Movies & Stunts

Copper Episode 10

Copper: “A Vast and Fiendish Plot”

I’ll be playing in Copper episde 10 on Sunday November 4th, 2010 at 9pm and in rerun, 3 hours later at 12ham on Monday morning, in Canada according to Showcase’s schedule.

 

Copper on Showcase

“November 25, 1864. Corcoran is racing the clock to keep his life and New York City intact. Joining forces with Robert Morehouse, Eva Heissen, and the coppers of the Sixth Precinct, Corcoran prepares for his biggest fight since the Draft Riots. Doctor Matthew Freeman is forced to make a difficult decision when wife Sara takes her well-being into her own hands, placing their family at risk. Morehouse discovers the true nature of his father’s involvement with his new business associates. With little time and no options, he calls upon the one person he trusts implicitly – Corcoran. The worlds of Corcoran and Morehouse collide with explosive fallout that could change the face of New York City – and the trajectory of the Civil War – forever. Written by BBC America

 

I’m not sure what channel it is exactly but I know for sure that Copper will be shown on Showcase.  Here’s a list of the channel line ups according to the websites I found.  (You can click on the link to see where I found the channel number)

Rogers Showcase Channel # 145, 146, 238, hd 560

Bell Express Vu Showcase Diva Channel # 335

Videotron Showcase Diva va changer de nom et de vocation; elle va devenir Lifetime Channel # 131

 

Andre Givogue in CopperIn Copper, I’m not in a mask. I’ll be in 1800’s black clothes and will have a black top hat. It’ll be pretty obvious… unlike other movies I’ve done.  You can’t miss me, I’ll be there on several occasions (you’ll see me at 4m21s, 16m48s, 28m23s and 29m19s to be precise)  :)

Check out what I do, it’s pretty cool or hot should I say.  haha

 

If you want you can buy the Copper series here

Immortals

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Immortals

As many of you know, Immortals was my very first Hollywood production that I got the opportunity to work on. We are a total of 6 guys from Ottawa (all of which we played in EVOL)! How cool is that!

I remember talking to some of the guys saying that one day we’ll do fight scenes on a big Hollywood production. Well my friends, that time has finally arrived. Since January 2010, we’ve heard about the production, February 2010, I had my auditions to work with the stunt guys on the movie. The film was shot over a span of 3 months (plus 2 months of prep) and my scenes where all in about month of continuous shooting.

 

 

Andre_hoplight_2aEraklionaOur schedule was pretty crazy. The average day was about 14.5 hours and the longest day we did was 18.5 hours. All our scenes were all related to the big tunnel war scene. One day we were dressed as the good guys and one day the bad guys and other days half were good guys and the other half were the bad guys.

It was an awesome experience. Until today, I’ve keep this on the down low as we were supposed to keep it confidential. But now that the movie is coming out and just around the corner, we have the OK to get the word out publicly.

Here are some of the trailers.

 

 

 

 

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

Trailer 3

For more trailers and or pictures you can visit the official Immortals’ website here and the Canadian official Immortals’ website here.

Special Ottawa Screening!

Immortals_June_2010I’m organizing a Special Screening of Immortals for all Friends and Family of Ottawa Performers who were in Immortals including myself (André Givogue), Alain Moussi, Dennis Lafond, Daniel Lavigne, Mandel Nallo, Justin Saikaley. Many have already expressed interest and I look forward to the showing.

It will be held on Saturday November 12th in the afternoon representation which should be around 2pm or 3pm. Price will be no more than the regular theatre ticket price. Seats will be first come first serve.

If you are interested, you can come and join us at the Silvercity theatre in Gloucester. If you would like to follow my stunt career, please fill out the link below and I will keep you updated with my news.

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Resident Evil 5 Application

OMG today was the day that Brett Chan and the other guys were in Toronto to

accept stunt resumes. To make a lasting impression, since they said they would accept the resumes in person, I decided to go and drop it off in person.

Last night, my friend Marc came over to my house as he was already going back to Kingston and he also loves driving so he offered me a ride to Toronto and back to Kingston I would have to take the bus back to Ottawa.

To give you a perspective on timings, here’s what we had to play with. The stunt coordinators are at that location from 3-5 pm, the last bus from Kingston to Ottawa leaves at 6:20pm and from the martial arts location in Toronto to Kingston bus station, it takes 2h30 minutes. Which means drop the resume off, then at 3h30pm the latest, I must be out of there.

