Michel graduated from (UVA) University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and Television. He started his career as an assistant director working with top European film/ TV producers and directors including Paul Verhoeven, Ben Sombogaart and John de Mol (creator of Big Brother, Deal or no Deal, The Voice).
Since 1985, Michel has produced/directed several dozen dramas, comedies, documentaries, feature films, commercials, cooking shows and children’s programs include creating and directing the award winning puppet TV series Medical Centre Muse which was one of Europe’s most popular TV shows in the early nineties.
Michel immigrated in 2000 to Canada and continued his work in Toronto. He joined IATSE Local 667 as member and worked on movies such as Death to Smoochy, Odyssey 5 TV series, Shadowlan“, Resident Evil and many more movies and TV series.
Over the years, he has won a number of awards at various International Film Festivals for his work as a producer and a director.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Robert Armstrong has over 32 years of experience as a Director of Photography. He shoots a wide variety of projects. He is also a highly qualified operator of the ‘Jimmy Jib Triangle’, an invaluable tool which he owns and uses extensively in music video’s, feature films, TV shows such as “Oprah’s Life Class”, Britain and Irelands Next Top Model, Juno Awards" Live Network Television,“Vannesa” Indie Film, "Blue Man Group", Canadian Idol, “War of the Wheels”, “Sars” Rolling Stones, AC/DC Concert, “ColdPlay” Much Music concert, Raptors NBA Basketball Promo’s 2012 Season, Sony Pictures TIFF, commercials and more. His expertise and friendly demeanor are tremendous assets to the Octopus Media Group team. He is a long-time member in good standing of IATSE and CICA (Canadian Independent Camera Association).
Greg has been a part of the entertainment industry for 30 years. Through his experience in management and technical consulting, Greg has represented some of the largest camera and equipment suppliers in Canada including William F. White and Panavision. Greg’s reach is endless, as he has contributed to countless international productions and to some of the top shows in Canada. Mean Girls, How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days, Fifty Cent, New York Minute, Against the Ropes, Shall we Dance, Pacific Rim, Nikita, Flash Point and The Listener. Along with these notable TV shows and films, Greg was the Executive Producer of two short films and two feature films.
Since 1991, Greg has been an integral part of the television and film industry. Starting in production, display and live to TV. Greg’s expertise with video assist packages, video cameras, HD, SD, monitors, Santa Fe HD and Sony HD is second to none and a valuable component to any Producer, Director and Production Manager.
SOCIA MEDIA DIRECTOR
With over 12 years of experience in the TV Broadcasting and Multi- Media industries, O’Neil is the creator and Team Leader of the Bicentenary Centre for the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration to Celebrate the Abolishment of Slavery in Ontario. O’Neil invented DIGITALPORTAL.COM network to push digital content and interactive technology worldwide DOOH networks.
Film Production projects include; Producer & Director for City TV, Dedicated Remix. Multiple Production rolls for CBC; which include the Red Green Show, Air Farce, 2000 & 2001 Juno Awards, The Great Canadian Music Dream and Stratford Gold. Along with Producing and Directing, O’Neil is also in front of the camera and has starred in films, commercials and TV shows since the ripe age of 8 years old. Credits include; TV Ontario’s What’s in a Name, Against the Ropes, Due South, Exhibit A, and Life with Mickey. TV commercials include; Coca-Cola, Timex, Sears, Indiscretion Cologne and the Powdered Toast Man.
Theresa is a Canadian of Ukrainian heritage. Having always been interested in media, Theresa had chosen after high school to study Broadcasting and Film at Centennial College.
After graduation, Theresa was given the opportunity to edit a Ukrainian documentary film, “Vohon I Zbroya” (“Fire and Arms”) directed by Myroslaw Iwanek, a well-known activist in the Ukrainian community in Toronto. The film hit many Ukrainian stores around Canada, United States and Europe.
Theresa found her way to Octopus Media Group, starting in 2007, working on variety TV and Web series productions including Hitched in the homeland, Unveiled, DR. Sugah, music videos, commercials and much more. It has been during these projects that editing has become not only a job for Theresa, but also a passion.