From sea 2 sea (Canadian film production).East Coast
As the smoke clears from the busiest year yet on the East Coast film scene, the writers, directors and crews that were tied up on outside productions have finally turned to their own projects. A rush of dramatic shorts and documentaries are now underway in various (mostly interior) locations during the dreaded seasonal lull. Nova Scotia's acclaimed playwright Michael Melski (Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad) is at work on his first film entitled Serenade serenade [Ital. sera=evening], term used to designate several types of musical composition. Opera and song literature yield numerous examples of the serenade sung or played by a lover at night beneath his beloved's window; outstanding is . The down-and-dirty, half-hour drama is the story of an unlikely duo of ex-cons who fall in with a plucky pluck·y
adj. pluck·i·er, pluck·i·est
Having or showing courage and spirit in trying circumstances. See Synonyms at brave.
pluck waitress at a notorious dead-end diner. Melski, a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, has amassed an enormous amount of good will for Serenade, bagging some of the top crew members in the province, all of whom are anxious to work with one of the East Coast's rising cinema stars.... Meanwhile, Iain MacLeod Iain Norman Macleod, PC (11 November 1913 – 20 July 1970) was a British Conservative Party politician and government minister. Early life
Iain Macleod was born at Skipton, Yorkshire on 11 November 1913. has finished principal photography on his fourth film, a drama called A Celtic Ghost Story ghost story
A story having supernatural or frightening elements, especially a story featuring ghosts or spirits of the dead.
ghost story n → cuento de fantasmas . Having just completed his first season writing for the CBC's flagship kiddie kid·die or kid·dy
n. pl. kid·dies Slang
A small child.
Informal a child consumer show, Street Sense, MacLeod can put his energies toward postproduction and, ultimately, his dream of completing Nova Scotia's first Gaelic-language feature. His Street Sense writing colleague, Ian Johnston
Ian Johnston (Walter Ian Harewood Johnston, February 16, 1930 – March 19, 2001) was one of the true pioneers of reproductive medicine in Australia. , has just seen local actor Christian Murray Christian Murray is a Canadian comedy writer. He has written for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Talking to Americans and Daily Tips for Modern Living. wrap photography on his (Johnston's) wacky script Kitty Killer. Murray, a charter member of the popular Jest in Time physical comedy troupe, directed the half-hour comedy, issuing guarantees that no kittens were harmed during the shoot. Johnston has also just received word that the Comedy Network will pick up 13 episodes of his pseudo-biography TV series, Liography. Veteran deadpan artist Leslie Nielson has expressed interest in hosting. For Johnston, all this screen writing sure beats writing TV columns for the Halifax Daily News.... Two other Daily News staffers have also received the much-desired go-ahead for their spiffy spiffy - /spi'fee/ 1. Said of programs having a pretty, clever, or exceptionally well-designed interface. "Have you seen the spiffy X version of empire yet?" This was common mainstream slang during the 1940s.
2. satire, The Daily Blade. Brian Flinn and Susan Hiller saw their pilot, produced by David Coole, get a rapturous rap·tur·ous
Filled with great joy or rapture; ecstatic.
raptur·ous·ly adv. screening at last year's Atlantic Film Festival. Now it looks like they'll be ransacking ran·sack
tr.v. ran·sacked, ran·sack·ing, ran·sacks
1. To search or examine thoroughly.
2. To search carefully for plunder; pillage. their files for story ideas in order to fill up six more episodes.... From the Rock, word comes that one major feature has completed photography while another has lost its third director. Rosemary House (Rain, Drizzle and Fog) has wrapped production on her first feature, Violet; on the other hand, the much-delayed shoot of the film version of Annie Proulx's The Shipping News is off once again with the news that writer/director Billy Bob Thornton Robert George (Bob) Thornton (born July 10 1962, in Los Angeles, California) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA whose career lasted from 1985 to 1996. He was a 6'10" 225 forward. He holds career averages of 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 283 total games. has fled for the greener pastures of Hollywood. He joins Fred Schepisi and Lasse a. & adv. 1. Less. Hallstrom in that not-so--exclusive club of directors scared off by the book's growing reputation as unfilmable.
