Thomas Wallner

Thomas Wallner

Founder / CEO

Thomas Wallner is a producer, writer, and director working in film and interactive media. In addition to producing innovative cross-media properties for television, he has written and directed eight award-winning feature documentaries that have been broadcast in more than 30 countries. His last two features The Guantanamo Trap and Before the Final Curtain Falls both won the Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs.

Thomas Wallner is a rare example of a creative filmmaker who is truly at home in the interactive media world. Over the past ten years Thomas has consistently applied his award winning vision as a storyteller to push the limits of interactive narrative.

A leading figure in the creation of participatory narratives he brought the underground genre of Alternate Reality Gaming into the Television mainstream, culminating in the Emmy Award winning genre-benders Fallen and Regenesis.

In 2007 Thomas Wallner pushed the boundaries of nonlinear story telling even further by developing the story concept for Late Fragment, Canada’s first interactive feature drama produced by the National Film Board and the Canadian Film Centre.

Currently Thomas and his team at DEEP are focussing on developing the language for cinematic storytelling in VR. To meet this exciting aesthetic and technical challenge, DEEP is developing LIQUID CINEMA, a software platform and toolset that allows filmmakers, producers and broadcasters to create and distribute story based 360 and VR content across the web, mobile and VR devices.

The narrative innovations built into LIQUID CINEMA build on  insights gained on numerous groundbreaking VR productions such as Polar Sea 360°, an extensive multi-platform project that includes a 360 video iOS and Android app and the world’s first long-form 360° video documentary to compliment the 10-part ARTE/TVO series for The Polar Sea.

Thomas is a recipient of numerous honours including two Emmy Awards with a total of five nominations, three Geminis, a Rose d’Or, two SXSW Interactive Awards, two Webbys and two CNMA’s.

Additional credits include interactive adaptations of the CBS/CTV police drama Flashpoint, the CTV Space / SyFy Network drama Sanctuary, TVO’s Empire of the Word and the M.I. High Game for BBC while ongoing distribution of Total Drama Island – Totally Interactive! (Teletoon, Cartoon Network) now includes over ten million registered players.

 

Filmography

  • Before the Last Curtain Falls

    This feature documentary captures the moving story of a group of ageing drag queens and transsexual artists who set out one last time to live the glamorous life of the famous. Hot Docs World Premiere. 2014 Hot Docs Special Jury Prize.

  • The Guantanamo Trap

    The Guantanamo Trap tells the stories of four people whose lives have been irrevocably changed by the Guantanamo Bay Detention Centre. Hot Docs Special Jury Prize. Genie nomination for Best Feature Length Documentary

  • Late Fragment

    Late Fragment is North America’s first dramatic interactive feature film. A product of the Canadian Film Centre, this 168 minute long interactive film lets the audience piece together and experience the cinematic narrative in a number of ways.

  • Beethoven's Hair

    Beethoven’s Hair is a convergent media adaptation of the best-selling book of the same name that includes a documentary, a haunted web site and a mini-game. Gemini Award (Best Documentary Script)

  • Inside Hana's Suitcase

    Inside Hana's Suitcase is the poignant story of two young children who grew up in pre-WWII Czechoslovakia and the terrible events that they endured just because they happened to be born Jewish. Based on the international bestselling book "Hana's Suitcase".

[one_half]AWARD HIGHLIGHTS[/one_half][one_half_last]RECENT AWARDS[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Primetime Emmy® Award (Outstanding Interactive Television Program)

Fallen Alternate Reality Game

International Emmy® Award (Best Interactive Program)

ReGenesis Extended Reality Game, Season 2

International Emmy® Award nomination (Best Interactive Program)

Total Drama Island – Totally Interactive!

International Digital Emmy® Award Nomination (Best Digital Program for Children and Young People)

Inside Hana’s Suitcase

International Digital Emmy® Award Nomination (Best Digital Program for Children and Young People)

MI-High – Whack the Mole Game[divider] [/divider]

Rose d’Or (Best Multi-platform Program)

MI-High – Whack the Mole Game

Rose d’Or Nomination (Best Multi-platform Program)

Mi High Game: The Grand Mistress

Rose d’Or Nomination (Best Multiplatform Program)

Inside Hana’s Suitcase

Rose d’Or Nomination (Social Award)

Inside Hana’s Suitcase[divider] [/divider]

SXSW Award (Best Experimental Project)

Fallen Alternate Reality Game

SXSW Nominee (Digital Activism Award)

