AGM Save the Date

DOC BC AGM 2013
DATE: Tuesday, December 10th 2013
LOCATION: The Cellar at SALT TASTING ROOM
TIME: 7 pm for DOC BC members, 8 pm for friends/general public
Details:
Come celebrate the year at our holiday/year end party on December 10th. We’ll have drinks and delicious appetizers to share. If you are a DOC BC Member, you’re invited to attend the AGM which begins at 7 pm sharp. If you just want to come mingle and say hello, we ask that you arrive at 8 pm. Thanks, and hope to see everyone out then!
DOC BC is always looking for innovative and inspiring individuals to join our community and the Board of Directors. If you’re interested in learning more and joining the Board please don’t hesitate to email docbc@docbc.org
We look forward to seeing you for our year end party to celebrate a year of success!

DOC BC Workshop: Music & Documentaries

Date & Time: Thursday, April 11th from 7pm to 9:30

Location: VIVO Media Arts

1965 Main St

Vancouver, BC

TICKETS
:
DOC MEMBERS: Free Admission NON-Members $10, Students $5 

Do you need a composer?

How do you licence the perfect piece of musics?
How do you navigate the composer/filmmaker relationship?
Finding the right music to set the tone and bring a story to life is a delicate balance. Join DOC BC as our panel of seasoned experts guide you through the steps of how to work with music and score in your documentary.Panelists:Ari Wise, agentMatthew Safran, Music SupervisorKyle Fogden, Entertainment Lawyer

TBC, Composer

Join us on April 11th for a fun and interactive discussion at VIVO Media Arts. We look forward to seeing you there!

DOC BC Workshop: Animation & Documentaries: The Collaborative Process


Date & Time:
 Tuesday, March 12th from 7pm to 9:30

Location: VIVO Media Arts
1965 Main St
Vancouver, BC V5T 3C1

TICKETS:

DOC MEMBERS: Free Admission NON-Members $10, Students $5 
http://animationanddocs.eventbrite.com/

DOC BC is organizing a workshop on how animation and documentaries work together in the collaborative and creative process. At this event, a panel of 3 speakers will engage in a discussion touching on topics such as:

– where do documentary filmmakers go to find an animator?
– defining different types of animation and basic terms
– what to expect working with an animator
– examples of integrating animation (including credits and graphics) into documentaries

The panel of 3 presenters are all accomplished artists with plenty of animation experiences to share:

Ann Marie Fleming is an award-winning artist, writer and independent Canadian filmmaker who works in a variety of different genres (animation, experimental, documentary and dramatic).  Her work often deals with themes of family, history and memory.

David DeCoursey: an accomplished digital artist, with skills in both visual effects and motion graphics. Over the past several years, he has worked professionally in the industry as a digital compositor on shows ranging from the SyFy Network’s EUREKA and SANCTUARY to V: THE SERIES, airing on NBC. He has also taught numerous courses in 2D animation at the non-profit film school, Pull Focus Films.

Martin Rose is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media at Emily Carr University of Art & Design where he teaches animation. In addition, Martin is an independent animator and recently worked part-time as a producer at the National Film Board, Pacific & Yukon Centre.

Join us on next week on March 12th for a fun and interactive discussion at VIVO Media Arts. We look forward to seeing you there!

Q&A Session 3 w/Fernanda Rossi

Story Consultant Fernanda Rossi answered the following question for our DOC BC members in anticipation of the upcoming workshop LSD: Loglines, Synopses and Demos to take place in Vancouver, BC on February, 2nd.

Q: How can I possibly make a demo if I can’t afford to shoot anything?

Fernanda: I understand your frustration. Sometimes due to geography – having to shoot far away at high expense- or access – people that are hard to reach, a demo is a mirage in the distance no matter how much technology or willingness is available.

Still it’s wise to find a path even in the sandiest of deserts because everybody else will have something to show. Because of that, many resort to making a demo with archival footage, representative stock footage, ad hoc shooting, symbolic imagery, etc. Many oppose these options as the resulting demo can misrepresent the project and hurt more than it helps the fundraising.

However, all decisions can only be made in context. As a general rule, historical films lend themselves better to these types of trailers, while observational ones are almost impossible to make up. You also have to consider how realistic and believable the borrowed material really is. Is there a chance to defend and complement the information presented with a personal conversation or does the trailer stand on its own lending itself to misinterpretation. There are legal considerations too. Without proper clearance, those made up trailers can’t be put online or broadcast in any way.

