From interview

[dir by Michael Daniele Driscoll, 2012]

 

   


STEPHEN REIZES   CSC

 

Born: ?, Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Education: McGill University, Montréal [Literature & Communications]; Concordia University [CU], Montréal [Film].

Career: 'I grew up in a home that had a predisposition towards the visual arts, but in a city, Montreal, where children under 10 [at that time] weren't allowed to go to movies. Also, we didn't have a television until a certain age, so I lived without that. So when my father sneaked us in to see 'The Bridge on the River Kwai', when I was eight or nine, while it was playing in reruns, it made a huge impression on me. I don't remember seeing many movies until I got to high school, when I started skipping classes to see films. When I was in high school, my friends and I had a Super 8 camera and we made some little movies. As it turned out in Canada, partly as the result of government policy and nationalism, they wanted to create a film industry. I was interested in storytelling. I was studying literature in Montreal. At one point I lost interest and I switched to communications because it was closer to film. At the same time, I shot some 16mm for a friend's short no-budget film. Then I transferred to Concordia, which has a film production program, probably the biggest in Quebec.'

Ph commercials and music videos.

Awards: Festival des Films du Monde 'Student Award' [1981; ex aequo] for 'Second Story Man'; Golden Sheaf Award nom [1994] for 'Gambit'; 'Gemini' Award nom [1997] for 'Little Criminals'; 'Leo' Award nom [2002] for 'Cold Squad' [ep #69 'The Shed' dir by Peter Mitchell]; 'Leo' Award nom [2008] for 'Intelligence' [ep #14 'A Man Escapes' dir by Stephen Surjik]; ASC TV Award nom [2008] for 'Flashpoint' [ep #5 'Who's George?' dir by Holly Dale].

Website: Stephen Reizes


Stephen Reizes: 'People talk about these hour-long tapes, but video cameras do not have the same sensibility as movie cameras. One has a different attitude when one's shooting this very precious and still magical chemical thing that has to go to the lab and you can't see the results 'til later. The whole experience of waiting to see how the images look is lovely, because they don't look the same as through the viewfinder or the video assist. It's somehow always better on film. If you can just roll the digital media 24 hours a day and capture it, you might capture some great moments, but the story may never be a reflection of what's in the director's head. There may never be the confluence of everybody's focus, like a live performance where all the pieces are in place, and it's rolling through the camera like that. I don't think things are going to change in the next while anyway.' [From interview with KODAK Canada OnFilm, 2008.]


 

 FILMS

1981

Second Story Man [Stephen Surjik] c; short/16m; prod CU

1981

Terminal Case [Ray Roth] c; short/22m; prod CU

1983

Trilogy [Bachar Chbib (Bashar Shbib)] comp of 3 docudramas: 'Or d'ur' (16mm/b&w-c; 33m), 'Betsy' (16mm/c; 22m) & 'Amour impossible' (16mm/b&w-c; 26m); + co-ed seg 'Betsy'; 2uc ('Amour impossible'): Yves Bélanger; prod CU

1983

[Part Two of the Critical Years:] The Dexter Reports [Gérald L'Écuyer] 16mm/?; cph: G. L'Écuyer & Andrew Nevard; prod CU

1983

Lettre à Catherine [Marie Potvin] c; short/8m

1985

Cazalla de la sierra [Bachar Chbib (Bashar Shbib)] 16mm/c; doc/26m

1985

Sting of the Bee [Max Berdowski] c; short/12m

1986

Du pain et des jeux [Marie Potvin] c; short/15m

1988

The Expatriate/L'expatrie [James Dunnison] ?; short/22m

1988

Clair-obscur/The Stork [Bashar Shbib] c

1988

Horses in Winter [Rick Raxlen & Patrick Vallely] 16mm/c

1989

Seeing Double [Lois Siegel] ?; doc/?m; cph: Werner Volkmer & Daniel Villeneuve; filmed 1988-89

1989

15 Ugly Sisters [Bashar Shbib] c

1989

Julia Has Two Lovers [Bashar Shbib] c; addph: Geza Sinkovics; filmed 3 August-13 October

1989

Roger and Elvis [Don Terry] 16mm/c; filmed 22 August-14 September

1989

Crack Me Up [Bashar Shbib] c; released in 1994

1989

Lip Gloss [Lois Siegel] 16mm/c; doc (a behind-the-scenes look at female impersonators)/68m; cph: Jean-Yves Dion, Glen MacPherson, Andrew Nevard & Daniel Villeneuve; shot and compiled over a five-year period; released in 1993

1990

You're Driving Me Crazy [Michel Wachniuc] c; comp of 3 shorts (or tv-ep?); cph: Bruno Philip

