We’re Going to TIFF!

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Of the 4 teams from Canada selected for the National Screen Institute’s Features First program, 2 are sponsored to attend TIFF to pitch their films. We are very humbled and fortunate to be one of those teams.

Wait a minute…isn’t TIFF for watching movies?

Ah, you might think so! While TIFF is one of the world’s best film festivals, and gets the most press of any film festival in North America, it’s actually ALSO one of the biggest film markets… Read More →

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Reflection: NSI Features First Phase 1 and 2

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In film school, you’re taught how to make a movie. You’re taught about screenplay formatting, storyboarding, how a camera works, how to light a scene and direct actors, how to hold a boom pole, how to edit footage and how to tell a story. It’s all great and important information, but it doesn’t shed light on how a movie actually gets made. The first step in the process isn’t pre-production, it’s development. Development is the longest step, it’s the most difficult step, it’s the step that most movies don’t make it past. Read More →

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Transmedia: You’re Doing it Wrong

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Transmedia was a big buzzword at the Banff World Media festival this year, and continues to have Producers, Writers, Directors and Marketing teams scratching their heads. You may have heard the word before, or one of its cousins like “multiplatform”, “second-screen”, etc. but it’s all the same thing.

Most think Transmedia is about fun facts popping up on your iPhone while you watch a movie. They’re wrong. If we’re going to play in this new media landscape, we need to start seeing Transmedia as a way to tell an immersive story with multiple access points.

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Studio Tour at 6 Degrees

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Recently, Matt and I were invited to tour the offices and studios at 6 Degrees, a music and sound production company in Calgary. We knew facilities like this existed in town, but seeing it all in action blew our minds. Read on to learn more about these folks and how they help to perfect the other half of your movies (you remembered sound was important…right?).

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More NSI Fun!

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The NSI Features First experience continued in Toronto this month as the “producer” members of each team gathered at The Fairmont Royal York (who took amazing care of us, by the way) to learn from innumerable industry professionals about the ins and outs of film financing, logistics, insurance, casting and, most importantly, networking and relationships. Read More →

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8 Different Tips for Screenwriters

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Those who read about screenwriting often bump up against the same group of tips/rules time and time again. This time around, as we wrap up phase 2 of our NSI Features First program, I’ve punched out a new draft of Synapse and I’d like to share some things I’ve learned that AREN’T those same old boring (but of course important!) rules. Read More →

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5 Tips To Make The Most of Your Expo Experience

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Today is the day! The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo begins again and I’m pumped! Also, when I see a title like “10 Tricks to Buying a Car” and “7 of The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen” I really hate it when the first paragraph goes on and on about the subject and tries to add something witty to get the audience interested. I’m already interested! I wouldn’t have clicked it if I wasn’t interested, am I right? Read More →

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