Apr 14: 2014 WAVE Awards Salute Impressive Women in Screen Industry

WAVE Award winners 2014 Apr 14: 2014 WAVE Awards Salute Impressive Women in Screen Industry

The 2014 WAVE Award winners were announced during Women Making Waves, the fourth annual Women in Film and Television-Atlantic conference. They are (l-r) Noreen Golfman, Barbara Doran, Linda Wood. Photo by Caet Moir

(Halifax, March 24, 2014) The 2014 WAVE Awards were announced yesterday, capping the fourth annual Women Making Waves, a three-day conference marked by compelling speakers, dynamic panels and informative workshops.

Honouring outstanding contributions by women in film, television and digital media in the Atlantic Region, the one-of-a-kind awards went to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Noreen Golfman and Barbara Doran, and Nova Scotia’s Linda Wood.

“Each of these winners is unique and wonderful, and all of them loved the fact that the WAVE Awards have no categories – they simply honour women who deserve to be celebrated,” said Jan Miller, Chair of host organization Women in Film & Television-Atlantic (WIFT-AT).

“That fact allows the selection committee to make choices that truly celebrate women making a difference in the screen industry – in a multitude of fabulous ways.”

About the winners:

- Noreen Golfman has been described as a “powerhouse of poise, confidence and witty charm.” The Dean of graduate studies at Memorial University, Golfman has played an integral role in building a cultural community in Newfoundland and Labrador. She was involved in the founding of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival 25 years ago, is Vice-Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, and founded the MUN Cinema Series, among other contributions to the industry.

- Linda Wood, the Director of Business & Legal Affairs at Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia, has worked with virtually every producer in this province. A champion of Nova Scotia’s film, television and new media industry, Wood spent 11 years as a juror for the CBC/Film Nova Scotia Bridge Award and played an active role in the creation of the First Feature Project. While her name may not appear in the production credits, it’s a fixture in the “special thanks” sections of local film and television productions.

- Barbara Doran has been producing and directing films for more than 30 years. With incredible energy, she has devoted herself to the history, culture and future of Newfoundland, while exploring stories around the globe. Her documentaries have covered the sweatshops of Guatemala, women prisoners in Pakistan, AIDS workers in Africa, and romance writers in the U.S. Her Gemini Award-winning miniseries, Random Passage, played to record audiences on CBC Television, and her newest feature, The Grand Seduction, was nominated as best feature at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Other Women Making Waves highlights included a conversation Sunday morning with Melissa Silverstein, a Brooklyn-based media consultant and writer whose blog, Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women in film as well as other areas of pop culture. Additional sessions included award-winning director, editor, writer Wiebke von Carolsfeld; transmedia leader Caitlin Burns; Sundance doc winner Jennifer Fox on crowd-funding; a hit sci-fi series panel (Emily Andras of Lost Girl, Daegan Fryklind of Bitten and Shawn Piller of Haven); film stunts with Shelley Cook; and a conversation with the remarkable team behind Bomb Girls, Adrienne Mitchell and Janis Lundman.

Women Making Waves takes place at the University of King’s College, NSCAD University, and the historic Lord Nelson Hotel. WIFT-AT gratefully recognizes the support of Telefilm Canada, Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia, 902 Post, BMO Nesbitt Burns, ACTRA, the Canadian Media Production Association, the St. John’s Women’s Film Festival and Ruby Tree Films, as well as an array of industry sponsors.

Apr 14: The First Ten Pages (and the ones that follow)

By Brittany Amos

The first ten pages of a script are often the most important pages a screenwriter will write. It’s her opportunity to establish a unique world and persuade the audience to come along for the journey. Those first ten pages dictate what the characters inevitably need to overcome in order to make it to that (hopefully!) satisfying denouement.  But they are also the writer’s opportunity to engage a producer, taking them on that tumultuous (and also hopefully satisfying) journey of turning that script into a film. That is, after all, what we are so often told in the big scheme of writing for film and television: the script is only the blueprint, not the final result. And while I love, live and breathe writing, I’m also all about results.

I recently had the opportunity to participate in the First Ten Pages Master Class, in which writers explore what needs to be in the first ten pages of a script, as well as have the first ten pages of their own scripts critiqued. The class was made possible through WIFT-Atlantic’s Women Making Waves Conference. The conference hosts a variety of panels, workshops and screenings designed to foster the growth of female filmmakers in the industry. The class was well represented by female writers from all of the Atlantic Provinces. The scripts were diverse. Family dramas, comedies, historical biopics and fantasy films were all in the mix.

Filmmaker Wiebke Von Carolsfeld led the class. Wiebke made her directorial debut with Marion’s Bridge, which won numerous awards and played at festivals across the world. Her current film, Stay, had its world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival and has just had its US release.

