Sky's the Limit
Mark Klassen, Cinematographer, Director of Photography
Nick Mirka, Video Director
Michael Wainwright, Singer/Songwriter
Michael's music grabbed the attention of Los Angeles-based producer Charlton Pettus. Signing with Pettus' indie label Town Records in 2008 led to the release of his self-titled CD, Michael Wainwright. Revolutionary illustrator and graphic entertainer Alan Aldridge (Elton John, The Beatles, Rolling Stones) designed the cover.
From his first release came these notable music licenses: "Can't Believe My Eyes," "Across The World" and "World To Bring Me Down" were featured in the film Moving McAllister starring Mila Kunis and John Heder; Spike TV's Blue Mountain State aired the song "Last Goodbye" and "Another Chance"; NBC's Las Vegas used "Across The World"; EA Sports' The Sims 2 translated his song to "Keebalork Ma Zibs," which in Simlish, of course, means "Can't Believe My Eyes."
In 2009, Michael was offered the opportunity to perform as the opening act and background singer for Tears For Fears. He has since toured with them around Southeast Asia, Australia, South America and multiple times throughout the U.S.
Michael has emerged as a unique multi-media artist strongly influenced by his British roots. His storyteller's heart allows him to write poignant songs that people can easily relate to.
His latest album, The Circus Is Coming To Town, is an eclectic mix of melodic confessions, featuring the single Heart-Shaped Man, written by Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears. Currently, Michael is residing in Los Angeles, working on his third album while performing throughout California michaelwainwright.ca.
Drew Williams, Sound Recording.
After high school, Drew graduated with honors from the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology, which led to employment in the television industry. During this time, he began compiling the equipment and software necessary to create a recording studio of his own. W Sound Inc. was born in 2011 and since then, Drew has worked on a variety of projects both locally and throughout Southern Ontario. These have included Degrassi Season 12, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, The Teachable Project, a live recording of The Mark Lalama Trio and numerous other recording and commercial contracts.
Drew was honored to be a part of the "Sky's the Limit" project, which brought him back to his DSBN roots and enabled him to reconnect with some of his early mentors. www.wsound.ca
Mike Enns, Camera Operator
After graduating, Mike considered several employment options before accepting an apprenticeship offer at Fairview Louth Church (now Southridge Community Church) in which he would help to develop a media department. What started out as a gut feeling and a part-time position soon grew into a career. Mike spent 10 years at Southridge Community Church overseeing it's media department before starting his own company, Enns Visuals (www.ennsvisuals.com),in 2010. He has worked for clients including OPSBA (theteachableproject.org), YMCA Canada, TD Financial, Niagara Health and Twenty Valley Tourism Association, bringing a fresh and creative perspective to his projects. Currently, Mike is returning to his musical roots by playing in a few bands and filming more live music performances.
Early in Mike's video career at Southridge, 12-year-old Mark Klassen stumbled into a mid-week video meeting - he had found his passion and niche as well. It was clear that if given the opportunity, Mark's skill and self-confidence would produce outstanding results. And it did. Years later, Mike admits that he is now the one asking Mark for advice.
Mike lives in the Niagara region with his wife of ten years, Jessica, and their two kids.
"Being a part of Sky's The Limit has been a breath of fresh air! I am inspired by the confidence that the DSBN has shown in a group of young, passionate entrepreneurs - all working together in sound recording, directing, lighting, filming and editing to create the video. It is encouraging to see how education has evolved and I'm excited for my own two children to have countless opportunities to reach their potential. Thank you DSBN."
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