office hours Mon-Fri 9 am to 1 pm

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FINAL CUT PRO LAB – JULY 24 full – NEXT LAB AUG 21

Final Cut Pro lab workshop with Kirk Schwartz, on Tuesday, July 24 is fully booked. The next date for the FCP workshop will be Tuesday August 21, 7 pm to 10 pm at the MediaNet office, #106, 2750 Quadra. FOR MEMBERS ONLY, free. Please sign up with Kirk at 381-4428, or email Kirk at
technical@media-net.bc.ca

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NEW MEDIANET LIGHTING EQUIPMENT DETAILS ON TECH NEWS BLOG

http://medianettech.wordpress.com/

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CANADA COUNCIL TO RECEIVE $30 MILLION INCREASE TO ITS FUNDING

The Canada Council for the Arts has described as “wonderful news” the federal government’s announcement that a $30 million funding increase for 2007-08, which was originally included in the May 2006 federal budget, will now be ongoing. The Honourable Bev Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced yesterday in Toronto that the Canada Council will continue to receive the additional $30 million, bringing the total funding it receives from Parliament to more than $180 million a year. The May 2006 federal budget included a two-year increase to the Council’s funding amounting to $50 million: $20 million in 2006-07 and $30 million in 2007-08. However, the additional funds were not guaranteed to continue into the future, until Minister Oda’s announcement. Canada Council Director Robert Sirman was delighted with the Minister’s announcement. “This is wonderful news, not only for the Canada Council and the arts community, but for all Canadians whose lives are touched by the arts,” he said. “It will allow us to plan for the future, with a view to strengthening the capacity of artists and arts organizations to contribute to the lives of Canadians and the communities where they live.”

Mr. Sirman said the timing of the announcement is ideal because the Council is in the process of developing a strategic plan which will guide its priorities and activities from 2008 to 2011. The Council recently completed a series of consultations aimed at seeking input to the plan, including an on-line survey which attracted more than 1,400 responses. “Until now, we faced the difficult challenge of making plans without knowing what financial resources would be available to us,” he said. “Now, we can move ahead boldly, knowing that the additional funding is secure for the future.” Mr. Sirman said that details about how the additional funds will be allocated will be included in the Council’s corporate plan for 2008-2011. “The strategic plan, which we expect to announce in the fall, will be a statement of principles and priorities that will guide the allocation of the new funds. This will be followed in March 2008 by the corporate plan, which will translate those principles and priorities into concrete actions.”

Info: http://www.canadacouncil.ca

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REEL DANCE FILM FEST – AUG 4, 11

The 2007 edition of the Reel Dance Film Fest will showcase dance films from around the world, on August 4th (7 pm) at the Victoria Arts Connection, located at 2750 Quadra.
On August 11th, (7 pm) 2007, at the Metro Studios, 1411 Quadra, the festival will present dance films produced in conjunction with MediaNet’s Dance for the Camera (DFTC) Program.

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MEDIANET’S GREENLIGHT PRODUCTION GRANT PROGRAM – DEADLINE SEPT 17

MediaNet invites members and filmmakers in Victoria to submit projects to its GREENLIGHT Production Project Grant program. GREENLIGHT will provide $1000 in support for a short (max. 10 min.) video production for artists at all levels in either production or post-production. There will be 4 grants given, determined by a juried competition. The deadline is September 17th, 2007. All genres are accepted (ie. experimental, drama, documentary, video installation, new media, etc.). Proposals will be assessed by an independent jury and the successful applicants have up to six months to complete their project. A screening of the completed productions will be organized and presented by MediaNet. Recipients must provide a copy of their completed tape to be kept in MediaNet’s archives. Each GREENLIGHT recipient will receive MediaNet Membership for a year, free access to two MediaNet workshops of their choice; a $250 honorarium, and $750 value in equipment services from MediaNet. Applicants must submit: a CV, application form, 1 page description of their project, a production schedule, a budget and support material on DVD. Artists will retain copyright of their production, and individuals need not be members to apply.

