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So, I’m a bit late on this news (almost 4 months late, sorry, I was just made aware of it), but you can now rent/watch/download Sly Cad on vimeo. Sly Cad was the short film that Michael directed back in 2013 and premiered in 2014, starring him and Chloe Rose! (Joy Tanner aka Nora McDonald on Life With Derek also makes an appearance!)

Jack, John, Jake, however you may know him, knows how to get by. He lives well, sailing on the wealth of mature women’s desires. He does this by following his strict Rules of a Sly Cad. Rules that will get in his way when he goes on a twenty-four hour adventure through city and woods with the young and enticing Gabi.

To rent, it is only $1. To buy/download, it is only $3! However, you do have to have a vimeo account to order, but only a standard (free) registration is required.


Matt Austin-Sadowski, the director of the webseries Mike is going to be, tweeted out yesterday asking to subscribe to THIS YOUTUBE CHANNEL for the The Brief! The channel needs 100 subsribers in order to get a custom URL. And as you can also see in the tweet below, it’s going to be coming out on March 1st!

Sadies Last Days on Earth referral contest

The Sadie’s Last Days on Earth indiegogo campaign now has a referral contest going on! Two winners will be selected to attend the Toronto Premiere of Sadie’s Last Days On Earth!

Get more details about the contest at!

**And remember, only 9 days are left to help!**

Many weeks ago, Matt Austin-Sadowski (Director of Pretend We’re Kissing) posted the image above on his Instagram with the caption:

Really excited to be working on a top secret project with #jesserath #michaelseater #davidreale #johnboylan

And then a couple days ago, Matt tweeted out the tweet below, revealing more of the cast and the project’s name, which is The Brief.

The has this listed as a ‘Web Series’. Otherwise, no other information about the project is available right now.

The Indiegogo Campaign for Michael Seater’s directed film, Sadie’s Last Days on Earth is now live! They have a lot of cool perks that they will give away if you donate a certain amount of money, as well as some information about the movie itself. Check it out:


Yesterday, November 11th, Michael was on Periscope with Paula Brancati and they both announced that they are setting up an Indiegogo for Sadie’s Last Days on Earth. The money raised will go into the post-production for the film, like adding special effects and music. I will update the site with the active link for this when it is available.

If you want to watch the Periscope video, I uploaded it to our YouTube page. Ashley Leggat is also seen making comments during the Periscope broadcast. So view it below:


Since our last post, some more of the cast have been unveiled. On Twitter last week, Helene Joy (Julia Ogden from Murdoch Mysteries) posted pictures of herself, saying:

“Rocking the onesie and more on set of awesome script/cast/crew! congrats

Peter Keleghan (Ben Bellow from 18 to Life) posted a picture with Helene on set too. Apparently they are playing parents – most likely of the title character, Sadie.

Also this week, Mike and Paula both posted pictures of Strombo (George Stroumboulopoulos) being on-set. Strombo is set to play a character named “Gord”.

View some of the picture from on set below!


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Addison Wylie was able to have an interview with Michael about People Hold On. They spoke mainly of the film-making process process for this film, and Mike also adds what BrancSeater is working on next!

Give it a read below:


I also briefly chatted with Michael Seater about his debut, People Hold On.  As someone who saw potential in his ability to direct, I wanted to know if he intended to make more movies.  I also wanted to pick his brain about the actual filmmaking process – especially the state of the script.

Addison Wylie: First of all, and don’t take this the wrong way, but what does the screenplay for People Hold On look like?  Yourself and actress Paula Brancati wrote the script, but a lot of conversations sound very organic.  Did you welcome improvisation?

Michael Seater: Yes!  That was the plan all along.  We almost always shot with two angles at once so the actors had the freedom to explore, overlap and play.  It allowed for truly authentic performances.

AW: Congratulations on your directorial debut!  This is a really good flick – and, so well directed.  People may know you best from TV’s Life with Derek, but I have a feeling that’ll change down the road.  Have you always had aspirations to direct?

MS: I remember when I was on set of Strange Days at Blake Holsey High, and realized that I wanted to try my hand at directing.  I decided I would watch and learn. It became my own sort of film school. And man, was I lucky to have that access (Brancati) and this opportunity with People Hold On.  But, I’ll never stop acting.  I like the attention too much!

AW: Having plenty of experience as an actor, have you known your cast for a while?  If so, did having prior relationships with your actors help when it came to rehearsing and ultimately shooting your film?

MS: We actually cast first, wrote second.  We initially thought about our friends we grew up with on various sets.  We then brought everyone together and pitched our idea!

AW: Did you find it easy making a movie in tight environments?  Did everyone have enough room to move around in that cabin?

MS: It was TIGHT.  Very small space, lots of people, VERY intimate.

AW: Now that you’ve gotten your filmmaking feet wet, do you have ideas for future films you want to make?  Perhaps another collaboration with Brancati?

MS: Paula and I just rolled cameras on our second feature film, Sadie’s Last Days on Earth!  It’s about a teenage girl with a crippling fear of the world and it stars Munro Chambers (Turbo Kid), Morgan Taylor Campbell, Ricardo Hoyos, and Clark Backo.

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Below is the quick interview Michael Seater and Paula Brancati did with SceneCreek for the promotion of People Hold On, which is coming out in theaters October 9th all over Canada.


Scene Creek: What is the movie about?

