Foley Fridays Karaoke LIVE, jurassic park.

Jurassic Park.

On the 19th of October we held a screening of our most recent work at Toronto’s Cinecycle (which is a bike shop by day, screener of movies – typically 8mm – by night). Before we started the feature presentation I had the distinct pleasure of attempting, with the help of some enthusiastic volunteers, to do a Foley Fridays Karaoke session live.

If you don’t know what Foley Fridays Karaoke is – I basically take away all of the sound/dialogue from a scene of a film and recreate it on the spot. The spot usually being my living room. This time I had a theatre and 7 other people to recreate the sound/dialogue for me. The film? Jurassic Park, of course.

Everyone did an impressive job – considering they had no time to figure out how to make the sounds they were asked to make, using the props they were just given. Even the entire audience was used to create the sound of the rain storm in the scene by snapping their fingers and hitting their thighs. Most importantly I think (hope) everyone had a great time doing it. The rest of the Made By Other People agreed that it help make the night just that much more special.Though, if I had one thing to do over again I would set up a better micing system as some great sounds were made but just weren’t picked up by the microphones.

Thanks again to the volunteers, the audience, Cinecycle and the T-Rex for saving our asses from those Raptors (almost too conveniently) at the very last minute.

To see past Foley Fridays Karaoke go to the Foley Fridays section of the website here.

More Movies Made By Other People Tomorrow Night.

Tomorrow night (Friday Oct. 19th) all of here at Made By Other People will be at The Cinecycle (129 Spadina Ave.) hosting our second round of Movies Made By Other People and we want you to join us.

It’s been a fair while (two years) since our first screening and we’ve got some amazing work to show for it. We’ve even asked our friends Mary Gerretsen and Yaz Rabadi to screen some of their work with us as well. The best part? Admission’s completely free!

All in all we’ve got a line up of seven unique films/music videos to entertain you and the cheapest beer and wine in the city to refresh you. Doors open at 8pm and the screening starts at 9pm. Come early and take advantage of the cheap alcohol and mingle with us (be sure stay afterward to continue mingling and drinking).

Check out the Facebook event page for even more details – here.

And if you don’t believe me check out the BlogTO post – here.

See you tomorrow Night!

Movies Made by Other People, Part 2!

Hey all, it’s been over two years since the bunch of us held our last, immensely successful, screening. Boy how time flies! So we thought it was about time to do it again! This year’s event will include new work by Billy Allinson, Mitchell Arend, Kire Paputts, Michael Pierro and our good friends Mary Gerretsen and Yaz Rabadi! And may feature a surprise or two as well…

The show will be held on Friday October 19th, starting at 9pm sharp. So come by, have a beer, and enjoy some great new work by great young filmmakers!

More info on the program is on its way, so stay tuned!!!

Foley Fridays, the end.

The End.

When I first heard the last chord of The Beatles’ A Day In The Life I immediately thought that it sounded as close to the end of the world as a song can get. I’m not saying that was their explicit intention but it just sounds like the musical equivalent everything imploding.  I’ve thought this so much that when 5 years ago when I needed to make an explosion sound representing the end of a world I played that chord on a piano and mixed it underneath the sound of an atomic bomb exploding. That’s what’s playing above (my apologies for the less than stellar quality). If you don’t hear the chord (E Major) right away listen again – it’s definitely floating in there.

But why am I writing about the end? Mostly because this is the last Foley Friday.

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything in a while and to be honest I can’t see me wanting to in the future so I’m going to end things here. I’ve got a few ideas for future ongoing projects plus the ‘Karaoke” I’ve been doing monthly will keep going and return soon. This decision also comes from our plan to redesign the site into something that won’t exactly support weekly blog posts. Something that, I think, is for the better.

I want to thank those of you that have read even one of these posts in the past, and especially those of you that have read numerous posts. I hope you were on occasion entertained and were able to learn something new over the course of the year and three quarters of Fridays featuring foley. I think I did.

Thanks again, nothing coming next week.

Haters Step Aside

Rainbow Connection poster

No TIFF this year, which means rethinking my strategy. To make up for this disappointment I’ve decided to have my own screening.

As a side note: a friend sent me a link this this festival called STIFFED film festival. Basically, it’s a festival for all the Canadian shorts that didn’t get expected into TIFF. Pretty good, maybe I’ll submit.

