The 48 Hour Film Project – Toronto

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A few weeks back, between October 17th and October 19th, filmmakers from all over Toronto gathered to undertake the phenomenal task of writing, shooting and delivering a 4-7 minute film in just 48 Hours. Seventy-one teams signed up to take part, ranging from beginner film graduates to established industry professionals.

On November 2nd through November 5th, each of these wonderful short films will be premiered at the iconic Revue Cinema. The top 16 films will get a second screening November 15th at the Bloor Hot Docs Theatre, where over $12,000 in prizes will be handed out at an awards ceremony, following the screenings.

Now in its 7th year, the Toronto arm of the international project is ranked as the biggest time-based short film competition in Canada. The winner of this year’s Toronto 48 Hour Film Project will compete at Filmapalooza in Hollywood. The top ten films from Filmapalooza are then invited to the short film corner at Cannes.

For the participants and particularly the winners, the 48 Hour Film Project is an incredible opportunity to show the world what they can do. It’s also testament to what a creative and competitive group of people can accomplish when they’re under the gun and fuelled by a collective passion for filmmaking.

Vistek, as a proud sponsor of the Project, wishes all the candidates the best of luck.

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Cosmopolis: A Q&A with Colin Boyd Shafer


Toronto is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. More than half of its 3 million inhabitants are born outside of Canada.

The challenge: photograph someone born in every single country of the world who now calls Toronto home.
Photographer Colin Boyd Shafer accepted the challenge. And over the course of a year (June 2013 – June 2014) captured Toronto citizens, along with a prized possession that trace their origins and represent tangible connections to their past.

Born in Kitchener, Colin Boyd Shafer is an award-winning documentary photographer, winning the 2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival’s Photography Competition in London, UK, and the 2014 Toronto Urban Photography Festival’s Global Building Giants Award. His work has been featured on the cover of Asian Photography Magazine and F-Stop Magazine as well as international publications like Salon, The New Internationalist, Foto8 and BBC News.

Meet Colin Boyd Shafer

Colin Boyd Shafer

What is your background/education?

I have a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University in Environmental Science and Psychology Bachelor of Education from York University Masters of Science in The Political Economy of Violence Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London

How did you get your start as a photographer, did you have a special mentor?

I have a long family history in photography. My great great grandfather opened his town’s first photography gallery. My mother put herself through Dental school photographing children on ponies.

I didn’t have a special mentor, but my mother bought me my first DSLR which was the true beginning of this journey in photography.

What/who (where?) inspires you to shoot?

I love telling stories, and photography is my way. Photography that has a social implication inspires me – and this is why I am always leaning towards the documentary side of this art.

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Selma (Born in São Tomé and Príncipe) One thing that distinguishes São Toméans from others African countries is their clothes. When Selma wears her traditional outfit she feels beautiful, unique and proud of her background.

Who are your favourite photographers?

I love the portraits of Danny Street and Richard Renaldi, the documentary work of Dominic Nahr and GMB Akash, and the beauty/ feel of Mel Tjoeng’s work. I follow these photographers.

How did you come up with the concept of Cosmopolis Toronto ?

I was inspired by four things:
1. My interest and capability with portrait photography.
2. My longing to come back to GTA, spend time with Grandma (she is 89) and do a project in Canada.
3. I have an interest in migration (I started a project called Everyone Has Hope working with refugees in Malaysia, and my Master’s degree focused on the Stateless Rohingya of Burma).
4. Finally I think we say ‘diversity’ quite often but rarely (maybe never) are there ‘real stories’ about the individuals involved. I guess the aim of the project is to visualize/capture the diversity of this great city, and create an accurate picture of Toronto today.

Vistek duo shoots for a Guinness World Record

Vistek employees Timothy D Rideout and Sue Maynard, co-hosts of the Toronto-based blog/podcast The Mind Reels, will make an official attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for the Longest Uninterrupted Live Webcast!

Friday, November 7, 2014 is the day Tim and Sue plan to kickoff their marathon webcast. Broadcasting live from the lobby of the InterContinental Toronto Centre and starting at 7:00pm on the 7th, the event will be free and open for the public to view both in person and online. The current record stands at 36 hours / 23 seconds. So if Sue and Tim hope to break the record (all of their Vistek colleagues are cheering for them) they’ll have to keep going until at least early Sunday morning.

Fortunately, they won’t be alone in their quest. Mind Reels will feature a revolving-door of guests. And since part of the reason for the webcast is to promote Canadian Artistic Talent, the guest list includes cast members from popular Canadian productions. Stars from Murdoch Mysteries, Bomb Girls, Orphan Black, Defiance, Lost Girl, The Listener, Continuum, Bitten and Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain (see the full list and updates on their website here). They’ll all be dropping by to lend their support to Sue and Tim’s record-breaking webcast.
So spread the word and watch a little piece of history in the making! It will be a marathon of laughter, geekery and ridiculous good fun in an effort to own a Guinness World Record.

They liked it. They really really liked it.

As you well know, we’ve been talking it up for some time now. What more can we say about ProFusion that hasn’t already been said?

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Apparently, quite a lot. Not by us, mind you. Rather, by the record number of attendees and vendors who were charmed by the magic of ProFusion 2014. And, already, can’t wait till next year’s show.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This year’s show was unquestionably the best to date in the opinion of everyone who was there.

On one hand, attendees were overheard bantering around such phrases as ‘really exciting’, ‘dynamic presentations’, ‘highly informative’, and ‘unbelievably interactive’.

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On the other hand, vendors were equally outspoken in their praise. We’ve received an outpouring of gratitude in a flood of emails from our many appreciative vendors: “Thank you for organizing and putting on such a great show.” “It was unbelievable, we had an overwhelming response to our booth.” “Thank you personally for the great vibes and great show you and your team put on.” And, there’s this one that was unanimous, “Sign us up for next year!”

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Post ProFusion is also our time to say “thank you”. Thank you to the returning and many new attendees. Thank you to our exhibitors, and for showing up with your new exciting products. Thank you to keynote speakers, Alister and Shane for setting the exciting tone for the show. Thank you to our fantastic seminar presenters for sharing their many skills and talent. And, finally, thank you to the countless Vistek employees who work tirelessly to stage Canada’s premiere imaging tradeshow.


Video Roundup: ProFusion Expo 2014