Ultimately what matters is not to discard the possibility of a trailer too early. There are options that if used appropriately can get the film closer to funding and completion.

Buy tickets to the event here: http://fernandarossidocbc.eventbrite.com/

Got a question for Fernanda? Ask us on our Facebook pageTweet us, or send an email to docbc@docbc.org!

Question #2

Story Consultant Fernanda Rossi answered the following question for our DOC BC members in anticipation of the upcoming workshop LSD: Loglines, Synopses and Demos to take place in Vancouver, BC on February, 2nd.

Q: Should my trailer reveal the entire narrative arc of the story (where it’s headed) or focus only on the premise and characters?

 Fernanda: The eternal dilemma of how much is too much and how little is too little. You’re spot on that you need to make sure the narrative arc is explicit, yet not fully developed till the end. If funders get closure and feel it works as a nice tidy short film, why would they give you money for a longer piece? They’ll pat you on the back, say thank you for sharing and wish you good luck.

Definitely introduce the premise right from the start as well as the characters,  host/narrator, the character’s goals and some obstacles (if any). As per cliffhangers go, there are three techniques I found that works well to create some suspense: aposiopesis (literary term that means “unfinished action”), purpose (when the character establish an intention) and questioning (narrator or character question the very premise or status quo). I’ll discuss four opening techniques at the workshop. For now I hope these tips walk you through the bare essentials!

Buy tickets to the event here: http://fernandarossidocbc.eventbrite.com/

Got a question for Fernanda? Ask us on our Facebook pageTweet us, or send an email to docbc@docbc.org!

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Story Consultant Fernanda Rossi answered the following question for our DOC BC members in anticipation of the upcoming workshop LSD: Loglines, Synopses and Demos to take place in Vancouver, BC on February, 2nd.

Q: What’s the difference between a fundraising demo and a marketing trailer beyond the obvious purpose?

Fernanda Rossi: Fundraising and marketing trailers are very VERY different. At the dawn of fundraising trailer history, some 10 years ago, people thought that a sample was a cross between a music video and a film preview. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

A fundraising demo has to convince a few people to spend a long time with you and a lot of money on the film, so there better be a story somewhere there. The marketing trailer has to entice a huge number of people to commit a few hours and little to no-money; in that case eye candy goes well with the popcorn.

Therefore a fundraising sample is more like a short without an ending: it has full scenes revealing excerpts of the story to-be and a cliffhanger in the end to imply potential for a longer story. On the other hand, the marketing trailer also known as a film preview is more like a music video: catchy sound bites, flashy montages and graphics. The main goal is to dazzle prospective lay audiences not to reassure investors and funders.

Having said that, crowfunding is blurring the line of what’s fundraising and what’s marketing. Such demos do both, they raise money as well as awareness on an upcoming film. Striking a balance is key in making the story viable yet wow these first viewers. As if documentarians needed another challenge!

 Fernanda Rossi
Author • Speaker • Story Consultant
http://www.documentarydoctor.com  http://www.facebook.com/storydoctoring.com

 Internationally renowned speaker and story consultant Fernanda Rossi has doctored over 300 films, including Academy Award nominees® The Garden, by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, and Recycled Life, by Leslie Iwerks; as well as hundreds of trailers, many of which received funding from ITVS, NYSCA and NFB. She is the author of the book that, according to industry professionals is the bible on demo production now in its 2nd Edition: Trailer Mechanics: How to Make your Documentary Fundraising Demo.

 

Buy tickets to the event here: http://fernandarossidocbc.eventbrite.com/

Got a question for Fernanda? Ask us on our Facebook page, Tweet us, or send an email to docbc@docbc.org!

Workshop: How to Fix Your Documentary Pitch with Fernanda Rossi

 

TICKETS:: http://fernandarossidocbc.eventbrite.com/

Time: doors at 8:30 am workshop from 9am – 6pm

Location: Emily Carr University of Art and Design (MOCAP – North Building) Granville Island

Cost: $50 for DOC members
$100 for Non members
$50 for Emily Carr people with VALID ID
Bring a friend and get $25 off each non member admission

DOC BC has asked internationally renowned author, speaker and story consultant Fernanda Rossi to host a full day workshop for filmmakers to help make their fundraising film trailer all that it can be.

