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You’re invited: STYLECASTING, a TIFF Event

The CFC Media Lab invites you to an amazing TIFF event!  

An Exclusive TIFF Party Invitation:

You are cordially invited to StyleCasting, an exclusive TIFF event on Saturday, September 8th, 2012. If you are in Fashion, Film or Tech, this is the one event that you do not want to miss at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Make sure to reserve your spot early! This is an INVITE ONLY event. There will not be any tickets available for purchase at the door.

The evening’s Twitter hashtag is: #StyleCastingTIFF

Thank you to: SKYY Vodka, Mott’s & PopChips for supporting this event.

Hosted by: Fashionotes.comDigital LA & Dynamitenetwork.com
Date: Saturday, September 8, 2012
Time: 9:00PM until 1:00AM
Location: THE STUDIO - 32 Nelson St. at Duncan (in the heart of Toronto’s Film & Entertainment District)
Tickets: Order online http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4107190718

The Movie Studio Playhouse @ Scotiabank Nuit Blanche…

The Movie Studio Playhouse, a collaboration between CFC Media Lab and TIFF will also be  on display during Scotiabank Nuit BlancheThe Movie Studio Playhouse is an interactive installation that allows participants to make and play with moving image stories in real time. As participants act in spontaneously-created films, the images they create will be projected live onto various surfaces at TIFF Bell Lightbox. VJs will then mix, manipulate, mash, and multiply these live video streams and turn them into moving digital paintings.

Credits:

Starring: YOU!

Live Cinema Conductor: Brian T. Moore
Selector: Chris Hession
Editor: Connor Olithius
Title Design: Meagan Durlak
Executive Producer: Noah Cowan
Producers: Ana Serrano, Shane Smith
Associate Producer: Keith Bennie

CFC Media Lab Struts Its Stuff at the Bata Shoe Museum for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Exhibit ‘Technological Displacement’ Brings Out Apps and Popular Technology Consoles for an Evening of Creativity

TORONTO, ONTARIO– On the eve of October 1, a diverse group of fourteen artists, producers and contributors from the latest installment of CFC Media Lab’s TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Program (IAEP) will transform the Bata Shoe Museum into a space of collaborative exploration and play. The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is once again thrilled to be an official part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the all-night, interactive, cultural extravaganza celebrating contemporary art in Toronto.

CFC Media Lab Exhibition 2011: Technological Displacement invites the audience to re-imagine game play and consider their ever-evolving relationship to communications technologies. Inspired by Marshall McLuhan’s theory of the global village and his influence on screen-based media, this year’s exhibition features five inventive, interactive and thought-provoking projects: Alone Together, Cats Breaking Antiques, Heart of Stars, Quetzal, and tweet2hold. Come and explore these groundbreaking installations.

CFC Media Lab Exhibition 2011: Technological Displacement

The following projects will be on display:

Alone Together is an “art-app” designed for the BlackBerry Playbook that uses poetic wordplay and expressive videos to ponder questions of selfhood and explore the meaning of relationships between individuals. Creative Team: Shawn Kerwin, Laurel MacDonald.

A fun, irreverent and visually rich environment to discover on a BlackBerry Playbook, Cats Breaking Antiques pokes fun at pop culture, media and our digital lives. Users explore this environment as a modernized version of Felix the Cat, destroying traditional media content and objects by engaging with a variety of mini arcade games, quizzes and animated film clips. Creative Team: Hannah Epstein, Monica Law, John Watson.

Using groundbreaking Microsoft Kinect technology, Heart of Stars turns users into 3D avatars made of points of light that float through space. Combining high resolution images of deep space with gesture-triggered operatic electronica, Heart of Stars entices users to defy gravity and attempt to fly through the cosmos. Creative Team: Vanessa Shaver, Tsu-Ching Yu.

Quetzal is an interactive story that harnesses the latest in consumer-level EEG technology to weave 2D illustrations and 3D game play into a rich narrative tapestry. Through the power of thought, users become actors in Quetzal, resulting in an engaging, emotional experience that is the future of interactive cinema. Creative Team: Michael Evask, Ryan Rizzo, Mark Thoburn. Produced & Written by: Michael Evask, Mark Thoburn.

tweet2hold asks strangers to share a secret about the future via Twitter before converting responses into unique paper keepsakes through a combination of technology and graphic design. tweet2hold also leverages the sophisticated analysis engine, Lymbix to determine the emotional tone of each secret and assign it an appropriate colour palette. Creative Team: Ryan Bigge, Edwin Lara, Dylan Reibling, Ron Wild.

