A Soulless screenplay
Yair Karlberger on chasing his dream to become a filmmaker REPORT CARD
Before Yair Karlberger founded his T.O.-based production company, Magic Button Films, this film aficionado was spending his early years in Belgium.
He didn’t move to Ontario until Grade 11, where he attended Holy Trinity School. Karlberger says it was extremely scary to be the new kid from a foreign country, but the tight-knit community he wandered into welcomed him with open arms, and he immediately felt at home in Canadian culture.
“In the Canadian way of education, everyone helps each other and everyone’s a winner,” says Karlberger.
Holy Trinity School, 2009
Communications Tech & Drama
Math Founder, Magic Button Films; Screenwriter and Producer few night courses on screenwriting at George Brown College, and for everything else, he read books.
In 2010, he moved to Toronto and started work as a production assistant on film sets. From there his career began to snowball. Each job expanded his network and led to new opportunities.
All the while, Karlberger was writing screenplays and adjusting them with every nuance of the craft he absorbed.
In 2012 he started his company, Magic Button Films, which he now co-runs with his partner, director and co-producer, Daniel Govia.
Their first short film, Soulless, was released online this past October.
In the making of Soulless, Karlberger got the immense pleasure of watching his dialogue, characters and plot lines come to life.
“It’s a little like a drug, and I keep striving for that feeling,” he says.
Moving forward, Karlberger and Magic Button Films have a number of projects in the works. Some are hush-hush, like a pending television series and a commercial for an emerging startup.
He does, however, mention a few screenplays that are currently out on the market: Gambles, a gangster land action flick, and The Wolf Within, a nail-biting thriller. Both projects are just waiting on investors who share the vision for the stories.
When asked what he would say to a younger version of himself, Karlberger says, “Ask yourself what you want to be. At the end of the day, that’s what matters. Perseverance is key in the arts. You’ll see a lot of rejection, but if you can get back up again each time, you just might make it.”
Karlberger released his first short film last year