What a joy to see my “baby” finally premiere on TV and launch online after two years of hard labour. I just wanted to thank some of the key people who helped deliver my vision.
First, my patient and supportive family and close friends (especially my husband and those friends with dogs named Louie, Stanley, and Maya). And my wonderful talented partners Nina Beveridge and Paul Hart of Beevision and Hop To It Productions, who were there from the beginning when we first filmed Louie singing and who contributed throughout in graphic design, editing, music design, interactive project management, creative and production consulting and general support.
Of course the amazing team at The Pet Network & Stornoway Communications including Victoria, Don, David, Peter, Jennifer and Fido & Wine. What a great group to work with!
Carrie Cutforth-Young, my super hero, who stepped up to the plate when things looked tough and juggled roles in art direction, writing, community building, production, business affairs, transmedia, blogging and more. Is there anything she can not do?
The gifted James Yates for his patience, calm and photographic memory. He learned the names and images of over 300 dogs in 30 days and was able to tell such beautiful stories through his editing. Plus manage our constant “updates” and challenges without complaint.
The amazing directors of photography Bongo Kolycius and John Minh Tran, who each captured magic moments in their unique styles. Plus additional captivating camera work from Cat Cappuccio, Nina, Paul, Kerry Biskupski, Aria Evans and Lance K. Fauteux. Kerry, Aria and Lance also contributed some great editing for the web including promos, events and auditions. In addition, Kerry very generously sponsored some equipment.
I’d like to also thank camera assistants Matthew di Girolamo, David Patrick and Kane Holding – we also got some incredible stills of service dogs and athletes in action from Kane.
Which leads me to the other invaluable photographers led by the awesome Trish Aleve from Pawsome Pet Photography (a valued sponsor), Cat Cappuccio, Aria Evans and Bob Mikelboro. They were not afraid to go above and beyond and get down on the ground at dog eye level or jump over hurdles to build our library of love.
Our sound production staff: Jason Hopfner, Matthew Tynan, and Mike Filippov. Mike also did a fantastic job of sound design, editing and mixing.
Thanks also goes out to our wonderful narrator Steven Mittler (through voices.com) and Glenn Barna of Animated Audio where we recorded the narration.
Then of course – the amazing Kurt Swinghammer who wrote, produced and performed incredible original music for the film including the song “My Dog” which will soon be available on iTunes. Watch the music video here.
We are very grateful to Valerie Hutton of Firefly Books who provided the first introduction to the wonderful books of on-air authority, Dr. Bruce Fogle. And huge thanks to Dr. Fogle – respected author, vet, and Board Member of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – such an articulate, delightful man. And of course thanks to the team that filmed him from BluePrint TV including Hugo and cameraman Bjorn Ventris. Adam Park, you were a life-saver.
We would have been lost without our researchers, production assistants and volunteers: Pia, Filipe, Ruben, Angela, Marco, Tracy, Emma, Sophie and Sarah.
Some of our other fantastic interview subjects and those appearing in the documentary with their beautiful dogs must also be thanked: the insightful Geoffrey Roche of Dogbook, Karen Sandford of Dogs Dogs Dogs, Scott McQueen (Historian, North Paws Film), Dennis Ritchie of the York Retriever Field Trial Club, Police Constable Todd Garbutt and Police Constable Adam Landry with Toronto Police Services, Scott A. Martin (Ecologist, Wild Canada), Bill Hird- Narcotic Detection Dog Trainer, Pawsitive K9 Training, Dr. Jonathan Mitelman (VETS Toronto), Cassandra Hartman – Trainer, Cassandra’s Canines, Fran Hurcomb (Photographer, North Paws Film), Ian Ashworth- Program Director, Lions Foundation Of Canada/Dog Guides Canada, Natalie Moncur-Communications Manager, Lions Foundation Of Canada/ Dog Guides Canada, Beverley Berger, Jim Lawrie, Danielle Forbes (Executive Director, National Service Dogs), Katrina Carefoot & Family, Ashley, Robert, Alana (Producer, Dexter’s Ruff Life), Gemini K9 Obedience Inc., and Tanya Trinchini (Spokesperson, Bullwrinkles Dog Treats) and many more.
A special thank you to all the trainers and location/media sponsors – without their support Talent Hounds would not have been possible: Gillian Ridgeway and staff from Who’s Walking Who, Lucinda Glenny and Staff from Canine Campus, Heather McLeod from RUFF SPORT, Danielle Levangie and staff from the Red Barn Event Centre, Renee DeVilliers and staff from All about Dogs, Cheryl Orletsky and staff from Holiday Pet Care, the staff at PawsWay Toronto, and Tom and Karen Sandford from Dogs Dogs Dogs.
The amazing Talent Hounds community who provided over 300 auditions and submissions of your talented hounds! You are all superstars!
Special mentions – Sara Carson, Lindsey, Marcy, Melissa, Alana, Chris, Heather and Emma for providing additional footage.
Also Don Duchene and team at Nexus Media, who licensed us wonderful footage of Fran and Scott from the North Paws Film, also airing on The Pet Network. Well worth watching this inspirational story of saving dogs in the far north of Canada.
And Barbara Kelly, Billie Mclean, Bullwrinkles Dog Treats, CCRT, Lions Foundation Of Canada/ Dog Guides of Canada & Staff, National Service Dogs & Staff, New Zealand SPCA, Reparapet, Spots-Light.com, Super Scoopy Bags, Cancerdogs.ca.
I also really appreciated the support of my brilliant friends and creative consultants Jeff Butler, Joanne Eidinger and Melanie Tanz who helped with casting, creative insights and feedback.
Trevor from The Media Concierge provided fast and accurate Closed Captioning.
Art Director Karen Marren of Karen Marren Design gave us a beautiful brand and logo to work with, and sponsored some of the stock images in the documentary.
Rob Keenan of Traction Media built the www.www.talenthounds.ca site. As well as long time collaborator Mike Tucker who diligently and patiently supports us and the site.
Judi Heron from CG & B Group www.cgbgroup.com as always, provided a great deal on insurance.
Bookkeeper Audrey Quinn has kept us on track under challenging circumstances.
My amazing legal counsel Mary Barroll, who not only provided an incredibly cute pic of her pup, but also provided invaluable sage advice and negotiated difficult contracts.