fixit

If you’re in Calgary this weekend, check out the $100 Film Festival at the Plaza Theatre – March 4-6, 2010

“Three days of short film, on film. Experience the magic of cinema with short film screenings, performances and parties. Full program now available on the website. This year’s program features special performances and workshops by Amanda Dawn Christie!”

A 16mm film I made a couple years ago called “Alone” will be screening. Fun times. Wish I could be there. Amanda Dawn Christie’s work is fantastic.

Here’s a photogram film doodle, called “fixit,” with a noisy soundtrack.

Klondike Highway

Been out of touch for a couple weeks, lots of things happening,

I’m in Dawson City right now, doing a residency at the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture, and had a screening at the Dawson City Short Film Festival a couple weeks ago. I love it here. Fantastic people.

Performed with Rozalind MacPhail on the Sunday of the Festival, and now we’re getting ready for the Dawson-City-one-minute-film-challenge. We have more than a dozen films so far (a super-8 camera I brought from home did the rounds with a few visiting filmmakers, Deco Dawson, Terry Haines, Elisabeth Belliveau and Lisa Pasold.) Lisa is actually a writer – and was a little intimidated by the camera – but now she’s a filmmaker.

Here is a 16mm film diary of part  the trip from Whitehorse to Dawson in a van full of filmmakers. (Deco, Elisabeth, Lisa, John Overell and Natalie Edelson) I was a little nauseous by the end of the trip (from the bumpy road, not the company) Mmmm, Gravol. 

There’s a little more static in the air here and it’s impossible to keep the dust and hairs out of the projector. after 4 tries to transfer, I am now embracing the glitches, and calling the work  “Dawthentic”

Oh, and in past news, I was voted “Victoria’s Favourite Local Filmmaker” at this years M-Awards – thanks to everyone who voted.   And this years UVic Sunscreen Festival screened “Splash” and “House” and I took home “Best Director,” “Best Auditory Experience” and “Best Screenplay/story.”  I was in Dawson City and missed the screeening…after flubbing my way through the M-Awards, I was half-relieved. Crazy Month.

Stay tuned for the rest of the Dawson Films.

crazyeyes

This is a short film I made with the help of Daniel Lombardi for the Victoria Film Festival’s “My Victoria” Competition this year. I submitted it late, so didn’t end up in the competition part, but it was a good excuse to make a film, and to play around with some cut-out stop motion.

springwater

Went to Mayne Island last weekend for a wedding, and filmed some things around the island with the bolex. As luck would have it, either the bolex was empty, or had the wrong kind of film in it whenever I stumbled into something I wanted to shoot. So I used my cellphone instead. really low rez, but it worked. Mike Wolske made the music.

And in other news, we finished shooting a new MeatDraw video for their song “Old World” last weekend. I still need to do some tweaking, but it should be finished soon, and posted online. In the next couple weeks – Upcoming Screenings – “Grass” is Playing in Australia at the FLEXIFF Festival, and  “Turbulence” and “Glimpse” are playing in Seattle at the NorthWest Film Forum. “Birds” is playing at the Portobello in England. Unfortunately I can’t go to see any of them, but maybe you can.

Memory Lapse

The newer pieces are still in the works. I was away in Vancouver and Whistler this week, collecting new footage, but had to bring the film back home for developing.
So, I’m putting up an older piece, called Memory Lapse. It won the “Best Short Fiction” award at the Lausanne Underground Film Fest, and screened at a bunch of different festivals. It also inspired an older video podcast that I did called “Other Peoples Memories,” that was clips of old 8mm home movies that I collect, strangers’ home movies. Michael Lee Macdonald did the animation, and Mike Wolske did the music. You can also find it on the MediaNet Video Podcast.

And, this week, we’re being featured on Miro, you can check it out here. It’s an Internet TV aggregator. There are more than 4000 different channels. Pretty cool stuff. And we’re listed at Canadapodcasts.ca now too.

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Victim of an Evil Seductress

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Made this one for the Victoria Film Festival’s “My Victoria” Film contest. They wanted a one-minute Victoria-centric film. While wandering around the immerweb, trying to figure out what to do for the film, I stumbled into the the raciest historical tidbit about my quaint little town. It’s about an architect named Francis Rattenbury. Adultery. Murder. Juicy stuff. Here is the film I made:

I ended up winning the “Capital History Award” for it, and did a little interview with the Susan McLean from the Provincial Capital Commission. I found it online here: http://www.bcpcc.com/pages/news.htm

Rattenbury scandal provides fodder
for Capital History Award winner
March 2008 – Not only did Francis Rattenbury design Victoria’s signature buildings, including the Parliament Buildings, the Empress Hotel, the Crystal Garden and the CP Steamship terminal, but the renowned architect was a key character in the raciest scandal of the 1920s and 30s.

The steamier side of Rattenbury — from leaving his wife for a younger woman to his murder in England by his chauffer who was having an affair with his second wife, through to her stabbing death — provided a smorgasbord of tantalizing historical tidbits and fascinating imagery for Victoria filmmaker Scott Amos.

Combining archival photographs and new video footage, Amos pieced together Rattenbury’s sordid final years for his short film “Victim of an Evil Seductress” to win the Provincial Capital Commission’s Capital History Award at this year’s Victoria Film Festival.