Ron Foley Macdonald
Screened at the opening of the 18th Rendez-vous du cinema quebecois (February, 2000), Charles Biname's long-awaited latest opus, La Beaute de Pandore pan·dore
[Ultimately from Greek pandoura.] , is a tale about solitude and redemption. Shot in his characteristic hand-held style, it is the director's third and final installment in his urban trilogy, which includes Eldorado and Le Coeur au poing. Pandore stars Biname regular Pascale Bussieres as an emotionally broken woman in search of a man to bring with her in a downward spiral. She crosses paths with Vincent (Jean-Francois Casabonne, one of Quebec's finest stage actors), whose successful but passionless life will be shattered by Bussieres's vengeful Pandore.... Also presented at the Rendez-vous was Le Petit Ciel, the much-anticipated feature film debut of Jean-Sebastien Lord, son of popular Quebec director Jean-Claude Lord. Generally well-received by both the press and public, Le Petit ciel, a quirky comedy about God, Jesus, death and modern-day religion, shows a very personal style and vision, which demonstrates a marked difference between father and the son's approach to filmmaking, while opening up a promising career for the latter.... Lastly, a few words not about a film, but rather about the arrival of an interesting new event on the Canadian film-festival horizon. North America's only exclusively pan-American cinematography cinematography: see motion picture photography.
Art and technology of motion-picture photography. It involves the composition of a scene, lighting of the set and actors, choice of cameras, camera angle, and integration of special and multimedia event, Quebec City's Images du Nouveau Monde n. 1. The world; a globe as an ensign of royalty.
Le beau monde
fashionable society. See Beau monde.
See Demimonde. wishes to shake up the old capital's movie-going habits for five days in March every year, starting with this year. Headed by respected film critic Yves Rousseau Yves Rousseau (France) is credited with some ultralight aircraft FAI world records and has received international recognition for his 13 years of work on human-powered ornithopter flight; Rousseau attempted his first human-powered flight with flapping wings in 1995. , the Festival's first edition boasts, among others, a tribute to Francois Girard, a selection of new-media works and a competitive section, including 12 films from eight countries. Canada is well-represented with four films in competition: Here Am I, by first-time Montreal filmmakers Joshua Dorsey and Douglas Naimer; documentarian doc·u·men·tar·i·an also doc·u·men·ta·rist
One that makes documentaries or a documentary. Sylvie Groulx's latest, A l'ombre d'Hollywood; Allan Moyle's Nova Scotia-based coming--of-age tale, New Waterford New Waterford, town (1991 pop. 7,695), on NE Cape Breton Island, N.S., Canada, NE of Sydney. A former coal-mining center in a region that saw the last mine close in 2001, New Waterford experienced steady outmigration in the late 20th cent. Girl; and another first film, Un petit vent de panique, by Pierre Greco, the first feature to be shot entirely in Quebec City in 10 years. An impressive jury composed of author Neil Bissoondath, filmmaker/actress Micheline Lanctot and critic Andre Roy takes on the difficult task of choosing the most deserving films. Overall, a modest, realistic first year but one that shows a great deal of promise and a breath of fresh air for Quebec City's cinematic life.
During the 1990s, Telefilm tel·e·film
A film produced for television broadcasting.
Noun 1. telefilm - a movie that is made to be shown on television Canada began to cutback cut·back
1. A decrease; a curtailment: "The political effects of food cutbacks could be devastating" New York Times.
2. its presence at major international film festivals such as Cannes and Berlin. Budgetary restraints made it impossible to keep up the wining and dining and festival schoomzing that typified the go-go 1980s. When aspiring Canadian actor/filmmaker Paris Roger attended Cannes in 1997 with his short Joseph the Elephant Man, essentially an extended promo for a proposed feature, he found no support whatsoever from the government agency. Discovering that he was not the only Canadian left stranded, he decided to do something about it. Returning home, he set up Film Canada, a nonprofit organization Nonprofit Organization
An association that is given tax-free status. Donations to a non-profit organization are often tax deductible as well.
Examples of non-profit organizations are charities, hospitals and schools. mandated to promote Canadian filmmakers and producers at Cannes. In 1998, he returned, this time with 14 films under his arm and his very own Canadian Pavilion located in International Village on the Croisette. Last year he went again, only this time with Kodak Canada as a major sponsor and 11 films to promote. In addition, as part of the deal with Kodak, Film Canada set up a cross-country promotional tour of colleges and universities to give the films exposure at home after the festival was over. This year Roger is at it again, with additional sponsors (he is working on Microsoft) and his own Internet company, filmon-line.com, which, for a small commission, will act as a source for filmmakers to display promotional clips to potential buyers on-line. On top of all this activity, the deal with Kodak Canada also includes a paid trip to Cannes for qualifying Canadian film students who are enrolled in a three-year program and have a letter of recommendation from their film professor. The students are given accommodation and a pass to the festival. Roger is proud to disclaim any government support for his activities and has provided a much-needed boost in an area where Canadiml filmmakers have been traditionally weak--promoting their own products.... When Film Canada Yearbook publisher Pat Thompson died last year, she left behind a valuable archive of her activities with the Canadian Film Awards and the Film Societies of Canada. Typically, none of the institutions in Toronto which claim to support Canadian film, most notably the The Film Reference Library, was interested in the collection and it ended up at the National Archives in Ottawa, where it will remain inaccessible to all but the most determined researcher. The Film Reference Library became a part of the Toronto International Film Festival Group 10 years ago. It's claim to housing the the best collection of Canadiana this side of the Cinematheque cin·e·ma·theque
A small movie theater showing classic or avant-garde films.
