A new year comes in and as the m & s Marshall production and iFilmGroup teams look back, the look forward with excitement with what they have accomplished in the last year and with anticipation for what 2019 has in store.  A lot of things went on in the iFilmGroup and m & s Marshall production world over 2018. More than could be listed but some of the highlights included.

The Production team during 2018 had a busy schedule. The various activities they have been associated with have seen them be a part of events, meetings, film festivals, film group meetings, film production dates and workshops in London, Chatham, St Thomas and other locations in Southwestern Ontario this year.

2018 saw some old familiar faces move on to post-secondary studies, bigger projects with other Production house and some moving on to other passions and studies in their lives.  The team saw new faces coming into the iFilmGroup and m & s Marshall production Family in 2018 and we saw familiar faces advance their careers both with the Production team as well as in other film and theatre projects. The production team released it’s first production under the iFilmGroup Banner. Both m & s Marshall productions and iFilmGroup are working on moving some other films closer to finishing post-production.

2018 started off with a power packed January As Both m & s Marshall productions and iFilmGroup worked together for auditions for the dramatic film “Blue Love”.  The iFilmGroup team would work with m & s Marshall Productions throughout 2018 on working on “Blue Love”. The film allowed a lot of iFilmGroup members to be a part of it through the many production days that happened through 2018. The film will be finished up in early 2019 with only four scenes remaining

The start of January 2018 also brought together the creative minds of iFilmGroup and m & s Marshall productions lead by Matthew Marshall and in association with iFilmGroup’s other co-founder Don Hickey to discussions how to enhance the short film “Struggles Within”. The dance film told with almost no words needed some additional footage to finish it off. Those meetings were followed up with a film date to film footage with some new faces to the film in dramatic roles.

Helena Rose was brought into the iFilmGroup lead team as an acting coach. A generous donation by a sponsor paid the way for her to become a part of iFilmGroup’s production team leaders. Rose is familiar with the team as she has acted in 6 of their productions and has worked as an acting coach as well.  She is a big part of the creative team of blue love as well. Working as the films co-producer and co-writer with Matthew Marshall. She has also been an acting coach in “Blue Love” as well as “Struggles Within”. Her film credits with the team included: Kaitlyn Butler in “Blue Love”, “, Alicia Turner in “Malicious Attack”, Whitney in “In Limbo”,  Candy in “Summer of Discover”, Medical Attendant in “Ronny’s Bench”, and a student and radio Announcer #2; in “Tuned In”.  She is scheduled to be a part of her 7th production with the team in 2019.

In February 2018 m & s Marshall productions co-owner, Matthew Marshall was a judge in the Western Smartphone film festival. The iFilmGroup team also hosted a workshop with the topic of dealing with your fears and acting out what you feel.

The first quarter of 2018 saw a number of iFilmGroup members being part their various school productions and getting cast in films outside of iFilmGroup. Whenever possible the iFilmGroup executive attended productions to support its members.

The iFilmGroup team was privilege to have two individuals be part of their Accredited Mentoring Program in 2018. The program is for high school or college/university students who have their school involved and the student does an internship or period of evaluation with iFilmGroup and the student is then evaluated and receives a mark and credit for their time under the mentorship of the iFilmGroup team. In 2018 two fabulously talented young woman in Anna Victoria and Yasmine Al Sayyid were part of it. Both woman have a passion for film were a pleasure to have had be part of the program.

May 2018 was a busy month. Filming took place in St Thomas for Blue Love at the hospital and an on location shoot. Both included a number of iFilmGroup Members who were extra’s. The iFilmGroup team held a promotion shoot in St Thomas for images for the website and Facebook page and also hosted its second workshop of the year in London, Ontario.

The summer of 2018 brought the iFilmGroup co-founders to take part in a film Group meeting to discuss the film industry in London as well as being the Special Guest at the Tweens Theatre vs. Film Week long workshop at the Elgin Theatre Guild’s Princess Ave Playhouse in St Thomas.  The IFilmGroup team was also involved with m & s Marshall Productions in one of the scenes that has turned out the most extra’s that the team has ever worked with. Over 174 people showed a desire to be part of the scene when the casting call was posted. Unfortunately due to schedules over thirty of that group were unable to attend the date of filming.  Which brought the number down to 144. Some of those did not respond and from that point the team worked the number down to the 84 that would fit in the space. The scene was the wedding scene for Blue Love and is the biggest scene the team has ever organized.

July saw the re-release of Struggles Within after more footage was added to the film to enhance it. The film went on in 2018 to receive 2 “Official Selections” at two festivals as well winning “Best experimental film” at the fall edition of the Alternative Film Festival in Toronto. The film also received two final nominations at the 2018 Top Indie Film Awards. The film received nominations for awards in the categories of “Best Experimental Short” and “Best Original Idea”. The film heads into 2019 submitted to more festivals.

In October iFilmGroup co-founders Matthew Marshall and Don Hickey were invited to Fanshawe College in London Ontario as special guess to speak to a Film and TV class Marshall spoke about his experience as an award winning director in film making and about entering films into film festivals. For Marshall it very special to return to Fanshawe where his training all began. Fanshawe has grown in the film making course since Matthew’s time at Fanshawe. There is now an actual room for post graduate course in non-linear editing that Marshall was part of in the course’s first year.

Also in October iFilmGroup Co-Founder Don Hickey along with iFilmGroup’s Max Steinberg and his dad Mitch met with actor/director Chris Potter at the Canadian Club luncheon in London. Chris shared some experiences of over 30 years from his movie and TV careers. He also spoke about his life growing up in London and his fondness of his family and friends

During the busy hustle and bustle of the December holiday season iFilmGroup was busy with some filming events. The first as the support team for m & s Marshall Productions big filming date of Hospital scenes for Blue Love. The date included a number of familiar iFilmGroup faces as well as some new ones that participated as extras in the scenes that were filmed. The second was the third workshop of the year where participants got training on acting, along with a filming day where participants were part of filming for some stills and footage for Drama Therapy which took place at the Elgin Theatre Guild in St Thomas

The year has been filled with great moments for the team and they are very excited to see what 2019 will bring for them.  To read about all the events describe here plus a lot more go check out the various pages of the iFilmGroup.org website.

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