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Start the Car


Featured in the 2017 Edmonton International Film Festival, Titan Down is a Start the Car Productions original short film. We aspired to create a memorable way to tell the tension filled story of a young soldier ill fitted to the task of war. How would you react if faced with a similar ultimatum as our hero?

We were inspired by writer Brad Bangsboll’s screenplay, and thought it would make a strong narrative and parable for a short film. The story takes place during the Second World War in the North-Western woods in France. Historical accuracy and respect for the subject matter was of utmost importance, so a lot of energy went into the location, period costumes and props.


We wanted to tell the story in a familiar time and setting but have it come across as something of ancient lore

There is nothing light about the subject matter and it lends itself to the dark without having to be overly complex. This allows an easy entrance point for the audience, giving them more latitude to meditate on the themes of morality Titan Down evokes.


Cast, costumes, props, location, sound, and camera were all characters of equal importance in this film and the hope is the audience will feel completely immersed in the world which all these elements help to create for but a mere 9 minutes…

Behind the scenes



The Deserter

Florian François

The Sniper

Mitchell Brhelle


Director / Editor / EP

Jeff Brownell

Executive Producer

Krista Allain


Jennifer Haufler

Writer / Associate Producer

Brad Bangsboll

Associate Producer / 1st AD

Byron Ingram

DOP / Camera Operator

Jason Vieira

1st Assistant Camera

Craig Morgan

2nd Assistant Camera

Margaret Demchenko

2nd Assistant Camera

Michael G. Williams

Camera Utility

Scott Matthews

Production Designer

Rufus Wilkes

Property Master

Maria Simonelli

Key Hair / Make Up

Julia Karmasin

2nd Assistant Director

Michael Cowie

Trainee Assistant Directors

Alyssa Marks

Peter Molnar

Script Supervisor

Mackenzie Lawrence

Gaffer / Key Grip

Ross Tundo

Sound Mixer / Boom Operator

Kyle Edgar

Stills Photographers

Joel Hay

Tom Allain

Storyboard Artist

Michelle Bannon

Craft Services / Catering

Beverley Allain

Tom Allain

Catering Provided By

DMC Catering

Locations Support

Canadian Film Crew

Post Production Sound

Jam Post

Supervising Sound Editor

Mark Shnuriwsky

Dialogue Editor

Matthew Hussey

Re-Recording Mixer

Orest Sushko

Original Score By

Cooper Maden


Chris Blacklock

Special Thanks

Jeremy Benning

Manny Danelon

Michael England

Sim Video

DMC Catering

Baynu Misir


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