April Showers with new Synn Developments

The SYNN Gang has been more than a little productive lately, which partially explains why this site’s gone, unupdated for the last little while. So in the interest of keeping our friends and well-wishers well informed, here’s a rundown of what’s been going on, and what will be going on soon at SYNN STUDIOS

FOUR ACES – After two highly successful screenings at the Galaxy Cinemas Guelph, FOUR ACES was shown at the Local Focus 2 Film Festival in Kitchener and walked away with two awards including an audience choice award and the prize for Best Feature. There will be future screenings of FOUR ACES, so keep your eyes peeled for news. Director Thomas Gofton has also submitted it to various festivals and distributors as well. Stay tuned.

Ed Video 24 Hour Filmmaking Contest – The SYNN entered two teams in Ed Video Media Arts Centre’s annual contest, and SYNN Team Stacked walked away with the Technical Achievement Award. SYNN Team Fudgesicle had to settle though for creating an uproarious piece of comedy that tickled the audience, but not quite enough to win audience choice. Good work teams!

Time to Give Videos – Several members of the SYNN STUDIOS team answered the call from the City of Guelph and the Volunteer Centre to produce 3-minute videos highlighting some of the Royal City’s hard-working not-for-profits and their fine contributions to the community. Congrats go to Thomas, Rob, Josh, Kevin, Jason and Adam for their community support, and an extra big thanks to Nick whose technical support on nearly all the videos was greatly appreciated, which he did while working on his own video. Phenomenal work, Synners.

iN Magazine – This SYNN branch into printed media has been a long time in the planning, and it’s getting closer to fruition. The first edition of the magazine is scheduled to hit newsstands in the first week of May, but the online edition will be up before that. If you’re interested in advertising e-mail thomas@inmagazine.ca, or if you’re interested in contributing e-mail adam@inmagazine.ca

DEEP 5H1T – By far, one of the most ambitious SYNN projects yet, DEEP 5H1T is a live-action sci-fi spoof in the vain of Futurama or Spaceballs, co-written by the SYNN’s own Kevin Sheward (Gabes from FOUR ACES). This will be a new web-series premiering soon on a computer screen near you. Filming gets underway at the end of April, so keep your eyes peeled for updates and maybe some behind the scenes pics once principal photography begins. The image attached is concept art for the series’ logo.

SMOKE – The SYNN’s most prestige picture to date, SMOKE is a short war film from directors Justin Lenssen (CORPOREAL MEMORIES) and Brad McMillan and a screenplay by Adam A. Donaldson (SPOOKY KIDS). The film’s story is taken directly from the journal of Joseph St. Onge, a Canadian soldier who was on the frontlines at the Second Battle of Ypres. The title is taken from the fact that this was the first poison gas attack used in war; smoke drifting across the battlefield was how the gas appeared to Allied soldiers in their trenches. SMOKE is scheduled to go before the cameras in May.

And this is just the tip of a very large iceberg under the surface. The focus of the SYNN this summer is short films in order to highlight our capabilities and scope, so visit here often for (more frequent) updates about the goings on of Guelph’s premiere multimedia studio. For more information on any SYNN STUDIOS projects, or information about the studio itself, e-mail donaldson@synnstudios.ca