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?
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.
Parallel Studio made this and they are running The Unsatisfying Challenge, looking for people to submit their own animations and videos of unsatisfying situations.
You can find out more about Cottage Skateboards here.
This is one of the most amazing things that I have ever seen. It’s a great look into the incredible mind of Stanley Kubrick. Even if you are not a fan of this work, you will be a fan of how he worked and this documentary.
This is a great video about Bryn Rawlyk and The Night Oven Bakery. One of the best things about Saskatoon.
“When you don’t have a home, you’re ostracized.”
Jen Wolf spent part of her childhood living in a VW van with her family. Now she returns to her hometown of Ventura, CA, in a VW Bubbletop she restored with her husband to revisit her youth and find the healing she didn’t realize she was looking for
A leading political strategist explains how candidates use the art of storytelling to help swing elections.
Mr. McKinnon has had a long career working for politicians from both parties. As the lead media strategist for George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns as well as John McCain’s winning 2008 primary campaign, he was instrumental in shaping the way we perceived his candidates and their opponents. Remember the 2004 windsurfing ad that branded John Kerry a flip-flopper? That’s his work.
But Mr. McKinnon burned out on presidential campaigns, and increasingly came to view the oversimplification and negativity at the heart of modern campaigning as a leading contributor to the toxic political climate in which we now live. So when we sat down with him, we asked him to turn over his secret playbook.
In this film, he reveals the storytelling strategies used to elect Mr. Bush with openness and candor, and in doing so lays bare the fundamental narrative strategies that remain at the core of today’s presidential campaigns. But Mr. McKinnon believes that the power of storytelling has a dark side that voters should be more aware of. His new message is a warning to all citizens: You’re being manipulated, and our democracy relies on your ability to see that .
This is hilarious. via
Conrad maintains the century-old infrastructure at Pratt University. A tinkerer and meticulous mechanic with a charming outlook on life, Conrad is everything you want in a documentary subject. And just when you think the film is about to repeat itself, a great new wrinkle gets thrown into the mix.
This is amazing. Worth a watch (and listen).