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this small business saturday
We would like to take the opportunity to thank some of the small businesses who have supported us in our recent film projects. It truly takes a village to create a film, and we feel so blessed to have the one we have in the Cowichan Valley and beyond.
a special thanks to all the small businesses who have supported us
Glenora Farm Store & Cafe, Duncan | @glenorastore
thank you for being a part of our village
And thank you for all the work you do in our community.
the opportunity to create a meaningful and unforgettable digital presence
Not only do we love the work we do, we also love to hear from our clients about how we were able to bring their visions to life. We value the opportunity to transform concept to content on a wide range of projects that inspire our creativity, and allow us to help you tell the stories of our community and clients in meaningful ways. Our mission is to make your digital presence meaningful and unforgettable for businesses across Vancouver Island.
Whether through web development, film production, marketing or something in between, we are always working to combine the skills and expertise of all of our talented team members. We believe the best results are achieved with thoughtful collaboration between our team and our clients. Teamwork makes the dream work!
With full rebranding initiatives, online education integrations, videography, social media management, graphic design, copywriting, search engine marketing, web design, and more, our full-service approach helps our clients create a well-rounded presence online, and beyond.
Veridis Plumbing & Heating came to us to modernize their website, include a new online shop platform, and to expand their reach with SEO (search engine optimization) and SEM (search engine marketing). Now we continue to work with them to optimize their reach. Informed by our our ongoing market research and our experience engaging the attention of today’s web user in the fast-paced digital world, we create strategic, high-performing content.
film & video production
It’s Anna Hilberry’s job to know risk inside and out as a financial advisor, so you can take her word for it that working with us is an excellent investment in your brand. Anna is a key member of The Hilberry Group in Duncan, which is supported through the parent brand of the National Bank of Canada.
We’ve been fortunate to have also worked with fantastic brand representatives at The National Bank of Canada to make sure all of Anna’s branding speaks to their national goals, while also reflecting Anna’s local priorities and unique voice.. We help Anna edit and distribute weekly social media videos to promote financial literacy, keeping a close eye on trends and updating graphics, SEO and other related content to ensure that her videos are performing at their best.
project development, branding & graphic design
This means a lot, coming from the legendary endurance athlete Jen Segger. We’ll climb social media mountains for you any day, Jen! Our latest project with Jen is her newest online training program: Adventure Racing. With beginner and intermediate options, Adventure Racing is a thrilling combination of trail running, paddling and mountain biking through highly technical outdoor environments. We really pulled this one together as a team, combining video production with graphic design and copywriting to create a complete online course with tutorial videos and comprehensive written training modules and schedules. Working alongside Jen, we made sure that the course had all the content needed to support students of various levels in their adventure racing aspirations.
ongoing creative support
Whether the project is a short-term media campaign, a one-off video ad, or a large-scale project such as a website or company brand, we are here for ongoing creative support throughout the project and afterwards!
Our services include creative branding and graphic design, functional and dynamic web development, engaging and aesthetic video production and photography, product development, social media marketing, project management, consulting, and more. We work with you to develop and deliver effective film, web and social media creations that inspire engagement and foster meaningful brand loyalty.
Running a business is hard enough without worrying about advertising, social media and brand awareness. Let us take care of all your digital media needs and save time and money with our customizable bundles. These strategic packages combine branding, social media marketing, graphic arts, photography, video, copywriting and web design products to tell the world who you are and why you matter. Our mission is to make branding easy and unforgettable for businesses across Vancouver Island.
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Have we worked together? We love to hear from our clients how we were able to tell the stories of our community and clients and help you create a meaningful and unforgettable digital presence.
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A well-designed logo is the polished, professional handshake of your brand. It is often the first impression, and in this increasingly digital world, it is the familiar face that assures your audience that they are in the right place. A logo communicates consistency and the confidence of quality and professionalism. Did you know? We offer logo design and motion logo design for local Vancouver Island businesses and beyond!
Your logo is the foundation of your entire brand. The colours, fonts, and imagery of the logo set the stage from which your story is told. In this blog post, we’re sharing some tips and talking about how we approach designing a logo with and without motion at our design studio in the Cowichan Valley.
We build brands and help you stand apart from the crowd. Are you in the market for a new logo or a logo revamp? Get in touch and let’s chat! Local? Let’s grab a coffee!
Logo Design on Vancouver Island
We design logos that:
– Identify key information about your brand, and convey your brand values;
– Leave a visual impact on your customers, build brand recognition and make your brand memorable;
– Take on more than one form, so that customers can identify your brand wherever you are – online and in person!
The 3 Main Elements of Any Logo:
Here is some key language to help translate your vision into a tangible logo. A wordmark or logotype is the typographic representation of your brand, and a brandmark or logomark is the visual representation of your brand. The entirety of the logo may sometimes be referred to as a combination mark.
- Typography (The Wordmark or Logotype)
If you want to talk about the text part of the logo, it’s helpful to know some basics about typography. From a simple monogram to the full name of the business, how much text you have, as well as the typeface you choose, all of these details can bring a lot of background meaning to the logo.
With our logo, we chose Bodoni, a historically meaningful font in the world of graphic design. We hope that the clean, straight lines convey the meticulous attention to detail and pride we take in our work as a media company.
- Images (The Brandmark or Logomark)
Your logo may have symbols, icons or an image that is representative of your brand. This can be something abstract, employing some simple lines or shapes to accentuate certain features of the text. It can also be the main focal point, telling the story of your brand.
For us, we wanted to emphasize an idea of “home”: the idea of coming home, the parts of a place that make it feel like home, where we are, and how we are a part of and support our local community. It was important to us, in a digital world, to have our logo represent us, real people who work at a real place in the world, and with a path towards it, welcoming you to find and approach us. Later on, this path became an important feature in the animation of our logo.
It may be worthwhile to do a quick search on the colour you wish to use. For example, “the meaning of blue” comes back with this result: “Blue is a serene and calming color that represents intelligence and responsibility. Blue is cool and relaxing. Light baby blue is peaceful, while dark blue can signify depth and power.”
Remember that these connotations are not always set in stone, and there can be more than one way to interpret any image. For example, while red is often associated with danger and debt, most Canadian banks have chosen red logos and branding. The colour red can also represent power, energy, confidence and action. More about colours and their possible meanings.
