We're a team of dedicated film geeks who cover every aspect of a production, from conception to final delivery. We make films, TV shows, documentaries, branded content, and music videos.
MEET THE TEAM
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Greg

Co-founder/Director/Producer

Greg has directed, produced, and written award-winning short films, documentaries, and TV shows around the globe. He got his start shooting and directing mini-documentaries in Europe and Africa, which were screened in film festivals and on broadcast TV. He then went on to produce a series of TV shows called ‘VJIAM.tv’, ‘Go For Gold TV’, and ‘Project Green Generation TV’. His forays into directing have won awards for 'Guns to Mics' (feature documentary), ‘Listening to a Sense of Place’ (short documentary) and ‘Dial Y for Yesterday’ (short film).

As co-founder of Artaban he focuses on directing and producing. His most recent directing and producing gig was the TV show 'BC Was Awesome', released in summer 2016. Artaban is in pre-production on season 2. 

Greg loves crosswords (he even finished one once) and black licorice.

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Jem

Co-founder/Director

Jem is a four-time Leo award-winning writer, director, and cinematographer with extensive experience filming across the globe. She has made official music videos for Ringo Starr, Linkin Park, Young Galaxy, and dozens of Canadian artists.

She recently directed the first season of 'The Switch,' a TV sitcom due to be aired in 2016. Her last documentary TV series, ‘Playground’ won her four Leo awards. She was one of the winners of the prestigious Crazy8s filmmaking contest in 2015, and her award-winning short film 'The Wolf Who Came to Dinner' has screened all over the world.

Her first feature documentary, 'Guns to Mics' that she co-directed and shot in Sierra Leone, West Africa, will be released early 2016. Jem writes sci-fi scripts and is currently working on her first feature.

Jem loves robots and green tea lattes with extra sugar.

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Tony

Producer

Ranging from large budget TV series, to micro-budget indie features, promotional video content and music videos, Tony has seen a little bit of it all. He is endlessly fascinated with production workflow and the access that grants him to collaborate with the wide range of artists who populate the entertainment industry. 

Tony has spent his most recent years in the producing chair (though he struggled to find time to sit down). He thinks he thrives best at using both the left and right side of his brain, combining creativity and practically in one lanky package. He recently served as co-producer on the independent horror feature 'The Plateau' which is set to be released in 2017.

Tony loves a morning latte and writing his own bio's. 

 

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David

Editor

David is a two-time BAFTA winning editor with experience in feature films, documentaries, shorts, music videos, TV, and branded content. He has extensive knowledge and experience using Avid, Premiere, Final Cut and even an old school Steinbeck. His film, ‘Life of a Pigeon’ won him two Scottish BAFTAs. He edited the award-winning feature film ‘Interference’ in London, UK, before moving out to Vancouver to join the Artaban team.

He is currently editing the entire first season of the TV sitcom, 'The Switch,' due to be aired in early 2016, and the feature documentary ‘Guns to Mics.’

David is most likely a Unicorn.

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Reid

Post Sound

Reid is the Swiss Army knife of music and sound. He has toured internationally with a number one selling artist, licensed and produced music for major marketing campaigns, mixed, recorded and composed music for TV, film, animation, and radio. He has multiple years of experience directing voice actors for radio and TV commercials. His sound design skills have been used in branded content, film, and multiple network TV series. In the last two years, Reid has worked on projects that have totalled five Leo award nominations including four wins.

Reid plays basketball on Fridays and drinks craft beer on Saturdays.

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Tamsin

2D Animator

Tamsin is an animator, illustrator, and brand designer who will happily create anything from holographic robot special effects, to kinetic text animations, to drawings of tigers for children's books. Her recent work includes special effects on the sci-fi short films 'Echo and Solomon,' 'Project I.V.A.N’ and the multiple award winning short ‘The Wolf Who Came to Dinner.’ She has animated official music videos for Ringo Starr, City of Glass and Linkin Park, as well as creating special effects and animation for numerous TV shows, feature films and documentaries. With a BA in animation and an MA in illustration, she can create unique and beautiful imagery for any project.

Tamsin has an unusually strong interest in drawing bunny rabbits.

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Michael

Composer

As a composer Michael has scored the award-winning documentary ‘The Union’ and its upcoming sequel ‘The Culture High’, along with a multitude of other projects in the creative, advertising, and corporate worlds. He has scored numerous short films such as 'The Wolf Who Came to Dinner’ and 'Intertransmission.' He also writes and performs in the band City of Glass, who have toured Canada and Europe multiple times.

Michael loves good scotch and any song that isn't 'Hotel California.'

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Greg

Cinematographer

Greg is a jack of all trades. He shoots and edits music videos and short documentaries as well as working as a brand designer for businesses, brands and NGOs. He is the other half of the directing team behind Playground.is; a live music event that was made into a four part TV mini-series. He has extensive experience filming projects across the globe, involving a lot of NGO work in South Africa. Greg travelled to Sierra Leone to film the documentary 'Guns to Mics’ with the Artisan team. His work has been nominated for two Western Canadian Music Awards, and has won him four Leo awards.

Greg likes his coffee black, his Guinness tall, and his music loud.

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Hazim

3D Animator

Hazim designs, develops and produces high quality interactive media products, motion graphics and 3D animation. He graduated with Honours from New Media Production and Design Diploma Program at SAIT Polytechnic.

He started sketching characters and brainstorming ideas at a young age. Since then he's brought his love of art and drawing into the realm of new technology. He prides himself on being at the forefront of what is possible in the 3D and animation realm and marrying that with the creative flair seen in his earliest sketches. Whether it’s a commercial, music video or branded content, Hazim will always bring his A-game, creating unique, fun and inspiring graphics that help bring stories to life.

Hazim loves drawing caricatures of everyone and anyone!