“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.