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Gorbets on technology in the hands of an artist

After graduation at the Canadian Film Centre in 2004, one of my teachers, Susan Gorbet came up to me and said, “Maybe we can hang out. You know.  Be friends.”  Double-Plus WOW.

Matt Gorbet, who I like to think of as the front man of the dynamic duo, husband and wife team behind Gorbet Design is auditioning for TED!  Frankly, his audition in Tech Makes Art Come to Life  reminds me of why I do what I do.  Inspiration in its purest form.

Please watch.  Please think.  Please vote for this idea worth spreading: Tech Makes Art Come to Life

PS. Matt studied at the MIT Media Lab, which is only one of his glorious accomplishments.   Oh… and guess what? He’s Canadian…

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Picking up gear

Getting ready for tomorrow! Cool old cameras on display at Joe Sutherland Rentals

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Posting from Paris on my iPhone

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I am having a lazy afternoon in Paris playing with my iPhone before venturing out for dinner with the infamous H&M. Lazy afternoon = sorting out how to get photos from my iPhone directly into this blog post, here. Voila! I adore WordPress!

It has be such an exciting week at the International Kx Conference in Dublin, I don’t know where to start with the story.

I brought a special short video divined from my research material and screened it for about 75 people. The piece was warmly received. Thank goodness. I needed the affirmation because I was feeling overwhelmed and a little discouraged. Documentary film is getting cut from all sides in Canada, grants are getting extremely scarce and at the same time tv airtime is going to reality shows. So even if you scrape together a show, there are fewer opportunities to show it. But never mind. I have received a transfusion of enthusiasm and we have cyberspace… So I am back to my cheery dgaf self.

And finally after all these years… I got to meet… Arthur Whitney. Now that was pretty awesome.

Ok. That’s enough 1 finger blogging From my iPhone. (I am blogging from my iPhone!!!!!)

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Titor’s time travel & the IBM 5100

The year is 2036. Decades after the global nuclear war, an American soldier named John Titor is assigned to travel back to 1975 and retrieve an IBM 5100 computer. During this mission, John makes an unexpected stop in 2000 “for personal reasons.” He connects with his family — and his 2-year-old self! And he interacts online with a group of time travel enthusiasts, sharing information about the future and a detailed description of how his time machine works.

Please IGNITE ‘How to Build a Time Machine’!  Now is the time!!! Seven days left!

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Being creative takes time

It sure does.

(Thanks SG)

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Daunting VIP interviews, Cat lady trigonometry and light!

Good cinematography is all about catching proper light will expertly balanced gear.

One of the uncomfortable consequences of the subjects I usually film is that they have a better handle on basic math than I do.  Not that I suck, but often my thinking-through process is slower than theirs.  One can see that internal gears are at work. I noticed a very well controlled twinge of impatience in one instance when I was mentally working out the angle for a light.  In other words, I need to practice a lot before I go out in the field.

Today I’m gearing up for some VIP interviews in the fall, literally.  I haven’t been satisfied my lighting system so I bought a new reflector.

And spent the evening testing it on my trusty models, Nichi and Nanna.

I want to be able to capture a richness of colour in people’s personal environments.

Light and cameras are all about getting the triangle just right.

Testing was going more or less fine, until the reflector came floating down on poor Nichi’s head.  At which point I switched and aimed the sun beams at Nanna.

 

 

 

 

 

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America!

It took forever to get through immigration and I’m having a really bad hair day (sorry Monica) – BUT AMERICA HERE I AM.

You can follow this little story on twitter #arrayStories

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This is not a film: Storytelling X.1

Oh. And today, I’m not kidding.

I hope you aren’t disappointed. I really do have a legacy to live up to, here.  No shit. I’m so proud of our quirky little community, and as I said in the film synopsis, I plan to tell everyone about it. What else is a woman who faced, first hand, the Iverson challenge to do?  Parrot back what’s been done before?  No way. Trail blaze, buddy.

On that note, I’m completely excited to report that I’m speaking on a hot panel at a super cool conference called Storytelling X.1.

Digital Storytelling X.1 is a one day symposium exploring how digital technologies are changing forms of storytelling today.

Ah, the story and its relationship to money!  Everyone wants to hear about money. It’s the math that everyone cares about!  So, that’s what I’ll talk about. Isn’t it fitting for an Array language storyteller!

And I’ll share the epiphany I had at hot docs after listening to Frank Rose. (Ok, shaking his hand was a huge thrill!)

It is the inspiring,  brilliant and beautiful Siobhan O’Flynn who is responsible for getting me to Storytelling X.1, follow her on twitter, you won’t be disappointed. @sioflynn.

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This is not a game

This is not a game

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Not all those who wander are lost

Good day, Everyone.

It’s the count-down….  Tick, tick, tick….

Ten days left in the semester, then I’m free from school for the summer!  Once finished, I’ll only have to worry about paid work and, the films.

I’m procrastinating and relaxing before tackling the inevitable Variances. As in Sales Quantity, Market Share, Market Volume: those guys. And I decided to drop you a quick note.

At the same time, I’m thinking about another project.  You see, it’s tackling smaller scale creative works that keeps me sane while chasing Leviathan.  You won’t get to see most of them because they are private things, but in this case Artist Tazeen Qayyum asked for a story. A woman’s story.  About womanly things… and maybe a man, we’ll see.  In any case, my tiny contribution will become part of something bigger, that the public gets to see in June.  I think this is pretty cool.

Tazeen’s project and her work lead my thoughts to this journey we’re taking together.  Because your support comes, sometimes, in completely unexpected ways and often from far away.  It’s the tiniest of gestures, like a wink in Twitter, that make me feel inspired to share what’s on my mind.  And right now, I’m thinking about Tolkien.

Here is a poem for you to ponder right along with me.

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

All that is gold does not glitter, Tolkien, J. R. R. (1954),
The Fellowship of the Ring & The Lord of the Rings.

(This post is dedicated to CA, CL, KL & SG)

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