I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion about web series at IMAF 2014 – The Island Media Arts Festival – on October 24th. Our panel members were Harmony Wagner, Neil Wiley, Walter Forsyth and Adam Perry – and you can find out more about them at the IMAF web site: http://www.imaf.ca/industry-panels/ The discussion […]
I had the pleasure the other day of re-discovering a silent film made by Ernst Lubitsch – director of such classics as “The Shop Around The Corner”, “Ninotchka” and “To Be Or Not To Be”. This gem was made in 1919 and is called “Die Puppe” – which is pretty much a re-telling of the […]
We are delighted and honoured that our web series Rubber Chicken Players is an official selection of the TO WebFest. The festival runs from May 9th to the 11th in Toronto at the Harbourfront Centre and they will be showcasing amazing works from all around the world in a huge range of genres. AND – […]
This here is a wee little thing put together by the immensely amazing – (and awesomely wicked – her words) – Regan Latimer, whom I had the immense pleasure and privilege of collaborating with to bring to THE WORLD – (yes, that’s YOU – stand up and take a bow – Thank You — yes […]
Kindah Mardem Bey of the Canadian Film Review interviewed me about the Independent Web Series Creators of Canada (IWCC-CIWC) and our upcoming TO Web Fest (May 9th-11th). It was a great conversation and I had a lot of fun chatting with her about our work. Thanks, Kindah! Here it is:
Pete Seeger passed away yesterday at the age of 94. That’s a good age for any man – especially one who lived life as fully and completely as Seeger. We don’t get enough Pete Seegers in the world. Perhaps some day we’ll deserve them. Perhaps some day we won’t need them. But we’ll always want […]
“I’m honored to have a chance to speak with you and your family this year. Recently we learned that our governments, working in concert, have created a system of worldwide mass surveillance, watching everything we do. Great Britain’s George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information. The types of collection in […]
It’s that time of year again – which serves to remind me of how little I have actually accomplished (more on that later) – and if you’re tired of the usual holiday entertainment fare (after all, how many times can we watch It’s A Wonderful Life – bad example – forever) then be sure to […]
33 years ago today John Lennon was assassinated. The world is a poorer place without him around. The world is a richer place for having had him at all. Thank you, Mr. Lennon.
The man with the improbable name “Faz” was as close to an elf as I’ll ever meet in this lifetime. Franz “Faz” Fazakas was the mechanical genius behind the Muppets for decades, crafting such marvels as the Doozers and numerous other characters that required technical assistance to surpass or extend the limited reach of a […]
I posted a video on Facebook of Orson Welles on the Dinah Shore show discussing the nature of audiences – which is still so very relevant to today’s world of web series creation. Carrie Cutforth-Young took that video and ran with it on her Story Horizon blog and it’s definitely worth a read. I work […]
A little over a week ago I attended the launch party for Matterform’s new Photon 3D Scanner – which is poised to revolutionize the art and science of 3D capture by making it accessible to everyone. It is really fucking cool. Adam Brandejs and Drew Cox are artists, programmers, hackers & more and they have […]
Last year we released online our production of “Ruffus The Dog’s Christmas Carol”. It took a long time to get it done – mostly because I’m a lazy and easily distracted slob – but was well worth the effort. You can find out more about how the show was put together from this old blog […]
On this day in 1980 John Lennon was assassinated. His music and his spirit continues to inspire.
It was always a brilliant speech that Chaplin gave at the end of The Great Dictator but with the addition of music, rhythm and judicious editing it becomes a very powerful cry for the people of the world against the powers which seek to enslave them. Thank you, Charlie. And thank you, Melody Sheep – […]
John Boswell at Symphony of Science has been crafting amazing music videos with auto-tuned scientists reveling in the glories and wonders of the universe. Now he has teamed up with PBS to honour Fred Rogers with a remix of Garden Of Your Mind and Mister Rogers has never been so hip. Enjoy. Cheers.
Ray Bradbury has died at the age of 91. Bradbury influenced many millions of people with his imaginative gift for words that evoked the conflicted spirit of the human species. My first encounter with his work was through a serialized radio play based on his Dandelion Wine stories which aired from somewhere across the Canada/US […]
Eben Moglen gave the keynote address at the Freedom To Connect (F2C2012) conference and it was followed up with a detailed Q&A – all of which you can watch right here. In total it runs just under an hour and a half but it is time well spent and you must, at the very least, […]
I love these RSA Animate videos. They’re wonderfully condensed talks supplemented with rapid and evocative animated whiteboard drawings (helped out with a lot of digital jiggery-pokery) that never fail to feed my head and leave me pondering things more important than where I left my keys. This one is a talk by Manuel Lima about […]
Remember last year on my old blog when I posted about the indie comedy 5-25-77? No? Well check out the link and then come back. Or – just watch the trailer right here for this as-yet-to-be-released awesomesauce feature film – and then keep reading below: The original filmmakers are embarking on a cross-country road trip […]
As promised, I’m going to intermittently post not just about what I’ve done or am doing or intend to do but also offer up some insights into how things clatter and bubble inside this rat cage laboratory sometimes referred to as my brain. Today’s episode of Creative Process will touch on my obsessive need to […]
Zach Weissmueller presents this Reason.TV piece addressing the fucked up nature of US copyright law. It’s a very interesting discussion with law professor Tom Bell and Ben Sheffner who is the head counsel for the MPAA and Ben Huh, the founder of Cheezeburger. After you hear what they have to say be sure to check […]