Category Archives: sci-fi

D.N.E.: Do Not Erase – In Memory of Richard Hatch

It’s a sad day when we mark the passing of a dear friend.

And so, it is with a heavy heart that my colleagues on this project, Kevin Grazier, Rudy Jahchan, Nar Williams and Bear McCreary, send our favourite Battlestar Galactica Viper Pilot-turned-Politician, Richard Hatch, to the Lords of Kobol.

In memory of our friend, we have at long last posted his up-to-now unreleased film, “D.N.E.: Do Not Erase”, for all to finally see.

Watch Richard’s Award-Winning performance as The Caretaker in “D.N.E.: Do Not Erase” on Amazon Prime or on Dailymotion.

And to give you a small taste, here’s the trailer:

We hope you enjoy these beautiful moments that we captured of Richard, his indomitable exuberance, and his eternal optimism.

We’ll miss you Richard,

~M@

DNE: Do Not Erase Wins at Dragon Con!

*UPDATE*
“D.N.E.: Do Not Erase” is now available to watch in full on Amazon Prime & Dailymotion.

WINNER Best Sci-Fi Dragon Con Film Fest 2012, Official Selection After Dark Film Fest 2012!

“When Brian’s graduate thesis on Time Travel costs him the love of his life, he forces himself to choose the best way to live out the rest of his days.”

We had some stiff competition at DragonCon, but DNE came out on top in the SciFi category! Congrats go to my awesome team including Rudy Jahchan and Nar Williams, Michele White and Richard Hatch, with Bear McCreary doing the music and Kevin Grazier producing!

Here’s a spot of coverage we got while I was down in Atlanta for the con:

~M@

“RENAISSANCE” A New Sci-Fi Thriller

I’m excited to announce that I’m directing a wild new scifi film starring incredible actors like Katie Boland (Reign, The Master), Lara Jean Chorostecki (Hannibal, XCompany) and Bobbie Phillips (X-Files, Showgirls) that will be finding its way into festivals later this year!

Written by Rogan Christopher and set in present day, “Renaissance” is a science fiction thriller that asks how far people will go bring back someone they love.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS: “When an accidental death forces two researchers to create a clone of the deceased in a desperate effort to restore life to the way it was. As the clone assimilates the modern world, unforeseen effects propel it out of control.”

With some of the coolest set pieces I’ve ever worked with, the most magnificent lenses I’ve ever shot with, as well as a legendary, super-secret, genre-favourite cast member yet to be announced, “Renaissance” is the kind of project that genre directors like me dream about.

There will be a very sexy trailer coming shortly, so stay tuned!

~M@

Mutant World Canadian TV Premiere

Mutant World enjoyed a packed festival premiere at the Calgary International Film Festival in the fall, and now that SyFy has aired the film, Superchannel is host to the Canadian premiere to bring Mutant World back home.

There was a great write-up in the Calgary Herald to celebrate the Superchannel premiere, and now if you want to catch it on TV, be sure to pop over to Superchannel before February 7th:

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I hope you get a kick out of the way my script for SyFy turned out!

~M@


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Mutant World (Fallout Asylum) SyFy Premiere: Nov 8 @9pm


Fallout Asylum by its new and improved name, “Mutant World” airs on Saturday November 8th at 9pm on the SyFy channel! Be sure to check it out, and hit up the Mutant World Facebook page, give it a LIKE and you’ll be kept up with international air dates, behind-the-scenes goodies and news on how the sequels and series are going… because you KNOW I always write a story that leads to another story.

I hope you dig it!

~M@

FALLOUT ASYLUM: NIGHT SHOOTING

I’m no stranger to a long, cold night shoot. But, working with Nomadic Pictures, this is the first time I’ve had my characters lit by massive maxi-lights on two 80-foot condor cranes for key and kick light. And I’ve got to say it’s awesome.

Now, you don’t need this kind of light for every sort of night shoot –in Six Reasons Why, we sometimes worked with just firelight and a single kick light– but when you have an entire western town to illuminate, it sure does help move things along at a rapid pace while keeping every frame looking gorgeous.

Our warlock of a cinematographer, Neil Cervin, has conjured up some of the most stunning, beautiful, and terrifying images for Fallout Asylum, and I can’t wait for you to see just what I’m talking about when the first trailers and TV spots start to roll out in the fall!

In other news, my good friends in the Canadian band “Four Letter World”, will be providing the song for the ending credits of the film; I’ve heard it and it rocks all kinds.

Plenty more exciting news to come as we film with Ashanti this week, so keep an eye out for more goodies right here!

~M@

FALLOUT ASYLUM: Principal Photography

After nearly a week of principal photography on the new film I’ve written for the SyFy channel, I’m happy to report that we’re making something friggin’ awesome.

So far, we’ve shot with an incredible cast including Spun Out’s Holly Deveaux and Heartland’s Amber Marshall, plus Jason Cermak, Lara Zaluski, Roger LeBlanc, Graham Littlefield and Megan Tracz as our heroes, getting into all kinds of nasty trouble at the end of the world. And some of them even live through it.

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It’s been a pretty wild time, with weather giving us the gift of gorgeous snowfalls, and making us pay the price by having to shoot in -15 degrees. You can’t even pay for that kind of production value! Well, I guess James Cameron can…

Between doing some on-the-fly re-writes, running a camera, animating graphics, and supervising visual effects, I’ve actually had some time to do a bit of directing, if you believe it! And working with huge talents like the extraordinary DP Neil Cervin, and David Winning (he directed the Power Rangers sequel), it really is a dream team to have on board to bring this screenplay to life!

As of right now, IMDb is telling us that there’s a September 2014 release… so keep watching here, and keep your eyes peeled on Twitter for the #FalloutAsylum hashtag for updates from all of us!

~M@

Writing, Directing & Producing for SyFy in Calgary

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We go to lens on Fallout Asylum on Thursday, and I’ve spent the past week on location in Calgary with Nomadic Pictures, hard at work getting to a shooting script for the SyFy network.

With the reality setting in of which actor is playing which role, when they’re available and what locations we’ll have, it’s been a great process of collaborating with all the departments to be sure we’re making just the right movie for just the right tone and excitement on-screen at just the right price.

On this project so far I’ve had the chance to work along side folks from the props department on “Chronicles of Riddick”, as well as a bunch of folks who worked on Nolan’s new film, “Interstellar”, and at least two people who have worked on Power Rangers movies. Say what you will about Judi Dench acting in a Vin Diesel movie, this crew is pretty top-notch.

Keep your eyes here; there’s more to come about Fallout Asylum!

~M@

SIX DAY ROAD – Episode Zero

“When two sworn enemies awaken in the snowy wreckage of an avalanche, their only hope for survival lies in reconciling their differences.”

This is a single episode of a 9-part Post-Apoclayptic Western series that plays in the same univierse as Six Reasons Why. I made it with some very talented folks: Melissa D’Agostino, Caden Douglas and Marco Timpano.

I hope you dig it!

~M@