Thursday, 8 March 2018

How to Navigate Screenwriting Contests

Contest applications can get expensive. If you are using FilmFreeway or Withoutabox to stay up to date on the latest and greatest, their handy deadline notifications (though helpful) can quickly become overwhelming.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The Magic Pill

After growing up with health problems, I spent a few years being extremely fit. People who hadn't seen me for a while would ask how I did it. After the first few times this happened, I knew the drill. I would watch their faces fall as I told them my secret: eat well and exercise. They usually pressed me further, saying that there must be more to it than that. There must be something beyond that old adage.

They thought I had found a magical pill.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

4 Tips for Walking in High-heels (from a former Dancer)

As a dancer I spent a great deal of my childhood and early adulthood on both the balls of my feet and my toes. As such, high-heels are quite comfortable for me, and always have been. What follows is a simple list of tips & tricks for walking with ease in what some feel are a form of patriarchal bondage and others find a symbol of empowerment. If you are of the former mind, please stop reading. You will hate this post or at the very least it will be of no use to you. If you are of the latter... enjoy…

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

VSFF Gratitude

The Vancouver Short Film Festival was fantastic! The festival is run by Zlatina, Marena, the board, and an army of tireless volunteers. We were proud (and grateful) to see MENTAL screened within such a compelling, thought-provoking, block of films.

Our weekend included an inspiring filmmaker luncheon, an afternoon of drinks with some of the team who worked on MENTAL, and a startling awards experience (we were not expecting to win anything, given the fantastic lineup).

As ever, one of the most memorable aspects of the festival were the conversations our film fostered surrounding mental health. This remains our greatest feat with this project. It is an honour to be entrusted with people’s stories.

On behalf of our team, (in an albeit, unconventional way) we accepted Raindance Vancouver’s ‘Underdog Award’. For video of our surprised, mad, adrenaline fueled, dash check out Raindance’s instagram post.

We are grateful for the recognition the festival gave our film and to be a part of such diverse, compelling storytelling.

For more photos of our festival adventuring check out our instragam @meeshandjax | #mandj

- M&J

Thursday, 25 January 2018

I'll Write This Post Later...

Something most people don't know about me is... I'm a recovering procrastinator.

When I was younger I had a habit of always wanting and never doing. I would marinate in that place of almost accomplishing something. Hanging out in the "Someday I'll do ______" and feeling good about it because change was always on the horizon. The only problem was I knew my awful track record better than anyone so deep down I was aware that change was never going to happen... unless I stopped procrastinating. 

Thursday, 11 January 2018

5 Tips for working from home

Happy new year!

A wise investment of M&J's that I relish in is our office space downtown. It gives us the ability as freelancers to actually ‘go to work’ like the 9-to-5'ers do.

M&J was officially back to work on January 2nd.

My dog walker was not back from her holiday until the 8th.

As such, I requested that we work remotely so I could stay home with my pup for the first week of 2018. Of course M was supportive of this because well, she’s M.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Happy Holidays!

Dearest Readers,

We wish you and yours a very merry rest of December and the happiest of New Years!

We look forward to sharing more musings and madness from our brains in 2018.

Here's to writing and friendship!


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Maira Gall