You don’t realize how much of a historical record your documentary films can be until enough time has passed. And then it does, time passes, you get a little older, a little wiser, and you look back at your documentary and it showcases a sliver in time.
I could never have imagined that 8 years after creating Coming Out MY YEAR TIME LIMIT, that I’d watch it and have a captured memory of my family; of my grandma. It’s like a message in a bottle that reaches you at points in your life when you most need it. I watch my film, I hear her laugh, and I cry. I hear her message of love and of hope, and I cry. Yes they’re tears of sadness for the loss of a great woman, but they’re also tears of happiness for the memories she left with me.
I always wanted to do a documentary about my grandmother’s life. But I never did, and now I’ll never get the chance to. Her first person stories of her life are lost forever. If there is something to learn from this, it’s that you need to get up and do something before it’s too late. Don’t wait to make your documentary, do it now. Because tomorrow may be too late.
I’m still chipping away at the post-production of Len & His Spitfire, but I’ve hit a brick wall with finding the right voice actor to narrate. I had my heart set on finding someone with the same timbre to his voice that my grandpa Len had, but that’s turning out to be harder said than done. So in the meantime I’m still rounding out the soundscape, and every so often when I feel like procrastinating I pull up a little experimental film project that I’ve been working on for a couple months now.
It’s in the same realm as my queer feminist experimental film, The Gaze, which had a great run on the festival circuit, and was a lot of fun to make. I’m doing a lot of auto-tuning sound effects in the soundscape, and I would describe the visuals as a moving painting that evokes a thought-provoking look at the world through the female eye. We shall see what it morphs into once it’s complete, however! If I’ve learnt anything with experimental filmmaking, it’s that the finished product is up to the viewer to interpret, and take from it what they may.
A documentary I made after getting married, just PREMIERED in Winnipeg earlier this October as part of Reel Pride Film Festival.
I created Love on The Prairies to bring light to the homophobic backlash my kid sister faced in the workplace upon returning from my wedding. Things are getting better on the prairies, but we still have a ways to go.
Post-Production of my paper puppet film, LEN & HIS SPITFIRE, is fully underway!
The rough-cut is coming along smashingly, and once that’s complete I’ll send it out to a few colleagues for some constructive feedback, at which point I’ll make the necessary tweaks and then get to work on completing the picture-lock (which will include quite a few hours of color-correcting, in order to make the black & white photographic puppets pop on the silver screen!). Then it’s onto the soundscape edit where I’ll be auditioning narrators, diving headfirst into some sound libraries, and trying my hand at the art of FOLEY. The job of the Independent Filmmaker is never over!
I realized after three years of working as Programming Coordinator for the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative that, although I enjoyed my position immensely, it was slowly taking precedence over my filmmaking.
So I made the hard decision to peacefully part ways with the Filmpool and begin my journey of becoming a full-time independent filmmaker.
I had saved up enough funds to be able to give myself 6 months to get my ducks in a row. During that time I also got married, whilst designing and launching an indiegogo fundraising campaign for my latest puppet film, Len & His Spitfire.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the LEN & HIS SPITFIRE Indiegogo fundraising campaign. Just over $1,200 was raised, and will be going towards the post-production of the short prairie puppet film, LEN & HIS SPITFIRE, the true story of my grandfather’s time as a WWII Spitfire pilot.
Contributors will receive their perks by Christmas 2015, and the finished film will be available April 2016. – Thank you for your support!
I am extremely ecstatic to announce that production of Len & His Spitfire has officially WRAPPED!
And boy does it feel great 🙂
We shot at the Filmpool and utilized a few high-end pieces of gear, including their super cool jib! Sarah Huber was the very talented cinematographer, and Jared Gyeorick & Karen Elliott were the masters of puppeteering! It has been a wild ride these past 3 years, and I have a lot of very talented people to thank for getting the film to this point. Len & His Spitfire will begin
Post-Production in the fall of 2015,
with the final film premiering in early 2016.
An epic 24 seconds of Len & His Spitfire footage will be released alongside the launch of the Post-Production Indiegogo Fundraiser Campaign, coming Fall 2015. Stay tuned to find out how you can support this great project, and be a part of Saskatchewan history!
HUGE THANK YOU TO THE SASKATCHEWAN ARTS BOARD FOR THEIR FINANCIAL SUPPORT, AND TO THE SASKATCHEWAN FILMPOOL COOPERATIVE FOR THEIR EQUIPMENT SUPPORT.