Right now, I’m between jobs but in Nova Scotia, that is pretty much a normal thing for most people… one of the reasons that if you can get out, get out sooner rather than later – Nova Scotia eats the young, and crushes the spirits of those who stay and try to make a difference.
When I’m not being a real-life “Scotty” (as far as computer stuff goes; you really don’t want to let me mess with warp engines), I teach at Halifax NSCC, both the IT and Waterfront Campuses. I specialize in the graphic design courses that focus on the Adobe Creative Suite applications: Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. I also teach some web design in my Interactive Design for Music Business course at Waterfront NSCC as part of the larger Music Business program. As well, I have, on the odd occasion, taught a few workshops and given private tutorials.
Prior to the dark day that was March 28th, 2015, I worked at FutureShop Bedford. It was a GREAT job, and I really didn’t know how great until it was snatched away from me. I got to work everyday with my friends, I was paid very well for just being a know-it-all nerd, and I got to meet some really great people. I also learned some wonderful sales skills, and not the “sell shit to suckers” stuff – no, I learned that selling was problem solving, and I learned that selling was educating customers, and I learned that making connections built on trust and reciprocation was a great feeling. I really miss working there.
When I’m not doing something else, I also do a little writing, research and project development. While the NS Film Tax Credit issue is before the court of public opinion since the Liberal government thought it was a good idea to trash millions of dollars in outside investment and throw thousands of people out of work or force them to leave the province, I continue to develop a few projects that will hopefully see the light of day eventually.
Here are a few projects I’ve worked on: I originally pitched and researched these particular episode of Vision TVs I Prophesy series quite a while ago, more as an interesting side project than anything else. Funny enough, they eventually went before the camera – three episodes on my first attempt (albeit, my producer Donna had far, far, FAR more to do with getting them contracted than I did) – still, this was an encouraging beginning to my film career. While I did a few visual effects and graphics for the show, my involvement was minimal at best and am just pleased that I have my name on some credits. Here are the shows:
While I have yet to make a career out of my film writing, I have been involved with a few music video projects. A few years ago, I worked on some miniature effects, props and set pieces for Remedy’s “Up From the Bottom” video:
I also created some props and did some set decoration for a couple of the Stanfields’ videos, “Dirtiest Drunk (In the History of Liquor)” and their latest “Ship to Shore”:
In “Dirtiest Drunk” I provided some of the custom props seen in the bathroom (very briefly), as well as the custom liquor bottles the ‘devil bartender’ holds up. I also helped with some of the set decorations.
In the “Ship to Shore” video, I provided the graphics for the prop “Nunchuko” game and system, which were later used as part of the game intro sequence. There were others created to make the video sequence look a little more “in-game”, as seen below, but were eventually cut: