SC: When did you first know that you wanted to become involved in the industry? How did you begin your career?
AC: I fell in love with movies at a very young age. Movies like Star Wars, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones… they had a huge impact on me. I loved storytelling and those movies sparked a love for filmmaking. It wasn’t until high school when I realized I wanted to try my hand at making movies. My friends and I bought a video camera and started shooting short actions movies. I love the group effort of people coming together to create a story. I attended York University to study film and began my career working as an assistant director. It really wasn’t until I teamed up with my wife and partner Brigitte Kingsley that my career really began. Two people focused on a singular goal is always better than one and together we have been able to produce many projects over the years.
SC: You have been involved with a few different genres of film. What is the draw in sharing the movies for all audiences, like Autumn Stables & A Very Corgi Christmas?
AC: As you said I’ve worked in a number of genres; comedy, romance, musicals, horror, thriller… and I think the draw in all of these movies is trying to tell a story where the viewer cares about the characters and is taken on a ride where we get to feel what those characters feel, whether that be happy, sad, scared… hopeful. I think movies are a great way to help people understand the human condition a little bit more… make them not feel so alone in a world that makes it very easy to feel that way.
SC: Does working with animals make your work more challenging? What was it like to work with horses and dogs in your recent projects?
AC: We were very lucky working with the dogs from Corgi Christmas and the horses from Autumn Stables. Lindsey Partridge of Harmony Horsemanship was an incredible horse wrangler and the horses were well trained. Lindsey trains all her horses “bitless” which is absolutely incredible. We worked with a puppy for Corgi so much of it was luck… the puppy is going to do what it wants. Luckily we got some very cute reactions. How can you not fall in love with these beautiful animals.
SC: What are some of your hobbies/interests when you are not on set?
AC: I’m on set or working on projects nearly ninety percent of my time, so I don’t have much time for other hobbies. I love football. I love to build. Thankfully football season is short and I generally build some of our sets so both of those interests are fulfilled.
SC: Who are the people that inspire you?
AC: My wife. My father. My mother. My brother and sisters. They are all heroes to me.
SC: Is there someone in the industry that you would welcome the opportunity to work with, or wish you could collaborate on a project together?
AC: I welcome the opportunity to work with anyone. I have been blessed to work with fantastic and kind actors over my career and I hope that trend continues. I have made great friendships working in this industry. As a director I feel like an actor needs to trust me and know that I’m looking out for them and their performance.
SC: You have indicated that you have filmed across Canada. Where was your favourite filming location and why?
AC: There are so many beautiful locations in Canada. Filming the mountains in Banff, the plains in Saskatchewan, they are all stunning locales. As for my favourite filming location I’d have to say on the shores of Lake Nippissing in Sturgeon Falls. We were shooting a scene for “COUNTRY CRUSH” and it was magic… the waves crashing against the shore, the sun setting just in sight…
SC: What is the best advice you have been given while working in this industry?
AC: Make your own way. If you want to direct… direct. No one is stopping you. Take the first step. Then the next. You’ll get there.
SC: What does it mean to you when viewers watch your movies and interact with you on social media?
AC: Everything. It really does. Making movies is dependent one hundred percent on an audience. The fact that social media allows us to interact with our viewers is rewarding in its own right. I am eternally grateful that my films find an audience and would take any and all opportunities to interact with them.
SC: Andrew’s passion for creating films is evident in all his interactions. While waiting to see what stories he will tell next, connect on social for more information about his many movies and special behind-the-scenes inside scoop. To catch up on Andrew’s films that you might have missed or to enjoy them again, look for these titles on Super Channel On Demand: Autumn Stables, Country Crush, From Friend to Fiancé, Home for Harvest, Mistletoe Magic and A Very Corgi Christmas.
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