Nov 142012



April 27, 2005 (Yorkton, Sask.) Canada’s longest running film festival, the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival (May 26-29, 2005) announced today a two-day celebration of Canada’s most renowned documentary filmmaker, Donald Brittain*. The event, REVISITING GREAT BRITTAIN, will unite former friends, colleagues with established and emerging filmmakers to pay tribute to and screen Brittain’s groundbreaking work in documentary filmmaking.

After earning 70 international awards – among them three Academy Award™ nominations; 15 Genie Awards and Venice’s prestigious Gold Lion Award, Donald Brittain was a prolific filmmaker with over 90 films to his credit. From the bureaucracies of the modern workplace and his fascinating look at the life of writer Malcolm Lowry to the survivors of the Holocaust and the Dionne Quintuplets, his groundbreaking documentaries have explored Canada’s rich social and cultural past. His work has been the subjects of major retrospectives at the New York Museum of Modern Art and at Harvard University.

“This is a rare opportunity to experience again or for the first time the genius of Donald Brittain and interact with many of his colleagues who collaborated with him on the many documentaries.”

Joe MacDonald, Producer of Documentary, Western Centre, National Film Board

The Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival is Canada’s longest running film festival. Home of the prestigious Golden Sheaf Award, the Festival offers a unique opportunity for established and emerging filmmakers to meet face-to-face with industry decision makers and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in the heart of the Saskatchewan prairie. Join us from May 26 to 29, 2005 for fascinating panel discussions, screenings, retrospectives and the famous Yorkton BBQ and Barn Dance. Visit

For more information on the upcoming Festival and registration, please contact:

    Fay Kowal
    Festival Director
    Telephone: 1 (306) 782-7077

*About Donald Brittain:

Donald Brittain is Canada’s most renowned and honoured English documentary filmmaker. Working as a director and writer, he has explored Canada’s history, often rescuing aspects from the nation’s collective amnesia.

Brittain attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and then, from 1951 to 1954, he was employed as a police reporter with the Ottawa Journal. While working as a foreign correspondent, he traveled extensively in Europe, Mexico and Africa. In 1955, he joined the National Film Board to apprentice as a screenwriter. Brittain’s scriptwriting skill combined with his flair for selecting and organizing images created a forceful impact, demonstrated best in Fields of Sacrifice (1963), Bethune (1963), Memorandum (1965), Dreamland (1974), Volcano: An Inquiry Into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry (1976), The Dionne Quintuplets (1978), On Guard for Thee (1981), The Children’s Crusade (1984) and The Champions trilogy (1986).

In 1963, Brittain made his name as a director with his first major film, Fields of Sacrifice. During his early years at the NFB, he wrote and directed some of his most memorable films, including Bethune, Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen (1965, co-directed with Don Owen), Never a Backward Step (1966, co-directed with John Spotton) and Memorandum (co-directed with John Spotton), a stirring reminder of Nazi death camps, which many critics con­sider to be his finest film.

Brittain left the NFB in 1968 to work on feature pro­jects and multi-screen filmmaking in the USA and Japan, but returned in 1970 to freelance at the NFB and CBC. His filmography contains some of the best documentaries ever made; notably, the biographical docudramas Volcano, narrated by Richard Burton, which won six Etrogs (now Genies); Canada’s Sweetheart (1985), about the notorious mobster and union boss, which won two Geminis; and The King Chronicle (1987), a six-hour mini-series about Prime Minister William Lyon MacKenzie King.

As director, writer and narrator of his own films, Brittain was one of the best commentary writers of the time. He approached his subjects in a didactic style and with an ironic detachment that distinguished his work and would eventually establish him as the master of the television documentary. Known for both his witty and often withering portraits of famous and infamous Canadians and his examinations of obscure areas of Canadian life and fashion, Brittain is arguably the most comprehensive chronicler of post-WWII Canada.

Shortly before his death in 1989, Brittain started work on Family: A Loving Look at CBC Radio (1991), which was completed by Robert Duncan. In 1990, Brittain was posthumously appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of “his masterful visual records of our social and cultural past.”

