TOM STRNAD, LEAD INSTRUCTOR
A graduate of York University's Film and Video Production Program, Tom Strnad has produced numerous award winning and internationally released narrative feature films including the Telefilm Canada funded film THREE & A HALF, the Moe Koffman biopic THE JAZZMAN and THE TORTURED, from the producers of SAW. As a production team with his wife Tracey writing and directing, their films include the award winning feature doc SNOW PEOPLE, the Ontario Arts Council funded film KING FOR A DAY, the Ontario Museum Association winning series REEL HISTORY and their current narrative film LABOUR DAY. Tom's productions have been screened at TIFF, VIFF, SXSW and the Montreal World Film Festival and have aired on HBO, CBC, Bravo!, SuperChannel and TMN. Tom is also an editor and cinematographer and is the co-founder of a non profit creative enterprise called The Blue Mountains Creator Space, which received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts' Digital Strategy Fund.
JOSH MAITLAND, INSTRUCTOR
Josh is a Professional Engineer, Musician and Producer. He recorded his first album in the back of a restaurant with his high school punk/grunge band using borrowed equipment in 2002 and has been developing his technical chops ever since, with contributions to hundreds of commercially released tracks since 2014. Maitland is the owner of Red Room Recordings, an audio production company operating primarily out of a Tracking Studio in Thornbury and his home studio in Collingwood, Ontario for Mixing & Mastering. Josh also works out of various live rooms, rehearsal spaces and larger studios in the area depending on the project and has recorded albums in homes, studio’s cottages and warehouses across Ontario.
“My ultimate goal is to capture the genuine energy and emotion of a live performance, in a real space – the Human Element is what makes it music. I achieve this by tracking as many instruments as possible live off the floor with the rhythm section as a bare-minimum”
BEN MCMILLAN, INSTRUCTOR
Ben McMillan is a veteran cartoonist who has published three books. He has provided storyboard and animation services for Riverbank Pictures /TVO Kids (When I Grow Up), Game Changers (CBC Documentary), Commercials and co-created Shakespeare In Shorts: Hamlet (Youtube/ Vimeo). When I Grow Up was nominated for a Youth Media Alliance Award and a Canadian Screen Award.
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