Feature film: Just how the hell is a mother supposed to keep her kids and her career alive? A comedy by Pollinator Films.
Roles: Production Manager & First Assistant Director for the final three blocks of shooting.
My job: to cast and direct 160+ background actors, in 10+ locations, including a nightclub scene with 50+ partygoers, and a rally scene involving 80+ parents & their very excitable kids.
Also took on some responsibilities in the areas of logistics, transport, food, wardrobe, propmaking, and art direction. Indie film is fun that way!
TVO Kids is a live-to-air interstitial TV show. It’s broadcast live, with no air delay.
I was a director there for 6 years, and in total have directed over 450 segments, each about 1-2 minutes long.
Multi-camera control room (4 cameras), with 2 hosts, multiple guests, live callers.
The playful format involves many extra elements, including roll-ins, video effects, sound effects, chromakey, chyron, wipes, splitscreen, etc. A typical segment used a special effect every 5-10 seconds.
This show is 30% scripted and 70% improvised, then shot live-to-air, with a segment going live every 5-30 minutes, all afternoon. In between these live segments, we also pre-taped and packaged other projects. It’s a delicate ballet- or a bit chaotic. Fun!
Role: Director / Producer (PD2)
EnviroGirl is a comedic superhero who teaches kids about the importance of conservation. Season 4 was a 10-episode live-action miniseries, with a 7-character storyline, interwoven with comic book panels and voice-over, and each episode included a funny interview with a school-age environmental expert.
EnviroGirl was highly praised by prominent Canadian environmental activist and broadcaster David Suzuki, who guest-starred with EnviroGirl in a previous season. Suzuki was the Environmental Yoda to EnivroGirl’s Recycling Jedi, and he even wore a golden cape.
Role, all seasons: Series lead – EnviroGirl, Character concept.
Role, Season 4 (10 eps): Writer, Researcher, Post-production Supervisor, Voice Director.