As Equals to Premiere at The Quilliad Launch

Our new short film ‘As Equals’ directed by Sean Marjoram, will premiere at the launch of The Quilliad‘s 5th issue. We are so proud to partner with this incredible arts journal to bring a multi-media aspect to our arts and poetry geeks’ portfolio. The films’ web debut occurred earlier this week. View the film below:

As Equals – A Poetry and Film Inter-Arts Project.
Poetry by Devin P.L. Edwards. Photography by Sean Marjoram.

Who You Gonna Call?

Hey, Geeks.

It’s the spookiest month of the year, so it feels like the perfect time to be hearing about this.


There’s a new Ghostbusters movie in the works (and this time it looks like it will really be happening). With a new, female cast and a new director, there will be a lot of changes–changes Bill Murray is apparently all for (and really, what better endorsement is there for such a film?). Paul Feig is taking the helm this time, though Ivan Reitman will be a producer for the film. This new direction came about partly because of Harold Ramis’s death—Reitman didn’t feel right continuing without him. The new cast is yet to be announced, but Feig is reportedly planning to cast funny women. His response to the criticism of women-as-gimmick warms my feminist-geek heart: “Why is a movie starring women considered a gimmick and a movie starring men is just a normal movie?” Why indeed.

Filming is set to start in 2015.

Enjoy the long weekend—we sure will! I anticipate a lot of Netflix and possibly rounds of Thanksgiving M:TG between cousins.


Back from the West Coast!

Hello all you photo and film geeks out in the world.

Just back in Toronto from the West Coast of Canada and USA. I’ve got a lot of good stuff coming your way including some more “make your photography look less bad” and a bit of an introduction to time lapse photography. I’ve been really trying to up my time lapse game as they can be really fun to make I find (once you get all the frustrating bits under control).

Here’s a screen grab from one of the Time Lapses on the Sea to Sky Highway from Kamloops to Whistler, BC. (PS we’ve got some GCM films in the works as well!)

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Portrait Study 25 March 2014


Lighting study I completed this week. I wanted to deviate from the usual portrait style of Key Light, Back and Fill and came up with this concept. The subject Scott Williams (an excellent photographer in his own right) did a wonderful job of fitting the mood of the design. I used a slight grey-ish blue finish and high contrasts with a bump in clarity in Lightroom. You can find the lighting design below along with the camera specs.

Happy shooting,

Sean G. Marjoram


Prism Prize Short List!

Prism Prize Short List!

Hey Geeks,

Check out the top Canadian produced music videos from amazing Directors like Emily Kai Bock and Lee Skinner (he happens to be a friend of ours here at Geek Collateral). I had the pleasure of shooting “Kathy Lee” for Lee last year and can say I’m quite happy with landing on the shortlist beside Arcade Fire, Shad and Young Galaxy and the rest of the big hitters on the list.


Stop Motion Study

Hey all you film and animation geeks,

I whipped out the 5D Mark II and set up a pretty simple stop-motion study piece. Took out the markers and started playing around with how different letters were coming into the piece, starting new letters while other letters were completing, how many frames it took to complete a letter that looked good translating into the animation.

I shot in Canon RAW (the latest version), so I had more to work with for adjustments with flat colour and contrast profile in-camera. After capturing the images I imported them into Lightroom. From Lightroom, I colour graded and cropped to a 16:9 aspect and synchronized all of the still photos then exported HQ jpegs with a sequence number (so it’s easier for Premiere to recognize the image sequence). Next, I opened up Premiere and made a new project (I’m going to pass on explaining scratch disks, file management, and basic CS6 workflow. There are a lot of tutorials already out there LMGTFY.) but I built a 1080p, 12-frames-per-second timeline (to match my pre-vis timing). I then imported the processed jpeg images as an image sequence by using the import dialogue box in Premiere. I had to tell Premiere to interpret the footage as 12FPS (the default is 24) so that it displayed at the correct speed upon playback. Added some fades and music and here’s the final study piece. Stay tuned as I roll out some comparison footage from my brand new Atomos Ninja 2 recorder!