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#sparkchamber 062419 — Arthur Canning

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“Be the person you want to be, and be good at it,” says today’s #sparkchamber guest, filmmaker Arthur Canning. Arthur was born in Halifax, NS, and grew up in a little fishing village called Herring Cove — ”great spot to grow up — amazing friends, tire swings, paper routes.” A happy kid and a quick reader — “been a creator of things since I could speak/draw” — he “published” his first comic book at seven. By age 10, he had a neighborhood comic group, including the work of his younger brother and some local friends. And he never stopped. Through his childhood years, he jumped at any opportunity to be a part of something artistic — “was lucky enough to have an imaginative little brother, and parents who embraced anything we felt passion for.”

Fast forward to the ’90’s: He convinced himself he wanted to be an actor. He got work, and though it didn’t provide the spark he’d hoped for, each on-set experience did give him a charge of energy. Turns out, it wasn’t the acting that excited him, it was filmmaking itself. Arthur now does videography. He has worked on two major sets but mostly smaller scale productions around town — “attended film school recently, and while I love directing, writing may be my strong suit.”

He still never stops, is always at it — “am in the process of launching a comic book world with short films to accompany.” We are looking forward to the debut, and will keep everyone posted. Meanwhile, get more details and back story at his website.

1.] Where do ideas come from?

My history - the world around me - basically I can find inspiration in both the positive and negative experiences of life.

2.] What is the itch you are scratching?

MUST create interesting things; if I want to watch or read something cool that doesn’t exist yet, I guess it’s up to me to make it exist.

3.] Early bird or night owl? Tortoise or hare?

That is tough — daily life often intrudes on the creative time, but I do love mornings ...

4.] How do you know when you are done?

When it feels right, and when it seems to “land” with whomever sees/reads/watches what I do.

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