Director | Editor | Art+Design | Animation | Musician
“They say spend your money on making a film instead of going to film school. Our folks got a VHS camera recorder and I took to it. I made short movies and animations, collecting film soundtrack cassettes and piecing it all together with a fancy new VCR that I saved up for attached to our family’s VCR. I won the People's Choice Award at a festival with a B&W short I made for Gr.11 English class.”
Brian studied animation at the Vancouver Film School and after working in Vancouver at some studios he moved to England to learn Stop Motion animation. There he worked on his first stop mo feature film, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, and later Henry Selick’s Coraline at LAIKA Studios in the U.S. as well as indie features in Switzerland and Spain.
Shooting “Corpse Bride,” London UK. Photograph by Warner Bros/Gary Welch.
STOP MOTION ANIMATION REEL
Brian's stop motion animation work from features Corpse Bride, Max & Co, and Coraline plus a commercial that was a life-sized wave.
Brian has also worked on indie projects and commercials throughout Europe and Canada. He produced a live-action short in Spain, and co-directed a pixilated animation short in Belgium.
He works with nonprofit charity and social enterprises including the Seeds of Hope Foundation, is a member of Canada’s RADAR Film Group which creates content regarding mental illness, and facilitates animation workshops with TIFF Toronto International Film Festival.
Shooting “Mad Pride - Breaking the Silence” with RADAR Film Group. Photograph by Maly Kong.
SEEDS OF HOPE FOUNDATION (26m 09s)
director / camera / editor
“The power of a welcoming and caring community in action brings transformation to the lives of the people it serves. The spirit of Seeds of Hope initiatives has helped many to overcome challenges. We provide places of hope and belonging for those at a crossroads in their lives. Places where people find their gifts and abilities through communities of compassion and caring.”
Shooting in Spain with srMundo. Photograph by Benjamin Carter.
Brian is also editing and working on animation projects with Dandelions of Courage Entertainment which are going to be masterpieces of craftsmanship!