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Ever wondered if there is such a thing as delivering a perfect pitch? Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach, the idea of empathy is most often overlooked by project developers, even though taking into account precisely what the person you're pitching to is looking for, is the first step towards success.  When you pitch your project, the goal is NOT...
On this episode of Now & Next, host Leora Kornfeld speaks to Hilary Henegar and Fiona Rayher, two women who are making it possible again to watch a movie with other people and have a discussion afterwards, just like old times but... virtually. This new trend is proving to be both appealing to individuals and profitable to film producers. Listen...
Virtual reality can be a lot more than just a new-fangled way to entertain yourself. It can also be used as a therapy for treating symptoms of apathy, anxiety, and depression associated with degenerative disease. In this way, VR technology can play an effective role in mitigating the effects of social isolation on seniors during lockdown. What follows are...
Originally from Lebanon and based in Montreal since 2011, Eli Jean Tahchi has directed a number of films ("La cassette migrante"/The Migrant Mixtape, "La femme migrante"/The Migrant Woman, "Jours de rage"/Days of Rage) that have won awards at mainstream and LGBTQ+ film festivals alike. A supporter of socially engaged cinema, Tahchi’s goal as a filmmaker is to tell and...
On this episode of Now & Next, we hear from several leaders in the gaming industry who discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with working in a socially distanced world. Host Leora Kornfeld also chats with Nadine Gelly, from La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec about the various initiatives taken at the industry level to help navigate...
While there’s no magic formula for writing a winning documentary or non-fiction podcast, there are rules of thumb worth following. So, we decided to talk with some of the leading lights in the field to let them weigh in on the subject. Here’s what they had to say in a nutshell. 1- What’s a good topic for a podcast? If the...
The ongoing pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have been important reminders of the need to have social connections and spaces for sharing and conversation. Adults and kids cut off from their regular circles of friends and extended family members are more than ever in need of virtual contact points that allow them to connect to the real world. Under such...
At a time when fast food restaurants all over North America are serving veggie burgers and most retailers are charging extra for plastic bags, it seems reasonable to assume that the level of eco-consciousness is fairly high. And while that’s true to a large extent, there is still a long way to go. The film and TV industry is...
With its low latency rate and high data throughput, 5G technology should in theory be something for Canadian extended reality (XR) producers to celebrate. (XR includes both augmented and virtual reality.) But, in practice, based on interviews with content producers right in the thick of things, it doesn’t change much and there are other issues of greater concern. Toronto-based XR...
kimura byol-nathalie lemoine’s life has been continually unfolding in the centre of a series of concentric circles. The self-confessed South Korean intersex was adopted and raised in Belgium, lived in Seoul for 13 years, and has made Montreal home since 2006. For more than 30 years, this award-winning multimedia artist has focused on video, writing and Pop art calligraphy...
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Youtube videos have enjoyed rocketing popularity with many users increasingly looking for DIY advice or for a sense of social connection. Youtube video creators have stepped up in terms of creativity all the while experiencing challenges of their own.    In their 2019 study, Watchtime Canada: How YouTube Connects Creators and Consumers, Irene S....
On this episode of Now & Next, host Leora Kornfeld sits down with Alberta-based producer Andrew Scholotiuk and director Dylan Pearce to discuss virtual production techniques. The pair has been working on the merging of the physical and digital worlds for years and share their advice and experience as interconnectedness and collaboration are increasingly hot commodities in the film...
In 2007, Simon Darveau was a young designer at Ubisoft. When he realized the incredible potential of a game he was working on, he convinced senior management to assign him a research and development team to create prototypes that would up the gameplay level to match the amazing sophistication of the game mechanics. The truth is, Simon really had no...
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Global storytelling platform Wattpad wanted to bring the millions of stories created in India to the world. Years of data told the Toronto-based company that there was a growing pool of Indian writers waiting to have their stories shared. “In India, there is a really beautiful storytelling culture,” said Aron Levitz, head of Wattpad Studios. “Wattpad Studios started with the...
The first edition of the Cross-Sector Collaborative Practices for Knowledge-Based Documentary Media guide aims to develop collaborative creative approaches in the documentary industry. Prepared by DOCTalks, the guide examines how to utilize wide-ranging expertise so that media content reflects a diversity of knowledge and perspectives. The guide sheds light on certain cultural and institutional barriers that can impede the collective...