Category: My Work

Bloodslinger – Feature Film

In May 2017 I worked with Director Chris Power and Producer Albert Xhaferri of Crowntown Pictures on their upcoming feature release Bloodslinger. We shot the film in Newcastle, Ontario, on a standing “Wild West” film set named Docville. The location gets it’s name from the owner Steve “Doc” Holliday, who is a ancestor to the famous gunslinger John Henry “Doc” Holliday, an associate of Wyatt Earp.

The entire film was shot at this location. The film is a bit of a mishmash of genres. It’s a modern day horror centered around a character named Billy Bloodslinger and the mysterious curse surrounding his stolen gold. The story is told using a series of flashbacks to the days when the Bloodlslinger was alive, circa 1880. All the flashbacks were made possible by making use of all of Docville’s authentic sets and props.

I got a chance to work with a fantastic and dedicated cast and crew, whom I hope to work with again in the near future. One of our highlights was a chance to work with a veteran actor named Robert Miano, who is know for his role of Sunny Red in Donnie Brasco. The film was a challenging yet rewarding experience. Special thanks as always goes to my Gaffer Matt Witty and Key Grip Greg Baldin who have worked with me on a few films now, as well as my camera team. Focus Puller – Dan Glegg, 2nd AC/DMT – Sarah Simone and Trainee – Karan Boparia.

Luna Li – Star Stuff Music Video

Over the last several years I have been lucky enough to work with a great DP named Mike McMurray csc.  I’ve been his DIT on several big tv shows and he’s become a good friend and mentor.  He originally called me to help him shoot this music video, but due to his schedule, he couldn’t be there on the shoot date, essentially handing over the job to me!  Thanks Mike!

We shot this music video at Pie in the Sky Studios in the first week of January 2017.  ‘Star Stuff’ by Luna Li was directed by Hallie Switzer.  We spent a few hours the day before rigging all the lights and shot the video in a 9 hour shoot day.  It’s a very catchy song, and Luna had a choreographed dance with 5 other dancers that brought a lot of energy to the shoot.

Special thanks to the Sauder family (Tim, Adam, Braden and Mom!), for helping out on the production.  Tim rigged the lights, Adam worked the dimmer board, Braden produced and Mom made amazing food!  Also wanna thank Rudy Mammitzsch for lending us his Easyrig which made life, well, Easy on that day!

The video is now completed and we will be doing the color timing very soon.  The video will be on my website once it’s been released.  Great work Hallie!

Scarecrows – Feature Film

In August of 2016 I got to shoot my second feature with 5’7 Films and Breakthrough Entertainment called ‘Scarecrows’.  Directed by Stu Stone and Produced by Adam Rodness, the film follows a group young adults who unwittingly trespass on a farmers land, unbeknown to them that the farmer really doesn’t like trespassers!  They end up falling victim to the sadistic farmer and his son, who likes to sow their mouths shut and places them in his cornfields as ‘Scarecrows’.

We shot the film just on the outskirts of the city of Toronto.  Our primary location was just north of the Toronto Zoo.  “Farmer John’s” property served as many locations that suited the script, especially the cornfield.  Our other location was about 20 mins north in the town of Goodwood, just a few mins away from Uxbridge, Ontario.  We had 2 locations there, one being our ‘swimming hole’ and the other being the interior of our barn, nicknamed the ‘killroom’.  Special thanks to my friend Andy “Sparky” Jenkins for introducing us to Rob Dines, the owner of the interior barn location, and for his son Andy Dines who played a small role in the film as well.  Rob Dines property is also used in the TV show Schitt’s Creek.

As was the case on our first collaboration “The Haunted House on Kirby Road”, I also had a role as co-producer on this film.  We shot the film in 15 days and the shoot was a great success.  I am currently working with 5’7 films to develop 3 more films which will be shot in the near future.  Scarecrows will be released sometime soon, in spring of 2017.