Why film and video production?
It started on my junior high improv team, which led me to being on a troupe in Quebec. When I moved back to Nova Scotia, I knew I wanted to be around the stage. So in high school, I took lighting and sound courses — where the video teacher spotted me and recruited me to the AV committee. I ended up the head of that committee and knew that I never wanted to do anything else. So I’ve been hooked since Grade 9.
Where has that journey taken you?
I had done video for so many years, I thought I’d try my hand at audio engineering. I moved to Toronto for a 6 week term — it turned into a 6.5 year stay with a third of them as a studio manager.
Why Nova Scotia?
I moved home on a leap of faith. This is where my family is, and my best shot at my other dream, which is 40+ acres of sugar maples and my very own sugar bush.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
I love working. I feel really lucky to get to do what we do. Video was always like magic to me. The whole medium itself — it’s a portal to real things, fake things, stories and news. And we get to work with that — it makes me feel important!
If I wasn’t working, I’d be doing this stuff anyway! I have a “bad habit” of taking on unpaid video work. And then, on top of that, I love consuming more content and watching videos.
A creative person who is technical, not vice versa. Improv was a great resource. Always support, always build on ideas – never block. Love to brainstorm — no pressure, just see what sticks. It’s why I take a long time to write things, I’m too obsessive about little details.
What is your ultimate dream?
This! Or, like, surviving in the woods. I would like to work with wood, too. But I’d rather work with video the rest of my life…and live in the woods.
Journeyman was thinking about a lot of things that I’d been trying to convince other companies to do, and open to new ideas I had. Journeyman wants to do things properly and professionally, and so do I. Journeyman isn’t a “hobby shop” – it’s a really cool growing company doing cool projects — and it wanted to do things the right way. There was room for me to be valuable here.
I’m not waiting to work on TV or features…unless Saturday Night Live calls! Shy of that, at Journeyman, you get to be an expert on something new every month. As an editor, you see everything six times, and you learn so much about whatever the topic happens to be this time. Then you get to take that message or objective and make it pretty, fun to watch, and feel cool.
How do you find balance?
I go off into the woods once a year for a week. Year round, I like growing things, picking things, cooking things and eating things! I subscribe to the hunter/gatherer mentality. And of course, I love spending time with my wife, who is doing her best to become as hard-core a Leaf’s fan as I am.
How you describe yourself?e: awkward, sleepy, passionate, loyal, stubborn
How do others describe you?e: Loud
Years in the business:e: 15
Title:e: Editor and Technical Coordinator
Current work challenge:e: implementing the server
Most valued skill:e: organization, attention to detail
Favourite quote:e: From Pink Bullets by The Shins –
[Life has] been a book you read in reverse
So you understand less as the pages turn
Or a movie so crass
And awkwardly cast
That even I could be the star.
Languages:e: English, and I comprehend French
Recipe you’re dying to perfect?e: The perfect sandwich. I love creating extreme sandwiches. Like a Reuben between two grilled cheese.