While completing their undergraduate studies, Joséane Brunelle and Tristan Tondino began working both in theatre and cinema, as art department members.


While some of the film projects they were involved with were outstanding (Jésus de Montréal, Le Confessional), many were less so. This prompted them to experiment with screenwriting in 1995, mostly at night and on weekends. They wrote, directed and produced their first short film in 1998. Within a few years, they earned a few contracts with Canadian, American, and European production companies, in film and television.


Orchestrating their careers as a scenic artists, painters and writers, they adapted two German screenplays (psychological thrillers for Milagro), developed a comedy and adapted a novel into a miniseries (for Zone 3), scripted a biographical feature on the artist Elaine de Kooning (for Ginty International) and a thriller series about the Orient Express (for Global Filmtime International). In 2008 and 2009, they teamed up with a third author and received two grants from SODEC (screenwriting support) for a comedy titled Art House. The High Cost of Living, for which they adapted the dialogues from English to French, won Best Canadian First Feature Film at TIFF 2010 .

 They wrote, directed and produced several short films, including Fear and Trembling, which premiered at the World Film Festival of Montreal in 2012 and was broadcast on ICI Tou.tv and Cell from Hell, an episode of a web series, which also premiered at the World Film Festival of Montreal in 2013.

In 2016, they created a bilingual comic strip titled Soso & Frieda which they shared daily on social networks. In response to the demand of their followers, the initial individual panels turned into three bilingual books and one multilingual illustrated ABC’s.  Bringing the adorable characters of Soso & Frieda to the small or big screen is one of their current projects.

Tout en poursuivant leurs études, Joséane Brunelle et Tristan Tondino ont commencé à travailler au département artistique en théâtre et en cinéma.


Si certains des projets de films auxquels ils ont participé étaient exceptionnels (Jésus de Montréal, Le Confessional), beaucoup l’étaient moins. C’est ce qui a les incités à se tourner vers l'écriture en 1995, principalement le soir et les week-ends. Ils ont scénarisé, réalisé et produit leur premier court métrage en 1998. En quelques années, ils ont décroché quelques contrats avec des maisons de production canadiennes, américaines, et européennes dans les domaines du cinéma et de la télévision.


Orchestrant leurs carrières en tant qu’artistes scéniques, peintres et écrivains, les deux partenaires ont adapté deux scénarios allemands (thrillers psychologiques pour Milagro), développé une comédie et adapté un roman en minisérie (pour Zone 3), scénarisé une biographie sur l’artiste Elaine de Kooning (pour Ginty International) et une série de thrillers sur l’Orient Express pour la télévision (pour Global Filmtime International). En 2008 et 2009, ils se sont associés à un troisième auteur et ont reçu deux bourses de la SODEC (soutien à la scénarisation) pour une comédie intitulée Art House.  The High Cost of Living, pour lequel ils ont adapté les dialogues de l'anglais au français, a remporté le prix du meilleur premier long métrage canadien au TIFF 2010.


 Ils ont scénarisé, réalisé et produit plusieurs courts métrages, dont Crainte et Tremblement, qui a été présenté en première au Festival des films du monde de Montréal en 2012 et a été diffusé sur ICI Tou.tv et Cell From Hell, un épisode d’une web-série, également en première au Festival des films du monde de Montréal en 2013.

 En 2016, ils ont créé une bande dessinée bilingue intitulée Soso et Frieda, illustrant des vignettes qu’ils partageaient quotidiennement sur les réseaux sociaux. En réponse à la demande de leurs « followers », ils ont converti les premiers panneaux individuels en trois livres bilingues et un abécédaire illustré multilingue. Porter les personnages attachants de Soso et Frieda au petit ou grand écran compte parmi leurs projets actuels.

JOSÉANE BRUNELLE s.a.r.t.e.c.
Screenwriting, translation, adaptation and script doctoring
514 602-7023 (Montréal) inchiostro@sympatico.ca                               

 
SCREENWRITING/DIRECTING/PRODUCING
2014       Cell from Hell – Road Trip – episode 4 (coauthor, codirector, coproducer)
2013      Cell from Hell – One Helluva Night – episode 1 (short film, official selection Montreal World Film Festival 2013)
              (coauthor, codirector, coproducer)
2012      Fear and Trembling (short film, official selection Montreal World Film Festival, on ici.tou.tv 2012-2015 – coauthor, codirector,
ccccccccoproducer)
 
PROJECTS - COMMISSIONS – FEATURES AND TELEVISION (coauthor)

2009       Security Orient Express – action series (television pilot and series bible in English) – Global Filmtime Int. – Harald Reichebner         
2003       Flashpoint – police drama (adaptation from a novel – 4-episode series in French) – Zone 3
2002      Smile of a Murderer – thriller (feature in English), Milagro Films, Global Filmtime Int.  (script-doctoring, substantial screenplay     
cccccccirevision)
2001      New York Dreams – thriller (feature in English), Milagro Films, Global Filmtime Int.  (script-doctoring, substantial screenplay revision)

ADAPTATION
2019       Faits Divers 3 (Les Productions Sovimage – adaptation revision and adaptation of dialogue from French to English)
2010       The High Cost of Living (dialogue adaptation to French and ADR)
                Deborah Chow writer-director, starring: Isabelle Blais and Zach Braff

