From the Reel to the Screen – A Film Processing Story

Written by: Aida Oquendo

Hi folks! My name’s Aida; I’m an international student from Venezuela and I’m also a 4th year Film Production Student. Today, I’ll talk about Film Processing and Development and why I chose to go through this process for my thesis film.

First things first: I want to go out with a BANG! So I spent a lot of time coming up with a story for my short film that would make me feel proud and happy. My short film is titled “Hysteria, the Young Artist” and it tells the story of a young girl named Hysteria who loves to draw but her father isn’t very encouraging of her passion. In the short, Hysteria meets a dark entity called Friend who gives her all the love and support she was lacking, making her feel happy and safe—but why?

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QUIZ: How much do you know about AMPD?

Written By: Lucia Llano

Think you know all there is to know about AMPD? Now’s your chance to prove it!  Take our super tough AMPD quiz and see how much you know about the faculty you’ve devoted so much of your life to!

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Artists vs Creatives: Which Are We?

Written By: Chevon

Someone once asked me if I was an Artist or a Creative.  My response was “What is the difference anyway?  Aren’t all Artists also Creatives and all Creatives, Artists?” The distinction between the two can be difficult to identify until both are more clearly defined.  Artists are experts, masters in their art form.  Creatives, on the other hand, are those with the ability to make new things or think of new ideas.  They are imaginative, innovative, and experimental, but not necessarily professional as Artists are. Read More

playGround 2018

Written by: Madeleine

Have you heard of playGround? I mean, obviously you’ve heard of playgrounds before; after all, we were all 5-years-old once. But I’m not talking about those kinds of playgrounds; I’m talking about playGround Festival (the capitalization here is VERY important)! playGround is like York’s very own Fringe festival. Students can submit a concept and a script of a monodrama, and from that, a panel of students collectively picks the final line up.

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The 3 Most Important Lessons I’ve Learned at University

Written by: Peter Widdrington

I’ve been around the block when it comes to universities, so I have a little more experience than the average student when it comes to different undergrads.  Thanks to this, I think I’ve learned a thing or two about the university experience and how to tailor it to my needs, plus figure out the way to get the most out of it.  Read More

Art Stuff for Dummies: Inktober

Written By: Liana Shaw

Hi, I’m Liana! Every month I’ll be taking on a new art form that I’m interested in, and I’ll be working though the process of teaching myself how to do it. This month I’m participating in Inktober!

Inktober is something that artists participate in worldwide during the month of October. Creatives challenge themselves to make art everyday. People use different mediums, but the most popular form that I’ve seen on social media, and the one I will be doing this month, is drawing. I’m hoping to introduce a creative habit into my daily routine, and I’ve also always been impressed by people who can find time to write (and not just type) every day, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to explore! Read More

Nurturing Your Art by Supporting Others

Written by: Lucia Llano

As emerging artists, it is often that we find ourselves promoting our work and constantly seeking support for our art. However, how often do we see a theatre show, a dance performance or visit an art gallery? How often do we actually support our fellow art students?

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TIFF Bell Lightbox: A Hope For Cinema, and Why You Should Go!

Written By: Peter Widdrington

The Lightbox aglow at night

You’re walking down King on a beautiful August day. The rush hour traffic reflects the afternoon sun directly into your sight, forcing you to look down at the Canadian walk of fame as you continue west.  Norman Jewison, Jim Carrey, James Cameron — names of people to look up to in life as sources of inspiration.  Ahead, a long line emerges from a tall glass building onto the sidewalk.  You get to the back of the line and slowly wait to get your tickets, at the time having no idea how important those tickets would be; having no idea how these tickets could change your life.  This was my experience the very first time that I participated in the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and my unforgettable introduction to the TIFF Bell Lightbox, one of the best independent theatres in the world.  Read More