Also on display during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is The Movie Studio Playhouse, a collaboration between CFC Media Lab and TIFF, the Movie Studio Playhouse is an interactive installation that allows participants to make and play with moving image stories in real time. As participants act in spontaneously-created films, the images they create will be projected live onto various surfaces at TIFF Bell Lightbox. VJs will then mix, manipulate, mash, and multiply these live video streams and turn them into moving digital paintings.

Harnessing a wide range of creative skills and knowledge, the CFC Media Lab’s TELUS Interactive Art and Entertainment Program (IAEP) is Canada’s first post-graduate program for new media training and production, based on the philosophy that compelling content is created through a collaborative process. This team-based approach encourages residents from a variety of backgrounds, including: design, filmmaking, production, writing, visual art, music and programming. An internationally acclaimed facility, CFC Media Lab has produced award-winning new media prototypes ranging from simulation-based interactive documentaries, to wireless storytelling networks, to interactive short films and narrative-driven media installations.

For event details and project photos, please visit: www.cfccreates.com/exhibition.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche: Saturday, October 1, 2011 – Sunday, October 2, 2011 – Open to the public from 6:59 p.m. – sunrise.

 

ABOUT CFC

CFC is Canada’s leading institution for advanced training in film, television and new media. A charitable not-for-profit organization, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in Canada’s diverse talent; providing exhibition, financial and distribution opportunities for top creative content leaders from coast to coast. CFC makes a significant cultural and economic contribution to Canada by launching the country’s most creative ideas and voices in film, television and new media to the world. CFC Media Lab is Canada’s acclaimed institute for digital media that provides a unique training, research and production think-tank environment for emerging new media artists, content developers and practitioners. CFC Media Lab has been experimenting with the interactive narrative form since 1997 and in the past ten years, has produced over 60 prototypes ranging from web-based interactive documentaries to “shuffle videos”- the creation of randomly generated movies on the i-Pod. For more information please visit: cfccreates.com.

Connect with CFC Media Lab: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stabletalk?ref=ts, Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/cfcmedialab

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TIFF Presents Packaged Goods

Hollywood is banking on 3-D breaking its way into the home.  The second installment of Packaged Goods looks at works that have experimented with the 3-d format in new and profitable ways.

Join the experts for a live chat and screening on the 3-d renaissance.

Details

When: Thursday July 21, 7:00pm
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox
Tickets:  http://tiff.net/abouttiff/gettickets

Musings from the mountains…


September 9, 2010

Dear Friends,

I hope this letter finds everyone well, rested from a glorious summer, eager to embrace fall, and ready to rock n’ roll through to the rest of 2010. This August I was lucky to have spent some time in the mountains of the French High Alps at a place called Les Terraces, above the small alpine village La Grave — that’s The Grave to you. The place feels totally different from Banff, — less wilderness-y, though still wild, and feels more like a portal into the 12th century.

Here’s a picture taken from one of our walks!

Now, given what you see here, you’d think the mountains would keep thoughts of work at bay. But I must admit I would often think of the Lab. Before you groan and mutter “crazyworkaholic” let me explain.

MY TOP FIVE REASONS WHY IT WAS OKAY TO THINK OF THE CFC MEDIA LAB in the FRENCH ALPS:

  1. Galen Scorer, former CFC Media Lab Research & Tech Manager is sleeping on my couch as we rush to premiere our new interactive production! Alum, Patrick Dinnen is part of the team building this exciting new work.

    CFC Media Lab in co-production with TIFF, will be launching an installation entitled What’s Your Essential Cinema?on Saturday Sept. 11 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

    As you enter TIFF Bell Lightbox, you will encounter an interactive projection above the box office: a dynamic visualization of kinetic images from each of the Essential 100 Films. Text in “your essential cinema” — one film from the Essential 100. The system takes note of it and adds it to every other person’s choice. The projected visualization then changes as the difference between what you think and what TIFF thinks is displayed on the screen. “What’s Your Essential Cinema?” pits the general public against the experts and puts you at the center of the conversation.

    A CFC Media Lab and TIFF Production
    Creative team: Ana Serrano, Galen Scorer and Patrick Dinnen
    September 12 – October 23

  2. Alumni David McCallum, Rose Bianchini, Kathleen Climie, Sharon Switzer, Angella Mackey, & Pearl Chen are currently rocking out (in spirit and in person) in California under the helm of Leonardo Dell’Anno!

    CFC Media Lab launches Project HoodiePlay and Let’s Build Our World Intentionally at 2010 01SJ Biennial.

