Technical and Historical Consulting to Film and Television
American Gods – Technical Adviser, Historian and Rigger. Designed and built authentic working Viking ship rig. Trained cast to sail and row the ship. Served as ship’s captain during shooting on location.
La Grande Traversee – Historical Marine Consultant of this ten hour television series exploring the realities of the experiences of immigrant colonists to Canada in the early 1700’s.
7 Days in Hell – Writer, producer, historical consultant to this four part television series which put two adventurers through the worst week of a selection of historical scenereos. Wrote pitches to the broadcaster, evolved stories and oversaw locations, costuming, props and created slates of activities for each episode.
The Wharf at York ,The Wharf at War – co-wrote, oversaw costumes, props and actor training for these immersive theatrical live performances which toured Ontario.
Old Man River – Marine/Historical consultant, producer. Designed boat, oversaw construction, trained participants, researched routes, for this documentary driven expediation from the source of the Mississippi to the sea.
The Real Treasure Island - historical consultant and technical adviser to this documentary exploring the real historical events that may have inspired Robert Louis Stephenson to write the classic novel 'Treasure Island'
1917: The Missing - historical consultant and technical adviser to this documentary in which the events surrounding a savagely fought trench raid near Vimy a few months before the great First World War battle that made the place famous.
Trenches! - Historical & Technical Consultant on this documentary made in co-ordination with excavations performed in Flanders at World War One battle sites.
Battle Kit - Co-host and Co-Producer on this project in development which will examine the evolution of military equipment from the earliest periods of history to the present.
Survivor Man - Technical Advisor, Lost at Sea episode of this series which explores scientific survival techniques in a variety of environments.
The New World - Supplier of historical rigging for the refit of Half Moon, Capt. John Smith’s (played by Colin Farrel) ship in this feature historical dramatic film.
Franklin's Last Expedition - Location management and historical consulting.
Finding the Fallen - Host and Technical Adviser, Battle of the Somme episode of this series on World War One battlefield archaeology.
Pirates of the Caribbean II and III - supplier of rigging and nautical gear
Artillery Games - Producer. This is a documentary exploring the world of modern practitioners of the historic artilleryman's art. Produced for A&E's History Channel
Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World, 20th Century Fox,
- Head Technical Advisor and Historical Consultant, Additional Dialog writer,
for this major motion picture
Let the Games Begin - CineNova Productions documentary exploring the
History vs Hollywood - History Channel / A&E series comparing the historical fact behind popular films. Creative consultant and technical advisor.
The Wreck of the Auguste - CineNova Productions.
Head Technical Advisor and
The Underground Railroad - CBC television
production. Marine technical
Other Historical Film Credits Since 1990:
War of 1812 GalaFilm - 6 hour television documentary
Commissioned officer (retired) in the Royal Canadian Navy's Primary Reserve.
Founder & Director, Marine Heritage Association - Operators of two
warships, HMS BEE and HMS TECUMSETH 1998 - 2003
First Officer, Historic replica (circa 1812) sailing ship "Friends Good
Will" operated by the Michigan Maritime Museum
Captain, HMS BEE with an honourary warrant from the Royal Navy. BEE is
War of 1812 warship.
Project Coordinator, HMS Detroit, a 500 ton frigate, reconstruction of a Royal
Faculty member, Georgian College School of Marine Technology, 1991 - 2003
Panelist World Congress of History Producers Toronto 2004 and London 2006