Thursday, March 31, 2011

Too much is never...

I spent all day viewing and labeling clips from Sockvile. We didn't slate any shots but I can actually figure out where each clip goes after only 3-5 seconds in most cases. I didn't quite finish the job as we had dinner guests, Leif and his girls, but am close enough to finish in morning. I bought a new 2 terabyte hard drive with numerous interfaces including firewire 800. This will be able to hold the Sockvile data (raw tapes come to about 600 Gb) and additional images and footage we'll need.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

There be leprechauns

In class today I managed to set up a last minute tour of Don Hall's photography studio. We also spotted some leprechauns.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

cat and mouse

Stayed home all day prepping class, grading, and other stuff in front of the computer. Sylvie also hasn't gone out as she still isn't using her left paw. Getting a bit stir crazy.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Erik audio recording

Erik needed follow-up voice work done for the scenes where my time traveler character is wearing his helmet and preparing to depart from the 21st century. When he shot it, we were running late so insisted that the character put on his helmet at the beginning of the scene rather than the end of it. After that, I just pantomimed the bits and they also used a body double to shoot extra. To get the right sound, we recorded with the helmet on. Yes, I could hear through the head set.

Friday, March 25, 2011


Three days ago Sylvie, our cat, came home with a limp. It appears that she has injured, perhaps broken, the finger on on one of her paws and doesn't put any weight on it. There is no cut or blood and she doesn't lick it and there isn't any significant swelling, so I don't think there is an infection. However, I am concerned that the limp looks like it is getting worse today. She is in a good mood, purring and so on, except that we won't let her outside.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Filler day

Today I had three meetings, each of which was canceled or postponed. Here is a behind the scenes clip from Sock-vile instead of something to represent my non-day (although I did make good use of some free time to return scaffolding with Margaret's dad).

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fancy dress day

William had fancy dress up day at school. I think every day this week has a theme. Tomorrow is retro-80s day but we are unfortunately out of white sports jackets so he'll have to settle for a leather tie.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


We are a couple of days into spring and facing a nasty blizzard. Margaret had trouble on the road trying to go to Rouleau to do a ATC workshop. She got home safely but had to cancel the session.

Monday, March 21, 2011

the morning after

I had a difficult time sleeping last night: was all wound up after the shoot but couldn't let myself watch tv because I had to teach in the morning. Was a zombie in class. Now I am feeling overwhelmed by something but I don't know what. I feel like Ive forgotten something very important and have the guilt feeling in the pit of my stomach but I can't figure out why. Likely I just need to get some sleep.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sock-vile wraps

At 12:40, Sock-vile completed its final shot. The studio was wrapped 35 minutes later. Everyone is very tired but it looks like we got it all. Total of about 5 hours of footage.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Charlie Fox visits Sock-vile

This photo is from yesterday actually. I have lots of photos from today but I am very tired and cannot think clearly.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sock-vile and paper cutting

My only break from the Sock-vile shoot was to go to the Dunlop opening with Ed Pien. He creates amazing paper cut installations. On the Sock-vile front, the team dressed a sausage in a paper dress.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day in Sock-vile

Actually, I didn't set up a St. Patrick's day episode. We have a Halloween, Christmas, New Years, and Easter episodes, which is a lot considering we only have 15 episodes. Perhaps in season 2?
Shooting resumed. We got a full day in but are behind. I had to lay down the law and declare less cinema and more efficiency.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sock-vile Day One shooting

Four hours of set up and eight hours of shooting. There has been a puppeteering learning curve that we're confident we'll beat.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


As with any production, the various elements are still in the works and will not be finished until shooting has started. Last night I tried to assemble the scaffolding but I had I some of the wrong size pieces so this morning I needed to exchange them. I also plastered and painted the background for the green screen and met with Evan and Roland and worked out the details for the camera and external monitors (2). I was also building the transformation chamber and the Partybot5000 today, with Margaret's help. The bot uses magnets, the chamber uses glue. I bought a glue gun yesterday, it is my new friend.

