Tim Rayne has been writing and directing short films for the past 12 years and has a film studies background. Rayne is interested in regional cinema for telling narrative films that explore various contemporary themes with rural settings. Currently Rayne is in preproduction for his next short film entitled 'OldMan'.
INTERVIEW WITH ALUMNI MEMBER FILMMAKER TIM RAYNE
By Saint John based member Tim O'Neill
March 26, 2009
Tim O'Neill: You went away to Ottawa to study film theory and history…what is it like to return to this region, as a local filmmaker?
Tim Rayne: Ever since I was a kid, I always loved movies, more than most people around; but it was the NB Film Co-op in 1997-98 that made me believe what I had thought was an unattainable dream could be a reality. That is to make films. I never aspired to make "commercial films", making my own were always my first love. It was the creative artistic community at the NB Film Co-op that attracted me to filmmaking. Am I happy to be back? Yes, I am.
Tim O'Neill: How have things changed since you returned?
When I went away, I knew very little about film theory and history, other than the popular films that I grew up with. Taking a formal education in Film Studies helped me evolve as a filmmaker; in particular, my personal interest in regional filmmaking and identity…. Coming back to New Brunswick and being part of the Film Co-op has brought a renewed and…inspired creativity and strong appreciation of the filmmakers in the community, that I am proud to be a part of.
Tim O'Neill: Like who?
Tim Rayne: When I was away I continuously kept in contact with Tony Merzetti and Cat Leblanc, and enjoyed hearing about the member projects going on, and very much missed being away from home. I can't pin it to one person because everyone in the membership is so diverse. There is a synergy between artists and filmmakers. There is starting to be a scene, a film community, unlike anything I have seen across Canada. We're having our own Seattle Grunge Scene.
Tim O'Neill: How does our "scene" differ from the scenes in other communities?
Tim Rayne: What makes New Brunswick so neat is that such an eclectic, diverse group of individuals can come together and work toward making engaging films; for example, where else across Canada can you get such a cross section, a cross pollination, of artistic interests and styles?
Tim O'Neill: What do you see happening in the future for the NB Film Co-op and New Brunswick's independent filmmakers?
Tim Rayne: With the internet and the new way people are looking at films (through the internet, phones, etc.), the neglected short film format will be rediscovered, re-embraced as an important archival artifact and cultural contribution. I believe that it will be filmmakers that come through the NB Film Co-op that will inevitably gain the success that will bring national and international interest to New Brunswick's filmmakers. It will be a home grown filmmaker that will one day soon make people aware that there is a rich cinematic culture in New Brunswick. That, I already believe exists--and is just waiting to be discovered.
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