Man does it feel good to have the DVDs all wrapped up and ready to go to our lovely IndieGoGo backers for Sweet Fever.

I definitely had fun putting together the DVD menu images for Sweet Fever's first season, generally keeping to the colours identified with each character in the buttons and cast page.

I Care About the Carp Hills

A no budget promotional video I shot for The Friends of the Huntley Highlands just using my DSLR and lav mic, then cut in Adobe Premiere.

I don’t normally work for free, but the cause resonated with me on a personal level. I grew up by the very area this group is trying to save from the usual threats of rampant development and irresponsible public use.

It was very enjoyable to spend time with the various community figures you see in the video. Martha was particularly interesting to talk to. Even her home, a 115 year old log cabin, had a story to tell as its wood was harvested after a tremendous fire ravaged the countryside. Scorch marks were still visible on the wood!

The narration was provided by my good friend Joseph Thibodeau, who provided intro and outro narration through all one hundred episodes of In a Handful of Minutes.

While taking behind the scenes stills for the big season finale of Sweet Fever, I definitely had Tumblr in mind as part of how we’d promote the show. Thus, animated GIFs!

The second batch of behind-the-scenes GIFS can be seen here.

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Sweet Fever - Episode 6: Tryout 

HERE IT IS, THE BIG EVENT, THE SEASON FINALE

Sweet Fever vs Kate Fear!

Chet vs Fever’s anxiety about commitment!

Sandy vs Fear’s conscience!

FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

Co-Created and Produced by Oliver Brackenbury and Mark Zanin

Starring

Imogen Grace as Sweet Fever

George Gray as Chet

Tiffany Claire Martin as Sam

Danika Czubak as Kate Fear

Gráinne O’Flynn as Sandy

Scott Walker as Crunchy Luke

Carl Palmer Jr. as Bruce

Mikaela MacGillivray as Megan

Directed and Edited by Mark Zanin

Written by Oliver Brackenbury

Director of Photography: Greg Winterton

Music provided by The Calrizians - http://www.myspace.com/thecalrizians

WEBSITE: http://www.sweetfever.tv

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/#!/RealSweetFever

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/sweetfever

FLIKR: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sweetfever/

And so, one of the biggest projects I’ve ever done comes to a close. Somewhat suitably, this episode was by far the most challenging as we reached higher than with the previous five and were thrown more curveballs than ever before.

But we did it! We persevered and I’m very proud of everyone involved as a result.

To say I learned a lot while writing, co-producing and taking production stills for this series would be a hell of an understatement. I really hope I get the opportunity to work with these people and play with these characters again.

THE WARS OF CANADA AND CHINA END

So, for fun, I’ve been slowly piecing together this video of the first story I ever wrote. Maybe you’ll get a heartwarming little kick out of it?

Five year old me had some ideas about how the world worked.

It’s been about a year since the last one, so here’s a collection of my #bookstagram images for your peepers.

Well then! Us, Regardless has been accepted to play in the Reelworld Film Festival on Friday, April 4th at 8pm. Here’s some further details, such as where you’ll want to go to see it on the big screen and how to purchase tickets.

IN A HANDFUL OF MINUTES

Using prosumer grade equipment in my own home, I began producing this weekly tongue-in-cheek review show in mid 2008 to have fun in a low consequence environment where I’d be able to learn skills in a variety of disciplines.

The main concept was to do tongue-in-cheek ‘reviews’ of anything BUT what is usually reviewed online (books, movies, video games etc). Reviews were done on subjects as strange and varied as subliminal messages, terrifying lakes, urban penguins and more.

Web series are a nexus of so many useful talents. Writing, video editing, graphic design, conducting interviews, copyright law, presenting, web design, online community management, e-commerce and even producing are all areas I’ve become more experienced with while making this show.

I wrapped things up in late 2013 with the 100th review, which got a little high concept and used some simple animation done through a mix of Adobe After Effects and GIFs made in Photoshop.

You can see more at www.handfulofminutes.com

US, REGARDLESS
A short film looking at two guys that are in it for the long haul and what can happen when the subject of conversation turns to the longest haul, marriage.

Jonathan Nathaniel approached me earlier this year, asking if I’d be interested in developing an idea of his into a screenplay. Having enjoyed working with him on Eggs & Shawn, I most certainly was. Check it out and share it if you like it, that’s how creatives grow big and strong.

Behind the Scenes Video

Cast
Indrit Kasapi
Jonathan Nathaniel

Director
Lizz Hodgson

Writer
Oliver Brackenbury

Story
Jonathan Nathaniel

Director Of Photography
Greg Winterton

Editor
Alex Josselyn

Producers
Lizz Hodgson
Indrit Kasapi
Jonathan Nathaniel

Executive Producer
Jonathan Nathaniel

Makeup
Emily O’Quinn

Wardrobe
Bronwyn Renison

I’m proud to be able to say that Us, Regardless was accepted into the 2014 Reelworld film festival.

Us, Regardless - Behind The Scenes

I wrote this sucker! Other key folk are named and credited in the video so I’ll leave it for you to read there. I gather the film itself should be going online later this month.

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SEXUAL FRUSTRATION

People are still into “sex”, right? I hope so, otherwise this episode will be a real dud…

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Oh hey, a new Handful episode!

I vowed many moons ago to bring this project to 100 reviews and now I’m on the final lap for doing just that.

What will I do from #101 on? Definitely something more low-key, so I can produce more frequent videos and focus on the two aspects I’ve enjoyed most over the years - writing and fan interaction.


I’m happy to report that the fundrasier for a short film I wrote, Us, Regardless, has closed a comfy few dollars ahead of it’s goal.Jonathan Nathaniel will co-produce / co-star and the DoP will be Greg Winterton, both of whom worked on Eggs and Shawn (Greg also shot most of Sweet Fever).Filming is set for the weekend of June 22nd and hopefully I’ll be able to share the final product with you all soon after. 

I’m happy to report that the fundrasier for a short film I wrote, Us, Regardless, has closed a comfy few dollars ahead of it’s goal.

Jonathan Nathaniel will co-produce / co-star and the DoP will be Greg Winterton, both of whom worked on Eggs and Shawn (Greg also shot most of Sweet Fever).

Filming is set for the weekend of June 22nd and hopefully I’ll be able to share the final product with you all soon after. 

Hot dog, it seems that Shawn has been accepted to this year’s Inside Out festival!

I loved seeing Eggs play in the main theatre of the Bell Lightbox last year, it’ll be a treat to get to see another of my screenplays screened there.

I’m looking forward to seeing Shawn on the big screen this Thursday evening at the  Reelworld Film Festival. Will you be there?