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The Devil You Know: Inside the Mind of Todd McFarlane

The Devil You Know: Inside the Mind of Todd McFarlane

| 1 h 16 min

This feature documentary is a profile of one of the most fascinating and innovative men in popular entertainment today: Todd McFarlane. MacFarlane is a legend to legions of fans. His fictional superhero Spawn has made him the most successful comic book artist in history. He is driven, controversial, relentless in the pursuit of his dreams - yet lives a happy suburban life married to his childhood sweetheart, a level-headed beauty who helps him manage a multi-million dollar entertainment empire. The Devil You Know charts this enigmatic man and explores some of his most intimate thoughts.

This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised

  • director
    Kenton Vaughan
  • producer
    Silva Basmajian
  • editor
    Greg West
  • cinematographer
    Derek Rogers
    Joan Hutton
  • sound recordist
    Bob Salter
  • sound editor
    Stephen Barden
  • production manager
    Jeff Sterne
  • original music
    Kurt Swinghammer
  • executive producer
    Louise Lore
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • production supervisor
    Kemp Archibald
    James Fiege
  • additional cinematography
    Rudolf Kovanic
    Chip Muller
    Allan Leader
    Eric de La Rue
  • additional sound recordist
    Michael Kennedy
    Adrian Tucker
    Lisa Kolisnyk
    Ian Challis
  • assistant picture editor
    David Coffey
  • assistant sound editor
    Trent Richmond
  • stills photographer
    Sophie Giraud
  • production administration assistant
    Melissa Preston
  • program administrator
    Ida Di Fruscia
  • online editor
    Kevin Gibson
  • colourist
    Sue Chambers
  • animation
    Soho Post
  • title design
    Soho Post
  • visual effects
    Soho Post
  • motion control
    Leona Vitolouva
  • foley
    Steve Baine
  • technical assistant
    Michael Sardella
    Kevin Drysdale
  • administration assistant
    Joanne Forrest
  • production assistant
    Steven Silverstein
    Mark Wilson
    Kevin Hennelly
  • senior editorial consultant
    Gordon Henderson
  • visual research
    Elizabeth Klinck
    Tanya Fleet
  • clearances
    Elizabeth Klinck
    Tanya Fleet
  • music clearances
    Elizabeth Klinck


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Ages 14 to 18

Media Education - Documentary Film
Media Education - Media Violence
Media Education - Popular Culture

Warnings: [Swearing. Artistic depiction of violence. Mild references to drugs and alcohol. References to hanging and capital punishment.]

A documentary about Canadian comic book creator Todd McFarlane. Ideal for classroom discussions centred around Canadian creators, comic books, commercialization, and media. What is the relationship between art and business as depicted in the film? To what degree is this portrayal positive or negative, and what are your own thoughts on the subject? Research the legal disputes Todd McFarlane has had with other artists and creators over intellectual property rights since the film’s release, and then discuss how those cases relate to ideas explored in the film. In the documentary, McFarlane speaks of how his interests, hobbies, and personal experiences influenced his creation of Spawn; write a short story or draw a comic that combines your own interests and experiences.

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