Bringing together cross-media’s leading international creators, thinkers and practitioners from across the fields of film, TV, interactive, online, mobile, gaming, publishing and live events – Filmgate 2014 will showcase the latest ideas and innovations of modern storytelling, audience engagement and business practices.
Sony Workshop: Demystifying 4K
With 4K camera technologies now available for consumers and professionals, there is a lot of attention on 4K, and many questions about the technology: Why shoot in 4K now if I am producing and delivering in HD? How does 4K affect my productions, and the bottom line? Is cost-effective 4K production a reality? How do you take advantage of this new revenue generating opportunity? This seminar will address these questions, and focus on how to produce content in 4K while still protecting your current delivery needs and your bottom line.
THE SKYPE SHOW or See You in August
In November of 2010, Jody Christopherson and Michael de Roos formed the indie-folk-beatbox-rock band Greencard Wedding in Crown Height Brooklyn. In December of 2012, Michael’s visa ran out. He moved back to Holland and Jody and Michael discovered they couldn’t harmonize via Skype. But they could write a play. And music. . . and maybe get an artist visa. This Transmedia musical is an exploration of the ways technology can enable us to transcend boundaries, uniting artists with each other and their audience. Performed in English.
“Keeps you on the edge of your seat, and yields a poignant statement about government support for artists in America. With not much more than a desk and a few scattered props—and highly original music from their band, Greencard Wedding, that blends dubstep beat-boxing with folk guitar and vocals—The Skype Show provides just the kind of experience you hope for . . . Christopherson and De Roos are talents to watch, not to mention a pleasure to hear.”
Interactive Technology Playground
Impress everyone with your first-hand knowledge gained from operating the gear on this live set. This is the most complete filmmaking technology exhibition east of Las Vegas, and offers you the best chance to experience all of the latest equipment. Some products will be available for sale at the exhibition. Take home your dream product from Filmgate!
Curated by MIDTOWN VIDEO and located at the Rubell Family Collection, this NAB-Style exhibition will feature the biggest names in Cinema, including Canon, Sony, Schneider Optics, Kessler, Manfrotto, and more. With a Studio set and live actors, you will have the opportunity to operate and experiment with Cameras, Lenses, Lens Accessories, Dollies and Cranes. View the feed of your dream camera on the finest video monitors available. Expert Staff from all participating manufacturers will be on hand to guide you through the features and answer your questions. Take notes and make sure to let your producer know to put this gear on your next shoot.
Adobe Advanced Techniques Workshop
Questions about post-production? Wish you knew more about Adobe products? Want a complete soup to nuts demonstration of post-production flow, from the moment that you download the data from the camera? Attend this workshop, presented by Nicole Martinez of Catalyst Media Training, who is presenting a free workshop on advanced techniques with Adobe products for post-production. Nicole will be conducting a two-hour workshop in two parts. Part one will give an in-depth introduction to After Effects that will be equally appreciated by novice and expert users alike. From powerful compositing tools to advanced animation techniques and 3D environments, Nicole will explain away all your fear and confusion so that you can be free to create impressive and original motion graphics artwork which represents cutting edge use of this software. In the second part, Nicole will partner with featured sponsor Sony, to demonstrate recommended workflow for acquiring and editing with video media from their latest favorite camera. Once you’ve captured those beautiful images on camera you’ll want to know how to get them out, and into your editing app, without corrupting any of that high res beauty.
Story Hack Workshop
Challenging filmmakers with a digital vision, developers, and designers to reinvent the documentary for the web. But before you dive into Filmgate Interactive’s 2-Day Story Hack, Adnaan Wasey from POV, the award-winning independent documentary series celebrating its 27th anniversary on PBS in 2014, will help you prepare for a successful weekend. Remember, only seven teams will compete and the winning pitch will be funded!
What is a Hackathon? Inspired by the “hack days” of the open-source development community and companies such as Facebook and Google, we add filmmakers into the traditional Hackathon setting, where software coders collaborate outside of the usual corporate constraints in compressed time frames to solve a problem. Don’t miss POV Digital’s workshop to prepare yourself and your team for the Filmgate Interactive Story Hack (register for the Hackathon itself here). Bring your computer and your teammates- these will be interactive sessions! Come hungry, we’ll have pizza!
A JOURNAL OF INSOMNIA
THE NET NEVER SLEEPS. It is always daytime somewhere—and night-time somewhere else. The Internet is insomnia. A Journal of Insomnia invites insomniacs to collaborate in a web-based reflection on what keeps them up at night. This interactive documentary offers an utterly original encounter with a disorder that affects one in three people in the developed world. In September 2012, insomniacs around the world began sharing their stories on nfb.ca/insomnia. Thousands have contributed webcam testimonies, written accounts and original artwork—material that forms the heart of A Journal of Insomnia.
Four insomniacs in particular invite us to an unusual nocturnal rendezvous, summoning us to an appointment with sleeplessness that provides arresting new perspectives on contemporary existence and the anxiety that so often underscores our days—and our nights. The interactive experience includes a mock confessional, an interactive feature, an experience walkthrough and music.
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is one of the world’s leading digital content hubs, creating groundbreaking interactive documentaries and animation, mobile content, installations, and participatory experiences. The NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Canadian Screen Awards, 7 Webbys, and 12 Oscars. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for smartphones, tablets, and connected TV.