A few moments of joy caught on film from the first half of Summer 2021.
If you leave me alone in my studio with no willing subjects for too long this is what happens. Here’s me trying out a Summer colour palette and and playing around with my camera’s remote. xo
After two long years of training I am now officially a member of the International Cinematographers Union! I was fortunate enough to be hired immediately after upgrading by the wonderful camera team at Locke & Key Season 3! Dreams really do come true if you are willing to sweat for them, have patience, and trust that the universe will give you exactly what you need. I am still pinching myself. It’s going to be a glorious Summer! xo
Pandemic Portrait Series of energy worker Michalina of Attuned Practices shot on Hassleblad 500CM, Yashica TLR & Canon 5D miii. x
The upcoming TV show about everyone’s favourite murderous doll Chucky was my last placement as a Trainee for the International Cinematographers Union. It was educational and inspiring to see how it takes five puppeteers to bring Chucky to life and also how little CGI is used on him. He is truly terrifying! I asked Don Mancini, the creator of Chucky, the writer of the series and the director of the pilot, what his inspiration was in creating Chucky. I wondered if it was a childhood fear or experience. Don said his father worked creating advertising geared toward children so Don got an up close and personal education about how evil and manipulative children’s advertising is. Chucky was born as a metaphor for this evil. I was a bit disappointed because I am terrified of Chucky and wanted to believe in his spirit, but no, he is a product of the times. x
A pandemic portrait series of Ms. Amber-Jean Fairlie, owner of The Manor Salon, shot on digital, 35mm & 120mm April 2021.
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