Peter D. Marshall

Peter D. Marshall

Author of "Making the Magic Happen: The Art and Craft of Film Directing"
Director, Author and Filmmaker

Shanghai, China

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About Peter

I am a filmmaker and film directing coach from Vancouver, Canada. I have worked in the Film and Television Industry for over 40 years - as a film director, television producer, first assistant director and TV Series creative consultant. I am also the author of the book "Making the Magic Happen - The Art and Craft of Film Directing" from Michael Wiese Productions

I am currently working in China as the directing instructor for the Shanghai Vancouver Film School. I have also been a directing instructor for Raindance Canada and the Vancouver Film School and I teach my own filmmaking workshops around the world (Malaysia, China, Haiti, Canada, Dubai, Singapore).

I also write and publish the monthly filmmaking ezine, "The Director's Chair" which is currently read by over 4000 filmmakers in 100 countries around the world.

Unique traits: Can leap tall buildings in a single... Okay - maybe not that!


  • The Veil

    The Veil (2013)
    Film (Short and Musical) Director Add a Plot »

  • Shattered

    Shattered (2011)
    Television (Crime and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Ben Sullivan is a tough, smart homicide detective with Dissociative Identity Disorder, also known as Multiple Personality Disorder. In the first moments of the series, Ben is bonded in blood to his tough, beautiful partner Amy Lynch. While they work to solve the murder cases that cross their desk daily, Ben copes with the fascinating complexities of his secret disorder, and the uncertainty of never knowing which alternate personality will surface, or when. Written by E1 TV

  • A Dog Named Christmas

    A Dog Named Christmas (2009)
    TV Movie (Drama and Family) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A developmentally challenged young man with a penchant for caring for animals in need sets out to convince his family - and their whole rural community - to participate in a local shelter's inaugural "Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program."

  • Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage

    Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage (2008)
    Film (Biography and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Necessity is the mother of invention. In the weeks leading up to Christmas 1977, Maryanne Kinkade has fallen behind in her mortgage payments and is about to lose her small house in Placerville, a town in California's gold country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Her son Thom, who attends art school and is in his 20s, determines to make the transition from amateur to professional painter to help save the family's home. He seeks advice from an aging mentor. Written by <>

  • Reaper

    Reaper (2008)
    Television (Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy and 1 More) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director On his 21st birthday, Sam discovers his parents sold his soul to the devil before birth and he must now be a bounty hunter for the devil until he dies.

  • Personal Effects

    Personal Effects (2008)
    Film by Insight Film Studios First Assistant Director

  • Masters of Science Fiction

    Masters of Science Fiction (2007)
    Television (Drama and Sci-Fi) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A series adapting science-fiction stories by well-known authors into 60 minute episodes, introduced by renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. Stories filmed included those of science fiction authors Robert Heinlein & Robert Sheckley, historical novelist Howard Fast and mystery novelist Walter Mosley. Written by David Stevens

  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)
    TV Movie (Drama, History and Western) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director In the 1880s, after the U. S. Army's defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the government continues to push Sioux Indians off their land. In Washington, D.C., Senator Henry Dawes introduces legislation to protect Native Americans rights. In South Dakota, school teacher Elaine Goodale joins Sioux native and Western-educated Dr. Charles Eastman in working with tribe members. Meanwhile, Lakota Chief Sitting Bull refuses to give into mounting government pressures. Written by Jwelch5742

  • Totally Awesome

    Totally Awesome (2006)
    TV Movie (Comedy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A spoof of typical 1980's teen movies. The idea is that VH1 found a "long-lost", never-released teen film made in the 1980's and decided to air it now in 2006; thus it is loaded with the typical formula, clichés, bad fashions, and stereotypical characters found in those movies and makes fun of them. Written by Anonymous

  • Saving Milly

    Saving Milly (2005)
    TV Movie (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director True story based on the best-selling book by Mort Kondracke.

  • Edison

    Edison (2005)
    Film (Action, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Josh Pollack, a naive and ambitious reporter, is convinced the F.R.A.T., an elite force within the Edison Police Department, is corrupted. Working on a homicide case, he begins to unearth evidence which suggests that the entire justice system is willingly turning a blind eye to the abuses of the this force. When his life and that of his girlfriend are threatened from his research, he join forces with his editor, a once-famous reporter, and a renown private detective to bring down the F.R.A.T. and every one behind it. Written by Ploy P.

