Dessert Island: David Gagné from Neatworks Productions
Please introduce yourself
My name is David Gagné, I am a director and editor for Web, television and cinema in Quebec. Working as an editor was the best way to hone my skills and master the craft in order to direct my own projects one day.
I have worked on many web series, likes Jonathan Roberge’s Fiston and its sequel Papa as well as on the TV shows Mariepier with Mariepier Morin, Un gars le soir and Ces gars-là.
I've been a fan of Félix & Norton cookies for years.
How did you start making movies and what was your motivation?
It started when I was 15 or 16 years-old; we’d make movies for our friends’ birthdays with an old VHS camera. I first gravitated towards computer graphics and design and this is when we founded our company Neatworks; I was 16.
I was always passionate about telling a great story so, naturally, I converged toward editing and, now, directing.
What does a typical day in the office look like for you?
I am currently directing the making of the Bye-Bye, Radio-Canada’s year end review. I’m also working on a new show called Les aventures du Pharmachien, which will be airing in December. Juggling both these projects makes for really long days but it’s amazing!
Is there a difference between producing a Web series vs traditional productions?
I think this was mostly the case a few years ago, at the time some people thought that Web projects were mainly smaller productions, but this is not the case anymore. Take Papa for example; it requires exactly the same production team on set and editing efforts as any production for TV.
OK, QUESTION TIME: YOU’RE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, OR IN OUR CASE ON A “DESSERT” ISLAND. YOU CAN TAKE ONE BOOK, ONE ALBUM, ONE PODCAST AND ONE FLAVOUR OF OUR COOKIES. WHICH ONE DO YOU TAKE? LET’S START WITH THE BOOK.
I think that the most important aspect to consider for a book when stranded on a desert island would be the entertainment factor. I would choose Frédéric Beigbeder’s 99 Francs. It’s a fantastic take on the world of advertisement, which can sometimes be completely unhinged.
WHICH ALBUM WOULD YOU TAKE AND WHY?
I mostly listen to film scores and, even though I love many composers, I would probably pick scores composed by John Williams.
If I had to pick an album from one artist or band, it would be OK Computer by Radiohead. This album helps me clear my mind, often essential after working very long hours and being solicited by numerous stakeholders from different projects.
AND WHAT MOVIE?
Picking only one movie from a collection of nearly 2000 DVDs is almost a cruel task. However, always with entertainment in mind, I would go with Star Wars.
If I could also take a TV series, it would be Battlestar Galactica.
TO MAKE YOUR ISLAND LIFE A LITTLE SWEETER, WE CAN GRANT YOU A LIFETIME SUPPLY OF ONLY ONE FLAVOUR OF FÉLIX AND NORTON COOKIE -- WE KNOW IT’S HARD TO CHOOSE. WHICH WILL IT BE?
I would pick Ménage à Trois for sure! I’ve always been amazed by the mix of chocolates. If there were only two or three cookies left when I’d buy them in store, I would go around in circles for however long it took for me to leave with a whole fresh batch.