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Curious about the capabilities of current DSLR camera technologies?  Television Alumni Rae-Anne LaPlante reviews the popular Canon T4i vs the Canon 6D, comparing consumer to professional level equipment over at Zacuto.com.

Also check out Rae-Anne’s upcoming documentary “S(t)able Island – The Beauty of the Free“, funded through her Kickstarter campaign:

“S(t)able Island: The Beauty of the Free” is an independently produced documentary about the past, present, and future of the wild horses on Sable Island. The documentary will create an awareness and education of Sable Island through creatively showing the beauty and history of the island.”


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On November 8, 2011, in Television & Video Production, by Television Faculty

Sambujak Productions is currently working on post-production of their upcoming project “Trees”, which will be screening on Friday, December 9th.  Keep an eye on the Production Website, and check them out on Facebook and Twitter!



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Adobe & Digital SLRs for video? Yes.

On June 12, 2010, in Television & Video Production, by Television Faculty

My colleague, John Mills, and myself had an opportunity to head downtown last Thursday to check out the Adobe CS5 roadshow.

(Apologies for the picture, the iPhone 3G just isn’t that good in low-light.)

While I still prefer Avid or FCP for editing, the tight integration between products in the Adobe lineup has always been one of their primary strengths, and they obviously know it…

With the new CS5 suite, they’ve taken it a step further.  From script development, through capture, post, and output, it’s a pretty incredible workflow.  If you need an all-in-one package to do everything, I don’t think it can be beat for the price (the academic price for CS5 Production Premium is $481.95)

The other item that caught my attention was the display at the Canon booth…

More Canon DSLRs being kitted-out for video.  While I still prefer the workflow with a full-size professional rig, these cameras pack a pretty amazing punch for the price.

The Canon 7D is still relatively expensive at $1750 for the body (without lens); a more inexpensive option is the Canon T2i, which can be purchased for under $1000 including an 18-55mm lens, and has similar video capabilities as it’s big brother.

I love my Nikon DSLR, but Canon has refined their video offerings quite a bit more at this point in time.

A number of software companies are also coming out with plugins and applications which perform automatic sound-sync between the audio recorded on the DSLR and a secondary recording device (Zoom recorder, DAT, etc).  Much easier than doing it by hand.

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Zut Alors wins for the BEAC x 2!

On April 30, 2010, in Television & Video Production, by Television Faculty

Zut Alors, one of our second-year production companies has just won two awards from the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada!

“Complicity” won for best Drama.

Written and Directed by Dylan Adkins, Produced by Lauren Weidel, Edited by Justin Li, Director of Photography – Jordan Lee, Assistant Director – Courtney Dunsmoor-Farley, Audio Supervisor – Denis Falardeau.

Complicity from Zut Alors on Vimeo.

Judges’ Comments:

  • Initial impression- STYLISH!
  • Great sequences with good composition
  • Superior use of music to create tension
  • Excellent editing, music transitions/fx and timing
  • Lighting was very good
  • While the story was slightly campy and silly, it still grabs your attention, keeps you involved and is well constructed.

And their mockumentary, “Shadow Hands” won for Best Comedy!

Written by Denis Falardeau and Dylan Adkins, Produced by Courtney Dunsmoor-Farley, Directed by Denis Falardeau, Edited by Justin Li, Director of Photography: Jordan Lee, Assistant Director: Lauren Weidel, Audio Supervisor: Dylan Adkins.

Shadow Hands: A Mockumentary from Zut Alors on Vimeo.

Judges’ Comments:

  • Great delivery- were they professional actors?
  • Excellent!  Drew me in after the slow beginning
  • Professional Actors?  Well crafted and good storytelling
  • Very well done, truly enjoyed it!
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Second Year Features – Zut Alors

On April 22, 2010, in Television & Video Production, by Television Faculty

One of our second-year production companies, Zut Alors, has uploaded two major projects for the year on Vimeo. Check out the links below!

It’s worth noting that their second production, Complicity, was shot in HD on the Canon 7D, our first production to use a digital SLR for a major project. Very cool!

Shadow Hands: A Mockumentary from Zut Alors on Vimeo.

Complicity from Zut Alors on Vimeo.

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