Margot McMaster (Director/Editor)
Margot started her television career when acid-washed jeans and The Wonder Years were in vogue. As an editor and location sound recordist she cut her teeth on hundreds of productions, learning her trade, learning about the business and traveling the world.
As fashions changed (sort of) and The Wonder Years flew by, her interests expanded to that of producing. Always one to embrace new technology Margot and her business partner were early adopters of high definition technology, acquiring their first HDCam in 1998. In 2001 she produced, directed and edited an historical documentary on the Banff Springs hotel in high definition. This directorial debut was nominated for best documentary at the Alberta Television Awards. She went on to produce and edit the documentary On The Edge of Destruction: The Frank Slide Story which received two Alberta Television awards and a Best Cinematography award for Docudrama for Douglas Munro CSC at the Canadian Society of Cinematographers awards. This was followed by two, hour-long high definition documentaries on the Alberta Oil Sands which she co-produced and edited. The Pay Dirt series premiered to a sold out audience at the Calgary International Film Festival that September. Her productions have been broadcast on Discovery HD Theatre, HDNet, INHD, CBC, Canadian Learning Television, BRAVO! and are distributed in Europe.
Over the years she produced, directed and edited programs in diverse genres from short films and feature length documentaries to news magazine format programs and electronic press kits for some of Hollywood’s major motion picture studios. From investigating odd and paranormal phenomena for UPN’s “Strange Universe”, to field producing EPK’s for NBC’s “FEAR Itself” she has it covered, Aliens, Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies don’t stand a chance! Some other networks she has worked for include CBC, CTV, CBS, NBC, FOX and TNT.
From 2008-2010 Margot branched out to the internet and worked with Quantum Shift Media Inc. (QSTV) an online broadcaster of environmental and socially relevant stories. At QSTV she spearheaded the production department and was instrumental in creating ShiftIN2, a two minute informational series for the web. Along with video production the company also ran an annual school video contest open to grades 1-12 throughout North America.
Industry recognition includes an Emmy Award from the National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences for her work with CBS at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway and awards at the Chicago, Charleston and Houston international film festivals. She also co-won the Banff Television Festivals HD pitch competition in 2005 for Orangutan Mama. QSTV was nominated for a Canadian New Media Award in 2008.
Margot is sought out as a guest speaker at HD events. She has participated in Alberta industry workshops as a guest lecturer on the topic of integration of high definition into film and television productions. She is also guest lectured on the topic of high definition work flow integration at the Banff Centre for Performing Arts.
More current TV credits include field producing on the History Television series Rodeo, Life on the Circuit and Alberta locations manager for The Amazing Race Canada.
Over the last few years she has been asked to participate in an ongoing arts education program at Strathcona Tweedsmuir School, and is working with grade six students on their social documentary series ‘Exhibition’.
Douglas Munro CSC (Cinematographer)
Experience is something that Doug is fortunate to have just a little bit of. A graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program from York University in Toronto, Doug ventured into the freelance world in 1979 with the Canadian Society of Cinematographer award for best student cinematography in hand. From those early beginnings filming with a CP16 to the digital technologies of today Doug’s career has been expansive.
He has shot productions around the world that have been broadcast around the world. He has won multiple awards, including an Emmy for his work at the 1994 Lillehammar Olympic Games, Best Cinematography at the Toronto Hot Doc awards and Best Cinematography in a docudrama from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers in 2005. Doug is also the recipient of the David Billington Award, a lifetime achievement award voted on by his peers in recognition of his pioneering efforts in High Definition in Alberta.
Doug is a consummate professional, average is not good enough. Throughout his 33 year career he has been on the ‘bleeding edge’ of technology, using his knowledge and craft to visually produce stunning images representative of the directors vision. Doug is at home behind the lens and his expansive body of work is testament to his passion and skill.