The Shadowlands TV show is comprised of three distinct stories exploring love. In the Mating Season episode of the Shadowlands TV show, Nicolas James Wilson AKA Scotty Dynamo plays a sailor in the early 1950’s.
While on a remote camping trip, he and his boyfriend Matteo (played by Oscar Moreno) are considering opening their relationship when they encounter a mysterious stranger.
Nicolas James Wilson AKA Scotty Dynamo is a full-fledged entertainer — music blogs refer to Scotty Dynamo as a “superstar-in-the-making”, a kid with the “it factor” and an “undeniable charm”.
With over 4.3 million YouTube views and 38,000 subscribers, Toronto’s Scotty Dynamo is quickly becoming a recognizable force in the music industry.
Self-proclaimed “dance party expert”, Scotty Dynamo has spent the last year performing in clubs across North America and creating engaging content that keeps his fans wanting more.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, the 21-year-old producer and recording artist reflects an array of influences. If Ke$ha, Steve Aoki, and LMFAO had a lovechild, it would likely look and sound exactly like Scotty. The result is an original, upbeat and energetic electro-pop sound with a proven international appeal.
For Scotty, being on camera isn’t a performance; it’s who he is. Over the past couple of years, Scotty has built a large online following by uploading original music videos, cover songs, and weekly video blogs to his popular YouTube channel. This consistent stream of content has attracted an international following and has enabled him to share his music and engage with followers from around the Globe.
Scotty has also taken his talent to the stage by performing at Canada’s largest music festivals (NXNE, Canadian Music Week, and the Manifesto Festival). He has composed original music for major television networks and has regularly been featured as a guest host on various national television programs. In the fast-paced world of social media, Scotty’s popularity and fan base has continued to increase, proving that he is the complete package.
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Charlie David: How much were you able to relate your own experiences to create your character? And how much did you have to research or imagine?
Nicolas James Wilson: There were actually quite a few eerie similarities between my onscreen romance in the Shadowlands TV show and a previous real life relationship. When I first read the script, I felt like the universe was giving me a sign and telling me that I needed to unpack some emotional baggage or something.
In the Mating Season episode, however, the roles were reversed, and I was the one asking my partner to open up our relationship after a long time apart. I was able to draw from my own experiences and have a pretty good understanding of how both parties would feel and react in that moment. Communication is key. And timing is everything, people.
Charlie David: The stories in the Shadowlands TV show were inspired by the Shadowlands book which was inspired by Greek mythology. What was your experience in creating a remix of these ancient classical tales?
Nicolas James Wilson: I’m all about adding a modern twist to classics and making them relatable to current audiences. A lot has changed over the years but relationships have and always will be a little complicated at times. (#drama)
Charlie David: What aspects of the Shadowlands TV show are you excited for an audience to experience or discover?
Nicolas James Wilson: Filming in Elora last fall with that incredible cast and crew was truly a magical experience. It never once felt like work. That type of energy and experience is difficult to fake and I’m excited to have everyone see it translate onscreen. I also think the episodes will also encourage audiences to be more honest with themselves as well as their partners.
Charlie David: Romance between men and between women was commonplace and written about in Greek and Roman mythology. Why is it important to continue sharing these types of stories today?
Nicolas James Wilson: Our episode of the Shadowlands TV show takes place shortly after WWII. I think it’s important to tell this story to remind today’s audiences of the brave men and women that paved the way for us to and allowed us to live the lives we are able to enjoy today. They weren’t able to live and love freely back then. We tell this story to honor them and pay our respect.
Charlie David: What was the hardest scene for you to do and why?
Nicolas James Wilson: The most challenging scenes were the ones that took place in the water. It was a bit chilly but they turned out great! Also, cold water and tighty whities are a dangerous mix.
Charlie David: Who is a major influence for you and on your creativity?
Nicolas James Wilson: My friends and family are a constant source of inspiration. Their work ethic is pretty insane and we push each other pretty hard. I owe the majority of the success I’ve experienced so far to them.
Tom Cruise, Donald Glover, Greg Berlanti, and 90’s movies inspire me on a regular basis as well.
Charlie David: Is there a type of role you dream of playing but haven’t had the opportunity yet?
Nicolas James Wilson: I’ve always wanted to be in the Top Gun sequel (#Don’tJudge). The original film and soundtrack are both Hollywood classics and it would be an honour to continue that legacy.
Also, I’m pretty pale so I feel like I’m destined to play a vampire at some point.
Charlie David: In addition to acting, tell me about the other areas of entertainment you’re pursuing.
Nicolas James Wilson: In addition to acting, I’m also DJing, producing and releasing my own music, and beginning to produce my own visuals as well. I’m having a blast trying out different things and feel like it’s making me a more well-rounded performer.
Charlie David: With so much going on in the world today, what’s your motivation to be a performer? Do you act to explain? To get away? To move past? To widen our knowledge? To incite a conversation?
Nicolas James Wilson: For me, acting is like a form of therapy. It forces me to dig deep, self-reflect, and deal with emotions that I might normally avoid or pretend don’t exist in my daily life.
I spent the majority of my childhood playing hockey in an environment where it wasn’t always okay to display certain emotions. Acting is the complete opposite and forces you to go those vulnerable places and showcase it all for the world to see. In a way, I feel like I’m reliving my childhood the way it should have played out.
Charlie David: What’s next for you Nicolas?
Nicolas James Wilson: You can catch me in the upcoming film Mill Creek and in the upcoming TV series Boy•Friends. I’m also about to release a music video for a song called “I Could Be Your Trainer”. It’s a parody of a 90’s fitness infomercial. It’s pretty rad.
Otherwise I’m really excited for everyone to see the Shadowlands TV show and look forward to working with the cast and crew again soon!
Charlie David: Where can your fans find you online?
Format The Shadowlands TV series is a miniseries of three episodes by director Charlie David exploring love –a narcissist grasping to comprehend it (Ep. 1 Narcissus), a couple renegotiating a relationship (Ep. 2 Mating Season) and star-crossed lovers mourning its loss (Ep. 3 Pygmalion Revisited).
The stories transition from one to the next in an anthology fashion and may be watched together and thought of as one film. (Such as in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Four Rooms or Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales.)
Each episode in the Shadowlands TV series has a companion digital media component such as music videos or an exploration of the artists and technicians involved.
SHADOWLANDS TV SERIES EPISODE 1: NARCISSUS
Synopsis – Alex, a plastic surgeon hell bent on perfection, hosts a house party with an assortment of colorful guests. Amid romantic misfires it becomes apparent that the only person Alex is interested in is himself.
Theme – The pursuit of perfection may become deadly when left unchecked. This theme is explored in a less extreme fashion in Director Charlie David‘s documentary STUDlebrity.
Setting – Mansion. Era is modern but with the influence of 1920’s Berlin. People exploring their sexual freedom and new cosmetic surgeries in the pursuit of perfection.
Companion webisode – In the companion webisode, we explore the costume design in Narcissus.
SHADOWLANDS TV SERIES EPISODE 2: MATING SEASON
Synopsis – A couple explore the idea of opening their relationship while on a remote camping trip when they encounter a mysterious stranger.
Theme – In every culture since time began there have been stories of apparitions. The causes of such phenomena are continually under speculation. It seems that no matter how much data, first-hand accounts and theories are collected, the question ‘Do Ghosts Exist’ is one that may never be answered…
Setting – 1951 post WWII forest
Companion webisode: In the companion webisode, we’ll explore the history of the WWII hit song, My Buddy. A male duet of the song was recorded for the soundtrack as well as a music video featuring clips from Mating Season.
SHADOWLANDS TV SERIES EPISODE 3: PYGMALION REVISITED
Synopsis – Rudy is a painter who in mourning the loss of his lover and becomes obsessed with creating a realistic painting of him. The resulting piece is so beautiful, so life like that he is drawn under its spell.
Theme – Star-crossed lovers whose romance is cut short by the shears of fate.
Setting – Present day artist’s loft.
Companion webisode: The companion webisode is a behind the scenes look at the creation of the life-size paintings and how the VFX team brought it to life.
A music video, Ça va, featuring actor and singer Marc Devigne was also created utilizing clips from the Pygmalion Revisited episode.
THE WORLD of the SHADOWLANDS TV SERIES
Shadowlands is a fantasy world much like our own but where there are paranormal occurrences.
Each episode is in the Shadowlands TV series its own microcosm. The characters and stories do not overlap directly BUT there are ‘Easter Eggs’ for our audience in the form of allusions to the other stories/worlds in each episode.
This may be in the appearance of a minor character in two stories. Or within set décor, music or a prop. For example:
SHADOWLANDS TV SERIES EASTER EGGS
Shadowlands Easter Egg 1: The character of Percy Katt (Brian Michael Jensen) belongs in the world of NARCISSUS but in the film festival version of Shadowlands – switches a record on the gramophone with the episode titles to segue between each story.
Shadowlands Easter Egg 2: Gramophones can also be spotted in one of two black and white photographs depicted as Alex (Sean C. Dwyer) by Durban artist Andreas Chasomeris from his photographic collection titled ‘The Gray Scale 1946”. These hang on either side of the mirror in his dungeon in NARCISSUS.
Shadowlands Easter Egg 3: A gramophone can also be spotted in a painting titled DARE NOT (2014) by South African artist Andreas Chasomeris in PYGMALION REVISITED which hangs by Rudy and Xavier’s bed.
Shadowlands Easter Egg 4: The man flying fishing in the opening montage of ‘Mating Season’ is seen at the eccentric house party in ‘Narcissus’.
Shadowlands Easter Egg 5: In MATING SEASON, the characters Matteo (Oscar Moreno) and Will (Nicolas James Wilson) are negotiating their relationship and end up having a threesome with Daniel (Vasilios Filippakis). This episode endorses the idea of non-monogamy and polyamory.
The character of Alex (Sean C. Dwyer) in NARCISSUS makes disparaging remarks about the Bunny Boys (Basil Hendy & Kato Alexander) and their sexual proclivities in the dungeon. Alex ultimately punishes the Bunny Boys for ‘behaving like a couple of swine.’ In this episode non-monogamy is challenged.
Shadowlands Easter Egg 6: The theme of war is explored in MATING SEASON with Daniel (Vasilios Filippakis) receiving a dishonorable discharge in the form of a blue ticket. Will (Nicolas James Wilson) has a monologue about what scares him about his job as a sailor.
War is also a theme in NARCISSUS. Thalia (Natasha Balakrishnan) urges Alex (Sean C. Dwyer) that life before the war (allusion to WWI) wasn’t perfect and neither were any of us. Alex’s relentless pursuit of perfection to fix people (beginning with amputee soldiers and mustard gas victims) takes on a life of its own in the roaring 1920’s of Berlin.
Shadowlands Easter Egg 7: The cinematography in MATING SEASON of an overhead view of Matteo (Oscar Moreno) and Will (Nicolas James Wilson) laying perpendicular on a blanket while they agree to open their relationship is mirrored in PYGMALION REVISITED with Rudy (Charlie David) and Xavier (Marc Devigne) in a memory sequence. Rudy is likening their relationship to Greek myth with the line, ‘Eros and Psyche intertwined under the heavy branches of an olive tree, blissfully unaware of the passage of centuries.’
Shadowlands Easter Egg 8: MATING SEASON is at its core a classic ghost story.
