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Sheridan Film Screening Showcases Alumni Talent

March 14, 2013

Audience members emerged from Sheridan’s recent alumni film festival inspired and energized by the talent and passion of our graduates in the film and television industry. 

Over 100 people gathered at Sheridan’s Trafalgar Campus on March 7 to view two Canadian Screen Award-nominated productions and join a discussion with the main players behind the projects. 

Opening the evening was a screening of FROST, co-produced by Bob Munroe (Computer Graphics, 1985). An independent producer, director and visual effects supervisor, Bob tapped into his vast network of first-rate industry connections to help bring this compelling film to the screen under a very tight budget and schedule. Key players in FROST’s production were on hand to explain the story behind the film’s stunning visual effects. Joining Bob on stage were Co-producer, Lauren Grant; Director, Jeremy Ball; plus VFX Supervisor, Bret Culp and VFX Producer, Tony Matthews, both of Arc Productions. 

Created in partnership with the CFC (Canadian Film Centre), FROST tells the story of a young arctic hunter who longs for her father’s recognition as a capable disciple. The film has played to festival audiences across Canada, as well as Spain. FROST was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Live Action Short Drama. 

A three-time Gemini Award winner for visual effects, Bob has an extensive list of credits including The Tudors, Dolphin Tale, The Borgias and The Wild. He is the Immediate Past Chair and a current member of the Board of the CFC, as well as the recipient of a 2006 Ontario Premier’s Award honouring college graduates. 

The creative force of Sheridan arts graduates was in full evidence during the second half of the festival which featured Descending. Host and co-creator of the 13-part documentary series, Scott Wilson (Media Arts, 2005), introduced a specially-cut overview of Descending which explores the submerged treasures of our planet. The series is the second documentary-style production from Hamilton-based Echo Bay Media, co-founded by Scott and former Sheridan classmate, Andre Dupuis (Director of Photography). The duo’s first series, Departures, is an action-packed travelogue which won three Gemini Awards during its three seasons. Also hosted by Scott and filmed by Andre, Departures gained a loyal following in Canada and throughout the world. Both series were broadcast by Ontario’s Outdoor Life Network. 

Sheridan’s connection to the popular adventure series is not limited to Scott and Andre. The Descending crew, including the sound design team from Toronto’s Sound Dogs Studios, are Sheridan Media Arts alumni: Steven Balogh (Camera Operator), Alvin Campana (Editor), Stephen Barden (Sound Designer), Tyler Whitham (Sound Editor), and Ryan Ongaro (Post Audio Assist). They were joined at the screening by series Producers Jeff Wilson and Jennifer Howe. 

Descending was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards: Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series, Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series, Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series, and Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series. 

Another 2013 CSA nominee was among the alumni guests who attended the Sheridan film screening. Julian Adderley was nominated in the Best News Information Segment category for his work on the documentary series 16x9: The Bigger Picture for Global TV. The 1998 Media Arts graduate produces and edits Late Night Classics presents Gorilla! for Belial Productions. 

Seven Alumni Win Canadian Screen Awards 

Congratulations to the seven alumni who won 2013 Canadian Screen Awards in March. Thirty-one arts graduates were nominated for the awards honouring excellence in Canadian film, television, and digital media. The award-winning alumni worked on the following productions: 

Best Cross-Platform Project - Children’s and Youth: My Babysitter's a Vampire Interactive: Humans vs. Vampires 

Best Cross Platform Project – Fiction: Drunk and on Drugs the Happy Funtime Hour - Digital 

Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series: Todd and the Book of Pure Evil - Black Tie Showdown 

Best Sound in a Dramatic Program or Series: The Borgias - The Borgia Bull 

Best Visual Effects: Resident Evil: Retribution 

Best Visual Research: Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War - Turning Up the Heat

FROST Crew

FROST Crew: Producers, Bob Munroe and Lauren Grant; Director, Jeremy Ball; VFX Supervisor, Bret Culp; and VFX Producer Tony Matthews

Descending Crew

Descending Crew: Host Scott Wilson, Director of Photography Andre Dupuis & Camera Operator Steven Balogh

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