If I was Tourism Saskatoon, I would put up some money with a sizable first prize and ask filmmakers to create a three minute video highlighting the best of Saskatoon. Run the contest for a year. Let people capture all of this video footage of all of our best restaurants, festivals, and moments. If your first prize was enough, you would probably have 20 videos submitted online that could be shared for years showing Saskatoon off to the world.
20 videos. Let’s say that average 5,000 views a piece. Shared on Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, blogs, and emails while dominating the search results in Google Video’s search listing. Is that worth $10,000 in total prize money? I think it is. Especially if it gets the people of Saskatoon thinking more highly about their city.
Can you imagine a series of videos like this one by Andy Clancy about Saskatoon?
It’s easy to put people in boxes. There’s us and there’s them. The high-earners and those just getting by. Those we trust and those we try to avoid. There’s the new Danes and those who’ve always been here. The people from the countryside and those who’ve never seen a cow. The religious and the self-confident. There are those we share something with and those we don’t share anything with.
And then suddenly, there’s us. We who believe in life after death, we who’ve seen UFOs, and all of us who love to dance. We who’ve been bullied and we who’ve bullied others.
Today President Trump told a U.S. military audience there gave been terrorist attacks that no one knows about because the media choose not to report them. It has been a busy day for presidential statements divorced from reality. Mr. Trump said this morning that any polls, that show disapproval of his immigration ban are fake.
He singled out a federal judge for ridicule after the judge suspended his ban and Mr. Trump said that the ruling now means that anyone can enter the country.
The President’s fictitious claims whether imaginary or fabricated are now worrying even his backers, particularly after he insisted that millions of people voted illegally giving Hillary Clinton her popular vote victory. There’s not one state election official—Democrat or Republican—who supports that claim.
On the topic of selling out. For the first time ever on this site, you will notice an ad on the right side of the page. If you click on it, I get money which goes towards hosting costs and that kind of stuff for the site.
I have always resisted putting ads on the site but I have spent thousands of dollars into it over the years and have gotten very little back from it other the grief and sadness. So here you go.
If you still needed convincing, this video will make you believe in climate change.
On a trip to Alaska, the filmmakers at Aura ran into a small town outfitter with a large story. Rick runs an adventure outfitter company in Seward, Alaska, and has witnessed the drastic recession of the glacier in town. So when he was willing to show them around and share his story, Aura knew that this was their chance to finish their film, Glacier Exit. Find more from Aura on their website here.
This video was done by a competing camera store but I love it and the work that Pamela Julian is doing. It is one of the best things that I have seen all week and a must see for you urbanists that read this blog.
Of course while watching this video, I realized that Saskatoon’s downtown is laid out on a north / south axis which means it is hard to capture the sunsets that I have captured while travelling in other cities.
When Filmakademie student Eugen Merher created his Adidas spec ad “Break Free,” he knew he had something special on his hands. Unfortunately, Adidas’ communications department never got back to him; now they get to watch his ad take off without them.
The spot is set in a rather unlovely care home for the elderly. One of the residents is a former marathon runner who seems broken by the daily grind of his monotonous existence.
One day, he comes across his old running shoes and decides to take them for a spin. This kind of activity is strictly “not authorized” by the home. While the staff in the home try to crush his ongoing bids for freedom, his fellow residents are in his corner.
Watch the video up top to see a beautiful piece of visual storytelling. Hopefully it’ll inspire you to get out there and create something special.
Charles Montgomery explores what happens when you take an abandon city space in NYC and populate it with urban social experiments. The outcomes are unexpected as city dwellers explore this public space, interact with each other, and change their attitudes towards social connections, values, and each other.
Charles Montgomery explores what happens when you take an abandoned NYC space and infuse it with social experiments. The results are surprising and inspiring.
More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play. Amanda Burden helped plan some of the city’s newest public spaces, drawing on her experience as, surprisingly, an animal behaviorist. She shares the unexpected challenges of planning parks people love — and why it’s important.
In James Howard Kunstler’s view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about. It’s something that is as true about Saskatoon now as it was a decade ago.
How do we solve the problem of the suburbs? Urbanist Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from dependence on the car — which he calls “a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device” — by making our cities more walkable and more pleasant for more people.