Francesco A. Coscarella
Writer/Creator and Executive Producer
Like many, Francesco has been a fan of graphic novels and cinema since he was a child. He was constantly drawing or creating stories and into his adult life. He always desired to pursue his creative side and decided to take a chance.
Francesco initially created the basic premise for the characters and story in 2001. He was inspired by various artists, musicians and bands, including Rage Against the Machine, and Faith No More but none more than the electronic music duo Crystal Method, and, in particular, two tracks from their album “Vegas” – “Trip Like I Do”, and “Keep Hope Alive”. After working on the story in his spare time, he completed a working draft in 2003.
In 2006, he founded Digital Providence Publications and started production on what would become a “passion project”. He initially intended to produce the novel as an immersive and multi-platform digital experience, inclusive of images of actors in costume, portraying the characters and scenes. Simply put, he wanted to see these characters and the story come to life.
He first retained Monica S. Kuebler as an Editorial Consultant. He proceeded with a complete rewrite of his initial draft with Monica’s guidance and tutelage. Subsequently, he worked with Allister Thompson (Copy-Editor) and Britanie Wilson (Proofreader) to complete the editing of the story.
As he worked on the story, he also produced the photographic element of his passion project. He was fortunate and grateful to have worked with the brilliant photographer Richard Sibbald, and many talented people.
Francesco self-financed, directed, story-boarded, cast and coordinated all the photo shoots as well as worked with all the make-up and special effects artists. On occasion, he acted as assistant photographer. He also appeared in front of the camera and played a total of 10 characters, in most cases with the assistance of special effects masks. He also designed, manufactured or detailed all of the costumes, masks, props and miniature sets. Many of the more elaborate costumes he made by hand, including the “armoured” costumes for the Four Sentinels, (which were made from sheets of foam, paper, and old hockey equipment...because he’s Canadian.)
He was also the principle art director, set designer, as well as designed the initial web-page layout and marketing materials to date. He also created the digital artwork for the e-book covers, posters and images.
Francesco accomplished all of this without any formal training or previous experience.
Prior to writing “Of Myth and Men: The White Night”, Francesco earned a (Double Major Honours) Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Law and Society. After graduating Cum Laude, he was awarded a scholarship and completed a Master's degree in Political Science and Judicial Administration. Following that he graduated from law school in 2000 and was called to the Bar in 2002. In addition to practicing law, Francesco also worked as a part time instructor at a college of applied arts and taught various law related courses.
His greatest honour to date: uncle to his three nephews, Anthony, Daniel and Michael.
THE EDITING TEAM
Monica S. Kuebler
“Monica’s guidance, candour, constructive feedback, commitment and patience were vital in crafting my debut novel. I was fortunate and grateful to have worked with her.” ~ Francesco A. Coscarella
Monica’s talents, professionalism and experience made her the ideal choice as Editorial Consultant. Her near twenty years as a professional writer, editor and performer has earned her the accolades and respect of her peers. Monica was the former Managing Editor and now current contributing editor at Rue Morgue Magazine, a popular monthly publication exclusively devoted to covering horror in culture and entertainment. She also works as a freelance writer and editor. She successfully published an online vampire serial, Blood Magic Saga.
Monica is also the editor-in-chief of her own micro press, Burning Effigy Press. She has authored four chapbooks: Two Weeks of Silence... or a journey into chaos (1997), Legacy (1999), Bruises on the Inside (2001), and the sound of one girl screaming (2002). Monica has also co-written a collection of poetry with Cynthia Gould, Some Words Spoken (2002). She spent ten years as performance poet between 1996 and 2006, during which time she appeared on stages as far abroad as New York, Chicago, San Francisco and London, England.
"Allister’s experience, contribution and feedback were essential in producing a polished and professional piece of work."~ Francesco A. Coscarella
Allister is an author, former senior editor of Dundurn Press, and editor of award winning novels. He has over 15 years of experience working both freelance and in-house for publishers and authors in North America and Europe. He has worked on countless successful novels ranging from young adult books, adult fiction and nonfiction.