    The 2010 01SJ (ZER01, San Jose) Biennial is predicated on the notion that as artists, designers, engineers, architects, marketers, corporations and citizens we have the tools to (re)build the world, conceptually and actually, virtually and physically, poorly and better, aesthetically and pragmatically, in both large and small ways.

    Under the theme “Build Your Own World,” the CFC Media Lab will be leading a series of workshops where participants can make their Hoodie “zombie-tag” ready for a widespread, participatory game. There won’t be cut throat competition. And Heidi Klum won’t show up. But you will get to make your own signature “wearable Hoodie” that enables you to play Zombie Tag during the AbsoluteZER0 street festival on Friday, September 17. Project HoodiePlay is based on a wearable game by Rose Bianchini, Kathleen Climie and David McCallum created during their residency at CFC Media Lab’s TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Program.

    Special shout out goes to Kate Hartman, CFC Media Lab guest faculty for helping us design the workshop!

    CFC Media Lab and Art for Commuters founder, Sharon Switzer will also present the “Best Of” works from the Art For Commuters library that speak to the theme of conscious creation. Screenings will happen during 01SJ as part of the Future Films program.

  3. Nuit Blanche is almost upon us and we have a launch to prepare for Oct. 2nd! CFC Media Lab IAEP Coordinator Kimberly Dean, while not running stabletalk, is helping fearless leader Jacqueline Nuwame make this happen at our new venue partner InterAccess!

    At this year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche the CFC Media Lab will present Close Encounters, an annual exhibition of work by residents of the TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Program. These interactive media projects run the gamut from interactive sound pieces to iPhone wearable gaming systems. From those which explore notions of first contact, to others which invite us to reimagine play. Regardless of technology platform or theme, each of these projects makes us look at things a different way. Shaving cream, pillows, mud – they can all become vehicles for our persistent visions. The gallery will be transformed into a space for inquisitive discovery and play. Created by: Dee Balkissoon, Camille Betts, Rose Bianchini, Dawn Buie, Cathy Chen, Kathleen Climie, Justin Ferrato, Liz Gallo, Orla Garriques, David Goorevitch, Conor Holler, David McCallum and featured Alumni Artist, Sharon Switzer.

    Location: InterAccess Gallery (9 Ossington Ave. Toronto)
    VIP Launch (Invite Only): September 30 from 7-10pm
    Open to Public: October 2 from 7pm-7am

  4. Prototype Launch? Hell ya, we can do more!  So, CFC Media Lab Digital Production Manager, Steve Ferguson and our new Research and Technology Manager, Dave Kretz are working alongside our new partners the Royal Conservatory of Music to create a whole new work for Nuit Blanche.

    Commissioned by TELUS, Musical Rumble: Jazz vs Classical, is an interactive experience where larger-than-life musicians are projected onto the TELUS Centre windows while audiences use their smartphones to play a virtual game where jazz and classical musicians battle for your vote. Stop by the Bloor Street courtyard of the TELUS Centre (273 Bloor Street West, Toronto) on October 2nd from 7pm-7am to see, hear and interact with the projected performances!

    and last, but not least,

  5. Jacqueline Nuwame, CFC Media Lab Senior Programs Manager, has redefined multitasking as she helps me keep all of the above running smoothly while ushering a new group of residents for the Fall 2010 TELUS IAEP session!

    The average age of this group is sweet-thirty and boasts the following stellar individuals:

    Ryan Bigge
    is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and content strategist with a focus on technology and cultural trends. His publication credits include the New York Times Magazine and the Toronto Star.

    Edwin Lara
    is a digital artist whose recent work was on display at the Launch Projects art gallery for the “Do Artist Dream of Electric Easels” exhibition. Edwin’s studies include everything from graphic design, marketing to art history.

    Dylan Reibling hails from a small rural community in southwestern Ontario. He makes documentaries, narrratives, and experimental films and organizes events and art installations.

    Vanessa Shaver is an award-winning writer and filmmaker who possesses a passion for story well-told, character well-wrought and concept well-formed. Vanessa has worked with Shaftesbury Films, Henry Less Productions, ImagiNation Film and Television, marblemedia and Big Studios.

    Bobie Taffe is an independent interactive cross platform Producer. Her production company, Taffe Entertainment, produces feature films/documentaries/dramatic series/lifestyle programs that focus on exploring issues of race, sexuality, self-image, multiculturalism and social justice. Bobie has been actively working in the Canadian Film and Television Industry for a little more than a decade.

    Ron Wild worked in traditional Civil / Structural disciplines before earning an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. Ron managed small hi-tech venture companies for over 15 years before transitioning into creating and exhibiting digital art.

