The Author Theory: A Guide For The Perplexed

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Have you ever wondered what exactly is the Author Theory? In this episode I will talk about its origins in France, how it came to North America, and what it is all about.

Link to the show notes:

https://www.nfpcan.ca/?p=265

Canada’s Hollywood: The Dream of a Canadian Film Industry – Part 4

In this episode, we conclude our series about the beginnings of the feature film industry in Canada using as a reference, a book called Canada’s Hollywood, by Ted Magder.

We talk about how the free trade agreement between the US and Canada affected the film industry, and then we sum up the whole series.

Canada’s Hollywood: The Dream of a Canadian Film Industry – Part 3

In this episode, we talk about the tax shelter years. A notorious but short period in Canadian film history that generated contempt for our films that still lingers today. Then we talk about how the early days of pay TV affected the CFDC, so much so that it had to change its name to TELEFILM Canada.

Canada’s Hollywood: The Dream of a Canadian Film Industry – Part 2

In this episode, we continue to talk about the beginnings of the feature film industry in Canada using as a reference, a book called Canada’s Hollywood, by Ted Magder.

We talk about the early days of the CFDC (Canadian Film Development Corporation), film quotas, film levies and maple syrup porno!

Canada’s Hollywood: The Dream of a Canadian Film Industry – Part 1

In this episode, I will be talking about the beginnings of the feature film industry in Canada.

To do this, I will be using as a reference, a book called Canada’s Hollywood, by Ted Magder.

In part 1, we start off by describing the background of the Canadian film scene before the government got involved, and then go into the details of the actual creation of the CFDC, the Canadian film development corporation.

The Ultimate Retro Effect – Reviving Old VFX for Today’s Audiences

Here is a link which shows that in movies, the more things change, the more they remain the same.

The video montage below compares old silent movies ‘special effects’ with VFX (Visual Effects) found in today’s videos. By our modern standards, the old effects seem crude, but the ideas are the same as today’s. We could also do the same comparison with other types of digital technology used in movies now, like filming with digital video cameras and computer editing.

This proves that despite the so-called ‘digital’ revolution in films, the content of movies today or tomorrow will not automatically improve.

What Are They Doing With Those Hands? The Importance of Hands in Filmmaking

Did you ever notice that whenever we see photographs of film directors, we always see them frame a shot with their hands?  Not sure if that is a tick, or maybe that’s what photographers think film directors do all day. In the past, the stereotype of a director (ironically, in movies) was of someone with a megaphone wearing riding boots, a cap, and breeches. That’s now gone. It’s been replaced with the image of the film director as a mime.

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The importance of hands in filmmaking? There is none.

Movie Wars: How Hollywood And The Media Conspire To Limit The Films We Can See

In this episode, we have an interview with American film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum about his book: “Movies Wars: How Hollywood and the media conspire to limit the films we can see.” The book deals with the dominance of Hollywood and the mainstream media in how movies are sold to the public.

Find out more about the book in the episode’s show notes here:

https://nfpcan.blubrry.net/movie-wars-show-notes-and-links/

Budge Crawley – What Happened to Canada’s King of Film? – Show Notes and Links

The book “Budge: What happened to Canada’s king of film” is out of print but still available via Amazon and Abebooks.  For people interested in reading it, here are links to help you purchase it;

Amazon

https://a.co/d/hgOIjYh

Abebooks

https://bit.ly/3LeXZwL

Other useful links:

Barbara Wade Rose’s website:

https://www.barbarawaderose.com

Watch the documentary “The man who skied down Everest” for free:

https://bit.ly/3N149Tr

Watch an early Crawley film called “The Loon’s Necklace” on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/jgMyWVOuBD8

Watch the first Crawley feature film, “The luck of Ginger Coffey” on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/BvPek9LBnPc