Introducing my first short film entitled ‘Blackout Rage.’ It is the story of a young woman who is unconsciously violent with her first boyfriend in bed and the resulting exploration of her childhood trauma to try and find the source of her torment.
I wrote the script when I was twenty years old, so it had been sitting lifeless for quite some time. Our incredible lead actress Celia Green inspired me to make the film, as I was sure with her inestimable talent she could play the difficult and bipolar roles of Mona and Amber. She did an incredible job alongside Ethan Laniado as Lucas and Pancho Bhogal as John. It was a pleasure to work with such wonderful talents. Their trust and commitment to the project has been an invaluable asset.
Celia’s sister Lucie Green saved the day with her incredible style and makeup skills. Reuben Ward agreed to do the sound recording after we met by chance and connected over film in real earth angel style. Amber Fairlie came through with the slicked back ponytail for Amber’s look in a pinch. Frida Jenkins-Roe gave us her valuable time assisting with the set decor. My loving husband DJ Fathom and Ali X supplied the original soundtrack which really is the glue of the film. And finally my mum, Jeanine Mackie, was by my side every day of shooting, making sure we were all fed, happy and on schedule.
I took on the writing, directing, shooting, production and editing of this film in a learning exercise for myself, as I want to be a director who is knowledgeable about every aspect of filmmaking. That being said, I wasn’t sure if the final product should be included as part of my portfolio because I wasn’t sure if it was good enough. It is a dark, strange film that is very close to my heart. It can be tough to have any perspective from a creator’s point of view. Sometimes objectivity can save the day. So I decided to submit the film to a handful of short film festivals I admire. If any of them accepted ‘Blackout Rage’ I would show it to the world. If not, I would put it away and take the lessons into my next project.
Much to my surprise and delight the film has been honored as an Official Selection of Venice Shorts, Montreal Independent FIlm Festival and Big Sur Film Festival so far. So here it is for the watching. Please enjoy and watch responsibly. Rated R. xo
We got the wonderful news on set from our show runner that Locke & Key S.1 was the most watched Netflix production in 2020! Second only to Tiger King, but we all know there’s no use trying to compete with Carol Baskin. 🙂 I got to work a lot with the Ronin on this show which was a great learning experience. The team is excellent in terms of creativity, professionalism, efficiency and skill. It was an honor to work on! Next season will be coming out in 2021 and I can assure you it is full of surprises! Stay tuned. xo
I directed a new music video. It’s a steampunk acid barbie trip starring dancer Jenny-Anne McCowan. The artists are from Mexico City and the track was released on Controlla label. The video premiered yesterday on Como Las Grecas, a techno blog out of Amsterdam. They wrote (translated from Spanish):
“A collage as attractive as hypnotic, which plays with a multitude of Internet resources, a way to reuse the most common images, from memes to excerpts from videos of other times, to configure a unique and unique unit, such as the same track: Eclectic, overwhelming and sexy. Both visually and its sound, they easily transport us to another dimension. A candy that you can not miss. Enjoy it!”
I know. I know. It’s already January 8th! It has been a whirlwind holiday and New Year! I was on a deadline to finish my most recent directorial foray; an acid barbie music video for my friends in Mexico City who did ‘Pachanga.’ Look out for that video in the post to follow and take it as my excuse for the tardiness of my year-end wrap-up. 2019 was full of abundance on all fronts! And extremely busy. So let’s get to it. My top ten professional highlights of 2019:
Now, this was my #1 highlight last year in anticipation of publishing this book much earlier than October 2019. As it turns out, getting a book out into the world is a long and arduous process. I worked with the wonderful people at Bookart in Montreal and we brought the book to life. The final product ended up being 11″ by 16.5″ aka HUGE with 90 silk pages wrapped in a paperback cover. The book features the full photo series of The Goddess Array each accompanied by a sonnet detailing the myth of each Greek goddess. There is a perforated tear-out print of Nike Goddess of Victory in every copy numbered and signed in a very limited edition of 62. I am so pleased with the result. The presale saw half of the books go and the remaining half will be for sale at a proper book launch early February in Toronto. Keep an eye on this space for your invitation! The book is available for purchase at the following link as well: https://jennifertoole.com/Shop-2
The application process is long and the interview was stressful. I was sure I had bombed it when I got a call one day in April from the coordinator offering me acceptance! Then she said, “Are you available today?” And all of a sudden I was on the set of Titans! I worked on three big shows in 2019 which I will tell you about below. I have been a creative freelancer my entire working life and now, with a union behind me, I feel a new sense of support and security. It is blissful.
3. Suits: The Final Season
I guess I can spill the beans now that it’s all over Netflix. Mike comes back! 🙂 Working on the camera team of Suits was an incredible challenge for me as it was my first big show stint. I had a real learning curve to overcome. It was also my first foray into the lengthy hours film people work. 14 hour days are considered “not bad.” I was curious if I could muster the stamina and I did. It was a joy to work with Katherine Heigl, Gabriel Macht, Sarah Rafferty, Amanda Schull and Dule Hill. They are all seasoned pros and made the work easy. Rick Hoffman, however, is such a delight to be around and had me and the rest of the crew in stitches laughing all the time, which is the best medicine. He made the days shorter, that angel.
