Time Out

While on a trip to Milan, a couple pretends to meet as their younger selves to determine their future together.

Creative team

Writer: Adam Langton
Director: Navin Ramaswaran
Actors/producers: Jen Pogue, Adam Langton
Cinematographer: Bruce William Harper
Composer: Antonio Naranjo

Filmmaker’s statement

A little movie that I’m very proud of, Chasing Valentine had its European premiere in Milan back in 2016. A couple weeks prior to that trip, I realized that I’d be travelling to beautiful Italy with some of my favourite people from that movie, whom happened to be two extremely talented actors and a cinematographer.

An idea was born – could we sneak off during our downtime and use the beautiful European landscape as our free set and shoot a short film? I ran this past Adam Langton and his response was “I’ll start writing it immediately!” And so he did. That’s how Time Out was born!

Adam, Jen, Bruce and I stayed together in a quaint Italian apartment, which made things convenient. The apartment became one of our locations plus our production office.

Between festival screenings, socializing and sightseeing, we somehow put together a little movie that I am extremely proud of.

It’s a story that explores the magic and discoveries when taking a time out from preconceived reality!

About Navin Ramaswaran

Navin Ramaswaran

Graduating from the University of Windsor in 2003 with a BA Hons. in communication studies and visual arts, Navin Ramaswaran is a director and editor represented by studio m in Toronto.

Besides being the creative lead on various commercials and music videos, he is also an award-winning filmmaker. His newest feature film, Chasing Valentine, has received critical and public acclaim and won multiple awards including best picture at film festivals worldwide. The movie was made under his own banner Splice Films and is currently being released worldwide.

His recent commercial projects include the award-winning Coca Cola Freestyle campaign, Disney Channel Canada, and WestJet’s “12,000 Christmas Mini Miracles” and “Make A Wish” spots. He also edited the viral hit WestJet Christmas Surprise 2014.

Navin recently released Poor Agnes, a horror/thriller to wildly positive critical and public reviews. Winning the coveted Barry Convex Award for Best Canadian Film at the 2017 Fantasia Film Festival, this is what the jury members had to say about the film and the filmmaker:

Poor Agnes was chosen to represent the 2017 Barry Convex Award not only for its impressive direction, darkly comic storytelling and overall unified vision, but for its challenging attitude. Coming out of a country with a system where voices of subversion against, and challenges to, the mainstream status quo are few and far between – and yet more important than ever – Poor Agnes acts as a daring and powerful middle finger against establishment filmmaking.”

Under Navin’s direction, Lora Burke, who plays the film’s title character, also won the best female actor in a leading role award at the 2017 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Navin also took home the Best Director award for Poor Agnes at the Snowdance Independent Film Festival.

“Navin is a stylish, talented director/editor with a great career ahead of him. He has an amazing visual eye and a solid understanding of story and character,” comments Sean McConville (Director, Deadline).

“It’s the calculated chaos that excites me when it comes to filmmaking,” says Navin. Through his passion and drive for filmmaking, Navin believes in putting together a strong team to create content that stands above the rest.

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