'Inside' - Deleted Scene Now Online!

I have often found that during the production of a film, not everything you had envisioned in your mind works on screen.  While you may be head over heels in love with a certain element, whether it be a scene, or a certain story arc, if it doesn't work to serve the overall framework of your film, then it has to go. With Inside, I found most of what I had initially envisioned and had included in the final shooting script worked well on screen in terms of advancing story, developing character and most importantly, engaging the audience.  One of these scenes however, just didn't work - no matter how much I wanted it to.

The scene in question revolves around a childhood memory that the protagonist of the film, John, is recalling.  It subtly depicts the abusive relationship between John and his father.  I suppose I initially wrote it as a way of giving some back story to John and his actions, or lack thereof, in his present-day life.  I also thought it was interesting to play the idea of memory against fantasy within the film, potentially leading audiences to question whether what they were seeing in the scene was real or just another projected fantasy.  I had always intended for the moment within the scene to be part of John's reality, but I nonetheless found the idea of audiences questioning it intriguing.

While pacing issues with the scene included were apparent form the onset, the final decision to pull the scene came down to its content and how it played against the rest of the film.  I discovered that what I would be showing audiences so briefly was a rather major facet of the character.  Showing this pivotal moment in John's life as a mere glimpse, and then not addressing it further, was doing a heavy disservice to his character development and the film as a whole.

With all that said, the scene has its merits.  I enjoy the subtle yet effective performances of both Johnny Quinn (John's Father) and Andrew Besseling (Young John), and Barry Cheong's cinematography, as always, is visually engaging in depicting the mood of the film authentically.

'X+Y' Accepted into The Human Condition Competition!

Filmmaker Raz Anton and my self have just been informed that X+Y, the short film we submitted for entry into Chicago International Film Festival's 'The Human Condition Competition', has been accepted into the competition and will screen and compete amongst other successful entries next month in Chicago!

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'Consequences' PSA

Consequences, was one of the first projects I directed and shot on 16 mm black and white film.  The project also involved what would be one of my first experiences working with performers.  The PSA, which revolved around the issue of safe sex/teenage pregnancy, was developed by Levon Hill and produced at Ryerson University in 2004.  Check it out below.

'No Regrets' Now Online!

In 2004 I travelled to Mumbai, India, where I started to compile footage on my uncle who has lead an extraordinary life in many respects.  Ultimately, the footage was taken and edited in to what would be a short, 5 minute character documentary, called No Regrets.  Highlighting his spirit and beliefs, the film focuses on Jal’s outlook on life before and after his accident. No Regrets was produced at Ryerson University in 2005 as an assignment in the Film Studies program.

'Inside' Makes YoungCuts Film Festival's Top 100 for 2010

I am happy to announce that my latest short film, Inside, has been included by YoungCuts Film Festival on their Top 100 For 2010 short film listing!  Films included on this list mark some of the finest shorts made by young filmmakers from all around the world.  The films will be screened at Montreal's Cinema Du Park in late-September as part of the festival.

YoungCuts Film Festival was founded in 2001 and is the premiere international showcase for short films by young up and coming filmmakers.  Countries participating in the festival this year include Canada, USA, France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Serbia, New Zealand, India amongst many others.  The official press release for the Top 100 For 2010 can be viewed here.

Official screening times for Inside and further details will be made available at rabidpictures.com as provided by the festival.  The trailer for Inside can be viewed below.