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. ❤

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FIRST-LOOK: GRAVE CONCERNS

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Friendly friends, it is my tremendous pleasure to share a first-look at GRAVE CONCERNS, the 12-part comedic web series that follows two disgruntled gravediggers in the Wild West.

Each episode will straddle the line between comedy & drama (O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU meets LOUIE) exploring themes surrounding society, existentialism and, ultimately, how & why men fail to communicate with each other.

We are applying for funding from the Independent Production Fund, and as part of the IPF’s evaluation, we are encouraged to get as many views as possible.

THEREFORE if you enjoyed the GRAVE CONCERNS Web Series Preview, we cordially invite you to…

(1) Subscribe to our YouTube page

(2) Like our Facebook page, & most importantly… 

(3) SHARE THE FOLLOWING LINK WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY & EVEN TOTAL STRANGERS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_VJQyZTLKg

Sincerely, thank you for watching and for any support that you can offer us in our hunt to get this thing made (remember: Like, Subscribe & Share). As I wrote in last month’s GRAVE CONCERNS blog entry, I have never been this creatively excited for a project in my life.

Much love, folks. ❤️

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CAST:
Timothy – Tim Walker
Clifton – Jeff Hanson
Old Man – Robert Nasmith

CREW:
Writer / Director – Glen Matthews
Producer – Melani Wood
Director of Photography – Mark Corless
Assistant Director – Steve Cutler
Wardrobe – Holly Lloyd
Title Design – Britt Edwards
Visual Compositor – Brendan Henry
Additional Audio Recording – Matt Sutherland
Executive Producer – Adam Massey
Special Thanks – Tim Corrigan, Alexandra Cooney

THE FILMS OF TAIKA WAITITI

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Hello friends,

I wanted to take a moment out of my regularly scheduled self-promotion on this here web zone to share my infatuation with the films of this fine dishevelled gentleman, Taika Waititi (pronounced joyously: Ti-kuh Why-tee-tee).

The ability to balance comedy with emotional stakes is a constant in many of my favourite films — ie. films from filmmakers like Edgar Wright, Wes Anderson, the Coen Brothers, Noah Baumbach (when paired w/ Greta Gerwig), Billy Wilder, John Hughes, Charlie Chaplin, so I’m here to say that if you enjoy those folks you need to catch up with Taika Waititi at your earliest convenience.

The first film I saw from Waititi was the best damn film-going experience I’ve ever had…

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Halifax’s Outlier Film Festival, a festival dedicated to showcasing genre films, was screening WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (2014). I knew nothing about the film other than it was a vampire mockumentary from New Zealand, so I was surprised to see the Bus Stop Theatre packed to capacity (which was 60 people, for the small indy black box theatre).

The lights went dark and before long, all 60 of us were all cackling and knee-slapping in unison. 90 minutes later, the lights came back up and I was absolutely floored. I hadn’t been a part of a collective experience like that ever before, where every moment landed as intended, the highs & the lows, the emotional reality of something so silly as vampires living in a flat.

The second film was 2010’s BOY

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Again, I went in blind, avoiding reviews or trailers, and again, I was floored. The ability to balance comedy with drama has always been the way straight to my film-loving heart and BOY‘s coming of age story set in the beautiful New Zealand landscape showcased some incredibly impressive tonal gymnastics, and it was at this point that I was convinced that Taika Waititi was a filmmaker to pay attention to.

The third film, which sealed my love for Waititi, was 2016’s HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

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Unlike the previous two films, I couldn’t help myself from diving in and getting an early look at this film. The trailers looked incredible and the early buzz from critics was overwhelmingly positive. I was going into this one with the often-deadly “high hopes”. I’m happy to report that the film delivered as Waititi managed to draw me in with laughs, heart, and some solid action scenes (all while providing some subtle social commentary on institutional colonialism).

Comedy is super subjective, of course, but I think the key for comedy is sincerity, and that is something that I think is sorely missing in much of comedy today. Waititi’s characters have hopes & dreams that they strive for, and that is where I fall in love with his films.

SINCERITY > FLIPPANCY 👌

Up next, Waititi is directing THOR: RAGNAROK, which combines my fav Avengers, Thor & Hulk, and also apparently features a John Cena cameo, so I’m glad to hear that Marvel has been receiving my letters.

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That’s all for now. Check out some Waititi flicks and let me know what you think, yo. ❤

SPACE MONKEY

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Good news, everyone! My longstanding love-affair with the wonderful world of professional wrestling is alive & well! I recently shot SPACE MONKEY, a short film / promotional video for the oh-so talented independent wrestler, Space Monkey.

“Hold on a minute, Glen! You made another wrestling movie?!”

This isn’t just another wrestling film — (but thank you for the chance to mention my previous wrestling film, SAVING FACE) — this film is an absurdist origin story for the character Space Monkey through the eyes of a grief-stricken Canadian Space Agency scientist.

If all things go well, I’m hoping to share this weirdo with the world in March. Until then, have a look at some photos (by Britt Edwards), whydontchya?

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Dan Sanderson plays The Scientist.

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NAME REDACTED plays Space Monkey (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

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DOP Mark Corless (who also shot GRAVE CONCERNS) helped me make this damn thing.

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Here’s Mark and Steve Cutler, setting up the Steadycam and flipping off the Stills Photographer for no good reason at all. What a jerk.

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Sound guy extraordinaire, Adam Burke, doing sound things.

That’s all for now. Can’t wait to share more, folks.

Until then, shoot for the stars!

GRAVE CONCERNS

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Hey you, yes you, reader of these words.

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It’s been a while since I’ve written anything here, mostly because this has primarily been a place for keeping track of my acting endeavours (which have been put on the backburner for the foreseeable future). How are you doing?

As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve taken my filmmaking talents to the wonderful world of advertising, joining up with the ad house Clark Stanley (ClarkStanley.com). Aside from employing me, the fine folks at Clark Stanley have also produced the pilot for a web series that I’ve written and directed (very nice of them, I know).

What’s the web series? Oh, I’m glad you asked…

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( Title design(s) by the oh-so talented Alexandra Cooney. )

GRAVE CONCERNS tells the story of two men, Timothy Sellmeyer & Clifton B. Pluck, toiling away in the Wild West, working in the booming business of grave-digging.”

Aside from being two very handsome & talented actors, Tim Walker & Jeff Hanson are also good friends who I met shortly after moving to Toronto last October. I had wanted to come up with an idea to shoot with them for a long time, and it wasn’t until July that the idea for two gravediggers in the Wild West came to me.

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The image of two men toiling away in the [traditionally romanticized] Old West & working at a shit job — simply enough: it made me laugh. I assure you, there’s more to the story than their occupation, but that’ll come later.

We shot in September, and I finished editing the pilot this past Thursday.

I say this with all the sincerity I can muster via blog post:

I have never been this creatively excited for a project in my life — I cannot wait to share GRAVE CONCERNS with you. The day for the pilot’s release is still a ways away as we hunt for series funding to get the full season made, but please stay tuned.

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On the advertising side of things, I’m keeping busy, but there’s nothing I can report on until it’s done. Hold tight. Oh, I’m also workin’ on a new website.

Fun things ahead! Hope you’re well, friend-o’s!

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?