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A spooky partnership with Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

Director Jeremy Major partnered with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) and the Hamilton Film Festival, to create a short film that would be screened with the orchestra's live performance of Camille Saint-Saëns' haunting composition, Danse Macabre, at a family Halloween concert. The music is based on an 1870s poem that tells the story of Death calling forth skeletons to dance for him in the night. Major collaborated with choreographer Christena Hampson to build a stylized story centred around dance and movement. The film is modelled after the surreal look and feel of old black & white films like Georges Méliès' A Trip to the Moon. It was filmed at The Zoetic Theatre with makeup by Christina McCarthy from Glitterbug Face & Body Art. Check out the dedicated performers in this photo gallery. Thanks to everyone involved!

Something creepy for Halloween

Thought we'd share a short film we made for the Hamilton Film Festival. It's a creepy little story about an alien invasion (but maybe you have a different interpretation!). It was made as part of a continuing director's series called JUXT but we thought you might enjoy it even on its own. Happy Halloween!

Congratulations Barenaked Ladies on a great album

Congratulations and thanks to the Barenaked Ladies for giving us the chance to work on their "Making Of" web series. Shot by master cameraman, Chris Sherry, the series was cut by our very own Jeremy Major and his edit team, and tells the behind-the-scenes story of the band recording its 15th album titled Silverball - and an awesome one it is. Honoured to be a part of the adventure! Click below to check out the series.

Big bang filming

Bert SummerHayes

WINTER 2013  |  200 years ago, on the very soil where the Shooting Eye offices sit today, a war was fought. It went on for two years and consisted of more than 50 battles. One of those was called The Battle of Beaver Dams and unfolded in the area now know as Thorold, just west of Niagara Falls. What was unique about this battle is that it was not won by weapons alone but also by words. 

A new film directed by Jeremy Major will hit Canadian classrooms this spring to coincide with the anniversary of the Beaver Dams battle. The film was made possible thanks to a grant from Canadian Heritage. Executive Produced by historian Doug Massey, the film is an emotional and intense story told primarily through the eyes of the Grand River people.

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