Look­ing for AC­TION!

This summer why not add scout­ing the mar­ket for Os­car win­ners and porn stars to your ac­tiv­ity list? Ap­par­ently this is not too far reach­ing, as Ottawa is con­sid­ered to be a hid­den gem for film­mak­ers and the ex­cite­ment is only just start­ing to build here i

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spirit here. We’ve al­ways been un­der­dogs so we have to dream and think big.

OAH: What are the chal­lenges you face work­ing within this in­dus­try here in Ottawa?

KATIE: Find­ing work and be­ing com­pet­i­tive in the free­lance mar­ket. I’ve been lucky partly be­cause of the value of my skill sets. I was a pro­ducer so I can han­dle el­e­ments of pre­pro­duc­tion, field pro­duc­ing and post. I also write and di­rect.

OAH: What are the com­po­nents of a re­ally great film?

KATIE: Pow­er­ful mu­sic, strik­ing vi­su­als, a great story and stel­lar per­for­mances help, but it’s how all of th­ese el­e­ments come together that makes the magic hap­pen. There’s no one for­mula or sub­ject or in­gre­di­ent. It’s comes down to the way you con­nect with what you’re watch­ing.

OAH: What has been your most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence to date?

KATIE: Mak­ing my fea­ture film, Posers. It was my first big bud­get fea­ture with stars, in­clud­ing Adam Beach and Jes­sica Paré. It was a crazy film sched­ule and we worked 18-hour days. The ex­pe­ri­ence was in­tense and ex­cit­ing. I’m glad I had the chance to make a movie.

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