JP Marchant (Director, Writer, Producer)
Midway through the journey of his life JP Marchant happily found himself within a forest dark, having wandered off the straightforward path of the dutiful office worker. The catalyst was a filmmaking course in the summer of 2013. Since then he has worked on nearly a dozen independent film sets. The Hitch-Hiker is his second film. Though he still works in the oil & gas industry, JP’s free time is spent talking about, watching, and producing movies. He admires the works of Guy Maddin, Deco Dawson, Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky, Yasujiro Ozu, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Bela Tarr, and David Lynch. He currently lives in Lethbridge with his partner and their cat.
Read an interview with JP about the film here:
Tiara Adams (Director of Photography, Producer)
Tiara is a recent graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media. She is a versatile filmmaker who has written, produced and directed. She has been the cinematographer for previous short films such as The Extra Mile and the award-winning Visions Of An Imperfect Mind.
Tyler Heaton (Camera Operator & Gaffer)
When I was nine years old, I used the family 8mm camera to make stop motion animated films. Filmmaking is something I always wanted to do. If you asked me at nine what I wanted to be when I grew up, it was Steven Spielberg. I’ve spent years behind the camera as a photographer, and over the last three years I have transitioned to cinema. While I enjoy many aspects of filmmaking, writing, camera work, and lighting is where I am focused. On The Hitch-hiker I worked as the camera operator and gaffer - camera and lights - in collaboration with the director and cinematographer, to create and capture the look and feel of the film.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Thilo studied Art of Sound and Classical Clarinet at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague in the Netherlands. During that time he received his first training in composition from Roderik de Man, an experience that made him focus more and more on writing music and that also led to further studies in Sound Design and Composition in Contexts at the Faculty of Media Technology of the Utrecht School of Arts. In 2010, Thilo was appointed professor at the University of Lethbridge in Canada, where he teaches courses in music production, sound design and composition. As a producer and sound engineer Thilo continues to work on international music productions. His music - often described as “contemporary and accessible” - has been performed throughout Europe and North America. Next to his work for the concert hall, Thilo has gained recognition and award nominations as a film composer.
Gene Strandquist (additional music)
Gene is a musician and composer based in Calgary Alberta. He spends most of his time teaching violin and cello, performing with his small ensemble, and composing improvisatory pieces in acoustically interesting places.
Entrepreneur by day, audio/visual designer by night. Joel is an active artist who explores many art forms including: audio post-production, music production, sound design, visual design, and photography. His company, Louis Studios, is a way to showcase his collaborative efforts to others around the world. Having worked on over a dozen films, Joel constantly enjoys bringing his passion to every project, and looks forward to what the future brings.
Shaun Bellamy (Sound Design & Foley Artist)
Shaun is a sound designer and composer based in Southern Alberta. He recently graduated from the University of Lethbridge with his Bachelor’s in Music Composition. During his studies, Shaun was the recipient of the Ron and Joyce Sakamoto Award for Digital Audio Arts, which he used to create The Space for Musical Composition, a room that creates a unique musical work based on the actions of a participant in the room. He has also recorded multiple ensembles including solo artists, jazz combos, the Lethbridge Community Gold Band and the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra. Shaun has really enjoyed working on The Hitch-Hiker and values the positive creative environment the film inspired in its sound design team.
Ethan Lentz (Sound Design & Foley Artist)
Ethan recently graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Music after studying and living in various locations across Alberta. His inspiration flows from the beautifully varied landscapes and soundscapes by which he is surrounded, attempting to portray each through his own musical compositions and recordings. The Hitch-Hiker is his second film, but the first in which his roles included both production and post-production, giving him a new appreciation and enthusiasm for film making.
Rae comes from a theatre background, having worked as a professional Costumer, Dresser and Breakdown Artist in Calgary for many years. She has also worked as Stitcher, Costumer, Dresser and Tour Mistress for a ballet company, and has worked on dozens of local film and TV productions. She has written a book, the Costumer's Notebook, and has a website dedicated to disseminating the many years of experience she has in her craft.
Jade Brunes is a professional freelance hair & makeup artist and makeup educator based in Calgary, AB. She has been doing hair and makeup for nearly 3 years. She has an obsession for special FX, but also specializes in tv/film, beauty, fashion, and creative glamour. Sculpting, painting & drawing, and creative imagination are the essence of Calamity Jade.
Stacey is a wedding and portrait photographer based in southern Alberta. She has recently branched out into behind-the-scenes photography and has created marketing material for feature films such as Thousand Yard Stare and High School Brawl.