2019 was an amazing year for me, but 2020 is starting even stronger! I already booked a new series and am super stoked to work with a new cast and crew on some really fun content. I probably won’t get the chance to post much in the coming months, but check back for availability and other updates.
One year ago today, after 6 days of driving across the country and a few days visiting my family in the middle, my boyfriend Steve and I arrived in Vancouver and took got the keys our new apartment in East Van. With no furniture, minimal clothes, a cat, a Sister Local Membership for IATSE 891 but no guarantees for work for me, we set about setting up our new place, exploring the city and beginning the search for work.
The new year started with a bang and Steve and I entered the new year with a certain amount of hope and hard to suppress optimism. We took advantage of our free time, exploring the city and nearby hiking areas. Both of us were thrilled to fine nearly endless hike options within 45 minutes of our new home, though we quickly learned that the scale of trail difficulty levels varies greatly between Ontario and BC. That was a bit humbling. It was also a bit shocking at first to see such a contrast of the bright green old growth trees and the pure white snow. Now, I find it novel. I will probably be just as obnoxious with my photos of Cherry Blossoms this year while the rest of the country is still in deep freeze. (Sorry, not sorry.)
Our first month began the search for work. Trying to find a way to make myself known, making myself known and getting dailies with the union were my main goals and I really didn’t know where to start after reaching out to the union. I kept my phone ready and my eye on the Facebook groups. Steve and I had an unofficial bet on who would get work first.. I didn’t expect to get my 1st daily call from the union before the end of January, only days before Steve was fielding offers from various companies. I was understandably thrilled. Driving to set that 1st morning (afternoon) and hearing Google Maps directions telling me “Continue Straight towards Hope,” I couldn’t help but laugh thinking how much that matched my mood at that moment. It still makes me smile every time I’m driving east. From there I got a few more dailies before being welcomed by the Local Script Supervisors as a Full Member of IATSE 891. I was overwhelmed with gratitude for everyone who reached out and welcomed me into the fold, the member who took me to coffee, gave me the low down and so, so many opportunities over the year. This year I got to work on a Pilot, daily on shows I loved the content for, am so excited for, I got to learn from so many different people and work with some of the most welcoming, fun and respectful crews I have ever seen. I got the chance to interview for several series and to my surprise and glee, hired on to work as the Script Supervisor on a series. It was an amazing experience all around and I couldn’t have asked to be part of a better team for this huge step in my career. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to work with the entire cast and crew again at some point.
The year wasn’t all work or sitting by the phone, glaring at it as if it mocked me when it didn’t ring with work. Steve and I got to explore a little taste of so many places. With so much to see we haven’t had a chance for a repeat hike or vacation yet, as much as we’d love to see more. From our small taste of the island and sunshine coast, to our sampling of various music festivals, the local culture, Steve and I both agree we’ve never felt more like we’re exactly where we should be. There are things from Ontario I miss, people, places, things (shwarma is a seriously untapped market in Vancouver) but it’s been my most successful year by far and I’ve never been more excited about what the future holds!
So, goodbye to 2019. I got to end the decade with the best year of my life so far. And, Cheers to 2020 and entering the new decade riding this tide of optimism and good fortune with gratitude and pride.
All the best,
It’s been an amazing 1st summer here in BC so far for me. Been loving meeting all the new crew and getting the opportunity to be a Daily on so many sets.
Still available for IATSE Show and Day calls coming into the fall. I have updated my AVAILABILITY page to be in calendar format. Now ,any dates I am not available are in
Orange Text while available days are just plain black. I also added a few updated shows to my credits section, but for now I am keeping some of my dailies off that list.
For kit upgrades, I recently added an iPad to my equipment, but am still mostly using my Macbook Air, with ScriptE, on set.
Just finishing up getting ready for a day call as I type this, so until next time.
Happy filming all!
Got some great news I can finally share.
Not only did No Where get accepted to the Top Indie Film Awards(!), we were ALSO NOMINATED their Low Budget Spirit Award AND for Best Twist! You can check the full festival results here.
We’re still waiting to find out if we get screened in Tokyo in 2020 but you can imagine the team is honoured and thrilled with the nominations!
Thanks again to the amazing crew who helped make this project happen! In the mean time keep an eye open because a new project is on the slate and my new West Coast team is coming together. I’m so excited for what the future holds right now.
Also, check out my Script Supervisor Availability Page because my summer is starting to fill up but I’m still hoping for a busy fall and winter. Please reach out!
Happy filming all!
