I create the kind of stories I like to see. Enlightened entertainment. And take great delight in twisting classic expectations with satire.
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.
PROJECTS
“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a rabbit hole uncovering what lay long buried beneath rhyme, reverence, and rigidity because of words and phrases long out of date, and came out publishing 3 prose interpretations of his plays plus their equivalent screenplays.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.
“Closely Guarded”
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.
MEDIA LITERACY
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.”
Selected
The Tragical History of Juliet and Romeo (Part One)
Zagreb International Film Festival
Zagreb
2022
Best Experimental Film
Pit & Pendulum Audio 5.1
Zagreb International Film Festival
Zagreb
2022
Award of Excellence
Pit & Pendulum Audio 5.1
Canada Shorts 22
Vancouver
2022
Semi-Finalist
Pit & Pendulum Audio 5.1
Dublin World Film Festival
Dublin
2022
Honourable Mention
Pit & Pendulum Audio 5.1
Art Film Spirit Awards
Toronto
2022
Finalist
Pit & Pendulum Audio 5.1
Hamilton Film Festival - Canadian Film Market Hamilton Film Festival - Canadian Film Market
Hamilton
2022
Selected
Pit & Pendulum Audio 5.1
Arpa International Film Festival (Arpa IFF)
Los Angeles
2022
Selected / BEST PERFORMANCES
Pit & Pendulum Audio 5.1
WILDsound FEEDBACK Film and Screenplay Festival
Toronto
2022
Selected
Pit & Pendulum Audio 5.1
LOS ANGELES HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
Los Angeles
2022
Finalist
Pit & Pendulum Audio 5.1
Cannes World Film Festival Cannes World Film Festival
Cannes
2022
Best Experimental Film
Pit & Pendulum
Zagreb International Film Festival
Zagreb
2022
Award of Excellence
Pit & Pendulum
Canada Shorts 22
Vancouver
2022
Semi-Finalist
Pit & Pendulum
Dublin World Film Festival Dublin World Film Festival
Dublin
2022
Honourable Mention
Pit & Pendulum
Art Film Spirit Awards Art Film Spirit Awards
Toronto
2022
Selected
Pit & Pendulum
Hamilton Film Festival - Canadian Film Market
Hamilton
2022
Selected
Pit & Pendulum
Arpa International Film Festival (Arpa IFF)
Los Angeles
2022
Selected / BEST PERFORMANCES
Pit & Pendulum
WILDsound FEEDBACK Film and Screenplay Festival
Toronto
2022
Selected
Pit & Pendulum
LOS ANGELES HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
Los Angeles
2022
Finalist
Pit & Pendulum
Cannes World Film Festival
Cannes
2022
Finalist
Incident on Highway 7
Hamilton Film Festival - Canadian Film Market
Hamilton, Ontario
2022
Quarter Finalist
Incident on Highway 7
StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest
Woodland Hils, California
2022
Semi-Finalist
Incident on Highway 7
Austin International Art Festival Austin International Art Festival
Austin, Texas
2022
Selected
Imogen, Daughter of Cymbeline
The Shepperton Screenwriting Festival
Shepperton, United Kingdom
2022
Quarter Finalist
Imogen, Daughter of Cymbeline
San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition
San Francisco
2022
Selected
Imogen, Daughter of Cymbeline
Adapted Story Showcase
2022
Birth Date
August 30, 1900
Nickname
Joe
Current City
Hamilton
Gender
Male
Married To
Candace
Children
Sandra
I was once a guest on TVO's Magic Shadows talking to Elwy Yost about special effects.
A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle
Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. - Louis L’Amour.
No one else sees the world the way you do, so no on else can tell the stories that you have to tell. Charles de Lint
Exercise in the morning before your brain figures out what you’re doing.
I create the kind of stories I like to see. Enlightened entertainment. And take great delight in twisting classic expectations with satire.
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