    Tsu-Ching Yu with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and diploma in digital media at the Recording Arts Canada Digital Arts College, is a lyric coloratura soprano. She is also an ACTRA stunt performer for film and television who trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

I was thinking of listing my Top 10 Reasons…but got tired after five. (Now I see why I may have needed to climb almost 15,782 ft to get away from it all.) But the reality is that I wasn’t letting thoughts of work destroy my zen mountain moments: I thought about the team of staff, alumni, faculty and former colleagues of CFC Media Lab because I was in awe of how much amazing work they are doing. (Notice I didn’t even mention any of the other work our esteemed community has been building within their own corporations and practice! Way to go Caitlin! Woo hoo Gorbets for the San Jose Airport! Congrats, Martha, on finishing up your comprehensives! Dare I go on?)

And as many of you know, there are another five projects lurking around the corner ready to be announced after we get through the 01SJ/TIFF/NUIT Blanche triage.

So here I am sitting in a dusty hallway of the new Bell Lightbox, high from sleep-deprivation, copying and pasting text into the Max Patch for Galen.  The plug behind me does not work, my black skirt is now drywall white, and sure I miss the mountains. But I’m really excited about this Fall and seeing everyone this weekend for our annual BBQ.

Namaste to all,

Ana

TIFF Seeking Web Developer and Senior Production Coordinator

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This will be an exciting year for TIFF, a vibrant not-for-profit arts organization, that will be marked by the opening of Bell Lightbox, our new home and the world’s premiere centre for film. We are seeking a highly motivated individuals who want to be part of a new era in Toronto’s cultural history.

TIFF is currently accepting applications for the contract position(s) of:

WEB DESIGNER / DEVELOPER

Contract Dates: July 5, 2010 – October 22, 2010

We are looking for a web designer / developer to help design, implement and test our digital collateral and web applications as part of our dynamic Interactive Services Team. Our work environment demands a commitment to quality, ability to meet tight deadlines, and a willingness to work in an open-concept, team-oriented atmosphere. This position reports to the Senior Manager of Interactive Services.

Responsibilities:

• Contribute to the design and execution of web-based marketing collateral
• Update content on TIFF’s web properties using HTML / XHTML / CSS
• Content conversion into various text based delivery formats
• Adhere to quality code and conduct unit testing
• Meet deadlines and manage workload expectations

For more:  download the full job summary
or visit http://stabletalk.cfccreates.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/web-developer-seasonal-contract.pdf

SUBMISSION DUE: JUNE 11 at 5PM
(Please see submission details below)

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SENIOR PRODUCTION COORDINATOR, INTERACTIVE SERVICES

Start Date: JUNE 2010

We are looking for a Senior Production Coordinator to administer the production and execution of our digital collateral and be an integral part of our dynamic Interactive Services team. Our work environment demands a commitment to quality, ability to meet tight deadlines, and a willingness to work in an open-concept, team-oriented atmosphere. This position reports to the Senior Manager of Interactive Services. Successful candidates must possess excellent communication skills, have the ability to manage projects, ensure project deliverables are met, manage resources, document and monitor project execution.

Responsibilities:

The main responsibility for the Senior Coordinator is to manage deadlines established from production requests. This requires managing resources to ensure deliverables are completed and approved on time. This individual also provides detailed written documentation, monitoring and reporting of all project timelines and deliverables. This requires extensive communication with internal staff, including our Marketing and Programming teams as main stakeholders. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Developing timelines based on production requests assigned by stakeholders
• Ensure delivery of collateral material determined by various projects
• Coordinate delivery schedule with internal stakeholders (i.e. Marketing)
• Provide accurate scope for project deliverables
• Troubleshoot execution process, focusing on communication with internal partners (i.e. Creative Services)
• Work closely with Content Coordinator to ensure website content is provided on-time and is of high quality; representative of our master brand and its position in the marketplace.
• Facilitate change management for all web properties.
• Communicate timeline status and resource use for all projects to Senior Manager
• Facilitate department sign-off of collateral as required.
• Submit proofs for external departmental approval

SUBMISSIONS DUE: JUNE 16 at 5PM
For more: download the full job summary
or visit http://stabletalk.cfccreates.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/senior-production-coordinator-interactive.pdf

SUBMIT YOUR RESUME TO TIFF
Please email your cover letter, resumé and the names and phone numbers of 3 references to humanresources@tiff.net

Please note the position title in the subject line.
Please note in your cover letter where you saw this job posting.

Visit tiff.net for festival details.

