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Martin Glegg on the magical realist film with a western twist, Unicorn Code

Martin Glegg, Partner and Director at Wallop Film is a writer-director based in British Columbia. Passionate about impactful storytelling, Martin draws from unique perspectives and an education in Human Ecology to immerse himself into the art of storytelling.

 

Photography by Matt Lawrence Dix

 

Wallop Film has collaborated with celebrated brands, agencies, and crews such as BBC, Monocle, lululemon, Destination Canada and more. Martin recently brought the award-winning script for Unicorn Code to life, a story about two teenage girls who discover an escaped unicorn in an abandoned lumberyard site. The animal is distressed and the girls quickly have to decide what is in the best interest of the creature. The story rapidly unfolds to become a tale about human empowerment, the boundaries of genetic engineering, and ‘our’ sacred relationship with nature. We spoke with Martin about the upcoming project.

 

How did you get into filmmaking?

My journey to becoming a filmmaker started when my dad would bring home his work’s VHS camera on the weekends. I’d force my younger siblings to act in these mini “masterpieces” on non-union rates. Around the age of 21 I saw a film at the theatre by the director, Ken Loach. I loved the realism and it felt so different from Hollywood. Loach showed me how it was possible to tell impactful stories about people who usually aren’t seen on the big screen. I hadn’t really watched anything like that before and it kind of blew my mind. It was a very emotive experience and that made me want to tell stories.

 

Tell us about Unicorn Code, how did the story come to you?

Unicorn Code is kind of hard one to describe but let’s say it’s a magical realist film with a western twist. I was born in Scotland where the national animal is a unicorn, which is pretty amazing on a number of levels. I wrote the screenplay after researching mythological stories around how unicorns would be lured and captured. I also loved how unicorns perfectly represented all that is sacred about nature and I realized there was an opportunity to re-tell these old fables, but with a contemporary twist.

 

Photography by Matt Lawrence Dix

 

Who is the team behind bringing Unicorn Code to life? 

Our producer, Katherine Koniecki and the team at Wallop Film brought together the most incredible cast and crew for this shoot. Farhad Ghaderi, our cinematographer was heavily influential in bringing the vision to life. Nahéma Ricci and Julia Sarah Stone played the story’s leads and I couldn’t have asked for more from them. Although, I have to say our star player was Regalo the horse, he stole the show.

 

You produced Unicorn Code this past summer, can you tell us about how you adapted during this time?

As a filmmaker you get used to having to adapt to unforeseen circumstances, it’s part of the game, but planning an indie production during a pandemic was one task that pushed our team to our limits. After a lot of postponing we were eventually one of the first productions out the gates and this was key to us securing such a talented crew. Wallop Film learned a lot about how to film in this new COVID safe environment.

 

Photography by Matt Lawrence Dix

 

How do you stay creative?

I try to stay creative by allowing myself time to read and spend time with inspiring people. In some ways, being creative has never been a problem for me. It’s allocating the energy in ways that can keep me focused on one particular project. There are so many distractions out there and sometimes you can forget about why you wanted to become a filmmaker in the first place. Slowing down and taking time to focus can help me align my creativity with my mission as a filmmaker. It’s a work in progress.

 

What’s your filmmaking mission? Name the most important thing you want viewers to experience when watching your movies.

For me, cinema is about stepping into other people’s shoes. As a filmmaker, I have always gravitated to telling other people’s stories. Filmmaking is a way to intimately explore different characters’ stories and through that I can expand my interpretation of the world. I think visually, so films have been a vital way for me to learn about life and what is important. I hope my work can do that for others.

 

 

Photography by Matt Lawrence Dix

 


 

Website: www.martinglegg.com | wallopfilm.com

Social: @wallop.film

Meet the BC Creates Associations Serving the Creative Industries

Start 2021 with support and community, meet the six member-based industry associations serving book publishing, interactive and digital media, magazine publishing, motion picture and music and sound recording. These associations work to serve their membership bases to help grow and champion the creative industry sector.

ABPBC (@ABPBC) | Twitter

The Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC) is a provincial association of BC owned and controlled book publishing companies. The ABPBC works to support the long-term health and success of the Canadian-owned book industry in British Columbia.

The ABPBC supports the aspirations and activities of its membership through cultural, economic, and political initiatives and engages book-related communities in British Columbia, Canada, and beyond.

