Life's Work: Six Conversations with Makers, invites viewers inside the creative routines and personal stories of a collection of master craftspeople living on Canada's Eastern Seaboard, whose life experiences have shaped their work in tandem with their own two hands. Each of the six short episodes documents the artistry of such crafts as stone carvin, wood turning and carving, sculpting, felting, and metalsmithing.

BREAKWATER STUDIOS LTD. is a filmmaking enterprise founded by Ben Proudfoot in 2010 and fueled by a collaborative in-house team of craftspeople, entrepreneurs and technologists.

Combining know-how in digital wizardry and traditional moviemaking disciplines, the company is recognized internationally for its high-quality humanist storytelling and integrative creative process.

Located in the quiet Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz, Breakwater Studios makes movies in the building where Walt Disney began his career in 1923.



Mother Earth

Fibre & Wood

Lady Bug


The films that started it all

The Ox

Ink & Paper


Photo courtesy of Ellie Kennard

Ben Proudfoot

Director & Producer

Director and producer Ben Proudfoot was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At the age of 15, Proudfoot began studying sleight-of-hand magic and over the next three years, won both the Canadian and International Championships for legerdemain. Proudfoot's passions shifted to filmmaking, and he was subsequently accepted to the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. In 2012, Proudfoot founded Breakwater Studios Ltd. and established a production office in Los Angeles in the building where Walt Disney first started his company in 1923.

David Bolen


David Bolen is an award­-winning Canadian cinematographer based out of Los Angeles, California. An alumnus of the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts, David has shot several feature­-length documentaries, including the award winning film The Drop Box. David has filmed over 30 short films, 20 music videos, 15 commercials and numerous behind­-the-­scenes for several hit shows. Working for Breakwater as a cinematographer and director, he has shot several live-­action opening title sequences along with Rwanda & Juliet.

Nick Wright


Nick Garnham Wright was born and raised in the rolling hills of Northern California. Drawn to the arts at a young age, Nick soon became passionate about storytelling and, in turn, filmmaking. This pursuit led him to earn a degree in Film & Television at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Always a California kid at heart, Nick moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an editor and avoid another east coast winter. Also a writer and director, helming a variety of short films and music videos, Nick's comedic short, Breaking the Board, was an official selection at the 2013 Los Angeles Comedy Fest.

Sean Higgins


A native of Marin County, California, Sean Higgins grew up in the video village on Industrial Light & Magic sets watching his Dad, an on-set video assist. Since his childhood, Sean has been passionate about sound production in its many venues, and particularly its application in cinema. Particularly interested in post-production and documentary location recording, Sean excels in collaborative environments where he can help create a soundtrack integral to the story. Sean holds a B.A. degree in film production from USC's School of Cinematic Arts with a minor in music recording from the Thornton School of Music.

Dillon Brown


Dillon Brown was born in the sunny beach city of Santa Barbara, CA and has lived in the Ventura County region of Southern California for his entire life. In high school he decided to take his love of movies and try to make a career out of it, and was fortunate enough to gain acceptance to the film program at the University of Southern California, where he graduated in 2011. Trained by Los Angeles' Company 3 and having worked on dozens of films, Dillon's valuable insight and experience thus far has been instrumental in building Breakwater Studios' post-production capabilities.

Nicholas Jacobson-Larson

Original Score

Nicholas Jacobson-Larson is a Los Angeles-­based composer, conductor, and orchestrator who has written music for the concert hall, feature films, TV shows, documentaries, commercials, shorts, web series, musicals, and plays. Nicholas provided concert orchestrations for composer Michael Giacchino's Star Trek Into Darkness: Live In Concert, which premiered at Royal Albert Hall, as well as score preparation for the feature film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He also wrote the score for the documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, which is currently in theatres.

Be in Touch

Breakwater Studios Ltd.
4655 Kingswell Avenue, Suite 201
Los Angeles, California 90027
[email protected]
(323) 522-3870