Daily Archives: March 19, 2012

An Award for Little Old Me? 7X7 Link Award

First I would like to thank the awesome Shadows and Satin who bestowed this honor (on February 19 and I missed it!), and of course, I want to thank the Academy, and everyone who believed in me even though it flew in the face of all reason… (music swells) AND I must thank Classic Movie Puppy, my little Norma Desmond, who inspires me everyday with her (mic goes dead).

Okay, I’m being a tad silly. But really, thank you for including my humble little blog Shadows and Satin, and I’m game to play. Here’s the deal-i-o:

  • Tell everyone something that no one else knows about;
  • Link to one of my posts that I personally think best fits the following categories: Most Beautiful Piece, Most Helpful Piece, Most Popular Piece, Most Controversial Piece, Most Surprisingly Successful Piece, Most Underrated Piece, and Most Pride-worthy Piece; and
  • Pass this award on to seven other bloggers.

So let’s get down to it! Read the rest of this entry

It’s coming! The Toronto Silent Film Festival Launches on March 29!

I am so excited I could spit! The Toronto Silent Film Festival launches on March 29. Check out my news piece at Toronto Film Scene.

Film festivals are generally all about the new and the next, presenting specific challenges to the critics charged with previewing them. Not so with The Toronto Silent Film Festival, returning for its third year on March 29, 2012. Apart from the modern silent short, The Force that Through the Green Fire Fuels the Flower,  and some of the animation winners from the 2011 Toronto Urban Film Festival, the youngest film on offer turns 81 this year. CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST


The State of Canadian Animation and 3 Animators to Watch


Ever wonder what’s hip and happening in Canadian animation these days? I thought so. I found out and explained in a piece for Toronto Film Scene. Check it out.

Much as it is with all kinds, genres, and flavors of film making, Toronto (and Canada in general), is ripe with animation talent. However, as in other areas of film making, animators face the same Canadian disparity between production and distribution, between output and demand. Or rather, animators face those disparities when feeding content down the tried-and-true entertainment channels of festivals, theatrical releases, and television. But what if the Canadian animation community is uniquely geared to exploiting newer and more direct distribution channels? TFS recently sat down with Mike Valiquette, Director of Development at Smiley Guy Studios, publisher of Canadian Animation Resources, and all around animation know-it-all, to take the pulse of Canadian animation. CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST.

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