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FITC 2011 – The Aftermath

A week later and I am still unable to fully use my voice for anything other than the occasional croak. FITC, you are a beautiful beast. Due to scheduling conflicts, the HotDOCS documentary film festival was also running, I did not attend as dutifully as I normally would.

I was honoured to speak at FITC once again. Slightly different experience as I was an Influxis Voodoo lounge speaker and not a regular stage speaker. With a mere half hour to fill, the pressure was off and I took full advantage. In my session, Film Fan to Filmmaker, I covered self-direction and self-improvement, how to not accept dead-time in your work schedule by creating your own work and how that self-direction can create opportunities you’d never have expected. hey Hugh, run-on sentence much?

There are too many people to mention and I was busy attempting to record submission for Influential – The Age of Digital to attend many sessions, but my highlight was seeing Planetary Robert Hodgin’s new endeavour with Bloom.

I think what was lacking were the old guard speakers, unfortunately. There were some noticeable absences that would have made a 10 year celebration even better. Not to take away from the speakers that were there. Once again, the organizers picked the best and brightest and most inspirational people around. *ahem*

Having sponsors’ row right behind some curtains beside the main stage made for distracting sessions at times as there was no control over people who figured the enormous curtains were also soundproof. However, once again Shawn Pucknell and his crew pulled off a great event in a challenging venue.

Thank you, FITC, for allowing me to be a part of such a groundbreaking event for so long. I look forward to the next 10 years!

Help the Production of Influential

I am looking for an able-bodied individual to help me with recording at FiTC Toronto. The organizers of FiTC have graciously donated a pass to the event to someone who can give me a hand. It’s a pretty amazing value

Here are the requirements. The candidate is someone who:
1. Is willing to lose a lot of time you could be using watching sessions. I am looking to have you available for recording each afternoon between 1:30 (after lunch) and 5:30 (after the last session is over). The one exception will be Monday between 2 and 2:30 when I need my laptop for my session in the Voodoo Lounge. I intend to be available after my session and it would be cool if you were there to get oriented.

2. Is trustworthy enough to leave you with my equipment. There’s not a lot of it, but it’s mine and I’d miss it if it got lost or stolen.

3. Has some aesthetic eye for positioning, some level of attention to detail and willingness to work a repetitive task.

4. Is approachable and welcoming. If people are being directed to you for a recording and you’re not paying attention by being on your phone or surly, that’s not going to work out.

5. Is available April 27th for the FlashinTO Flash User Group meeting where I will be performing a test shoot and would like you there to run through the rigamarole with me.

Sound good? Email me hugh [at] influentialmovie [dot] com

I will reply to everyone but only one person gets the gig.

Thanks so much for reading and your interest in supporting the project!

FiTC 10 Year

FiTC 10-yr Banner

“No, I won’t be doing IronFlash this year.”

Over the past 10 years of FiTC, I have been proud to be included as a speaker 4 times. I also ran a live coding competition called IronFlash for four years straight. Once it was even televised on TechTV! Ah, the good ol’ days.

This will be my fifth go-around as a speaker and this time, I’ll be presenting in the Influxis Voodoo Lounge.

This has some exciting aspects to it;
1. Free beer.
2. 30-minute session.
3. Did I mention free beer?

In my session Film Fan to Filmmaker at 4:05 pm on Monday May 2nd, I will be showing a 30 minute review of 2010 that culminated in my launching of Influential – The Age of Digital, a documentary with a decidedly “digital twist”. Harkening back to my first foray into documentary filmmaking, wheniwas19, I will asking anyone and everyone to submit to Influential during FiTC using my laptop! So get ready to submit! I bought a swanky HD webcam just for this.

On top of everything else, Hot Docs is happening April 28 – May 8! For a newly-created documentary filmmaker, there’s nothing more exciting than over a week of documentaries being screened in one city. I’m also listed as a director for the event and will be attempting to hobnob as much as I can while it’s on.
So come to FiTC 10 in Toronto!

My 2010 In Review

2010 was a strange year for me.

Freelance
Unintentionally I did less client work than I should have. When I started working on a portfolio, I had to wonder how I managed to pay my mortgage with how little work I did. Heck, I even griped about not working in April. You know that feeling that maybe it’s you? Yeah…

Moviesinhaiku – Watches, Prints, You know…
On the other side of things my self-directed personal project, Moviesinhaiku, started taking off. I was given some interesting opportunities involving my love of movies and haiku.

Firstly, Scott Wilk invited me to design a watch! That’s pretty much the coolest thing ever. I cannot wait for it to be finished. And I think we’ll continue the collaboration as I enjoy designing watches. I can’t vouch for Scott, but I am totally into it. And if anyone else wants me to design a timepiece, hellz ya is all I can say to that.


The casing from render to silver casting


The face from render to silver casting

I’ve been working on the second watch for a little while now. Very excited about that.

Secondly, Dana Brunetti from Trigger Street asked me to design a larger version of one of my prints and I opted for doing a brand-new triptych of their latest production, The Social Network. My first commission, as it were. Very exciting! Anyone wants a custom Moviesinhaiku original, let me know, I am down.


The Social Network tripych

Public Speaking
I was also truly lucky to speak 3 times this year at events. The Flashbelt conference, Flashonthebeach and FiTC Edmonton. I wrote about them individually before, so let’s just say I really love public speaking and my intended session for 2011 ought to be awesome. So far my only confirmed speaking engagement is for FiTC Toronto. This should be an amazing conference and I am truly excited about it. Any other conference organizers want me to speak at their events, let me know, I simultaneously love and hate public speaking, but I am getting a knack for it.

