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.
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.
TJALLING HALBERTSMA, INSTRUCTOR
Tjalling was born and raised in The Netherlands, in the winter of 2015, the family moved to Canada and made a complete change of life. In this new adventure in a new country, he took up the camera. This gave a burst of inspiration and he finally gave in to to artist in him. It allowed him to tell his stories, developing and discovering through this fascinating form of art. He has also put great amount of effort in education of technical skills and equipment, but Tjalling’s main focus is art: the creative process through photography.
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.
TRACEY STRNAD, CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Tracey Strnad started working as a commercial film director for clients such as HP after graduating from Laurentian University with a Business Degree in Marketing. As a documentary filmmaker, she has written and directed numerous films including King for a Day and recipient of Ontario Arts Council funding and the award-winning doc Snow People, featuring 75 interviews in 75 minutes. Tracey is currently in post-production on her first narrative feature, Labour Day, a summer coming of age story. Tracey is also a voting member of the Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television.