Any of these three elements should be able to exist on their own or in some combination. For example, a good logo would still work in black and white, or in a single colour, and still be as recognizable as it would be in full colour. (Even if the colour version is the ideal version, we should still be able to get the feeling of it without the colour). And the same goes for having the text without the image (if there is an image).
It can be a bit trickier to go without the text, especially as a new brand. If you would like to see your logo with less text, try opting for a monogram or abbreviation. Also ask your designer about placing the text into the image, for example, utilizing a shield, circle or other identifying shape. You might like to search “beverage logos” to find some examples of this strategy.
Motion graphics are becoming increasingly common, even in everyday social media posts, because our eyes are drawn to motion. Utilizing this increasingly ubiquitous technology will help your brand stand out in a crowded marketplace. One of the simplest, most accessible ways to get on board with this is to have a moving logo. You can add this element to almost any online content, and it can help take your images and videos to the next level and capture the attention of your audience that much better.
If you already know that you would like to have your logo animated or go through some motion for video content, it’s helpful to consider that in your logo plans from the beginning. For example, if you are envisioning a spinning type of motion, it may be helpful for symmetry that the logo be contained in a circle.
Chances are high that the motion(s) your logo will eventually take on will be key information for the still logo. And you will definitely want the logo to be recognizable in either form, maybe even with evidence of its motion form in the still version.
We will need a vector form of your logo to get started. This means that your logo will be scalable to any size without sacrificing quality (i.e. without pixelation) – that’s super important when we start moving it around. Was your logo made by us? No sweat, we’ve already got this! Otherwise, if we can grab a vector form from your previous designer, that will work. If that’s not possible, we can vectorize an image file for you as well.
It’s also useful to have each part of your logo on a separate layer, which will allow it to move independently from the other parts. Again, this is something we can help with if you don’t already have it set up.
Motion Logo Design on Vancouver Island
We design motion logos that:
– Convey your brand values PLUS that special something extra!
– Leave a visual impact on your customers, build brand recognition and make your brand memorable. We ensure your brand’s key values are recognizable throughout the motion.
– Are accessible! We want you to use the motion logo as much as possible so you can enjoy the rewards of a flashier logo.
The 3 Main Elements of Any Motion Logo:
Zooming in or out from an object, or playing with the size of the logo (or a part of it) can be one way to introduce motion. If there is one element of the logo that stands out, it can be useful to focus on that, and then zoom out to reveal the entire logo.
The Empress Avenue logo scales up to size subtly in the beginning of this animation as a visual arrival along with the motion of the truck. This supports our core story of coming home.
- Position (and Rotation)
There are three axes of position and rotation in motion design. It may be useful to imagine the motion of a camera to understand this element. Camera movements include dolly in, dolly out, pan, tilt, truck (moving left and right), and pedestal (moving the camera up and down). It is often best to use one of these movements at a time, but it depends on the effect you would like to achieve. For example, using a combination of these movements especially in quick succession can give viewers the impression of instability or excitement.
- Colour or Opacity
We want to answer the question: what additional information does the motion give to your customer? Although the motion will make your logo more “catchy” on its own, it’s always good to think about more ways to convey key information to your customers. For example, if the colour becomes brighter, this may suggest that your brand or product will literally “brighten” someone’s day or life. If you have several brand colours, transitioning through them can be a good way to make your brand more memorable and recognizable in different contexts or posts.
A similar effect can be achieved through opacity. Fading in allows the logo to become more clear, or come into full vision.
How about transforming an entire scene to show what your logo is all about? One of the most exciting things about motion design is that it is not bound by physical possibilities. Chances are, if you can visualize it, we can bring it to life!
Be Careful of these Common Pitfalls in Logo Design
- Doing the same things as the competition. For example, using the exact image of your product in the logo. (It may be redundant!) If a tech company can use an apple as their logo, it’s proof that you don’t need to be illustrating your product in your own logo. That is a recipe for a generic logo, and you want to stand out.
- Over-complicating it. Our advice is that you would want your customers (even the ones who claim they can’t draw) to be able to do a pretty good sketch of your logo. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a perfect rendering of your logo, but you should be able to recognize it. They should be able to describe it to a friend, who would recognize the description.
- Following a trend, especially with fonts. It might be tempting to use a fancy, decorative font; however, you should try to avoid it in your logo and core brand, as you want these to endure the test of time. Go ahead with using decorative fonts in seasonal posts and wherever else you like.
- Pulling out all the stops, all at once. It’s important to remember that we can really only pay attention to one thing at a time. So it may be overwhelming to your audience if a lot of things are happening at once. We recommend changing one thing at a time; while some overlap is usually fine, in general, less is more!
- Keep it simple and meaningful. Your logo doesn’t have to fly across the screen to grab the audience’s attention. A simple flash of shine or gentle nudge of motion can be more than enough to draw in the eye. The word “animation” stems from the Latin “animātiōn”, stem of “animātiō”, meaning “a bestowing of life”. Think of what this means for a logo. For the logo to feel alive, it could “breathe” or “blink”… What gives your brand “life”?
We shared some tips about logo design (with and without motion) from our design studio on Vancouver Island. We want to hear from you – what are your questions about logo design?
Don’t feel discouraged if it takes a long time and a lot of back and forth to get your logo to match your vision. It’s an investment to create a good logo, and you want to make sure it is as close to perfect as possible. It’s worthwhile to get it right and your designer is there to help, so if you have any hesitations, do try to let them know right away. In this case, the more information the better!
We’re here to help you stand apart from the crowd. Are you considering animating a new or current logo? Get in touch and let’s chat!
Last week we showed you some of our recent video production projects, and how we’ve helped our clients tell their stories. Today, we’ll tell you a bit more about the three main stages of video production process and what you can expect when you work with our team.
This is the critical planning stage, where we consider strategy, budget, scheduling, and create a plan to maximize your investment. Depending on the project, it might also entail anything from a simple treatment and shotlist to a detailed script and full storyboard.
We will need to work with you to figure out key details by asking questions such as:
- What are the subject matter, purpose and objective(s) for the video?
- Who is the intended audience of the video, and how will we ensure we reach them?
- What is the core message of the video, and what are the expected results or “call-to-action”? What do you want viewers to do or know after they watch your video? Let’s consider your unique selling point, and what helps your brand stand apart from the competition.
- How long will the video be? There are suggestions for specific platforms, so we will need to think about where and how the video will be distributed.
