How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker?
I think my very first visceral experience with film and film making was when I was 16 living in Quebec. I remember being enthralled with Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead for the first time on a late night french channel. I think that was the moment I felt a connection to story telling and the aspect visual entertainment. It was a little crazy and I loved that. I knew I wanted to make movies.
What is your favorite part about the short film form?
I’ve always loved short stories in many forms. They’re always a fantastic way of getting an idea or story out of your head with time efficiency and without breaking the bank. Not to mention, a great way to exercise that ‘creativity’ muscle.
Who were the people that supported the making of this film?
My family. Clearly and literally in Ghost Encounters of the Celluloid Kind, I’ve got past generations of my family and 50 years of footage.
What resources do you use as a filmmaker? Music, locations, props, editing, crew, etc.
I’ve been lucky enough to be apart of the indie scene in Vancouver since the early 2000’s. I’ve met and worked with so many talented people across the board locally.
What is your next project?
I’ve been working on a few feature length screenplays this year. I’m aiming at filming one some time in 2016.
The independent film business is a difficult one. What keeps you motivated? Where do you see the industry going in the future?
The passion and drive to tell a story. The industry is constantly changing but I think the basics remain simple. Film makers will stick around as long as there are stories to tell and an audience to take part and connect with.
Which filmmakers, artists or individuals have most influenced your work?
Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick. Then again, who isn’t inspired by these two.
What advice would you give new filmmakers?
Don’t be afraid to explore ideas. Some will work and some won’t, but both experiences are imperative to you growing and getting better.
If there’s any other info you want included?
My previous film Dirty Bill Of Health went on to win numerous awards and play over 40 film festivals.The latest screening is in Spain (Dec.13th,2015). Currently, Our latest award winning feature film Glass, (that I produced) will play it’s seventh film fest in New York (Macabre Faire Film Fest) January 2016.
Another indie film group I produce with http://giallo.ca
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