Merlin cut his teeth on his award-winning short films, The Window, Lemonade and Over Easy. In 1998, he attended the CFC where he wrote and directed Exhuming Tyler. The film received acclaim and won recognition in the “Critic’s Picks” of The Montreal Gazette, best film runner-up at the USA Film Festival, nominations for best drama at Yorkton, best writer and best director at the Leo Awards and was part of a special presentation curated by Norman Jewison at the Havana Film Festival. Merlin has also directed episodes of the Comedy Network series, The Unprofessionals and the applauded CBC series, Our Hero. Most recently, he wrote and produced a pilot for the CBC. Involuntary Muscles was critically acclaimed and plans are in place to develop it as feature film.