Director, Writer, Producer, Editor
Born in Montréal, Canada, Saul Pincus has been passionate about films and filmmaking since he was a child. Beginning his career as a member of Montréal’s early 1990s D.I.Y. filmmaking community, Pincus directed a series of short films. Two of them, Degrees (winner of Best Actor at the 1994 Atlantic Film Festival) and The Fast Lane, screened to packed houses on St. Laurent Boulevard in the heart of Montréal’s independent film scene.
He moved to Toronto and transitioned to film editing for a number of years, cutting movies, television and documentaries in a wide range of styles and genres, and enjoyed an eight-film collaboration with veteran director Sidney J. Furie (The Ipcress File, Lady Sings the Blues). But throughout his career, Saul never stopped creating his own material and supporting the development of projects as possible vehicles for him to direct. He funded the first draft of the backyard adventure Over, Under, Through by Josh MacDonald (The Corridor) and hired Matt MacLennan (Tom Clancy´s Splinter Cell: Blacklist) to pen several drafts of the screenplay for Tozo, the story of a modern-day samurai, based on Saul´s concept and developed under his supervision.
With a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of classic film scores, he served as music editor on several projects and is also the executive producer of documentaries for Los Angeles-based Film Score Monthly Online, for which he interviews and writes about major film composers past and present. Pincus recently teamed up again with Mitch Magonet to develop The Parallel, a science fiction series, under Fraggle Rock producer Lawrence R. Mirkin.
Mitch Magonet is the book-writer/lyricist/composer of the off-Broadway hit musical RIO the Musical (with Joey Miller), New York Musical Theatre Festival´s 2012 Best of Fest runner-up. Mitch's other theatre work includes serving as lyricist/composer of The Darwin Awards – The Musical (with Joey Miller and Stephen Witkin) based on the New York Times best-selling series of books by Wendy Northcutt and book-writer/lyricist/composer for Modern Child (with Jeff Shapiro). He has worked on industrial show productions for such companies as Air Canada, RBC, Shoppers Drug Mart, Shaklee and Partylite (with Joey Miller).
In the field of preschool entertainment, Mitch was co-creator/writer/composer/producer for City Parent Magazine's Top Choice Music Pick The Shimmyshakers. This multimedia entertainment brand raised thousands of dollars for Canadian charities through live shows and iTunes downloads numbering in the tens of thousands.
As a music composer, Mitch wrote the score for Showtime and Showcase's DGC and WGA award-winning hit TV series Queer As Folk (Showtime/Temple Street/Cowslip Productions), YTV´s Gemini-nominated teen series My Brand New Life (La Fete Productions/NFB), and Family Channel´s Misguided Angels (Telescene). Some of his other credits include Disney´s High School Musical – Sing It, Cirque Du Soleil´s Alegria, Disney and Ubisoft´s Tarzan – The Video Game, Ubisoft´s Speed Devils and CBC´s Curling.
Joel Hay is a feature film Assistant Director turned Producer for Nocturne. He has been part of large-scale productions such as Max Payne, The Incredible Hulk, Jumper, Shoot 'Em Up, Get Rich or Die Trying, Mean Girls and Dawn of the Dead.
Recently he has AD'd the critically acclaimed series Covert Affairs and The Expanse, as well as AMC's The Divide. Before and during his assistant directing career, Joel has continued to pursue his photography interests as a Director of Photography (Toronto Rap Project, documentary winner at The Reel World film festival).
Melanie Windle (BFA, MFA) is a filmmaker originally from Calgary, and the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of REDHANDED film & theatre. Melanie has worked as a producer, choreographer, writer and performer for stage and screen. She has produced numerous short films and music videos for broadcast (domestic and international markets, and multiplatform).
She is presently in post-production on her first feature as producer, an ensemble comedy entitled Dirty Singles, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Alex Pugsley. She recently returned to Temple Street Productions to once again co-produce the City Life Film Projects, an exciting outreach co-venture between Temple Street Productions and The Remix Project. She has multiple shorts making a splash on the film circuit, including the two award-winning films An Insignificant Man, written and directed by Shawn Alex Thompson, and Kill Brass, directed by Michel Kandinsky and written by Stephen Kunc.
Melanie truly enjoys working with artists from diverse backgrounds, such as in her films ...Things That Go Bump in the Night, starring Evelyn Hart, and Kisses in the Night, starring Jazz sensation Terra Hazelton (Fubar2). She had the pleasure of co-producing two features, Nocturne and English Butler, Masala Chai. Melanie´s features in development include Branded, a teen comedy about saving the world from a freak astrological phenomenon, and Belladonna, set against the early '80's punk rock scene in which a rebellious Bella forges her own path on the streets of Montréal. Melanie is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre´s Producer´s Lab.
