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John Kerr

Calgary, Alberta

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My name is John Kerr. My company, Crowsnest Films, is a premier production boutique producing exceptional films across all screen-based motion picture, television, and digital/interactive platforms.

I am an Award-Winning Filmmaker with 300+ Commercials, 10 x Feature Films, and 3 x MOWs as Producer Director, Line Producer, UPM, and/or 1AD. I create, organize, execute, and actualize projects from ideation, bidding, and development through production, and post-production.

Since 1999, as a Producer, Director, Production Manager, and/or First Assistant Director, I have been responsible for managing the planning, execution, completion, and delivery of superior quality motion picture, television, and digital media projects, including over 300 Commercials, dozens of Music Videos and web-based projects, 5 One-Hour Television Concert Specials, 10 Feature Films, and 3 Television Movies-Of-The-Week. I have also worked in various positions within the Assistant Director Department on more than 18 DGC Tier-A Hollywood Feature Films.

As a Producer, I am responsible for all of the creative and business decisions that go into organizing the initiating, planning, execution, monitoring, controlling, completion, delivery, distribution, and presentation of various motion picture, television, web video, and new media projects. I lead people and manage internal and external resources within the constraints of scope, time, and budget. I create memorable characters and tell compelling stories in a business fueled by dreams.

As a Line Producer/Production Manager, I oversee all on-set and offset logistics, day-to-day production decisions, locations, budgets, schedules, and personnel. Other duties include, but are not limited to: preparing or coordinating the preparation of the budget; supervising the casting process and the preliminary search and survey of all locations; securing releases and negotiating contracts for equipment, locations, film crew personnel, trades personnel, and performers; arranging for meals, transportation, and housing of cast, crew and staff; maintaining a liaison with studios, broadcasters, corporate clients, advertising agency executives, talent, talent agents, talent management, and recording labels regarding the creative and budgetary elements of various motion picture, television, and new media projects; and maintaining a liaison with unions, guilds, and local authorities regarding locations and the operations of the film unit.

As a First Assistant Director, I apply artistic, technical, and professional expertise as the on-set expediter responsible for maintaining optimum coordination among film crew personnel, trades personnel, and performers. Other duties include, but are not limited to: preparing shooting schedules within time limitations imposed by the budget, cast availability, location availability, and the requirement of complete coverage of the script; overseeing the search, survey and management of locations, ascertaining the specific requirements of those locations as they might affect the production; supervising the functioning of the shooting set and crew in order to maintain the pace required by the shooting schedule; directing background action; and supervising crowd control.

As a Director, I work directly with all the creative and technical elements of various motion picture, television, and new media projects, shaping and integrating them into one cohesive dramatic and aesthetic whole. In other words, my main responsibility as a director is telling the story. This means finding a structure to the script and setting up the events so that they are at once surprising and inevitable. I strive to create a succession of images juxtaposed so that the contrast between these images moves the story forward in the mind of the audience, causing the viewer to want to know what happens next.