Michael Seater: People Hold On, I mean, I think you can…it’s an interesting film in the way that it came about and the way that we shot it. We basically kind of cast the film as we created the characters of the story. We drew on the fact that we had a ton of old friends, as we all grew up as actors and we wanted to draw on who they were as people and shoot it in a way that gave them a freedom to really make it something natural and authentic so we shot it so they would be overlap, we’d try new things, go off-book, and so it’s a really intimate exploration of your lifelong friendships and questioning whether there really is such a thing, and kind of questioning kind of where you are now, compared to where you thought you’d be, and we kind of focus on people in their late-twenties, but I think that that’s pretty universal, regardless of how old you are and death of childhood and all these great things, and all set against the beautiful backdrop of Northern Ontario and Parry Sound with towering pines and smoky granite, it’s a beautiful thing.

Scene Creek: How do you feel showing off the film?

Paula Brancati: It will be wonderful to share publicly something that has been so private for so long. We finished post at the end of November last year, so this will be wonderful. It does have a killer soundtrack, I think it’s the kind of movie that’s more fun to watch, especially the first time, with people. There’s something that bubbles over, and the audiences we have screened it for, just real crackling energy comes across from these characters that I think it’s totally relatable, and people really seem to hop along on the ride and I think I can sense people picking sides and favourites and couples they want to ‘ship and it’s sort of like I feel people being sucked in to this small world that we’ve built and that’s the only thing I can hope for, that people feel like it’s a real group of friends who are really in this situation because yeah, all of us have bits of our selves in these characters but definitely the events are fictional.

The movie does get dark, and it explores themes of the death of childhood and this fear of not being young and reckless and invincible any more.

Scene Creek: Could you describe your process of directing?

Michael Seater: So much of the work is done in prep, in pre-production and the more you can organize in advance, the more room you have to play on the day. If dot your i’s and cross your t’s and show up with a clear plan, you can show up and go “oh, that’s cool, but let’s change it a bit because I know what we need out of this. People Hold On was interesting. So much of it was in the edit, because the performers were given freedom to explore the scenes. Sometimes things were shot in a specific way, in which it was like “now is not one of the ones where we can do whatever we want”, but very often, I would let the actors explore, and encourage it, and they would lead the page and find their way back. So a lot of scenes there’s like scenes that are two minutes long, that in reality were seven minutes long.

Myself and our editor Haya Waseem, who’s incredible, to cut those scenes down, because you just have to tell a story and a seven minute scene could be interesting, but you can’t have a million of them or your movie doesn’t move forward. Working with her, it was amazing how we were able to clip part of a scene into another scene, or this take into that take. Putting together two takes in a typical film is easy, because your actors stick right to book, and you can just skip from one cutting point to another and it’s easy, but with this, they might be doing ten completely different things: I love what she said in Take 3, but I like how she got from this moment to that moment in Take 1, so it was a lot of piecing the puzzle together. I mean, we could that movie seven different ways and it would be an entirely different film so a lot of choices are made in the editing process are “what are the movie that we want to show people?”

Scene Creek: How true to life is the film?

Paula Brancati: The guy who plays Dan in the film, and I play Robin, is my real-life ex. So Al (Mukadam) and I playing exes, you know, it’s not reinventing the wheel by writing something that’s inspired by a past relationship, but I think it’s rare to actually be able to act that out and work through that on camera with your person, so it was like working as now friends, after being exes was so fascinating, and that’s how everybody felt about their roles. Everybody’s playing a very close version of themselves, or a sketch or we’re all really honest about some of the things we find frustrating about ourselves in these characters and a lot of the cast have been friends for years, they have worked together before, Mike and Ashley of course, on Life on Derek.

It’s like growing up in high school in the Toronto actor scene, there’s a such a…it’s sort of like our high school, we kind of built the character bios based on characters that we are interested in, also thinking of actors we’d like to play them. We had rehearsals based on outlines Mike and I wrote, like a detailed outline, and we recorded conversations with them…to their knowledge (laughs). and then we kind of fleshed that out into a script, and explored it and then on the day there was a lot of improv encouraged and some actors really went for that and some more stuck to the script and there was a really great blend of what was portrayed on camera, really, which is I think an honest depiction of how people talk when they’re in their mid-twenties, a lot of processing feelings aloud, there’s a lot of talking in this movie, and I’m not mad at it because I definitely talk a lot with my friends (laughing) about how we’re feeling.

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Mike on Set of Sadie's Last Days on Earth
Sadie’s Last Days on Earth just started filming on Monday, October 5th. It is a new BrancSeater film that Michael Seater is once again directing (he also co-wrote it with Paula Brancati).

The film is starring: Munro Chambers, Morgan Taylor Campbell, Ricardo Hoyos, and Clark Backo.


Everything in high school is like the world ending and Sadie Collins crippling fear of the coming apocalypse is the heightened version of that. Undeterred by the naysayers, Sadie has two weeks to ready herself before doomsday. She needs to master survivalist cuisine, learn to sew, but there are other things… personal things; go to a high school party, kiss a boy, and most importantly, get her best friend back.
Whether Sadie ultimately faces doomsday or another year of high school, one thing is certain; she needs to figure out who she is and what that means.
Exploring modern teenage anxiety and the universal theme of acceptance from others and ourselves, Sadie’s Last Days on Earth is a commercially skewed feature length film filled with heart and humor. With whip smart dialogue, incredibly original characters, and lead by a totally fresh new young heroine, Sadie’s Last Days On Earth is poised to be a classic. [x]