So last night, I prepared all my stuff, some promotional kits, my headshot, my resume, demo reel, business cards, envelopes with fancy labels, everything to look extremely professional.

This morning I get up earlier than usual so 8:10 am up get ready to go. We drive for a couple hours then I fill up my friend’s car. The road is quite long as there are major big clouds pouring rain. We get to my destination at about 1:20 pm. Since it rather early, we decide to go kill time at a nearby Boston Pizza. We order our food, our appetizers come in but it’s not before 2:35pm that our food comes in.

I’m starting to stress a little as I want to be there at 3:00 pm the latest because we have to be out of there by 3:20, right! Turns out, we go there at 3:05 pm I walked in and I saw about 5-6 guys all around Brett. Keep in mind that most of them, all know each other from previous jobs which makes me the new guy. I didn’t want to be rude and cut anyone off so I paused and waited for a socially acceptable good opportunity to step forward.

I was a little internally agitated you can say or nervous actually more like a little flare of stage fright at that precise moment. I kept my cool, breath slowly and step up and said hi to Brett and a couple other guys and shook their hands, I then slipped my hand in my carryon bag, reached for my envelope and handed it to Brett, the stunt coordinator for Resident Evil 5.

I took a step back to go back in line with the rest of the circle surrounding him. He opened my envelope, pulled out my demo reel cd, and had a quick glance at my resume and me, like he took a photographic memory picture of my body size, characteristics and measurements. I then exchange a couple words with other people then said I will leave therefore shook their hand good bye.

Going back to the car, I cross other stuntmen, walking towards the place to go. Once in the car, I told Marc that wow, do you know who all these guys were? Their movies list and experiences are huge. Now it started to hit me more, like did I do this ok, did I make a positive lasting impression, and are they going to call me back? Etc etc. Only time will tell.

Alright, mission one, accomplished, mission 2, get to Kingston bus station on time. Great we are stuck in traffic. Our estimated time of arrive according to the GPS is 5:49 pm and it leaves at 6:20pm.

As the traffic was slowly moving, our estimated of arrival was slowly climbing. We finally get out of traffic into a fast speed stretch, our estimated time of arrival is now 6:04pm that stays for a while then the rain picks up again, only this time, it’s so bad that it reduces the visibility a lot and lots of people are extremely slowing down. Our estimated time of arrival jumps to 6:14pm. I’m now thinking of alternate solutions as if I miss it, there’s no more busses going to Ottawa. But, I also wanted to stay within my budget of $100 max. Things weren’t looking good at all for us, the closer we’d get, the more the time would go up. 6:15, 6:14, 6:15, 6:16 my stress levels just kept climbing up.

With about 20km to go, downward pouring rain just to make matters worse, as we were driving a blue suv literally cut us off to the point that his rear passenger side wheel was going to hit our driver side’s wheel, everything went in slow motion through my eyes yet everything was super fast in real life. As he was coming to hit us Marc turned right off the 401 hwy onto the shoulder dramatically slowing down a saved everyone from a major accident. He came back on the hwy with full control but my heart was pounding hardcore, now that was a frightening scare, holly crap that was a close call. 6:18pm.

OMG my adrenaline is pumping like crazy yet I can’t do anything. 5km left, we see a bus coming out of the bus station. NOOOOOO! Game over dammit all this to get there to miss the bus can you hear internal swearing at this point? As the bus comes closer and closer, it reads Kingston to Toronto, WOOOHOOOO OMG alright, it’s overtime, bonus round whatever you want to call it! When we pull in the bus terminal, I spot another Greyhound bus.

I quickly run inside and ask for Ottawa and the clerk said oh you’re lucky; the driver is right here next to me and was right about to leave. I buy my ticket, run out the other way to knock in Marc’s window, in the rain, giving him a thumbs up as I ran for the bus. The driver already had taken my ticket from inside. I got into the back of the bus and sat down and he was backing up. I just made it and here I am in the bus writing all this in my cell phone on my way back to Ottawa. Whoa, what a trip!

André Givogue Full ACTRA

André Givogue is now full ACTRA member

Since 2005, ever since André Givogue realized that ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists) was the union for all the professionals in the acting and stunts industry, André Givogue made a personal goal to join the union so he can perform amongst other professionals and enjoy all the benefits it has to offer.

