Welcome to the Hamilton Film podcast! Every episode explores an exciting role of movie making; from acting, to special effects, directing, to content creation. Join me for an intimate conversation with a unique guest connected to the thriving film industry of Hamilton Ontario.
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Season 3 Update
SEASON 2: EPISODE 6
I chat with composer Steph Copeland, who has over 30 film and TV credits to her name. She began her career as a singer songwriter before immersing herself in electronic music production, and is best known for her work in the horror and sci fi genres. We chat about the path to becoming a film composer, how to talk the language of music with directors, and the biggest challenges that composers face.
SEASON 2: EPISODE 5
I invited producers/directors Cody Calahan and Chad Archibald of Black Fawn Films and Black Fawn Distribution to chat with me at the Cotton Factory about creating content in a time where there’s never been more demand for entertaining things to watch. We talk about their recent productions The Oak Room and Vicious Fun, Canada’s place in the content and genre film world, and the most important things for new filmmakers to focus on.
SEASON 2: EPISODE 4
Cher started as a reporter before leaving to expand her skills working in a production house. She launched her own company creating documentary short films covering Indigenous issues, reconciliation, cultural reconnection and injustice. She received the Truly Independent Award at the 2019 Hamilton Film Festival, and is nominated for a Hamilton Arts Award this year. We talk about Soaring Spirits, her curated collection of Indigenous films, her journey to becoming a filmmaker and to connect with her culture, and her passion for storytelling.
SEASON 2: EPISODE 3
I was curious how this pandemic is effecting our local cinemas, so I chatted with Dan Fournier, General Manager of the Westdale Theatre, to find out how they are adapting, keeping film fans connected, and staying engaged with the Hamilton community. The Westdale screens art and indie films, and provides an intimate cultural space for public performances and exhibitions. It was Hamilton’s first theatre, in 1935, and went through a major renovation before reopening in 2019.
SEASON 2: EPISODE 2
Actor Jim Watson plays Dr. Theo Hunter on the new CTV medical drama, “Transplant”. He’s originally from North Bay, and over the past decade he’s had roles on many TV series filmed in Canada, including SLASHER, THE STRAIN, and BETWEEN. We chat about the process of landing a role on a network series, the perils of auditioning, the perks of being based in Hamilton, and what you need to know to play a Doctor on TV.
You can follow Jim on Instagram and Twitter @realjimwatson