Having taken screenwriting workshops in the past, Wiebke’s less “prescribed” approach to writing was refreshing.  We so often cling to the formulaic, beat-by-beat approach to screenwriting like the cozy security blanket that it is. While Wiebke didn’t suggest that the beat sheet approach is wrong – there is always a time and place for organizing your story – she emphasized that if you haven’t engaged your audience in those first ten pages, it doesn’t matter if you’ve posed a question on page three or stated the theme on page five. After all, beyond the pure logistics, storytelling is about convincing someone to go on a journey.

The logistics, of course are a large part of what I find both comforting and challenging about screenwriting. On the one hand the “rules” about act structure can act as a map to guide you, whether you consult it every step of the way or only when you get lost. On the other hand, it can result in a lifeless story that feels like it’s just going through the motions. It’s a constant balancing act, and Wiebke encouraged us to embrace the natural progression of the story.

But how do we find that balance? What is the right way to approach a script? Do you start at the beginning or at the end? Do you write an outline first, or dive right into those first ten pages? Wiebke had lots of valuable advice about navigating through a script, let alone the first ten pages. About halfway through the class, she stated, “Everything I say, you’re going to find a situation where I’m completely wrong.” Maybe that’s just as frustrating as following a beat sheet or act structure. But perhaps it’s the best advice a writer can receive.

Apr 14: The Circle is the New Line: Continuing the Conversation on Transmedia

By Harmony Wagner

For many, creating a linear story and getting it produced seems uphill enough.  Mention the word transmedia and feel the bristle.  Caitlin Burns’ conversation with Nance Ackerman at Women Making Waves helped to chip away at the armor of listeners when it comes to the new reality of storytelling in the digital age.

After spending a decade as a transmedia producer with Starlight Runner Entertainment, Caitlin Burns’ outlook helped to reduce the resistance that many feel that transmedia is too daunting.  She voiced it as “multiple delivery channels to create an artistic, coordinated experience” placing the original linear story project, such as a film or TV show as the central hub, with off-shooting platforms, such as social media, live events, mobile, live games and even print acting as spokes in the wheel that encircle that hub.

She encouraged content creators to see that transmedia planning can help clarify and find audiences who are already engaged with your topic and that engaging cast and crew can make it less daunting. Caitlin provided an example of Johnny Depp, as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean; he had a back-story for each of the rings on his fingers – and each of them were used to produce a different game.

Nance Ackerman also brought forward examples of interactive documentaries that are re-shaping the world of the linear doc maker due to their low budgets.  National Film Board of Canada is supporting more and more of these “interactives” that allow the viewer to experience the story in an individualized, non-linear way, determining the facets of the story that they want to explore with the click of a mouse.

All in all, though the conversation needs to continue, with more comprehensive examples of approaches and outcomes, these women made it clear that technology has expanded our minds from a stream to an ocean, thus changing how people want to relate with a story.  We storytellers can benefit from embracing a circular approach to our linear content.

Apr 14: WMW and the Inspiring Women Behind Back Alley Film Productions

Janis and Adrienne Apr 14: WMW and the Inspiring Women Behind Back Alley Film ProductionsBy Lora Campbell

During Women Making Waves this year we all got a special treat when Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell of Back Alley Films opened the event with their inspiring speech about not only being women in the television industry, but women who create, write, direct and produce stories about women for the television industry.

For people like Lisa Rose Snow and myself, it was extra special because we were watching two successful, intelligent, savvy women speak about living in a world that we very much want to be a part of.

Lisa and I were recently accepted for an NSI Drama Prize and could not wait to talk to Janis and Adrienne about their experiences. The four of us sat down and, after a great chat, Lisa and I realized their team dynamic was very similar to our own, as Janis and Adrienne co-create their concepts and then Janis works as the lead producer while Adrienne writes and directs. Lisa and I work similarly and are currently co-creating a television series as well as numerous features.

It was so great watching a powerful female duo interact as such good friends and also as co-creators of wonderful shows. It was a fantastic addition to the Women Making Waves conference and we look forward to cultivating our relationship with them as we move forward in our careers.

Apr 14: NS Pulse

1974038 652054514842791 333513080 o Apr 14: NS PulseBy Lisa Rose Snow; Pictured: Spring Hurlbut and Arnaud Maggs

And just like that- spring. Well, the kind of spring that’s filled with flurries controlled by indecisive weather gods. But spring nonetheless. And with it comes an exciting time for film in Nova Scotia, as productions gear up to shoot- like Haven, Book of Negroes, and Mr. D, just to name a few.