- What will a strategic launch look like? Is there a budget for advertising? Even the most compelling videos sometimes need an extra boost to gain traction.
- What resources will we need (presenters, actors, locations, props, etc.) to ensure the video is able to fulfill its purpose? What are you able to provide, and what will we need to source independently?
- Are there any brand guidelines we should follow to make sure this video looks and feels like it has been created uniquely for and by your company? This can include set design that embraces brand colours, and elements we add in post-production.
The Project Plan and Brief:
Once we have some preliminary questions answered about the scope of the project, we begin to build a plan. This plan usually includes a simple budget and a timeline for each step, as well as a description of the intended final product. This framework is critical; however, it is likely that the strategy will evolve as the project progresses, and we always expect to make some adjustments as we go.
Your video may or may not require a script, and you might want us to write it for you! It can be very valuable to have an outsider’s view. We usually start with a competitive analysis, to make sure the dialogue and visuals in your video will help you stand out from the crowd. You will have several opportunities to look this over and ensure it reflects your brand.
Even if there are no speaking roles or voice over, we will usually need to write a basic treatment that maps out key participants and messages, locations, actions, and other elements, to make sure that everyone is on the same page on set. This ensures that our shooting schedule is as efficient as possible.
Some projects rely on storyboards to ensure a smooth production process. This usually includes more ambitious, larger-scale projects, or concepts that rely on unique visual transitions or special effects. Storyboards are simple sketches of each intended shot in sequence; like a comic book without speech bubbles. The more details we can plan in advance the better, so that we are not concerned with questions like where actors should be positioned or how to light a set for the intended effect. This also paints a clear picture for post-production, and eliminates any potential confusion between production crew members and editors.
Amazing, we made it to the production day; this is the point in the process that everyone envisions when they think about creating videos. Obviously, we live for this! All the careful planning, writing, drawing, scouting, casting, and scheduling tasks of pre-production culminate into making this day go perfectly, so that we can capture the best footage possible.
Here’s a look at a production day for us at Empress Avenue Media.
- Basic Setup: Loading in gear, setting up staging areas for cast, hair and makeup stations, charging areas for electronics, computers for DIT (to back up and review footage), etc.
- Blocking: This a physical rehearsal that focuses on the positioning of the cast, and not the lines or context of the script. It’s helpful for envisioning where cameras will go, what set dec(oration) will be seen, and how lighting might be set up.
- Preparing set decoration and props: Now that we know where the actors will be, we can start to anticipate what will be captured on camera and build an aesthetically appropriate environment and prepare the elements that the cast might need to interact with.
- Lighting: The lighting team works under the direction of the Director of Photography to paint the set in light that reflects the appropriate tone and context for the scene.
- Technical Rehearsal: The cast may have been rehearsing during the rest of the setup process, but now the director has a chance to work with the talent or interview subjects on set, and see how everything looks on camera.
- Last Looks: Each department reviews the monitors to make sure every detail is just perfect.
- Shoot! The Assistant Director makes sure everyone on set is ready to go, sound is speeding and cameras are rolling, before the talent brings the scene to life.
- Rinse and Repeat: These steps are repeated for every new scene and location.
Once the cast or interviewees are released, we usually want to focus on capturing B-roll (for factual shoots) and inserts (for narrative projects). B-roll is basically silent footage to be intercut with interviews or narration to help visualise the concepts that are introduced through dialogue; it often includes candid shots of the interview subjects working or interacting, shots of other people or locations that they’ve talked about, or abstract shots that reflect the emotions they’ve shared.
Inserts are simple shots that can be captured without a full cast crew and usually without audio, but are critical to the storytelling process. For example, in a wide shot we might see our actor pick up a book and read a passage. Once the actor is on break, we can capture a close-up of the text in the book as an insert.
We usually want to take the time to capture various general shots that could be used to help smooth out the editing process, even if we don’t know exactly how they might fit into the final product. The same goes for behind-the-scenes footage that might be useful in future promotion, like posts on social media.
So it turned out to be a beautiful day and we’ve captured all this wonderful footage. What now? We’re proud of our unique ability to take projects through the entire post-production pipeline to final delivery for on-demand web content, broadcast and theatrical releases. This includes editing, conforming, motion graphics, colour correction, ADR, foley, audio mixing, closed captioning, and visual effects.
This part of the process requires careful review of the best takes and shots, cutting and stitching everything together into a smooth and coherent story. Finally, we will add sound effects, music, and any visual effects or motion graphics we require.
Usually, when the clips are ingested, they don’t follow the story’s natural order, because it may be more efficient to film things out of sequence. Before they begin, the video editor has to label and organise all the footage. Then, they synchronise the different cameras and audio sources, and sort the different takes for each scene. After this, they can begin going into each individual scene and selecting the best shots, labelling anything that is unusable, and generally becoming familiar with the recorded content. Finally, they will begin their first edit of each scene, the rough assemblies.
Once the picture is locked using rough sound, the audio mixing can start, along with special effects and motion graphics.
The sound connected to the video footage is often not the sound used in the edit or the final film. The clean audio is recorded externally by the sound mixer on set, using a combination of shotgun (‘boom’) and lavalier (‘lav’) microphones to minimise background noise. These are later synchronised with the footage in post-production. Depending on the project, we might also need to record a voice over, or have actors re-record their lines (ADR). Sound effects are often recorded during the post production process by a dedicated foley artist; these folks are masters at creating common sounds and unusual, exaggerated effects alike, using a wide variety of everyday objects. If the project has a dedicated music composer, they will also start working as soon as the picture is locked.
Good music that matches the vibe of your story, company, and/or product, is more important than you might think! Music completely changes the tone of the scene, and is crucial for setting the right mood and keeping your viewers engaged. And it can give the viewer information about the emotions the actor(s) may be experiencing.
In the final steps, an audio engineer will combine all the new sound elements, while a colour artist will grade the footage to make sure the colour and lighting looks as consistent as possible between all the shots in each scene, and to enhance the overall look and feel of the finished product.
after all’s said and done
After all the work that was done to create this masterpiece, here are some ways to ensure that the video reaches success out in the real world: Measuring watch times and click through rates, and budgeting for some ads can help ensure the video gets the audience it deserves.
