:30 – Stephen Surjik

The Players Film Company director Stephen Surjik recently spent some time in the Emmanuel College Library at the University of Toronto where he shot a spot for new Smoky Doritos. The ad called for some special effects and pyrotechnics, stunts difficult...

The Players Film Company director Stephen Surjik recently spent some time in the Emmanuel College Library at the University of Toronto where he shot a spot for new Smoky Doritos. The ad called for some special effects and pyrotechnics, stunts difficult to pull off in the quiet reserve of a library.

What’s next on the director’s agenda? Lots. But since Surjik says he has always considered it an act of hubris to publicly discuss future projects, for now, we’ll just have to wait and see.

- How long have you been directing?

Over 42 years and I’m only 29. The math is a mystery to me as well.

- Describe your style?

Directing/style is often a misunderstood concept. My directing style is determined by the script not by the type of shoes that I prefer. I therefore attempt to reinforce what is on the page and I keep my tube-top fetishes to myself.

- If not directing what would you be doing?

I would undoubtedly be involved in a life of crime, or quite possibly, Lord of the Dance.

- What’s the highest point of your directorial career?

This is something I’m still looking forward to.

- Biggest challenges of your job?

To find good script material.

- What do you like most about directing?

I like working with good writers, good actors and good producers.

- What do you like least about directing?

Bad writing. No matter what you do, bad writing cannot be saved inside the camera. At best, bad writing becomes beautifully mounted garbage.

- What’s the most fun you’ve had on a set?

I’ve had more than my share of wicked fun but never on set. I see set as a holy place appropriate for little more than work and self-sacrifice.