Your trailer should be the ultimate pitch, the one thing that sells funders on the potential of your project. A trailer can make or break your film. So stop guessing what works and what doesn’t work – and why – in this one-day, hands-on workshop for producers, directors, writers and editors.

Learn the foundational story structures for fundraising trailers, and discover some of the common mistakes filmmakers make when crafting their log lines, synopses, and trailers. The morning session will focus on log lines and synopses and in the afternoon, Ms Rossi will show work applied to actual trailers, with before and after examples; and a sampling of successful fundraising trailers.

About Fernanda Rossi:

Internationally renowned speaker and story consultant Fernanda Rossi has doctored more than 300 fiction scripts, fundraising samples and documentaries, including two nominated for the Academy Award® and many that went on to receive funds from ITVS in the U.S. and NFB in Canada. She has given her workshops and lectures in more than 12 countries for more than 40 film organizations and at all major world markets and conferences, including Hot Docs in Canada, SilverDOCS in the United States, Sunny Side of the Doc in France and Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK.

In addition, she’s a much sought-after trainer for special programs and grant evaluator for foundations. Her columns and articles have been published in trade publications, such as The Independent in the United States and DOX in Europe. She is the author of the book that, according to industry professionals is the bible on demo production now in its second edition: Trailer Mechanics: How to Make Your Documentary Fundraising Demo.

Learn more http://www.documentarydoctor.com/

Featured Event! Meet the Doc Doctor – Fernanda Rossi!

The Doc Doctor – Fernanda Rossi

Workshop: Saturday February 2nd, 2013

Time: doors at 8:30 am workshop from 9am – 6pm

Location: Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Cost: $50 for DOC members
$100 for Non-members.
Bring a friend and get $25 off each non member admission.

Buy tickets here: http://fernandarossidocbc.eventbrite.com

DOC BC has asked internationally renowned author, speaker and story consultant Fernanda Rossi to host a full day workshop for filmmakers to help make their fundraising film trailer all that it can be. Your trailer should be the ultimate pitch, the one thing that sells funders on the potential of your project. A trailer can make or break your film. So stop guessing what works and what doesn’t work – and why – in this one-day, hands-on workshop for producers, directors, writers and editors.  Learn the foundational story structures for fundraising trailers, and discover some of the common mistakes filmmakers make when crafting their log lines, synopses, and trailers. The morning session will focus on log lines and synopses and in the afternoon, Ms Rossi will show work applied to actual trailers, with before and after examples; and a sampling of successful fundraising trailers.

About Fernanda Rossi:
Internationally renowned speaker and story consultant Fernanda Rossi has doctored more than 300 fiction scripts, fundraising samples and documentaries, including two nominated for the Academy Award® and many that went on to receive funds from ITVS in the U.S. and NFB in Canada. She has given her workshops and lectures in more than 12 countries for more than 40 film organizations and at all major world markets and conferences, including Hot Docs in Canada, SilverDOCS in the United States, Sunny Side of the Doc in France and Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK. In addition, she’s a much sought-after trainer for special programs and grant evaluator for foundations. Her columns and articles have been published in trade publications, such as The Independent in the United States and DOX in Europe. She is  the author of the book that, according to industry professionals is the bible on demo production now in its second edition: Trailer Mechanics: How to Make Your Documentary Fundraising Demo. www.documentarydoctor.com

 

DOC BC AGM 2012

DOC BC AGM 2012
DATE: Thursday, December 6th, 2012
LOCATION: The Cellar at SALT TASTING ROOM
45 BLOOD ALLEY Square, Vancouver (Gastown)
TIME: 7 pm for DOC BC members, 8 pm for friends/general public

Details:

Come celebrate the year at our holiday/year end party on December 6th. We’ll have drinks and delicious appetitizers to share. If you are a DOC BC Member, you’re invited to attend the AGM which begins at 7 pm sharp. If you just want to come mingle and say hello, we ask that you arrive at 8 pm. Thanks, and hope to see everyone out then! 

Jon Reiss Videos Available Now!

One of DOC BC’s most popular workshops last year was the weekend course featuring Jon Reiss’s Thinking Outside the Box Office. The weekend long workshop introduced participants into the new world of hybrid distribution and marketing. If you missed it, not a problem. Below are 3 video links available for you to either purchase or rent, so you can caught up to speed on the whole distribution process as presented by Reiss himself. $4.99 for a day rental, or $9.99 for a week. Just sign up for an account and pay with your credit card and you’ll be ready to self distribute your own film soon!