1990

Lana in Love [Bashar Shbib] c

1991

Love $ Greed/Swift and Natural [Bashar Shbib] c

1991

With Friends Like These... [Chris Malazdrewicz, Tom Parkinson & Alain Zaloum] c/V; 3 seg; other ph: Michel Lamothe & Bruno Philip

1991

Canvas [: The Fine Art of Crime] [Alain Zaloum] c

1992

Rockhead's Paradise [Marie Potvin] 16mm/?; doc/8m

1992

Gambit/La combine [F.W. Samms] c; short/8m

1993

The Paper Boy [Douglas Jackson] c; 2uc; ph: Rodney Gibbons

1994

Fun and Games [Don Terry] c; prod CU

1994

Relative Fear/The Child [George Mihalka] c; co-2uc; ph: Rodney Gibbons

1994

Silent Hunter [Fred Williamson] c; cph: Curtis Petersen

1994

Broken Promises - The High Arctic Relocation [Patricia Tassinari] c; doc/52m

1995

Harm's Way [Yan Cui] 16mm/c; short/16m

1995

The Strange Blues of Cowboy Red [Rick Raxlen] 16mm/c

1995

Marked Man [Marc F. Voizard] c; 2uc: Jürgen Baum

1996

Hang the DJ/Disc Jockey [Marco & Mauro La Villa] b&w-c; doc/90m; cph: Steve Beasse & Bill St. John; filmed October 1996-February 1997

1998

Running Home [Marc F. Voizard] c

1998

Sway [Paul Carrière] 16mm/c; short/17m

1999

Deep Cut [William Phillips] 16mm/c; short/19m

1999

Saint Jude [John L'Ecuyer] s16/c

2007

Diamonds in a Bucket [Sherry White] c; short/21m

2008

Spoiled [Sherry White] c; short/15m

2008

Crackie [Sherry White] c

2011

Issues [Enrico Colantoni & Hugh Dillon] HD (ARRI ALEXA)/c; short/6m

2011

Scholarship [Mike Barker] pre-production; looking for funds

2012

Momsters Playground [Stephen Roscoe] c; short/8m

2013

Ice Soldiers/The Frozen [Sturla Gunnarson] HD scope/c; 2uc: Glenn Warner

2014

Brent Carver - Home Through the Night/Brent Carver - Retour au bercail [Tim Southam] c; perf/7m; prod for the 2014 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards

2016

Rendezvous [Marco & Mauro La Villa] c; short/?m

 

 TELEVISION

1993

Sirens/La courte échelle [13 ep dir by various] 35-part series, 1993-95; 1st season, 1993 (13 ep)

1995

Little Criminals [Stephen Surjik] tvm

1995

Les nouveaux exploits d'Arsène Lupin [ep #8 'L'étrange demoiselle' dir by Marc F. Voizard] 8-part series, 1995-96

1995

Ready or Not/Les premières fois [13 ep dir by various] 65-part series, 1993-97; 4th season, 1996 (13 ep)

1996

The Rez [19 ep dir by various] 19-part series, 1996-97

1996

My Hometown [11 ep dir by Jean Mercier] pilot + 39-part series

1996

Ready or Not/Les premières fois [13 ep dir by various] 5th season, 1997 (13 ep); see 1995

1998

The Adventures of Shirley Holmes [, Detective] [20 ep dir by various] 52-part series, 1997-2000

1998

Escape From Wildcat Canyon [Marc F. Voizard] tvm; 2uc: Guy Kinkead

1999

Cold Feet [ep dir by Nicole Holofcener] 8-part (4 unaired) series, 1999; other ph: Roy H. Wagner (pilot) & Attila Szalay

1999

Cold Squad [13 ep dir by various] 98-part series/s16, 1998-2005; 3rd season, 1999-2000 (13 ep)

2000

Cold Squad [20 ep dir by various] 4th season, 2000-01 (20 ep); see 1999

2001

Murder Among Friends/Isabella Rocks [Michael Kennedy] tvm

2001

Cold Squad [11 ep dir by various] 5th season, 2001-02 (13 ep); other ph: Paul Mitchnick & A.J. Vesak; see 1999

2002

Cold Squad [ep #73 'Career Opportunists' dir by Gary Harvey (GH), #74 'Horton Killed a Wu' dir by GH, #79 'Back in the Day' dir by Julie Stewart, #80 'Survivor' dir by GH, #81 'Kill Me Twice' dir by Jason Furukawa, #82 'Bob & Carol & Len & Ali' dir by Peter Mitchell (PM), #83 'Killing Time' dir by PM & #84-85 'True Believers' (Part 1 & 2) dir by GH] 6th season, 2002-03 (13 ep); other ph: Mark Chow & Michael Balfry; see 1999

