A short Biography of Brian C. Taylor with links.
Brian edited his first concert film, built out of cel phone footage downloaded from youtube of Muse's concert in Vancouver. It's pretty grainy and pixelated, but it's edited well. It's 1 hour 43 minutes long, watch it here
In 2010 Brian began collecting gear to make films more seriously, seeing how others were making indie films and releasing them online. He started En Queue Film, an all-volunteer film production company. By 2011, EQF had released its first “test film” Battle at Beaver Creek which was a teaser for the planned full length feature of the same name. Pleased with the results of this film, Brian decided to move forward with the production of the full-length feature, which was a massive undertaking that broke all the rules of first-time film making. It had multiple locations, special effects, stunts, over 100 cast members. Brian wrote the script, based on his own short story and began looking for people and places to start working with. This took over a year, culminating in three locations and a list of 150 volunteers, (a lot of them painters, because Brian worked in a paint store.)
While pre-production of Battle at Beaver Creek continued into the spring of 2012, Brian wrote and shot the Bite. A horrifying little film with a twist on the zombie genre.
You can also watch the making of video, (and all our videos) on our youtube channel here https://www.youtube.com/enqueuefilm which was also created at the same time.
The filming of Battle at Beaver Creek started in the summer of 2011, then 2012 and then again in the summer of 2013. There were a few scenes filmed inside, which happened over the course of winter months in between the summer exteriors. There are several “making of” videos about this and other productions from the time on our youtube channel.
Between November of 2013 and February of 2014 Brian wrote, shot and completed Garf Garf, which is the story of a friendly alien who conjures hamburgers. It is Brian's most philosophically complex film while simultaneously being his most accessible. Garf Garf was created to be understood by anyone, of any age, speaking any language. It remains the film Brian is most proud of.
Brian continued to make concert films out of youtube footage, of Nine Inch Nails, of U2. The quality gets better as does the technology. Friends get to see these films. He made films of friends, for friends. He still does.
Battle at Beaver Creek was released on various sites in December 2014. Since then the film has gained the largest returns from being available on Amazon Prime in the US, Uk Japan and Germany. It also has yet to return even half of what it cost.
In 2014 Brian met Okanagan artist Destanne Norris and decided to begin making a film about her art and life. In July 2015 they released a piece of the documentary A Day at theAlan Brooks Nature Centre with Destanne Norris.
On Halloween night 2015 Brian released TheDream is Ready at Horrorfest in Kelowna BC.
It won second best picture and best cinematography for Kora Vanderlip, who also worked on Battle at Beaver Creek. The Dream is Ready is a sci-fi horror teaser for a larger project, a proposed feature entitled Last Human Being. The short and the proposed feature are based upon the novella Brian
wrote of the same name, published in April of 2015 here.
The book is written in the present tense and simply describes the scenes, spelling out the action as if in a film. The story is about a powerful psychic named Cole, who is unwittingly conspiring to end a mental war with a mysterious consciousness, which takes place within a drug-induced dream. The Dream is Ready continues to get views and generate interest in the larger project, but like Brian's two other complete scripts, LastHuman Being remains only ink on paper.
The other two complete project proposals were also written between 2013-2015, the Smell of Sun on Skin is Brian's sexy, modern re-working of Albert Camus existential classic The Stranger. Real Country Dark is the story of the lives of four unrelated men who die together in the Canadian wilderness, which is based on real events. Brian believes he could make Last Human Being and Real Country Dark for a one million dollar investment. The Smell of Sun on Skin requires two million and a known actor as leading man.
From 2015 to 2018 Brian filmed artist Destanne Norris for the documentary Beneath the Painted Surface which was completed December 2018.
Also during this time Brian acted in some friend's films and also helped make others, as executive producer or editor. All Brian's film credits are available at his IMDB page here https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5400748/?ref_=ttfc_fc_wr1
In 2018 met a young local filmmaker named Bowen O'Brien and the two decided to make a film together. Adulthood is the story of a group of kids growing up in a world where reaching adulthood means certain undeath. It won Best Story and Best Film at Horrorfest in Kelowna. It was released online in the fall of 2019.
In 2018 and 2019, Brian pulled back on the amount of work he created. Back problems and subsequent immobility was the impetus for this hiatus, but marketing Beneath the Painted Surface also required the bulk of Brian's time. During this time off, Brian began and completed some more work on his education: Receiving a Futures Thinking Certification from the Institute for the Future as well as becoming a Certified Practitioner of Cognitive Behavoural Therapy, from Achemy, online.
At the beginning of the Covid 19 Pandemic, Brian took still more time off work, both in the real world and hyper-reality. Yet, during this time off, perhaps spurred by it, projects began anew. (Just not so much writing here at hypermanipulation.com) In 2020 Brian began the project of writing his memoirs, something that he had not planned on doing, at least, just yet. Who knows when or if you'll see any of this writing...
Also started at the beginning of the pandemic were two new projects:
ION: An 80s cover band specializing in New Wave was formed with long-time friend and bandmate Ryan Nitchie, with his Daughter Abby also singing. Ion recorded and released "the Politics of Dancing" you can find it on any streaming service you care to mention, and here...
Ion has a website at www.ionband.ca and are currently gigging in the Okanagan, sole purpose: FUN!
But, probably the best way to keep up with ION is their facebook page
(Secret, original Galiens album, written by Brian, performed by ION, link below.)
The book: Existential Intentionality in Society: A Timeline Intervention of the Social Contract was released by Barnes & Noble. Christmas Eve, 2020. The book is very short, supremely reductionist.
Exint.org the website and app-based community was launched simultaneously. The podcasts followed shortly there-after, orginiating at SoundCloud but available everywhere one listens to podcasts. The podcasts, meant to be Brian speaking personally, attempting to live his life by this philosophy, feature original music and guests, including Nine Inch Nails.
Also released on youtube was this introductory video: