And just like that, another month has passed. Does it seem like it went by awfully quickly to you, too? Maybe it’s because I’m gearing up to go to camera May 1 on my NSI Drama Prize When Fish Fly with producer Lora Campbell. I’m so excited about this project, and with the chance to work with such a great cast and crew, including a ton of really talented women, like Steph Clattenburg, Jessica Tate and Victoria Bouchard, just to name a few.
And speaking of NSI Drama Prizes, a huge congrats to Leah Johnston (and Andre Pettigrew) who have completed their Drama Prize from 2013, Some Things Won’t Sleep. Leah is an amazing director/writer/actor/photographer and this film starring Alexis Milligan is a visual treat. I’m so excited to see what Leah comes up with next.
Another film just finished production and has headed into post-land, and that is Nicole Steeve’s and Jenna Murphy’s FILM 5 Playing House. Here’s a sneak of what to expect from this highly original project- Gary and Janet struggle to work on their strained marriage, despite the fact that they are only 9 years old. The stills from this look incredible and I can’t wait to see the finished product! Nicole also just got hired on as a writer for the hilarious web-series Just Passing Through. They are doing a kickstarter right now so you should spread the word and if you have some dollars to share, give them to this great campaign here:
Okay, that’s it for now. I’ve got a movie to make! But before, I want to say a special thanks to Britany Sparrow on her last issue of Tidings. Was a pleasure to work with you!
Recipients of 2014 Short Film Venture Program announced
The New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative has released the names of the recipients for the 2014 Short Film Venture Program. The four winners will receive financial assistance for the production of short films of 10 minutes or less, fictional in nature, to be shot in the province.
The Short Film Venture Program, an initiative of the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative and the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, assists emerging New Brunswick filmmakers who have a serious interest in establishing a career in filmmaking.
“The program will assist these budding filmmakers in creating works that will help to launch their careers,” NB Film Co-op Executive Director Tony Merzetti said. “Independent Filmmaking is an important part of culture in our province. We need to continually assist promising filmmakers in New Brunswick, in order to keep the sector healthy and growing. The Short Film Venture Program is an excellent way to help them get started.”
The Short Film Venture Program recipients for 2014 are Matt Rogers (A List), Fonya Irvine (As the Crow Cries), Shawn Henry (Il Sole) and William Beatty (The Midnight List).
One of the filmmakers Fonya Irvine is a filmmaker based out of Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is absolutely delighted to be a recipient of the New Brunswick Short Film Venture grant for her film As the Crow Cries. Already an accredited writer for the CBC/Telefilm 3-2-1 awarded script The Art of Decay, Irvine continues to write and collaborate with other filmmakers in the province.
“I’m absolutely overjoyed to receive the 2014 Short Film Venture Grant for the film As the Crow Cries. I’m grateful to have this support and opportunity through the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture as well as the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative which has been instrumental for immersing me in New Brunswick’s ever growing film community.” Fonya Irvine
Participants Selected for 2014 PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp
The Island Media Arts Co-op announced that twenty-two screenwriters will hit the ground running again this year on May 17 as they embark on a five-day journey working on scripts for feature films and dramatic series.
This is the largest number yet of participants invited to attend the professional development activity, and mentors for the workshops are: veteran mentor, Tom Shoebridge; returning mentor, Bill Boyle; and rookie, Bobby Theodore. All three of them are industry professionals and experts in screenwriting who will be sharing their expertise with the participants.
This year’s group of participants includes two teams of two and eighteen solo writers for a total of twenty-two writers developing twenty properties. The PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp initiative operates as an incubator program with first-time and returning writers working on various phases of their projects.
“Screenplays and teleplays can take a very long time to develop, and the guidance and support that these writers receive from experts is paramount to getting many of these scripts finished, let alone, produced. Each year, we bring in producers and broadcasters to take pitch meetings with the writers, which gives the writer hands-on networking experience and valuable feedback on their work. In turn, the producers are introduced to fresh talent and ideas. In this industry, nothing happens to a script without both a writer and a producer being attached to it,” commented Louise Lalonde, Project Coordinator for Bootcamp.
The New Brunswick participants for Bootcamp 2014 are Rhonda Herrington-Bulmer, NBFC members Jennifer Mawhinney, Melony McCarthy and Randy Pelletier, Jean-Marc Goguen and Gilles Doiron
Ms. Lalonde added that “We are finally operating as a true incubator program with past participants returning to continue to develop their properties, and we have our sponsors to thank for their investment in these and future storytellers.
The Life and Music of Garnet Allison Boyd
Check out this fantastic interview that NBFC member filmmaker Rachel Bower did with Lorraine Boyd Eden Hermann about her father’s New Brunswick musical legacy.
