Michelle Allan, owner of Green Couch Productions and Art Director, shares how important it is to understand the vision, find a fantastic location and creatively design set pieces when art directing a shoot.
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A freelance director, producer, editor and cinematographer – Stefan Berrill is well known in the Vancouver area for creating unforgettable videos on budget and on time.
· Use technology strategically
· Lighting is essential
· Maximize your resources
· Small budgets encourage creativity
The second video in a series presented by Public Records and TELUS.
An award-winning graduate from the University of British Columbia Film Program, Ryan’s mixed narrative and experimental documentary short films received accolades, including an Honorable Mention at the Montreal World Film Festival, and a selection by the National Film Board of Canada, to be shortlisted for the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. Currently, you can find Ryan working as a Producer and Director for On Demand Production Network (www.odpn.ca) in Vancouver BC.
When making a music video on a small budget, Ryan recommends:
· Make sure everyone is on the same page
· Have a DIY attitude
· Manage great ideas
· Run the project like a small business
Public Records, a Canadian non-profit organization that helps emerging musicians, has partnered with TELUS to offer a $5000 grant to create a music video this summer. Not only will the grant cover the production costs for a video, but Public Records will support the musician and filmmakers with the needed training as well. The grant is applicable to musicians and filmmakers located in 15 communities throughout British Columbia and Alberta.
By Seana Stevenson
Photography by Seana Stevenson
It’s been around two weeks since the Waldorf Productions officially closed their doors. Now under the name Working Title, the team is currently seeking a new home, while we all search for another venue to fill the sudden cultural void.
Public Records had their beta launch party at the Waldorf back in August 2011, holding the venue dear to our hearts. To help keep the memories alive we have assembled stories from some of our favourite local artists, who all agree, it’s a historic place we’re going to miss.
“I played there with Great Aunt Ida a year or two ago. I really liked the sort of mini theatre/cabaret sort of feeling of the stage. It felt more special than just some bar show.”
- Jonathan Anderson, Founder of Buena Vista Audio
“As Faust drummer Werner Diermaier droned away with his precise tom-heavy blows, bassist and krautrock-pioneer Jean-Hérve Péron, leapt off stage during “Sunshine Girl,” grabbed his angle grinder, and proceeded to chip away at the sides of a rotating cement mixer, sending brilliant streams of hot white light through the air and over the heads of the enamored crowd. I’d never seen anything like this at any venue before, nor could I have imagined that I’d be seeing such an incredible, historically significant band play in Vancouver, at such a cool location, for so cheap. It was definitely an unforgettable experience that I’m endlessly grateful to the Waldorf for making possible.”
-Jensen Gifford, We Are Phantoms Again and Googly Eyes Collective
“I saw In Medias Res. My favourite thing about the night was seeing guitarist Ash Poon shred in real life. That guy is a genius. “
- Reagan Cole Mclean, Boreal Sons
“I have to say it’s one of my favourite venues that I’ve been to in Vancouver. Very intimate and introduced me to one of my favourite bands of 2012 – Snowblink. I wish there was a venue like this in Calgary.”
- Josh Daignault, Wake Owl and Jordan Klassen
“It’s too bad about the Waldorf. Unfortunately the older baby-boomer generations are more interested in selling each other cheap condos to make marginal profits rather than ensure future generations have a culture or creative outlets. I think my favourite time there was the Music Waste band-o-rama that went on last June. Watching the B-Lines closing out the night was a beautifully chaotic sight.”
- Joel McDonald, Crystal Swells
“Whenever I think of the Waldorf I always think of the New Pornographers video for ‘Sing Me Spanish Techno.’ That Tiki bar is a far cry from the glass condos that one might associate with a video ‘shot in Vancouver.’
- Chris Kelly, Analog Bell Service and CBC Radio
“The thing that was so unique about the Waldorf was the ‘open floor plan’ concept, that is, you paid your cover and then had the choice of which party you wanted to attend. In one room you would have your upper middle class martini sipping minglers having compelling conversations about Danish furniture, and down the hall you’d have a full-gloom full-makeup full-vinyl gothic themed night (a.k.a. bad haircut night).
It wasn’t unusual for some adventurous partygoers to make the bold choice to become a tourist. One weekend my band was opening for this pagan-folk band from Brooklyn who had a reputation for having a very aggressive stage presence. I remember saying to my band mate, ‘some tourist is going to get an ear-full tonight.’ Wasn’t I right! But not from the headliners as expected but from the opener, a five-foot nothing blonde with a cacophonous noise machine and a voice like a bedridden Linda Blair. Two women, wearing expensive shoes and holding expensive handbags, had wandered in from another event and were having a great time snickering at this ‘awful little thing,’ screaming over what sounded like the soundtrack to revelations. Everyone in the room knew what was coming before it even happened. Instantly the performer spotted these whispering snickering creatures and latched onto them like a hyena on rotten meat. Oh what a treat to see a couple of dilettantes get the old nose to nose vitriol treatment and then scurry away, mortified, knowing that this time they were the outsiders not we!!”
