In 1995 I was finishing up my third and final year at Ryerson's Radio & Television Arts program. One year-long course was the Personal Production. It could have been anything -- a radio drama, producing an EP for a band, short documentary, or even a "web site" in the emerging world of the World Wide Web. (Remember Mosaic?)
For my big project, I chose to produce a short movie based on a short story written by my friend Cindy Smith.
I had the chops to storyboard, direct, shoot and edit something good, but I've never had a knack for coming up with original stories. Cindy, on the other hand, was a talented writer, and I remembered a very moving short story she'd read me once. With her blessing, I took Posters and Pushpins and turned it into a nicely-shot, if a little slow, short film.
It was shot on location at my grandmother's house in Toronto -- the home where I was living in the basement. It was a lot of work, and I was never entirely satisfied with the audio mix. Through the wonders of digital, though, I was able to remove some of the noise and smooth out the levels a little.
It's only ever been seen by a few people over the years, and now it's on YouTube. Enjoy!