Usually I write about other people’s recent achievements (and don’t worry, I’ll go back to that next time) but I was encouraged this month to tell you about the webseries I recently co-created and directed, Buy the Boards. It’s an oddball buddy comedy based in a NL board shop.
Buy the Boards came to life after many conversations with my son Luke Lawrence, a budding comedian who’s been working in fast food and retail since he was 15 years old. He’d regale me with the funniest stories of things that happened, things he saw or things he’s heard about in his 9 years on the front line of sales and customer service. Other people would tell me that he was a good salesman, that they trusted what he sold them. Then I met Matt Wright, another young comedian who was as different from Luke as chalk and cheese. That’s when I started wondering what their chemistry would be like on screen. These two young guys are very funny, very ambitious and like all the great comedians coming onto the NL scene these days, had very limited platforms to work out their material. I asked the guys if they’d like to create this show with me, I asked Brad Gover if he’d come on as producer (knowing that he’d mentor me and also be a jack-of-all-trades) and once they all said yes, we started our story meetings.
It took almost a full year from the time we started writing until we released the first show in early March. I was determined from the start to have very short episodes, 3 minutes or less. We used that as the watermark for where we’d end up. Thanks to funding support from the NLFDC, NLAC and the City of St. John’s, we did a fully professional production; thanks to great ACTRA agreements we were able to do 5 episodes; thanks to a post-Christmas shoot, we got absolutely incredible stars (Krystin Pellerin, Kate Corbett, Joel Thomas Hynes, Jonathan Monro and the newest young start Nathan Patten); thanks to #DarkNL, it was the most memorable (read: challenging) shoot I’ve been a part of to date! Rolling blackouts, power and phone outages, raging snowstorms, and airport chaos were just the big issues.
But interestingly, the most I’m learning is about social media and how little I know about it. Now that our show is out there, my challenge has been figuring out how to get it on people’s radar. The feedback from everyone who has seen it tells me that it appeals to a broad age range. So if you’ll excuse me, I’d better get back to my Youtube channel now.
Click here to watch all 5 episodes of Buy the Boards, a made in Newfoundland & Labrador buddy comedy series about a pair of oddballs working in a snow & skateboard shop. Created by Ruth Lawrence, Matt Wright and Luke Lawrence, the series also stars Kate Corbett (Empire of Dirt; Family Biz), Krystin Pellerin (Republic of Doyle; Infanticide) Joel Thomas Hynes (Republic of Doyle; Hatching, Matching & Dispatching). Give us a view and help spread the news about this great new comedy!
Harmony Wagner and Jason Rogerson have been selected as Finalists for the Telefilm Microbudget Feature Film program for their first feature film Kuperman.
The Island Media Arts Co-op is partnering with Telefilm on this program and the film community is very excited at the idea of a feature film being shot here this year! For more info see the Telefilm press release here:
Also – This dynamic duo are heading to Cannes!
Harmony’s film Queen of the Crows was selected to screen at Cannes as part of a Telefilm-sponsored event that showcases Canadian shorts. This is an exceptional opportunity for Harmony and Jason to meet the people that can get their feature Kuperman to audiences once it is shot. They are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund their trip to France and thanks to the generous investments of a lot of people they are over 80% – less than $700 to go! For more info on that campaign please click here:
The Production of Business, an intro to the Centre for Women in Business with Tanya Priske
April 29, 2014 - Tanya Priske, Executive Director, Centre for Women in Business, will introduce the centre and how it can assist to develop essential business skills and spur business growth. Since 1992, the Centre for Women in Business has assisted over 12,000 business owners gain exposure, connection and learning opportunities.
Tanya Priske joined the Centre in 2002, as part of the Women in Business outreach team. As senior project manager, she was instrumental in development and delivery of programs such as ADVANCE and Supplier Diversity and the launch of the Women Presidents Organization. Tanya has been Executive Director since 2012. Prior to joining the Centre, Tanya worked in economic development for many years, as Coordinator for the Cooperation agreement on economic diversification and with the Pictou County Economic Development Fund team.
“Given the remarkable women supporting themselves in the screen industries with their own companies, or as solo business people, it makes really good sense to bring the two communities together. Who better to do this that the dynamic and creative Tanya Priske,” -
Jan Miller, Chair, Women in Film & Television – Atlantic
WHERE: BOYNECLARKE LLP office, suite 600 99 Wyse Road, Dartmouth
WHEN: April 29, 2014, 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
TO register*: Krista Reage at BOYNECLARKE LLP
firstname.lastname@example.org 902-460-3400 ext. 197 by April 25.
*As seating is limited, please reserve early, with priority given to WIFT-AT members.