We can render the video in appropriate formats for distribution on as many platforms as desired – the bigger the audience, the better the potential return on investment! It definitely pays to utilise all the social platforms you can: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, and wherever else you have an audience for your brand (don’t forget about your email subscribers!). Also consider reaching out to online news platforms to embed the video in new articles, or ask followers, bloggers and influencers to share about it. All of these strategies will go a long way in optimising the success of your video.
tell your story
We hope you’ve found this series of posts helpful in terms of what you can expect when working with us, and what goes on behind the scenes when we produce a video. Have a video project in mind? Get in touch, we can help you tell your story.
it’s national canadian film day!
There’s no better time to talk about film and video production. We’re proud to offer a huge range of services, but film is the medium that originally brought our team together so it holds a special place in our company’s heart. Our origin story is that of working on the set of television programs here in the Cowichan Valley. That experience is how we became experts at video production. And now, we are honoured to use this expertise to help you tell your story.
Film is the medium that continues to combine all our creative team’s diverse talents, from camera operation to music production to graphic design and animation. Creating stories that engage and inspire is our calling, whether on computer screens (such as the recent looping video for the Khowutzun Development Corporation’s new website), TVs (like our 2019 documentary Penny Girl on Telus Optik), or projected in movie theatres around the world (like our work on the feature documentary Tzouhalem that’s currently touring global festivals).
Creating diverse media projects throughout the rural communities of Vancouver Island has taught us to be resourceful and creative in our approach. Our humble headquarters in Cobble Hill boasts a full-service audio suite, green screen, an extensive wardrobe and prop collection, 4K cinema cameras, an LED lighting package and a RAW-capable drone.
Whether commercials, shorts or entire feature films, the filmmaking process is roughly broken up into four or five key stages: development, pre-production, production, post-production, and finally distribution and marketing. We’ve supported full-scale film productions through every stage of this process. That diverse experience is carried into every project, whether it’s a short YouTube video for a small business or a feature-length documentary.
The process may seem long and laborious in the beginning, but we promise that the payoff is more than worth it. Video is the most engaging and influential type of content that people consume today, and it’s everywhere. Taking the proper amount of time for each stage in the process ensures your video will stand out!
We’re here to make things go as smoothly as possible. It’s our team that really sets us apart, with decades of experience working on everything from viral internet videos to the latest TV movies. Our speciality is using innovation and creativity to overcome budget and timeline limitations. You might be surprised at just how much we can help you accomplish.
We don’t underestimate the importance of the planning stage. Having the entire process mapped out reduces any overwhelm you may experience, so you can rest assured that your project is in good hands. Video production is a huge project to undertake, and our passion for the process is what drives us to create the best end product.
trust us, we’ve done it before
2021: A Year in Review with the Khowutzun Development Corporation
Fire Alarm Safety with the Esquimalt Fire Department
Tied to a Lie Documentary (Trailer)
Veridis Plumbing’s Looping Web Video: https://veridisplumbing.com/
what can you expect?
All the steps to this process are in place to ensure that the best possible video is produced in the end. Stay tuned for next week’s blog for a bit more about what you can expect when working with us on a video project. Have a video project in mind? Get in touch, we can help you tell your story.
Change starts at home, and we are working hard to break the bias and elevate women’s voices right here on Vancouver Island.
A recently published (2021) study from Simon Fraser University found that women’s voices continue to be underrepresented in the media. The Gender Gap Tracker continues to track various measures of representation in the media, and you can even enter your own text for real-time analysis.
As the report points out: “Women’s voices are disproportionately underrepresented in media stories. The Global News Monitoring Project has been tracking the percentage of women represented in mainstream media since 1995, when it was 17%. Twenty years later, in 2015, it had increased to only 24%, with a worrisome stalling in the previous decade . At this rate, it would take more than 70 years to see 50% women in the media, a true reflection of their representation in society.”
And of course, it’s not just in film or media. We’ve been reminded of that fact recently by several of our clients, who are drawing attention to the ongoing inequality in their respective fields. For example, finance is another industry lacking gender equality according to The Gender Gap Tracker. Luckily, there are thousands of women fighting for the representation and education that’s required to close the gap in financial literacy and career opportunities in the field. One of them is Anna Hilberry, and we’re so proud to help tell her story and elevate her online presence.
Anna Hilberry is empowering women in finance
Working as an investment advisor (a traditionally male space that continues to be dominated by men), Anna Hilberry courageously advocates not only for getting more women into the industry, but for speaking directly to women about their finances. She says, “You can be successful in our industry… you can have it all!” Anna realises that shifting these demographics in favour of more female representation is no small feat. Bias, misogyny and a lack of opportunities for women continue to plague the industry, and it has taken Anna a lot of hard work and perseverance to prove her value to clients and colleagues, and empower other women to find their place in the industry.
Anna’s YouTube channel is making Financial Literacy and education accessible to all people, especially those who might be hesitant to go into a traditional banking space because they don’t feel seen or heard. As a single mother with diverse life experience, Anna is able to bridge that gap in her social media – and in person – with poise, compassion and pragmatism. Thanks for being a part of the solution, Anna!
Jen Segger challenges us to be the best versions of ourselves
Empowered women empower women! Although you may not think of the fitness world as still presenting barriers for women, there are still many pursuits in which women continue to feel marginalised. There aren’t a lot of stories of women leading the way in extreme sports, especially in the world of Adventure Racing.
“I want women to have the confidence to push boundaries and explore more, to challenge themselves,” says Jen Segger, an accomplished athlete and long-time coach in the sport.
Some of the hesitancy women feel about hitting the trails might be around safety concerns. Women also often face greater time constraints, due to family and household responsibilities as well as other expectations. And while there are plenty of training opportunities in trail running and adventure racing, few of them are designed by female athletes to be inclusive and adaptable. Jen is changing all that, with in-person and online training programs for people with diverse situations, goals, experience levels and abilities. She’s an inspiring example for prioritizing our needs and goals so that we can show up in other spaces as the best version of ourselves.
Jen has travelled the world competing in adventure races, she’s a devoted mother, and she is a sought after endurance coach with numerous programs to help anyone follow their adventure dreams. Yes, you can do this, too!
Mia Golden is raising up marginalised voices
Mia Golden has worked as a producer, director, writer and actor on dozens of independent media projects. She has also directed family and youth counselling and intervention programs for over 20 years. She wrote, produced and acted in the feature film Fragile Seeds, and is also producing and directing the upcoming documentaries Tug of War and Tied to a Lie – sister films that expose the horrors of human trafficking and exploitation of youth. We asked Mia to tell us about her experiences in filmmaking, and what inspired these challenging projects.