  • 1-800-Missing

    1-800-Missing (2003)
    Television (Crime, Drama and Mystery) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Two FBI agents - one guided by reason, and another by intuition - looking for missing people in Washington DC.

  • The Lizzie McGuire Movie

    The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)
    Film (Adventure, Comedy, Family, Music and 1 More) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Teen queen Lizzie McGuire grows up a bit and hits the big screen in this comedy drama, based on the popular Disney Network series. Lizzie McGuire and her best friends Kate, Gordo, and Ethan have just graduated from middle school, and to celebrate, they're taking part in a class trip to Rome, Italy. Eager to celebrate their new maturity as high school students, Lizzie and her pals hope to live it up in one of Europe's most fabled cities, but fate has something more spectacular in store for Lizzie. Lizzie discovers that she bears a striking resemblance to Isabella, an Italian teen-pop idol famous for her duets with heart-throb Paolo -- so much so that when Paolo and Isabella have a falling out, he asks Lizzie to take Isabella's place for an upcoming concert. Lizzie, however, isn't sure she feels comfortable stepping into the spotlight, and is even less sure about the way she feels about Paolo, who makes no secret of his infatuation with her. Things don't get any simpler for Lizzie when ... Written by Rachel Barlow

  • Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the Dead (2003)
    Film by Universal Studios First Assistant Director

  • The Butterfly Effect

    The Butterfly Effect (2002)
    Film by New Line Cinema First Assistant Director

  • Caitlin's Way

    Caitlin's Way (2000)
    Television Director Caitlin Seeger is a troubled teenager. She was orphaned at age 8 and has been shuffled from one foster home to another ever since. She was forced to grow up fast and to learn how to survive on the streets of Philadelphia. After running afoul of the law one time too many, she is given the choice between jail and going to live with relatives on a ranch in Montana. Upon arriving in Montana, the street-hardened young girl experiences the ultimate culture shock. Written by Anonymous

  • Big Wolf on Campus

    Big Wolf on Campus (2000)
    Television by Telescene Film Group & Fox Family Channel Director

  • Largo Winch

    Largo Winch (2000)
    Television by TVA International Director

  • The Famous Jett Jackson

    The Famous Jett Jackson (1999)
    Television by Alliance/Atlantis & Disney Channel Director

  • Power Play

    Power Play (1999)
    Television by Alliance/Atlantis & CTV Director

  • Killers in the House

    Killers in the House (1998)
    TV Movie (Drama and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Bank robbers on the run from the police invade a mansion and take the owners hostage.

  • Black Harbour

    Black Harbour (1998)
    Television by Three Sheets Productions & CBC Director

  • Nothing too Good for a Cowboy

    Nothing too Good for a Cowboy (1998)
    Television by Alliance Communications & CBC Director

  • All the Winters That Have Been

    All the Winters That Have Been (1997)
    TV Movie (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Dane Corvin (Chamberlain) returns to Raven Island where 20 years before he and Helen Raven (Allen) had fallen in love. She vowed never to see him again because he had arrested her brother, who he had been investigating. Dane is now determined to win her back and slowly re-enters her daily life. But Helen has a secret, and unless Dane can forgive her and understand the powerful feelings that motivated her to keep it from him, their fragile relationship will not survive. Written by Patrick Spreng <>

  • Jitters

    Jitters (1997)
    TV Movie (Drama and Romance) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director An independent, professional woman has second thoughts about getting married.

  • John Woo’s Once a Thief

    John Woo’s Once a Thief (1997)
    Television by Alliance Communications & CTV Director/Executive Creative Consultant

  • The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue

    The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue (1996)
    TV Movie (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director When an unemployed Detroit man is arrested for a crime he didn't commit, his three children are determined to get him out of jail in time for Christmas and they decide to enlist the help of "the most powerful man in the world" - President Hoover. En route to the White House, they meet an array of colorful characters. Written by John Sacksteder <>

  • For Hope

    For Hope (1996)
    TV Movie (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director The life and death of a young woman who suffered from scleroderma, and how she and her family coped.