- Phillip Intile, Mode Moderne
One Last Time! featuring CR Avery, Geoff Berner, Travis Bernhardt, Hannah Epperson, Hess Hill, Shane Koyczan, Maria in the Shower, The Tailor
@ The Waldorf Hotel, January 16
by Stephanie Kamakas
Members of Vancouver’s art community gathered in the downtown east side Wednesday night to celebrate the Waldorf Hotel one last time. The hotel’s cabaret hosted a line-up of performances ranging from music to magic tricks. The farewell event brought this tight-knit community together to honour the beloved cultural landmark, as well as to protest its controversial closing.
Since its opening in 1947, the Waldorf has become a cultural hub of art, music, dance and food. After Waldorf Productions took over operations in 2010 it was transformed into a cultural centre. Its Tiki bar and event spaces are home to a unique and diverse programming - ice cream socials, jazz guitar nights, and local talent nights, to name a few. The Black and Yellow art gallery upstairs and the Studio (which provides vintage recording gear for musicians) provide an outlet for emerging artists and musicians to develop their craft and have their work displayed to the public. These artistic resources, along with the Musician-In-Residence program, which offers residence and free studio access to talented musicians, make the Waldorf a hotbed of creativity and new talent.
Despite its immense popularity, the Waldorf Hotel, as we know, has shut down and recently been sold to a developer. The public responded with petitions, protests and lots of social media buzz. The strong reaction has lead to overwhelming efforts to prevent the buildings transformation into a condominium complex. As the fight to keep the Waldorf a cultural centre continues, the fate of the aging building remains unclear. However, one thing is certain; the community of artists that makes the building come alive will never be demolished, a fact that resonated throughout the venue Wednesday night.
Wednesday night’s performances made for an eclectic line-up of musicians, poets, comedians and magicians. Each act was uniquely passionate, as patrons struggled to let go of their beloved venue, while still maintaining hope. Travis Bernhardt struck an entertaining balance of magic and comedy as he performed crowd-interactive magic tricks. Singer/Songwriter Geoff Berner passionately protested the rise in condo developments through his humorous lyrics and offbeat accordion music. Other musical acts, including Maria in the Shower and Jess Hill, were fine representations of the diverse performances the venue is best known for.
The only noise coming from the crowd was laughter and applause between acts. But one act stood out from the others, bringing the crowd to near silence. Shane Koyczan captured the audience through his rhythmic poetry and remarkable ability to articulate his personal emotions while simultaneously evoking the emotions of the audience. He spoke of life, death, love, and the pain of letting go. His words resonated with the crowd as they reflected on their memories of the Waldorf. The quiet reflection of the audience and thoughtful metaphors from Koyczan reminded us all of our own mortality and the importance of appreciating life. For his final piece, Koyczan was joined by musician Hannah Epperson on violin, in a beautiful duet of music and poetry.
A strong sense of camaraderie set the tone for the night, creating a calm and positive atmosphere. The night was a success in bringing together a diverse community of artists to say goodbye to a place that brought them so much inspiration and so many memories.
By Jane Sojin Kim
Good music is always more than the sum of its fragmented parts and operates like poetry, giving every drop of life from inner reserve and offering a special invitation to a state of sentimental flux. Community Trees is an instrumentally driven, six-piece band from Coquitlam that achieves such a state of ambiguous romanticism. Like a nomadic transient, Community Trees’s soulful debut album, flo., takes the listener on a Canadian cross-country travelwithout a fixed destination in mind. The band has an amazing ability to translate deep personal experiences into an expressive blend of folk vocal melodies, ambient strings and even thunderous tribal beats.
All members of the band - Braeden Vanderzalm, Gel Bernardo, Zay Brignall, Sam Naso, Corbin Vanderzalm and Tony Malerba - mesh together with their exhilarating entanglement of voices. To heighten the senses, their music washes over the listener like a form of meditation. Community Trees speak a language of compassion, soothing the mind as though pushed into a spiritual awakening.
A perfect example is “Winter Skies,” where the lead vocals of Vanderzalm and Bernardo weave in and out of the track’s blissful melodies. The piece praises the winter skies and is best heard with eyes closed. Situated in darkness with no distractions, the band brings warmth and a cosmic compatibility between darkness and light. The band’s ability to create this unconscious, harmonious feeling, makes flo. an otherworldly album worth experiencing.