I thought an interesting way to get people’s attention would be to have an evening of films that star actors with special needs. I’ve never seen anything like it before and it’s bound to create awareness for struggling actors with special needs. It’s called Making Connections: Untapping Emerging Talent in Toronto’s Special Needs Community. Anyways, here’s the details on the event…

Friday September 28th, 2012

Venue: Cinecycle (129 Spadina Ave. in old coach house down the alleyway)

Doors @ 8:30pm

Screening @ 9:30pm

Free Admission!!!

There will be 4 films playing. Here comes the info. Are you ready for it?

still from For Dorian

For Dorian
RT: 16 minutes
Director: Rodrigo Barriuso
Producer: Rodrigo Barriuso
Davina Rimmer

Starring: Dylan Harman
Ron Lea
Victor PereiraSynopsis:
Oliver, a controlling yet loving father is shaken abruptly when forced to recognize his son Dorian, a teenager living with Down syndrome, as an emerging adult with sexual urges who yearns for his independence. As Oliver begins to discover the changing dynamics within his home, he starts to fear that his son might not only be different by virtue of his disability, but also his sexual orientation.Director Bio:
Rodrigo is a Havana-born filmmaker who moved to Toronto in 2006 to pursue his love of filmmaking. He studied film in Toronto and London, UK, where he developed a keen interest for writing, directing and producing. Rodrigo’s work has screened at the Short Film Corner Cannes International Film Festival, the Miami International Film Festival, Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche, the IMA Gallery, Maximum Exposure Festival and the Annual Showcase at the University of Westminster in London, UK.

still from Penpals

RT: 10 minutes
Director: Gerald Patrick Fantone
Producers: Gerald Patrick Fantone
Kire Paputts

Starring: Victor Pereira
Darcey Campbell
Brooke BanningSynopsis:
Marvin, a mentally challenged young man spends his afternoon writing to his long time penpal, Princess Lulu from a theme park. Thinking of what to write, he takes inspiration from repeatedly watching his home video of her. As he writes, his endearing and innocent messages gradually turn into a confession of his hidden sexual desires for his beloved princess, but is she who he thinks she is?Director’s Bio:
Gerald Patrick Fantone is an award winning filmmaker, a graduate of York University’s Film Production program and a Berlinale Talent Campus alumni, he has acted as the assistant director for DramaWay Theatre Productions, a Toronto-based theatre organization that provides creative programs to individuals with specialneeds for many years. His most recent films include Urban Zoo (TUFF 2012), & Play. Stop. Rewind. (VIFF 2010).

still from The Nature Of Creativity

The Nature Of Creativity
RT: 15 minutes
Director: Lizz A. Hodgson
Producer: Lizz A. Hodgson
Starring: DramaWay students

The Nature of Creativity follows “DramaWay’s” founder & director Danielle Strnad through her drama classes for exceptional youth and adults within the GTA. We encounter many wonderful people along the way, through the philosophy of the program and with lessons learned we begin to see through new eyes as this population of artists and individuals expand their natural ability in living creative lives.

Director Bio:
Lizz A. Hodgson is a graduate of York Universities film production program where she focused mainly on Documentary cinema. Currently in the midst of making her first alternative piece, she works with exceptional individuals working towards their daily and long term life goals. She is a proud supporter of inclusion practices in the realms of artists and individuals with special needs.

still from Rainbow Connection

Rainbow Connection
RT: 19 minutes
Director: Kire Paputts
Producers: Kire Paputts
James Vandewater

Starring: Dylan Harman
Deborah Grover
Julian Richings
Atticus MitchellSynopsis:
Eugene, a teenager with Down syndrome, spends hours drawings his favourite thing, rainbows. But behind his seemingly colourful world is a reality he can’t escape, his mother’s illness. Desperate to help her, Eugene soon learns that hanging onto the life he knows means losing more than he ever imagined.Director Bio:
Kire Paputts is an award winning producer/director. A Ryerson University Film Program graduate, Kire has made a name for himself with short and feature length films that have played around the world, including TIFF, SXSW, and The Edinburgh International Film Festival. He is currently finishing a documentary entitled The Last Pogo Jumps Again, about the first wave of Punk/New Wave in Toronto with fellow filmmaker Colin Brunton.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the directors and lead actors. There will be cheap drinks served all night. So, come out and make some new friends. Feel free to bring whoever. I just want people to see these films. Hope to see you all there.
For more info visit…