“I just stopped in to the office and realized I left without congratulating you all on your recent ICE Award! It is a reflection of the quality work you have been doing over the years. Also I have to say you guys have put together some great production teams. Its an honour to be associated with Journeyman and your fine work.”
The doc-based approach combined with the commercial production values interested me. The goal should always be to work with a talented group of great people.
For the inclement weather!? My father moved us to Halifax because he thought it had the best quality of life of any city in North America, I’m inclined to agree.
Your greatest achievement?
Getting NFB funding for my documentary “Tulku”, having my music videos go “viral”, coaching high school football and applying positive thinking and language with impressionable student-athletes.
Your biggest ambition?
To create art and tell stories through film that have meaning and that contribute something genuine to society for people to connect with.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The opportunity to make my dreams come true.
What does “great” look like?
Not quite perfect. Let’s take another pass in the edit suite!
Share something no-one knows about you (until now!)
I used to restore British motorcycles to pristine condition.
What did you study at school and why?
I studied film and English; so that I could work in production and fill out bios.
What would you be doing if you didn’t work in production?
Most likely some type of writer-photographer pining for the pages of National Geographic.
What’s at stake for you in your work right now?
Building a career doing something I love that also allows me to support my family.
What are some of your favourite travel experiences?
Visiting monasteries in rural Tibet and meeting my relatives, eating curry with my hands in Northern India while taking a break from riding my motorcycle and enjoying dinner in a small restaurant in Limousin France with my older brother.
How do you find rejuvenation and balance?
I own a juicer.
What was your a-ha moment?
The first time I heard a director’s commentary in my film class, it was John Singleton’s commentary for his film “Boyz n the Hood.” It blew my mind because I was hearing his thought process and it made a lot of sense to me.
Name: Gesar Mukpo
Title: Assistant everything to everyone
How you describe yourself:: Inspired and creative
How others describe you: BBQ Chef
Years in the business: 23
Personal mantra: I’m Tibetan I have too many to pick from.
Most valued/valuable skill: A good eye
Current work challenge: New editing software
Languages: Tibetan and enough Hindi to order a dosa for Jamie