Self-distribution Beckons For Many Filmmakers

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Sat, 10/04/2014 - 02:10

The second panel at this year’s VIFF Industry, the adjunct industry event of the Vancouver International Film Festival, focussed on distribution - both digital and theatrical.

Many of the themes tackled in the earlier Crowdfunding panel were echoed here by a fresh set of panelists - in particular, the importance of using internet technologies to discover, engage, and maintain one’s audience.

VIFF Industry: Crowdfunding Not Just About Raising Cash

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Thu, 10/02/2014 - 18:22

If you’re crowdfunding your film primarily to raise money then you’ve probably got your priorities wrong. On the face of it, that might sound counter intuitive, but a panel at VIFF Industry, an adjunct event of the Vancouver International Film Festival, was at pains to point out that in a dash for cash you risk doing nothing more than a glorified online form of “panhandling”.

Video: The Lengths Climate Scientists Will Go

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 01:24

This is the promo video for a project that I'm getting close to finishing.

The film looks at the lengths that scientists will go to highlight the danger of runaway climate change, in particular University of Victoria climatologist Dr Andrew Weaver’s successful run for provincial office in the West Coast Canadian province of British Columbia.

The video also features Simon Fraser University Environmental Economist Dr Mark Jaccard, one of the more high profile scientists to state that he would resort to civil disobedience to prevent expansion of Canada’s carbon footprint.

A Climate Scientist Gets Elected. My Risk Pays Off.

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Sun, 06/02/2013 - 12:52

When, on the night of Tuesday 14th May, the results came in for the 2013 election in British Columbia in Canada, it marked the end of what seemed like a very long journey for me.

Around six months earlier, I started documenting University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver's run for election to the provincial legislature. Initially, Weaver's vocal criticism of Canada's record on climate change was what piqued my interest in his campaign.

Crowning Glory For The King's Speech at 2011 Oscars

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Sun, 02/27/2011 - 21:16

Surprise! David Fincher didn't win the Best Director award. But King Colin (pictured above, arriving with Livia Giuggioli for the Oscars ceremony) did exactly as everyone predicted, winning the Best Actor award.

It was a night for The King's Speech, which took the top awards for Best Director, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and of course, Best Actor, making it a solid 4 wins out of 12 nominations.

Oscars Night

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Sun, 02/27/2011 - 01:20

Love 'em or hate 'em, millions around the world tune in each year for the melodrama, the tears, the frocks, the excruciating speeches, and the occasional faux pas.

It's all totally over the top. At least, it is to us mere mortals. The movies themselves rarely live up to the gilded words and the self-aggrandising promise of the Oscars ceremony. But those coveted little gold men can seal careers and ensure a healthy future in the movie business for anyone fortunate enough to walk away with one in gripped fist.