The Future
What’s on the horizon for 2011? Man, I know one thing, I am going to be working on a documentary film I am calling Influential – The Age of Digital. I blogged recently on how to create a wordmark and that was meant as a teaser to this project. Stay tuned, I am crazy excited about this project.


My upcoming documentary film project

If you know something about the film industry, man I can use some help. So far, I am stoked to know that the fine folk at Influxis will be involved and potentially FiTC. I don’t want to speak out of turn, so I’ll leave it there. Anyone want to throw money into a totally interesting project for a production credit, you need to let me know. Or however that works. I am hoping to find out soon.

Finally, I quit smoking. Feel really good about that.

FiTC Made Me Fat. Again.

After finally getting back to the gym in March and actually making an effort, I was excited to see I could get back in shape. Then FiTC. Son of a… three days of sessions and four nights of catching up sets my exercise recovery back by a month at least.

I feel I can never do justice to my experiences at conferences. Primarily because it’s such a personal thing. Reconnecting with old friends, making new friends and generally existing in a good vibe. Mostly I lament not spending time with enough people, but you need to be judicious as there simply isn’t enough time. That being said, let’s see if I can rough it out.

Grant and Bobi showed up a little early and started my FiTC experience off right with a quiet brunch with Libs and Declan.

I attended or saw the most sessions ever on record for me at a FiTC. This can be attributed to Influxis streaming sessions live via fms. Therefore, some morning sessions that I’d most likely miss, I actually didn’t.

Keith Peters and “Programming Art” was totally inspirational. Keith’s work has always impressed me, but the variety of possibilities he showed in his talk were incredible. I honestly had no idea there were that many options.

The panel “From Solo to CEO” was pretty good. There can be issues when you have one extremely dominant personality in the panel which can lead to silence from the others, but it was moderated pretty well and I think most opinions were fairly evenly aired.

The session “The Apparat” and Joa Ebert. Joa has to be one of the smartest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. Let’s face it, he is one impressive dude. His session was thoroughly confusing as I’m not at that level, but still inspiring.

“Storytelling: Absorbed, Obsessed and Immersed” well, what can I say here? The panel was chock-a-block with talent and interesting to say the least.

Thanks again to Influxis, I was able to catch Wes Grubbs speak. I met Wes a few years ago at Flash on the Beach and haven’t seen him since. Good talk, informative.

Stacey Mulcahy is a perennial favourite for her off-colour language and funny delivery. Her talk was interesting, to be sure.

The last session I sat in on was Mario Klingemann and I really can’t explain how much Mario inspires me. Just his easy way of speaking and nonchalance in the face of brilliant discoveries make me want to try harder.

Freelance. You know, I spent a number of years attempting to build a freelance career and had just put myself into a good spot when I decided to drop everything and get a “job job” as I like to call it. Now that I’m back in the freelance game, FiTC seemed like the perfect place to *shudder* network. What I don’t normally realize is just being a nice guy is sometimes networking. Opportunities presented themselves that I would never have thought possible. So yes, I am freelance and yes, I want to code the SHIT out of something for you.

Shawn Pucknell. Shawn’s been personally running FiTC and the flashinto flash user group for so long, it would be nothing without him. Kudos to him and his crew for another amazing show.

There were a number of situations that occurred on a personal level that once again reaffirms the word “community” to me with these people. The close ties I’ve made simply become tighter (ties that bind, donchaknow) and I wonder how I ever got so lucky. You know who you are, you magnificent bastards!

The next event I’ll see anyone at will be Flashbelt where I will be presenting my first session of the year.

Once again. FiTC, to quote John Grden, you \m/

FiTC. Over for Another Year.

My body nearly gave up on me this year. I missed the entire first day (nearly) due to exhaustion.

Declan had some weird croupy cough Saturday night, so we brought him to emergency as a just in case. We were there from 10pm to 2 am. Now that’s good, efficient healthcare.

On to FiTC;
- Craig had a nice dinner for some of us at the Korean Grill.
- Grant and Bobi came over to meet Declan and for some BBQ.
- I saw some pictures that looked suspiciously like Gmunk, Hoss, Marcos and Colin in a hot tub.
- Watched the sun come up with Dale, Marcos, Simon and Shawn.
- Someone made the mistake of saying “Hugh’s more Scottish than you.” To Hoss. HOSS! Seriously. I just kind of looked and thought, “That’s not even close to true.”
- Tink’s newly bald head makes me want to rub lotion on it. C’mere you silly bastard!
- Shawn didn’t make me pay for anything. Which is really nice.
- Mario and Alexandra once again show themselves to be truly nice people. And honestly, Mario’s sincere enthusiasm just gives you more energy.
- Josh is one bad-ass poker player. So is Mario. Who knew? So I only won one game.
- Had to watch Lordalex explain once more that, “yes, really, my name IS Lordalex.” That’s always fun.
- Joshua gave me a nice print.
- Shawn yelled at me. I might have deserved it.
- John continues to rock. Even with short hair. Chris rocks, too, just not as hard or as well as John. It’s not personal. It’s a fact.
- I finally remembered Phillip and Keith’s name(s). For some reason, I continuously forget both of their names. So I feel better. And they too were good sports about my particular personal foible or forgetting some names.
- No chance to wrestle Bradley, but give it time. And Chicago.
- Met Aral and Niqui. Two very nice people. First I called Aral “Raul” (honestly, when he spelled it, i thought that’s what he said). And I thought Niqui was Autralian. Turns out, South African. At least she was a good sport about it.
- I DID forget more names than I remembered, but still it was great.

Another year gone. Another boatload of braincells given their pink slips.