 

The decision to embark on a career performing as an ACTRA member is not one to be taken lightly. Performing is a challenging profession that requires discipline, continuous training and lots of hard work.

 

So why would he join the union in the first place? Put yourself in his shoes and consider this.

 

When you’re part of ACTRA, you’re part of the strongest, full-service cultural union in Canada. Think of it like a 21,000-strong family that’s got your back.

 

ACTRA has negotiated some of the strongest collective agreements for performers in the world and they stand together to make sure engagers deliver the pay and protections that you’d be promised.

 

There are many good reasons to be part of the union and ‘work ACTRA’ – here are six:

 

Better pay
When you work ACTRA you’re not only guaranteed a minimum fee, once you’ve shot the production and however the production is used, you’re paid for your work. Since 1983 ACTRA Performers’ Rights Society (PRS) has paid out millions in use fees, royalties, residuals and all other forms of compensation or remuneration to which ACTRA members and permit holders are entitled.

 

Retirement benefits
By working ACTRA, you’re actually putting away money for your retirement. Every time you work, both the producer and you contribute to your personal RRSP at Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS). That’s a real bonus since over 60% of Canadians aren’t covered by any retirement pension plan.

Each time you work under an ACTRA contract, a portion of your earnings are remitted to AFBS to be put into your own individual retirement savings plan. Thanks to their negotiated collective agreements, producers contribute more than double what you do. AFBS then invests those funds wisely on your behalf to ensure a positive return for you when you retire.

 

Health benefits
When you work ACTRA, you have access to a full range of health benefits provided by AFBS. In addition to extended medical, dental and eye care, AFBS provides health benefits for retirement facilities, home care and assistance support, special needs, prolonged illness, extended disabilities, addiction treatment, and funerals. And the coverage is not just for you, but may also include your spouse/partner, and any dependent children.

 

Work opportunities
When you work ACTRA you’re considered a professional performer by the film, television and digital media industry. Compared to all other non-union performers, you’ll enjoy preference of engagement with producers. You’ll have access to training programs where you can meet other professionals and learn the inside track of the acting world from how to land the audition, to working with your agent, to managing your finances.

ACTRA’s agreements cover all audio-visual productions and offer a number of incentive programs for lower-budget Canadian productions too!

 

Intervention when there’s trouble
Their 11 collective agreements establish minimum fees, terms and working conditions on behalf of members working in the audio-visual industry. These agreements do more than make sure you get paid a fair wage; they make sure you are protected every time you step on a set. We’ve got rules covering health and safety, work hours, set conditions, nudity, and harassment. ACTRA is especially proud of our rules protecting young performers.

Got a problem on set? Call ACTRA! They are there to protect you.

 

Fighting for the performers’ culture
When you work ACTRA, you’ll be a member of one of Canada’s leading cultural organizations. Their union is a vocal advocate for the arts and the right for Canadians to have opportunities to tell and see their own stories. Through ongoing media and lobbying campaigns that target all levels of government, ACTRA speaks out for the development and protection of Canadian culture, a strong film, television and digital media industry, and increased work opportunities for members.

 

Being a member of ACTRA means André Givogue is now considered a professional, and being a professional brings special rights and some responsibilities.

 

ACTRA LogoRights
ACTRA Members’ professional rights include:

  1. the right to a fair wage.
  2. the right to compensation for use of the performers’ image and performance.
  3. the right to safe and acceptable working conditions.
  4. the right to artistic freedom.
  5. the right to maintain control over artistic output.
  6. the right to be treated respectfully as an integral component of the production industry and as a contributing member of the Canadian cultural fabric.

 

Responsibilities
In order to maintain the strength of ACTRA’s collective agreements members must maintain their solidarity as a union. By becoming an ACTRA Member André Givogue is committing to respect all of the rules in their Bylaws as at May 10 2010 and Constitution. André can only work on an ACTRA contract under one of their collective agreements, and must only work with performers who are also ACTRA Members in good standing or otherwise qualified by ACTRA. André Givogue also cannot work for a fee or under conditions less than the minimum set out in the relevant agreement.

 

When producers and agents ask members to work non-union, they are asking them to work for less and say no to member’s pension. They are telling members that they don’t deserve health benefits. They are saying they don’t need to be protected from onset accidents and harassment. They are undermining ACTRA. They are undervaluing ACTRA’s members. This is why André Givogue can only work with fellow-professional performers and ‘work ACTRA.’