Here’s her story:
Tug of War is what resulted from feeling like I couldn’t take it anymore. It’s a strange thing to be immersed in society’s underbelly. Where the abnormal starts to feel regular. A colleague of mine recently said to me that another colleague vomited after a session with a client, having heard the story of the client’s recent sexual assault. She vomited. My colleague said, ‘Mia, you hear these stories every day, how do you do it?’
In a world where you catch yourself becoming desensitized to what you hear just to get through the day, being reminded is both horrible but also critically important. What I have come to realize is that most people have very little awareness that the issue of exploitation exists in our community, never mind that it is thriving.
March 8th is International Women’s Day and the second week of March is Sexual Exploitation of Youth Awareness Week.
It is soul crushing that we continue to be experiencing these horrors as a society: I have counselled children under the age of 12 who are being sexually exploited by men; I have met with young teens who are being sent money in exchange for photos or videos; I have seen the kinds of videos and photos sent to these young teens, videos and photos of adult men performing sexual acts on themselves or other youth. Children, youth, and women are being inundated with demands for sexualized photos and videos by what most would consider your average individual.
When we ask people if they are against the exploitation of children, youth and woman, most will say ‘absolutely’, but in the same breath they will say there is nothing wrong with pornography. I would encourage everyone to think critically about consuming pornography where over 88% of its content includes violent acts, and where the majority of those involved are being exploited in some way. Where the fetishizing of young people has become the norm.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day and the Sexual Exploitation of Youth Awareness Week, it’s important to note that we do have the power to create change in the world. I wrote Fragile Seeds to highlight the understanding that the decisions we make do impact others, and the decisions we make for ourselves can facilitate positive change.
We have a long way to go, let’s go together.
It can feel harrowing to know how much work there still is to do in closing the gender gap in media. One thing is for sure, we’re so fortunate to have our wonderful clients, supporters and team on our side. You can count on us to tell your story.
From PSA-style videos that help foster awareness and educate the public, to full-length college courses for credit, no project is too big or too small for our team! We have created all sorts of comprehensive online programs to suit each of our client’s unique needs.
Accessibility, collaboration, flexibility – what positive attributes come to mind when you think about online learning? Online learning has seen a lot of growth over the last decade, even without the global health crisis accelerating our need for it. Since the very beginning, the internet has been a tool for learning. There have been websites where we can ask questions (Ask Jeeves, anyone?) and learn by observing others. The internet and education have always been combining and evolving to gift us all the opportunity to learn and gain skills. And now it is more elegant than ever, with HD videos, new conference platforms such as Zoom, and of course, responsive websites and apps for learning. We’re excited and looking forward to what the future holds for online learning.
Online learning projects at empress avenue media
Online college courses with Pacific Rim College Online
Financial Literacy and Education with Anna Hilberry
Health and Fitness Training Programs with Jen Segger
Home Safety PSA with Esquimalt Fire Department
Do you have an idea for an online program to boost engagement and elevate the learning experience for your clients, but are unsure how to bring that vision to life? From branded graphics to engaging video, cohesive copy and effective marketing strategies, let us develop and launch your online program.
We’re here to help you stand apart from the crowd.
Happy New Year!
We’re looking forward to another amazing year at our little studio in Cobble Hill. But before we ring in the New Year, here are some of our favourite projects we had the pleasure of working on in 2021. Stay tuned for next week when we review even more accomplishments from the past twelve months that we’re excited to finally share in 2022!
In 2021, we wrapped up post production on our first ever narrative feature film! It’s been a labour of love, but we couldn’t be happier with the results. The dramatic thriller follows Ryann Temple, a therapist working with sex offenders, who uncovers haunting secrets in her family’s past through the disturbed men she counsels every day. Mia Golden, our development coordinator, played the starring role, and also wrote the script and co-produced the film with Emrey Wright, Joseph Boutilier and Ana-Maria Butcura. The world premiere took place at the Hamilton Film Festival in November, where it sold out in its original venue in less than a day! But if you missed it, make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of exciting news on additional screenings in 2022. You can also check out the film’s official teaser trailer here.
Pacific Rim College Online
Filming with our friends at Pacific Rim College Online is always such a wonderful experience! It was great to be back in the gardens and kitchen of the beautiful Ravenhill Herb Farm to film an entirely new online program for the acclaimed school of holistic practices (have you heard about this historical Saanichton farm? If not, definitely have a read about their interesting history!) We’re excited to be working on the post-production for over 50 hours of new content through the first half of 2022. We may be a little biased, but if you’re looking at learning something new this year, we highly recommend having a look at the herbal medicine, health, holistic nutrition, and sustainability courses that Pacific Rim College Online has to offer. And if you haven’t already, check out the teaser we previously created for their incredible Community Herbalist Program.
Khowutzun Development Corporation
You might have noticed a special little sign behind the Duncan Village mall in the heart of the Cowichan Valley. That logo was designed by our graphic design team around the incredible work of local artist, Stuart Pagaduan, who illustrated the iconic “O” within the word Khowutzun. It’s been amazing to work on the branding for Khowutzun Development Corporation, along with their freshly revamped website and tons of new photo and video content. We love using our media skills to support local businesses and initiatives, and working with KDC has been a special honour.
Growing Hope Documentary
Another local project, Growing Hope started out as a Storyhive pitch. The documentary centers around Tracy Parow, the executive director of Providence Farm, a therapeutic farm community for people living with diverse mental abilities, age-related illnesses, brain injuries and developmental challenges. With the help of a diverse care team, Tracy has been coping with her own PTSD while preparing Providence Farm for a second wave of COVID-19 with half the usual staff. Every day is a new struggle, but the community is resilient, and hope grows right alongside the farm’s garlic, squash and apples. Our second short documentary with Telus Optik and Storyhive, Growing Hope will be released in the summer of 2022.
North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society
Our web development team has been hard at work this year. With COVID-19 and other community challenges, NVIATS recognized the need to bring its skills training programming online. Now, more people can access these services for free, in more ways, from more communities, while learning at their own pace. With the website and branding redesign, we made sure to honour the existing material, while raising the bar in accessibility, functionality and aesthetic design. Now the website includes interactive, online course content for the first time, and a clean, streamlined new appearance inspired by original First Nations design elements. Its dynamic layout is optimized to support all screen sizes, devices and internet speeds. Welcome to the new NVIATS.com.
