Film and Theatre

EG FORGE

2013 Designer Apparel Commercial

 

In 2013, Simon acted in an EG Forge commercial for the talented designer Eric Goodwin. Eric is the founder of 'EG Forge' (now 'Forge Apparel'), specializing in clothing and custom-made bags. More of his work can be found here.

 

Credits:

Male Lead | Simon McKenzie

Female Lead | Alanna Pearson

Director, Co-Writer | Eric Goodwin

Cinematographer, Composer, Editor, Co-Writer | Nigel Goodwin

Voice Actors | Amanda Bigford, Braden Alexander

Photography, Co-Writer, Creative Consultant, Grip | Tyler Skrabek

Hair & Makeup | Setasha Jocelyn

Co-Writer, Creative Consultant | Daniel Yanke

Vocalist | Megan Farebrother

Grip | Will Stach

Pilot | Daniel Goodwin

 

All original footage and music | All rights reserved - copyright 2013 EG Forge Corp.

Abyssal Dream
McGill University - School of Architecture

This film is an exploration of empty space. It examines ‘liminal space’, which is the in-between – turning architecture into an ephemeral, temporal event. In this case, light and shadow are sculpting space, defining spatial boundaries, which the body enters and exits. Abyssal Dream explores sublime and vacuous landscapes that blur the boundary between the material world and that of the imagination. 

Creator: Simon McKenzie
Actor: Kyle Leroux
Soundscape: Simon McKenzie & the Waterloo Architecture Class of 2014 musicians. 
Special thanks to Alec Fraser, Ashley Whalen, & Nigel Goodwin

This film is a product of Simon McKenzie’s MArch Thesis at McGill University.

Palaestra - Opening Video
Dragonfly Productions 
2015 Calgary One-Act Play Festival

 

The show began with this timelapse video. As it played, the actors entered the stage. The video is the result of over 1500 frames of original artwork drawn by Simon McKenzie. The art is accompanied by original music by composer Nigel Goodwin, written for the Palaestra Soundtrack. 

 

Credits:

Augustus | David Hume

Lord Byron  | Nathan Greener         

Nino Benvenuti | Simon McKenzie

 

Director | Anne Hodgson 

Writer, Projection Art and Photography | Simon McKenzie

Stage Manager | Emily Brennan           

Original Music Composition | Nigel Goodwin                       

Sound Operator | Trevor Somers                       

Lighting and Projection Operator | Amanda Brennan      

Costume Design | Jacquie Brennan    

 

All original footage and music | All rights reserved - copyright 2015 Dragonfly Productions

 

 

Palaestra - Fight Scene
Dragonfly Productions 
2015 Calgary One-Act Play Festival

 

This video was projected onto the stage during the final fight scene of Nino Benvenuti, the Italian Boxer. The images are a mixture of historical photography and art. Much of the art is by the great rennaissance artists, though some original work by Simon McKenzie is also included. The video is accompanied by original music by composer Nigel Goodwin. The actor's voice that is heard was recorded at an early read-through during the beginning stages of the production.

 

Credits:

Augustus | David Hume

Lord Byron  | Nathan Greener         

Nino Benvenuti | Simon McKenzie

 

Director | Anne Hodgson 

Writer, Projection Art and Photography | Simon McKenzie

Stage Manager | Emily Brennan           

Original Music Composition | Nigel Goodwin                       

Sound Operator | Trevor Somers                       

Lighting and Projection Operator | Amanda Brennan      

Costume Design | Jacquie Brennan        

 

Copyright 2015 Dragonfly Productions

 

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The Hobbit
2015 Storybook Theatre

 

Under the direction of Haysam Kadri, Simon played the Role of Gollum in Storybook Theatre's 'The Hobbit'. Simon relied on his martial arts background to express the physical tendancies of such a tortured creature. As character development, he studied the anatomy and biomechanics of Gollum through a series of sketches, focussing on the creature's movements, facial expression, and skeletal and muscular structure. 

 

Along with the other actors in the production, Simon was challenged to delve deep into the psychology of his character. For his portrail of Gollum, Simon received the award for the Top Supporting Actor in the 2015 Calgary ACTS.