The Craft

Here we feature updates, tips, and other useful information for creators in the film and media industries, including interviews with practitioners and discussion of emerging technologies, forms, and audiences.

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Hothouse 9 | The Hidden Side of Digital Animation in 4 Geeky Graphs

Production

Kyler Kelly, participant in the NFB’s 9th annual Hothouse apprenticeship, offers a look at the hidden side of digital animation in 4 geeky graphs.

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Nobody Waved Good-bye: The Little Film That Could

Films

In 1984, the Toronto International Film Festival ranked Nobody Waved Good-bye number 9 on their list of the top 10 Canadian feature films of all time. Read about how the film evolved and how it became such a seminal work.

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(Relatively) Pain-Free Sketching

Films

Animator Cordell Barker returns for a quick post on the pains of sketching and the tablet apps that significantly lessen them.

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How I Spent My Summer… Working

Films

I always seem to be working long hours during the summer months while everyone else seems to be living a life and embracing the heat. At least, that’s how I read it. It must be an immutable law of self-employment. This summer, I’m working on animation as usual, but this time on a very different more »

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How to Use the New McLaren’s Workshop App in Your Classroom

Education

Interactive apps are an amazing addition to the classroom, as they offer students a unique way to learn new media skills and develop their creative abilities. Teaching animation is a great way to combine many curriculum links in one activity, and this is especially the case with our new, highly creative app: McLaren’s Workshop. The more »

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Guy Maddin Discusses Montreal, Dreams and His New Seances Project

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Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin arrived in Montreal earlier this month to tackle an ambitious feat: the filming of 12 short films in 13 days. The shoot was part of Seances, Maddin’s new and tantalizingly mysterious project. The basic premise of Seances is that most silent filmmakers lost at least one of their films to a more »

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5 Films to Help You Make Art This Summer

Education

NFB Education can help your kids make art this summer! We’ve compiled a list of 5 fun and creative films to inspire your summer art projects

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Hot Topics | Lighting Wizard Dedo Weigert Discusses Lighting for Documentary, Part 2

Films

Recently, celebrated cinematographer and lighting system inventor Dedo Weigert dropped by the NFB’s Montreal headquarters for a day-long workshop on a topic dear to his heart: film lighting. During lunch, the lighting wizard took a few moments to answer our questions about such things as why lighting matters, and things to pay attention to when more »

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Hot Topics | Lighting Wizard Dedo Weigert Discusses Lighting for Documentary, Part 1

Films

Lighting system inventor Dedo Weigert discusses the role of lighting in filmmaking and the importance of developing a “good eye.”

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Hyperlocal Competition: Picking A Winner

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* This is a guest post from NFB Interactive producer Jennifer Moss. Well, we’ve done it. We’ve managed to create 5 interactive stories in 6 weeks, and we’re all still speaking to each other. It’s been a monumental task of creative and administrative cooperation at both the CBC and the NFB, and we’re nearing the more »

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Welcome to the Uncanny Valley: A sneak peek at Chris Landreth’s new film, Subconscious Password

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The following is a guest post from Oscar®-winning filmmaker Chris Landreth about his upcoming release, Subconscious Password. *** Subconscious Password, my latest short film, travels to the inner mind of a fellow named Charles Langford, as he struggles to remember the name of his friend at a party. In his subconscious, he encounters a game more »

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What is visual research, clearance and copyright – and why should you care?

Films

The NFB, as one of Canada’s most prolific documentary producers, knows that the research, and visual research, invested in a project in the development stage is key to a strong, compelling documentary. Just about every film includes content – photo stills, footage and music – wherein rights need to be cleared before the film is more »