An articulate and lively proponent of his craft, Doug has been embraced by the metal 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 that of a high-budget.
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 and Jung People were nominated for Best Music Video at the 2013 and 2014 Alberta Media Production Industries Association AMPIA Award. His 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!
Doug is currently premiering his latest music video "Midnight" for Calgary's Singer/Songwriter Laura Hickli on Beatroute.ca Jan 20th. He is also developing a feature length script that he will produce and direct in Calgary within the next few years.
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.