A Soul­less screen­play

Yair Karl­berger on chas­ing his dream to be­come a film­maker RE­PORT CARD

Richmond Hill Post - - Life - By Darcy Stre­it­en­feld

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.

Yair 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

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