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Here’s an advocacy video for ACTRA National’s Diversity Committee that we collaborated on earlier this year.

 

ACTORS
Christina Filippidis
Hamza Haq
Jennifer Ide
Denise J. Killick
Christine Mao
Jaiden Mitchell
Joyce Rivera
Cliff Ware

BACKGROUND PERFORMERS
Joryan Adams
Sasha Chichagov
Christopher Dinelle-Mayer
Courtney Dinelle-Mayer
Réjean Dinelle-Mayer
Neil Kelly
Ayda Khan
Nabil Khatib
Antonio Najera
Alessandro Russotti
Xavier Sotelo
Chanel Thompson
Sarita Van Dyke

CREW
Director of Photography / Sound Mix: Nicolas Séguin
Camera Assistant / Editor / Colourist: Jith Paul
Location Audio: Gary Thibert
Script: Christine Mao
On Set Photography: Blair Campbell
Hair and Makeup: Angie Stoddard
Production Assistants: Megan Campbell, Sedef Khan
Craft Services: Bite Me Catering

PRODUCERS
Christine Mao
Joyce Rivera

MENTOR
Jith Paul

 

Post Production

DaVinci Resolve 12 (the free version) was used to colour correct and grade the raw 4k DNG files generated by the Black Magic Production Camera used on this project. Here are 3 short comparisons and an album with before and after shots.

Click here for a few before and after colour grading/correction frame comparisons.

 

Before Me

Before Me is the latest SplitKlips / Treepot Media collaboration. It is a bilingual film that explores social intolerance and its impact on children. Here’s the trailer.

Eight-year-old Mathis continues to be influenced by his father’s worldview after his recently
divorced mother grows closer to her muslim neighbour.

Splitklips and Treepot Media present
Nicolas Brosseau, Mélodie Courval, Benjamin Gaillard and Said Cuda in
‘Before Me’
Also starring Marie-Hélène Letendre, Jeffrey Ferguson and Mikaël Ayari
Written and Directed by Karim Ayari
Produced by Karim Ayari and Jith Paul
Cinematography and Post Production by Karim Ayari assisted by Jith Paul
Sound by Nicolas Séguin and Karim Ayari

Check out Before Me on the Internet Movie Database.


Like the Before Me Facebook page for updates.

 

Angels Voices (music video)

Here’s the music video for Angels Voices by the band My Favourite Tragedy. The video was produced by SplitKlips (Directed by Karim Ayari)

A note from the singer/songwriter North Easton:

Thanks to Melodie Courval, Rodrigues Williams, Danielle Ayari, Jith Paul, Len Anderson, Robyn Shoveller, Sophie-Anne Charron and Boston Pizza Rockland, Daniel Vandervoort and the Rockland Chiropractic Clinic, Emika Easton, Rachelle Laforge, Pascale Laforge, Jazz Laforge, Axelle Laforge, Emeric Easton, Jacynthe Ayari, Mikael Ayari

The Story:

Over the years, my mother and me would constantly trade the word Believe in christmas presents, birthdays, or just random thoughts along the way. A christmas ornament, a wall plaque, a card with the word etched into it…When I received the phone call from her that cold November day, that she had lung cancer, the world collapsed. She fought the fight as long as she could, and succumbed to the effects of chemotherapy 9 months into her fight. She was only 59 years old, and her dreams were stopped in their tracks. The next year was the hardest of my life, but through the ashes of the foundations that had burned and crumbled down, came the concept of my Favourite tragedy, and the looming promise of a completely original christmas album dedicated to her. Angels Voices was one of the first christmas songs I had ever wrote and was not only one of her favourites, but she often sang along with me when I played it in front of people.

With the help of the talented, and extremely passionate Karim Ayari (the director and guy behind the camera) we stayed up some late nights and harnessed a concept that stuck to some of the details of reality, with a little extra story lines on the side. This 3 minute music video quickly ballooned into a 7 and a half minute Short Film.

I couldn’t be happier.

-North Easton

We had the pleasure of assisting with part of the shoot. The song was also featured in the live acoustic sessions we collaborated with SplitKlips and My Favourite Tragedy on in 2013.

 

Treepot Media – 5th Anniversary

 

Treepot Media turns 5 on November 10, 2015.  It’s been a thrill growing, learning and creating with so many great collaborators over the past year.  Here are a few highlights to add to the summary of years 1 through 4.

