Went on a trip to Toronto in June, to spend a week at Phil Hoffman’s Film Farm. What an inspiring place. Came back to Vic with a new fascination with 16mm, learned how to turn a Steenbeck into a contact printer (Thanks to Josh Bonnetta), and how to double and triple-expose. lots of little tinting and toning tricks. Started shooting on high contrast sound stock, it’s got a really low ISO, but with enough light, it looks great.

Collected some footage and skills for my thesis (yup, still working on it, just slowly) and snooped around the Toronto indie film community.

This is one of my experiments, double exposed and printed through the Steenbeck.

synthetic resin

This is a photogram piece, on black and white 35mm film. It was made during a workshop with Kerry Laitala during this year’s AntiMatter Film Festival, using electrical components, nuts, bolts, screws, and a mini cassette tape. The soundtrack was made on my circuit-bent Realistic keyboard.

The Burning Hell

While in Dawson City, I managed to catch The Burning Hell at Diamond-Tooth Gerties, and they were nice enough to let me film them. Fun band. The song is called “The Second Cigarette” and is on their album “Happy Birthday.” I believe you can purchase it through weewerk records. The background was filmed on Sombrio Beach (it’s a campfire.) It was shot on black and white film, so I tinted it and composited it with the band footage.

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

And here is a less-chunky Quicktime version


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.
You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video



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.

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video
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!

Quicktime Version:

My Podcast Alley feed! {pca-73a0ac8917182eec0fd4cabe0024c81b}