We are so excited to have added another new member to our Joy Factory Films team. Earlier this week on the blog we introduced our new Production Coordinator and Communications Manager, Sophia, and today it is our pleasure to introduce to you our latest recruit. Meet Samuel Theriault. He’s a talented aspiring director, journalism student and movie buff. We look forward to getting to know Samuel and we hope that you do too.


What is your name and position with the Joy Factory Films team?

Hi, my name is Samuel and I’m the new Production Assistant at Joy Factory.


Tell us about your educational and career related background.

I’ve just finished the second year of my Bachelors of Journalism degree at TRU. I previously worked at the Paramount theatre in downtown Kamloops as an Assistant Manager. Outside of school I’ve also volunteered on several film and music video sets as a Grip and as a Production Assistant.


If you were the head of a major TV station for one day, what would you play?

With my one day I would fill the time slots with back to back episodes of the cartoon Courage the Cowardly Dog before finishing off with my favourite episodes of Community.


Give us some homework. What is one film (or theatrical play) that everyone needs to see?

Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon with Al Pacino and the late John Cazale. Probably the movie I think about the most, and I spend most of my time thinking about movies. It’s a very powerful statement piece that will likely always be relevant and powerful.


In what ways do you find you are the same as your childhood self?

I think I maintained my creative drive that I had as a child, if not the method of expressing that creativity. Kid Sam might have acted out a scene with a few action figures whereas now I would point a camera at some classmates and ask them to act it out instead.

What was your dream job growing up?

My first dream job was to be a palaeontologist; I got the idea from Jurassic Park. After that it was an astronaut, which was inspired by Armageddon.  I settled eventually at being a director, which I’m as close to now as I’ve ever been, hopefully making my childhood self proud.


What are three things still left to do on your bucket list?

1. Learn how to skateboard and land a kickflip

2. Direct a feature length film

3. Meet Kanye West