'FOR DEAR LIFE' premieres at DOXA

Had an enriching experience shooting Carmen Pollards new film FOR DEAR LIFE. A lot of hard work has paid off as the film will makes it's premiere at the esteemed DOXA Documentary Film Festival on May 7th.

ILLUMINATE

Studio lighting setup with aeralist Rachel Sheen. Overhead lighting and backlighting techniques with the Sony FS7 in CineEI.

STEPAN SOROKA

Cinematic minute forty-five commercial showcasing Skull Skates rider Stepan Soroka. Experimenting with Noir-style lighting, different spotlighting techniques.

YELLOW ISLAND

Phil Green lives by himself on a tiny little island known as Yellow Island... and he does this for a living. Spent a VERY short afternoon filming with Phil but managed to throw together this quick little b-side that never made it into our larger film 'Perfect State'.

TOAD PEOPLE EXTRAS

Steve Clegg is one of the stars in our recently completed feature film TOAD PEOPLE. In this stand alone extra, we followed Steve to his favorite little sanctuary to showcase his passion for nature.

DEAR LIFE

For the past few years I've been working closely with Director Carmen Pollard on a very special documentary film. The story follows a man suffering with a terminal illness and questions our ability to speak freely about death. Image below - Filming James in his final days, surrounding by family and much love.

THE PERFECT STATE

Three years of shooting, zero funding, 20 title changes, a lot of blood, sweat, and tears and my film The Perfect State is finally complete. Apart from a lack of any funding, this was by far one of the best experiences of my life. A huge thanks to my colleagues for their contributions. Crew member and online specialist George Faulkner and Sound design master Mark Lazeski. Check out the trailer below and I'll be updating its festival progress as it happens! Hopefully we get into a few!

TOAD PEOPLE TRAILER

January 2016 marks the date that our TOAD PEOPLE film trailer (in collaboration with the Wilderness Committee) becomes a reality. The trailer hopes to raise both awareness and crowd source cash for the completion of our film. Check out https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/toad-people#/ if you feel like donating!


FILMING SAGE GROUSE FOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

March of 2015 was spent in the field doing a segment on Sage Grouse birds for National Geographic. Long days and nights were spent in the bush documenting the tracking, capturing, and re-locating these birds from Oregon to Washington.


FILMING OWLS WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

In June, 2014 I was fortunate to get the opportunity to shoot for National Geographic. We worked for 5 days in Oregon and our objective was to follow the Spotted Owl. One of the best experiences I've ever had filming birds in the wild. 

LULULEMON VIDEO INSTALLATION

Recently shot a short video installation for Lululemon. "The Art of Stealing" is a collaboration between Lululemon LAB X and the Response Dance Group. Film directed by Jenn Strom.


SHORT FILM MAKES IT'S WAY INTO A SERIES

One of my latest short films has premiered (and will be re-played regularly) as a part of Knowledge Network's original series TAKE ME HOME. The series follows celebrities, artists, musicians, and athletes, touching on what home means to them in British Columbia. For my film I followed professional bike rider Travis Collier, and created a piece that connected his riding grounds to a place that feels very much like home to him.

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SKULL SKATES COMMERCIAL

Official Skull Skates commercial is done. I had a blast shooting something skateboard related and thanks to all involved who helped me on it.

INTERVIEW IN 'THE NORTHERN EMBASSY' MAGAZINE

Online magazine Northern Embassy interviewed me regarding a three part series of shorts that I made showcasing professional bmx rider Travis Collier.

http://www.northernembassy.com/mike-mckinlay/ 

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Below is the most recent of the three videos which were shot over the past 3 years.