Monday, March 14, 2011


We spent some time in class creating fake portraits and learning some photoshop basics. I've been so busy with Sock-vile and other stuff that I don't have time to blog.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Christmas on Easter Island?

William went tobogganing with his cousins today to Douglas Park hill. He ran into a tree and got bruised on the first run and sat out the rest of the session. I've never see the hill and am surprised that anyone is tobogganing where they can run into things.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

More cousins

This afternoon William's cousins came to visit for a week. I spent the day shopping for props and editing my second episode of the audio for Sock-vile (9).

Friday, March 11, 2011


Carl left this morning. It was a wirl-wind visit but certainly successful. I ran past William F. Whites (motion picture supply) to see if they had green screen coloured tape but they didn't. They did, however, have some left over green screen paint that they gave me for free (thanks Ron Jacobs). In class today we spent almost the entire class listing of props we need. This evening was the visual arts BFA show at the MAG. Most of the work was of exceptional quality.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fathers and Sons

I spent the day with Carl, touring him a bit of the university, feeding him at the club, getting Don Hall to take his picture for our wall of fame, and setting him up to meet with a bunch of students and talk about their work. This evening Carl premiered his film "Fathers and Sons" at the RPL theatre. I introduced him. I am always bad at these sorts of intros unless I can fit it into a good anecdote which somehow I couldn't even though I've known him 17 years.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Carl Bessai

Today Carl Bessai came to Regina. Our department brought him in as a guest to talk with students. He did a lively lecture this evening. It was very successful. Carl asked me what he should talk about and I only told him he should give them hope. He told them to move to L.A. Ummmm, I don't think that was really the plan, but actually I think that they were quite inspired by the talk and all the advice. The best gage is always in the number of students who linger afterward to get some extra chatting in; half the class were there for an extra half hour.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Editing audio

I edited the first episode of Sock-vile audio today. It ran over 10 minutes and I had to trim about 3 minutes out. I kept all the content but got rid of a few jokes and stuff.

Monday, March 7, 2011


In class today we did more low light work, this time primarily considering intermittent light, 19th century ghost photography, and the contemporary work of Winnipeg's Diane Thorneycroft. See many more images on our class wiki. The images are large so it might take a while to load up.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


This afternoon I observed the rehearsal of the choral presentation dedicated to the late photographer Courtney Milne. I've been editing his photos together into videos to run in the background for the show.
I took a break and bought a pop and candy bar from the food court which is now run like a cafeteria. They were out of quarters and dimes so I got 80 cents change in nickels. Heavy.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sock-vile recordings conclude

This afternoon we recorded Amy Dakue as Mrs. Stoattoadlich, which means that the 160 pages of scripts the students wrote have all been recorded!!! I need one more voice, which William agreed to do, to complete mine (which won't be shot with the others so it isn't important to do other than the general need to move forward).

Friday, March 4, 2011

cyborg puppets

Today in class we got verrrry busy. Chrystene Ells came for the first half hour and gave us an amazingly useful workshop on puppeteering, I wish I could be that concise when I teach something. Everyone agreed that it was useful and for once, I think they were telling the truth. We also went to the recording studio and put some of the final voices (but for one) to tape. These included the crowds, the single line random puppets, the giant chicken, and the glove monster. Additionally, Rob Hillstead came to class and did a workshop for the camera team on lighting a green screen. Most of the puppets are complete now and I think the final few will be ready by the end of the weekend.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Two more recordings

This evening we recorded Jerry for Nick and Joe for New Simon as well as a couple of incidental voices. I spent all day editing a demo version of a photo montage of Courtney Milne for a choral presentation next month. We are doing a run through on Sunday.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011



Recordings today: Marsha and some additional Simon lines.
Had meeting regarding Milne project and got collection of images to assist in creating video.
Had meeting with Evan to figure out external monitor on camera.
Had meeting at Filmpool to discuss 35th anniversary book project idea.
Had meeting in morning about new courses and so on.
Had meeting with Brett about what makes a film complicated for different people.
Time to watch tv now, am in mid third season of Man Men.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

my office, my shame

This afternoon my office was turned into police headquarters for Chips Ahoy!