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What will e-commerce look like ten years from now? That was the starting premise for Arte and the National Film Board (NFB) to create Alfred Premium, a bot that converses with users on Messenger and has them discover the behind-the-scenes workings of online shopping. It’s a new approach that both organizations have adopted to push the boundaries of the...
Internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker and all-around accomplished artist Alanis Obomsawin joins Leora Kornfeld in the studio to discuss how she works, making documentaries today, and what keeps her optimistic. Listen on: Tech Matters, but Voice Prevails: Acclaimed Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin This episode presents an in-depth conversation with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, one of the world’s most notable Indigenous filmmakers. She has...
“Everyone wants to be a creator,” says Eitan Pilipski, VP in charge of developing Snapchat’s ever-evolving augmented reality (AR) platform. Pilipski was one of hundreds of executives who took to the stage at Collision. This year, the conference featured a dedicated content track, with practitioners and executives sharing their insights and experiences with creating content across constantly changing platforms...
Curated by the Canada Media Fund and co-presented with Telefilm Canada, Analog is a series of half-day conferences on creativity and the transformations underway in the screen-based industry. Analog: Creativity and Artificial Intelligence Launching this Fall, Analog will unfold in three phases and in three Canadian cities: Montréal (November 28), Vancouver (December 3) and Toronto (December 6). Presenting leaders of Canada’s cultural,...
This article is presented as part of an editorial partnership between CMF Trends and Gruvi. © All rights reserved. Tracking game sales through online advertising can be a nightmare without the appropriate setup from marketing and technical standpoints. That is why many game producers and publishers choose to focus their attention and budget on PR activities and influencer outreach....
Virtual beings are beginning to engage audiences at the same level as human celebrity talent. Characters that seemingly have their own souls are having their rights licensed for use in major brand campaigns, selling out music tours in physical venues, and presenting local newscasts. Various technologies are being harnessed to bring so-called virtual beings ‘to life’ with techniques such as...
Now & Next Podcast S2E2: eSports
AKA missharvey, five-time Counter-Strike World Champ Stephanie Harvey joins Leora Kornfeld in the studio for a chat about the booming eSports industry and Canada’s place within it. Listen on: eSports: From the Fringes to a Billion-Dollar Industry On this episode of Now & Next, an in depth look at the world of competitive video game playing, otherwise known as eSports. Our guide...
In a young market such as extended reality (XR), development, financing and distribution need to be considered as forming a whole. Here is an overview of the strategies that producers seeking to bring their projects to completion need to adopt. Multiplying the sources of financing If it was once possible to find a single source of funding to finance the first...
Fiction publishers have accessed a brand new model of monetary success for both themselves and their authors in recent years. On the other end, television and film producers have also seemed to access a similar new model of financial surplus that has a greater blockbuster effect. Book to screen adaptations continue to proliferate in tandem with each other as...
Somewhat of a mix between a social network, a virtual world and a creative platform, Roblox has just reached the level of 100 million users… and is on its way to reaching 1 billion. Portrait of an astounding success that was carefully prepared over the space of more than a decade. These days, fans of Roblox (which is a blend...
Jack Zhang, founder of Greenlight Essentials, joins Leora Kornfeld in the studio to talk about how artificial intelligence could completely transform the filmmaking industry—from the creative process to international distribution. Listen on: How AI could reshape audiovisual production For several decades, placing long-shot bets and hoping for the best was pretty much all there was when it came to making TV shows...
When it comes to financing documentaries, many think the options are either running up a tab on credit cards, shaking down family members for cash or calling in one favour after the next. And all the while, colleagues and acquaintances are probably starting to seriously think about blocking your calls and texts. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be that...
1944. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, all Japanese living in Canada are considered as enemies of the state. Under the orders of Mackenzie King, 22,000 Japanese Canadians—including the young Joy Kogawa and her family—are taken from their homes and communities and interned in camps in the Rockies. Joy Kogawa is an author, a prominent figure of Canada’s literary hall...
At the top of the list of the technological promises most often mentioned in the media, the upcoming deployment of 5G wireless networks is somewhat reminiscent of the enthusiasm surrounding virtual reality, wearables and chatbots these past few years. The Consumer Electronics Show, which each year showcases the present and the future of technology, went so far as to...
Entertainment is being redefined, disrupting existing industries, along with consumer behaviour. There are outliers among our already creative industries that are pushing the limits on existing storytelling practices, harnessing deep consumer understanding and leveraging technology to close the gap on their ultimate vision for what story can become. The future of entertainment is an ever-evolving story of its own. But...