committee before the 8pm deadline last night. Now, we all cross our fingers to be picked for Wednesday's screening, and the awards gala on the 27th for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Writing, Audience Choice, and Online Winner. Here are a few set stills and scenery shots that I would love to share!
Stay tuned for updates on our progress in the challenge. Wish us luck!
|Whatever Ash Catherwood and Jon Hyatt are carrying, it looks heavy...|
|...you've got your work cut out for you boys!|
|View of T-Dot from one of our locations|
|Mike's made a friend, Ash doesn't approve of the match.|
|Our tireless director Ryan Keller illustrating the romance and allure of riding the rails as an alternative to finishing the film. We opted to finish the film.|
|An abandoned factory behind one of the locations. 10 points to Griffindor if someone can correctly identify the location...|
Sunday, November 14, 2010
|Cancelproof's web-series: hugely popular Microwave Porn|
Monday, November 8, 2010
|The front-gate gang!|
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Reg and I had the privilege of attending a performance of Monkeyman Productions Monkey Sci-Fi Horror Theatre II. It proved to be an entertaining performance full of the best Star Trek, D&D, and LARP inside-jokes that are still funny to non-insiders. Being a fan of Star Trek TNG helped me feel like Phoenix II - the first of the two one-act plays - was speaking directly to me. And coming straight from Halloween Haunt gave me a great appreciation for the zombie theme in the second play, Dead Man's Party. I attended to see my friend and website designer Phil strut his stuff as Sir Alec Guthrie/Qing'Caan in Pheonix II and as director of Dead Man's Party, and ended up falling in love with the rest of the cast's brilliant comic timing and D.J. Sylvis' witty writing. There are still two shows left! If you're looking to pay homage to your fandom in a theatre setting, head to the Palmerson Library Theatre Friday or Saturday night at 7:30. You won't be disappointed!