Our Team

Cinematographers. Filmmakers. Storytellers. 

We are passionate about everything that we do.  You see it in our films.  We're a fun bunch, working together to create your story.  We are a Marketing Communications agency that understands your needs, right from the start!

 

Whether it's a Commercial for TV, the Web, a Corporate Video, Web Video for your business, we can meet your every need.

 

In studio there are writers, graphic artists, 2D and 3D animators, sound mixers, Blu-ray authors, and editors.  Out of studio, an entire crew will meet your every need.

The process is truly collaborative.  That means that there is a shorter turn around for produced videos because everyone works together.

 

It's better this way.

You're now ready to meet the creative beasts

who work tirelessly to produce the

videos of your dreams.

DARREN SAGER

Studio Owner / Director

LIKES

The Toronto Maple Leafs

Buster, his golden retriever

Aruba

Steak, but only Ribeye Certified Angus

English Breakfast Tea


DISLIKES

Flight delays

Vertical cellphone video files

Mosquito bites

Toronto traffic


FACTS

Darren's voice has not changed since he was a baby

Vin Diesel looks like him, not the other way around

He can parallel park any vehicle

ALI GREENE

Director of Photography

LIKES

Christmas music, year round

DIY home repair projects

Free samples, actually, anything that's free

Writing in notebooks, scraps of paper, her hand

Wearing scarves

DISLIKES

Helvetica-heavy designs

Leaving the house when the bed isn't made

LED Christmas lights


FACTS

Ali once built a snowman on top of Mount Pilatus

She has yelled "Take off ya hoser" with road rage

She is a firm believer of the five-second rule

GAVIN MORGENTHAL

Cinematographer, First AD

LIKES

Happy people

The Toronto Blue Jays

Being told his shots are the "best"

iPhone apps

His Iced Coffee

DISLIKES

Slow moving people

Being tickled

His Birthday

Long Airplane Flights


FACTS

Gavin loves the Village People 

He loves to Cruise

Gavin prefers his subs cold

He can't relax on holiday

DAN MOSHE

Cinematographer/Editor

LIKES

Breakfast specials

Avocado, but not the pre-packaged kind

Grimace, the purple McDonald's guy

Bagged salads

Game of Thrones


DISLIKES

Used towels

Toilet paper that is put on the wrong way

People who ignore the recycling bin

Being touched


FACTS

Dan has attended over 200 Phish concerts

He's comfortable lifting 50lb containers of cheese

He once drove nonstop to Vegas - only got 1 ticket!

NICO ALCALDE

Editor / Cinematographer

LIKES

Smiling

Salsa Dancing

Tupperware

Camping, and being at one with nature

Fruit Salad


DISLIKES

Negativity

Line Dancing

Greasy Junk Food


FACTS

Nico can bench press his own body weight

Nico once smiled for 2 weeks, without a break

He was born in Argentina

He won third place in a salsa-eating competition

NICHOLAS MULLER

Editor / Animator / DaVinci Colourist

LIKES

His wife and baby boy

Recycling

Italian Sodas

Chewing Gum

The Simpsons


DISLIKES

Family Guy

Loud people

Re-edits


FACTS

Nicolas gives a great massage

He can arrive at work with no one knowing

His dream is to be a contestant on America's Got Talent

LEE KESTENBERG

First Assistant Director/Writer

LIKES

Double chocolate stuffed cookies

Speed Dating

Anything to do with the Movies

Mini Skirts

Colombian Coffee


DISLIKES

People who are late

Excuses

Overcooked Spaghetti

Disorganization


FACTS

Lee has written 4 novels

He once acted in The Great Pumpkin

His favourite holiday is President's Day

Lee can run a mile in 5 minutes

DINA PEEL

Editor / Colourist / Jr. Writer

LIKES

All kinds of vegetables

Horses

Dog Grooming

Pony Tails

Screaming Quietly


DISLIKES

Meat

Loud people, actually loud anything

Fake trees and blue paint

Headphones and Scarves


FACTS

Her parents originally named her "Banana"