— Treepot celebrated the start of its fifth year by participating in the Giving Tuesday 2014 and awarded an annual producing membership for SAW Video to one lucky participant.

— The Christmas 2014 season saw another collaboration with Karim Ayari of Splitklips on the music video for Ottawa band My Favourite Tragedy’s Sing Along to Christmas Songs. The song was featured on CBC Ottawa’s ‘Our Ottawa’ magazine program in December 2014.

— The new Ottawa Indie Fest was officially launched in February 2015.  This is an exciting collaboration with Ed Kucerak and Blair Campbell to promote Canadian independent film.  We started a blog, promoted a few local screenings and curated two evenings of short films in association with the Ottawa Champions baseball team and the One World Film Festival.

— Treepot’s Jith Paul completed a fellowship at Apt613 that resulted in 6 episodes of a web series focused on profiling Ottawa Filmmakers.  Episodes of the series Ottawa Indie Film were cross posted on apt613 and Ottawa Indie Fest.

— The festival tour continued for Algebra, screening at the Three Cities festival in Los Angeles, New York and Santo Domingo and making an appearance at Festival international Entr’2 marches just down the street from the pretigious Cannes Film Festival in France!

Partners for Peace, our documentary collaboration with Kublacom Pictures and the Nobel Women’s Initiative screened at festivals in Victoria and New York.

— A road trip to beautiful Montreal saw a collaboration with Nicolas Séguin of NHS Productions and Karim Ayari of Splitklips on Martine Roquebrune’s directorial debut Jasmin et Macarons which has already screened at Raindance in the UK and other festivals in Europe and Asia.

Strong, the music video featuring a live performance by Ottawa’s Beki Lantos was an official selection of the Catalyst Film Festival in Lincolnshire, UK.  The song is an original composition by North Easton of Ottawa band My Favourite Tragedy and was featured in the short film A Clean Slate.

Perfect was selected to screen at the ExtraOrdinary Film Festival in Belgium.

— Another collaboration with Nicolas Séguin of NHS Productions saw us travelling to Toronto to shoot director Rob Comeau’s film The Date.

— Production continues on a documentary collaboration with Kublacom Pictures about a holistic multidisciplinary program called The Real You.

— Christine Mao and Joyce Rivera had one of the winning pitches in ACTRA’s Diversity Advocacy Video Competition and Treepot Media and NHS productions have just completed principal photography on the project on the theme: “Our Canada. Our Diversity. Our Stories. Our Screens.” We look forward to completing post production by the end of the year in time for its release by ACTRA next year.

— Post-production also continues on Maryam’s Story, a collaboration with Productions Cazabon for the University of Ottawa’s Refugee Assistance Program.

As noted above, we have a few projects on the go and a few more in the works.  We  look forward to collaborating, promoting and celebrating indie film and indie filmmakers as we enter our sixth year. 

Thanks for your continuing support.

Jith Paul
President, CEO & Janitor
Treepot Media

 

Jasmin et Macarons / Jasmine and Macaroons

 

A woman invites two girlfriends for a perfect afternoon tea, but loses control of the situation when the topic of international relations comes up and reveals the truth of their relationship.

World premiere at the Raindance Film Festival 2015 in London, UK on September 26, 2015
Official selection at the SOSE International Film Festival in Armenia, screening in October 2015
Asian premiere at the Monsoon Asia Film Festival in Taoyuan City, Taiwan in November 2015 
Special Mention at the I Filmmaker International Film Festival in Marbella, Spain in November 2015
Official selection at Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois in Montreal, February 2016
Official selection at le Festival international du court métrage en Outaouais / Ottawa International Short Film Festival, Aylmer / Gatinueau, March 2016

Here’s moment between takes captured on the set of “Jasmin et Macarons” in Montreal on a snowy day in April.

Catherine Sénart   Martine Roquebrune   Vanessa Seiler

Jasmin et Macarons

La table est parfaite. La conversation est amère.

Scénario et réalisation Martine Roquebrune
Direction de la photographie et montage Karim Ayari
Preneur de son Nicolas Séguin
Direction artistique Martine Roquebrune
Producteurs Martine Roquebrune et Jith Paul
Producteurs exécutifs Lincoln Cameau et Martine Roquebrune

 

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