Jessica Dawson has organic schizophrenia. She has had delusions and can occasionally hear voices. In addition to mental illness, Jessica also has rheumatoid arthritis, making many activities difficult. Through her participation with Stand Up For Mental Health, a program that teaches stand up comedy to people with mental illness, Jessica has learned to find the humour in her pain. She’s also learned how to tell a joke.
Jimmy Jeong visited Jessica in her home to photographer her and record her story. I edited this piece.
In fall 2013, I traveled to Nelson, B.C. to capture the unique spirit of this creative capital of the Kootenays for Maclean's Magazine as part of their 'Canada: 10 Places You've Got to See' photo and video series. I fell in love with the town and the people.
Target Canada asked me to make a short video documenting the Target racing team's visit to an Edmonton Boys and Girls Club.
Target Canada In the Community
8 Days at Clover Bar
Capital Power wanted to document the removal and replacement of a turbine in their Clover Bar Power Station, just outside Edmonton. I edited together this look at the highly technical process with video, time-lapse and photographs shot by Jimmy Jeong.
8 Days at Clover Bar Energy Centre
This short documentary looks at the people who worked over 8 days to ensure a problem free replacement of a turbine. (4:01)
CloverBar Turbine Replacement - Timelapse Version
In this edit, I created a shorter, more visual look at the turbine replacement process at the Clover Bar Power Station. (1:56)
Valiant Entertainment is a fun New York City based comic book company. I've created a number of promotional trailers and videos for them.
X-O Manowar #1: The World's First Talking Comic Book Cover Promo
To promote "the world's first taking comic book cover" on X-O Manowar #1, Valiant Entertainment commissioned me to create a short video showing how the talking cover works. This video can also be found on Valiant's Youtube page. (0:30)
Harbinger Wars: Battle for Las Vegas Game Trailer
To promote the release of a tongue-in cheek 8-bit video game, I was asked to create a game trailer in the same spirit. The video can also be found on the Valiant YouTube channel.
I was asked to create moving backgrounds promoting Valiant Entertainment's Harbinger comic book, for use at comic conventions. (1:41)
I was asked to create moving backgrounds promoting Valiant Entertainment's Bloodshot comic book, for use at comic conventions. (0:42)
Valiant Entertainment Promo Reel
Valiant Entertainment wanted a longer moving
background promoting all their characters and comic books. (11:28)
This editing reel highlights my shooting and editing work completed between 2010-12.
My Reel - Tiffany Brown Olsen
Charatan: A Survivor's Story
As a young Jewish girl in Poland, Pauline Charatan live through historical events we
can only imagine. Her mother, father and sisters were killed and she was
forced hide and make her way from Poland to Germany where she lived out
the war in fear of being discovered. Finally, after the war, Pauline
came to New York.
I was commissioned by a group working to support Nazi victims to help Pauline tell her story.
The support group had recorded hours of footage of
Pauline Charatan telling her amazing story in bits and pieces as she remembered. I was tasked with trying to
understand the details of her story and put together the footage in a
way that helps to make her story clear.
Charatan Remembers: A Survivor's Story
School Lunch Program Ad
I commissioned and helped produced this TV spot while working in communications at E4C. The ad ran as part of the School Lunch Program's holiday campaign and the spot was part of a larger documentary project looking at E4C's School Lunch Program and it's other human service programs.
As part of my graduate studies, I developed a short project inspired by my love of old radio detective programs. 'Betty Holiday: Girl Detective' took many forms, none of them final.
Betty Holiday: Girl Detective - Teaser
A trailer, giving a sense of the Betty Holiday project. (1:45)
Betty Holiday: Girl Detective
Episode 1 (6:24)
DUMBO Art Festival Spots
Each September, the Brooklyn neighbourhood of DUMBO is taken over by
artists, musicians and great food. The DUMBO Arts Festival is an
exuberant end to summer in New York. In this series of spots, I capture
the excitement, fun and the family-friendly nature of the event.
DUMBO Art Festival Spots
Tara in the City
We follow (stalk) Tara as she explores New York.
Tara, In the CIty
Sometime you've just got to make things for yourself.
Ode to the East River
I love the new East River Ferry. I wanted to share some of it in this
little bit of video shot on my iPhone with the 8mm app. The music is
Morning Fog from the album Rome by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi. (0:39)
Where I Live: New York New York
Photography: Tiffany Brown Olsen
Music: Cat Power "New York New York" (1:59)