Francesco Coscarella : Writer/Creator and Executive Producer
Francesco is the driving force behind "Of Myth and Men: The White Night".
Francesco wrote and created "Of Myth and Men: The White Night" in 2001, originally titled, "Sunflower: A White Night". He is currently working on the follow up novels, "Of Myth and Men: Gods Rage" and "Of Myth and Men: The End of History."
In 2006, Francesco started production of the photographic novel ("Project Sunflower"). He produced, financed, directed, story-boarded, casted and coordinated all the photo shoots. On occasion, he acted as assistant photographer to Richard Sibbald. He also appeared in front of the camera. He portrayed a total of 10 characters, in most cases with the assistance of special effects masks. In addition to co-ordinating and working with the make up and special effects artists, Francesco was the principle art director, set designer, interior layout artists, video and sound effects producer, and designed the web-page layout as well as all marketing materials to date. He also designed, manufactured and/or detailed all of the costumes, props and miniature sets on his own. Lastly, Francesco accomplished all of this without any formal training or previous experience as a writer or artist.
He is the founder and CEO of Digital Providence Publications.
Prior to this, Francesco earned a (Double Major Honours) Bachelor of Arts 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 at Brock University. Following that he graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2000 and was called to the Bar in 2002. After practicing law for a few years, he decided to take a chance and set off in pursuit of a dream: 'Of Myth and Men: The White Night'.
His greatest honour to date: uncle to his two nephews, Michael and Daniel.
Richard Sibbald: Principal Photographer
Richard is one of Canada's most recognized top fashion and commercial photographers. His 20 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 professionalism, acute vision for current trends and demands of the industry have made him highly sought after. His forceful and persuasive style is a classic favourite with top record companies, athletes, celebrities and musicians.
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.
His reputation for taking risks with his talents is reinforced by his ongoing commitment to this endeavor. First approached in 2006, Richard eagerly volunteered his talents and studio time. His reputation in the industry attracted many talented persons. His 'on and off' set contributions and input have proven to be invaluable. His work speaks for itself.
Monica S. Kuebler: Editorial Consultant
Monica's fifteen years as a professional writer, editor and performer has earned her the accolades and respect of her peers.
Monica is currently the Managing Editor at Rue Morgue Magazine, a popular monthly publication exclusively devoted to covering horror in culture and entertainment, which is distributed across North America, Europe and Australia, and is also available worldwide digitally. She is also the web-mistress of Rue Morgue Radio, which broadcasts a new one-hour show every second Friday.
In addition to these responsibilities, Monica is 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 is currently working on her second poetry collection (The Sick and the Beautiful) and her first 'young adult' horror novel (The Cold Ones). 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.
Monica's talents, professionalism and experience made her the ideal choice as Editorial Consultant.
Sandra Wheatle: Senior Make Up Artist
Sandra's talents and 20 years of experience as a make up artist, has made her highly sought after.
Sandra has worked on numerous motion pictures: "American Psycho " starring Christian Bale, Bryan Singer's " X-Men" , Incredible Hulk" with Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich's - Resident Evil Sequels including: "Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D" and the upcoming "Resident Evil": Retribution
Sandra has remained a keen supporter and advisor to the project since its inception. She worked on many of the main characters, such as '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 characters - 'the Atruhm'.
Matthew DeWilde: 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 30 years as a professional make up 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 'Lord Faust'.
Sheilagh A. McGrory: 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, "Death Race", "Resident Evil:Apocalypse", Mirvish Productions' "The Lion King", George Romero's "Land of the Dead", and television productions "Lost Girl" and "XIII".
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 make up artists for 'Lord Faust', as well as produced Elijah's facial and hand burns.
Vanessa Sinclair: 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.
Tanya Mollo: 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.
Oriana Rossi: 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.
Burton LeBlanc: 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'. He was phenomenal on set.
Ashleigh Marchand: 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.
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, Antonio and Antonina Coscarella, for which he is eternally grateful.
Jamie Maing: Digital Artist and Webpage Consultant
Jamie is a bright and talented digital artist that prepared the draft digital wireframes and layouts for the product. Jamie, Art Director of Studio Diversity, also designed and prepared the company's web sites, digitalprovidencepublications.com and ofmythandmen.com.
Tim Anderson: Digital Artist
Tim, a talented digital artist, prepared some of the digital paintings, including draft versions of the mythical city of 'Los Paché'. He is presently employed with one of the top video game company's in the industry.
Keith Atkinson: Digital Artist
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.
Alex Radoicovich: Photographer
Alex is an up-and-coming photographer and one of Francesco's long time friends. Alex photographed some backgrounds and locations to be included in the final product.
Rocco Casullo: Product Consultant and Marketing Advisor
Rocco has been a consultant since the early days of this project. With a specific focus on the evolving product construct, including how it will be brought to market and merchandised to the fan base, he will continue to leverage all of his contacts and ideas to support his long time friend Francesco share his story with the world.
Luciano Butera: Business Development Advisor
Luciano, a succesful entrepreneur and lawyer, has acted as Francesco's advisor from the day the project was launched. Luciano has provided invaluable strategic advice and remained steadfast in his support.