My name is Cassandra Sirois, I am originally from Montréal, Québec and I moved to Toronto a few years ago to pursue more acting and film opportunities. I officialized Moonchild Productions during the summer of 2020. At MoonChild we aim to explore the themes of sensuality, freedom and mental health. I would define myself as a "jack of all trades", my work ethic and drive make me adapt to achieving the different tasks necessary to create a film. I initially decided to create this production company to create my own work as an actress (that's why you see me all the time in these movies) but then the magic took over and realized I had something important to say, so I used it to tell stories I believe the world needs to hear.
I got the idea for She-Wolf when I was wanting to define myself as a filmmaker; I wanted to encourage people who watch it to find the magic in them; to break free from their social labels and expectations. I was inspired by different people around me who made me feel all the different ways that Zooey, the main character, feels to create the characters and the story came to life.
The Bright Side was literally inspired by the ceiling I painted in my room! I wanted to make something visually appealing and sweet to help people escape from the fear of the pandemic for 2-3 minutes. I wanted to imbue the film with the comfort and magic that can be found in a home that you make yours, a little bit like when we take care of our space we take care of ourselves.
And Coco's Song, is inspired by the Québec folk legend of "La Corriveau": a woman who was executed for the alleged murder of her 7 husbands. This is the opening song for a Fringe show I am producing for the summer of 2022. I found compassion for this woman who truly was just a victim of her time. I developed the little information we know about her into justifying her actions by being this very sensual woman despite herself who suffered the retaliations of a jealous and repressed patriarchal society.
With She-Wolf I have learnt A LOT about how filming a quality picture is truly like; all the unexpected fumbles and change of situation. I experienced loads of stress but it made me find my strengths as a filmmaker. We filmed in Toronto and Quebec. It was amazing to see how my crew was invested in my idea even if I was quite a demanding director.
The Bright Side was achieved solely by me, I knew how a stop-motion worked and I just got my camera, covered my windows and took hundreds of pictures. The hardest part was to shoot myself when I was in a sequence and also wanting to be more and more precise with the shots, but I had to stop trying to be perfect or more intricate, because I needed to get it done!
Coco's song was filmed in my house in quarantine with the help of my roommates, I had a very clear concept and directed them as I was acting and dancing. I did reshoot some material with a bubbled friend of mine later in the summer. It was a lot of fun, that is probably my favorite shooting experience because it was intimate and got me to explore my sensuality through the portrayal of a woman I relate to.
She-Wolf gets complimented on how gorgeous it looks (and that's thanks to my very talented cinematographer, Simon Bélanger). People seem to have questions about the symbolism of the film, which is exactly what I was aiming for and they tell me how engaged they were the whole time. They feel the rhythm and the flow of the film.
For The Bright Side, people love watching it a few times, because it's so beautiful and detailed so it's a joy for them to feed their eyes and ears some candy ;) . Plus they love the softness and sweetness of it, it's comforting to them.
And Coco's song is provoking for people who know me, but I get different reactions in the realm of "Hell yes!" and "You go girl!". It's another one that people like to rewatch as it is again detailed and the music is so compelling. They love the build up and the gorgeous darkness of it.
Check me out @moonchildproductionscanada ! I am currently working on a music video project for my friend's song which will also be featured in my Toronto Fringe festival 2022. I am developing a series idea featuring sex-workers and historical witches, it talks about trauma and it aims to draw the line between sex-work and human trafficking. I am looking for producers ;) . This summer I will be filming a teaser-pilot to help promote it. So you can expect me to talk about sex-work, trauma, gender roles and MAGIC!