CITY SONIC Launches Free iPhone App for the Music Lover: GPS Meets Documentary Films

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Two of Canada’s foremost television and interactive production companies, Kensington Communications and White Pine Pictures, have joined forces to create City Sonic, a location-based documentary film series about places where music happens in Toronto. The unique selection of short films, directed by some of Canada’s most inventive award-winning filmmakers, is about extraordinary artists and the places where their musical lives were transformed.

Just launched is the City Sonic FREE iPhone App in the iTunes App Store (along with new content exclusive to mobile at m.citysonic.tv). This app merges short films with GPS to create a street-level cinema experience of Toronto’s music scene and music history.

Fans of Toronto’s music scene can watch films immersed in the location where the stories took place using the City Sonic map interface, guided by GPS, or simply watch their favorite City Sonic films wherever and whenever they want. They can also unlock exclusive bonus content connected to each City Sonic location – from rare archival video to intimate live performances and previously unreleased songs – through game-based challenges that put them in the middle of Toronto’s music stories: testing their wits in a series of quiz questions about places where music happened, finding codes at City Sonic locations, and even unlocking bonus content by GPS, tripped when they walk past select Toronto music spots.

We set out to create an entertainment experience for fans of music and film that is geared to the very particular environment of mobile phones. With the City Sonic iPhone app, I think we’ve done that by merging high quality documentary films with ideas behind locative cinema, where place is really a key element in engaging your audience.

The series of short films features artists such as:

Geddy Lee (Rush) at Massey Hall
Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene) at the Drake Hotel
Serena Ryder at the Dakota Tavern
The Great Lake Swimmers, 2009 Polaris Prize nominees, at Spadina Subway Station
Damian Abraham (Fucked Up), 2009 Polaris Prize winner, at Rotate This

These short films were created in collaboration with:

Anita Doron (CFC Media Lab Alumnus)
Peter Lynch
Bruce McDonald
Rob Pilichowski
Charles Officer
George Vale
Robert Lang
David Oppenheim (CFC Media Lab Alumnus and Head of Development/Interactive Producer at Kensington Communications)

City Sonic premiered 5 of its films at NXNE and screened 11 films at TIFF last September as part of the Yonge & Dundas Square outdoor screenings, followed by a broadcast on AUX TV (Rogers Cable 107).

Watch a trailer for City Sonic HERE.

City Sonic has been made possible with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation on behalf of the Ministry of Culture. City Sonic is produced with the participation of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund and the TELUS Innovation Fund, in association with AUX and with the participation of Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, the Toronto History Project and CIMA.

The Movie Studio Playhouse @ Scotiabank Nuit Blanche…

The Movie Studio Playhouse, a collaboration between CFC Media Lab and TIFF will also be  on display during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.  The Movie Studio Playhouse is an interactive installation that allows participants to make and play with moving image stories in real time. As participants act in spontaneously-created films, the images they create will be projected live onto […]

CFC Media Lab Struts Its Stuff at the Bata Shoe Museum for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Exhibit ‘Technological Displacement’ Brings Out Apps and Popular Technology Consoles for an Evening of Creativity TORONTO, ONTARIO– On the eve of October 1, a diverse group of fourteen artists, producers and contributors from the latest installment of CFC Media Lab’s TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Program (IAEP) will transform the Bata Shoe Museum into a space of […]

TIFF Presents Packaged Goods

Hollywood is banking on 3-D breaking its way into the home.  The second installment of Packaged Goods looks at works that have experimented with the 3-d format in new and profitable ways. Join the experts for a live chat and screening on the 3-d renaissance. Details When: Thursday July 21, 7:00pm Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox […]

Musings from the mountains…

September 9, 2010 Dear Friends, I hope this letter finds everyone well, rested from a glorious summer, eager to embrace fall, and ready to rock n’ roll through to the rest of 2010. This August I was lucky to have spent some time in the mountains of the French High Alps at a place called […]

TIFF Seeking Web Developer and Senior Production Coordinator

This will be an exciting year for TIFF, a vibrant not-for-profit arts organization, that will be marked by the opening of Bell Lightbox, our new home and the world’s premiere centre for film. We are seeking a highly motivated individuals who want to be part of a new era in Toronto’s cultural history. TIFF is […]

CITY SONIC Launches Free iPhone App for the Music Lover: GPS Meets Documentary Films

Two of Canada’s foremost television and interactive production companies, Kensington Communications and White Pine Pictures, have joined forces to create City Sonic, a location-based documentary film series about places where music happens in Toronto. The unique selection of short films, directed by some of Canada’s most inventive award-winning filmmakers, is about extraordinary artists and the […]

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