Archive for October, 2012

About a year ago, I was cast as the lead in an indie werewolf flick called HUNTED, directed by a friend of mine named Julien Desrosiers. Well, one year later the film has been completed and is now available online just in time for Halloween. Check it out at the link below and let me know what you think!

http://vimeo.com/46971295

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Hi folks!

Wow, I’m really bad at keeping this thing up-to-date. I guess it’s hard to blog when you’re living life to the fullest and keeping busy doing the things you love. In my case that’s spending time with my beautiful wife, our two adorable cats and watching and writing about films.

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently at Cinema du Parc, Montreal’s #1 repertory cinema catching all kinds of classics on 35mm, including: Andrei Tarkovsky’s SOLARIS, ANDREI RUBLEV, IVAN’S CHILDHOOD and THE MIRROR, Wong Kar-Wai’s FALLEN ANGELS, HAPPY TOGETHER and IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE and Francis Ford Coppola’s THE GODFATHER. Watching all these wonderfully crafted, philosophically imbued works of art have made me realize that a diet based purely on trash cinema is enough to cause one indigestion and that every now and then, it’s nice to “clean the palette” and watch some truly engaging and challenging films.

Moreover, these films have really inspired me to get off my ass and finally get cracking on my next screenplay. Which is what I’ve been trying to do for the past couple weeks. The only problem is that this idea I’ve had is not “short film material.” If developed and treated properly, we’re looking at a feature film. And truth be told, I have neither the financial resources nor the confidence to pull such a project off at this point and time. Yet at the same time, I’m constantly bombarded by images of scenes that are just begging to be shot and characters that are meant to be played by some of the most gorgeous and talented actresses I’ve ever been fortunate enough to encounter on my travels that I have to find some way of making this script happen.

So we’ll see what happens. If this ends up being one of those *gulp*, medium-length films, which is to say a film that falls in the no man’s land domain of the over-15 minute/under-60 minute that film festivals seem to shun like the plague then so be it. I could always organize my own screenings and make the film available online as bypassing the festival circuit seems to be all the craze these days.

The other option, would be to put this idea on hold and tackle another project of mine which is to adapt the three stories in my anthology-play DEATH SPARES NOT THE WICKED into individual short films. The benefit of this is that since these were stories written for the theatre, the number of locations are minimal, the number of actors involved are sparse and with the exception of the third story that would need to involve some elaborate special effects, they’re all very doable and affordable to make.

Another advantage of going this route, would be a chance for me to spread my wings as a filmmaker and actually shoot something outside of the “sado-erotic” style that I’m known for. I’ve always believed that the truly great filmmakers are the ones who were/are able to transcend their roots and adapt their approach to filmmaking beyond the parameters of the genre they’re comfortable working in. As much as I love the aforementioned idea I’ve been toying with, it’s very much another “sado-erotic” piece, albeit, one that plays more like a human drama than my previous films. So perhaps I ought to throw caution to the wind and try something new.

However, there’s some recent news that may cause me to put whatever script I decide to write next on hold as my wife and I have recently been cast as the leads in a new short film by Montreal-based filmmaker, Philippe Bourret. I play a cop who’s a little too in love with his power and my wife plays the unfortunate soul who has to experience firsthand my character’s abuse of power. We have our first script read-through scheduled for next Friday and I can’t wait! Not sure when we’re shooting but I imagine it’ll be sometime soon.

I love acting and have always seen it as a way to improve my skills as a director because all too often filmmakers come out of school with the technical knowledge but no emotional intelligence as evident by their inability to communicate what they want out of their actors. By having acted in numerous films and plays over the years, I feel I have gained an invaluable insight into the craft and have come to realize that along with your script, your cast is the most important element of your film because that’s who your audience sees and immediately associates with the success or failure of your film. Therefore it behooves any responsible and serious filmmaker to make sure he/she understands actors and is able to empathize with any struggles or questions they may have about their characters if he/she expects to make a great film.

So that’s pretty much where things stand on my end for now. Will keep you posted on the progress of my next script as well as my upcoming role as the psychopathic cop. 🙂