Team

Sarah_MFL_WebsitePhotoSarah Shelson: Executive Producer/Showrunner

Follow Sarah on Twitter: @SarahShelson

Sarah Shelson is a writer by passion if not by paycheque. A recent  graduate from Ryerson University’s RTA school of media, she has  written for projects that run the gamut from a children’s sitcom  pilot to a pre-apocalyptic zombie webseries. She loves telling  stories for the web because of the ability to portray intimate tales that reach a global audience. That and being able to directly troll viewers.


Lauren Evans: Executive Producer/Transmedia & Marketing

Follow Lauren on Twitter: @LaurenEvansTV

With a burning passion for all things television Lauren moved from a small town in southern Alberta to the big city of Toronto to make her TV dreams a reality.

A graduate from Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media Lauren has experience both on and off set. She has worked on shows such as E! Network’s Pop Quiz, the Food Channel’s Top Chef Canada, and has spent time at powerhouse companies such as Corus Entertainment. Her favourite projects, however, are the ones that come from the heart!

Lauren loves The March Family Letters adventure and hopes that the viewers enjoy watching it as much as the team has enjoyed making it. 


Wil_MFL_WebsitePhotoWil Noack: Producer/Post Production Supervisor 

Follow Wil on Twitter: @WilNoack

Wil Noack is a top-notch, loveable and incredibly humble producer at Cherrydale Productions and The March Family  Letters. A passion for telling and bringing stories to life has always been his driving motivation for his career, as well as working with his closest friends and colleagues to make it happen.

Not quite ready to quit his day job, Wil is also a Production Manager at Ryerson University’s in-house production company: RTA Productions. Wil also runs his own freelance operations, developing pristine behind-the-scene featurettes for special events, films, and more. Wil’s industry credits include having worked on ET in LA, Total Recall (2012), as well as interning for The Amazing Race: Canada.


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Megan MacKay: Director

Follow Megan on Twitter: @mmmegan

Megan MacKay has intensively studied writing, performing, and directing comedy for six years. As an RTA student at Ryerson University, she has had the opportunity to focus her love of comedy into several TARA Award-winning projects and pilots.  She is a graduate of the Second City’s conservatory program and the Comedy Studies program, a semester-long writing and directing intensive offered by the Second City’s flagship theatre in Chicago.


 

Shannon_MFL_WebsitePhotoShannon Litt: Writer/Director

Follow Shannon on Twitter @ShannonLitt

Shannon Litt is a Toronto-based videographer and writer, who has somehow she has managed to work with such clients as the BAFTA Awards, MINI Cooper, HGTV’s Income Property, Tridel, and Monarch Homes. When she isn’t hiding behind a camera, Shannon can be found drinking copious amounts of coffee and writing everything from feature films and web-series to television pilots and bizarre interactive media. She is genuinely ecstatic to be working on The March Family Letters team, as she and her sister had a borderline unhealthy obsession with anything and everything “Little Women” growing up. To this day, Shannon continues to warn others against bringing limes to school and/or work.


Howard_MFL_WebsitePhotoHoward Wan: Director of Photography

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With a lifelong passion for film and meticulous attention to detail, Howard has always been driven to create stories with light and sound.  His work as a Cinematographer has been showcased at venues including Cannes, Hot Docs, and Whistler Film Fest.  When not watching and making movies, Howard also enjoys podcasts, pants, and pizza.


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Giovanna Gatto:  Production Designer

Follow Giovanna on Twitter : @giovannapgatto

Giovanna Gatto is a Toronto-based production designer and graduate of Humber College’s Film and Media Production Degree Program. She has worked as a production designer, set decorator and prop stylist on multiple feature films, short films, music videos, web series’ and commercials. When Giovanna is not out on set, she is working as a circus artist, flying and spinning through the air.


Faustine_MFL_WebsitePhotoFaustine Pelipel: Audio Supervisor

Follow Faustine on Twitter @fpelipel

Photo Credit Ian Crysler www.iancrysler.com

Faustine Pelipel wants nothing more than to make you believe stories with sound. And yes, that includes designing sound effects for intricate fight scenes. Currently, she’s accomplishing this goal by working as a freelance sound editor at Urban Post Production (Orphan Black, Lost Girl) and operating as an entire sound department for personal projects (Insight, Unhinged).


Peter Paik: Gaffer

Peter Paik has worked as photographer, gaffer, grip/electric, and camera assistant on several projects. When not on set he’s whipping up delicious food as a cook. A jack of all trades you might run into Peter biking around the city camera in tow.


Margarita_MFL_WebsitePhotoMargarita Brighton: Production Assistant & Makeup

Margarita was raised in Toronto, Ontario and is no stranger to the city’s extraordinary art and culture scene. She is a feminist and video documentarian with a passion for visuals- whether it be videography backstage at Toronto Fashion Week, photography at your local punk show or her work as a Make Up Artist and PA for MFL. She utilizes her keen eye for aesthetics into everything she works on.


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Alex Shutsa: Writer

Follow Alex on Twitter: @ShutsasWords

Alex Shutsa is a writer and post production specialist, which means he tends to take on projects at the beginning or at the end. Maybe he has commitment issues. Or maybe he just appreciates a good hook and/or wrap party.