[French cinémathèque, blend of cinéma, cinema; see cinema, and bibliothèque, Qebecoise is seriously compromised by a lack of funding.
Several new exciting documentary projects are in the works by Winnipeg filmmakers. John Kozak (Hellbent, Dory) returned from a road trip across the United States doing research and interviews for The World According to Comic Books. He landed the last interview with veteran comic-book artist Gil Kane in Miami just before Kane's death in January. Kane drew The Green Lantern, The Hulk and Captain Marvel comics in the 1960s and 1970s. Kozak also hopes to interview Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) Julius Schwartz (DC comics editor from 1944 to 1986) and Sheldon Moldoff (creator of the Hawkman comics). The film is being shot in HDTV (High Definition TV) A set of digital television (DTV) standards that offer the highest resolution and sharpest picture. Although some HDTV sets are available in standard (rather square) screen sizes, the overwhelming majority of sets are wide screen, which eliminates and traces the development of comic-book art from its roots in the pulps and newspaper strips of the 1920s and 1930s. A passionate collector, Kozak has over 35,000 comic books in his collection. He says, unlike Ron Mann's previous Comic Book Confidential, he wants to concentrate on the phenomena of comic-book collectors. "They don't think they're collecting trivia. They're collecting art".... John Paskievich (The Gypsies of Svinia, Sedna), a pioneer in creating original documentaries on the spiritual life of other cultures, is shooting a new film on digital video about the tragic history of post-Second World War Ukrainian immigrants and how memories of those events have impacted on them and their children. Paskievich says, "It's about what it means to grow up as the son or daughter of Ukrainian immigrants after the Second World War. It's about crossing borders from one culture to another." The working title is My Mother's Village.... Paula Kelly (Personal Alarm, Epiphany Rules) is researching and writing The Notorious Mrs. Armstrong about a key activist whose contributions to the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 was one of the most influential strikes in Canadian history. It resulted in drastic improvements in working conditions for millions of Canadians. J.S. have been overlooked. Helen Armstrong was the 11th strike leader of the original 10 ring leaders. "Her role has slipped off the history page because historians haven't been very interested in the role of women in the labour movement," Kelly says. Armstrong fought for a minimum wage law and had an impressive career as a union organizer.... Finally, Credo Entertainment Corp. is assembling Head Over Wheels, a 13-part series on women's recollections about growing up with the car. Executive producer Andrew Koster says the subject has really opened a nerve. "The car is the major household appliance," says Koster. In the research stage, series director Shereen Jerrett (Kid Nerd, Dog Stories) contacted over 300 women who told stories about pioneering women race-car drivers, women as long-haul truck drivers and women having babies in their cars.
With confidence gained from successful deals involving MOWs and feature films sold to more than 100 countries, Minds Eye Pictures CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. Kevin Dewalt is backing another winner. This time it is a television series for kids called Mentors. Produced by Margaret Mardirossian of Anaid Productions, with creator/writer/producer Josh Miller, the series has been winning awards and broadening Minds Eye's visibility. It's been available across Canada on the Disney-dominated Family Channel since October. The series follows the adventures of a young computer genius, Oliver, and his friend Dee as they zap historical figures into their 21st-century lives via an ingenious computer program. The scripts focus on a problem that a mentor solves for the teenagers. Ultimately, the solution enriches their experience--and the audience's--when some obscure or little-known facts about Einstein, Oscar Wilde or Joan of Arc Joan of Arc, Fr. Jeanne D'Arc (zhän därk), 1412?–31, French saint and national heroine, called the Maid of Orléans; daughter of a farmer of Domrémy on the border of Champagne and Lorraine. are revealed. Mentors is being shot in Edmonton and directed by Arvi Lilmataninen. Miller says that the production has been "turned up" a notch, making it challenging for the cast, crew and budget, but ultimately, a richer viewing experience for the audience. The challenges ranged from filming with a live bear to recording with a full symphony orchestra. Mardirossian says, "We've received great response from the international market for the series".... Another Edmonton production with international impact and Mardirossian's involvement is The Tourist, produced by Big Schtick schtick
Variant of shtick.
