Awesome fun news, everyone! Our short film “Three in a Bed” has been officially selected to screen as part of the Calgary Underground Film Festival for 2014!
Written and Directed by Feel Canadian’s Jason Filiatrault, starring Evan Wilson, Mandy Stobo, and Sarah Adams, and photographed by Dan Dumouchel – Three in a Bed is an absurd little short about people eating cereal.
The film screens on Saturday, April 12th at 4:30 as part of the “People Are Strange” shorts package, and you can get more details at the CUFF website.
Hope to see you all there!
Just a quick note on this warmish and sprung-forward Monday to say that I put through my paperwork last week to become a full-fledged member of the Writers Guild of Canada.
Not entirely sure what it all means, probably that I have to go fight orcs and battle story-editors on Continuum or something, but all-the-same, it’s a great organization and I’m happy to be a part of it, and the good work it does on behalf of writers.
Also this week, I’m writing a sitcom pilot for Seven-24 Films (CBC’s Heartland, Borealis) as my final non-guild writing contract – so here’s hoping it goes well!
Big news coming on Thursday, so until then, stay swell.
Weirdly, there has been a lot of news going around Feel Canadian the past month!
First there was the Harold Greenberg Fund announcement, which is great and still a mind-blow. I also wrote some punch up for two different Canadian feature films – one of which was a horror. I was submitted to POSSIBLY write the sequel to a great movie (fingers actually crossed). And there’s even some other big news that I can’t talk about yet!
But, here’s one thing I can talk about, which is that my Mars Rover parody Twitter account, @SarcasticRover, has been once again nominated for a Shorty Award, in the category of “Best NonHuman Account.”
Last year I won this category, and I’m really hoping to take it again, but competition is stiff – as ever.
The nominations were announced by The Hollywood Reporter, and you can learn more about the awards at this link.
In some really fantastic news, Jason Filiatrault’s feature comedy script “Entanglement” has been selected for development support from The Harold Greenberg Fund.
The decision was announced at the Canadian Media Production Association’s “Prime Time in Ottawa” on February 20th. In addition to Entanglement, 39 other projects were selected for various levels of funding from story optioning to final draft.
The Harold Greenberg Fun is operated by Astral Media and is one of the most prestigious and competitive film development programs in Canada, having previously supported such films as Goon, Cosmopolis, Stories We Tell, My Awkward Sexual Adventure, and many other award-winning Canadian films over the past several years.
“Entanglement” is being produced and directed by Jason James (That Burning Feeling), and is being developed in conjunction with the National Screen Institute and Movie Central’s ‘Script-To-Screen’ Program.
Press coverage of the announcement can be found at this link.
This article was originally published for the blog CalgaryIsAwesome.com. You can read it in its original form by following THIS LINK.
When I’m not here at CalgaryIsAwesome writing about the talented and amazing people in Calgary who make and show and work in film, I fill my days by writing movie and television things for various production companies here in Alberta and for funding agencies and others across the country. Basically, I’ll write for anyone who has the wherewithal to pay me. It’s what I call being a screenwriter in Calgary.
Now then, in the course of doing this as a job over the last six years people have, occasionally, asked me to advise them on how they could follow the same path into relative obscurity – they have asked me “How To Be A Screenwriter.” And, I suppose if some people want to know, then maybe some of you might be keen to know as well. So for those who are morbidly curious about becoming a screenwriter or working in movies, here we go… Continue reading
So one thing that I do, in addition to occasionally writing scripts and so forth, is pretend to be a fake Mars rover on Twitter – under the semi-popular account “@SarcasticRover“.
In addition to tweeting jokes to 114,000 people on a fairly daily basis, I also get to interact with astronauts and NASA scientists and then sometimes get asked to do other fun things… like yesterday, when I got an email from an editor at TIME Magazine, asking me to write an op-ed for their on-line site about the 10th anniversary of the Spirit rover landing on Mars.
I will be the first to acknowledge that I am among the LEAST qualified people to write about NASA things – but I do my best.
And you can read the article, by CLICKING THIS LINK HERE.
Super fun news, everyone!
During an industry session at the Whistler Film Festival today, reps from Corus Entertainment and Movie Central along with The National Screen Institute of Canada announced that Jason Filiatrault (yours somewhat truly) is one of only 5 writers selected for this year’s 2013 Movie Central Script-To-Screen program.
Jason’s script Entanglement was chosen from among 250 applications for the program – which will provide robust funding, creative support and industry guidance to fully develop feature film concepts. Continue reading
Very recently, like last week, Feel Canadian shot its first little short film – a tiny movie called “Three In A Bed” – directed and written by Jason Filiatrault (which is me).
It’s a sort of ‘stream of consciousness’ script that is mostly an excuse to work with amazing people and try my hand at some more directing – but also, I think it’ll be amusing.
Anyhow, it was a great shoot – so thanks to Evan Wilson, Sarah Adams, Mandy Stobo, our DOP Dan Domouchel, and Luke Burton for being the best cast and crew. I’ll be sure to post more about it as I slowly edit the thing together.
But here’s a poster:
So, I’ve been getting ready to film a short film recently – which I’ve written and will direct. It’s very small, but fun. Anyhow – it’s got me thinking about my last taste of directing, which was a short sketch I wrote about The Wire (an amazing television program) and which I directed for fun, at my own birthday party.
I figured I’d post it here, to tide myself over until this new short is done. So here is, “Fans of the Wire”.
Here’s something new!
Jason Filiatrault – aka, me myself & I – am taking on the position of Film Editor for the local good-news and information website, www.CalgaryIsAwesome.com.
Calgary is Awesome features neat things about Calgary, and the film aspect of the sight will feature profiles of local artists, filmmakers, and writers – news about film shoots and visiting famous types – and whatever else I can think of.
So look out for that now and again.