Luke's approach to filmmaking evolved from a strong
background in the arts. He grew up studying
classical music and dance and trained at the
world-renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Following his
studies in dance, he worked as a professional
musician, touring and recording throughout Canada.
Returning to school, he became heavily involved in
theater, performing lead roles in many critically
acclaimed productions, co-founding a touring
summer-stock theater company and earning a degree in
Drama and English. After college he spent a year
traveling abroad where he taught at-risk youths
music and drama.
Luke's training in the arts inevitably led him to
filmmaking. He has worked professionally as a
director and editor of television ads and short-form
documentaries for both local and international
broadcast. His short doc "Meeka Mike" was shot
entirely on location in the High Arctic and was
showcased at the Hanover Millennium World Fair, and
continues to be broadcast throughout the world.
While at USC he has honed his technical and artistic
skills as a writer, director, DP and editor. He
received the Thomas Bush Scholarship for Excellence
in Cinematography and his short script "I Remember"
won the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award
and is now in pre-production. His current film
"Shelter" won the Fotokem Student Filmmaking Grant
and received considerable production assistance from
Sony Pictures Studios and CBS. He is extremely
grateful to the Caucus and its members for their
generous award and is planning to wrap
post¬production of "Shelter" by January 2004.
Luke is currently developing several feature film