Aleysa Young: Workin’ Moms International Emmy Nomination And Directing New Eden

Director Aleysa Young on her show New Eden and directing Workin’ Moms.

DGC Ontario Director Aleysa Young is known for her work on sketch and half hour comedies such as Baroness von Sketch Show and Workin’ Moms Aleysa’s latest show New Eden will premiere on New Year’s Day on Crave. We caught up with Aleysa to discuss Workin’ Moms’ International Emmy nomination and working on New Eden.

Workin’ Moms is nominated for its second International Emmy, how does it feel for the show to be getting that kind of recognition?

I am so proud of Catherine and the entire cast and crew. It’s always nice when Canadian shows are recognized abroad, but it’s especially great when it’s a show you’ve worked on. Since Workin’ Moms hit Netflix, I have friends from Singapore to Berlin messaging me about how much they love the show. It’s wholly unexpected, but fun knowing it’s being watched somewhere with German subtitles.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve taken going from commercials to directing sketch comedy to half hour television?

The longer the format, the more community you create. I shot eight episodes of New Eden over the summer, and it was so comforting and fulfilling coming to work every day to a family of familiar faces. You have time to build a short hand with your collaborators. I realize this is the norm for most, but coming up in commercials, where a shoot is usually a day or two, the bonds are more short term. That said, you learn to make fast friends, and how to communicate efficiently.

On her ongoing creative collaboration with DGC Ontario Production Designer Chris Crane

Chris Crane is a phenomenal talent and collaborator. We worked together on New Eden, a satirical true crime doc set across three decades from the ’70s — ’90s, where authenticity was key. We pulled hundreds of references for every detail and every element he and his team created, from sets to graphics and they were pitch perfect and beyond expectation. His work always feels authentic and lived in. I appreciate his attention to detail and the way he leads his team. He also has great taste, and that counts for a lot.

Do you have any advice for aspiring female Directors?

Being a woman is an asset, not a disadvantage. There are so many funding, festival, and shadowing opportunities geared towards levelling the playfield. It’s annoying and ironic that we have to be segregated in order to be considered equal, but until then, take advantage of the gender parity wave. That said, you still have to work twice as hard to prove that you deserve to be here.

Related Posts

R.T. Thorne On Bringing Black Canadian History To Life In The Porter

R.T. Thorne On Bringing Black Canadian History To Life In The Porter

DGC Ontario's R.T. Thorne is a Director and Writer who began his career directing internationally-recognized music videos for artists like Sean Paul, Kardinal Offishall, and Snoop Dogg. R.T. has since directed episodes of Degrassi, Backstage, the CW's Kung Fu, and created Utopia Falls, an award-winning young adult Afrofuturistic science fiction series, in 2020.
Production Designer Lisa Soper On Drawing From Realism For DC’s Peacemaker

Production Designer Lisa Soper On Drawing From Realism For DC’s Peacemaker

The latest DCU series Peacemaker, created by James Gunn, premiered on HBO Max and Crave on January 13 and is already receiving acclaim for its unique aesthetic and sense of humour. Spearheading that unique aesthetic is DGC Ontario Production Designer Lisa Soper, who is responsible for creating the realistic-yet-stylized look and feel of Peacemaker.
Mark Dejczak And J.R. Fountain: The Fun And Exciting Sounds Of Paw Patrol: The Movie

Mark Dejczak And J.R. Fountain: The Fun And Exciting Sounds Of Paw Patrol: The Movie

PAW Patrol: The Movie, the film adaptation of one of Canada’s most successful children’s series, hits theatres and streaming this Friday, to the delight of preschool kids everywhere. Ahead of the film’s release, we caught up with two DGC Ontario Members on the Post-Production team, Supervising Sound Editor J.R. Fountain and Sound Editor Mark Dejczak, to talk about their creative process, designing sounds that aren’t scary, Toronto as a global destination for post-production, having your work heard by millions of kids, and more.

Subscribe to get our newsletter

Scroll to Top