Posts Tagged ‘filmmaking’


Check out the improved McLaren’s Workshop App!


We’re starting 2014 in style with a not-so-new but definitely improved version of our McLaren’s Workshop App! After winning the incredibly prestigious Grand Prize in the Website or Application (Arts and Culture) category at the Boomerang Awards, as well as being named among iTunes Canada’s “App Store Best of 2013“, the Norman McLaren-inspired iPad app has more »

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Flash William: A One-Man Movie Industry


One of the greatest aspects of my job is that I get to see pretty much every NFB film ever made. There is no better feeling than discovering a long-lost film in our vaults and making it available to the general public. Years ago, I ran across a little jewel about a one-man film industry more »

Dedo Interview Lighting

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


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 »

Dedo Weigert Interview

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


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

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Women in Animation: Facts and Perceptions


NFB animation producer Julie Roy looks at how women have fared in the animation world, both here at the NFB and in the industry at large.


20 Must-Read Blogs for Film Buffs


Films, like food, are one of those things that are almost as nice to take in as they are to read about (as opposed to say, falling in love or winning the lotto.)


Introducing the 6 filmmakers participating in Hothouse 8

After a stunning crop of entries for this year’s edition of Hothouse (entitled Sheep Dreams), we’re thrilled to present the 6 filmmakers who will be joining us in Montreal for the intensive 12-week program. Rosa Aiello is interested in the various types of infinity, chaos, and complex systems, and how they might manifest in narrative more »

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Theatrical shorts at the NFB: Cornet at Night


Once upon a time in movie theatres across North America, a short film (or two) would precede the main feature. Sadly, this practice has gone the way of the dinosaur. The screening of shorts in Canadian theatres existed as late as the 1970s. We can still occasionally see a cartoon short before the feature but more »


Celebrating National Media Literacy Week


This week (November 7-11) is National Media Literacy Week, a week to highlight the importance of thinking critically about media. This year’s theme is Digital Citizenship. Media Literacy Week is especially relevant at the NFB because we have always believed (and our films will back this up) that thinking critically is crucial to making wise more »


Pour la suite du monde: The Perrault Classic in English


The English version of Pierre Perrault and Michel Brault’s Pour la suite du monde is a really interesting example of adapting a film into the other language.


The marvels of technology: Short films shot on cell phones


On Monday, Mashable ran a piece called 7 Superb Short Films Shot With Cellphones. The films were astounding. I mean, I have an iPhone 4 so I’m aware of the quality of photographs and video it takes, but creating entire films? That look great? Pretty cool. One film, Golden Harvest, struck a chord. It might more »


Stories From Our Land: Iqaluit Log (Part 2)


The following is a guest post by Carrie Haber. Directors Zacharias Kunuk (L), and Sturla Gunnarsson (R) with Northwest Centre’s Executive Producer David Christensen In November, I flew from Montreal to Iqaluit as an instructor for the NFB/Nunavut Film Development Corporation’s Stories From Our Land workshop. 29 participants showed up from North and South Baffin more »