Thanks to the internet, Scott was able to conduct much of his research on the renowned architect, accessing historical information and archived photographs. Using a 1952 16-mm Bolex camera, he began filming. Working out of his basement, Scott processed the film in buckets of chemicals, deliberately scratching the black and white film to make it look old.

Originally from Ontario, Amos hitchhiked to Victoria 10 years ago, with a guitar on his back and $20 in his pocket. It’s the story films are made of and was the topic of his second film entered in this year’s festival entitled “Waiting.”

Earning some money busking in Bastion Square, he eventually earned a writing degree from the University of Victoria, where one of his professors handed him a video camera for a film project. It was a pivotal moment in Scott’s life. “I got myself into huge debt buying equipment,” he laughed. He also started making short films.

Now a Teacher’s Assistant in UVic’s Fine Arts Department and working at Medianet, a video co-op business, Amos is a five-year veteran of the Victoria Film Festival. The My Victoria category suits his style, he says, providing an avenue to show off his work. “I make a lot of Island-centric movies.”

“The festival is a great way to be exposed to artistic work that you wouldn’t normally see,” he said. “There’s a lot of local and Canadian content and it’s great to see what’s happening in my field.”

The My Victoria competition is an opportunity for local artists to have their work shown on the Big Screen and to expose people to the unique voices of the local independent film community, he added. It also provides an incentive to film a changing world, he noted. Amos is the first to admit the world, as most people see it, isn’t his cup of tea. “The real world doesn’t interest me,” he said. “I live it every day so I don’t need to film it. I’d rather film a world that doesn’t exist or to see the existing world in a way I’ve never seen it before.”

But add an experimental twist and it’s award time for Amos.

Turbulence

I filmed this one on trip back from Dawson City. It was an Air North flight from Whitehorse to Vancouver. I filmed it on colour film and must’ve botched the processing…it’s all washy-looking. I was daydreaming on the plane.

There’s more footage from Dawson that I haven’t figured out what to do with. I’m sure it’ll sneak its way into a future short. I traveled up there for the Dawson City International Short Film Festival, as a visiting filmmaker and to speak on a panel about distribution. Stayed at Bombay Peggy’s. Awesome. Met a tonne of fantastic people. Braved the cold for an outdoor screening. Mastered the 10-minute-pint-between-screenings. I’m hoping to get back up there next year.

Before my trip, I was told that Dawson was one of those magical places; after being there, I’ll have to agree.

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Quicktime:

windowpane

This is the part where I make a bunch of excuses why I haven’t posted my weekly video for more than a month. Excuse #1 – made a couple films for MediaNet’s One-Minute Challenge, which screened on 16mm film, Youtube won’t let me upload 16mm, so I’ve had to wait until now to transfer it to digital. Excuse #2 – I was in Calgary for the $100 Film Festival, where “Grass” was playing (and won the “Best Super 8 Award). Excuse #3 – I was in Dawson City for the International Short Film Festival, where both “Sometimes” and “Grass” were playing. Excuse #4 – I had the flu. Hallucinating. Awesome.

All excuses aside, I’ve got the films done now, and will be putting them up over the next few days, in no particular order. First up is “windowpane.” I shot it in Calgary, while I was there for the $100 Film Festival. Good times. The Calgarians are a lot of fun, and took great care of me, (thanks Mels!)
While wandering around with the Bolex and Luke Black (one of the bunch of really cool folks I met at the CSIF,) we found a window, leaned against a fence in an alley, covered in mildew and frost. With a macro lens, I explored it. Shot on 16mm film and hand-processed by Scott Amos, Music by Mike Wolske.
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Quicktime:

Waiting

A short film made for the 2008 “My Victoria” competition at the Victoria Film Festival that screened earlier this week. I’m tossing into my film-of-the-week collection, because it was, in fact, made within a week (2 days actually, in December.) I was just too busy this week doing a vlog for the festival, and I had to wait until the contest was over before before I could post it.
Participants were asked to create a 1 minute video about what living in the Capital means to them, how it affects or influences their lives, or what they feel is unique to living here.

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The film stars Darryl Tamney, Ishe Barrett and John Davis. The Music is by Rozalind MacPhail, from her album “Edgework.” It was Shot on a Bolex and hand-processed.
Unfortunately, “Waiting” didn’t win anything. But another film I did for the contest, called “Victim of an Evil Seductress” won the “Capital History Award.” Once the dust settles I’ll probably post that too.

And CineVic, our local Film Co-op gave me a couple rolls of old expired colour 16mm film, that I’m going to learn how to hand-process. So the weekly excercises will get a little more colourful. Woohoo!

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Victoria Film Fest 2008

My film-a-week fell by the wayside this week, as the Victoria Film Festival is in full swing…but I have still been making films this week, they’re just different than what I’m used to doing.
It’s a Vlog that I’ve been doing for the Festival, just wandering around and getting into trouble. It’s been a great excuse to meet people and take part in the Island’s largest film festival.

You can find it here: http://vifvfest.blogspot.com

sometimes
On another note, both Grass and Sometimes are playing at a couple more festivals. Grass was accepted to the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmaker’s $100 film Fest in March, and Both Grass and Sometimes were accepted to the Dawson City International Short Film Festival in March. I’m hoping to do some travelling…looks like I’ll need to hunt down some winter clothes….