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DougBerquist
Douglas Berquist

Executive Producer, Producer, Director, Artist

Mr Berquist is an award winning producer who experience spans commercial production to feature films and television both domestic and international in scope. He has produced projects which involved studios like United Artist, MGM, Pathe, SONY Entertainment and Alliance Entertainment and distributors like BMG Classics and Porchlight. TV programs he has produced and directed have been broadcast by companies like, Space Channel, A&E, HBO, CBC, and TNT. In a single year two of his feature productions were nominated for 10 Genies awards including best picture category (winning three). His feature, the WarBride, also won the best film of the year at (The Crystal Heart Award) the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. 

He has won several regional and national arts awards over the years for his ART FILMS and has had two of his short films acquired and placed in a permenant art film collection at the Museum of Modern Art in Auckland NZ. Most recently, his work feature films were acquired and deposited into the Canadian National Film Archives and he is now recognized as a Canadian Filmmaker of distinction. 

As an Executive Producer over his career he has created and managed 2 motion picture companies, plus numerous co-production companies. In 2000 he received a Producers award from AMPIA for bringing 25 Million dollars in production to the region in a single year. Mr. Berquist expertise has had him package, finance,  produce and market features and television projects internationally across nine countries. This included some of the first interactive multi platform transmedia United Artists had ever done.   Continuing with his push for innovation and excellence he focused his attention on the 3D cinema and television market. He co-produced the first HD format 3D theatrical feature ever made, “SCAR”, with innovator NHK (Japan) and Twain Productions (NY). This film was release in 11 countries in Europe. This new technology inspired him to design and build one of the first micro format HD/RAW 3D “run and Gun” camera and capture systems ever made. A system which was capable of recording 3D 2K Raw and HDSDI with a micro camera system that could fit in the palm of your hand. He introduced it at the NAB in 2011 to rave reviews.

 

In addition, to media projects Mr Berquist applied his extensive experience to the development and implementing a multi-million dollar, live military pre-deployment training systems for the Canadian Armed Forces. After two years of use by the military this training system was attributed with the successful reduction of civilian and Canadian military casualties in Afghanistan by 50%. He received Military commendations for this project in 2009.