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Friday, May 26, 2017

unproductive day

This morning I took dad for some pre-operation tests (which really was me sitting in the waiting room doing a crossword for over two hours) and this afternoon I finally started catching up on all the email I've had piling up. We took a look at the art that Robin has for auction at the Westminster and will likely put a bid or two in. All in all a busy but unproductive day. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ghost photography exhibition opening


Thanks to everyone who came out to support the photography we did yesterday in the YAAG using long exposures to simulate 19th century ghost photography. Above is the adorable Fiona and her giant dad (I couldn't even get his head in the shot), the amazing Mike Rollo - thanks for being here. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ghost photography workshop

Although it was apparently scheduled, neither Margaret nor I were aware that the power was to be shut off at our house from 9am to 3pm. Not only that, but the power was actually off until past 6 when we left for supper, being unable to eat at home. I did manage to present the ghost photography workshop in the YAAG as scheduled in the Cathedral Arts Festival pop up gallery guide. I had about 15 people come by and get photos taken. I didn't manage to create a hand out to explain stuff, but did it all orally. It went well. In the middle of it all the cable guys arrived to increase my internet speed.  After supper at the diner, William and I went to see Trudy Stewart's film she made with Noel Starblanket. Great crowd and great discussion. Quite an evening.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Filmpool Premiere night



Filmpool moved its Screening Under the Steeple screening from Friday to Tuesday this year to accommodate people who wanted to go to Yorkton Film Festival. They also made it a curated (by Ella) premiere night. The crowd was intimate but appreciative. My film "The End of Another Day (a Wheat Soup story)" screened publicly for the first time and was received well.
William and I watched the first two episodes of the new Twin Peaks on CraveTV. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Canister spotted at the Cathedral Festival parade

While many ran if fear, not even the police stationed around the perimeter dared to evict the dangerously unwelcome Canister the Robot from the Cathedral Arts Festival parade this morning.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dad is recovering well

Since dad got out of the hospital Thursday evening, he has been doing quite well. He was in the hospital for almost 9 days, the first two being mostly non-responsive he was so sick. There were quite a few symptoms so there were quite a few tests but eventually they determined that his gall bladder was the primary culprit. With gall stones and other bile and junk plugging it up, he got really sick and it threw off blood sugar and digestion and many other things. It is temporarily fixed but will be removed in a few weeks. Other than some lack of energy, he is back to his old self.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

William shoots super-8

I helped William shoot his "One Take Super 8" film today. We picked up his friend Xander to play one of the roles. William wrote a very complex (albeit surreal and confusing) script which considers every action of this short silent film. I'm quite impressed.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Maureen and Alex Janvier exhibition

The opening of the  Alex Janvier exhibition at the MacKenzie this evening was incredible. We visited with dad and family before going so we ended up missing all the talks but Maureen came with us. We'd hoped to go for ice cream afterwards but it was a bit late and cold out. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Preparing for Cathedral Arts Festival




This evening was a session at the AGR to ramp up for the Cathedral Festival. Some of the artists doing big stuff did short talks including Sylvia who is building a giant crow puppet, Eric who is doing some drone work which in turn is ramping up for his Swamp Fest (which I think conflicts with my beer launch in September), Brendon Schick who is running the street painting initiative, and Fada Dance who are doing some variation on their interactive work from last year. William will be doing some volunteering on Monday.
Dad got out of the hospital today. He still has some surgery to return for in two or three weeks. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

lunch with Geremy and Erik

Met with Geremy and Erik at Ngoc Van for lunch and to talk about project. Funding still up in the air but shooting begins in four weeks. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

visiting dad

Dad has been doing so much better over the past couple of days. Yesterday they named Friday as his target release date. Today William came with me and thought he hadn't seemed more healthy in years. Above photo is dad telling William about this boy who was running with a sucker in his mouth...

