Film & TV Past Projects

There’s a reason why silent films are no longer popular – sound and image fit like a hand in glove. An expressive sound track often becomes an integral character that can no more be ignored than the images on the screen.

National Film Board: Big Trees:

Based on true events, Ann Marie Fleming’s Big Trees, a musical in the style of Don Giovanni, tells the story of Odile and her apartment’s spectacular ocean view in Vancouver’s West End. How far will she go when leaves start to obscure her panorama, her light and her happiness? A brilliant blend of stop-motion, projections and models, drawings and altered live-action transports us into this observation about human nature.

Big Trees by Ann Marie Fleming, National Film Board of Canada

National Film Board: Crazywater

After years of struggle and shame, five First Nations Canadians are bravely telling their stories.

Crazywater is an emotional and revealing exploration of substance abuse among First Nations people in Canada, directed by Inuvialuit filmmaker Dennis Allen. Rarely have Aboriginal perspectives on the sensitive topic of alcoholism been presented in such an honest and forthright manner.

Crazywater by Dennis Allen, National Film Board of Canada

National Film Board: Stories Sarah Tells:

This short film pays tribute to director, screenwriter and actress Sarah Polley. Her latest film, Stories We Tell, a feature length documentary about her family history, premiered at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, then screened to unanimous acclaim at the Telluride Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival. It was called “a brilliant film: an enthralling, exquisitely layered masterpiece” by Maclean’s film critic Brian D. Johnson. Here, a whimsical, playful film tells the story of the kinds of stories Polley tells. Using humorous, simple line animation, the film comments on the messiness of life and art.

Produced by the NFB in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2013 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards.

Sound Design: Gordon Durity

Re-recording:  Doug Paterson at Rukkus House

Stories Sarah Tells by Ann Marie Fleming, National Film Board of Canada

Jet Stream:

Over the last 2 years he has been following a series of events: plane crashes, towns wiped out and
most recently a cargo plane that just disappeared. The research of Doctor Steve Simpson, KLTY weatherman, is showing a new phenomena; massive jet streams that usually are only seen near the upper atmosphere have started to lower all the way down to ground level with wind forces of nearly 500 miles an hour.  Steve sees the end of the planet as we know it and feels helpless stop it.
Rukkus House took care of all audio needs including dialogue edit, sound design, foley and re-recording mix.


STAG is a short, horror based thriller. It tells the story of a man who wakes naked on the floor of a derelict cabin with blood on his hands and no clue how he got there. Armed with only disjointed shards of memories, he must solve the riddle of the last 24 hours… before it is too late.
Stag is a ten minute short film.
Film by Brudder Productions
Re-recording mixer: Doug Paterson
Sound Design: Neil Clements

Cold Paradise Trailer:

Many Yukoners only know the Filipino community through the communities’ annual Canada Day tent and the Whitehorse businesses that employ temporary foreign workers. This film introduces us to the pioneers of the community who moved to the Yukon twenty years ago and offers a rare insight into the lives and hardships temporary foreign workers and immigrants from the Philippines face when they leave behind young children, and other family members to live in a culture and climate very unfamiliar to them. From the director of River of Life, Werner Walcher.

People Of A Feather Trailer:

This is the trailer from Sanikiluaq Running Pictures about the plight of Arctic Eider Ducks and the Inuit who rely on them. Rukkus House handled all aspects of sound design, dialogue edit and sound mix.


Sound design highlights this action packed sequence of a child’s desperate flight from the abuse she receives at home.

National Film Board: This Land

This short documentary recounts a 2000-km expedition undertaken by 7 rangers (both Inuit and non-Native) and a female filmmaker to raise a flag on the northernmost tip of Canadian soil, 412 km from the North Pole. With a mesmerizing soundtrack by Nunavut-born singer Tanya Tagaq and spectacular footage of the Arctic landscape, This Land captures the epic adventure with raw immediacy.  Also check out the NFB Interactive web site for a fantastic “This Land” audio visual story.

This Land by Dianne Whelan, National Film Board of Canada

Battle of the Bagpipes Trailer:

“The Battle of the Bagpipes: A Journey to the World Pipe Band Championship is a one hour documentary profiling the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and the Robert Malcolm Memorial junior Pipe Band on their 2009 trip to Scotland to compete in the World Pipe Band Championship. On this lively journey we witness the passionate story of two brothers, Jack and Terry Lee who helm not only the largest piping family in the world but also the most successful pipe band from recent years.

Cruel and Unusual:

Sound design by Rukkus House for the thriller starring Tom Berenger.

The U.S. and Us:

Sound design by Rukkus House for the acclaimed documentary.

The Green Chain:

Sound design by Rukkus House for the acclaimed environmental film drama, directed by Mark Leiren-Young and starring Tricia Helfer and Brendan Fletcher.

Lost Secrets of Ancient Medicine: The Journey of the Blue Buddah:

Sound design and music by Rukkus House for the acclaimed documentary.

Better than Chocolate

Sound design by Rukkus House for this well known Anne Wheeler film.

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