A financial advisor with The Hilberry Group on Vancouver Island, Anna has kept us informed on financial matters throughout the pandemic via her growing YouTube channel. We edit Anna’s videos and make sure everything looks consistent with her brand and that of her parent company, National Bank Financial (NBF). In 2021 we had the unique privilege of meeting Jonathan Durocher, President of NBF, and other colleagues of Anna while filming a retrospective of her collaborative work with the company. Subscribe to Anna’s channel today – we promise you’ll learn some valuable insights that will help you grow your own financial security in 2022!
Esquimalt Fire Department
Our film production and editing teams also worked on a smoke alarm safety video for Esquimalt Fire Department this year. We worked closely with the department to develop clear, accurate messaging using a combination of candid interviews with experts, an original script and storyboard. Then we filmed live action video, which was combined with original motion graphics in post-production. The video reaches a broader audience, with a memorable, accessible campaign to address some of the most common issues in preventative safety: smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
And So Much More…
In our next post, we’ll be sharing some emerging details on several new films and interactive projects that have kept us busy throughout 2021 and we’ll finally be able to share in 2022.
In the meantime, we owe a huge thank you to our amazing team, our clients and all our supporters this year. Can’t wait for another year full of exciting opportunities and projects. Happy New Year!
Welcome to this exclusive look behind the scenes of Fragile Seeds. It’s been such an amazing experience to work on this feature length film here in Cobble Hill, BC. We are excited to introduce the cast of Fragile Seeds, and couldn’t ask for a better combination of talented, passionate people (with such a strong work ethic!), to breathe life into the script.
Here’s a short video introducing several key people who worked on the film. Read on below for biographies of the cast and crew.
Meet the Cast of Fragile Seeds
As a woman of many talents, she wears many hats: MIA GOLDEN is the writer and producer of Fragile Seeds. She plays the role of Ryann Temple in the film. You can find her on instagram @goldenjamaican.
Mia Golden is a Jamaican-born actor, writer, producer, and director whose background as a counsellor and understanding of human behaviour allows her to delve deep into her subjects. Golden wrote Fragile Seeds based on her novel of the same name. She is a producer on a variety of productions ranging from the award-winning feature comedy Jackhammer (E One Films 2014) to factual series, shorts, and the short documentary Penny Girl (Empress Avenue Media 2019). She has acted in a number of films and television projects over the last few years, including the award-winning comedy feature Open For Submissions (2019) and the upcoming feature thriller Dashcam: Dead Air (2022). She is currently directing her upcoming documentary, Tug of War.
SEAN BAKER plays the role of Gavin Hartstrum in the movie Fragile Seeds. You can follow Sean @coops_tanked.
Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Sean Baker has been engaged with theatre/performing his whole life. Sean has performed on many stages throughout Western Canada as both an actor and musician. As a professional musician, Sean performed with his band Celebrity Traffic as well as his own solo project under the name Sean J.E. Baker. Some of his most recent live theatre credits include the Victoria Operatic Society’s production of RENT and Bluebridge Reparatory Theatre’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Sean is currently writing and recording a new solo album as well as writing his first screenplay.
DARREN ADAMS is Jordy in Fragile Seeds. It’s been a pleasure to work with Darren. His social handle is @thederwood.
Born in Cranbrook B.C., Darren has been based out of Vancouver since graduating from the Acting for Stage and Screen program at Capilano University in 2016. He has since made appearances on Supernatural (CW), The Arrangement (E!), and When We Rise (ABC).
We feel very fortunate to have been able to work with none other than STEFANIE DOLAN in the role of Violet Temple. Check her out @stefanie.dolan.
Stefanie Dolan is a Canadian born Actor best known for HomeStay (Telus Web Series-2020), All-In Madonna (Feature-2020), Open For Submissions (Feature-2019), Pile of Corpses (Short Film- 2021), Revel (Short Film-2020), Curse (Short Film-2018). She graduated (2016) from The Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts with a diploma in Film and Television and has since performed in a wide range of lead and supporting roles. When not in front of the camera, Stefanie is the Calian lead supervisor/role play actor contracted by the Canadian Arm Forces.
The very fun, very talented KATE BOUTILIER plays Poppy Temple. You can connect with Kate @kate.boutilier.
When Kate Boutilier was 10 years old, she played a caterpillar in a community theatre production, and she’s been hooked on acting ever since. She grew up on the unceded territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ people (AKA Victoria, BC). Kate moved to Vancouver to pursue her diploma in Acting for Stage and Screen from Capilano University. Since graduating the program in 2017, some of Kate’s highlights have been performing in films The Baker’s Son, V.C. Andrews’ All That Glitters, A Timeless Christmas, Love In Store, and in the CW show DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. She’s also recently voice acted in the short film The Butterfly Affect and Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show and has been on stage in both The Vancouver Fringe Festival and the About Love Festival.
In the role of Buddy, we are excited to be re-introducing actor JOEY CRAMER. You can follow Joey @thejoeycramer.
Joey is known for various film and TV from the 80’s including the starring role in Disney’s Flight of the Navigator. Fragile Seeds is Joey’s first return to acting since leaving the business as a child actor. Now living on Vancouver Island, he is reigniting his acting career as an adult. He’s recently released a feature documentary Life After the Navigator (2021) and just wrapped another Canadian indie feature Twelve Step Strangler with an upcoming role in a film in South Africa.
In the part of Hazel, we are happy to have SUSAN KO. She can be found @susanko2116.
Susan is an actor from Victoria. She studied at the University College Drama Program in Toronto. She has acted in local community theatre in Victoria, as well as in local independent films. She has recently moved into producing, writing, and directing. Her short film, In The End, has been selected for international festivals, and has won a few awards. She is currently directing the short film, Coming Home, here in Victoria.
It has been a joy working with actor AMOS MITCHELL, who plays Derek Fuller in the film Fragile Seeds. Visit Amos @amosandmitch.
Amos has been a working actor for the past 10 years in Vancouver. In that time, he has performed in numerous plays such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Blind Date and Film & TV My Mom Robs Banks, Recipe for Love, and Motive, as well as many commercials. Amos’ passion lies in telling powerful stories, and that’s exactly why he signed on to do Fragile Seeds.