Dina is a vegan, but she isn't preachy about it

She hates fake plants

She once ate a whole bag of baby carrots

RYAN KESTENBERG

Lead Gaffer

LIKES

Lighting, Soft and Hard

Working out

His new Van

Hats of any kind


DISLIKES

Lack of AC Power

Small Dogs

MAC vs PC debate

Video Games


FACTS

Ryan once lit a football field

He once swam 40 laps, in a row

Ryan prefers Tinder over Speed dating

He loves the colour Blue

CHRISTO KALAYDZHIEV

Movi / Steadicam Operator

LIKES

His wife and two sons

Johnny Walker Black

Bulgarian and Russian Cinema


DISLIKES

Domestic Beer

Strong winds on his Steadicam

Being late for anything

Snow Storms


FACTS

It's impossible to pronounce his last name

He performed a Shakespearean play in German, even though he doesn't speak any German

He can speak Hebrew, Russian & Bulgarian

BENI HARPER

Sound Operator

LIKES

Quiet locations

Rock and Roll

Road Trips

Quaint Hotels


DISLIKES

Heavy nose breathers

HVAC noise of any kinds

People who pull off their own lavs

Batman


FACTS

Beni can hear better than some canines

He loves walking on the beach

He is a romance writer in his spare time

He once slept for 15 hours straight

DANIEL CARUSO

First Assistant Camera

LIKES

Everything tech & camera related

His German-Sheppard puppy

Halloween-sized chocolate bars

Uber-fitted, tailored pants

Vans (the shoes)


DISLIKES

Disorganization

Bad exposure

Small-talk

Anyone's cooking other than his mother's.


FACTS

Daniel is DC.  DC is Superman. Daniel is Clark Kent.

He once at 15 sliders in a single sitting.

His grip-strength rivals a fully-grown gorilla

RON FINE

Senior Writer

LIKES

Stephen King Novels

A good massage

Hockey, hockey, hockey

Rare steaks

DISLIKES

Impatience

Travel

Phony people

Hyperbole

FACTS

Ron's voice is actually deeper than Darren's

Ron can count to 10 in less 2 seconds

We worked as a Producer on the W5 on TV

Ron is a romantic

NOLAN RUTTERS

SPFX Animator / Editor

LIKES

Domino's Pizza

Coca Cola

Taking afternoon naps

South Africa


DISLIKES

Slow computers

Deadlines

Intolerant people

People who exaggerate

FACTS

Nolan is from South Africa

Nolan hates facial hair

Nolan has never seen the movie Grease

His favourite sport is Cricket

MONICA KROESEN

Studio Coordinator

LIKES

McDonald's Coffee

Tall men

Her Blackberry

Organized people


DISLIKES

Chaos

Dishonesty

Long lines

Bad breath


FACTS

Monica has lived in over 5 countries

She can lift twice her body weight

Monica can change a flat tire

She worked as a Bar Tender 

LESLIE GRAY

Makeup Artist

LIKES

Smooth Skin

Lattes

Fruity Drinks, especially with Vodka

Really good makeup


DISLIKES

Poor skin

Bad breath

People who talk in movies

People who tailgate


FACTS

Leslie loves books more than movies

She once went mountain climbing, and lived to tell about it

She can name all the teams in the NHL

GRANT BUTTERWORTH

Hair Sylist

LIKES

Starbucks

Fast Cars

Great Smelling Salons

Thick luxurious hair


DISLIKES

Dandruf

Toll Roads

Long lines

Bad breath


FACTS

Grant loves walking dogs

He once read a whole novel in one night

Grant dresses to impress

He is always last to the craft table

BUSTER

Studio Mascott

LIKES

Chicken

Steak

Lamb

Pork

DISLIKES

Cats

Cats

Cats

Cats

FACTS

Buster is a Golden Retriever

Buster can smell treats 2 rooms away

Buster loves a good ear rub

Buster really doesn't dislike cats

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