  • Mother Trucker: The Diana Kilmury Story

    Mother Trucker: The Diana Kilmury Story (1996)
    TV Movie (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Add a Plot »

  • Once a Thief

    Once a Thief (1996)
    TV Movie (Action, Crime and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Set in Hong Kong and Vancouver, the story follows Mac Ramsey and Li Ann Tsei, lovers and professional thieves who are separated while fleeing the powerful Hong Kong underworld crime lord who raised and trained them. After being imprisoned in Hong Kong, Mac is forcefully recruited into a clandestine international crime-fighting unit by a hard-nosed, menacing Director. He is teamed in Vancouver with Li Ann, who thought Mac was dead, and her new fiancé Victor Mansfield, an ex-cop who is attracted to the unorthodox methods of the agency. Conflict flares between Mac and Victor as the trio take on their assignment. They soon learn that their principal target is their foster brother Michael Tang, who had been given Li Ann as his future wife and who has vowed to hunt down the pair for their disloyalty to the "family". Written by <>

  • The War Between Us

    The War Between Us (1995)
    Film (Drama and History) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director In World War II British Columbia, Canada, a Japanese immigrant family has to endure the racist Canadian policy of being interned and their property confiscated as "enemy aliens". At the same time, a white Canadian family has to deal with their own feelings as they agree to be work as employees in this policy with Japanese being held in their area. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

  • Happy Gilmore

    Happy Gilmore (1995)
    Film by Universal Pictures First Assistant Director

  • Big Bully

    Big Bully (1995)
    Film by Morgan Creek First Assistant Director

  • Legends of the Fall

    Legends of the Fall (1994)
    Film (Drama, Romance, War and Western) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director In early 20th-century Montana, Col. William Ludlow lives in the wilderness with his sons, Tristan, Alfred and Samuel. Eventually, the unconventional but close-knit family encounters tragedy when Samuel is killed in World War I. Tristan and Alfred survive their tours of duty, but, soon after they return home, both men fall for Samuel's gorgeous fiancée, Susannah, and their intense rivalry begins to destroy the family. Written by Jwelch5742

  • Nowhere to Hide

    Nowhere to Hide (1994)
    TV Movie (Drama and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Divorcee learns from the FBI that her husband has mafia connections and put a contract on her life. She gets into the witness protection program and falls in love with the agent who protects her. Written by Holger Hellmuth <>

  • Party of Five

    Party of Five (1994)
    Television (Drama and Family) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Five siblings are left to find their own way in the world when their parents are killed by a drunk driver. The series revolves around the struggles of raising each other and the struggles of life in general. Written by <>

  • One More Mountain

    One More Mountain (1994)
    TV Movie (Adventure and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Margaret Reed, a wealthy and proud woman of Chicago unwillingly finds herself a member of the Donner party - a group of pioneers making their way to California by covered wagon in the summer of 1846. One by one the odds begin to stack against Margaret and her family as precious days slip away and an early winter storm closes the passes through the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Trapped without adequate food and supplies, Margaret struggles to keep her family alive. Written by Anonymous

  • Neon Rider

    Neon Rider (1994)
    Television by AVR Productions/Canwest & CTV Director

  • Man of the House

    Man of the House (1994)
    Film by Disney Pictures First Assistant Director

  • Judgment Day: The John List Story

    Judgment Day: The John List Story (1993)
    TV Movie (Crime and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director The pious John List regularly goes to church and is respected by his neighbours. But one day the police find his wife Helen and their three children slain in their house - obviously by John, who left two letters for the police and his priest and disappeared. Chief Richland is disgusted by the murders and starts an intensive investigation. In flashbacks we learn about the history of the disaster. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

  • Survive the Night

    Survive the Night (1993)
    TV Movie (Action and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director On their way home from Brooklyn psychiatrist Vic, daughter Julie and sister Stacey run short of gas. They leave they highway to search a petrol station - but end up erring around in South Bronx. A youth gang under the sadistic Ice stops their car and starts menacing them. When Julie drives away in panic, she damages one of their bikes. Ice feels provoked and decides to hunt them down... without fuel the 3 women soon have to flee by foot and defend their life with all means possible. Only the youngest gang member T.J. tries to help them. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

  • Eli's Lesson

    Eli's Lesson (1992)
    Film (Family and Fantasy) Director A young Hutterite boy dreams of becoming a pilot, which conflicts with his upbringing. After being chastised by his step father one to many times he takes off for the big city to realize his dream.