* Source: Film Reference Library

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Nov 092011
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by Roslan Tangah (aka Rasso)

Most people these days use the internet as a good way to get the word out about some product or other. If the product is new to the market or is perhaps revamped, advertising it in this way is the fastest way to draw attention to it. There are companies who can produce some rather wonderful short films to market the goods and, if it is done in such a way that it stirs some interest, the selling company gets exactly what they have paid for. Take a look at ‘Production services’ or ‘commercial production’ in a good search engine to see which companies offer this service.

This kind of company is really a mini film maker since all the values that are in full length movies apply here too. There is pre-production and post production which takes up an inordinate amount of time if the location is to be somewhere out-of-state or even country. Post production also takes time since the right music may have to be composed or some research done on music already in existence.

Most people do not consider the music in their short ads but it is this that could make the product unforgettable. Much as the phrase ‘where is the beef?’ was coined to advertise burgers some time ago music really touches people in ways that they remember the product that was advertised when it was played. Therefore, a lot of attention has to be paid to this detail.

They can also produce training videos for larger companies who want their staff to follow the same criteria whenever they have to deal with customers. Although most people are friendly and informative when dealing with the public, they should have the same routine if complaints are to be cut to a minimum. By producing film where difficult customers are seen to be creating a nuisance; the team can advise on how to handle this situation which should meet up with the requirements of the company. This overall corporate approach to the paying customer is what they are after and it can also extend to other departments too. Indeed, staff and personnel often respond much better to situations when they have seen it demonstrated on film and the movie can be shown at regular intervals to keep the standards up.

Not all media companies can produce this kind of product of course, so it is imperative that the buyer does some research beforehand. Comparing the films that they have already produced is one way and, naturally, price could be a major factor. This will depend on the actors used to produce the piece since the more famous an artist is, the higher the rate will be. However, some corporate films use the personnel in situ to show that this is real people doing real work.

Taking a look to see which companies advertise online is a clever and fast way to find a company which can produce just the right film for just the right price.

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Sep 282011

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Disney – Great Movie Ride – Casablanca (Explored)

This is from the Casablanca scene of Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ marquee attraction – the Great Movie Ride.

This picture made it to Flickr Explore April 24, 2008 – #189!

The Movie Project meets Tango: Sixteen

Technical info

Location: "Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria" – Lido, Venice, Italy
Lens: Nikkor 50mm (ƒ/1.4D) — ƒ/1.4
Shoot: ISO 1000 | 1/250s — full manual
Filters: Hoya Yellow + Green
Strobist: 1 SB-900 (-3.0 ev) + Exybox triggered by the D700 built-in flash, on the right of the subjects.

The Movie Project meets: Tango: the project and cooperation between Bazzmann labs and Tangoblivion is continuing.

More photos in the next days.

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Aug 172011

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Explore Talent Recognizes the International Student Film Festival Hollywood as a Great Opportunity For Upcoming Filmmakers

Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) April 10, 2006

The International Student Film Festival Hollywood offers student filmmakers from all over the world an opportunity to make their own films and have them recognized by film industry leaders. Their goal is to serve as an international liaison between students and insiders to the industry.

The North Hollywood based-festival is an annual event organized by a California Nonprofit Corporation (ISFFH) and supplemented by the sales of hats, T-shirts, bags and other items pertaining to the festival’s promotion and advertisement.

Categories for the festival competition include: feature length films or videos, short films or videos, documentary films or videos, animations, and music videos. Student films will be showcased either through their video and/or film presentations. Foreign films or videos not produced in English require English subtitles.

Submitting a film requires the student to download a submission form that establishes the guidelines to the festival.

Films are judged by a carefully selected jury panel made up of professional film teachers, filmmakers, directors, producers, actors, distributors, agents, film critics and journalists.

Awards are given in the following areas: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Music Video, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Screenplay. Prizes and scholarships are also awarded to the winners in each category.

