Panasonic Canada Workshop

Discover the answers to your questions on pre-production, production and post-production using the highly acclaimed Panasonic P2 system as a case study. Enjoy breakout sessions in an informing and interactive setting, showcasing workflow decision-making, field and studio shooting, and essential planning tips for all stages of production and delivery.

9:30am-10:00am: “What is P2” David Craig: Product Manager Panasonic Canada Gain a greater understanding for the P2 system and its simple workflow in the field and on set. The essentials of HD terminology.

10:15-10:45am: “A Case Study in P2” From the Producer’s Perspective Greg Nosaty, Director, Cinemontage Productions Discuss successes and lessons in working with the P2 system in the field.

10:45-11:30am: P2 shooting in the field “The Vancouver Aquarium” : Jeremy Levin, Cameraman and Editor Jeff Heywood, Creative Producer

11:30-12:15pm: “ P2 and Post” Looking at P2 and FCP from an Editors perspective: Jackie Sidoni, Post Production supervisor, Force Four Entertainment.

12:30-1:00pm: LUNCH provided by Panasonic Canada

1:00-3:00pm: “Inquiry”

Break-out sessions with Seminar hosts and Industry Resource Professionals. Hands on experience with three Panasonic Cameras in the Breakout sessions: The HPX 170 a P2 camera. The HPX 300 a P2 camera using the AVCIntra Codec.

David Craig: Panasonic Product Manager Producer : Jeff Haywood Vancouver Aquarium: Just returned from Haida Gwaii Cameraman: Jeremy Levin Vancouver Aquarium: Documentary cameraman and Editor. Reid Robertson, Panasonic Camera Engineer (as resource person).

Post Production Jacki Sidoni; Post Production Supervisor, Force Four Entertainment Why the P2? More Than 840* Broadcasters Adopted P2 Worldwide and More than 80,000* P2 units delivered, and now the official video recording equipment for the Vancouver and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The P2 system is accepted by Discovery USA as their gold standard, Fox News and Sports Net have made the switch to P2 cards, Global television is currently making the switch, National Geographic has completed a P2 wildlife documentary in Botswana and has declared the system their choice for shooting.

HD Production & Pre-Production Workflow

This workshop is in response to the documentary producers wanting to know the dos and don’ts of HD and SD acquisition and workflow.

Including planning your shoot from start to finish and will demonstrate the post process mastered on HD format while using Apple Final Cut, Avid and various HD Camcorders (the HD Video Camera Debate) There seems to be a lot of questions surrounding acquisition format and consequent postproduction and format conversion issues. The seminar will also address choosing an acquisition format. Organizing the Edit, Format Conversion, Final Output and Common mistakes.

There will be presentations by Finale, Big Red Barn Entertainment and Image Pacific Communications Moderated by Boris Ivanov, documentary filmmaker.

HD Workflow-Panel’s Guests
Don Thompson – Guest Speaker

President, Finalé Editworks
As a well-respected post supervisor, editor, and producer, Don has been very active in the development of the company’s editorial style and development of new workflows to meet changing technologies. From Live Concerts to Major League Sports coverage to sensitive Documentaries and News coverage, his years of experience in all facets of the production industry have benefitted many films and major network television productions. Don is also an active member Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of BC (Leo Awards) and MPPIA. Finalé Editworks is an integrated HD postproduction facility serving the film and television industry in Vancouver. With dedicated Avid and Final Cut HD workflows, Finale offers complete confidence to producers from Editorial through Online Finishing and Delivery Duplication. Finale now also offers Red Camera data solutions for HD and 2K finishes.

Ken Malenstyn – Guest Speaker
Owner/Executive Producer, Big Red Barn Entertainment
Ken is an award-winning producer with a focus on factual entertainment, particularly docs and series for broadcast in North America and beyond. He has embraced the HD form in all varieties of his work over the past few years, navigating the unique challenges along the way.

Andrea Klipp – Guest Speaker
Owner/Post Production Manager, Big Red Barn Post
Andrea has over 15 years experience in film and television post, especially in the realm of factual entertainment. Her skills encompass both the highly technical and the subtle creative aspects of post production. Her experience as a facility owner, post supervisor and lead editor gives her a unique perspective. She has supervised and edited projects for broadcast throughout the world, including virtually all Canadian ‘casters. Andrea has been working enthusiastically with HD for the past 4 years.

Big Red Barn Entertainment With 15 years experience, Big Red Barn Entertainment is best known for its award winning documentaries like the highly acclaimed Team Spirit: The Jordin and Terence Tootoo Story (CTV, Versus, APTN), factual series like the entertaining Exhibit Eh! Canada Exposed (travel&escape, Discovery HD, CLT) and 2 seasons of award winning bio series Chiefs and Champions (APTN, CLT, KNOW).

Craig Harris – Guest Speaker
Craig is a freelance producer/editor/post production supervisor that works with Image Pacific Communications and has worked with Inspired Cinema (RED cameras). Craig Harris has worked in post production for over 8 years and currently consults as a Final Cut Server and RED workflow specialist. Craig’s background in audio and video production, combined with a passion for technology makes him… well, very useful to anyone who wants to simplify and make their production process more efficient

Boris Ivanov – Moderator
Boris Ivanov is Interfilm’s producer in charge of development and production as well as marketing for the slate of documentaries. His producing credits include the documentaries Fatherhood Dreams, From Russia, For Love, Moscow Freestyle. Other credits include theatrical recreations director/producer for CBS/History channel’s Beyond Top Secret, which has earned two News and Documentary Emmy® nominations in 2007; the line producer for the feature film The Rise of the Damned; the unit manager for the NBC pilot Bionic Woman and the TV series Battlestar Gallactica Season III. As well, he has produced, directed, and written several narrative films including Seven Storeys and Princess Castle, which have earned multiple awards on the film festival circuit. Boris has recently completed his theatrical recreations directing/producing for the Investigation Discovery’s series Deranged as well as two episodes of WeTV’s Secret Lives of Women. Boris is a Director member of the Directors Guild of Canada.