Quick and DIrty talk on puppets

Tonight was the puppet themed Quick and Dirty talks which are run by the Dunlop and CCC. In them, each participant presents twenty slides, each for 20 seconds, on the selected topic. Given that I am the poorest puppeteer and the poorest puppet creator in our group but also given that I am to do a quick and dirty talk about puppet films along with Chrystene, Berny, and Rowan and that my ego is too big to let them show me up completely, I talked about 20 different films that I have made using puppets. I left a few out as they would be repetitive.. It went well.

Rowan spoke with baby in tow

Eric and Erik

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

William made cinnamon buns this morning and we had a pleasant mother's day breakfast. I visited dad in the hospital and only had a card for mom (one of William's brilliant but bizarrely inappropriate for the occasion designs). 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Erik visits, invent new genre

Had coffee with Erik, starting at hospital but moved to Atlantis. Erik had a film idea he wanted to tell me. He said it was a thriller.I told him to thrill me with his description. He then realized that it wasn't that thrilling, it might just make me perk up, like having a coffee. We then decided that a genre that just gets you a bit more alert, a bit more interested, but not as much as a thriller would be called a "Perker". 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Dad recovering

After a couple of troubling days in the hospital, dad is returning to his old self. They think everything began with some gall bladder problems which are taken care of. Still needs to get his strength back, but everything is much more optimistic now.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Drone shoot


Haley Klassen came with us to the farm today where we used Fred's old circle of stones as a setting for a Life is Like Lint sequel with William and myself, shot with a 4K drone. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

More improv

We were at the final Combat Improv of the season tonight. A few more people attending than yesterday, but they really do need to ramp up their publicity. Their acts are very strong and are always better with a crowd as they play off the energy of the people. We got to see Sierra (William's piano teacher) perform (alongside Jasmine, a film student) for the first time. The final bit was an attempt to reenact an entire movie suggested from the crowd. William called out "Hour of the Wolf" so they did that. They were good but their read of the film (which of course they've never seen) was not as strange as the original Bergman surreal/horror masterpiece. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Great improv, poor audience

Tonight was part one of a two night tenth season finale for the Combat Improv at the Artesian. The troupe were great. Kenn and Andy did some fantastic material together. Kenn has been around since the first season apparently. The audience was only 20, which had to be disappointing. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Presenting stapler artwork

We took a break for an afternoon screening of Guardians of the Galaxy 2. When we got back, we filled the rest of the day with napping and homework. William completed his stapler-themed project and stapled it onto a bulletin board. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Baby girl for Ellen and Geremy

Congratulations Geremy and Ellen. 

Drone shoot postponed

We duped ourselves into believing that the wind wouldn't be an issue, but once I got Haley and her drone to the farm to do a shoot, one short test determined that we were doomed from the start. We got a thirty second test that looks really cool, so I'm excited to try again.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Dunlop opening

Spent all day writing then the evening at the Dunlop. The artist wasn't in attendance so it was a quiet affair. Met a baby Margaret, 14 months old and attending gallery events.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Kallie's closing reception with family

Fantastic to see Kallie Garcia's show at the Fifth Parallel one last time before it closes and she moves to Ontario. Also wonderful to meet her family (past and present) who have come to support her and to help her move on to her new life. Good luck to you Kallie, we'll miss you.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Pruning trees in yard

George came over for supper. Of course he brought the chain saw. We took down a completely dead choke cherry tree behind the shed. It had a crack in it. The wood is bone dry and ready for a fire. I could snap off many of the smaller branches by hand. We also cleared some smaller maples that sprouted up over the years around the tree house. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

William's drawings

I spent much of my day drawing (and a bank run and some grocery shopping and more than a few emails) but none of that is news or photo worthy. The one other thing I did was scan William's sketchbook full of drawings he's been doing, mostly five minute timed sketches but occassionally longer ones. Here they are: http://draw-for-five.blogspot.ca/

Monday, May 1, 2017

Summer plans begin slowly

Most work commitments are complete now (other than a course with a grad student I'll start next week) so I spent the first day of this week trying to get some long-ignored writing started. The evening was decadent as William and I watched TWO movies back-to-back (1936 "Things To Come" and 1990 "Cinema Paradiso").