Making a Scene

3:55 / Canada / 1984 / Super 8 / Sound

Synopsis: Offers passersby the opportunity to don a mask and become either an elephant or a mosquito. A look at people's inhibitions.

Director: Martha Davis

Artist bio: Martha Davis was born in London, Ontario in 1959. She received her Honours B.A. in Film and Drama from the University of Toronto and started out as a still photographer. She has made 12 films and served on the boards of Directors of the Canadian Filmmakers’ Distribution Centre and The Funnel as well as being a core member of LIFT. Her films “Elephant Dreams” and “Reading Beween the Lines" were both nominated for Genies and have been screened internationally, as has her feature-length film, “PATH.” (The latter two are available for streaming on Davis is also a two-time award-winning children's author and a retired teacher. She created 16 videos and eight books of photographs with her elementary students over her teaching career. In 2015, she began work with green screen photography and has created DREAM SCENES with hundreds of senior citizens and children. She has exhibited these photographs twice in the CONTACT Photography Festival. During the pandemic she returned to filmmaking and has since self-funded five short films. Her photography is available for purchase with Her services as a photo artist are available at