International Documentary Challenge

DOC SCREENS Screening of the best films from the last 3 years of the INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY CHALLENGE

The International Documentary Challenge is a fun and innovative competition that pushes filmmakers’ skills to the limit. If you’re new to the idea, it’s very simple: Filmmakers from around the world are given a genre (Character Study, Music, 1st Person, etc.) and a theme (such as “Change”.) Participants then have 5 days to develop, produce and edit a 4 to 7 minute non-fiction film. The top films, as determined by judges, premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. The result is an exhilarating five days for the filmmakers, and, as the films reveal, a joy for the audiences at Hot Docs and beyond.

The International Documentary Challenge.
Real Life. Filmed Real Fast.


Cross Platform Documentary Production

How do doc filmmakers extend their ideas into the digital and interactive realm? At what point should doc producers incorporate cross-platform ideas into their project pitch? What are some of the available funding options for such ventures and where should doc producers be looking for new media production partners? How do you monetize content you give away for free on the internet? And how do you even make POV filmmaking interactive in the first place? This panel will explore these questions by talking to interactive media specialists and experts in cross-platform and new media production.

Sylvie Peltier – President, Red Letter Films
Sylvie Peltier is a writer, producer, director and the president of Red Letter Films, a company located in White Rock, British-Columbia producing documentaries. Her success includes the award for Best Experimental at the Yorkton Film Festival (LouLou: Prisonni’re de ses Passions), a nomination for Best Arts and Culture documentary at Yorkton (Bali by Heart) and multiple international awards (Children of Armageddon, In the Company of Trees). A graduate of the Alliance-Atlantis Banff Executive Program, she is currently producing the fourth season of the crime docu-drama Dark waters of crime for Canal D. She has been exploring cross-platform opportunites for her work, starting with a digital readiness plan for her company in 2008, the puppet web saga Leonard & Nancy in 2009 and her first documentary interactive web component with SRC this winter – – also selected for the Web-Tl festival in La Rochelle, France. She is the president of the Alliance des Producteurs Francophones du Canada (APFC). She has been calling British-Columbia home since 1987.

Robert Wong – Vice President, BC Film
After working for five years for a chartered accounting firm in Vancouver, Robert joined British Columbia Film where he is currently the Vice President of Tax Credits and Development. Robert joined the staff just prior to the launch of the film and television tax credit program in 1998, and has since played an integral role in the evolution of British Columbia’s film and television tax policy, including the recent enhancements to the tax credit program. He is responsible for all administrative aspects of Film Incentive BC and the Production Services Tax Credit program, including maintaining the integrity of the legislation and regulations.

Christine Larsen – Business Analyst, BC Film
Christine Larsen processes and coordinates applications to British Columbia Film’s direct funding programs and to the Tax Credit Program. Christine has worked in the film industry since 1999 in a variety of positions including accounting, production coordinating and locations. In 2006, Christine worked at the Greater Victoria Film Commission and was responsible for marketing, development and adminstration. Prior to working in film, Christine managed a branch office of a US investment firm. She studied at UVIC from 1990-1994 and completed a certificate in Entertainment Administration at UBC in 2007.

More Panelist TBA.
Limited Seating. First Come Basis. No RSVP

Canyon War – the untold story

The Documentary Organization of BC, New Pathways to Gold Society and The Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC are proud to present a preview screening of BC filmmaker Eva Wunderman’s documentary “Canyon War – the untold story”.

Canyon War sheds light on a shadowy chapter in Canadian history. Rich gold discoveries in the Fraser River ignited a violent war between First Nations and tens of thousands of invading gold miners during the summer of 1858. Descendants of both sides of the war voyage the scenic Fraser Canyon to forgotten battlefields telling stories of villages in flames and American militias killing and looting.

The screening will be preceded by performances by Philip Davis and Cheryl Bear and followed by a reception.
RSVP is requested by May 25th at

Seducing the Guard

Every human culture makes art. Something so universal must have a purpose – what biologists call survival value. Yet our culture has marginalized art as a luxury and commercialized it as entertainment. Are we losing something vital for our survival? Using interviews with some of the leading thinkers of our time, and artwork filmed on location in the world’s great museums, Seducing the Guard asks about the purpose of art and finds deep connections between art and science.

Interviewees include: Roger Guillemin, Nobel-laureate neuroscientist, painter; John Gray, writer; Elaine Pagels, scholar, author of “The Gnostic Gospels”; Daniel Dennett, philosopher, author; Jane Coop, concert pianist; Jean-Pierre Changeux, neuroscientist; Roald Hoffmann, Nobel-laureate chemist, poet; Paul Andre Fortier, choreographer; Jerome Friedman, Nobel-laureate physicist; Sal Ferreras, musician; Margaret Geller, astrophysicist; Steven Miller, author; Maria von Finckenstein, Curator of Inuit Art, Canadian Museum of Civilization; Russell Hulse, Nobel-laureate physicist; William Unruh, physicist; Roy Andersson, film director; and Steven Weinberg, Nobel-laureate physicist.