Torture by Sound: A Misophonia Documentary

After graduating from the University of Advancing Technology this past August, I headed home to Canada for a visit. It was wonderful to see my family and have some relaxing, rejuvenating time to brainstorm new projects. Now, I am back in the United States and am working hard, creating my next animated film.

Brainstorming resulted in a long list of exciting projects, but the first I decided to tackle was an animated documentary. Many people are confused when I use this term to describe my new film. An animated documentary is a genre that uses animation to visualize and portray a factual record or report. I first learned about the genre when I attended the Four River Film Festival in Croatia.

While I was home in the fall, I had the opportunity to learn even more when I audited an Animated Film course at Dalhousie University. My professor, Shannon Brownlee, had a whole two weeks dedicated to the animated documentary genre. She showed us a few examples, one of them being Waltz With Bashir, and I grew more interested. I was intrigued with how honest, serious, and raw content could be paired with such imaginative imagery.

So, I knew I wanted to make an animated documentary, but what would it be about? I had recently learned about the term misophonia. This is a another word people don’t hear that often. Misophonia is a disorder in which negative experiences are triggered by specific sounds. After doing some research, I found that there is quite a large misophonia community online where people struggling with the disorder share stories and support each other. Many of them have observed that most of the world think they are crazy. They hope that soon, misophonia will be a disorder that more people know about. I knew right away that this had to be the topic of my animated documentary. 

I reached out to this online community and began collecting audio interviews from people all around the world. I also interviewed an audiologist and misophonia expert. I am now in the process of creating the animated visuals.

It’s been an amazing and eye-opening experience so far. I cannot wait to finish the film and share it with all of you. The working title is “Torture by Sound: A Misophonia Documentary”. My plan is to submit to film festivals and once it has completed its run, release it online. This will ensure that as many people as possible see it and learn about the disorder!

Tall Poppy Syndrome: A Comic

I am excited to announce that I have been featured on Femsplain.com! After being introduced to the term “Tall Poppy Syndrome”, I created this comic as a way to explore the fascinating phenomenon. I’m thrilled to see it on Femsplain, a site that has a wonderful mission: “to change the dialogue of what it’s like to be a woman –– and in doing so, make our world a better place.”

Read, view, enjoy and SHARE!

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Commencement and Valedictorian Speech

I have had an amazing time studying Digital Video at the University of Advancing Technology for the past two years. I can’t believe that I was able to learn so much in such a small span AND have fun at the same time! This is why I was honoured to be named Valedictorian for UAT’s class of 2015. Commencement 1 Commencement 2 I was able to speak about the experience in a video created by a fellow Digital Video student, Saphire Tillmon. Click on the link below to view.

UATDV Student Gwyneth Christoffel: Class of 2015 ValedictorianClass of 2015’s Valedictorian Gwyneth Christoffel reflects on her time as a Digital Video student at University of Advancing Technology!

Although my time at UAT has come to an end, I’ll always be grateful for the experiences and never-ending support the school has provided. Now it’s time to start the next chapter!

UAT Wins 48 Hour Film Challenge

After a solid 48 hours of hard work, our University of Advancing Technology Digital Video team won Best Technical, Best Story and Best Overall at the Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge. Our team’s criteria were to create a horror film that included the line “Did you see that trailer?” and a potted plant as a prop. Together we created Up Route: an unnerving tale about a hitchhiker who is picked up by a strange man and his (even stranger) potted plant.

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I had the most amazing experience working on this challenge as the editor. With minimal experience editing horror, I learned so much in the condensed amount of time we had. Jordan Wippell and Brandon Scott led the team brilliantly! They were wonderful to work with!

If you would like to keep up to date with Up Route, go like its Facebook page here.

Geek 411 Magazine Article

Every year, my school, the University of Advancing Technology, releases a magazine called Geek 411. “Each issue connects you to the particulars that make UAT unique, in-depth profiles of our outstanding alumni, and details on life within the vibrant UAT community—online and on campus.”

This year, I was excited to be the subject of an article for the magazine. I chatted with them about my films and experiences at the school so far. If you’d like to check it out, the magazine is available online here. You can find me on pages 38 and 80!

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Four River Film Festival

I recently returned from the Four River Film Festival in Karlovac, Croatia, where The Last Leaf screened. I had the most amazing time watching films, networking and making friends. It was one of the best experiences of my life!

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If you would like to know more about my trip, below is a video montage I created. You can also read about my experience on the University of Advancing Technology Digital Video blog here.

 

A big thank you goes out to everyone at the Four River Film Festival. I had an amazing time!

14th Annual AFF Outdoor Film Experience

The AFF Outdoor Film Experience is definitely one of my favourite events of the year in my hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia. It’s a chance to break out those folding chairs, snuggle up in cozy blankets and eat fresh popcorn while watching a movie under the stars. Each screening I’ve been to has been unforgettable!

The suspense for this year’s festival theme was very big and now the wait is over! This time it’s the “Summer of Sandra”. Five Sandra Bullock movies will be screening: Gravity, The Blind Side, Miss Congeniality, Speed and a people’s choice. Check out their website with all the information here.

Summer of Sandra

My newest animation, The Last Leaf, will be opening Miss Congeniality on Friday, August 1st. This is an amazing opportunity that I also had last summer when Recipe for Love played before a screening of E.T.  The Atlantic Film Festival does an amazing job supporting Canadian filmmakers. I am incredibly grateful for all the encouragement and experiences they have provided me with throughout the years.

 If you’re in Halifax from July 18th to August 16th, make sure you make it to a Summer of Sandra screening to enjoy a film along with a Canadian short. I promise that it will be a memorable night!