NOMINATED FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AT THE LEO AWARDS

I've recently been nominated for a LEO AWARD for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY. The film I'm nominated for is a documentary produced by the National Film Board called UNINTERRUPTED.  It was directed by award winning filmmaker Nettie Wild and it's story focuses around the Adams River Salmon Run. I'll be walking the red carpet on June 7th, 2013 at the 'Celebration Awards Ceremony'.  Fingers crossed.

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DEUS EX BEHIND THE SCENES

Shooting interviews is one of the biggest parts of my job as a documentary/commercial filmmaker. It's a fine line between shooting a good looking interview and a great one, and in this piece I was fortunate enought to experiment with a few tracking moves during some of the talking heads in order to up the production value further.

FALLEN GARDENS ON KNOWLEDGE NETWORK

My film Fallen Gardens will make it's broadcast debut on the Knowledge Network over the coming months. It's always very exciting to get my work broadcast on television and I'm thrilled to be able to collaborate with such an awesome group of people over at Knowledge. Five other short films of mine will also be playing periodically on the network throughout the broadcast day.  Check the trailer below...

SKIMBOARD COMMERCIAL

A cold Spring day was had by all while I shot this skimboard commercial for the local brand 'Skull Skates'. Tim Ladner is a trooper.

BIRDS OF THE OKANAGAN

I recently shot and edited this video for the Wilderness Committee as part of a series showcasing endangered species in BC. This video touches on local legend Dick Cannings and his life in the Okanagan as a birder.

KNOWLEDGE NETWORK VISUALS

Currently contributing an array of HD visuals for Knowledge Network’s television broadcast. Shots range from abstract closeups to glossy nature images and/or everyday city life. You’ll see these short clips pop up throughout Knowledge Networks daily broadcast.

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TWIN LAKES VIDEO FOR THE NATURE TRUST of BC

The Nature Trust of BC has secured over 61,000 hectares (150,000 acres) of critical habitat for wildlife, plants and fish in British Columbia. I recently shot this traditional-style short video, and it was used to promote and raise money so that the Nature Trust could officially purchase this Okanagan property. Special thanks to George Faulkner for his assistance in the field, editorial work, and original music track.

‘UNINTERRUPTED’ PLAYS VIFF

Spent a week DOP’ing for award winning documentary film director Nettie Wild. The focus was on the legendary salmon run that occurs annually in Adams River and we managed to come away with some incredible images. Working with Nettie was a truly awesome experience in that she allowed us to really break away from traditional ‘literal’ styles of wildlife shooting. We strove for a visual aesthetic that felt experimental, but at the same time told a story in every image. Special thanks to Steve Breckon (our camera assist) for his talent and wisdom on location.

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The short was released theatrically at the 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival, and later projected for multiscreen viewing outside of the Van City Theater

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FALLEN GARDENS ONLINE

Completed my film Fallen Gardens and it is now online. The film recently won a Critics Choice Award at the BCSPCA Wild Arc Film Festival in Victoria, as well as made it’s US debute at the Santa Cruz Film Festival and Arkansas Film Festival. This piece follows three neighbors and their devotion to garden culture. The film focuses on co-existance between society and nature; the love/hate relationship between humans and deer.

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ROOT

This black and white mood piece touches on professional bmx’er Travis Collier, and his influences growing up as a flatland bike rider. This is the last installment of a three part series with Travis, and all three videos reflect his different experiences within the confines of flatland bmx. Root has recently been accepted into the Kalamazoo Film Festival which takes place April 26th/2012.

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‘NIGHT RIDE’ OPENS FOR SPIKE JONZE FILM

I shot and directed a short entitled ‘NIGHT RIDE” (Music by Christopher Bissonnette). The video was shown at the NEW YORK BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL as well as the SPOKED FESTIVAL in Vancouver. Its most recent showing was at the MONTREAL BICYCLE FILM FEST, as one of the series of shorts opening for Spike Jonze’s last film entitled ‘THE BIRTH OF BIG AIR’.

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FILMING BADGERS WITH WILDERNESS COMMITTEE

Recently won an honorable mention for best cinematography from the Missoula Montana International Wildlife Film Festival. BADGERS of 100 Mile together with two other Wilderness Committee short films took home the prize.

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REGIONAL LIBRARY INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO

In March of 2011 I spent a Saturday in Kelowna B.C. working as cinematographer on a short piece for the Okanagan Regional Library district. The video is meant to inspire people to spend more time at the library. I hope it serves it’s purpose. Special thanks to director/producer Jordy Starling for getting me on board to DP it.

‘SPOTS’ OPENS FOR SIMPEL SESSION FILM FESTIVAL IN ESTONIA

‘SPOTS’ is the second installment in a three part series of videos that I shot and directed starring professional BMX’er Travis Collier. It explores the lives of the flatground bike rider and the years they spend turning everyday parking lots into grounds for creativity and comradery among friends. I filmed with Travis over a two day period and I’m really happy with the results. SPOTS has already made its way into the Simpel Session Film Festival (in Tallinn Estonia) which will take place February 5-6th.

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EAGLE AMONG THE SWARM WINS ‘BEST PICTURE’ IN VICTORIA

As of September 2010 – EAGLE AMONG THE SWARM took home a Golden Penguin award for BEST PICTURE at the ‘Ocean of Wings’ Film Festival in Victoria B.C. Also, Eagle Among the Swarm has been accepted into the NEVADA CITY Wild and and Scenic FILM FESTIVAL. It will play there as well as tour Internationally over the next year throughout the U.S.

WESTCOAST CAMERAMAN FOR GREENPEACE

I have now been contracted as one of Greenpeace Canada’s west coast cameramen. An exciting opportunity for sure. The most recent project shoot was a protest on the streets of downtown Vancouver focused upon the ban on Enbridge’s pipeline proposal from Alberta’s tar sands to Kitimat in northern BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. The shoot was highly successful and well received.

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‘SIT ON IT’ PLAYS AT CONTAINR AND MAKES IT’S DEBUT ON BRAVO

Josh Dueck is a dedicated paralympic skier based out of Vernon B.C. Over the course of the winter I was involved in shooting a short documentary directed by Murray Siple and Christian Begin, about Josh’s life as a sit skier. Recently the film has been showcased during the popular event CONTAINR, and it will make it’s television debut on the BRAVO network.

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“MAPPING AND MARKING” ARTWORKS VIDEO PORTRAITS FOR THE CITY OF VANCOUVER

I was contracted to shoot eight short films that preview the work of a number of Vancouver artists invited to showcase performances and installations throughout Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Artists were asked to explore the notion of “Mapping and Marking” as a way of encouraging exploration and involvement with the city, its inhabitants and the ecological, economic and social processes that shape Vancouver. In this preview, artists are asked to share their inspirations, the process of their art and their connection to the winter games. A special thank you to Producer/director Sarah Keenlyside for the opportunity to capture these stories. The films will be shown on Vancouver’s Knowledge Network over the next few months.

CROWS ON THE KNOWLEDGE NETWORK

I produced, directed and shot ‘Crows’ during the better part of 2006. Because I was employed in full time production at the time (during the day), filming meant nights and weekends spent following the life habits of a local roost of corvids in Burnaby, B.C. The short film produced from this shoot has now found its way to a number of international wildlife film festivals and college libraries. On September 12, 2009, ‘Crows’ made its television debut on Vancouver’s Knowledge Network. Special thanks go out to 7th Art Releasing for their distribution support and to Nicole Audy at Knowledge Network for guiding me through the process involved in airing a short film for television.

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