Credits

EP, Producer, Director, Co-Writer – Connecting You - Nicola Paviglianiti
July, 2019 — October, 2019
Commercial – ENMAX
EP, Producer, Line Producer, UPM – Together For Good
July, 2019 — September, 2019
Commercial – Calgary CO-OP
EP, Producer, Co-Director – "WHY?" & "YAHOO!"
July, 2019 — July, 2019
Commercial – Calgary Stampede
UPM – WRANGLER "The Countdown", "Drive Thru", and "Bikers" - Wear With Abandon Motion, Print, and Stills Campaign
June, 2019 — July, 2019
Commercial – WRANGLER
EP, Producer, Director – "Get It. Done. - Neverending Day"
February, 2019 — March, 2019
Commercial – UFA CO-OPERATIVE
Alberta Unit Producer | UPM (Episodes 104-107) – The I-Land
February, 2019 — March, 2019
Television – Nomadic Pictures for NETFLIX
Alberta VFX Unit Producer | UPM (Episodes 101-110) – Wu Assassins
February, 2019 — March, 2019
Television – Nomadic Pictures for NETFLIX
EP, Producer, Director, Co-Writer – WISDOM
January, 2019 — April, 2019
Commercial – ENMAX
EP, Producer, Director, Co-Writer – 2019 Canada Winter Games - Carla MacLeod
December, 2018 — January, 2019
Commercial – ATB Financial
Line Producer / UPM – Nice Winter Day - Snow Footage 2018
October, 2018 — December, 2018
Commercial – THE JONESES for Hammer Productions for JEEP
EP, Producer, Line Producer, UPM – Book Now
September, 2018 — October, 2018
Commercial – Crowsnest Films for TRAVEL ALBERTA
EP, Producer, Director, Co-Writer – 100% Albertan "YU Cattle Company", "Banded Peak Brewing", and "May Family New Home"
August, 2018 — September, 2018
Commercial – ATB Financial
EP, Producer, Director, Co-Writer – Connecting You - Christian Bagg
June, 2018 — August, 2018
Commercial – ENMAX
EP, Producer, Director, Co-Writer – Connecting You - DJ C-SIK
June, 2018 — August, 2018
Commercial – ENMAX
EP, Producer, Director, Co-Writer – WONDER
April, 2018 — July, 2018
Commercial – ENMAX
EP, Producer, Line Producer, UPM – Every Day Awesome
January, 2018 — February, 2018
Commercial – Calgary CO-OP
Service Producer, Line Producer, UPM – "Extraordinary" AKA "Snowball"
October, 2017 — February, 2018
Commercial – Crowsnest Films for The Corner Store Films for PETRO CANADA
Service Producer, Line Producer, UPM – Damnation Season 1 Promos
October, 2017 — October, 2017
Commercial – USA Networks
Line Producer / UPM – El Chicano
May, 2017 — September, 2018
Feature – War Party Films / WarChest Productions
Service Producer, Line Producer, UPM – Canada 125: The Great Canadian Chase
May, 2017 — June, 2017
Commercial – Crowsnest Films for Someplace Nice for COCA COLA
Service Producer, Line Producer, UPM – One Empire
March, 2017 — April, 2017
Commercial – Crowsnest Films for Someplace Nice for CFL FOOTBALL / EDMONTON ESKIMOS
Line Producer / UPM – The Journey
November, 2016 — December, 2016
Commercial – SPY Films for COORS LIGHT
UPM – Dead Again In Tombstone
August, 2016 — November, 2016
Feature – NBC Universal
EP, Service Producer – 2016 Holiday Catalogue Fashion Photo Shoot
August, 2016 — September, 2016
Other – Crowsnest Films for J CREW
EP, Service Producer, Line Producer, UPM – Tin Star Promos - Season 1
July, 2016 — September, 2016
Commercial – SKY (U.K.)
Line Producer/UPM – Team Effort
June, 2016 — June, 2016
Commercial – Holiday Films for MCDONALDS
Producer, Line Producer, UPM – Beverley Lewis': The Reckoning
June, 2015 — September, 2015
Television – Nomadic Pictures for HALLMARK
Service Producer, Line Producer, UPM – FARGO Season 2 Promos "Far Out"
March, 2015 — April, 2015
Commercial – Crowsnest Films for Firefly & Spittin Image for FX NETWORKS
Producer, Line Producer, UPM – Ryan Burger Patrol
March, 2015 — March, 2015
Commercial – Rethink Productions for A&W
Service Producer, Line Producer, UPM – Summit Shinny
February, 2015 — March, 2015
Commercial – Crowsnest Films for ROGERS
Line Producer/UPM – Anything For Hockey - Epic Rink
February, 2015 — March, 2015
Commercial – UNTITLED Films for MOLSON CANADIAN
EP, Producer, Director – Elevated Beaches - "Apres Heli Ski" & "Chinook"
February, 2015 — March, 2015
Commercial – LABATT CORONA
EP, Producer, Service Produceer, Line Producer, UPM – Earn Your Armour: Taylor Hall
November, 2014 — December, 2014
Commercial – Crowsnest Films for UNDER ARMOUR
Service Producer, Line Producer, UPM – Galaxy 4 Note
November, 2014 — November, 2014
Commercial – Crowsnest Films for Compass Choi for SAMSUNG
Line Producer/UPM – Anything for Hockey - Lanochkin Family Payback
October, 2014 — November, 2014
Commercial – SPY Films for MOLSON CANADIAN
EP, Co-Producer, Co-Writer, Collaborating Director – the smalls: forever is a long time
May, 2014 — June, 2016
Feature – Theatrical, Reelhouse, iTunes, Amazon
Line Producer, UPM, 1AD, Location Manager – Canadian Heritage Minutes "Winnipeg Falcons Brothers" & "Nursing Sisters"
April, 2014 — June, 2014
Commercial – Corkscrew Media / STIR Films for HISTORICA CANADA / CBC
UPM – "Fallout Asylum" Released As "Mutant World"
February, 2014 — April, 2014
Television – Nomadic Pictures for SYFY
Service Producer, Line Producer, UPM – FARGO Season 1 Promos "Frost Will Bite"
December, 2013 — February, 2014
Commercial – Crowsnest Films for Firefly & Birds + Stone for FX NETWORKS
Line Producer / UPM – KD Lang & The Alberta Ballet: Balletlujah
July, 2013 — September, 2013
Television – Corkscrew Media for CBC
Service Producer, Line Producer, UPM – KLONDIKE Marketing
May, 2013 — June, 2013
Commercial – Crowsnest Films for mOcean for DISCOVERY CHANNEL
Line Producer / UPM – LOVE ME
August, 2011 — November, 2011
Feature – Dolphin Entertainment & Aircraft Pictures for Anchor Bay & AOL Time Warner
Line Producer / UPM – HIDING
July, 2011 — October, 2011
Feature – Dolphin Entertainment & Aircraft Pictures for Anchor Bay & AOL Time Warner

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