Vancouver film school


Lionsgate


This short documentary about the city’s major suspension bridge was a Vancouver Film School project on which I was the cameraman. Using a Video8 camera the quality is not the best but it was a good lesson in what can be achieved with the right idea, people and story, regardless of limitations in format. (8 & 1/2 mins)



Tall Order, Small Change


Shot on 16mm film with sound recorded on a Nagra the short 10 minute fiction piece was edited on a Steinbeck and was first shown with an analogue projector at The Pacific Cinemateque in downtown Vancouver.  Conceived as a kind of Canadian coming of age or rite of passage story the film evolved intentionally into a comedy with some substance. Alternatively it can be viewed as simply a drama about a hat!  I wrote and directed, with a crew of ten peers who doubled up on roles in pre and post production. There are a huge number of continuity errors, most obvious is the script on the bench and my Porsche 911 appearing in various incongruous places. The older man, Gary Jones, is an accomplished actor who went on to play a regular part in 108 episodes of the tv sci-fi series “Stargate SG-1”.  (9 mins)


Shadows


This is another Vancouver Film School produced student 16mm film. There was a crew of ten or so who doubled up jobs in pre and post production. I was the Location Scout and Manager which was a lot of fun. Also I was the Key Grip and Gaffer which was a lot of hard physical work for the week's shoot. The story itself was sort of tongue in cheek and as a crew we had a lot of laughs as the actors tried to play it straight. I guess you could call it science fiction. I am also an extra, an 'alien' holding a red light and my forearms are in there too as a stand in for the lead actor who was, I felt, a great actor in a difficult situation.  (8 & 1/2 mins)