Albert Shin is the co-founder of the Toronto-based production company Timelapse Pictures, along with fellow filmmaker, Igor Drljaca. His film, IN HER PLACE (2014), received 7 Canadian Screen Award nominations including Best Picture, Director and Original Screenplay, as well as the Jay Scott Prize for Emerging Artist by the Toronto Film Critics Association.
Albert was also a producer on Drljaca’s KRIVINA (2012), THE WAITING ROOM (2015) and THE STONE SPEAKERS (2018) all of which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before screening at numerous festivals worldwide.
His newest feature as writer & director is CLIFTON HILL (2019), a mystery set in Niagara Falls produced by the award-winning production company, Rhombus Media.
READ OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ALBERT BELOW:
What drives you?
Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been enraptured by the power of cinema. To be able to tell
stories and connect with people through such a canvas never loses it magic.
How do you stay motivated in this industry?
I think motivation is half the battle and since nothing comes easy in this industry, if you’re
getting complacent, you’re probably doing it wrong.
Advice to someone just starting out?
Have something to say and know how you want to say it.
Who impacted your career the most?
How did you build the team around you?
I was fortunate enough to meet and work with some amazing filmmakers in film school that I still work with and admire today. Through these relationships, I've met other incredible collaborators and it's been a very organic six degrees of separation when it comes to team building.
Was it luck or strategy that helped you find success?
Definitely a bit of both. I can strategize all day, but there's always a healthy dose of luck involved in filmmaking.
Did you ever give up hope that you’d not make it?
Every day. But then you get up, ignore the devil on your shoulder and keep dreaming.
What was your worst experience in this business?
I've had plenty of terrible experiences, but for me, holding onto them isn't conductive to my work or my life, so I try not to dwell on them.
What was your best experience in this business?
Hopefully my best experience hasn't happened yet, but getting to work as a filmmaker every day is hard to top.
Was Reelworld instrumental in your career in anyway? How?
I've never had a film play at Reelworld, but I'm grateful to have attended panels and been on panels at the festival in the past.
Is there a theme in the work you pick?
I try not to get too self-reflexive with my own work, but I usually find myself running away from exploring overtly similar or reoccurring themes in my films. However, I’m sure there’s a
running current that ties my work together somehow, but I’ll leave that to someone else to think about.