The well-rounded CLAYTON NEUWIRTH joins our cast in the role of Carlos. His social handle is @usernameclayton if you’d like to check out his demo reel and give him a follow.
Clayton has performed in various television, commercial, and film projects over the last few years. He openly expresses his love for acting and feels it’s the biggest privilege to be given the opportunity to bring someone’s vision to life. Clayton tackled a character with many layers in Fragile Seeds. He feels thankful for the people he’s met and the roles he’s had. Recent films include All-In Madonna as well as McManus and Sons.
We are honoured to work with CHRISTAPOR YAACOUBIAN, who played the role of Howie in Fragile Seeds. Christapor’s DMs are open @afunnythingcalledlife.
Christapor is an award-winning actor who hails from Sydney, Australia where he honed his craft through numerous appearances in theatrical productions and short films, often returning to work with former collaborators. Christapor made his feature film debut in 2019 with Maybe Tomorrow, directing duo Caitlin Farrugia and Michael Jones. Maybe Tomorrow was the 2020 Gold Coast Film Festival Blackmagic Design winner of Best Australian Independent Feature Film.
Through his appearance in Maybe Tomorrow, he was cast in Help:The Series, by series creator Fabiana Weiner. Following these appearances, Christapor relocated briefly to Vancouver, where he developed relationships with Bream Productions, having worked with them on multiple projects. Christapor is currently writing his debut play in Mexico and researching for a short film that will act as his directorial debut.
The very talented JONATHAN MASON fills the role of Anthony in Fragile Seeds. He can be found at @jon_c_mason.
Jonathan Mason is an actor at the Stratford Festival, Birmingham Conservatory alumni a Masters with Distinction graduate from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. While being based on both sides of the country in Vancouver and Toronto, he has also worked professionally in Canada and abroad in the UK. While specializing in classical theatre, Jonathan’s work in television, voice acting, directing and dance gives him a unique and varied perspective on Vancouver’s performing arts scene. Jonathan uses a mix of his classical training along with more modern Michael Chekhov and Laban techniques, giving his students a mix of the old and new worlds of acting traditions
TOR THOMAS has been a vital member of the Fragile Seeds cast team, playing Justin.
Tor makes his on-screen debut with Fragile Seeds. He is grateful to have had the opportunity to bring this conflicted, sympathetic character to film. He is honoured to have met and worked with the brilliant and beautiful cast and crew. Presently, he is further educating himself on the many techniques of acting.
Jonesy is played by WARREN SHERMAN.
Warren began acting as a regular supporting actor in Jamaica’s most popular soap opera, Royal Palm Estate. He went on to appear in local commercials and being a guest host on a popular travel magazine program, before emigrating to Canada in 2009. Once here, Warren appeared in two short films, grasping the leading role in Motionless (2010), before taking an acting hiatus. Fragile Seeds reignited Warren’s acting passion where he took pleasure in bringing “Jonesy” to life.
Bringing in a wealth of experience and passion, CHRISTOPHER BAUTISTA fits right in as the character Jazz. Follow Christopher @christopherbautistaa
Christopher is an American-born writer, actor, and producer with over 10 years professional acting experience under his belt. With roots that grew out of theatrical training from a very young age and landed him at The University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts, Christopher has had a successful career with lead and supporting roles in theatre, film, tv, and commercials. Some of his most recent acting credits include Warner Bros.’ Titans (2021), Theatre Passe Murraile’s Dora award-nominated The Negroes are Congregating (2020), as well as BlackLake’s upcoming short thriller Lonely (2021).
The multi-talented AMBER KENNEDY makes her acting debut in the role of June. Check out her Homelys @semicolonmiddlechild.
Born and raised in Prince George, BC, Amber recently moved to Vancouver Island to start fresh. Her natural comedic style, beautiful singing voice and imaginative hand stitched creations called “Homelys” popularized her, and she quickly became a Tik Tok influencer with a loyal following known as “Amber’s Army”. Fragile Seeds is Amber’s film acting debut, however, we are sure it won’t be her last.
The character of Dr. Andrew Stevens is played by the one-and-only TREVOR HINTON. Trevor can be found at @suretrev if you ask nicely.
Trevor has been a theatre actor working professionally in Canada and Europe since 2007, and relatively recently made the switch to film and tv in 2018. Since then he has worked in the independent film scene as well as with Disney, Hallmark, Hulu, National Geographic and HBO.
Long-time friend and actress PANTA MOSLEH plays the part of Carmen in Fragile Seeds. Find her online @pantamosleh.
Panta Mosleh is an LGBTQ2i+ BIPOC Director, Producer and Actor based out of Vancouver, BC. Made in Singapore, she is a test tube baby born and raised in Middle East/West Asia and Canada. Panta graduated from University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In addition to working on several bug-budget TV shows, MOWs and commercials as a Production Coordinator, Panta independently produced and shot award winning short films and music videos. Panta currently divides her time between producing, production coordinating and acting, bringing her unique flair to every project. Panta’s most recent projects include the Crazy8s film “BABA”, as well as developing a feature script that is an extension of the short film Pass the Salt. Panta has produced multiple award winning projects such as Pass the Salt and Dama Branca, which have aired on CBC, CBC Gem, Telus Optic TV VOD, Super Channel, Apply TV+ and Air Canada. She has also worked as an Associate Producer on Canada’s first Transgender sitcom, The Switch, airing on OutTV and Revry, LGBTQ+ streaming services.
“Mia told me about the script and novel she was writing 6 years ago. I had the pleasure of reading her first production draft back then and thought it was a powerful story and agreed to be in it then. Fast forward to 2020, Mia said to me, ‘Let’s go shoot a feature.’ I got to read the final production draft and realized that she had managed to make a great script into a PHENOMENAL script! I was so excited to work on this project. And the experience on set was like an absolute dream come true. The cast and Empress Avenue crew were so connected. I’ve worked with Ana-Maria, Joseph and Mia before so it felt like a reunion but better, and to see the words my friend had written come to life was so amazing. I have no doubt this film will resonate with many.”
We’re happy to introduce local actress, TRINA (SWEE-THULT) SXWITHUL’TXW for the role of Michelle. Give Trina some love @trinasweetheart.
