Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), Contemporary Studies and English, 2012
I see film as painting emotions with light.
There is a scene in the short film Bound, directed by Daniel Boos, that is intense and rife with suspense. An immigrant worker at a sawmill hands over a twenty dollar bill to a shopkeeper. Wrapped inside the bill is a note but we don’t see what’s written. The worker says nothing, but his eyes say everything.
“That is the central scene that inspired the entire narrative,” Daniel says. “The story started there. It’s a real life scenario.”
The “real life scenario” involved a group of new immigrants in Northern Ireland who were paid a pittance, not even close to a living wage, while being forced to work.
Daniel says, when he read the news story, he had an “instinct that it could be something bigger. I added layers to the story. I complicated the situation of the shopkeeper and his moral dilemma. If it has any universal tinge to it, that’s where people can relate to it most – that moral dilemma.”
No need for a spoiler alert. You have to watch the film: https://vimeo.com/139374605
Bound has done incredibly well. It was named Best Short Film–Screen NS Awards (2016) and was a nominee for Best Canadian Short Film–CBC Short Film Face Off (2016). It has been an official selection at festivals such as Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema, the NSI Online Film Festival, and it was part of the enRoute Film Festival on Air Canada.
Now Daniel is working on his next film. It’s called Thug.
“This is a collaborative hybrid fiction film between myself and three actors who approached me after seeing Bound at the Atlantic Film Festival,” he says. “Over the course of many months of discussions and improv sessions, we developed a script together inspired by their experience as black actors and their complex relationship to film industry stereotypes. I’m really proud of this one. Overall it is a moving story about ambition and friendship.”
Telling stories through film is not a new thing for Daniel.
“I’ve always been interested in film,” he says. “I started making and screening short films as a teenager. Instead of writing essays, I was making films with friends for my teachers.”
At King’s, he did write the essays and they helped him develop the skills he needs today to keep making films. Daniel says, “Writing a grant proposal is like writing an essay. You have to develop an argument in support of your work.”
And King’s gave him even more.
“I really feel like King’s helped me develop a world view and helped me discover and articulate the moral and philosophical questions I wanted to explore through cinema… For me, part of what makes a film powerful is its ability to express an original artistic world view.”
Daniel hopes to be making his first feature film within a couple years. He has been accepted into York University’s MFA programme in Production. Film is his life.
“I am a very emotional person. I see film as painting emotions with light. I’ve always had the need to express myself through images.”