 

DigiBC - The Interactive & Digital Media Industry Association of BC

The Interactive & Digital Media Industry Association of British Columbia is a member-supported, non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We were incorporated in 2010 and have previous history under the two banners of the Wireless Information Network (WIN) and New Media BC. We represent the creative tech sector which is made up of the video games and interactive, visual effects, animation, and VR/AR industries.

 

 

MagsBC

The Magazine Association of BC is a member-run organization. We unite a diverse network of member magazines and professionals, and develop strategic partnerships, projects and programs that strengthen our industry.

MPPIA of BC (@mppia) | Twitter

Established in 2002, the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia (MPPIA) is a member-based non-profit organization dedicated to a strong future for BC’s motion picture production sector.

Together, MPPIA’s diverse membership represents the ‘voice and vision’ of the motion picture production industry in British Columbia. MPPIA’s vision is to grow, diversify and promote a competitive and sustainable motion picture industry in BC.

MPPIA members work together to inform, educate, develop and market new initiatives that ensure BC’s motion picture industry flourishes as part of British Columbia’s vibrant, environmentally conscious, knowledge-based economy.

 

CMPA BC - First Weekend Club

The BC Producers Branch (CMPA-BC) is a provincial chapter of the CMPA, working on behalf of British Columbia production companies.
The branch has four key operational priorities: government relations, industrial relations, export and industry development. CMPA-BC has its own eight-member branch council and operating by-laws, which adhere to the regulations and direction of the CMPA national organization.

 

 

Music BC Industry Association | Music Programs, Funding & Resources

Music BC Industry Association is a not for profit association serving the for profit and non-profit music industry, including artists from all genres, industry professionals, service providers, studios, promoters, venues, festivals, producers, agents, managers and educational institutions. Music BC is the voice of the BC Music industry locally, domestically and internationally, through active advocacy for funding, policy, red tape reduction, tax credits and creator’s rights. The organization also advocates at international trade missions to promote business and creative opportunities.

Binge #WatchBC

Watch the best from made-in-British Columbia films and TV series this winter. Here is a list of 21 titles made here in B.C. available to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, CBC Gem and more.

 

FILMS

To All the Boys I've Loved Before review: Netflix's latest charms - Vox

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Netflix

Lara Jean Covey is a teenage girl who writes love letters when she gets a crush too big to handle but she never actually sends them. One day her deepest secrets are revealed and she creates an elaborate plan to save herself from being too embarrassed but it all goes pear-shaped when it turns into more than fake. Watch To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 1 and 2 on Netflix.

 

Indian Horse, CBC Gem

The film follows Saul Indian Horse as he survives residential school and the racism of the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles stereotypes and alcoholism.

 

The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open Interview: Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers | by Seana Stevenson | MUFF Blog | Medium

 

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, CBC Gem

After a chance encounter on a busy street, a woman decides to bring a pregnant domestic abuse victim home and encourages her to seek help to navigate the aftermath of the traumatic event.

 

Red Snow, CBC Gem 

Dylan, a Gwich’in soldier from the Canadian Arctic, is caught in an ambush in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His capture and interrogation by a Taliban Commander releases a cache of memories connected to the love and death of his Inuit cousin, Asana, and binds him closer to a Pashtun family as they escape across treacherous landscapes and through a blizzard that becomes their key to survival.

 

Beyond Human Power, CBC Gem 

Edzi’u and Dut Zi Zi Sus Loverin are separated by two decades in age, but they’re close. Edzi’u was in the room when her younger sister was born and smiles at the memory. Dut Zi Zi Sus often looks on her elder sister for guidance when she isn’t sure what to do next, burying her face in their hugs for comfort.

 

Film: Mixed↑ debuting on OUTtv and OUTtvGo on November 11th | EILE Magazine

Mixed↑ (or MixedUp), OutTV & OutTVGo

Mixed↑ (MixedUp) follows Howard J Davis aka Haui in his feature film directing debut, as he navigates what it means to be BIPOC and LGTBQ+. Haui’s mixed-up manifesto demands that we celebrate the exist.

