Wesley McDonald

Wesley McDonald

Candlebox Productions
Director, Editor, Screenwriter, Filmmaker and Videographer

Chatham-Kent, Canada

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July 2016
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About Wesley

I grew up on my family's farm in the municipality of Chatham-Kent, located in South-Western Ontario, Canada. As a child I spent my time exploring the woods which surrounded the farmstead, playing in my grandfather's hay loft and doing daily chores. The farm is more than 100 years old and many of its buildings and barns are made from hand-hewn timber and iron spikes. I collected eggs almost every day and was driving tractors before I was 10 years old, many of them antiques. I worked hard and often but was happy.
Farm life can be isolating however and television and film offered me fascinating glimpses of a big world filled with art, adventure and music. I remember that as a young man I often thought about becoming a filmmaker but didn't know the first thing about cameras or the industry and I dismissed my fantasy as an empty dream. People like me didn't become filmmakers, I thought. Instead I pursued science and set my sights on medical school. I thought I would become a surgeon. I was accepted into a biomedical science program at Laurentian University in Sudbury Ontario where there was a ground breaking cancer research hospital and a brand new Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Things seemed to be working out according to plan.
My first calculus class revealed that I was badly mistaken. During my final year of high school when I was supposed to be learning advanced mathematics I suffered a severe concussion while playing hockey and as a result my short term memory suffered. So even though I managed to pass high school calculus I was ill prepared for the university level and should never have been accepted into the program in the first place. I failed first year calculus twice before I decided it was time for a new plan.
I had always been a reader and I admired writers, but again I thought 'people like me don't become novelists'. Now stuck at a university far from home in need of new focus I saw an opportunity to revisit that dream. I entered Laurentian's English Rhetoric and Media Studies program hoping to become a journalist and a fiction writer but again my plan changed. After taking my first film class with a brilliant and engaging professor yet another childhood dream was rekindled and I began to think, maybe people like me do become filmmakers.
I graduated and after several years of working as a cook, saved enough money for a cheap camera. I made my first feature documentary on my own with no budget. "Caroline" is about the clear cutting of rare Carolinian forest in my home town, a controversial subject at the time. It premiered in 2015 to an audience of 300. From there I made another film, and another. On each production I worked hard to learn new skills, develop style and use more sophisticated equipment. Eventually I decided the time was right to start my own small business doing wedding videos, music videos, commercial videography and documentary film. So here I am, working hard, still learned something new every day and still fascinated by the intimate immortal glimpses a camera can create.

Unique traits: Visual thinker.

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Education

  • Laurentian
    (2005-2010)

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