SPACE MONKEY ORIGINS

In the name of science, the Canadian Space Agency sent thousands of chimpanzees on ill-fated voyages to the stars. Not even science could explain what happened next…

This project was the most fun I’ve ever had making films. Honestly, if I could pair up with awesome pro-wrestlers to make kickass origin stories for the rest of my life, I would be a very happy man.

Growing up, my dream was to become a professional wrestler, so working together with Space Monkey, a wrestler whose work I legitimately love, has been a tremendous privilege for this lifelong rasslin’ fan.

Please enjoy. ❤

https://youtu.be/aL60b4zxxtg

Stills courtesy of Britt Edwards:

CAST
Space Monkey – Confidential
The Scientist – Dan Sanderson
Voiceover – Jake Thurgood

CREW:
Glen Matthews – Writer / Director / Editor
Mark Corless – Director of Photography
Steve Cutler – Assistant Director / Steadycam Op.
Adam T. Burke – Audio Technician
Petra O’Toole – Production Assistant
Britt Edwards – Set Stills
Brendan Henry – Visual Composition
Nathan Boone – Assistant Editor
Alina Sechkin – Pixel Art
Werner Mueck – Space Monkey Illustration
Featuring “Horse Blood” by Judge Bitch
& Original Score by Jason O’Brien
Thanks to Adam Massey, Tim Corrigan, Matt Sutherland, Landon Morris & Eric Konecne

SPACE MONKEY RELEASE DATE

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Grab that calendar off the wall and mark the date: Monday, April 24th will see the launch of my next film, SPACE MONKEY: ORIGINS!

I’ve been watching wrestling my entire life, and the biggest thing that I miss in today’s programming is the total lack of vignettes (short videos to hype a wrestler’s upcoming debut). In my opinion, it’s in these short videos that the audience really begins to understand and tap into what a character is all about.

When I moved to Toronto at the end of 2015, my first order of business was to take in a pro-wrestling show. It was at this show that I first saw Space Monkey wrestle. I was instantly enamoured with his insane gimmick and amazed by how well he married that with his fighting style.

It was love at first sight ( ❤ ) and the wheels in my head started turning immediately.

I approached him with the idea to film a character vignette that transitions into a highlight reel, and that is exactly what we’re releasing on April 10th. I hope I can do my part in helping you all also fall in love with the Space Monkey.

In the interest of educating the non-wrestling fans out there, here are a few of my all-time favourite vignettes from the wacky world of professional wrasslin’:

Mr. Perfect shows off his ridiculously perfect athleticism.

Here we see Ted Dibiase (AKA The Million Dollar Man) purchasing an entire public pool so that he can kick out all of the children (what a bastard).

I have no idea what is going on here, but I love it.

Last but certainly not least, The Mountie instructs some filthy American which direction the USA is.

That’s it, that’s all, folks. We worked our asses off on this one, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

PS. It’s one year today since my last audition. So far so good, y’all. ❤

CLARK STANLEY

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I’ve been fairly quiet on the “what’s up” front for the past few months because I’m a firm believer in not talking about how awesome your chickens are until they hatch into awesome chickens.

Well, my chickens hatched, and they’re pretty cool — after finishing up a Copywriting course at George Brown in the Spring, I landed an internship with Clark Stanley as a writer / director and spent the Summer working alongside some very bright minds in the advertising world. My internship wrapped up last week and Clark Stanley are now producing the pilot for a web series that I wrote and am directing.

Anyway, I just wanted to tell you guys about these awesome chickens I came across. I’m feeling really good about them. Give the Clark Stanley page a like to keep up with some of the fun stuff we’ll be working on, yooo ❤ https://www.facebook.com/ClarkStanleyCo/

A STEP BACK

WARNING: The following is longer than 140 characters.

Over the past few months, I’ve been telling people that I’m in the process of taking a step back from acting. I haven’t really been that specific as to my reasonings why, because I honestly wasn’t sure of what they were myself — I just knew that I was no longer drawn to acting the same way that I once was.

I’m taking a few moments to share my thoughts on the matter because I have received such incredible support from many of you over the past decade, that I feel I owe you all some insight as to where I’m currently at with my acting career…

When I started acting, I did it because I was compelled to do it – I had to do it. I read books, I studied performances, developed theories, and entirely immersed myself in the art. In the years that followed, I honed my skills, strengthened my relationships, and put my all into the profession.

So, what changed? When – and from where – did this apathy suddenly creep in? At some point, I began acting for the paycheque, rather than the passion; and for the past few months, I’ve been doing a good amount of soul searching, asking myself why…

Long answer short: I accomplished my goal.

Long answer long: The soul searching has allowed me to reverse-engineer my acting career and look back on why I got into acting in the first place. It sounds simple enough, but hey, I never really did that.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I got into acting for the same reason that I wanted to become a professional wrestler (my original plan leaving high school): because I had no idea who the hell I was, and until I did, I wanted to be someone else.

I honestly never really cared about fame or fortune – which I think most people think is a weird thing to not care about when you’re an actor, but hey – I was always more interested in character exploration, finding myself within that, and over the past decade of working within the art, I feel like I’ve slowly done just that, I’ve found myself (which is quite possibly the hokiest sentence I’ve ever written).

Acting is a tough career, any career in the arts is, and I admire any person who has that fire within themselves, whatever it is, to fight on and hone their craft, but I personally have reached a point where I am no longer compelled to sacrifice for my art. I like my art, I think it’s fun and exciting and interests me deeply, but it makes no sense for me to push on when I’ve already received what I bargained for.

I’ll probably look back at this one day and roll my eyes at the potentially (almost definitely) self-indulgent / self-important nature of this note, but you, my friends and family, are all the shareholders in “Glen Matthews Incorporated”, you’re responsible for my success, you’re the people that I answer to, and I owe you this, my personal insight.

And to be very clear, please know that this is not me quitting acting (calm down, everyone, please, CALM DOWN) – I’m simply taking a step back, so that I can focus on other things, like setting new goals and continuing to grow. I love acting, I truly do, but there are many other things I think I will love as well.

Thank you for your past and future support everyone. Let’s grab a drink sometime. Cool?

CORY BOWLES’ “RIGHTEOUS” ONLINE!

righteousAfter playing at what seemed to be every state and province in North America, Cory Bowles‘ short film, RIGHTEOUS is now online for your viewing consumption!

A young black man’s complicated day that starts with a sibling argument, a profiling, and an explosive face-off… only ends up more complicated when it all lands close to home.

Very proud of this one, you guys. Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7iHOEoBnOU

SCREEN NS NOMINATION

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The Screen Nova Scotia Awards were this past Saturday. LURE (directed by Jesse Harley) was nominated for four awards: Best Picture, Best Lead Performance by an Actress (Andrea Lee Norwood), Best Performance by a Supporting Actor (Richard Donat), and Best Actor in a Lead Performance, which I was nominated for.

Congratulations to Mike McLeod, for picking up the Best Lead Actor Award for his work on Thom Fitzgerald’s FORGIVE ME. I totally don’t hate you. I swear.

In all honesty, it was an incredible honour to be recognized for our work in light of the past few weeks spent battling the NS Liberals, trying to save our homegrown industry. Thank you to Screen Nova Scotia and everyone who had a hand in the evening. It was an excellent celebration of everyone’s hard work.

Update – June 15/15: Who needs Screen Nova Scotia’s stupid awards when you can get one from from the Eastern North Carolina Film Festival? That’s right, I picked up Best Actor honours from the folks down south! Thanks, kindly.