Love Letters to the Future[divider] [/divider]

Genie Nomination (Best Feature Length Documentary)

The Guantanamo Trap

Genie Nomination (Best Feature Length Documentary)

Inside Hana’s Suitcase[divider] [/divider]

National Film Board of Canada (Best Canadian Documentary Award)

The Guantanamo Trap[divider] [/divider]

Hot Docs Special Jury Prize (Best Canadian Feature Documentary)

The Guantanamo Trap[divider] [/divider]

Gemini Award (Best Documentary Script)

Beethoven’s Hair

Gemini Nomination (Best Directing in a Documentary)

Hanns Eisler – Solidarity Song

Gemini (Nomination for Best Writing in a Variety Programme)

Arnold Schoenberg – My War Years

Gemini Award (Best Cross-Platform Project)

ReGenesis Extended Reality Game, Season 2

Gemini Award (Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media – Non-Fiction)

Love Letters to the Future

Gemini Nomination (Best Cross-Platform Project – Children’s and Youth)

Rollbots Online[divider] [/divider]

Banff World Television Award Nomination (Best Interactive Program)

Total Drama Island – Totally Interactive!

Banff World Television Award (Best Interactive Program)

ReGenesis Extended Reality Game, Season 2

Banff World Television Award (Best Interactive Program)

Fallen Alternate Reality Game[divider] [/divider]

Canadian New Media Award (Excellence in Cross-Platform)

ReGenesis Extended Reality Game, Season 2

Canadian New Media Award (Excellence in Cross-Platform)

ReGenesis Extended Reality Game, Season 1

Canadian New Media Award Nomination (Best Kids Interactive)

Mi High Game: The Grand Mistress[divider] [/divider]

Webby Award Winner (People’s Voice Award)

Love Letters to the Future

Webby Award Winner (Green Award)

Love Letters to the Future[divider] [/divider]

Cannes Lions Nominee (Cyber Award)

Love Letters to the Future[divider] [/divider]

FITC Award (Best Convergent Program)

ReGenesis Extended Reality Game, Season 1[/one_half][one_half_last]The Guantanamo Trap (Writer, Director)

2011 National Film Board of Canada Best Canadian Documentary Award

2011 Special Jury Prize Hot Docs Film Festival Best Canadian Feature Documentary

2011 Genie Nomination for  Best Feature Length Documentary[divider] [/divider]

Flashpoint Training Day (Executive Producer)

2011 Gemini Nomination for Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction[divider] [/divider]

2010 Producer of the Year Nomination (Canadian New Media Awards)[divider] [/divider]

Inside Hana’s Suitcase (Producer, Original Concept, Writer)

2010 International Digital Emmy Award Nomination

2010 Multi Platform Rose d’Or Nomination

2010 Social Award Rose d’Or Nomination

2010 Finalist for NHK Japan Prize for Best Online Children’s Educational Site

2010 Genie Nomination for Best Feature Length Documentary

2010 Finalist Prix Jeunesse International Interactivity Prize[divider] [/divider]

Love Letters to the Future (Producer, Original Concept, Writer)

2010 Canadian New Media Award Nominee for Community Campaign for the Year

2010 Gemini for Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media – Non-Fiction

2010 Webby People’s Voice Award Winner

2010 Cannes Cyber Lions Nominee

2010 Webby and Green Award Winner

2009 SXSW Digital Activism Award Nominee[divider] [/divider]

Mi High Game: Whack the Mole! (Executive Producer)

2010 International Digital Emmy Nomination

2009 Multiplatform Rose d’Or Winner[divider] [/divider]

Mi High Game: The Grand Mistress (Executive Producer)

2010 Multiplatform Rose d’Or nomination

2010 Canadian New Media Award Nomination for Best Kids Interactive[divider] [/divider]

Total Drama Island – Totally Interactive (Executive Producer)

2009 International Digital Emmy Nomination

2010 Official Webby Award Honouree in the Television category[divider] [/divider]

Rollbots Online (Executive Producer)

2010 Gemini Nomination for Best Cross-Platform Project – Children’s and Youth[divider] [/divider]

Sanctuary and Beyond (Executive Producer)

2010 Gemini Nomination for Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction

2010 Official Webby Award Honouree for the Best use of Interactive Video[divider] [/divider]

Empire of the Word (Producer)

2010 Official Webby Award Honouree for the Best Use of Interactive Video

2010 SXSW Web Award Finalist[/one_half_last]