 

Christmas in Evergreen, Hallmark Channel and W Network

About Christmas in Evergreen But when a storm shuts down the airport, she crosses path with a doctor and his daughter. What transpires will give them all a Christmas more magical than they could’ve imagined. Starring

 

Last Stand to Nowhere, Amazon Prime (US), Vimeo On Demand (Canada)

The Earp sisters and Doc Holliday resolve to eliminate the Clanton Gang problem in the only way they know how, at the end of a gun barrel, in this all-female re-imagining of the Gunfight at the OK Corral.

 

Daughter, Amazon Prime Video

In the aftermath of his daughter’s death, Jim is living a life of isolation and self-destruction until he can no longer hide and must face his tragic past.

 

Volition': Meet Adrian Glynn McMorran, Magda Apanowicz and rest of the cast of the supernatural thriller | MEAWW

Volition, Amazon Prime Video

A man afflicted with clairvoyance tries to change his fate when a series of events leads to a vision of his own imminent murder.

 

The Butterfly Affect, VIFF Connect, from December 18 until January 14

The Butterfly Affect follows a worm trying to make its way in a world built for butterflies.

 

B.C. Indigenous supernatural mystery Monkey Beach gets theatrical release in Vancouver | Georgia Straight Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly

Monkey Beach, Releasing on Crave on Jan 6th

A young woman with supernatural abilities reflects on profound events in her life as she awaits news of her brother, who has gone missing at sea under questionable circumstances.

 


 

TV SERIES

Van Helsing, SYFY

 

Travellers, Netflix

 

Chesapeake Shores Siblings - Photos - 13 | Chesapeake Shores

Chesapeake Shores, Hallmark

 

DC Legends of Tomorrow, The CW

 

Supergirl, The CW

 

Riverdale season 5: Filming could start in August or September

Riverdale, The CW/Netflix

 

 

The new Twilight Zone is riddled with references and easter eggs to the original series

Twilight Zone, CBS

 

Supernatural, The CW/Netflix

 

Save the Planet Already! - The Green Channel

Save the Planet Already!, The Green Channel

#WATCHBC online at VIFF 2020

British Columbia’s biggest annual celebration of cinema, VIFF, is just around the corner. From September 24 – October 7th, film lovers province-wide will enjoy over 100 feature films and events showcasing exciting, groundbreaking and provocative cinema and creators from around the globe. For the first time, audiences across B.C. can watch VIFF curated cinema and viewers around the world can tune into VIFF Talks and Conferences via VIFF’s new online streaming platform, VIFF Connect.

Curated below are the 21 B.C. films selected for this year’s festival. Purchase passes and tickets to VIFF 2020 here

 

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Benny’s Best Birthday, Benjamin Schuetze

 

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Brother, I Cry, Jessie Anthony

 

Cake Day Image
Cake Day, Phillip Thomas

 

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Canucks Riot II, Lewis Bennett

 

Chained Image
Chained, Titus Heckel

 

Cosmic Image
Cosmic, Meredith Hama-Brown

 

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The Curse of Willow Song, Karen Lam

 

Deeper I Go Image
Deeper I Go, Michael P. Vidler

 

First Person Shooter Image

First Person Shooter, Cole Kush

 

Fucking Idiots Image

Fucking Idiots, David Milchard

 

Laura Image

Laura, Kaayla Whachell

 

The Magnitude of All Things Image
The Magnitude of All Things, Jennifer Abbott

 

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Monkey Beach, Loretta Sarah Todd

 

The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel Image

The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel, Joel Bakan, Jennifer Abbott

 

A New Leash on Life Image

A New Leash on Life, Daniel Jeffery

 

Nuxalk Radio Image
Nuxalk Radio, Banchi Hanuse

 

Rag Doll Image
Rag Doll, Leon Lee

 

Spring Tide Image
Spring Tide, Jean Parsons

 

Sunken Cave and a Migrating Bird Image
Sunken Cave and a Migrating Bird, Qiuli Wu

 

The Train Station Image

The Train Station, Lyana Patrick

 

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tu, Suzanne Friesen

 

Congratulations to VIFF for their resilient pivot for their 39th edition!

Apple TV+’s “See” Nominated for Outstanding Locations for 7th Annual Location Managers Guild Awards

“See” Season 1 has been nominated for Outstanding Locations in a Period Television Series for the 7th Annual Location Managers Guild Awards. The Location Managers Guild Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of location professionals in television, commercials and feature films. The awards spotlight the craft, honoring productions in which the creative use of film locations set the tone, enrich the character and inspire the narrative.