 PUBLICATIONS
2017-19 Coauthor and illustrator of Soso & Frieda collection of 3 bilingual books and one ABC’s in 8 languages (Les Images de la
ccccccccLiberté/LadyLibertyPictures inc.)
2016       Dogs of Venice Editions a, 2016, short story
2010-13 Online articles, cultural section, L’Avenue du Mont-Royal Web site
 
PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT — FEATURES AND TELEVISION 
2017       12 Days of Xmas, drama (French and English) – selected by l’Université de Montréal to present to Telefilm for the micro budget
ccccccciproduction program)
2016       Breaking the Ice/Briser La Glace, documentary (French and English)
2016      En Pièces Détachées, romantic zombie comedy (French version of BITS AND PIECES)
2014       LIV drama (feature or 6-part series in English, feature or 6-part series in French)
2003-5   Bits and Pieces, romantic zombie comedy (feature in English) Option Milagro Films
2001-2   Plan B, romantic comedy (feature in English and French) Option Zone 3 (2002)
 
 ART DIRECTION
 2005       Juggernaut – (24 minutes) Equinoxe/Milagro Films/Ganifilms (co-art director)
ccccccci Gino Patrigani director, starring: Richard Bohringer, Claire Nebout and Frédéric Angers 
2000       Someone Is Watching – (feature) Filmo Bandito (co-art director)
ccccccccDoug Jackson, director, starring: Stephanie Powers and Margot Kidder
  
EDUCATION  
2014      Masters in Film Studies (Screenwriting), Université de Montréal
2011       B.A. in Translation and Writing, Université de Montreal
1987       B.A. in Theatre, Concordia University
 
CONTINUOUS TRAINING
2019        Atelier Art du Pitch (offert par Julie Tremblay Sauvé, SARTEC)
2019        Atelier Art du Pitch (offert par Jean Tourangeau, FCTMN)    
2019        Atelier Écrire la comédie pour la télévision (offert par Marc Robitaille, SARTEC)
2019        Écriture Télé-jeunesse 1 et 2 (offert par Marie-France Landry, SARTEC)    

2002      Screenwriting Seminars, New York University     

2000-1  Warren Robertson Acting Workshop                                                                                   
                                                                                            
LANGUAGES: FRENCH, ENGLISH, ITALIAN (intermediate) 


TRISTAN TONDINO s.a.r.t.e.c. 
Screenwriting, translation, adaptation, and script doctoring
514 239-3102 (Montreal) tristantondino@sympatico.ca

 SCREENWRITING/DIRECTING/PRODUCING
2014      Cell from Hell – Road Trip – episode 4 (coauthor, codirector, coproducer)
2013      Cell from Hell – One Helluva Night – episode 1 (short film, official selection Montreal World Film Festival 2013)
              (coauthor, codirector, coproducer)
2012      Fear and Trembling (short film, official selection Montreal World Film Festival, on ici.tou.tv 2012-2015 – coauthor codirector,
cccccccoproducer)

 
PROJECTS - COMMISSIONS – FEATURES AND TELEVISION (coauthor)
2009       Security Orient Express – action series (television pilot and series bible in English) – Global Filmtime Int. – Harald Reichebner         
2003       Flashpoint – police drama (adaptation from a novel – 4-episode series in French) – Zone 3
2002      Smile of a Murderer – thriller (feature in English), Milagro Films, Global Filmtime Int.  (script-doctoring, substantial screenplay     
cccccccirevision)
2001      New York Dreams – thriller (feature in English), Milagro Films, Global Filmtime Int.  (script-doctoring, substantial screenplay revision)


ADAPTATION
2019       Faits Divers 3 (Les Productions Sovimage – adaptation revision and adaptation of dialogue from French to English)
2010       The High Cost of Living (dialogue adaptation to French and ADR)
                Deborah Chow writer-director, starring: Isabelle Blais and Zach Braff


 PUBLICATIONS
2017-19 Coauthor and illustrator of Soso & Frieda collection of 3 bilingual books and one ABC’s in 8 languages (Les Images de la ccccccla Liberté/LadyLibertyPictures inc.)
 
PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT — FEATURES AND TELEVISION 
2017      12 Days of Xmas, drama (French and English) – selected by l’Université de Montréal to present to Telefilm for the micro budget cccccccproduction program)
2016       Breaking the Ice/Briser La Glace, documentary (French and English)
2016      En Pièces Détachées, romantic zombie comedy (French version of BITS AND PIECES)
2014       LIV drama (feature or 6-part series in English, feature or 6-part series in French)
2003-5   Bits and Pieces, romantic zombie comedy (feature in English) Option Milagro Films
2001-2   Plan B, romantic comedy (feature in English and French) Option Zone 3 (2002)

 
 ART DIRECTION
 2020      Untitled Home Alone - Disney

2005       Juggernaut – (24 minutes) Equinoxe/Milagro Films/Ganifilms (co-art director) Gino Patrigani director, starring: Richard ccccccci Bohringer, Claire Nebout and Frédéric Angers 
2000       Someone Is Watching – (feature) Filmo Bandito (co-art director)
ccccccccDoug Jackson, director, starring: Stephanie Powers and Margot Kidder

 
EDUCATION
2020       Ph.D. Philosophy, McGill University             
2012       Masters Philosophy, Université de Montréal
2004       Screenwriting Seminars, New York University
1984       B.A. Philosophy McGill
 University   


LANGUAGES: ENGLISH AND FRENCH