Marshall Axani is a writer, director and editor whose focus for every project remains tightly linked to story. Knowing how deeply an audience ties in to all aspects of the medium, Marshall’s main work with filmmakers is to ensure that all elements, from a strong plot, dynamic characters, well-constructed dialogue, and new approaches to genre are fully fleshed out to ensure that projects begin and end the strongest they can.
After graduating from Capilano University Film Program with an Advanced Diploma in Film Studies, Marshall soon after won the first MPPIA Short Film Award with his pitch at the Whistler Film Festival 2007. With this he was able to direct his short film The Light of Family Burnam which recently garnered seven awards at the Vancouver Short Film Festival 2009, including Best Screenplay and Best Director, and has screened at several festivals worldwide. His other accolades include two nominations at the Leo Awards 2008, one as director of the short film The Return, and another as writer for Three AM, the later also winning best screenplay at Vancouver Student Film Festival 2008.
In 2008 Marshall began working for Brightlight Pictures where he learned many aspects of both the indigenous and service industry in Canada. Having broken down enumerable scripts, story edited and shot multiple promotional trailers and helped in various areas from development through to post production, Marshall knows that each project requires it’s own unique approach and proper execution, especially with the much overlooked area of marketing and promotional packaging.
In 2009 Marshall directed and edited the making-of video for The Final Storm staring Steve Basic, Luke Perry and Lauren Holly, and then traveled to Osoyoos to shoot, direct and edit the behind-the-scenes featurette for the upcoming comedic-western Gunless starring Paul Gross, Sienna Guillory, Graham Greene, Dustin Milligan and Callum-Keith Rennie.
Marshall is currently working on several feature film scripts and hopes to direct his first feature Blame Socrates next year