I want to give a shout out to the wicked awesome folks at Carbon Arc Cinema. Founded by wonder woman Siloën Daley and run by an all women board of directors (!) this independent art house cinema has been running in downtown Halifax for four years this July. They screen great films every Friday at 7pm during Oct, Nov, Feb, Mar and April. In their words, “Our Programming Committee is passionate about screening a variety of foreign, Canadian and local drama and documentary that will inspire, spread beauty and expand Halifax’s cinema to include regular screenings of independent and limited release films.” These folks are so rad. Next up for them is Spring & Arnaud, by Katherine Knight & Marcia Connolly, playing on April 11th at 7:00pm. Katherine and Marcia will both be in attendance for a Q&A period.

Cinematically gorgeous and beautifully crafted, Spring & Arnaud is a breathtakingly tender and intelligent love story about acclaimed Canadian artists Spring Hurlbut and Arnaud Maggs. Spring’s art focuses on mortality and the traces we leave behind: ashes, bones, preserved animals, old metal cribs that invoke the spirits of the deceased in her photography, video, sculpture and installations.

March seemed to go in- and out- like a lion, and it was no calmer throughout. The Women Making Waves conference was a huge success, with fascinating panels, an intensive master class and lots of great opportunities for networking and socializing. I was happy to take part in the First Ten Pages class, and discuss my script out loud in a safe and constructive environment. A special congrats to Nova Scotia’s own Linda Wood on winning a WAVE Award. I was so lucky to receive one last year, and felt it to be an incredible honour. Linda is so deserving- working tirelessly “behind the scenes” at the Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia office. I really loved how they finished Linda’s introduction- “While her name may not appear in the production credits, it’s a fixture in the “special thanks” sections of local film and television productions.” It really does take a whole village to raise a movie.

March was also really exciting for my partner-in-crime Lora Campbell and I, getting to go to Winnipeg and work with amazing mentors Danishka Esterhazy, Shereen Jerrett and Brendon Sawatzky through the NSI Drama Prize Program. This was an incredible opportunity to really work on our film When Fish Fly through the support of this program. It was also really cool to see that so many films over the years made through the Drama Prize have come from Nova Scotia- including films by Leah Johnston and Ashley McKenzie. The program is similar in style to our own AFCOOP’s FILM 5, but curated on a National level. I learned more than I could have imagined and am looking forward to implementing said knowledge when we go to camera in early May.

Apr 14: NB Pulse

Martin Hellmich Apr 14: NB PulseBy Cat LeBlanc

NBFC TO HOST SONY F55 CAMERA WORKSHOP WITH SIM DIGITAL
When: Saturday, April 26, 11am – 7pm
Where: NB Film Co-op, Charlotte Street Arts Centre, 732 Charlotte Street, Fredericton, NB
Fee: $50 for members/$60 for non-members
Instructor: Martin Hellmich of Sim Digital
To register: email info@nbfilmcoop.com

Martin has worked at Sim Digital as a technician for three years. He has worked in the film industry and is a graduate of the NSCC Screen Arts program. Martin has gained experience with the capabilities of different cameras and has picked up troubleshooting techniques from attending to the technical needs and sometimes emergencies of many different productions. He has also developed an all-around understanding of the ergonomics of shooting from using the gear on his own projects, which include documentaries, music videos, live event coverage and short films.

This special course will cover usage of the Sony F55 Camera along with work flow in post-production.

The NB Film Co-op is very fortunate to have this incredible camera system, and this training workshop will accredit future users on its proper operation.

SIM Digital provides digital imaging expertise and customized video equipment rental services to enable motion picture and television professionals to achieve their creative vision from pre-production through post. Martin has run a couple of Sony F55 workshops in Halifax, NS and St. Johns, NL to rave reviews.

NBFC MEMBERS AND CAPTAIN AMERICA

Check out the Fredericton footage shot by members of the NBFC for a very special Captain America world premiere screening. The kids at George Street Middle School are amazing! Watch the video here:

SIMPLY ZEN WITH NBFC MEMBER ELAINE SHANNON AND TEAM

In this episode 2-13 of Simply Zen TV – Elaine Shannon, Elaine & the crew are celebrating Nutrition Month and head to Nela’s Kitchen in Rothesay NB. There, they learn a few tricks and tips to simply cook and enjoy, and speak with Vanessa MacLellan of All Foods Fit Nutrition Consulting and Nela Ramirez.

Watch the full episode online at Bell Aliant:

SONG ‘BUTTERFLIES’ MAKES IT PAST SECOND ROUND!

Saint John based NBFC member singer/actress Apryll Stansfield’s second single “Butterflies” has now made it past the first round and onto the Regional Semi-Finals for the CBC Searchlight competition!

One more week to vote and she needs your help!

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