I began making films with my friend’s parent’s regular 8MM film camera (that I borrowed often) when I was eight after seeing “Star Wars.” I staged my own version of it in the back yard with my brothers and cousins as actors.
I turned to video cameras when they came out in the early 80’s and rented them frequently on weekends in my early-teens and got to work making video-movies on video tapes (blank tapes back then were around twenty bucks each but you could keep six hours of footage on one tape!).
I joined the Winnipeg Film Group in the mid-90’s and took all of their filmmaking courses and workshops to learn how to make films the real way. I was devastated at the amount of money you needed to make films, but took out a small loan and made my first 16MM short film called “Toaster Toaster on the Wall,” a 12 minute color silent film as an experimental, “practice” piece I made to lube me up for another film I wanted to make, the ambitious, “I Come in Pieces,” a 27 minute sci-fi parody shot on black & white 16MM. By then I was getting a little recognition enough to apply for government grants and starting getting production funding that allowed me to make another short film on 16MM film, a 16 minute color horror-film called: “Something for Santa (2002).”
With three short films under my belt, I dove into the feature-length world and made “Black Bridge ’84: Year of the Banger (2006)” and “Wild Turkeys (2007)” all shot on HDV. In 2009 I made another short film, this one a 22 minute mockumentary about an environmentally-green filmmaker titled “Green Screen” shot on HDV.
Yearning for a new challenge I put my filmmaking career on hold and took a stab at theatre and Wrote/Directed/Produced three plays from 2009 to 2013. The musical/comedy “Lester Gets KISSed” about the rock group KISS; “The Green Room” – a comedy about forgotten, washed-up celebrities, and “Brain Cravers: The Curse of Extollo” – a zomedy play about a cursed play that brings back the dead.
I returned to filmmaking in 2013 and simultaneously made two films: a grind-house gorror feature length film called “Lights Camera BLOOD! (2015)” and “The Jogger (2015)” – a 23 minute short horror film about a runner who is trapped and terrorized inside a public washroom toilet stall, both shot on HDV.