Principal Creative Bios

Brandy Yanchyk

Executive Producer, Producer, Director and Writer

Brandy Yanchyk is an award winning independent documentary filmmaker based in Edmonton, Alberta. Her productions cover a wide range of social and factual genres and they have aired on channels including BBC World TV, CBC, CBC’s Documentary Channel, Rogers/OMNI TV, PBS and film festivals around the world.
Ms. Yanchyk is also a regular reporter/producer for BBC World’s The Travel Show and has covered stories worldwide including Canada, Finland, Australia and New Zealand for a global audience of 76 million viewers since 2009.
She has also worked as a news reporter for CBC for over a decade and as a broadcast journalist at BBC World TV and the BBC World Service in London.
Brandy Yanchyk’s documentaries include Becoming Albertan (2015) (Rogers/OMNI TV), Employment Matters (CBC and CBC’s Documentary Channel) (2015), Employment Matters Too (2015) (CBC and CBC’s Documentary Channel), The Working Originals (2015) (TELUS Optik Local), Finding Edge Road (2015) (CBC’s Documentary Channel), Grey Glory (2014) (CBC’s Documentary Channel, Rogers/OMNI TV), Grey Ambition (2014) (CBC’s Documentary Channel, Rogers/OMNI TV), Oil Calling (2013) (CBC’s Documentary Channel), Nature’s Invitation (2012) (CBC’s Documentary Channel, Rogers/OMNI TV), Brooks – The City of 100 Hellos (2011) (CBC’s Documentary Channel, Rogers/OMNI TV) and Desert to Ice (2009) (BBC World TV).

Jeff Allen

Director of Photography

Since 1998 , Jeff has earned a reputation as a top quality producer, director and cinematographer for his broadcast television, corporate and Internet video production work. Jeff has shot and produced a variety of feature stories, documentaries, Internet and corporate video projects across North and South America. His company, Jeff Allen Productions Inc., based in Edmonton, Alberta has successfully partnered with many clients, fellow production companies, and broadcasters to broad (and web) cast impactful stories around the globe.

Per Asplund

Sound Mixer

Per Asplund has been working as a freelance Production Sound Mixer for the past 25 years. He has acquired extensive experience serving such clients as Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures, Paramount, Disney, Cannon, MTV, ABC, CBS, CTV, as well as numerous production Companies. During his time, Per has mixed sound for well over a hundred documentaries, promotional and educational films and videos, as well as several features, MOW´s, IMAX and numerous COMMERCIALS.

Originally from Stockholm, Sweden Per moved to Calgary in 1974.

Sarah Taylor

Editor

Sarah Taylor has been editing for ten years. She has a wealth of broadcast and non-broadcast experience that includes network television series, magazine shows, and countless corporate and government video productions. In 2012 Sarah edited the new OMNI documentary Nature’s Invitation. In 2011 Ms. Taylor edited the documentary Brooks – The City of 100 Hellos which aired on OMNI and CBC. She is the lead editor of the sketch comedy series Caution: May Contain Nuts airing on APTN and the UK based web series Raptured. She is currently working on a new series for Super Channel and Bite.

Mark Zagorsky

Composer

Mark Zagorsky wrote the theme music for the documentaries Nature’s Invitation and Brooks – The City of 100 Hellos. Some of his other songs are also featured in the documentaries. Mr. Zagorsky is a musician who has written and produced three CDs Peaks, Flats and Cowboy Hats, Songs from the Badlands and If One Is Good…Two Is Better. He is currently working on his fourth CD.

Mr. Zagorsky is from Brooks, Alberta and studied music at the University of Lethbridge where he completed a Bachelor of Music Degree along with a Bachelor of Education Degree. Zagorsky’s musical experiences have included a broad variety of performances in symphony, jazz, opera, music theatre and various country music performances. Singing, songwriting, playing guitar and trumpet highlight Zagorsky’s musical talents.