Noun 1. schtick - (Yiddish) a little; a piece; "give him a shtik cake"; "he's a shtik crazy"; "he played a shtik Beethoven"
schtik, shtick, shtik with comedian Rick Bronson and carried on the Life Network. Each episode takes Bronson to a North American North American
named after North America.
North American blastomycosis
see North American blastomycosis.
North American cattle tick
see boophilusannulatus. destination; along the way, through humour and interaction with the locals, travel tips and intriguing facts keep the audience entertained and informed. Bronson and Neil Grahn are the co-creators. Grahn shams directing and travelling gigs with Brian Murphy and Bob Keates. The talents of associate producer Alexandra Zarowny and director of photography Mike Oulette of New Picture Crew Ltd. assist in the production.... Toronto-based Rhombus Media, the 1999 recipient of the Banff Centre for the Arts National Award (given to those who achieve much in their own careers and encourage and train the next generation of Canadian talent) received the Donald Cameron Medal, a $10,000 cash award and a residency at the Banff Centre For the Arts .... Encouraging, indeed, is Local Heroes, a film festival that originated in Edmonton (March 31-April 8) and has spawned an offspring in Winnipeg (February 27-March 4). For details on both events check out the National Screen Institute Web site at www.nsi-canada.ca and the Local Heroes link.
The Y2K See Y2K problem and Y2K compliant.
Y2K - Year 2000 nonevent non·e·vent
An anticipated or highly publicized event that does not occur or proves anticlimactic or boring.
Noun means that Vancouver hasn't yet broken off and sunk into the Pacific--good news for us, but not for all those members of the various unions down in Hollywood screaming out for tax breaks geared toward helping U.S. producers compete with our deflated de·flate
v. de·flat·ed, de·flat·ing, de·flates
a. To release contained air or gas from.
b. To collapse by releasing contained air or gas.
2. dollar. It seems that what's bad for our hockey teams is definitely good for the film business.... As deadlines loom, the competition for the awarding of Vancouver's newest television station has the various competitors scrambling for letters of support from prominent locals while the rest of us sip martinis and debate the merits of the applicants. Let's see. In addition to other promises--more than 30 hours of original local programming per week (of which 12 hours will be non-news programming and two hours will be magazine-style, cultural programming) and $16 million allocated to prelicense a minimum of seven B.C.-produced movies each year--Toronto-based CHUM Ltd. pledges to produce at least 100 hours of a Vancouver-based soap. The mind boggles at the possibilities: fast ferry tragedies; lost snowboarders on Whistler mountain; backroom back·room
n. or back room
1. A room located at the rear.
2. The meeting place used by an inconspicuous controlling group.
1. political shenanigans shenanigans
1. mischief or nonsense
2. trickery or deception [origin unknown] wherein promises are made and backyard decks are built; and the ghost of Bruno Gerussi hovering over the whole damn thing. Personally, I doubt if the soap will fly because what goes on out here puts most soap operas to shame. And even if the CHUM soap is completely over the top, it will only appear more like reality--and we all know how well reality does in the ratings. The other applicants (Craig Broadcasting, Trinity Television, CFMT-TV) will also have pitched their proposals to the CRTC CRTC Canadian Radio-Television & Telecommunications Commission
CRTC Combat Readiness Training Center
CRTC Cathode Ray Tube Controller
CRTC China Railway Telecommunications Center
CRTC Cold Region Test Center
CRTC Continuously Regenerated Trap Column at the February 21 hearing. No decision is expected for six months.... Some of the people currently making movies in the rain: Sean Penn directs The Pledge, produced by Michael Fitzgerald and shot by talented cinematographer/director Chris Menges; Once Were Warriors director Lee Tamahori is helming Morgan Freeman in Along Came a Spider; Ernest Dickerson is making Bones; and Ryan Phillippe and Tim Robbins are starring in Antitrust under the direction of Peter Howitt.... Finally, the Vancouver film scene lost one of its veterans--and I lost a friend--when Ridge Theatre owner Ray Mainland was killed in a car accident in January. He owned the Ridge, Vancouver's only repertory cinema, for 15 years, providing a venue for a lot of great films and making a lot of friends along the way. He will be missed.