Celeste’s Gallery Show at FINE & DANDY GALLERY – 2017 Dundas St. W

I put together my first gallery show this past January for Fine & Dandy a small window gallery at 2017 Dundas St. W.. The show was made up of my grandfather’s kodochrome slides that I scanned in digitally and retouched and printed large scale and hung alongside artifacts of his various arctic and mountaineering expeditions.

 

Meine grossvater (German for ‘my grandfather’), Fritz Müller climbed Everest!
He was part of the 1956 Swiss Everest/Lhotse (4th tallest mountain in the world) Expedition, they were the second team EVER to reach the summit of Everest (preceded by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.) My grandfather was a geographer and glaciologist. His primary objective on the expedition was the scientific glaciological investigations of the Khumbu glacier, located in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal between Mount Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. With elevations of 4,900 m at its terminus to 7,600 m at its source, it is the world’s highest glacier.
Fritz and his colleagues were also some of the first to explore and study the vast and beautiful Canadian arctic. My grandfather earned his PHD from McGill University where he focussed his study on Axel Heiberg Island Arctic Research Station in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of what is now Nunavut. After attaining his PHD he continued to study in the Canada where he and his family, my gran, Barbara, my mum, and my aunt, lived, as well as the glaciers in his home country of Switzerland where the family later moved in the early 70s.
In 1980, my grandfather, Fritz Müller died due to a heart attack during a field excursion for journalists on the Rhône Glacier in Switzerland. At the time my mum was in her early 20s and it was still 6 years till I would be born.
Although I have never met him, I have a strong image of my grandfather pieced together through the stories I’ve heard. Recently I’ve been scanning and printing the kodachrome slides of his adventures and excursions to help me discover more of the man he was and share their beauty.
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Carmilla Webseries Christmas Special

This past December I had the immense pleasure of having been asked to production design the christmas special for the SUPER popular Canadian Webseries Carmilla.

Directed by: Spencer Maybee
Produced by: Steph Ouaknine
Written by: Jordan Hall
Starring: Elise Bauman, Natasha Negovanlis, Annie Briggs, Kaitlyn Alexander, and Gillian English

is a Smokebomb Entertainment a Shaftesbury Company Production for VervegirlTV’s Youtube Channel.

Also check out the Behind the Scenes video full of all the fun we had and featuring much of my production design work and gruesome gingerbread men.

2014 Toronto International Reel Asian Film Festival, So You Think You Can Pitch

Hi pals!!
I’ve been narrowed down from 30 to one of 3 filmmakers to pitch in this year’s Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival ‘So You Think You Can Pitch’ Contest. Come out and support me and my co-producer Kayla McNally as we compete to get my new film off the ground!!

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Here’s a wee sneak peak of what I’ll be pitching!

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COME OUT AND SUPPORT US:  to Sunday November 9 | George Ignatieff Theatre

Celeste’s Production & Graphic Design Portfolio

For the past 6 years I’ve worked as a DGC (Director’s Guild of Canada) art department member where I have finessed my skills in graphic design. I have worked on numerous big network TV shows (Cracked – CBC, Combat Hospital – ABC, Unnatural History – The Cartoon Network…) and large and independent features (Camp Rock 2 – Disney, Score: A Hockey Musical– Mongrel Media…). I have also production designed my own short films and Sesame Street segments as well as many of my friend’s films.

To see some samples of my art department work check out my online portfolio:

http://celestekoonportfolio.wordpress.com
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ITA – ALIEN CRASH LANDING

I’ve recently been working with The Intergalactic Travel Authority / Story Planet on a series of amazing interactive workshops where kids get to explore their imaginations by uncovering the details of a mysterious alien crash landing. As well as donning a hazmat suit and pretending to be a scientist specializing in alien life on Earth, I’ve also been building a whole bunch of fun alien props and clues that help influence the kids in the creation of the alien’s story.

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