4. Tiny Pretty Things: Season 1
“Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed series featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.” – Google Reads
This series is going to be FIRE! I can’t talk about it as it isn’t out until Autumn of 2020, but be sure to watch it on Netflix when it does come out. The scandal! The drama! The dancing! I’m excited to watch. The Tiny Pretty Things set was a dream to work on and the camera team became my family for a couple of months. It was an experience I will never forget. Here’s a pic of me slating:
5. Good Witch: Season 6
Now, I’m not a big fan of the show or the Hallmark channel in general, but it is the top rated station in the U.S.A. so millions of people love and appreciate it. Personal opinions aside, this show was a joy to work on. It’s a well-oiled machine being in its sixth season and the camera team members were relaxed and eager to teach, which was awesome. As my third show of 2019 it was eye-opening to witness and compare the wide variety of styles of lighting and shooting from three different DOPs. As I watch, I learn and soak it all up like a sponge.
6. Blenders Pride Fashion Tour
I got the awesome opportunity to work with the elegant and hilarious Priyanka Chopra on this Blenders Pride commercial last winter. It was shot by the legendary DOP Robert Richardson, who’s CV includes all your favourite films like both Kill Bills, Platoon, The Doors, Natural Born Killers, JFK, Aviator, Inglorious Bastards, Casino, Django Unchained, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood etc. If you don’t know of him look up his catalogue and be entertained for days. It was quite the experience hanging out with Richardson for the week. He is one of Hollywood’s elite. If you buy me a glass of wine I’ll tell you the whole story. 🙂 Amber Fairlie of The Manor Salon in Toronto came through in a hair emergency and saved the day. Many thanks to P.M. Lisa Ericsson for giving me this opportunity. It was a blast! xo
7. Vogue Italia
The fashion bible published two of my submissions in 2019 to PhotoVogue.
The first photo features jewellery by Mindham Jewellers on model Teesh. It’s called “Still Life w. Canary Diamonds” and was styled by Asia Vickovic.
The second image is a black and white 35mm still of my little brother River Rae and his snake at an abandoned women’s penitentiary in Davie, Florida.
8. Poppies to Remember
To commemorate Remembrance Day, the team at The Manor Salon put together a beautiful shoot featuring gorgeous headpieces by Fresh Floral Creations with an emphasis on the poppy. The photos turned out to be quite regal as the models balanced their enormous crowns while teetering on the side of a highrise. We added some couture into the mix and got some powerful photos. Take a look:
After discovering the pleasure a CBD massage candle can bring to aches and pains, I decided to make a bunch so that all my friends could have the same experience. Then I thought I would test my marketing skills with a commercial for the product starring dancer Alison Keery, and much to my suprise, the Goddess Massage Candles infused with CBD were a hit! I sold out and even had them carried in a store on my block. I had to put a stop to the whole thing as my focus is on filmmaking not candle making, although now I have something to fall back on if times get tough. 🙂 Here’s the ad campaign:
I am currently developing my first dramatic short. I wrote the script when I was 20-years-old and thought I would bring it to life on screen. It is a dark, abstract exploration of a young woman’s sexual perversions and their roots in her childhood trauma. Should be uplifting! I am excited to share it with you.
Here is a photo of me for good measure, taken after the Good Witch camera wrap dinner a couple of weeks back:
Shot by George Vale
Here’s to an abundant and fabulous 2020! Thanks for reading. xo
I got the awesome opportunity to work with the elegant and hilarious Priyanka Chopra on this Blenders Pride commercial a few months back. It was shot by the legendary DOP Robert Richardson, who’s CV includes all your favourite films like both Kill Bills, Platoon, The Doors, Natural Born Killers, JFK, Aviator, Inglorious Bastards, Casino, Django Unchained etc. If you don’t know of him look up his catalogue and be entertained for days. Amber Fairlie of The Manor Salon in Toronto came through in a hair emergency and saved the day. Many thanks to P.M. Lisa Ericsson for giving me this opportunity. It was a blast! xo
I just completed my first placement as a camera trainee on the path to becoming a full-fledged member of the International Cinematographers Guild. I was lucky enough to be placed on the camera team of Suits Season 9 for six weeks. It was one of the greater challenges of my life and I learned a ton from some of the best in the business. I grew strong from hauling gear and I deepened my patience in the process. The set flow and shooting routine of a sitcom are now familiar to me. I am excited for my next job where hopefully I will be a little less green. I love getting paid to learn and I have found myself in yet another situation where I can do so. Stay tuned for the progress. xo
InterAccess presents ‘an experimental media artwork by the celebrated Canadian duo Daniel Young & Christian Giroux. This exciting new project, Film Path / Camera Path with under-titles, merges Young & Giroux’s sculpture practice with film installation using high tech design and manufacturing technologies.
Film Path / Camera Path with under-titles collides the projected image with the apparatus of its presentation and the moving image with sculpture. The project started with the concept of a motion picture projection where the path of the film is the same as the camera path and is composed into a knot. A sculptural materialization of the film loop is made possible by complex multi-planer geometric modeling, parametric design, and additive manufacturing. The 35mm projector presents a one-minute long loop of a camera’s travel along the film path.’
What a delight to photograph this creation! The artist talk is tomorrow, Thursday March 21, 2019 at 7PM at InterAccess (950 Dupont St., Unit 1.) Check it out if you have the evening free. xo
These 6oz 3-in-1 massage candles function as a scented candle, an organic moisturizer, and a relaxing massage oil. Simply light the candle and massage the warm oil directly into skin. Each candle is infused with CBD oil, which works as a muscle relaxant when applied topically, and a carefully selected blend of essential oils that smells divine. I became so obsessed with the delight and pleasure this product was giving me that I decided to make a big batch and offer them up to all of you. It is a sensual and healing Valentine’s Day gift to yourself or a loved one. You can purchase them @ https://jennifertoole.com/Shop-2 . Take a peek at the instructional video and photos below to learn more. xo
Director: Jennifer Toole // Model: Alison Keery // Sound: DJ Fathom