Trina is from the Penelakut Tribe and was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley. She has a background in acting for film and TV with credits that include Unnatural and Accidental and a recurring role on DaVinci’s Inquest. Trina has also been involved behind the scenes as an Associate Producer on APTN’s show Warrior Games and was the Project Coordinator for APTN’s Tribal Police Files, both produced by Kwassen Productions Inc.
Trina lives on beautiful Vancouver Island and devotes much of her time to her two children, Mason and Wyatt. Trina’s day job is as the Director of Ocean Resources for the Beecher Bay First Nation, which includes managing many major projects in the marine space.
It’s been a pleasure to work with the amazing DUSTY SMITH, who plays the role of Brian in the film.
He shares, “A lifelong dream of being in a movie came true for me in 2020. A friend on Facebook messaged me saying “I forgot you were an actor. Want to audition for a movie we are making?”, and I said yes. I’d done a tiny bit of extra/background work, and been interviewed on TV, but this was different. And magical.
I have loved acting since I was a kid. In kindergarten, I played Doc in Snow White, and have loved the stage ever since. I was thrilled to get good reviews for my roles in The Laramie Project, The Boys in the Band, and The Normal Heart.
In the role of Jeremy, we are fortunate to have AMBROSE GARDENER lending his acting skills.
Ambrose Gardener is a classically trained actor with over five years of experience. He has co-starred on network television shows such as Project Blue Book, iZombie, Nancy Drew, and Twilight Zone. He is also known for his role as Clark Witchel in Alien Ore, written and directed by The Spear Sisters and presented by 20th Century Fox and the Alien franchise.
With a background in eurythmy and a unique mime influence from his father, Ambrose studied alongside Matthew Harrison focusing on text analysis, scene structure, body language and grounded emotional presence. Once he completed this training, he joined Jeb Beach’s Advanced On Screen Technique, as well as vocal lessons with Clare Durrant.
Ambrose’s first introductory role to acting was his character Aaron in the award winning indie short film with a great festival run, Kids Who Jump Off Bridges (2015), directed by Zoe Neary. You can find him in two upcoming feature films coming soon: Miles Away, written and directed by S.C. Wilson, and Fragile Seeds written and produced by Mia Golden.
Ambrose is currently working on scripting a miniseries of odd short stories and is in pre-production as the director of photography for a 25-minute short film.
JOSHUA KALEF plays the role of Brad. His IG is @kaleforniacation
Classically trained, Joshua has appeared in television and movies over the past two decades. His passion for performance and telling a story drives him in each production. Joshua lives in Victoria, BC with his young daughter Marilyn.
Meet the Awesome Kid Actors Behind Fragile Scenes
Some of the best times on set were working with these awesome kid actors, who truly showed us that talent does not always come with age. Without further ado, we’d like to introduce and thank the talented young actors in Fragile Seeds.
Thanks so much for lending your talent and presence, and for bringing the theme of the film to an undeniable reality.
Meet the Crew of Fragile Seeds
But what good is a talented cast, if not in good hands. Introducing the stellar crew of Fragile Seeds; they’ve each been a vital part of the telling of this story.
JOSEPH BOUTILIER has been an integral part of the film from day one, in the role of Director. More about Joseph @josephboutilier.
Joseph Boutilier has worked in the film and television industry in a wide variety of roles ranging from 1st Assistant Director to Director of Photography to Production Designer on various series and features including Runaway Christmas Bride (2017), New Year’s Kiss (2019) and Honeymoon in Paradise (2020). He recently directed the short documentary Penny Girl and just completed the feature film Dashcam: Dead Air (2022) which he wrote and directed. He is currently working on numerous projects including serving as Director of Photography on the upcoming documentary, Tug of War.
Another essential member of our team is producer ANA-MARIA BUTCURA. We appreciate you, @ambutcura!
Born in Romania, Ana-Maria fled with her family to Canada as a young child. Her experience living in Communist Eastern Europe is the backdrop to her drive to realize her dreams. Butcura is a talented producer, director and actor who also has a diverse background in corporate management in the restaurant industry. Her business savvy, drive and creativity guide her work. Ana-Maria has produced a variety of short films including the recently produced, Betsy and is in pre-production on her next feature film, as well as a series she co-created based on her Romanian culture.
We couldn’t have made Fragile Seeds without talented producer EMREY WRIGHT of Empress Avenue Media on the site. More about Emrey, @emreywright.
Emrey co-founded Empress Avenue Media, building on over twelve years of experience in the entertainment industry. He has worked on a variety of films in various capacities including Production Manager, Assistant Director, and Producer for theatrical, broadcast and VOD feature films. Fun fact about Emrey, he grew up on a sailboat.
JOSH TERRY-BRAND has been instrumental in getting this film through post-production as the Lead Editor. We feel so fortunate to have his amazing editing skills at work on Fragile Seeds. You can find him @joshterrybrand
Josh is a 21-year-old full-time video editor, born and raised on Vancouver Island. He has spent the majority of his life working on video projects. As a young sailor, Josh entered the industry by using the connections within his maritime family to create dozens of video projects for the Coast Guard and Navy. As Lead Editor of Empress Avenue Media, he has worked on documentaries such as Penny Girl and the upcoming Tug of War, features such as Victory on East Hastings, as well as countless educational and promotional videos. In 2021, Josh completed his debut short film Cool Affections, as well as the feature edit of Fragile Seeds.Outside of work, Josh spends his time with friends, family and dogs, biking and creating within a variety of art forms.
Not only are we lucky enough to have talented composer and musician ADRIAN BENT score our film, but he’s also a such genuinely nice guy to work with and be around. We appreciate you, @abentimus!
Adrian Bent, a well-respected musician and producer, is a multitalented, multi-instrumental musician who has become the go-to talent for live and studio projects for the world’s most relevant musicians. Playing drums, bass, guitar, and piano, he is best known as the drummer for hip hop artist Drake, performing on his live tours and select studio productions. He’s also played for world-renown artists such as Jay Z, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, TLC, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Usher, H.E.R., Florence and the Machine, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Daniel Caesar, Chris Brown, Meek Mill, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Jhené Aiko, and DVSN. Adrian has also served as composer on many tv and film productions, which include Mariah’s World (2017), Steve Harvey’s Funderdome (2017), Making It (2018), and Tournament of Laughs (2020).
Fragile Seeds – The Trailer
The World Premiere – Hamilton Film Festival
Saturday November 13th, 9:30pm, $10