The submission deadline for films is August 31, 2006. Films are shown from November 1st –5th in a location chosen in the NoHo arts district.

Interested parties are encouraged to go to or for more information. Related industry information can be found at or

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Jul 302011

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Day 99/365 – Curious Case, Great Movie

Tonight I met up with my friend Adriana and we went to the movie theater in Chinatown to see "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." It was excellent. Although it’s a fairly long movie (2:47), it never seemed long and didn’t drag at all. The story kept moving and kept you interested in learning what was going to happen next.

In case you are unfamiliar with the plot, the movie concerns a guy who is born backwards in time — he starts out as an old man with arthritis and cataracts and then grows younger as he ‘ages.’ It’s based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald and although it’s a bit of a "high concept" premise, the movie never feels contrived. It’s engrossing, adventurous, dramatic, romantic, melancholy, and — in quite a few spots — flat out funny.

The performances were good. Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett did a nice job with their parts, but the movie was absolutely stolen by the actress who played Pitt’s adoptive mother. The actor who portrays the tugboat captain did quite a good job as well. They also did an amazing job with the make-up and computer animation, so that it never looked fakey as the characters either aged or got younger.

The movie definitely has echoes of "Forest Gump" in that it deals with a boy growing up with the stigma of being ‘different’ who is very close to his protective mother, who comes of age traveling the world and serving in wartime, who has a star-crossed romance with a woman he’s known since childhood, and who fears that any child of his will suffer from his condition. Despite that, though, it doesn’t feel like a retread or a knock-off of any other film.

Two things to look out for if you decide to go see this movie — the guy who pops up occasionally to discuss being struck by lightning and the moment every woman in the theater sighs simultaneously. Here’s a hint, it features Pitt riding a motorcycle and seemed to have a pretty universal effect on the distaff portion of the audience (including Adriana). The guys were less impressed. It was a cool motorcycle, though.

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Movie Figures

This i the end with movie figures. I’ve left room for Movie 2 stuff.

This is not all of my Transformers just the ones I keep out on display.

I was Originally going to try to use Live Photo Gallery to make a Panorama but it didn’t work out so here are the raw photos.

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May 192011
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by watchmojo

There are many a Christmas film to entertain during this most special time of year and in spite of this tradition not going back as far as the music and stories that accompany this season; it has become just as much apart of Christmas as any other. Christmas films; now a days are just as eagerly awaited as perhaps the season itself by cinema goers all over the world with every season bringing on a new batch, most of which will probably be forgotten before the season returns the following year.

With regards to the history behind these films perhaps it can be said that the first films of this season limited themselves to subjects which portrayed the birth and life of Jesus Christ or at least the way it is said to have taken place in the “New Testament” of the bible. These films concentrating on showing three wise men being lead by a star to a place where the virgin Mary gave birth to the one whom Christians through out the world have called the messiah. Some films would include the events of Jesus’ life but for the most part these films of Christmas would limit themselves to the events that preceded his birth.

With time however Christmas films as did perhaps the season itself; moved away from only being focused on the birth of Christ and started including such themes as Santa Claus. This being the man who supposedly lives in the North Pole and gives presents to all those children, regardless of any condition other then weather or not they have been good through out the year.

Christmas eventually stretched beyond even these two themes and like Christmas itself which expanded so did the films concerning this time of year, to include the effect this season has on most people and their relationships to one another. As a strange coincidence or perhaps it was not the first film to go a way from these two themes was “A Christmas Carol”, based on the famous book written by Charles Dickens. As it might have been this story which was the first to concentrate on another matter concerning Christmas other then Jesus or Santa Claus.

With regards however to film versions of “A Christmas Carol”, the first of which was not even given this title but “Scrooge” (though sometimes also referred to as “Marley’s ghost”), it being released way back in 1901 as a short film. Many films however would follow based on the theme created by Dickens though perhaps the one that sticks out the most from all these versions of the same, at least as far as those which are in black and white is the one staring Reginald Owen in 1938 in the role of the Ebenezer Scrooge. The biter old man who needed to be reminded by three ghosts sent to him by his deceased business partner, Marley of the joy he once held for Christmas which had been replaced by his greed for money.