The theme of apparitions is echoed in PYGMALION REVISITED in Rudy’s dream as well as in his flashbacks of the film he and Xavier were watching on their movie night.
The film is The Terror (1963) in which Lt. Andre Duvalier (Jack Nicholson) is haunted by the Ghost of Ilsa (Sandra Knight) who ultimately drives Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe (Boris Karloff) to suicide from his guilt.
Shadowlands Easter Egg 9: The castle spires seen in The Terror (1963) movie are echoed by the spires of the church that Rudy (Charlie David) walks into in PYGMALION REVISITED.
Shadowlands Easter Egg 10: Thalia (Natasha Balakrishnan) is given a copper box with white Calla Lilies hiding a revolver in NARCISSUS.
In the dungeon scenes in NARCISSUS there are red Calla Lilies laying on the table in which Alex (Sean C. Dwyer) keeps his torture tools.
In PYGMALION REVISITED, Xavier (Marc Devigne) requests Rudy (Charlie David) to have Calla Lilies at his funeral because ‘they’re my favorite, but you already knew that.’ Calla Lilies figure prominently around Rudy and Xavier’s loft in PYGMALION REVISITED and ultimately Rudy paints Xavier holding one in his final painting.
Shadowlands Easter Egg 11: A painting that sits sideways in Rudy and Xavier’s loft in PYGMALION REVISITED is a reference to Alex in NARCISSUS. It is titled ‘The Devil is…1931’ (2015) by Andreas Chasomeris and is another allusion to the roaring 20s in Berlin. On the wall behind the man in the painting is a poster of the Marlene Dietrich film The Devil is a Woman (1935).
Shadowlands Easter Egg 12: The Bunny Boys (Basil Hendy & Kato Alexander) are tied up in Alex’s dungeon in NARCISSUS.
In PYGMALION REVISITED there is a painting of two men tied up beside Xavier & Rudy’s bed. It’s open to interpretation whether one man is tying up or untying the other. On one of the man’s shirtsleeves is sewn a pink triangle – a sign meant to identify and demoralize homosexuals, similar to the Star of David for the Jewish people, that the Nazis enforced in the lead up to WWII.
Finally in this painting there is a gramophone in the corner of the room. The gramophone and changing of the record by Percy Katt (Brian Michael Jensen) is the first image we see in NARCISSUS as well as a recurring motif in the film festival version of SHADOWLANDS. The painting is titled DARE NOT (2014) and is by South African artist Andreas Chasomeris as part of his 1939 show.
Shadowlands Easter Egg 13: Xavier (Marc Devigne) has left the painting in the final frames of PYGMALION REVISITED. He’s crossed over from death to life and tragically Rudy (Charlie David) has crossed from life to death.
There is hope for their ultimate reunion by way of a painting of two naked men in an embrace which the camera slowly pulls out from in the opening party montage in NARCISSUS. The painting was originally created in 2007 by Scottsdale, Arizona artist James Angel for Charlie David’s film MULLIGANS in which his character Chase also plays a painter.
Shadowlands Easter Egg 14: The song ‘Ça va’ written by Montreal musician Michael Daniel Murphy and performed in PYGMALION REVISITED by Xavier (Marc Devigne) is also hummed by Alex (Sean C. Dwyer) in NARCISSUS after he kills the Bunny Boys.
Shadowlands Easter Egg 15: Thalia (Natasha Balakrishnan) threatens suicide by lethal injection in NARCISSUS.
Rudy (Charlie David) assists Xavier’s (Marc Devigne) death and ultimately commits suicide in PYGMALION REVISITED.
The ‘play within the play’ or The Terror archival film clips in PYGMALION REVISITED include a scene where The Ghost of Ilsa (Sandra Knight) encourages the Baron (Boris Karloff) to take his own life. She consoles him by saying, ‘my own hand will guide you. And we can be together forever. Forever.’