 

Congratulations to André Givogue
Today December 8th, 2010 is the day that André Givogue officially joins the union (ACTRA). He has shown determination and dedication to his craft which allowed him to get all his credits required to be one of them.

 

If you have the passion to be a performer and are willing to make the commitment, there are three ways that a performer can become a member of ACTRA. Visit the ACTRA website to read more about the “three ways that a performer can become a member of ACTRA”.

 

EVOL well received in Ottawa

“EVOL was a HUGE SUCCESS!”

EVOL Ottawa Premiere at Mayfair TheatreEVOL was really well received at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa on November 19th, and 21st, 2010. Starting the show on Friday night with a packed full house, to the point where some unlucky people couldn’t get in, Pascal Aka and André Givogue welcomed the guests before giving a welcome speech to the crowd.EVOL_Full_House_2

 

“I was really surprised and happy to see how many people showed up to support us considering our movie opened on the same night as Harry Potter. My biggest fear was that it would be empty. There’s nothing worse than having an empty theatre on the opening night.” – André Givogue

 

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As Pascal would say: “Our goal is to inspire young artists in the Ottawa community to make their dreams come true. It can be done!”

 

EVOL_Full_House_Audience_Choice_Award_Andre_GivogueEVOL_DVDs_SOLD_OUTEVOL brought back the “Audience Choice Award” home from the Action On Film Festival in LA back in July 2010.

 

Local Medias went all out on their story being featured in newspapers, radio, television, blogs and more.

 

On Sunday night, all the EVOL DVD were sold out like hot buns. Many folks of the crowd after watching the movie wanted to own their own copy and rushed buy them.

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Make sure you have a look at EVOL The Movie official Youtube page for tailers, fight scenes and more.

 

If you weren’t able to grab your copy of the movie, you’ll be happy to hear that a second shipment of EVOL DVDs was received and that you may now own your own EVOL DVD copy, click here. While quantities last.

 

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Ottawa EVOL Premiere

EVOL – Ottawa award-winning action film – premieres on the big screen.

evolmayfair2010EVOL, Ottawa’s second award-winning action movie, filmed and produced in the capital, will have its Ottawa premiere at the Mayfair Theatre on Friday Nov. 19th and Sunday Nov. 21st. EVOL was among the leading films competing at last summer’s Action On Film Festival in Pasadena, California, where it received a whopping 5 award nominations, a sold out screening and left the festival with the “Audience Choice Award”. An achievement deemed unattainable when competing with movies with multi-million dollar budgets.

EVOL (love spelt backwards) follows the story of Randy Love, former bodyguard of a deceased business mogul who finds out that his client left behind three sons known as Volcano, Earthquake and Hurricane. Before his death, the business man secures a life insurance policy on his sons worth 3 million dollars. As a result of their strong friendship and trust, the father assigns Love as the beneficiary. Miles Harrisson, another former client of Randy Love, tempts Randy to arrange the deaths of the sons in order to acquire the money. Love is left with one choice, either to start anew as the son’s bodyguard or succumb to the manipulations of his greed.

The film is a hard-hitting, thought-provoking action thriller that is written and directed by african filmmaker Pascal Aka, who co-produced it with stunt actor André Givogue. The film stars up and coming stunt actor Dennis Lafond, who orchestrated the award-nominated action of the film. Lafond recently participated as a stunt performer in Universal Studio’s “Scott Pilgrim vs The World” and The Immortals” starring Mickey Rourke. In 2009, the group (mostly known as Ottawa Action Team) represented Ottawa at the Action On film Festival with their previous feature “Jamie and Eddie: Souls of Strife”, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film and left the festival with the “Best Action Sequence” award. EVOL is a cinematic work of art that is a result of 2 years of hard passionate work, involving some of the best of Ottawa’s on-screen performers. The team once again have made history for Ottawa’s filmmaking community and look to celebrate this achievement on the big screen with the nation’s capital.

Mayfair Theatre Double-Screening

Date: Nov 19th at 9pm and Nov. 21st at 7pm

For advance tickets, trailers and clips: WWW.EVOLTHEMOVIE.COM

Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St. Ottawa, Ontario)

Official Website: www.evolthemovie.com

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Running Time: 107 min

Release: TBA

Production company: Ottawa Action team

Starring: Dennis Lafond, Pascal Aka, André Givogue, Daniel Lavigne.