Where “A Christmas Carol” can be said to have been the first film to focus on other then religious subjects perhaps it is the film “It’s A Wonderful Life” which in a way goes back to them though again not concentrating on Jesus’ birth but on an angel coming down to earth to assist “George Bailey”. This being a man who on Christmas day decided that his path would be suicide to escape from a life he considered not to have been of use to any; only to be proven that in fact many around him would be far worse of if he had not been born.

“It’s A Wonderful Life” in my opinion and that of many (at least in the United States) others has in recent years replaced “A Christmas Carol” as far as being the most symbolic film of the Christmas season. As it perhaps even more so then “A Christmas Carol” captures that spirit so abundant during this season. That being the spirit of giving and sharing with our neighbors specially should they be in need or if they through out their lives have done as much as George Bailey did for those in his town of Bedford Falls. As for myself personally I would have to say that looking at this film even from a critical angle, that it is the one that I would recommend above all others when it comes to Christmas films. It combining sentimentalism but in a strange manner those who are portrayed as such are also shown as being practical. After all they in a way are simply showing their gratitude to the man who was responsible for them being able to buy the homes they live in. This sentiment being exclaimed in the line “I wouldn’t even have a roof over my head it if wasn’t for you George” used by one of the characters who contributes to solve George’s dilemma over the money which had been stolen from his savings and loan.

Perhaps one of the reasons why “It’s A Wonderful Life” has replaced “A Christmas Carol” as the standard Christmas film is because “It’s A Wonderful Life” contrary to “A Christmas Carol” has not had so many different versions made, which makes it that when people refer to it they naturally only think of the one made by Capra staring James Stewart. This being the case though a very forgettable version called “It happened One Christmas” was made in 1977 which given the fact that many were not familiar with the original version at the time become very popular. This till “It’s A Wonderful Life” was made popular on TV to the point of almost being shown at least once a day at Christmas time. All of which sending “It happened One Christmas” back to the obscurity from which it should have never left.

“A Christmas Carol” however has had many versions made of it, making it almost that there is no version which can be considered classic or even the original one. All of which making it hard for film viewers to focus on any one particular version or associating the main character “Ebenezer Scrooge” with any particular actor, given that many from George C. Scot to Henry Winkler (mostly known for his portrayal of the “Happy Days” character the “Fonz”) to Reginald Owen have played have played it. This not being the case for George Bailey; as this character has come to be associated exclusively with James Stewart.

“A Christmas Carol” perhaps because it was first known as a great piece of literature went on however to have its theme repeated not only in many a film but TV serials as well. For instance “The Odd Couple” did so when Oscar dreamed he was “Scrooge” being visited by the ghost of Felix; given that the ghost of Marley could not make it given that it was his busiest time of year. “The Six Million Dollar Man”, a TV show about a man turned part robot also took from this theme as did many a cartoon like “Mr. Magoo” and even Walt Disney cashed in on the idea using Donald Duck’s rich but often parsimonious Scottish uncle.

However, many are the films regarding Christmas that I would say deserve honorable mention such as “The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t”, which I might add I went to see with my class while a student at the parochial school I attended in my early years in New York City. “The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t” I would recommend as being nice though it perhaps lacks somewhat in originality as it takes a page from “It’s A Wonderful Life”. This coming in the form that it is the children who help Santa raise the money he needs to pay off his debt or the toys he has worked on all year will be taken instead.

However when mentioning Christmas films there are some which I would not take even the most rotten kids I know to see such as the one made with Dudley Moore called “Santa Claus” or “Miracle On 34th Street”. This last film being in extremely poor taste in my opinion; as it tries to show the hardships of a “poor little girl” who cries because she has to content herself with living in luxurious apartment on Westside of Central Park; given her mother does not own an equally posh house in the country. This “poor girl’s” tragedy is even augmented because she has no father, as if her more then loving mother were not enough. This making me think of how one could classify those orphaned children I saw living on the streets of South America, who had to do with much less then this spoilt American child; while not having anybody what so ever.