For more info please contact Catlin at (250) 381-4428 or email
info@media-net.bc.ca

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MEDIANET WEBSITE:

http://www.media-net.bc.ca

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VIFPA HOSTS RUDY BUTTIGNOL FROM KNOWLEDGE NETWORK – JULY 23

Rudy Buttignol, formerly of TVO and now the interim president & CEO of Knowledge Network, is coming over Monday the 23rd to meet with Victoria’s production community. ViFPA has organized a meeting at 4 pm, followed by a mixer at about 5, at the Reef Caribbean restaurant, 533 Yates, in the downstairs room. People interested in coming to find out about the changes at KNOW, please let VIFPA know that you’re coming so that they can organize the table and chair situation.

Contact: ViFPA office

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NEW CBC SHORT FILM SHOW – EXPOSURE

CBC’s new short-form program to air once a week — starting on Sunday, July 29th. Called “Exposure” the program will present an hour of the best/most popular short films uploaded to their website. Each episode will feature a showdown of the top three submissions, with the winner getting either cash or video/animation gear valued at around $1000. At the end of the season, they’ll have a final showdown of all the winners, and the grand prize will be an online development deal worth up to $25,000. In addition to all these prizes, they will also be paying a license fee for every film they broadcast on TV. To enter the contest, all filmmakers have to do is go to their site — http://cbc.ca/exposure — register, and then upload their films. There are three categories – live action, animation, and documentary – and there’s no limit to the number of films an individual can enter. The sweet spot for length is about 1-8 minutes, though they will consider longer submissions on a case-by-case basis.

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SONY WEB SITE TO OFFER VIDEOS BY ASPIRING FILMMAKERS

Sony is trying to edge into Internet videos with a Web site to be introduced today called Crackle that will feature short segments by aspiring filmmakers, many of whom Sony paid for their productions.
Crackle is the latest incarnation of Grouper, a Web site that began as a way for people to share music, photos and videos with friends. It transformed itself into a YouTube clone and was bought last August by Sony Pictures Entertainment for $65 million. At the time, Sony said Grouper would be focused mainly on user-created video, which it hoped would spur the use of its home video equipment.
But this approach had little traction in the market. There was a lot of competition, especially from Google’s YouTube, which has become the center of user-created videos. Moreover, Sony found that advertisers did not find user video very appealing. So it decided that higher-quality videos would enable it to stand out in the market and attract advertisers as well. “We have been moving away from YouTvand toward higher-quality content,” said Josh Feltzer, the founder of Grouper who is now co-president of Crackle, “by rewarding the aspiring producer versus the person who wants to share a video of a wedding or of someone jumping off a roof.” Other sites have tried this approach. Revver, for example, promised to share advertising revenue with video producers, but foundered. Sony will instead offer upfront cash payments to some producers. These will range from a few thousand dollars to well over $10,000 a segment, Mr. Feltzer said. That is somewhat more than some other sites, like Heavy.com, that have been paying for video segments. (Re-printed from the New York Times)

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MOVIE MONDAY

Eric Martin Pavilion
“The Weather Underground”
The story of radicals of the 1970’s

July 23, 6:30 pm
http://www.moviemonday.ca

in the 1900 block of Fort St. Pop & popcorn at ridiculously low prices.

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CASTING CALL

This is a casting call for actors and extras for a high definition
short that will be shot in Victoria in August 2007. This green lit
project, with the working title ‘Finding My Way’, requires two
principal lead actors (female and male) and a cast of extras of
various ages and backgrounds. Genre is in the theme of upbeat young
adult drama with comedic undertones.

Working Title: “Finding My Way” Production
Location: Victoria
Shoot Date: August 2007
Genre: Drama/Comedy

If interested, please e-mail current headshots _no more_ than two
years old and resume and contact information to the specified e-mail
address below. Be sure to specify the role you prefer to audition for,
and the dates you’re available for August 2007. Act quickly to ensure
exposure!

PRINCIPAL ACTING POSITIONS:
– Character X) Female – appears to be between ages 18-30
– Character Y) Male – appears to be between ages 18-30

EXTRAS ACTING POSITIONS:
– Extra/Background Characters) acting as tourists, students, parents,
children: – all ages, female and male

CONTACT INFORMATION:

‘Finding My Way’
RE: Casting:
findingmywaymovie@gmail.com

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