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ProjectAugust 1, 2020

Driven by comedy: Dianne Skoll

Self-produced pilot for a short film series about the creative process

Ottawa comedian Dianne Skoll Photo by Robert J. Ballantyne

Driven by is a proposed short film series which profiles different comedians in the Ottawa area. The documentary follows their artistic process and their universally-relatable desire to create and dream big.

The first film of the series features comedian Dianne Skoll, shot in a single-camera, cinéma vérité style, with the camera capturing fly-on-the-wall moments from specific scenes. These scenes are interspersed with longer interviews from each comic. All are filmed off-the-shoulder.


In every sense of the word, this project was self-produced! I mixed the audio and composed the soundtrack as well.

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