Still from the short film Games People Play
I’ve made 16 short films now... e shortest, e Imp in the City, a breakdance film shot in Barcelona, at 2 minutes, and the longest, God’s Good Pleasure, an 18.5-minute sexy noir romance co-starring two-time Donatello nominee Davide Del Degan, set in a 40,000 sq.. castle/armory in Upstate NY. I’ve done drama, animation, comedy, documentary, mockumentary, dance and poetry films. I’ve shot in the intimacy of my living room and at a busy commercial racetrack. I’ve worked with name talent and people who have never acted before. Every film has presented new lessons, unique challenges and varying rewards. But, most of all, short film has given me a voice. I’m not sure I would have found the same creative freedom in features, even if that film based on a famous Spanish novel had finally been greenlit. In the short film world, I’ve found a niche where I can put out a clear vision or present a message without interference. With lower budgets and fewer production and post days on the schedule, I can work with top professionals who are also passionate about collaboration without compromise. (I’ve oen been told it’s rare to be asked “How would you do this?” by a director/producer, and then to hear from them, “Awesome! Let’s do it your way!”) So, I’ve never looked back at my feature days. I look forward! To more creating. To more actual producing. Because: life is short!
Dawn Westlake founded ron de Cana Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles in 1998. She is also a director/writer/actress for hire. Many of her short ﬁlms are repped by Fred Joubaud at ouat Media in Toronto. They are also available for download at https://sellfy.com/rondecana. DvDs can be purchased at https://rondecana.selz.com/ For more information on Westlake’s ﬁlms, please visit http://www.dawnwestlake.com
Dawn Westlake’s producer ﬁlmography with ron de Cana Productions, inc. Games People Play (2014) The Martini Effect (2013) Found objects (2012) Covariance (2011) A.L.I.C.E. (2010) The Imp in the City: Part Deux! (2010) The Imp in the City (2010) The Catalyst (2009) Project Ion (2008) 68° & Clear (2007) God’s Good Pleasure (2006) The Pawn (2004) A Life of Death (2003) Thoroughly Modern Mili (2003) Dottie: The Little Girl with the Big voice (2002) Mini Driver Project (2000)
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World of Shorts (WOSH), the magazine published by Daazo.