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!

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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!

“SAVING FACE” ONLINE!

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H’oh boy, the time has come! I am so damn happy to be releasing my latest directorial effort, SAVING FACE!

This film has an incredibly personal story to it for me, which I’ve shared further down the page, so for those of you who might be into that kind of thing, keep scrolling when you’re done watching.

SYNOPSIS: With the world watching, a mild-mannered pro-wrestler transforms into what he’s always fought against: the bad guy.

Ring the bell!

https://vimeo.com/107735653

CREW:
Writer / Director / Editor: Glen Matthews ( GlenMatthews.ca ), Producer: Andrew Hicks ( fairfield-creative.com/ ), Director of Photography: Liam Higgins ( jellyphresh.com/ ), Assistant Director: Ian Burns ( ianburns.sqsp.com/ ), Wardrobe / Costume Design: Bonnie Archibald-Awalt, Sound Design & Mix: Dave Johnson, Data Management: David Fulde.

CAST:
Red – Glen Matthews, Blue – Bob Mann, The Wife – Becca Babcock, Red Jr. – Ethan Beck, Boss – Kevin Gerrior, The Ref – Chris Fitzgerald, Manager – Ralph Walton-Bone Urquhart, Flatbed – Troy Merrick AKA Sexton Phoenix, Big Rig – Jason Collier AKA Lumber Jack Johnson, Kontra – Chris Cooke AKA The Big Picture, Slambo – Ryan Mader AKA Lincoln Steen.

…Things got pretty weird there, eh?

Those of you who know me are well aware that I have a long-standing obsession with professional wrestling. It started when I was a child, continued through my teens, then, after high school, I sold my car and moved to Moncton, New Brunswick to pursue training in the squared circle.

After a week of my grappler-education, I called home from a terribly depressing pay phone at a Moncton strip mall, telling my parents I was quitting wrestling. Why? Long story short: my body sucks (bad knees, bad back) and I knew I didn’t stand a chance if my body was crapping-out on me already. The dream was over before it even began.

After a bit of career-experimentation (ie. working at Bluenotes for a year), I eventually found my way to acting, which I really enjoyed, and people told me I was good at. Acting eventually lead to filmmaking, and eventually, thanks to SAVING FACE, filmmaking brought me back, full-circle, to professional wrestling…

Our shoot consisted of seven days of straight shooting. It was a gruelling process for all involved (I owe many people on that crew many beers). Our final three days of shooting were in the Halifax Forum, where we would be shooting all of the wrestling scenes.

We spent hours setting up the ring, exhausted, but knowing it had to get done before the next day, and when it was, I started running the ropes, and all of a sudden I just started laughing my ass off. It hit me like a ton of bricks: this was the very definition of a dream come true.

The next couple of days, we had four professional wrestlers come in, all of whom I sincerely respect (and have long admired); they worked with us, we worked with them, and I was in absolute heaven getting tossed around.

Honestly, I could go on for hours about how much making this film meant to me, but I just want to say thank you to everyone who had a hand in helping me get to whatever point in my career that I needed to be at to say, “Hey, I don’t know if anyone’s gonna dig this, but I’m gonna go make this weird wrestling film anyway.”

There’s a lot of you who’ve contributed to my career, either directing me in a short, handing me a water bottle between takes, or just saying something nice (don’t forget you wonderful people who donated to the Saving Face IndieGogo), thank you for playing a part in allowing me to live this dream.

On to the next one.

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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.

WHAT WORKED FOR ME

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I’ve decided to do something fun: I’ll be hosting an acting workshop next month (Sunday March 15th & 22nd). I’ve called it WHAT WORKED FOR ME because it just that, a collection of things, big and small, that have worked for me in the acting profession.

This workshop will focus on self-promotion and auditioning technique. It is built to give actors at all levels the skills to (1) promote your work efficiently, by converting self-promotion into opportunities, and to then (2) capitalize on those opportunities with strong auditioning habits.

If you’re in Halifax next month and want to take part, send an email to glenmatthewsworkshop@gmail.com to reserve a spot (spaces are limited).

For more info, head over to the Facebook event page @ https://www.facebook.com/events/1540750282866249/

Thanks guys, should be fun.

NOVEMBER ROUND-UP

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The Coast, Halifax’s beloved weekly newspaper, 20 years going, recently released their Best Of Halifax Awards, and the people of this fine city voted for me as the “Best Male Film/TV Actor“! A huge honour for which I am all sorts bashful. Read the write-up below…

If you attended the Atlantic Film Festival this year, you may have noticed that Glen Matthews is a machine. He had a busy year, and AFF was evidence of that—six movies he worked on, including Saving Face (which he wrote, directed and starred in) and features Heartbeat and Lure put his face all over the silver screen that week. With all his spare time (har har), he also worked TV shows Sex and Violence and Seed and won a competition to appear in a Robert Rodriguez short. He does it all, but says perhaps it’s time for a breather. “I realized a few months ago that I think I’m ready to take a step back from acting,” says Matthews of what’s next for him. “I feel like I’m at a buffet, and I’m making the responsible decision to not eat any more. I’ll always act, because I love it, especially with friends, but I’m ready to find that next passion in my life.”

Original post: http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/best-male-film-tv-actor/BestOf?oid=4452250

In other news, FLAG ON THE PLAY picked up it’s third consecutive win for Best Web Production!

OUTLIER FILM FEST:
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Halifax! Your next (and perhaps final) chance to see my latest writing / directorial effort, SAVING FACE on the big screen will come as part of Outlier Film Festival on Saturday, November 29th. The film will be paired with DEAD SNOW 2, also known as “the zombie-Nazi film”. Always an honour to be paired with zombie-Nazis.

The festival has put together an absolutely jam-packed schedule of bizarre films, so check it out: http://outlierfilmfestival.com/2014program/

UPDATEDEC. 16 / 14: SAVING FACE has won the Outlier Film Fest’s Audience Award for Best Short Film! Huzzah! http://outlierfilmfestival.com/

SEX & VIOLENCE SEASON 2:
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Production has started on OutTV’s second season of SEX & VIOLENCE. I cannot confirm if I will be violent and / or sexy (no spoilers), but I will be taking part in the show again.

Missed the first season? Well don’t you worry because iTunes has the entire thing! See? I told you not to worry. https://itunes.apple.com/ca/tv-season/sex-violence-season-1/id885170105