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NSI & TELUS WORKSHOPS

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The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce its newest training initiative presented in partnership with TELUS Optik™ Local, a series of workshops entitled FROM CONCEPT TO CAMERA: Developing Your Story for the Screen.

Workshops will be held in Fort McMurray, Red Deer and Edmonton, and are free to attend. Training is delivered by NSI facilitators Rudy Thauberger, Mike Fly and Angela Heck. Emerging filmmakers and mid-career professionals are encouraged to attend this professional development opportunity to help develop their own projects and network with other filmmakers and content creators. TELUS will also provide information about its TELUS Optik Local grants and TELUS STORYHIVE.

All workshops take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Workshop dates and locations

Workshops are free of charge but registration is required. To register, email your name, contact information and which session you would like to attend (community and date) to: OptikLocal@telus.com.

MARCH MADNESS 2016

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AMPIA’s 3rd Annual Professional Development Day will be held at the Shaw Theatre (11762 – 106 street) this Saturday March 19 from 9am – 6:30pm. March Madness is one-day workshop where participants from all over the province gather to meet with local representatives from Alberta’s unions, guilds, funding agencies and keynote speakers making a big impact in the industry.

This year AMPIA welcomes TELUS Optik Local as a presenting partner. The morning sessions include a panel of industry leaders from The National Film Board, Alberta Media Fund and Canadian Media Producers Association. Representatives from TELUS Optik’s STORYHIVE will be talking about new grants available to Alberta content creators. ACTRA Alberta will be presenting a session on working with union actors on a low budget, as well as co-sponsoring the closing reception.

Nicole Matiation from On Screen Manitoba will discuss how Alberta production companies can access funding for consultant fees and professional services to expand their business.

Derek Heisler, from Derek Heisler Photography, will be presenting a special session on “How To Inspire an Audience to See Your Film.”

Representatives from WIFTA, APPA, IATSE and DOC Alberta will be present to discuss their associations and the support they provide to the industry.

March Madness PROMO_HeaderToronto-based Producer and Digital Content Strategist Victoria Evans will deliver the morning keynote, sharing high level strategies in her session “Designing Content for Your Digital Audience.”

The creative team from Mosaic Entertainment, including Writer/Actor Chris Craddock, will be sharing insight on Edmonton’s cross-platform comedy Tiny Plastic Men, recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Comedy Series.

The afternoon keynote will be presented by award-winning Producer Adam Scorgie, best known for his documentary The Culture High, which was long-listed for the Academy Awards and was released in 70 countries around the world. Adam will be showing clips from his latest projects Ice Guardians, Chasing Evel: The Life of Robbie Knievel, and his latest project with legendary Latino actor Danny Trejo (Machete, Planet Terror).

Read the full schedule here: MARCH MADNESS Itinerary 2016

Tickets are $35 for the public, $20 for members of AMAAS, AMPIA or DOC Alberta and free for students, with valid picture id.
Click here to register for the workshop.

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Tiny Plastic Men at March Madness

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Hot off the heels of a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Comedy Series the creative team behind Mosaic Entertainment’s cross-platform comedy Tiny Plastic Men will be joining AMPIA’s March Madness Professional Development Day.

Producer Camille Beaudoin, Elise Graham and Writer/Actor Chris Craddock will discuss how the show’s storyworld expanded to web content and the hit game Kitten Assassin.

Registration for this workshop is still open. Students are FREE to attend. Click here to register.

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Digital Content Strategist Victoria Evans at March Madness

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This year, AMPIA welcomes TELUS Optik Local as a presenting partner for the March Madness Professional Development Day. Linda Hay, Senior Business Analyst and Project Manager at TELUS Optik Local, has designed the morning program for this one-day workshop. Participants will get information from Canada’s top funding agencies and support organizations, including The National Film Board, Alberta Media Fund, Canadian Media Producers Association and STORYHIVE.

Producer and Digital Content Strategist Victoria Evans will be flying out from Toronto to host our morning keynote. With over a decade of media experience, Victoria’s career originally stemmed from traditional media covering a diverse range of production disciplines to producing digital interactive content. Her career path has led Victoria to work with great producers and talented contributors on award winning productions.

Designing Content for Your Digital Audience with Victoria Evans
Saturday, March 19 | 11am-12pm 
Shaw Theatre, NAIT Campus
There are many types of audiences that will impact the kind of content you create. It’s not simply one singular audience to consider. In this presentation, Victoria will share some high level content strategies to improve and deliver quality results!

TELUS will also be sponsoring two networking sessions for the opening and closing reception (coffee and snacks provided for all participants, cash bar available with 1 free drink sponsored by ACTRA Alberta).  Click here to register.

