Filmed in digital 3D and based on Deborah Schnitzer’s poem Spellbinding (winner of the Margaret Laurence Award), Is It My Turn is a black and white 3D expression of hope.
Writer: Deborah Schnitzer
Director: Shelagh Carter
Producer: Hersh Seth
“Dance is, almost always, by nature a collaborative art form. Film, often, is no different.
In order to create Is It My Turn, three dancers were given a poem and asked to interpret assigned sections through dance. The movements were then filmed by a cinematographer who had also made a career as both a dance artist and choreographer.
After the shoot, the film was edited and scored, respectively, by two Juno award-winning musicians.
At its very core, Is It My Turn, is an experimental short film that observes the discovery and release of creative energy through dance.
In capturing the moving images of three female dancers as an act of love, I return to that deep personal and professional space whose channels I have learned to open and touch as an artist.
The use of the 3D camera offered an opportunity to explore the visual depth of dance choreography as it could take far greater liberties with space and time, enhancing further the film’s ability to be interrupted at any moment.
Similarly the resulting visual poem and ethereal qualities of the black and white images support my continuing interest as a director in transitions and delicate and dangerous transformations. I remain inspired and indebted to all my fellow collaborators on the film.”
About Shelagh Carter
Shelagh Carter is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio as an actress and director, a professor of theatre and film at the University of Winnipeg and a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Directors Lab.
As a director, Shelagh has created work for 10 years.
Night Travellers, her third short film, was produced through the NSI Drama Prize course in 2007. Her award-winning 35 mm short, One Night, filmed as part of the Canadian Film Centre’s Short Dramatic Film 2009 series, screened at several international film festivals.
She also won world festival recognition with her experimental narrative short films Canoe and Rifting/Blue.
Shelagh’s first feature film Passionflower – the story of Sarah, an 11-year- old girl, forcing her family to come to terms with her mother’s increasing mental instability, is presently winning film festival attention and honors.
Her experimental short, Is It My Turn, a 3D black and white dance film, has begun its festival tour. Shelagh’s next feature projects, the revisionist Chekhovian drama Into Invisible Light, the humanistic comedy Dreaming of Tempests, and an allegory La Jefa are in development.
She is a recipient of the Women In the Director’s Chair Career Advancement Module 2010, in collaboration with Women in Film Festival Vancouver.