He studied History and English at the University of Toronto, attended Ryerson University’s publishing program and is a member of the Editors Association of Canada. He is also a semi-professional musician, playing in numerous bands and composing his own music.
"Without question, Britanie’s professionalism, feedback and keen eye improved the overall quality of the novel."~ Francesco A. Coscarella
Britanie is an author as well as an experienced editor, copy editor, indexer and proofreader. She has worked on a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles. She earned her Honours Specialization degree in English Language and Literature from King’s University College at Western University. Britanie then completed the industry-renowned Book and Magazine Publishing program at Centennial College in Toronto, Ontario.
“Richard Sibbald is a legend. His amazing talents and abilities are only surpassed by his character. I was privileged to have worked with him and proud to call him a friend.” ~ Francesco A. Coscarella
Richard is one of Canada's most recognized top fashion and commercial photographers. His forceful and persuasive style is a classic favourite with top record companies, athletes, celebrities and musicians. He has worked with various notable artists and athletes ranging from Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson from Rush, Jack White, Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran, Jamie Fox, Vin Diesel, Kat Von D, to athletes like Steven Stamkos, P.K. Subban, and Georges St-Pierre.
Richard's professionalism, acute vision for current trends and demands of the industry have made him highly sought after. His 25 years of experience in the industry have showcased his unique versatility only few can claim. Richard's work has appeared across the world; in magazines, billboards, online, on television as well as in the classroom. He gives frequent lectures on technical aspects of photography at various institutions. He was the celebrity photographer in the popular television series 'Look-a-Like', seen across Canada and the United States.
Richard's trademark expressive approach and hard exposure are aimed at capturing the strength of his subjects and their emotional intensity. His unique style, technical knowledge and skill set made Richard the perfect choice as principle photographer.
Richard’s reputation for taking risks with his talents is reinforced by his ongoing commitment to this creative endeavor. His reputation in the industry attracted many talented persons to the project. His 'on and off' set contributions and input have proven to be invaluable. His work speaks for itself.
Alex, an old friend of Francesco's, and promising photographer was eager to lend his talents to this creative project. He was responsible for photographs of the interior "farm house", barn and factory.
THE MAKE-UP ARTISTS
"I have yet to work with a makeup artist that wasn't a wonderful, helpful and talented person. Special thanks and gratitude to Sandra, Sheilagh and Matthew for their contributions and support.~ Francesco A. Coscarella
Senior Make Up Artist
Sandra's talents and 20 plus years of experience as a makeup artist has made her highly sought after. She has worked on numerous motion picture including American Psycho starring Christian Bale, Bryan Singer's X-Men , Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich's - Resident Evil sequels ( "Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D" and Resident Evil: Retribution), Suicide Squad, and most recently, she worked on the T.V. series, Suits
Sandra has remained a keen supporter and advisor to this project since its inception. She worked on many of the main characters, such as Elijah Ra, Lord Merlyn Wynd, Tomas, Lord Odin, Lord Zeus, Victor the Warlock, Damon the Dread and Kaji Imitsu. In addition, she was responsible for one of the most challenging and important characters - 'the Atruhm'.
Senior Make Up SPFX Artist and Prosthetic Designer
Matthew is one of the premier special effects make up artists in Toronto and co-owner of DeWilde FX Studio a special effects and prosthetic studio.
Matthew has worked on various projects in his 35 years as a professional makeup artist, including various motion pictures, such as Jacob's Ladder, Journey to the West, Pontypool and Stir of Echoes: The Homcoming. He has worked on numerous television series including, "FX-The Series", "PSI Factor", "H2O' and "Goosebumps". Matthew also freelances for toy and leisure companies. In addition to working on feature films and television, Matthew is also a prosthetic/special effects instructor at the School of Professional Makeup Ltd., located in Toronto.
Matthew created the original prosthetic masks and effects for two of the main characters, 'Seth the Sun Demon' and 'the Father of the Nosferatut'.