In “day job” capacity, Alex has worked for a variety of Canadian television productions such as Canada Sings! and Income Property. Meanwhile, his writing has included an award-winning comedy pilot, a popular CollegeHumor flowchart, and a silly science fiction novel written during NaNoWriMo.

Alex is thrilled to write for The March Family Letters. The characters are rich, the scripts are short, and questionable word choices – at least when writing Amy – are a-okay.


AlixM_MFL_WebsitePhotoAlix Markman: Writer

Follow Alix on Twitter:  @AlixMarkman

Alix Markman is a writer, director, producer and editor – just not all at once.

Her previous credits include Rez Solution (RTA Creative Media Challenge/Official Selection: 2014 Barrie Film Festival – director, producer, co-writer), The 36th Annual TARA Awards(Segment Producer), Combing the Area (original short – director, writer, editor), and a season as Nightwood Theatre’s videographer, during which one of her trailers was broadcast on the national edition of Global’s The Morning Show. Currently in her fourth year at the RTA School of Media, Alix is a graduate of UCLA’s International Professional Certificate Program in Film and Television, and recently completed a mentorship in television drama writing under Linda Schuyler (Degrassi). She has received numerous screenwriting awards from the RTA School of Media, including the William Harding Memorial Award for excellence in dramatic dialogue, the TARA Award for Best First Year Script and a TARA Award nomination for Best Upper Year Script.


Ryan_MFL_WebsitePhoto Ryan Radersma: Editor

Follow Ryan on Twitter: @rradersma

Ryan Radersma is some or all of the following: a video editor, an aspiring writer, a general nerd, a daydreamer, a human male, an Aquarius, a fan of groceries, a student at the RTA School of Media in Toronto, ON, the top hat in Monopoly, just smoke and mirrors, and Steve Buscemi. His favourite element is Lithium.


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Dylan Morgan: Editor

Dylan Morgan is fourth year Media Production student at Ryerson University. His prime interests fall mostly in post-production, so he is very excited to be a part of the March Family Letters. Other interests include cinematography and producing in single-camera productions, but he hopes to continue learning about other aspects of the industry in the future. Dylan is currently working on his thesis project; a documentary about gentrification in Parkdale.


Samantha Blake: Editor

Follow Sam on Twitter @samieiam

Sam is in her third year at Ryerson University and has been working on MFL since the beginning. Starting out as a production assistant, she’s worked her way up to editor. Although this isn’t the first project she’s edited it’s definitely one of her favourites. During the rare times when she’s not in front of the computer she likes to shoot her own videos, write and play DnD with friends.


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Kevin Jung: Audio Post Editor

As a class of ’14 graduate from the RTA School of Media Kevin focused his studies on audio production during his time at Ryerson. He is currently at Segal Sound Design working on animated kids shows, such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood, My Big Big Friend, and Rocket Monkeys. When Kevin’s not working on audio-related projects, you can find him working at Patch Bay. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking, tennis, hockey, and live music.


Liv_MFL_WebsitePhotoLivia Shelson: Transmedia Assistant

Follow Livia on Twitter: @LiviaShelson

Livia Shelson has become well versed in the weird and wonderful world of Tumblr over the last four years. Her main blog has hundreds of followers and she loves interacting with people through this social platform. She is thrilled to add a new dimension to The March Family Letters by bringing these characters to life through transmedia. She is a first year university student at Laurentian University where she is studying biology with a specialization in zoology.  She has aspirations of becoming a veterinarian. That is, if she does not spend the next eight years procrastinating on Tumblr.


Kelly_MFL_WebsitePhotoKelly Kitagawa: Intern

Professional web series intern, creator, youtuber, post-structural feminist and also a total dork. Thinks life is a bit of an odd Instagram filter.


iLauren_MFL_WebsitePhoto Lauren Malyk: Intern

Lauren Malyk at a very early age began storytelling when she attempted to send her grandmother to the moon. Long story short, NASA wouldn’t take her grandmother.

Lauren is also a dabbling writer, marketer and social media strategist. She is in her second year of studies at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism where she is working towards her Optional Specialization in Zone Learning. In the community Lauren can be found writing for Musicians@Ryerson and RyersonFolio, writing and producing for The Scope at Ryerson. Lauren is also a Whovian, a bacon connoisseur and a film buff. She’s excited to be working with the awesome March Family Letters team!


Klaudia_MFL_WebsitePhotoKlaudia Rekas: Intern

Klaudia Rekas is a first year Media Production student at Ryerson University. In secondary school she studied Digital Media in a Specialist High Skills Major program, specializing in photography and graphic design. Her goal in both school and life is to learn something new every day.


DefaultStamp_MFL_WebsitePhoto Dennis Lieu: Graphic Design

Follow Dennis on Twitter: @DennisLieu

Maccie Paquette: Theme Music Composer/Performer 

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Kirstyn Hippe: Music Composer

Follow Kirstyn on Twitter: @KirstynHippe

Kirstyn Hippe is a 19-year-old media student and songwriter attending school in New York City. She began writing wizard rock in 2011, and played on the LeakyCon mainstage in 2013 after winning their “LeakyStars” competition in 2012. Since then, she has been on two cross-country tours and written songs for the Yulin Kuang short film I Ship It. As a huge fan of both modern re-tellings and Little Women, Kirstyn is very excited to be part of The March Family Letters!