  • Look Who's Talking Now

    Look Who's Talking Now (1992)
    Film by Tri-Star Pictures First Assistant Director

  • Captive

    Captive (1991)
    TV Movie (Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Paul and Kathy Plunk move away from Phoenix, Arizona, so that their baby daughter may grow up in the healthy Oregon. They buy a small motel in a lonesome mountain region... - it could be idyllic, but their first guests are the wanted criminals Knott and Frost, who are on flight from the police. They need money, so they assault the Plunks, force them to withdraw all their money from the bank. But the nightmare just begins: they take the Plunks and their baby with them as hostages. Their life is worth nothing to the psychopathic criminals. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

  • The New Adventures of the Black Stallion

    The New Adventures of the Black Stallion (1990)
    Television (Adventure and Family) Director Inspired by the novels of Walter Farley. After being shipwrecked on a remote desert island, courageous, young Alec Ramsay and a wild Arabian stallion named the "Black," form an irrevocable bond that continues after their rescue. Now teammates in the horse-racing circuit, they are poised to take the racing world by storm. No one else can ride the stunning fire and silk stallion but Alec; and though the Black's spirit is untamed, his speed is unmatched and he is swiftly becoming the fastest racehorse in the world. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

  • 21 Jump Street

    21 Jump Street (1990)
    Television (Crime, Drama and Mystery) Director 21 Jump Street is the headquarters for a squad of police officers who specialize in investigations relating to young people. Each of the Jump St. personnel was selected for their ability to pass for high school or college students, allowing them to operate undercover in areas where it is difficult for regular police officers to blend in unnoticed. Written by Marg Baskin <>

  • Wiseguy

    Wiseguy (1990)
    Television by Cannell Films & CBS Director

  • Scene of the Crime

    Scene of the Crime (1990)
    Television by Cannell Films & Fox Director

  • Booker

    Booker (1990)
    Television by Cannell Films & Fox Director

  • Mom P.I.

    Mom P.I. (1990)
    Television by Atlantis Films & CBC Director

  • Bird on a Wire

    Bird on a Wire (1989)
    Film by Universal Pictures First Assistant Director

  • The Fly II

    The Fly II (1988)
    Film by Twentieth Century Fox First Assistant Director

  • Stingray

    Stingray (1987)
    Television (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Ray is a shadowy character with a mysterious 'secret agent' past. People in trouble often come to him for help, since he has a lot of important and powerful contacts. He refuses to be paid for his services; however, those seeking his assistance must promise him a favor. Some time in the future, Ray will come to them and ask to collect on that favor, giving them some task that is often arduous and/or dangerous. The title of the show comes from the vintage Corvette Stingray that Ray drives. Written by Tad Dibbern <>

  • Hamilton's Quest

    Hamilton's Quest (1986)
    Television (Drama) Director A young man in a red vintage pick-up truck goes in search of his birthrite.

  • The Hitchhiker

    The Hitchhiker (1985)
    Television (Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A series of mystery-thriller stories, linked only by the character of The Hitchhiker, who would introduce and close each episode in the style of Rod Serling or Alfred Hitchcock. Occasional stories involved supernatural forces, but most plot twists stemmed only from the dark side of the human spirit. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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  • 43rd Melbourne International Film Festival (Nomination, Best Children’s Program)

  • 11th Adelaide International Children’s Film & Video Festival (Nomination, Best Children’s Program)

  • Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (Best Live Action Short Program 30-60 Minutes)

  • 41st Columbus, Ohio International Film & Video Festival (Bronze Plaque for Best Children’s Program)

  • 26th Annual US International Film & Video Festival (Silver Screen Award for Best Children’s Program)

  • Banff International Film Festival (Nominated for Best Children’s Program)

  • Golden Sheaf Awards, Yorkton (Nomination for Drama Over 30 Minutes)

  • Saskatchewan Film & Video Showcase (Best Drama Production Feature Length)

  • John Muir Medical Film Festival (First Prize (Emergency Medicine)

  • Health Sciences Communications (Second Prize)


  • Ryerson Polytechnic - Motion Picture Arts (Toronto, Canada)

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