Writer/Director: Pascal Aka

Produced by: Pascal Aka, André Givogue

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2 SCREENING DATES
-Friday November 19th at 9:00pm
-Sunday November 21st at 7:00pm.

Trailer:
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Première d’EVOL à Ottawa

EVOL – Le film d’action primé d’Ottawa sort au grand écran 

Une production cinématographique locale présentée au Mayfair Theatre les 19 et 21 novembre.

 

evolmayfair2010EVOL, nouveau film d’action primé qui a été filmé et produit dans la capitale nationale, sort à l’écran du Mayfair Theatre les 19 et 21 novembre prochains. Cette production cinématographique faisait partie des principaux films présentés au Action On Film Festival à Pasadena, en Californie l’été dernier. EVOL a reçu un total de cinq mises en candidatures et fut présenté devant une salle comble. Il a même reçu le prix Audience Choice Award, chose quasi-impossible pendant une compétition contre des productions réalisées avec des budgets de plusieurs millions de dollars. En fait, on a produit EVOL avec seulement 6 000 dollars!

 

EVOL (le mot amour, en anglais, écrit à l’envers) raconte l’histoire de Randy Love, ancien garde du corps d’un éminent homme d’affaires décédé. Love apprend que son client a laissé dans le deuil trois fils : Volcano, Earthquake et Hurricane. Avant sa mort, l’homme d’affaires a contracté une police d’assurance-vie d’une valeur de trois millions de dollars pour ses fils. Puisqu’ils avaient une amitié franche et une confiance bien fondée, le père demanda à Love d’être bénéficiaire de la police. C’est alors que Miles Harrisson, lui aussi un ancien client de Randy Love, essaie de le convaincre de tuer les trois fils dans le but d’obtenir l’argent. Love n’a qu’un choix : devenir le garde du corps des fils ou succomber à son avidité.

Le cinéaste africain Pascal Aka est l’auteur et réalisateur de ce film d’action à suspense très énergique et stimulant; il l’a produit en collaboration avec André Givogue, acteur/cascadeur. EVOL produit Dennis Lafond, acteur/cascadeur à l’avenir prometteur; il a orchestré ce film d’action primé. Lafond a récemment joué, à titre de cascadeur, dans les films « Scott Pilgrim c. Le Monde » et « Immortel » (mettant en vedette Mickey Rourke), tous deux produits par Universal Pictures. EVOL, fruit de deux années de travail assidu, met en vedette certains des meilleurs artistes d’Ottawa. L’équipe a de nouveau écrit une page d’histoire pour la communauté cinématographique de la région et attend avec impatience la possibilité de célébrer cette réalisation, soit une présentation au grand écran dans la capitale nationale.

Mayfair Theatre – Présentation double

Date: Le 19 novembre à 21 h et le 21 novembre à 19 h

Pour obtenir des billets à l’avance ou voir la bande-annonce et les clips : WWW.EVOLTHEMOVIE.COM

Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St. Ottawa, Ontario)

Site Officiel: www.evolthemovie.com

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Running Time: 107 min

Release: TBA

Production company: Ottawa Action team

Starring: Dennis Lafond, Pascal Aka, André Givogue, Daniel Lavigne.

Writer/Director: Pascal Aka

Produced by: Pascal Aka, André Givogue

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2 SCREENING DATES
-Friday November 19th at 9:00pm
-Sunday November 21st at 7:00pm.

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André Givogue In “The Day”

 

The_Day_PosterAndré Givogue got the opportunity to work as SSE (Special Skills Extra) for the post-apocalyptic thriller “The Day” shot in Ottawa.

 

The plot outline goes as follows: “An apocalyptic siege warfare film spanning 24 hrs during which a small group of survivors are pit against insurmountable odds.” That sounds pretty cool doesn’t it?

 

This movie directed by Doug Aarniokoski brings together a pretty great cast: Dominic Monaghan (The Lord Of The Rings, Lost), Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism), Shawn Ashmore (Frozen, The Ruins, X-Men), Shannyn Sossamon (One Missed Call, How To Make It In America) and Cory Hardrict (Battle: Los Angeles, Gran Torino) anchoring things.

 

As SSE, André Givogue (among other skilled actors and stuntmen) were right there in the heat of the action, needless to say, it was pretty awesome! You can visit the Facebook Page for additional movie pictures, artwork, etc.  Here is the teaser trailer for you to view.

 

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