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Sorry for the lack of updates lately, been keeping busy on set this past month with work on various shows, started development for a 2nd short film and got some news from a film festival which I will be officially announcing next week.
The Good news is a booked a show at the end of June into the start of July. Check my AVAILABILITY page to see what dates I am free if you are looking for a Scripty and want to book me.
The not as great news from the blog title refers to the MiTribe short film fund. Sadly, we didn’t move forward to the 2nd round. But that is not going to stop up. Next up we are looking for other opportunities for any funding and if I have to, I’ll pay for it out of pocket again. (Though I really hope I don’t have to.)
Still working on slowly improving my kit on set, and loving my job more than ever!
I am super excited to add the BlackMagic Design Ultra Studio Mini Recorder and Freak Show HD 2 camera switcher, along with this light and mobile Music Stand and accessory shelf to my kit. Now I can stream the images directly to my computer for screen captures.
As much as I love my old, heavier and larger table I can’t deny how awesome it is to be able to carry this one with one hand. My only issue with using it is how small the surface area on the top is. Hopefully the little shelf I just added makes up for it.
I also got a few new sets of multicoloured pens that I am stoked to use (they write so nice!) Anyone who has worked with me will tell you I use a lot of different colours in my notes, so having 20+ new unique shades and ink textures that I can easily distinguish is going to make me very happy on set.
Next planned upgrade (hopefully by the end of the year) will be an IPad holder attachment and my first ever IPad. I have been using Android tablets for years to line scripts and take notes on set but am finally admitting to myself that 90% of the apps and tools I want to use, and are good enough for regular use, only exists in the realm of Apple Products.
For now, I am still using my Macbook Air with Script E Multi-unit for most shoots, but I can do custom digital paperwork or old fashioned Pen and Paper if that’s what production/the editors want.
AVAILABLE FOR DAILIES AND SHOW CALLS (UNION).
IN OTHER NEWS:
I currently wrapped my first Pilot here in BC. Had a great time and I really hope that the show gets picked up so one day I can see what happens next. I have been loving working with the crews out here in Vancouver, it’s great working with people who care about each other and the filmmaking process. Can’t wait to get out on set again.
I am also seeking producers and collaborators for my 2nd short film, which has actually been in development since before No Where. So far I have found a co-writer and potential actor and have started meeting with potential producers to add to the team. With the MiTribe funding deadline coming up the script is my main focus. I am more than ready to get this story out of my head and ultimately onto the screen.
‘Til next time…
HAPPY FILMING ALL!
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Great News everyone! No Where was a FINALIST for the Lift Off Global Network March 2019 Sessions! We are still fighting for a place in the #FirsttimeFilmmakerSessions that is available on VOD until March 31, 2019. Vimeo.com/ondemand/firsttimesessionsmarch1 #supportindiefilm this week and rent the 100+ films part of this festival. And don’t forget to vote for your favourite 2!
In other news, I have started my search for a co-writer and producer to help me make my next project happen. I have a couple of meetings scheduled in the next week, can’t wait to start! If you are interested in working with me send me a note through the Contact page and introduce yourself. I am looking to expand my roster of all crew positions since I left most of my talent pool back in Ontario.
Happy filming all!
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The Lift Off Sessions March has wrapped up and we are waiting for official notice if we made it into the semi-finals or not. If you missed your chance to see my 1st short film last week fear not! You can check out “No Where” for one more week as part of the Lift Off Global Networks First Time Filmmaker Sessions on Vimeo-on-Demand until March 31, 2019. Vimeo.com/ondemand/firsttimesessionsmarch1
Festival costs about $21 for access to 100 films by first time filmmakers. Don’t forget to vote for you favourite 2 films!
Also, in slightly sadder news the Cineworks BC Screening has been postponed until April 24th, so keep an eye open for more details as that comes closer.
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Great news everyone! My short, No Where has also been accepted into the First Time Filmmakers Session, March 24, 2019. This is part of the Lift Off Sessions and will be available on Vimeo-On-Demand (keep an eye on our social media for the viewing link). The first round, like the Global Sessions, is based on public votes so please lend us your support!
I also joined WIFTV here in Vancouver and No Where was accepted to be part of this months WIFTV/DOC BC/Cineworks Showcase March 27, 2019. I will be participating in the Q&A afterwards.
Still can’t believe how many good things are constantly happening since I moved to Vancouver. But the truth of it is, It’s not that good things come to those who wait, it’s that good things come to those who put time and energy into making opportunities for themselves. I just need to get out there and keep on creating.
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