Mar 31

https://i2.wp.com/www.kiac.ca/Images/DCISFF_logo_title_k.pngIf you have friends in Dawson City, or headed there for the film festival, spread the word about this workshop I'm teaching...

In this 3-hour session, participants will be introduced to DSLR cinematography for documentary and drama. Bring your own DSLR camera and compare with your colleagues’! We’ll discuss the differences between DSLR cameras and dedicated film or video cameras, including advantages and disadvantages in comparison to ENG and cinema cameras around Run’n’gun, sound, stabilization, form factor, overheating, and data rates.

Interchangeable lenses bring the beauty (and danger) of depth-of field but a whole new category of learning about chips, adapters, connectivity, speed doublers and more. We’ll touch on gear that can make your DSLR behave more like a regular camera, replace or adapt some of the functions like sound recording, and hacking your cam to unleash the power inside it. And we’ll talk practicalities of hand-holding with or without rigs, manual vs. automatic adjustments, monitoring or using separate-system sound.

Flick Headshot webFlick Harrison (www.flickharrison.com) is a writer, media artist, filmmaker, hacker, community artist, educator and drone pilot in Vancouver. Starting out on the CBC youth series Road Movies as one of Canada’s first professional videographers, he’s since made videos in Pakistan, the US, Mexico and China. As part of the Art and Social Change project, he is studying community arts across Canada in conjunction with SFU, Concordia, U of A and U of T.!

His work has been seen on dance and theatre stages, by millions on television, been nominated and won awards internationally, and slipped into, under and through almost every Canadian funding niche. The Globe and Mail called him “hilarious,” and the Georgia Straight called his work “gorgeously sophisticated.”

Mar 31

IMG_6012I'll be showing some original artwork at the Capture Photography Festival as part of the Arts Umbrella Alumni and Student show.

The festival celebrates lens-based art, and my work pushes that definition to the limit with digital drawings taken from original photos.

The texture of my prints is an unusual way to encounter digital work.  Seeing them in person is the best way to appreciate this.

When I create art, media accumulates around me on a theme until it has its own identity as a unit. From that creative, investigative and contemplative research I hone the idea down to the core and then declare it done.

Capture opens with a launch event on April 2, and my work will be on display at the Remington Gallery from April 3-14.

Mar 19

Figuratively speaking, that is.  I just drew this portrait of him and now I want to explain why.

I first liked him when he spoke of dismantling the media oligopolies in Greece.  His interview on that subject hit my radars at the same time as Sun News TV, the conservative mouthpiece in Canada, finally ran out of rich-guy lolly and closed its doors.  The happy feeling I got from that closure primed me to enjoy Varoufakis' explanation that rich people putting their pocket change into media outlets wasn't a formula for press freedom, rather quite the opposite.

Varoufakis is the new Greek finance minister who is taking Europe by storm, or at least trying.  He's the most public face of the Syriza government which pledged to cancel the cutbacks and austerity of the Euro-bailout.  He's not wearing a tie in the legislature - something which seems like nothing until you realize how rare this is in a Western parliament.  His casual style also helped him catch the eye of German media at a time when he was confronting their government with brick-wall obstinancy around paying back the loans Greece had borrowed under previous governments.  Then he, um, caved sort of.

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