My first film -- and one of the most involved. 5 large-canvas
paintings shot one brushstroke at a time in 16mm stop-motion
animation (with a Bolex). Then an outdoor shoot. Then an indoor
shoot. Then some video. The result -- a delightful little
short. The link will take you to the film's homepage at Resolute
TO TERMS (2000)
My second short, and by far the most successful. We shot on
a soundstage with a tiny set of 4 fly walls. Super 16mm and
a great crew made this a fantastic shooting experience. To
date it's screened at over 30 international film festivals
and garnered several awards both for lead actor Matt
Austin and the film itself. The accolade I'm most proud
of is the American Library Asscociation's 2002 Booklist of
Selected Video for Young Adults. The link will take you to
the film's homepage at Resolute Pictures.
When actor Matt Austin and I traveled to Yorkton, Saskatchewan
to present Coming to Terms (above), we took along
a MiniDV camera. In the course of about 2 days we planned
and shot this little video as a lark; something to pass the
time. A bit of original music and presto -- it's a short film!
The link will take you to the film's homepage at Resolute
This short started off as an exercise to see how deeply I
could bury the subtext -- and on that front it didn't quite
work. The story is so elliptical that most viewers just sort
of scratch their heads and wonder if they missed something
(and they usually did -- which is my fault, not theirs...).
On the bright side, it looks and sounds great! I shot it on
my Super-8 camera with high-grain black & white film stock.
Sound was professionally posted and most of the project's
cost was offset by a grant from the Canada Council. So what
am I worried about? The link will take you to the film's homepage
at Resolute Pictures.
What do you do when you're broke and bored? Easy: shoot a
film, and think nothing of the consequences. An overnight
movie-making marathon at a rented movie theatre was the setting
for this little ditty about the importance of watching the
credits at the end of a movie. One
reviewer called it, "The greatest short that you
could ever show at any film festival, no matter what the theme."
Wowsers. The link will take you to the film's homepage at
OF DAASKMERE (1997)
This little project has a long and remarkable history... far
too long to summarize here. But the detail page features a full
reprint of the Introduction from the book,
which should provide plenty of background on the story, its
genesis, and the road to completion.
AS FOLK (2002 - 2005)
As a result of my spec feature film scripts, I suddenly found
myself swept away to LA for 3 seasons of writing for Showtime's
hit cable TV series. It was an eye-opening experience, and I
met some great people. The detail page links to the episodes
MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S AWAKENING (2002)
My very first play -- and one that has yet to be publicly presented
because it's just so damn huge. As with the plays below, I'm
in the process of trying to secure funding in order to get this
beast off the ground. More news coming soon...
RICHARD WADD, PORNOGRAPHER (2004)
After a stressful day in the Queer as Folk writing
room, I'd come home and let off steam with this guy. Before
I knew it, Sir Richard had turned into a whole one-act play...
and I managed to get it onstage in summer of 2005. The detail
page has links to both the play's website, as well as info on
where to buy the complete text.
RICHARD WADD, TOPOGRAPHER (2005)
So when Pornographer was done, I (and many of those
who saw it) started wondering what happens to its lead characters
in the aftermath. So what better way to answer than with a sequel?
This play is complete, and I'm currently in the process of trying
to get it on stage. The link will take you to the website of
Sir Richard Wadd, where much more information is available.
RICHARD WADD, PALEOGRAPHER (2006)
Part 3 of the Sir Richard Wadd Trilogy is currently in the final
stages of development and, like Part 2, I'm working hard at
getting it on stage. The link will take you to the website of
Sir Richard Wadd, where much more information is available.
DELPHIC ORACLE ONLINE (2007)
An experiment in super-small-scale writing. Ask the oracle a
question; see what answer you get. Take it or leave it.
SACRED ANTINOUS (2006)
This is one my most ambitious Internet projects, and I envision
it as taking the better part of my life to complete. With this
ongoing work of historical fiction, I'm attempting to construct
a comprehensive "Anti-Bible" through an exploration
of the life and times of Antinous, the last god of the Roman
pantheon. The link will take you directly to the site.
RICHARD WADD, INTERNET (2005)
This is the general Internet site that forms the hub of the
Sir Richard Wadd
universe -- a unique space that combines Theatre, Art, Literature,
and authentic Gay
Porn. These Internet pages (denoted by their blue
colour-scheme) offer visitors a chance to think critically about
Richard Wadd experiment, as well as offer comments,
feedback, and join in on the discussions.
My family is into dogs - boxers and boston terriers, to be specific.
This modest little site is all about what they do and why they
love it. The link will take you directly to RavencrestKennels.com.
Pen & Ink
This was an art project that I thoroughly enjoyed. There's not
much to say about it other than that it took a long, long time
to complete. Should anyone happen to have a thing for Gothic
architechture, they'll be delighted to know that this piece
is available for sale as a poster-print. The detail page has
In addition to the cover art for Kingdoms
of Daaskmere, I also completed this little untitled
piece as an illustration from Chaper 2 of the story, when young
William is taken deep inside the cavernous cathedral to signify
the beginning of his adventure.
This was a project I completed for Lifedrawing class in high
school. Not much to say about it other than that it's one of
the few watercolours I've ever completed that I was actually
CAST BUST (1990)
This was another class project, completed when I was 17. It's
the only sculpture I've got that's survived from my days at
high school, probably because it was the only one I ever felt
was worth saving. It continues to be proudly displayed in my
In July 2005, I went on a week's adventure with my mom to an
art camp in Haliburton, Ontario. While there, I set out on an
ambitious project to create a portrait of the Roman god, Antinous,
in mosaic. But I didn't quite finish it. So, in 2006, I returned
to Haliburton to complete it.
Like most of the giant projects in my life, I wasn't content
to stop with just one mosaic. So, for the tail end of the 2006
Haliburton adventure, I started working on mosaic number 2,
this one of the Roman emperor Hadrian. Those that know their
ancient history will appreciate the pairing of these two portraits
PORN MEETS SHAKESPEARE
This article offers up some personal reflections on the genesis
of the Sir Richard Wadd universe. It was published in the January
2007 edition of BoysBlock.com,
a Gay Men's Online Magazine.
I was once asked to write a small article about short films
for the independent film magazine POV.
You can read it here.
THINK WITH ME
In my days as the Managing Editor of Hot
Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, I
penned a small article in tribute to acclaimed filmmaker Frederick
Wiseman. I've reprinted it here.
WEEKEND AT WALLACE
When I shot Coming To Terms, I needed a sound stage
to do it properly. I negotiated a great deal with Wallace
Studios -- and in return agreed to provide them with a "testimonial"
that they could use for promotional purposes. I've included
it here just because...