Jul 28, 2009

Diana Thorneycroft Discusses Group of Seven in Art Video

We had the opportunity to meet and interview Diana Thorneycroft at the McMichael last week. She talks about her work as being elaborately stages like producing a movie of just one frame. She talks about creating new stories using Group of Seven art as background and theme. A story that blends Tim Horton's Double Double, the seal hunt, GI Joe, Tom Thompson making love in a tent, a mysterious German watching, Bobby Orr, Hockey on the Don River, the Avro Arrow, Snow White and Bob and Doug with the Group of Seven just has to be a truly Canadian story. We added just a bit of DigitalJuice to the HD footage of Diana speaking. The video is destined for YouTube and http://www.mcmichael.com/

Jul 23, 2009

Pachter Atwood McMichael Video Installation Opens

The beachdigital video to support the Charlie Pachter "The Journals of Susanna Moodie" exhibition was unveiled at the gala opening of the exhibition. Thanks to curator Chris Finn and McMichael gallery and tech staff for the wondeful setup among Margaret Atwood's words and Charlie Pachter's illustrations.

The video is available on YouTube.

Jul 2, 2009

Curator in McMichael Art Video Named Order of Canada

We just finished and posted a 5 minute video promoting the Challenging Traditions exhibit of Contemporary West Coast First Nations art at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection featuring curator Ian Thom when we learned that Ian has been named to the Order of Canada. Definitely an honour to have worked with him.

The video was shot in HD, edited in standard definition wide screen and then up-converted to HD again for YouTube upload. Backgrounds and music from Digital Juice. Some of the shots were keyed in Adobe Ultra, without any advance planning for keying, just working with enough of a difference between the walls behind the art and the art itself to pull a key. More planning might have produced cleaner edges, but the effect achieved works well for the intended medium. Probably would not have gotten permission to stick a green screen behind the art anyway.

It is listed on Open Book Toronto.