Issue: June 2015 - Behind the Scenes

Cinematographer Michael Jari Davidson on the impact of technology in film

Musician-turned-cinematographer Michael Jari Davidson began his film career at the cusp of the digital revolution. Davidson has a long career in film, with his latest credits being from the Canadian indie feature Berkshire County and the short film The Last Halloween. Having trained at the Detroit Film Center, the Canadian Screen Training Centre in Ottawa, and Sheridan College in Okaville, in 2004 Davidson found himself working in an industry that was beginning to fully embrace digital technology. Advances in camera systems and increased image resolution quickly made digital video a viable medium for professionals, but also gave rise to...

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The 2015 Screenwriter Mentor Experience: interview with Geneviève Appleton and Navin Ramaswaran

Conceived by Geneviève Appleton, a director, editor, and producer with White Wave Productions, and sponsored by the founder of Aspiring Canadian Writers Contests (ACWC) Heidi Stock, the 2015 Screenwriter Mentor Experience takes submissions of short film screenplays of up to 10 pages from across Canada. Appleton, who is also the contest’s main judge, will create a short list from the entries from which the top three will be selected by a panel of judges which currently include Appleton along with Maureen Dorey, a freelance story editor and screenwriting professor and Elise Cousineau, the Head of Development and Production Executive at Sienna...

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Media Impact: Lindsay Ragone on process and importance of editing

Of all the artists who come together to create a film, an editor is arguably the most important. Screenwriters and directors create the feel and tone of the film, set decorators and costume departments create the look, and cinematographers capture all of it; but an editor, an editor is responsible for crafting the final product. They sift through hours of footage, find the best takes, the tiny perfect moments in performance that make a film truly memorable. To some this might be the most boring job in all of film, but to others it is their passion and their...

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Creative collaboration: Sarah Goodman, Maya Bankovic, Laura Barrett and Jose Miguel Contreras of Porch Stories

Sarah Goodman was looking for a project to break into the feature film industry from documentary. She “wanted to get the transition underway as quickly as possible, so [she] picked a project that was small in scale.” Walking on her street one day, Goodman came across a photograph “plastered to a telephone pole on Argile St.” from around 1912. “The street looked virtually the same except there was a horse drawn carriage, but the houses looked the same. It was uncanny how similar the street looked. And I just thought: how many stories have happened on these porches over...

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Food for thought: filmmaker Erik Anjou discusses Deli Man

A recurring theme that Erik Anjou uses in his documentaries is the exploration of what it means to be Jewish in the contemporary world. The directors previous films include The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground (2010), 8:Ivy League Football and America (2008) and A Cantor’s Tale (2005). With his latest documentary, Deli Man, hitting theatres on Friday, June 19, 2015, Anjou sat down to speak about the film, and it’s no surprise that Caplansky’s Delicatessen was the location for our interview. The genesis for Deli Man began when Anjou met David “Ziggy” Gruber, who is the central subject in the documentary. “He is trying to do...

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Drawing from emotion: Pixar story artist Domee Shi on Inside Out

If you don’t already have your tickets for the latest Pixar film, Inside Out, you better get in line right away. The film is their best offering, and one of the most creative as well, and is sure to be a huge hit when it releases on June 19, 2015. The process from concept to finished product is a long one, and it features the work of a very talented group of individuals, many of whom we won’t realize played such a large role in production. Domee Shi is one of those unsung heroes. A graduate of Sheridan College in...

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Home movies: interview with The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle

As film fans, we tend to spend a good portion of our free time sitting down in a theatre, or in front of our televisions, to watch the latest releases or our favourite films. The Angulo family takes this to the extreme though. Living in New York City, the six Angulo brothers have spent most of their lives watching, memorizing, and recreating the films they love. In fact, it’s almost the only thing they had for their young lives. The brothers were homeschooled by their mother, and weren’t encouraged to go outside at all, sometimes only leaving the house...

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