The last update to this now-decrepit cyberspace was damn near six months ago — a shameful amount of time for anyone wishing to stay relevant in today’s digital carousel.
Why the radio silence? Well, as opposed to 2017 where I was focused on simply cutting my teeth by shooting as much as possible (2017 Year in Review), this year I’ve been focusing on trying to take that next step in my filmmaking career by getting some actual funding for my projects — an increasingly difficult task in a world stuck in a state of perpetual belt-tightening.
There have been promising advances, but alas, I’m playing the long game and you’ll all have to wait another day for my fully-funded masterpiece.
Today, however, I’m cracking open the tomb to share some brand new work, another product of my guerilla filmmaking escapades:
WORLDSTARRR is a 30-second spec-ad for WorldstarHipHop.com, a popular content-aggregating blog that regularly features public fight videos (usually accompanied by someone yelling “Worldstarrr“), music videos and assorted content targeted to young audiences.
DOP: Mat J. Barkley (http://MatJBarkley.com)
Audio: Adam T. Burke (http://AdamTBurke.net)
Composer: Andy Trithardt
Actor: Jherad Alleyne
Titles: Britt Edwards (http://BrittEdwards.com)
Song: Turbo by Cam Smith (https://soundcloud.com/mybestfriendjacob/turbo)
In 2016, I watched Mark Duplass‘ SXSW keynote address, “The Cavalry Isn’t Coming“, and it immediately slapped me upside the head.
In the talk, Duplass rightfully points out that many of the obstacles facing filmmakers twenty years ago are now gone, and that there’s no excuse for filmmakers (especially up & coming) to not be kicking out content.
Twelve months later, I have written & directed four personal projects (GRAVE CONCERNS, SPACE MONKEY ORIGINS, WHITE SAVIOR, & RED BULL 30 YEARS); as well as a handful of commercial content, including my very first nationally televised spot, for Curling Canada (watch). Hoorah.
It’s been a whirlwind year, which I’m supremely thankful for. Sincerely, thank you to everyone who helped make this last year my best one yet. Much love. ❤
Happy new year, folks. Check out the 2018 demo, yo:
Ladies & gentlemen! My holiday gift to you: my very first feature film screenplay, WRESTLE ISLAND (PDF download), which tells the story of a small maritime island being invaded by an army of professional wrestlers.
Another gift: I teamed up with illustrator-extraordinaire, James Edward Clark, to help bring a few scenes from the script to life:
So why am I just dumping this thing onto the internet?
This film stands very little chance of ever getting made due to the many, many millions of dollars that it would likely cost to pull it off — this is essentially the film I would make if Hollywood ever gave me a blank cheque to go shoot a movie in Nova Scotia.
As such, I’d very much love to share this script with anyone out there who’s interested enough to read it. I think I cooked up something fun here and I hope you agree.
WRESTLE ISLAND (PDF download): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hn9C_e5L1NUUuDpuyrg5BJpECppFe8Oy/
Happy reading & happy holidays, y’all.
Wrestle forever. ❤
Earlier this year, through a random late night Google binge, I discovered that Red Bull was founded in Austria in 1987. I found it interesting that the youthful brand had been around for so long and I immediately began brainstorming ideas for a 30-second spec ad that combined those two opposing elements (age with vitality) while celebrating Red Bull’s 30 years in business.
Red Bull. Giving wings (to you & yours) for 30 years. ❤
Writer / Director – Glen Matthews (http://GoGlenGo.com)
Director of Photography – Mat J. Barkley (http://matjbarkley.com/)
Production Design – Alexis DeBad (http://alexisdebad.com/)
Gaffer – Graeme Everett
Audio Technician – Adam T. Burke (http://adamtburke.net/)
Hughie – Bob Nasmith
Ruth – Razie Brownstone
Thanks to my friends at Clark Stanley Inc., I had the pleasure of travelling to Regina, Saskatchewan last month to direct a series of promos for Curling Canada’s upcoming Season of Champions.
As such, I’d like to share with you today, my very first national television spot (they grow up so fast) for the upcoming Roar of the Rings in Ottawa.
We shot a mountain of content over the span of a few days, including the third season of ON THE BUTTON (one part athlete interview & one part “Between Two Ferns”), starring Curling Canada’s trusty time-travelling spokesperson, Angus McStone (as seen in ROAR), as well as some promos with prairie royalty: former Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Yes, they are big. And yes, I am small.
Shout-out to Director of Photography, Jason George (JasonGeorge.com) for making the pictures pretty and for introducing me to authentic Korean BBQ.
Another shout-out to photographer David Stewart (davidstewartmedia.com) for capturing me in my furrowed-brow element (above).
That’s all for now, more to come!
Shout out to my buddy Dan Jardine who recently snapped a few pics of my smug mug for promotional purposes. Dan runs Boom Shoal Enterprises, a Toronto-based photography & film production company. Check his stuff out @ http://www.boomshoal.com/ ❤
Here’s a quick #TBT clip from 2013, where I was raising funds for my pro-rasslin’ short film, SAVING FACE, by having real-life rasslers toss me around the ring.
The clips were individually released as we hit specific fundraising goals. Ultimately, we reached our target of $2,000 and completed one of IndieGoGo’s most sadistic campaigns ever. 👍👍