Please explain what just happened.

Just sat down at a cafe in Gastown with an espresso.


What is your earliest memory?

Watching karate movies and then attacking my older brothers.  That, and hiding when I heard the wolf howl on Michael Jackson’s Thriller album.  Must have been around 3 years old.


If you weren’t a director, what other profession would you choose?

Probably a ninja.

Describe a typical work day.

When directing, I wake up early, 5 or 6 a.m., go over my shot list, storyboard, and the scenes for the day, travel to set, then chat with the cinematographer and 1st AD over my plan of attack, then I check in with the leads of each department, props, set dec, etc.  I like to start the day with a very simple shot so we can get the day going with a start. Then we just shoot until late. Get home around 11 p.m.  Look over previous day’s footage.  Sleep.


Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

Not really.  I am a very honest and frank person.


What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

Hey man. It’s me. You.


If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?

Beatles. White Album.


What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?

Globe and Mail



From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

My family.  My wife.  My daughter.



Name three books that have impacted your life.

Anything by C.S. Lewis. Love love Life of Pi, by Yann Martel.  And when I was just a young’n I read every Roald Dahl book.


If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?

My childhood.  That was a blast.


How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

Two degrees. Worked with Brian Markinson who worked with Kevin Bacon (Apollo 13).


What makes you feel most guilty?

Being away from my family.


How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?

I listen to them and collaborate.  It is such a treat to work with artists in all aspects of filmmaking. I feel truly honored to be able to work in this profession.


Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind Hop the Twig.

I wanted to teach myself how to make a film and all that it entails—storyboarding, editing, color correction, visual effects, etc.  So I made the film.

For the look, tone and cinematography, I really drew from Pan’s Labyrinth. For the story (without giving too much away) when I was a little boy, I had this crazy epiphany just like Audrey in Hop the Twig where I realized that people die …. Then, working on the script I exaggerated a lot.

What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

“Be big, bold, and beautiful.”  Same advice the gal at the front desk told me before I stepped into my audition for the acting school, Studio 58, which I graduated from.


List your favorite in the following categories:  Comedian, Musician, Author, Actor.

Comedian –  The Flight of the Conchords.

Musician – Radiohead.

Author – Oh come on, favorite author! Too many …

Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis.


This category should be there too …

Director – Paul Thomas Anderson.


If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?

I’d put it towards Motion 58’s next film that we are shooting in early 2013 — an 1800s psychological drama based on an award-winning play by Electric Company Theater.


What do you want to know?

What’s next in life.


What would you like your last words to be?

Same as my grandpa, “That was fun.”


Please explain what will happen.

Riding my bike down to Vanier Park to do some Shakespeare.


*photos by Emily Cooper.


For the last seven years, KYLE RIDEOUT has worked extensively as an actor in theater, anime, voice-over, film, and TV. He was the recipient of two Jessie Richardson Awards and was honored with the Sam Payne Award for Outstanding Performance. Being both an actor and an artist fuels his passion for directing. He is self taught and recently wrote and directed the short film Hop the Twig, winner of the CBC Short Film Face Off Contest which features short films from across Canada. Obsessed with the flow, image, and story of his work, he storyboards each shot, and on Hop the Twig Rideout drew over 200 storyboards for a 9 minute short. His next film, Wait for Rain, won the 2010 National Screen Institute Drama Prize and is slated to shoot in early August on location in Vancouver.

In 2010 Rideout and Josh Epstein teamed up and created Motion 58 Entertainment, a company focused on creating new scripts and projects. Currently Rideout and Epstein have a feature film, a TV series, and musical in development.

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