An articulate and lively proponent of his craft, Doug has been embraced by the music community and has been invited to speak at the 2012/2013 Canadian Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival and at the Alberta Music Sessions.
Audiences have come to recognize his signature style, whether they identify this as sci-fi, futuristic or dark, his attention to detail in prop-use and production design elevate his work to the next level. Regardless of budget, Doug's final product always reflects innovation and pushes the envelope.
Doug's work has been screened at:
- Calgary Underground Film Festival (Summersong)
- Moon Jive Film Festival (Knowledge in Fibers) Won Best Video!
- The Edmonton Short Film Festival (Falls) Won Best Experimental Video
- Toronto International Short Film Festival (Ringfinger) screenwriting credit
- Dark Matters Festival, Edmonton planetarium 2014 (Maelstrom)
The Music Videos for Walk As Chaos , Jung People and Laura Hickli have been nominated for BEST MUSIC VIDEO at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Alberta Media Production Industries Association Awards. Doug has also been nominated for BEST DIRECTOR for his work on Laura Hickli's "Midnight". His music video "Knowledge in Fibers" Won Best Music Video at the 2013 MoonJive Festival and recently "Falls" won Best Experimental Music Video at the 2014 Edmonton Short Film Festival and just recently "Impasse" is now amongst the contenders for the 2014 Prism Prize!
This past January Doug premiered his latest music video "Midnight" for Calgary's Singer/Songwriter Laura Hickli on Beatroute.ca Jan 20th. In April, Doug directed a music video for Calgary's well established Heavy Rock band "Kobra and The Lotus" and their electric re-make of "Black Velvet" originally performed by Canadian Artist Alannah Myles.
The collection of reviews on dougcook.ca is impressive, but invest a few moments watching Doug's visual concoctions and you'll be enthralled with his ability to bring a message, melody or lyric to life in a way that's innovative and a natural reflection of the music, artist or organization. His technical competence, bold visual interpretations and unusual use of props and professionalism have distinguished him as a preferred local director here in Alberta.
Doug is a master of collaboration, drawing people to his work and forging strong relationships across the arts and business community. With drive and business savvy, it's easy to understand how this creative mind has helped transition one of Calgary's longest running furniture stores, Ethan Allen, into an inspiring design hub. When not burning the candle at both ends - Doug proudly rides with the harley bike club “Grey Bastards”.
In an "it's been done before" world, obscurity is hard to come by, but Albertan music video director Doug Cook is forging forward, ambitious and hungry to contribute to the landscape of independent filmmaking and music videos in Canada.