“Scion” is a new short film that is currently in post production here at FrontlineFire Films. Filmed over two days on Vancouver Island in August, “Scion” tells the story of an intruder demanding his target reveal the secret hiding place of an item of utmost importance.

“Scion” stars Vancouver actors Jonathan Latham, Mark James, and Isabella St Clair.


Watch Jetlag Here

As it has completed its festival run, you can now watch my first short film, Jetlag on Vimeo!

Jetlag sprung from pure desire to make a film. I didn’t care if it was the best idea or the most perfect concept, I just wanted to make something, anything that taught me how to make a movie and get it completed.

To do that I knew I’d have to take on the task of writing a short film, building the story around material and a location I had available to me. While I had directed animation before, live action presented a substantial set of challenges.

I was concerned about recording audio in a less than ideal situation, so I paired the story’s dialogue down as thin as I possibly could. I also had to learn how best to diffuse and reflect light to flatter the performers, while operating on a very thin budget

Making the film was an incredible learning experience, personally taking on the challenges of screenwriting, prep, photography, direction, editing, post production, and even music licensing.

I was supported by a fantastic crew of people who mostly volunteered their time and helped me when I needed it most. From script to screen I’m very proud of the work we all put in.

I hope you enjoy watching it!



“Stained” is intended to be the lasting guilt and scars that trauma brings to those who experience it.

The Toronto International Film Fest has a 1 minute Instagram film competition. I heard about it last Thursday and the deadline for entries was the following Monday at midnight EST.

On Friday I thought of this then wrote it, storyboarded it, cast it, and crewed it. On Sunday we shot it and then began editing. By Monday afternoon I had picture lock and was knee deep in color correction.

With 10 minutes to spare it was submitted into the competition.

“Stained” stars local actors Andrea Vawda, Mark James, and Blazhena Leigh.

Camera by award winning photographer Marc Boily

Music and Sound, by Marc Straight.


It is incredible what you can do when you are self motivated and working with people who feel the same.

Matthew Leigh: Filmmaker, Photographer, Artist