One of the trends I’ve noticed while being in Montreal is that teachers will go out of their way to bring the class into the community of Montreal. All of my classes have had outings into the city to museums, cinemas, walking tours, and more. As someone who finds it really hard for concentrate on one thing for a really long time these types of classes really help me stay
focused and understand the content we are given to learn.
One class that has had a lot of these outings has been CCM 301: Emerging Media and Innovation. Earlier in the semester the class went to the PHI Center for an exhibition with a variety of virtual reality art pieces. Manic, one of the more popular VR pieces, is actually based on a documentary movie of the same title. It was filmed and directed by Kalina Bertin, a Montreal artist who later in the semester was kind enough to come talk to us at the academic
center after a screening of the documentary. Continue reading →
This semester I interned at Eyesteelfilm, a documentary based production company in Montreal. The company was founded through making films with the homeless community and founded by Mila Aung-Thwin. Eyesteel creates a diverse range of documentaries such as Manic about a woman who sets out to find the truth about her father or A Note’s Ark, about Kiribati, where a community within the island must evacuate their homes due to extreme climate change.
Being a film major is all around a tough sell; when people ask what I’m doing I really
can’t come up with a single answer, and it sounds like you’re bragging to just say “I make
movies”. There’s way more to it than that, and once you figure out what your niche in the whole
scheme of production is, it does seem to get easier, in your own headspace at least. Studying
abroad in Montreal was a calling to me and I was lucky enough to land an internship at Good Vibe People, a music marketing company. I was put on as a videographer, and I gained a lot from it.
If you enjoy concerts and bands and like doing a lot of handheld camera work and editing, GoodVibe People is certainly the job for you; I learned a lot and enhanced my skills in on-the-spot shooting and editing clips for social media. Working on an on- Continue reading →
If you’re a film major, you’ll know how daunting the task of making anything is. There’s equipment you have to wrangle, actors you have to coordinate, a crew you can’t argue with, a spectacularly under-considered shooting schedule; the list goes on. Did the lens always have that crack in the side? What do you mean the batteries aren’t charged? Are we sure that outlet can withstand those lights? Can we get that again but this time do it entirely different? You want to put the dolly where? We can’t wrap, we haven’t rolled yet! What a pleasure!
Now try it with four people in a country that only mostly speaks the same language. Welcome to semester abroad Montreal Film 2! “If Nancy doesn’t wake up screaming, she won’t wake up at all!” [Nightmare On Elm Street reference -ed.]
By Ryan Hipgrave; Assistant Director, Montreal Campus Summer in Montreal is a special kind of season. Festivals, food trucks, and sidewalk sales dominate the landscape as tourists and local folks alike flock to all the fantastic events the city has to offer. The pulse of the town vibrates under a bright sun that beckons all […]
Jeremy Davenport, Game Design Major For my internship, I have been working with Professor Sardet on a game for a museum audience that focuses on plankton. (https://www.planktonchronicles.org/en) This game is being developed on Unity for tablets to be, ideally, placed on podiums for anyone to walk up and start playing. The game will focus on having […]
I studied abroad in Montreal during the 2013 Spring Semester. While abroad, I was lucky enough to intern at a creative studio called Nomad Industries. I ended up taking a paid position there and stayed for the summer. I went back to school in Burlington to finish my studies in Digital Filmmaking. Continue reading →
Each year members of the ski industry and community convene in Montréal for iF3- the International Freeski Film Festival. The filmmakers, editors, producers, and athletes come to showcase the films they have been working on over the course of the year and some even display creations they’ve been working on for many years. Fall is the season for ski film premiers to get everyone stoked for the upcoming season. After a weekend jam packed with films, anyone who passed through the Imperial Theatre is more than antsy for winter. Continue reading →