Of course there are other films which were made and can be purchased on DVD such as “The Bells Of Saint Marry” though this film I know very little about as I have neither seen it nor read its synopsis and what little I do know about it is that there is a Swedish actress by the name of Ingrid Bergman, who plays a nun. This being what I picked up from a scene in “The Godfather” in which Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino) and his girlfriend, Kate (Played by Diane Keaton) walk out of Radio City (when they showed films there) after seeing it and comment on how perhaps Michael would prefer it if Kate were a nun or Ingrid Bergman. I having little in the way of knowledge about this film can not recommend it though I have heard from many that it is worth seeing but then again this was what I heard about that tactless film “Miracle On 34th Street”.

As for animated films that have taken my interest during this time of year, I would have to say that “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” ranks up there as one of the finest films I have seen connected to this time of year. This 30 minute animated film by “Doctor Zeus” showing how a little girl teaches the mean Grinch, that there is more to Christmas then toys and decorations; is a real Christmas classic which no child should ever miss. Those who see this film in English and are old enough might recognize the voice of Boris Karloff (real name William Pratt), also known for his portrayal of Frankenstein. Where I recommend this animated film I by no means do so the idiotic film version made in recent years with the same title by director Ron Howard (also known for his portrayal of the Happy Days character Ritchie Cunningham) staring Jim Carey. This because I have a hard time deciding if this film is even a bigger tragedy then some of the other Christmas disasters I have tried to watch on TV; most of which I will not even mention in this article.

TV shows have also contributed great stories for this time of year known as Christmas and it is with all my heart that I would like to recommend to those who should read this article, that this Christmas they turn on Youtube and watch the episode of the Twilight Zone; entitled “Night Of The Meek”. This being a truly igneous story of a man of good nature by the name of Henry Corwin; who through the magic that is Christmas is literally transformed in to Santa Claus but not before having been fired from his Job as the department store Santa Clause for drunkenness.

It is this story which I would say is my favorite as far as stories portraying the character who is also known as Saint Nick. As it portrays Henry Corwin as a generous man, who drinks because he is unable to help the poor and helpless one’s as he refers to them who are all around him. One of which contrary to the child in “Miracle On 34th Street” asks not for a house in the country but a job for his unemployed father. It is however when confronted by a bag of Christmas presents which seems to not only never run out of presents but have in it all that those around ask for; such as toys, sweaters and just about anything anybody could want that Henry Corwin gets what he always wanted. To become the biggest gift giver of all.

In conclusion I would say that Christmas is a wonderful time of year and perhaps in a way it is made more so by the films mentioned in this article; for they thanks to their stories show us how this time of year can truly bring people closer together in a way that nothing else can. As for a personal confession of mine, I must say that “It’s A Wonderful Life” along with “The Night Of Meek” never fail to bring tears to my eyes. This being the case regardless of weather I find myself watching or even describing their plots as I have done so in this piece of mine.

Download the original soundtrack for free: Ennui Pictures on Facebook To Claire; From Sonny on Facebook This film is under a Creative Commons (by-nc-sa) license: ———————————————————— To Claire; From Sonny Written/Directed/Edited/Music by Josh Beattie DP/Cinematography/Camera: Shuwei Zhang with Henry Orr as ‘Sonny’ Emmie Seaton as ‘Claire’ Gianna Gillies as ‘Jess’ ———————————————————— Technical stuff: Shot with one Canon EOS 7D SLR; audio and soundtrack recorded with the Blue Yeti condenser mic and mixed in Logic Pro 8; film sequenced in Final Cut Pro 3, colourgraded with Magic Bullet Looks 1.4; stabilised with Adobe After Effects CS5. Shot in 3 full days in Brisbane, Australia; smuggling camera gear into subways, rooftops, and ferries. Done in about three to four months pre-to-post.

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