Shadowlands Easter Egg 16: There are black and white framed photos done in the style of Paraty, Brasil artist Aecio Sarti (two faces conjoined) of Rudy & Xavier in PYGMALION REVISITED and of Thalia and Alex in NARCISSUS.
Shadowlands Easter Egg 17: In PYGMALION REVISITED Father Malik (Michael R. Buchanan) commissions Rudy (Charlie David) for a painting of Saint Bacchus. Saint Bacchus is most commonly paired with Saint Sergius and they are known as erastai or lovers.
For centuries Sergius and Bacchus were upheld as ‘gay Saints’, often depicted in icons and statuary together. Saints Sergius and Bacchus were martyred and the tale of how Bacchus came to Sergius in a dream before he died and promised they would be reunited in heaven is relayed to Rudy by Father Malik in the first scene of PYGMALION REVISITED.
In 1969 the Catholic church de-canonized Sergius and Bacchus and their churches, alters and art were renamed or destroyed. Coincidentally 1969 was also the year of the Stonewall Riots and what we now mark as the beginning of gay liberation – Pride.
GREEK MYTHOLOGY REFERENCES IN SHADOWLANDS TV SERIES
Shadowlands Easter Egg 18: Xavier (Marc Devigne) wears a gold medallion of Zeus throughout PYGMALION REVISITED which is later claimed and worn by Rudy.
In the original Greek mythology of Pygmalion and Galatea, Athena empathizes with Pygmalion and brings his statue Galatea to life.
Zeus is known as a jealous and vengeful god and the ultimate tragedy in PYGMALION REVISITED may be interpreted as his revenge at Athena showing undue empathy to mortals.
Rudy references several gods in PYGMALION REVISITED while contemplating how to complete his commission of a painting of Saint Sergius from Father Malik (Michael R. Buchanan). Among these are Pallas Athena, Heracles, Eros, Psyche, and Zeus.
Shadowlands Easter Egg 19: In MATING SEASON, Daniel (Vasilios Filippakis) can be imagined as the incarnate god Pan known for trickery of travelers in the woods as well as his sexual appetite.
Shadowlands Easter Egg 20: In NARCISSUS, the character of Alex (Sean C. Dwyer) represents the title role while the character of Thalia (Natasha Balakrishnan) is his cast off lover, the nymph Echo. Echo is also alluded to in the final exchange between Alex and Drew (Brian Woodford) when Drew echoes each of Alex’s lines.
Shadowlands Easter Egg 21: The dimensions of Rudy’s (Charlie David’s) art studio in Pygmalion Revisited are the divine ratio used in Greco-Roman architecture as well as classical art. The divine ratio or golden mean is found throughout nature, art and architecture such as the Great Pyramid in Giza, the Parthenon in Athens, and the Great Mosque of Kairouan. In art it is found in Leonardo da Vinci’s illustrations of polyhedra in ‘De divina proportione’,
Salvador Dalí explicitly used the golden ratio in his masterpiece, The Sacrament of the Last Supper. Mondrian has been said to have used the golden section extensively in his geometrical paintings.
The actor Charlie David has tattoos of the Fibonacci sequence on his inner left wrist identifying his personal numerology of 3-5-8 and the symbol Phi on his inner right wrist which correlates to the Fibonacci sequence. If a Fibonacci number is divided by its immediate predecessor in the sequence, the quotient approximates the Divine Ratio or Phi.
Shadowlands Easter Egg 22: in episode 1 Narcissus, Thalia (Natasha Balakrishnan) stands on a silver statue of an owl. A statue of the goddess Athena is seen in the background.
The owl is the totem animal of Athena and she is known as the goddess of wisdom. In this scene Thalia is trying to save Alex (Sean C. Dwyer) from his ultimate demise by offering wisdom that could ultimately save him from himself.
Additional wardrobe, props and set decor from the three episodes in the Shadowlands TV series may be hidden in plain sight allowing for an immersive re-watch for the curious viewer.
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