An honours graduate from the Fine Arts program at Queen's University, Kristina Small brings a creative and critically keen eye to every project she undertakes. Her strong business sense and ability to draw out the best in both actors and crew have established Kristina as a force at all levels of film. Whether she is producing, directing, production managing or consulting, these unique skills allow Kristina to play an integral part in extraordinary and critically acclaimed projects.
Nocturne was Kristina´s co-producing debut. She has gone on to create numerous projects for the big and small screens that have enjoyed great success in Canada and internationally. Examples include: as director, the medical series Stilwell, commercials for Humber College, Dairy Farmers of Canada, and numerous short films; as producer, a variety of commercials (e.g., Ramada Worldwide, Recharge with Milk), features and short films at all levels of development. She has worked on renowned television series such as The Firm, Flashpoint and CBC's hit Cracked, where she just completed season two. She has also worked on films such as The Conspiracy, soon to be made into an NBC series, Canada´s first 3D feature, Dead Before Dawn, and Brandon Cronenberg´s Antiviral – the last two of which appeared at the Toronto and Cannes Film Festivals.
Director of Photography
Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, Guy Godfree is a cinematographer currently living in New York City. He is a 14-year member of the International Cinematographer´s Guild, and his background in long format film production gives him a solid approach to narrative filmmaking. Storytelling is paramount and Guy's goal is to best help realize the vision of the director. Choosing the right tools, from the very complex to the very basic, is how Guy approaches each project. His passion lies in the inspiration drawn from stories and directors. Keeping things simple and subtle, Guy believes that finding every film's unique look and feel is imperative.
Guy´s feature cinematography work includes Patch Town, with director Craig Goodwill, and Nocturne for Saul Pincus.
For his work on the short film Frost, Guy won the award for Best Dramatic Short Cinematography 2013 from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers. He filmed Becoming, directed by Ayelen Liberona and Joseph Cami, which premiered at the 2009 World Wide Short Film Festival and won that festival´s Emerging Filmmaker Award. With New York-based director Douglas Karr, he shot the award-winning short film Ten for Grandpa, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and continued on to more than 40 film festivals worldwide.
Guy´s commercial work includes projects for Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and New York´s Birchbox, as well as an MTV spot for Nike´s PlusIRun. Also, during the 2009 Tour de France, he shot the branded content documentary series for Cervelo bicycles, Beyond the Peleton, shot in France, Andorra, Switzerland, Spain and Monaco.
While attending the American Film Institute as a cinematography fellow, Guy received the KODAK Gold Award for his cinematography on the AFI short film Revelations. He was also awarded the Eastman Kodak Production Grant for the film Stuck.
Naz Goshtasbpour has been a production designer since 2006. In 2007, Naz designed the independent feature Rock, Paper, Scissors, which won the Audience Choice Award at the Cambridge Film Festival in 2008. She also designed a short film, A Small Thing, which won Best Canadian Short Drama at the Imaginative Film Festival in 2008, and the feature film You Are Here starring Tracey Wright. You Are Here was an official selection at TIFF 2010, the Locarno International Film Festival and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. In 2009, Naz designed the feature comedy Running Mates starring Henry Winkler and Graham Greene. In 2010, she designed the feature High Chicago starring Colin Salmon and directed by Gemini Award nominee Alfons Adetuyi. In 2012, she designed Peter Stebbings´ second feature, Empire of Dirt, and Emanuel Shirinian´s first feature, It Was You, Charlie. She was also nominated for a 2012 DGC Award for her work on Flashpoint and Dave vs. Death. In 2013, she worked with Bruce McDonald on a PSA and on Smokebomb's upcoming series Inhuman Condition and Backpackers. She is currently in pre-production on Vincenzo Natali´s latest series, Darknet.
A graduate of George Brown College in Image Consulting, Seneca College in Costume Design for Film and Television, Ryerson University in Styling, and Sheridan College in Business Administration, Sophia Morgage came to Nocturne with ten years' experience in costuming and costume design. Her credits include Don't Talk to Irene, Wet Wool, Symphony of Fire, Naughty Girls Need Love, Netprofits, The Last New Year, Adam Avenger, Pooka and 75 El Camino.
Raiomond Mirza´s film composition sound has a sweeping scope of influences from around the world. It evokes the epic, the intimate, the adventurous and the experimental. His music ranges from envelope-pushing edgy to big blockbuster Hollywood and always adds depth and sharpness to any film, television, radio, theatre or multimedia project. He has composed numerous scores for film, television, theatre and radio, including the award-winning A Suitable Boy, the nine-hour BBC drama The Raj Quartet and the upcoming TV drama Wetin´ Dey.
