Ian’s entry into the film world technically began with this 2009 release, Found: Music From the Unmade Film, a side project album featuring almost solely instrumental and mood music. In the following years, he began scoring various short films and documentaries. His most recent score was for the documentary Hand. Line. Codby Justin Simms, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Ian made his directorial debut with One More Song in 2013, a dramatic short film that won a Nickel Film Festival Award for Best Original Screenplay, and was also licensed to CBC Television. He followed this film up in 2016 with Keystone, a NIFCO PictureStart Program film that has screened at film festivals all over the world and was named one of the top ten films of the year by the Calgary International Film Festival.