GRAVE CONCERNS

It’s now been three years since I moved to Toronto and decided to pursue filmmaking as my sole focus. The first project that I shot (in the proverbial “6ix”) was GRAVE CONCERNS, a proof-of-concept pilot for a web series that I planned to pitch to producers.

One of the funding avenues where we applied for funding (the IPF) required us to upload a 2-minute trailer to the internet, which was cool but also a bit of a dilemma as we had shot a 4-minute scene as the proof-of-concept. I ended up finding two minutes within the original four and released the truncated trailer (in early 2017).

Fast forward to today and I’ve still yet to find that magical money pot to get the series made. My personal hope for GC remains alive, though, as I’ve started writing it as a feature film and am determined to tell this story one day. *flex emoji*

All this to say: if you watched the GRAVE CONCERNS teaser in 2017, you’re awesome, thank you (but here’s the rest of it). To those of you who’ve never seen a frame, please enjoy this short tale of woe about two Wild West gravediggers:

LOGLINE: Two men attempt to leave behind a troubled past by toiling away in the Wild West, working in the booming business of gravedigging. (2018)

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

CREW:
Writer / Director – Glen Matthews
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

PS. Speaking of Wild West, did y’all see BUSTER SCRUGGS? That shit was tight, yo. 🐎

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SLAM DOC


I always knew what I wanted to be when I grew up: a professional wrestler.

Immediately after graduating high school, I sold my car, moved to Moncton, New Brunswick and began my training in the squared circle (under Peter Smith AKA Brody Steele). Unfortunately for my hopes & dreams, my small and fragile body (bad knees, bad back) was not built for a life between the ropes.

Fast-forward to the beginning of 2018, it was announced that IMPACT Wrestling, the world’s 2nd largest wrestling company (behind WWE) was moving operations to Toronto, Ontario and I immediately reached out to the company to see if there were any opportunities available for a professional filmmaker / life-long wrestling nerd like myself.

Lo & behold, 13 years after my failed attempt to enter the wild world of professional wrestling, I got hired by IMPACT frickin’ Wrestling to direct & edit a day-of documentary that covers the behind-the-scenes setup for Slammiversary, one of their biggest annual events.

The doc, DAY OF SLAMMIVERSARY, was an absolute dream-come-true to capture and create. It was my first time directing a documentary, but honestly, I really couldn’t be happier with the experience or the end result. Shout out to my cinematographer Shady Hanna (shadyhanna.com) and producer Dave Hodgson [] for being the wind beneath my wings. Please enjoy:

I’m happy to say that there are a few more things coming down the pipeline with IMPACT, but they’ll have to remain under wraps until they’re signed, sealed and delivered.

Anything is possible, y’all.

RETURN TO PARIS


A few weeks back, I borrowed a friend’s camera to familiarize myself a bit more with camera-operation — I ended up following my beautiful mini-dachshund Wren [AKA Wrenegade AKA @Wren.TheWeenie] around for the day.

I didn’t really have any ideas for what I could do with the footage until I heard this vintage French culture / music mixtape by Starfunkel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjDBuYykGyM

Anyways, the end product, RETURN TO PARIS, is a tribute to my beautiful furry friend, and I hope very much that you enjoy it:

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WORLDSTARRR


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.

Credits:
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)

Thanks, y’all.

RED BULL 30 YEARS

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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

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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. ❤