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Hollywood Heavy Hitters at Story Summit

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Don’t miss out on your opportunity to connect with the men behind some of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood at STORY SUMMIT this week (March 4-5, The Banff Centre).

Steve Fracol, Mitch Dubin and Dave Thompson  – with collective credits such as Bridge of Spies, Joy, Scandal, War Horse, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2, Munich, American Hustle, and Saving Private Ryan – will be sharing their experience and creative challenges.  Find out what storytelling choices are made when reading the script and how the Camera Operator approaches the framing and creative decisions that give us that on screen experience!

Read the full program of Story Summit here.

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Register for Story Summit here:
http://storysummit.ca/registration-and-hotel/
AMPIA discount is available for members of IATSE, CSIF, DOC National, Digital Alberta and FAVA.
Student rates are also available.

Story Summit: Creating & Developing IP

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Many of today’s biggest movies, TV series and games are based on existing Intellectual Property (IP). Marvel  Comics has famously transferred their comic book characters (Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, etc.) to blockbusters on the big screen. Same with DC Comics/Warner Bros. (Superman, Batman). Other major studios – Pixar, Dreamworks, Paramount, etc. – are always looking for the next big franchise. But where and how do you find entertainment IP, or, more importantly, how do you develop your own IP? Read More

STORY SUMMIT – Speakers Announced

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Story Summit 2016, presented by AMPIA and The Banff Centre, addresses new approaches to story-telling, innovating with technology and creating sustainable and innovative production and business models of media content. This gathering of North American media, entertainment and content creators brings together the most forward thinking and knowledgeable industry professionals to share their experiences and ideas. Participants will gain the knowledge and understanding to enhance their creativity, transform their businesses, and engage technology to expand and share content on new digital interactive multi-platforms. Read More

Comedy Writer Norm Hiscock Comes to Edmonton!

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What do Kids in the Hall, Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, King of the Hill, Corner Gas and Brooklyn Nine Nine all have in common? That would be writer/producer Norm Hiscock and AMPIA is bringing him to Edmonton!

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CTV’s Graham Neil will be sitting down with this award-winning writer and producer (and former Albertan) who has been making a big splash in comedy television. Norm Hiscock will be sharing on his experience in the industry with over 100 delegates, from students to seasoned veterans, as part of the keynote address for AMPIA’s 2nd Annual March Madness Professional Development Day. This session is crucial for writers and producers hoping to break into the mainstream Hollywood market!

Norm has Emmy, WGA and Gemini nominations for writing and is the recipient of the Annie Award (ASIFA), a LEO Award, a GLAAD Media Award and a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series for Brooklyn Nine Nine.  Norm wrote the screenplay for the feature film Brain Candy and his comedic genius has become viral memes, such as Bobby’s “that’s my purse!” meltdown from King of the Hill.

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Come down to the Shaw Theatre (11762 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB) on Saturday, March 7th to meet Norm Hiscock at March Madness, the action-packed professional development day sponsored by AMPIA, NAIT, Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Film and Telefilm.

Tickets are $42.00 for Members of AMPIA and FAVA and $90.00 for non-members.

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Don’t Miss AMPIA’s Horror Panel!

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Staying true to Edmonton’s reputation of being the horror capital of Alberta, AMPIA presents “For the Love of Horror,” a panel discussion with local genre experts.

Travis Shewchuk is a special effects artist, prop maker and sculptor. He is the founder of Ravenous EFX, a full service special effects studio. Working on numerous films and television productions, he has also created props for musical acts such as Rob Zombie, Powerman 5000, Alice Cooper and Zombie Girl.

Lindsey McNeill is a Rosie nominated screenwriter and actress from Edmonton. She created the feature film/web series Truckstop Bloodsuckers (Mosaic Entertainment) on Bite TV in 2012. Her latest project in development Gillian’s Just Right placed in the Top 15 of Canada’s CineCoup Film Accelerator and won the From Our Dark Side genre contest from the Women in Film & Television Vancouver.

Kevin Martin is the owner of The Lobby DVD Shop, one of the last video stores standing in Edmonton, and is also Co-Founder of Edmonton’s genre film festival DEDFEST. Kevin has recently stepped in front of the camera as the star of the genre web series Straight to Video: A B-Movie Odyssey

Also joining the panel is new filmmakers Harvey Li and Arthur Mah, creators of Keep Left, an official selection of the Dark Matters Film Festival. The panel is moderated by writer/director Andrea Beca.

“For the Love of Horror” takes place at 2:00pm at the Shaw Theatre (11762 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB) during March Madness, the action-packed professional development day sponsored by AMPIA, NAIT, Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Film and Telefilm.

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