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by jgaskell May 7, 2014

Take the word “Current” with a grain of salt – some of these projects are more than a year old, but they are still on the internet, which means that people continue to discover them for the first time. So, they could be current to you!

Commercial: Spectrum Cable

I make a quick appearance as a call centre employee in this Spectrum Cable commercial! It’s an American company, so watch for it on your US cable channels! Fun times.

Commercial: Coast Capital Savings

Commercials are fun! Some of you may remember that a couple of years ago I appeared in a Coast Capital Commercial as a silly-face-making employee. Well, they asked me back, so I’ll be showing up in a couple more spots this year! Here’s the newest one. Don’t I look responsible!

The Critical Hit Show

The Critical Hit Show is a live, on-stage RPG experience presented at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver on the last Wednesday of every month. Game Master Eric Fell, a fixture of the Vancouver Improv scene, leads team of adventurers Barbara Beall, Allen Morrison, Ian Boothby, Shaun Stewart, Ellen MacNevin and myself (as Freya the Warlock) through an interactive, improv-driven role-playing escapade, complete with audience interaction and nerdy snacks.

This is such a fun show to do! I feel so lucky to have been invited by these fantastic improv comedians to help them entertain the crowd once a month. If you’re in Vancouver, come out, have a beer, and bring your plastic sword.

Nature Calls

A few friends and I had access to a rented phone booth for a couple of days, so we dragged it into the forest and made a movie, featuring the hilarious voice talents of Rebecca Husain and Ian Boothby.

Enjoy!

Sword of the Stars: The Pit

Kerberos Productions’ Sword of the Stars: The Pit is a rogue-like PC game where the players attempt to find the long-lost cure to a deadly disease that is ravaging their world. The only way to do so is to venture deep inside an ancient pit, full of horrific monsters and certain death! Sounds fun, right? I was the voice of Astryd the Medic, in their most recent expansion. Play it on Steam!

Legend of the Lich Lord

Spencer Estabrooks and the team from One Hit Die: the Webseries invited me to be a part of their second season, which released as a feature film: Legend of the Lich Lord, as well as an episodic.

I headed out to Calgary to play with a fantastic group of people on a beautiful set, and had a great time. Plus, I don’t want to spoil anything, but my character appears as the result of a wonderfully hilarious, classic Dungeons & Dragons-style magical mishap.

Check it out – the show first aired on Telus TV, but now all episodes are online!

Standard Action

Standard Action’s first season of fourteen episodes launched online in 2010/2011, Season 2 (eight episodes) in 2012/2013, and Season 3 (twelve episodes) in 2014/2015. Billed as the series for geeks of all kinds, it follows four bumbling, mismatched adventurers as they search for their lost friends in a world of elves, hobgoblins, half-halflings and magic.

Drawn from the world of tabletop roleplaying games, video games and geek pop culture, Standard Action has been praised for its beautiful costumes, art and cinematography, quirky, intelligent writing, and great performances.

As the producer, writer, one of the stars, and the original creator of Standard Action, I am so very, very proud of the recognition we have received, not just from the amazing fans who support us through crowdfunding, but also from the industry, with various festival wins and nominations under our belt.

Starlit Citadel Board Game Reviews

Starlit Citadel is a web-based board game shop based out of Vancouver, BC. To build their brand and web presence, they branched out into online video board game reviews, starring myself and Kaja Sadowski, filmed by Carla Miller of Standard Action, and directed/edited by myself. There are four seasons of Starlit Citadel Reviews online, and 140 episodes!

Humans & Households

The Dead Gentlemen and Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, creators of the JourneyQuest webseries and the wildly popular Gamers series of feature films, invited me to work on their mini-series project, Humans & Households!

These are a fantastic bunch of creators, using a solely fan-supported, incredibly innovative model to fund their work. They’re gaining some serious traction as movers and shakers in independent film, especially in the genre scene, and I was incredibly excited to work with them. H&H is a three-episode comedy mini-series.

Animism: The Gods’ Lake

Animism: The Gods’ Lake chronicles the adventures of Melody “Mel” Ravensfall, a 17 year old activist who discovers that her friends’ efforts to save the Gods’ Lake are just the smallest-scale skirmish in a much wilder war.

Underneath the surface of the lake lies a Sacred Site that is the key to a timeless conflict between the supernatural forces of the Mother and the Wetiko, a creature who has held power for too long and whose minions have pushed our fragile world to a breaking point. Only their unpredictable sibling, the Trickster, can restore balance… but he has been missing for centuries. And time is running far too short.

I am so excited to be a part of this project, as the voice of Tokala the sassy fox, as well as several other characters.

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