2003

[Zoe Busiek:] Wild Card [pilot dir by Stephen Surjik] 36-part series, 2003-05; 1st season, 2003-04; other ph: Milan Podsedly & Albert Dunk

2003

Beautiful Girl [Douglas Barr] tvm/b&w-c

2004

Instant Star [ep #1-4 dir by Pat Williams] 2-part pilot (2004) + 50-part series/s16-to-HD, 2005-08; 1st season, 2005 (11 ep); other ph: Philip Earnshaw

2004

Tripping the Wire: A Stephen Tree Mystery [Stephen Surjik] tvm/s16

2006

Rent-a-Goalie [ep #1 'The Arrivalist', #2 'The Irish Are Fags', #3 'Malta', #4 'Blue Balls', #5 'Bar Code', #6 'Shit Zone', #7 'Going to the Chapel' & #8 'Fire in the Hole' dir by T.W. Peacocke] 26-part series/HD, 2006-08; 1st season, 2006

2006

Proof of Lies/Trace Evidence [Peter Svatek] tvm

2006

Tipping Point [Michel Poulette] tvm

 

[Right] with Michel Poulette - "Too Young to Marry" - photo by Lois Siegel

 

2007

Too Young to Marry [Michel Poulette] tvm

2007

I Me Wed/Marry Me [Craig Pryce] tvm

2007

Intelligence [6 ep dir by various] pilot (2005) + 25-part series, 2006-07; 2nd season, 2007

2008

Flashpoint [7 ep dir by various] 75-part series, 2008-12; 1st season, 2008 (9 ep); other ph: David Perrault & Luc Montpellier

2008

Flashpoint [22 ep dir by various] 2nd season, 2009 (22 ep); see 2008

2009

Living in Your Car [13 ep dir by various] 21-part series, 2010-11; 1st season, 2010 (13 ep)

2011

The Listener [13 ep dir by various] 65-part series/RED-to-HD, 2009-14; 3rd season, 2012 (13 ep); 2uc: Glenn Warner

 

"Transporter: The Series" - from interview

 

2011

Transporter: The Series [(Canadian order) ep #1 'Trojan Horsepower' dir by Brad Turner, #4 'Harvest' dir by Andy Mikita & Brad Turner, #5 'Dead Drop' dir by T.J. Scott, #6 'Hot Ice' dir by Brad Turner, #7 'Give the Guy a Hand' dir by George Mihalka, #9 'City of Love' dir by Brad Turner & Andy Mikita, #11 '12 Hours' dir by Bruce McDonald & Brad Turner & #12 'Cherchez la femme' dir by Brad Turner] 24-part series/HD (ARRI ALEXA + Canon EOS C300 + GoPro), 2012-14; 1st season, 2013 (12 ep); cph: David Herrington (#4 & 9) & Derick Underschultz (#11); filmed 2011-12

2013

Hardsell [John L'Ecuyer] pilot/9m; for Bravo!FACT-tv

2013

Bitten [13 ep dir by various] 33-part series, 2014-16; 1st season, 2014 (13 ep); for Space-tv (Canada) & Syfy-tv (USA)

2013

Remedy [10 ep dir by various] 20-part series, 2014-15; 1st season, 2014 (10 ep)

2014

Remedy [8 ep dir by various] 2nd season, 2015 (10 ep); other ph (2 ep): D. Gregor Hagey; see 2013

2015

Houdini & Doyle [ep #9-10 dir by Jeff Renfroe] 10-part series/HD (Sony F65), 2016; other ph (8 ep): Philipp Blaubach

2016

Mary Kills People [6 ep dir by Holly Dale] series, 2017-present; 1st season, 2017 (6 ep)

 

 MISCELLANEOUS [e.g. as director]

1985

At the Wheel: Under the Influence/Facultés affaiblies [Paul Cowan; doc/69m] asst ed; ed: Margaret Wong; ph: P. Cowan & Mike Mahoney

1986

Evixion [Bashar Shbib] co-scrpl; ph: David Wellington

1990

A Bullet in the Head [Attila Bertalan & John Kay] co-add c.op; ph: Michel Lamothe

2001

Cold Squad [dir/cph ep #67 'The Needle and the Debutante'] 5th season, 2001-02; cph: Michael Balfry; see Television

2002

Cold Squad [dir ep #77 'Unfaithful' & #78 'Flamers'] 6th season, 2002-03; ph: Michael Balfry; see Television

2014

Remedy [dir ep #18 'Looking for Satellites'] 2nd season, 2015; ph: D. Gregor Hagey; see Television