LET HIM GO
Trevor Smith breaks out as Production Designer for upcoming Focus Features film, starring Kevin Costner & Diane Lane.
Collaborating with writer/director Thomas Bezucha, and cinematographer Guy Godfree, I was thrilled and honoured to be given the aesthetic reigns for this heavy thriller about maternal ferocity and the bloody ties that bind. Tragic. Heavy. Atmospheric. This Albertan showcase was an absolutely golden opportunity to turn down the lights, add grit, and explore the unpredictable violent nature of damaged love. I have never been more stimulated, encouraged, and challenged. More cinema please.
WYNONNA EARP: Season 4
Guess who the new production designer is?
That’s right. I will be designing Season 4 of this ScFy/IDW series that mixes the contemporary west with demons, super heroic ass-kicking characters, whiskey, doughnuts, and a healthy dose of fiery humour. I owe nothing but gratitude to my predecessor Ingrid Jurek for all her faith in me and for shaping this show into the hit series it currently is. Here’s hoping we can keep elevating the material.
Trevor Smith’s feature length debut, produced by Crowsnest Films, is still alive and kicking in all VOD spaces. the smalls: forever is a long time (2015) theatrically played 13 cities, and screened for 15 weeks across Canada. Winning 4 Alberta Motion Pictures Awards, this movie continues to find new audience and spurn steady online sales and fervour for one of Canada’s greatest and unsung legends.
“"This isn't some VH1 Behind The Music tell all with rock star posturing and egos clashing. This is a document of an unassuming band of regular dudes from the Canadian prairies who made their bones playing the dingiest dives and dirtiest halls. Who played to five people in one city and five hundred in the next and took it as it came and made something beautiful together that touched a lot of hearts and changed a lot of lives. That's the spirit of this band, that's the spirit of this film and that's the spirit of the independent music scene at its heart. Forever Is A Long Time conveys that beautifully and should not be missed.” - calgarymovies
We all had a tour shirt. At least it seemed that way. That easily identifiable patch on either the crotch or across both breasts. That standard square logo you instantly recognized as the one and only, guaranteed to tear-your-face-off, unique, voice bending, galloping sound of time shifting riffs from the band known as the smalls. In a time before digital visibility and worldwide web accessibility, this band set the standard for excellence in rabid curiosity and enigmatic reputation. Who were these giants in winter boots and John Deere hats? Small town enigmas. Metal. Punk. Country. Jazz. One of a kind.
the smalls were a legendary musical phenomenon. After suddenly saying Goodbye Forever at the peak of their success, and 13 years apart, they reformed for one last redemptive tour—closing the loop internally as bandmates, estranged friends, and with their long-adoring fans. Forever is a long time after all. From rekindled beginnings to a sold-out tour coast to coast, this film explores the journey of memory, age, and power of music to erase the years for player and fan alike.
Time heals all wounds. The remaining scar is the story to forever cherish and never entirely forget.
This film is really about the wisdom that comes with time, and the recognition that the “glory years” behind us are not to be lamented and missed, but in the case of the smalls-- celebrated for the great accomplishments and wide spanning influence on a generation.
They mattered to tens of thousands of young, alienated youth through the nineties--- particularly in smaller markets—and did it with accessible grace, attitude, and a stubborn DIY work ethic. This is not a story of failure and glass ceilings, but rather of great success and self actualization.