Senior Make Up SPFX Artist
Sheilagh is a special make up effects and prosthetics artist and instructor. She works in Toronto and through out Ontario. She is currently the Senior Instructor and Dean of Academics at the School of Make Up Art Ltd. She is also a co-owner of DeWilde FX Studio along with her partner Matthew DeWilde.
Sheilagh has worked on various feature films such as George Romero's Land of the Dead, Death Race, Resident Evil:Apocalypse, Mirvish Productions' The Lion King, and television productions Witchblade, Lost Girl, XIII and Beauty and the Beast.
Sheilagh's talents are only matched by her continuing generosity and support. She worked on many of the main characters, including Elijah Ra and the Homeless Man. In addition, Matthew and Sheilagh were the key makeup artists for the Father of the Nosferatu as well as produced and applied Elijah's facial and hand burns.
Make Up Artist
Vanessa was the first make up artist to work on the project. She helped establish the quality of the production at the outset and was wonderful to work with. Vanessa worked on many of the main characters, including 'Elijah Ra', 'Damon the Dread', 'Kaji Imitsu' and more.
Make Up Artist
Tanya is a special make up effects artists and hair stylist. She has applied her skills in both the film and music industry, working on various music videos and events.
Tanya joined the project in 2010 and remains an avid supporter. In addition to being an excellent make up artists, Tanya recruited other make up artists to participate with the project. Tanya worked on numerous photo-shoots, both behind and, on one occasion, in front of the camera.
Make Up Artist
Oriana is a special make up effects artists and hair instructor at the School of Make Up Artists Ltd. Oriana's has worked primarily in the music industry and with such artists like Sara Slean, and Beoduin Soundclash. She worked for Broken Social Scene at the 2011 Juno Awards, and on numerous music videos for various artists, such as the Strumbellas and Skrillex.
Oriana joined the project in 2010 and worked on various shoots, some involving vampires and 'the Guardians of Los Paché'. Her enthusiasm on set was only matched by her talents.
Make Up Artist
Burton is a special make up effects artist with years of experience working in film, television as well as in the music industry. Burton was the key make up artist for 'Alexander the vampire Sire'.
Make Up Artist
Ashleigh, a graduate of the School of Make Up Artists Ltd., was the key make up artist for two mythical characters, Lord Osiris and Lord Anubis. She was great to work with.
COSTUMES & WARDROBE
Bayview Tailoring, is owned and operated by Antonio Coscarella, the best tailor in Toronto. He is also Francesco's father. Antonio, a tailor with over 45 years’ experience, and seamstress Natalina Grosso, tailored many of the original garments, jackets and robes designed by Francesco.
None of Francesco's dreams or aspirations would have materialized without the support of his parents for which he is eternally grateful.
Francesco A. Coscarella
Francesco designed, manufactured or detailed all of the costumes, masks, props and miniature sets. Many of the more elaborate costumes he made by hand, including the “armoured” costumes for the Four Sentinels, (which were made from sheets of foam, paper, and old hockey equipment.)
Digital Artist and Webpage Consultant
"Jamie was incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, responsive and resourceful. His input was invaluable." ~ Francesco A. Coscarella
Jamie is a bright and talented web-page designer and digital artist. He designed, then prepared all of our web sites. Jamie also prepared draft digital wire-frames and layouts for the initial product concept.
Tim, a talented digital artist, prepared some of the digital paintings, including draft versions of the mythical city of 'Los Paché' and 'The Spirits of Light'. He is presently employed with one of the top video game company's in the industry.
Keith, another talented digital artist, worked on various 3D models. He also helped recruit other artists to participate with the project. Currently, Keith is employed with one of the top special effects studios in downtown Toronto.
“Rocco and Luciano are two of my oldest friends, who were always generous with their time and supportive. They are both great people and even better fathers.”~ Francesco A. Coscarella
Product Consultant and Marketing Advisor
Rocco has been a consultant since the early days of this project and provided his experience and support to his long-time friend Francesco.
Business Development Advisor
Luciano, a successful entrepreneur and business owner, has acted as Francesco's advisor from the day the project was launched. Luciano has remained steadfast in his support.