 

C/O Apple TV+ 

 

The Apple TV+ series takes place in the distant future, after a deadly virus decimated humankind. Those who survived emerged blind. Jason Momoa stars as Baba Voss — the father of twins born centuries later with the mythic ability to see — who must protect his tribe against a powerful yet desperate queen who wants the twins destroyed. Alfre Woodard stars as Paris, Baba Voss’s spiritual leader.

 

 

C/O Apple TV+ 

The series filmed in various locations in the Vancouver Island North region including Buttle Lake, Ralph River, Myra Falls all in Strathcona Provincial Park and Campbell River’s Discovery Industrial Park. Visit Vancouver Island North Film Commission’s website to learn more about the regions “See” was filmed in. Earlier this year, “See” was announced to be returning for Season 2. Learn more about “See” on Apple TV+.

See' Trailer | Hollywood Reporter

C/O Apple TV+ 
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Whister Film Festival Announces Finalists for Producers Lab

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has selected six Canadian producers, with five hailing from British Columbia, to participate in its seven-month, multi-phased Producers Lab. Designed to prepare Canadian producers to develop, pitch, market, and sell their creative content, the Lab is focused on strengthening original scripted feature projects.

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The six producers and projects selected for the 2020 WFF Producers Lab are:

Alex Duong (BC) with BREAKING BREAD
Sibel Guvenc (ON) with LOYA
Camille Hollett-French (BC) with MAN IN PIECES
Kate Kroll (BC) with RED WINGS
Todd McCauley (BC) with THE MEDICINE LINE
Krista Rand (BC) with RE:UNITING

Phase I will take place online throughout June and will be followed by a five-month mentorship program. Participants who complete Phase I will be invited to participate in Phase II, a business immersion experience leading up to and during the Whistler Film Festival and Content Summit from December 2 to 6, 2020.

WFF Producers Lab faculty consists of accomplished experts with extensive production experience and comprehensive knowledge of the entertainment industry. The returning program facilitator is John Galway (ON), President, Harold Greenberg Fund. The Producers Lab faculty includes Producers Lab alumna Lauren Grant (ON), Producer, Clique Pictures (RIOT GIRLS); Jason James (BC), Producer/Director, Resonance Films Inc. (ENTANGLEMENT); and Damon D’Oliveira (ON), Producer/Founder, Conquering Lion Pictures Inc. (BOOK OF NEGROES).

The WFF Producers Lab is presented by Netflix in association with Telefilm Canada, and sponsored by Creative BC and the Canadian Media Producers Association.

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The B.C. Film Industry Adapts to Support Each Other

British Columbians take a collaborative approach and bring heart to every production. Together, the provincial ecosystem of film and television resources is devoted to providing a premier centre for screen production with an unmatchable sense of community. Productions, suppliers, vendors and companies throughout the province are finding creative ways to go above-and-beyond in giving back to the communities in which they film, adapting to support each other and its neighbouring industries during this time. We look at a few local industry companies that have acclimatized to accommodate the health industry.

Vancouver film industry supplier offering battery power for hospital equipment
Portable Electric

Portable Electric, well-known for manufacturing, selling and renting its battery-powered, no noise, no emission generators used on film and television productions has worked to pivot to health services to assist with non-traditional areas that can accommodate health services. Their signature VOLTstack generator unit is powering temporary triage centres, mobile clinics and drive-through testing. Read more in the original article by Business in Vancouver.


Vancouver Mobile Dressing Rooms

Vancouver Mobile Dressing Rooms, a leader in the mobile entertainment company yielding the largest fleet of trucks and trailers in Vancouver set up one of their new eco-friendly cast trailers to support the B.C. Governments Mobile Medical Unit positioned at the Abbotsford Hospital. Their unit will be used as a place for Correctional Officers to shower, and isolate while on and off active duty. Vancouver Mobile Dressing Room continues to collaborate and work with the community to provide safe mobile areas to prevent outbreaks and support those seeking isolation.

 


ABC “The Good Doctor”

The popular ABC series filmed here in B.C. and produced by Brightlight Pictures, “The Good Doctor”, was among the medical productions in North American to contribute by donating masks, gowns and gloves to medical workers and hospitals in need. Brightlight Pictures worked directly with the provincial government to ensure that medical supplies from the series were being distributed where needed and abided by national safety standards.

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