In this industry, I always find it’s a precarious balance to be working on your passion projects and the ones that pay the bills. This last project was the best of both worlds. From July 2016 to February 2017 I had been working on Anne, the new television series set to world premiere on CBC on Sunday March 19th, 8:00 PM EST. It was a fantastic experience to be the production manager on this project that took us all over Ontario as well as shooting with a helicopter and Russian Arm in Prince Edward Island. The crew worked so hard to make this series look as cinematic as the executives expected, and I commend them all for making this production a success. I hope that everyone tunes in on the 19th, but here is the trailer:
Today was pitch day! What do we learn as professionals who’ve pitched ourselves for 20 years already in the industry. Not sure how we could have survived in an industry, if we didn’t know how to pitch. In a world where your next job means what the decision-maker thinks of you, we are constantly on! But sometimes it’s just validation that we need. Yes, what we do has a name… what we do is well received… what we do is great… what we do is a shared experience! And as I mentioned in day 3, it’s just that we should follow our gut. And from this experience, we gleaned as much as we could. Thanks WIFT for offering this program. Thanks NBC Universal and Telefilm for sponsoring this event. We’ll see you in the movies!
On Day 3 we had 2 speakers – casting with Marissa Richmond and Distribution with Caroline Habib. We were asked to submit character descriptions. Kept vague on purpose, and if I had kept to my instinct, we might have had a bigger roster to glean from, but we were given some suggestions in casting. But as with all the sessions before, I realized that my gut instinct meant a lot more than just what each presenter brought to the table. And what I’m realizing is that a producer’s gut feeling means so much and each guest only feeds to that gut so that we-as producers-keep going to the finish line. The film is the thing and producers must keep driving that process and steering that ship to stay on course.
Today was Day 2 for Emily and I in the development incubator. I got to ask some challenging questions in regards to financing and budgeting which is my area of expertise. But still learned something new from John Griffith, as I try to do always in any situation. Heard about the case study that was Book of Negroes from Damon D’Oliveira – what a dynamic speaker he is! And then had my mind blown in the afternoon with the big black hole that is packaging with Isabel Gomez-Moriana. What it means to find a packaging agent and take your film to the next level. And most importantly, got confirmation from other participants that our film is hilarious. Whew! Always a good validation that others find you funny. A great day indeed!
Today, Emily Weedon and I started the WIFT-T Development Incubator sponsored by NBC Universal and Telefilm Canada. What a terrific opening day it was to work with Jamie Goetz who read and gave us notes on our script with lots to think about in turning a good script into a great script! So many things to consider and so many suggestions to wade through. It’s wonderful to have a seasoned story editor to give us feedback on our project as we move this project into full course press!
Nobody’s Home is going to Hollywood! We are honoured to be in official selection in the 2nd Annual Web Series Festival Global. We are so stoked to be showcased in August. Thanks for everyone’s support. The more support we can get the more likely this series will be made. Thanks for the ♥♥!
Introducing Nobody’s Home: The Web Series Pilot Pitch!
Come watch and like so we have a chance to be selected to go to series – and tell us what you think!
Starring Amanda Joy, Leah Doz, Chris George and Paula Brancati.
Created by Teresa M. Ho | Developed by Amanda Joy
Directed by Mishann Lau | Written by Amanda Joy | Produced by Teresa M. Ho
Creative Consultant Anne Marie Scheffler | Developed with the assistance of COGECO Program Development Fund
It’s official! 100 Dragons Media has joined the CMPA. We’ve just been announced. I wonder when the debutante ball is…
After a whirlwind November and December of production, 100 Dragons is pleased to announce two short films produced by Teresa M. Ho have moved into post production.
Photo Credit: Eduardo Murillo
Laundry Day is writer Andrew Pope’s directorial debut. A story about a young woman coming to terms that she needs to make a life-changing choice, stars Amy Keating in the leading role.
Photo Credit: Christopher Batori
Tidal Lock is actor Sean Bell’s directorial debut. A story about a couple’s relationship disintegrating before their eyes, stars Linnea Swan and Sean Bell in the lead roles.
Look for future news as we estimate completion of these shorts in early 2016.
I would love to have my friends and colleagues join me at the Regent Park Film Festival. This year’s guests are exciting, including colleagues I’ve worked with: Cory Bowles (The Moblees), Clé Bennett (Heroes Reborn), and Dawn Wilkinson (Murdoch Mysteries). I’m looking forward to seeing the films for the pitch festival. All films are free and the mission of this festival is so inspiring:
Mission: The Regent Park Film Festival is Toronto’s only free-of-charge multi-cultural community film festival, dedicated to showcasing local and international independent works relevant to inner-city communities across Toronto. We host an annual festival and also hold year-round school and community screenings, workshops and discussions at no cost.
The Festival aims to reach isolated communities throughout Regent Park and beyond, providing a forum for people from all walks of life to engage in critical dialogue on social issues and to enjoy films from all over the world.
So come check out the link to the opening night of the festival, and reserve a seat! See you there my friends.