No news is good news! But here’s some good news!

Things have been quiet around here lately. The Borrowtime team has been hard at work on a number of different new projects, while working to spread the love and get some of our other films out there to a wider audience.

Our most recent short film, “Fidelium” won the Online Audience Vote and Grand Jury Prize (selected by George A. Romero himself!) at Bloodshots in November. Mr. Romero had this to say about the film:

“To everyone at BLOODSHOTS CANADA, and of course the participating filmmakers themselves: I know a little something about working with a short schedule and a low budget but this is ridiculous! All the films that I saw deserve kudos given the constraints. I believe that a filmmaker’s first responsibility is to tell a story. I feel that Darren Borrowman and Keith Opatovsky (and the Borrowtime cast & crew) did exactly that in their film ‘FIDELIUM’. His directing was clean with no energy wasted on pure graphics. Every shot served the story. His targeted approach has enabled Borrowman to in fact use more angles, which always makes a director’s intentions more easily accessible. Congratulations to all the participants, especially to Mr. Borrowman for ‘FIDELIUM’”.  – George A. Romero

What an honor!

Collecting the Grand Prize for Bloodshots 2012

Collecting the Grand Prize for Bloodshots 2012










“Fidelium” is being sent out to festivals worldwide, and will be featured in the upcoming issue of Fangoria Magazine (#321) – it hits shelves and the internet in February, so keep your eyes peeled!

There’s lots more soon to come from the Borrowtime team, so stay in touch!



Making “Fidelium”







The Borrowtime team is at it again!

This past weekend, we got together and partook in the Bloodshots 48hr film challenge.

You know the deal. Make a movie in a weekend.

Our core team has done this several times before, but it was great to get some fresh blood in the crew. (Bad pun, I know).

Bob Woolsey worked really hard on Friday night, having received our inspiration package. We don’t like to plan too much of the creative before the competition starts, so receiving “Blind Terror”, “Occult Text”, stitches and the line “You haven’t been yourself lately”, took some serious weaving. Primarily known for writing comedy, Bob really worked to craft a solid story about a desperate man that goes to lengths for his wife and baby, and the consequences of trusting the wrong people.







As Bob wrote, Keith Opatovsky, Lindsey Mann and Darren Borrowman spent time running around to ensure that they had everything they needed to start shooting in the morning. The cast and crew were contacted and some brief details were discussed. It’s difficult to tell people what they need to do if you don’t have a script, however, with everyone putting trust in each other to do their best despite the challenges, the preparation didn’t take too long. Everyone was able to get some sleep. Except Bob. He wrote until the wee hours of the morning.

On Saturday morning, the team gathered together at the Libra Room on Commercial Dr. (Big shout out to the friendly staff and owners! THANK YOU!) and spent the day shooting. With only a few hours of sleep, both Tom Belding and Lauren Martin fully committed to their characters of Erik and Wendy, and maintained strong character commitment throughout the day. This also goes for Marcel Perro. Although not naked, as in previous Borrowtime productions, he maintains creepy, as in previous Borrowtime productions!
As the day sped by, the team moved over to the apartment, and finished it all off by about 11pm.









David Spaven, Jenny Wilkinson and Travis Hansen did a great job as the entire production crew, running 2 cameras on virtually every setup, lighting 5 locations and shooting nearly 300GB of footage in about 15hrs.

And the makeup. Darla Edin is a wizard. She’s won awards at IMATS and will be competing again soon, and she did not disappoint for Bloodshots 2012. Having discussed ideas with Bob and Darren ahead of time, one early makeup effect idea had been to make someone’s head explode. She was also ready to produce 5 gallons of blood (that’s like, 20 litres!). In the end, only two litres were needed, however she used a whole lot of latex. (Not going to spoil it for you here, but she really went THERE.










As the team shot, Greg Melanson, Red Heartbreaker and Ian Berg toiled in the post production suite. With Greg assistant editing and Ian prepping titles and motion design, Red took inspiration from the script to record a beautiful operatic score. Emily Bach not only provided the violin part, but was able to come to set on only a few hours notice to be in the film.

As the team wrapped production, the cleanup went swiftly, and spirits were high. Despite laying on the floor for nearly four hours, Lauren was cheerful and gave a great death. (Okay, sorry. I spoiled it. But the film’s only 7mins long, and is embedded below, so just watch it, okay?!)













Filming completed with 20 hours to edit, Darren sat down and worked through the night, sleeping for only an hour. As the morning progressed, the coffee flowed. With a light sound design pass and colour correction, the titles and music were added, and the film was exported and delivered to the Legion on Main st. dropoff. Delivering with nearly an hour to spare,

Then they slept.

Overall, a great weekend, with very little drama, great enthusiasm, and a really fun team. Extra special thank yous to the background performers and Cult members (Jeet, you’re creepy and it’s awesome!) and to the Bloodshots team for putting on a great competition every single year. With the screening at the Rio on Halloween, it’s going to be a Horror-tastic time.











It was a really great weekend, and we can’t wait to do it again!

“Do Something With Your Life” – Olio Festival Screening

It’s been a while coming, but we’re really excited to announce that “Do Something With Your Life”, our first feature film, will be premiering at the Olio Festival on September 21 at 6:30pm at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver!

Click here for the listing from the program guide!

The Olio festival is an awesome music fest with all kinds of local music, comedy, art and film, and we’re really excited to be able to premiere “Do Something…” in our home town! There will be a Q&A session after the screening, and I’m sure that a lot of the cast and crew will be in attendance. Awesome.
We’re in the process of rolling out some new behind the scenes videos over the next few weeks, so stay tuned! We’ll have more details about the screening, an after party and other great news very soon!
To keep in touch, check out all of our social media links:

Do Something Website:


Twitter: @dswyl

We’ve even got a Tumblr feed!

And of course, here’s the trailer, if you haven’t seen it already!

Don’t forget that we also did an 8 part production diaries series with Redbud Films- you can see them in our youtube playlist, here!

LA WebFest Win

This past weekend, the “Bob & Andrew” webseries was screened as a part of the LA WebFest, and won a few prizes. This is nice!

Although we have two seasons available to watch, it was the first season that was being recognized, and it’s a great pleasure to say that Bob and Andrew were honoured with Outstanding Writing, and Andrew was honoured with Outstanding Acting.

Congrats, gents!

Here’s the very first episode! You can view others by going to the “Bob and Andrew” tab, at the top of the page.

The CabaRadio Podcast

The other night, Darren made an appearance on the CabaRadio show with Teddy Smooth to discuss the finer points of directing.

Also featuring Vancouver directors Tracy D. Smith and Matteo Saradini, we discussed everything from funding to acting, to women in film and and much more.

You can listen to the podcast of the show here

A few weeks ago, Bob made an appearance on the show when they did an Acting special. You can listen to that one here

It was a really fun time, and you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for Teddy Smooth’s cameo in “Do Something With Your Life”….