His music for Voices Story Story was performed for Queen Elizabeth II on her last African tour, and he won the public vote for his composition Viderunt Emmanuel in the BBC national new talent competition.
Raiomond has studied Western Classical music, Electroacoustic music and Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montreal, and Indian Classical music and the music of the Near Middle East at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Raiomond is also a prolific writer and has always sought, through words and sound, to get to the heart of a story. He completed a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at SOAS in which his unprecedented research into the Zoroastrian priesthood discovered a missing tradition of ancient Persian religious music (a labour of love).
He has lectured on his thesis, The House of Song, at Cambridge – The Ancient India and Iran Trust, SOAS – University of London, the Temenos Academy, the World Zoroastrian Organisation and the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe.
Academically, he is published in Hamazor Magazine and, as a screenwriter, four of his screenplays, including a feature film, are currently in development.
Supervising Sound Effects Editor
Mark Gingras is a multiple Genie, Gemini and Director's Guild award-winning sound designer and co-owner of Urban Post Production Inc., a Toronto-based full-service post-production studio.
He began his career in the early 1990s working on location for IMAX, touring with the Rolling Stones on The Rolling Stones, Live: At The Max and recording the depths of the ocean on Titanica. He was then fortunate enough to sharpen his craft under the tutelage of Canada´s foremost directors, Norman Jewison and David Cronenberg, working on such films as The Hurricane and eXistenZ.
He has since supervised soundtracks on a wide array of feature film and television projects ranging from the Saw horror franchise to Deepa Mehta´s Oscar-nominated Water to the Emmy award-winning The Kennedys miniseries and 2012's Liam Neeson thriller The Grey.
In 2013, he won the first Canadian Screen Award for sound for the television series Todd and the Book Of Pure Evil, and he is currently sound designing the Daniel Radcliffe supernatural thriller Horns.
Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, Scott Purdy is the son of renowned artist Henry Purdy R.C.A., C.M. Scott's youth was a brilliant mixture of the arts and the local sports arenas. He remained on the Island (with a brief stay at the University of New Brunswick) to pursue a chemical engineering degree at U.P.E.I. Following travels to Calgary, Alberta, he returned to P.E.I. to follow his lifelong love of music and immersed himself in the local music scene, working sound and lights for “Island” bands.
After graduating from a recording school in the Toronto area, he was fortunate to land a job at Eastern Sound where he worked with Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot and Bob Dylan, among many others. With still more audio challenge needed in his world, Scott began working at The Filmhouse (presently Deluxe), where it didn't take very long for him to be hooked by the passion of filmmaking and the challenge of audio post. His credits as re-recording mixer span television (1985 versions of The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents) and motion pictures, including Stargate (1994). In the process of putting sound to picture, he has found an art to help pictures provoke thought and emotion.
His own company, Sign Post Sound, Inc. was born in 2000 with the intention of bringing a more personalized and passionate approach to post sound.
Mark Alberts has been animating since age 11 when he realized that turning the margins of his textbooks into flip books would help pass the time in class. A further revelation was that those flip books could be filmed with his parents' VHS camera and turned into a cartoon. Ever since, he's sought out innovative ways to mix graphics with film and video.
Mark has created work for numerous television series and feature documentaries. Most recently, he designed the visual effects and animation for the History Television series What's in a Name? and Canadian Made, and the films CFL: Engraved on a Nation, Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale, When Dreams Take Flight, and the 2009 HotDocs Special Jury Prize winner, Waterlife.
He is currently developing a fully animated dramatic series while continuing to service the projects of other filmmakers.
Fanny Berthiaume is an illustrator and matte painter from Montréal, Canada. Her artistic background includes the fine arts of painting, drawing and sculpture, as well as photography, traditional 2D animation, stop-motion, and the various aspects of digital 3D.
Equipped with twin bachelor degrees in traditional film animation (Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema) and visual effects (Centre NAD), Fanny has spent the last five years working as a freelancer on a variety of film, gaming and illustration projects. In 2013, she joined the talented team at Raynault VFX in Montréal and now creates high-end photorealistic matte paintings for all spheres of the entertainment industry.
Zameret Kleiman began working as an extras casting director in Toronto 16 years ago. Her list of credits includes such productions as My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Cinderella Man, Pacific Rim and Robocop. Nocturne is Zameret's first work as a principal casting director. When she's not casting, Zameret spends her time travelling and volunteering with various animal organizations. She has recently started taking cello lessons.