I have written TV Documentaries, “Struggle Beneath the Sea,” and Episodic Dramas, “The Littlest Hobo,” but my strength is in longform.
I wrote “Baltic Storm” from a producer’s outline based upon real events, “Anatomy of a Hijacking” I wrote based on eyewitness accounts, and “Error-2000" was a rewrite of an existing screenplay.
My original screenplay, "The Hijacking of Studio 4," was produced by a Canadian producer who would make Roger Corman blush. The deal was, I got to direct, but first I had to produce and direct another TVMovie which had less than a shoestring budget and a screenplay that needed work. That was “Deadly Pursuit” aka “The Commando Game.”
I enjoy working on the creative projects of others but in between I work on my own.
“The Piper,” a darkly twisted re-rendering of the Pied Piper legend set in a post-apocalyptic world struggling back to its feet without electricity or machines: The Future Past.
Sometimes a screenplay cries out to find its audience. I commissioned an artist to illustrate a graphic novel version of “The Piper” which was published in book form.
“5 Fables for the Young at Heart.”
Prose versions of some of my fantasy screenplays were published in this collection.
“Madmen Have No Ears” (aka Romeo and Juliet)
“Imogen” (aka Cymbeline)
“Not To Be” (aka Hamlet)
In order to understand what, if anything, more than star-crossed suicidal lovers and elegant language, made Shakespeare’s ever popular play “Romeo and Juliet” so beloved, I fell down a rabbit hole uncovering what lay long buried beneath rhyme, reverence, and rigidity because of words and phrases long out of date, and came out publishing 3 prose interpretations of his plays plus their equivalent screenplays.
“Incident on Highway 7"
A satirical thriller. A lighthearted tribute to that last gasp of innocence in Southern Ontario during the summer of ‘74, full of memorable characters.
“Sandra’s Adventures on Cloud Knighn”
A metaphorical allegory structured as a fantasy quest, full of eccentric characters, biting satire, and dark comedy.
A low budget action thriller / love story. A cynical cop and a naive wife are thrown together on the run unknowingly holding the evidence that will expose a medical hazard cover-up.
I believe the more one understands how media is made and used to manipulate emotions the less one is susceptible to corporate propaganda.
I spread the word by teaching the screenwriting and filmmaking process through courses for McMaster University and the Factory Media Centre.
The short film “Pit & Pendulum” is an experiment of technique. Using Poe’s words to stimulate the viewer’s imagination around the minimalistic images seen on screen. Its simplicity also demonstrates the power of cinema at its most basic.
I create the kind of stories I like to see. Enlightened entertainment.
I create in Hamilton, Ontario, the perfect film location.
Gaudet is Latin for “be happy.”