Published on April 2nd, 2018 | by Biz Books

2018 Storyhive Spotlight: Killing for Spark is pleased to showcase a few of the local creators for this round of the 2018 Storyhive Digital Shorts Edition.

In this interview, we talked to Michael Sangalang about Killing for Spark.


Can you start by telling us about you and your film?

I’m a 25 year old filmmaker from Vancouver (Port Coquitlam, actually). I studied at BCIT and took the Television Broadcast program, graduating in 2012. Killing for Spark is a black comedy short film about a young couple who find themselves in a rut. Work. Groceries. Laundry. Rinse. Repeat. One day, while fighting during a car ride home, they strike a pedestrian. In an attempt to hide the body and their crime, they find they have re-ignited their passion through bloody murder and can’t stop. Or won’t.

Who else is involved in this project?

We have a great team so far. We’ve got editor Darren Tucker (Dirk Gently), director of photography Brandon Lee (My Imaginary Ex Girlfriend), producer Lisa D’Alessandro (Bordered) and art director Athena Han (Story Unbridled).

What would making this film mean to you?

As a filmmaker, I’ve always done scripted work without much financial aid outside of “hey man, do you still have access to that Arri Skypanel?” and a grant like the Digital Short program would help me carry through my creative vision with the help and influence of Storyhive. Having known many friends who have had the opportunity to create with Storyhive, I’ve been enamored by the process and everything about the Storyhive program. In my journey as a storyteller, it would be my pleasure to create with the aid of Storyhive and continue the tradition of powerful storytelling through the program.



What film-related books or authors have been influential in your career so far?

Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and How You Can Too! by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.

Where can we find out more about your film?

We’re on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


Thanks to Michael Sangalang for speaking with us!

For more information about this project and the other Storyhive digital short entries, please visit

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