Madeline Archibald talks to the crowd at the screening of her film at the Civic Centre.

Golden student debuts documentary

Madeline Archibald, 13, has already shot and edited several short films of her own including the Snow King's Masque Parade.

Golden might just have the next Kathryn Bigelow on its hands.

Madeline Archibald, at just 13 years of age, has already shot and edited several short films of her own including two movies she entered in contests with both the Canadian Avalanche Centre and the Royal Canadian Legion. Her most recent project involved filming and editing the Snow King’s MasqueParade.

Archibald made her first movie at the age of 10 when her father, Mike Archibald, showed her the basics of iMovie. Since then she’s developed a definite passion for film that extends beyond just having a fun hobby.

“I think I’ve figured out now that I want to study filmology…I want to make it a part of my life,” Archibald said.

Piecing a movie together is an exciting prospect for Archibald, who also shoots movies for a lot of her school projects.

“I like it when it all clicks together and you just get this kind of sensation in your gut…it’s all just about what makes the movie good, the cuts and the edits and the effects,” she said.

Archibald particularly enjoys the editing process and says she has an admiration for Mark Day, who edited the final four movies in the Harry Potter series.

“The way he puts it together is absolutely incredible, I love watching those movies over and over again,” she said.

For the MasqueParade film Archibald enlisted the help of her father, who filmed the festival from the scaffolding. Madeline filmed the performance from the ground level, although she had other duties to attend to as well.

“Since I had to be in the actual parade twice, I had to leave my camera unattended on the tripod and it was crooked a bit, but it managed to work out,” she said.

Having a filmed version of the performance allowed many of the volunteers, who are typically extremely busy on the night of the show, see the parade in its entirety. Next year, Archibald hopes to add a third camera on the ground level to give her another set of footage to work with.

To view Archibald’s MastqueParade film, log on to Kicking Horse Culture’s YouTube channel at

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