It’s been a while since we updated the blog but with another reading week coming up, we have some time to catch up and recap some of our events from this year!
Our AV sale in November was such a success that we held another sale at Innis College earlier this month! Unfortunately we had to end our sale early as the campus closed due to the weather but we still had a great turn-out over. We hope to offer another sale either this term or next since we got a lot of interest and we still have many DVDs, VHS tapes, and posters left over. Stay tuned for that announcement!
On December 6th, we screened three films from the Media Commons 16mm collection:
- Amblin’ (1968) – Steven Spielberg
- The Fall of the House of Usher (1928, American) – James Sibley Watson & Melville Webber
- La Chute de la Maison Usher (1928, French) – Jean Epstein
Our first film was Steven Spielberg’s first short film (on Film!) Two young hitchhickers meet in the desert on their way toward the beach; become friends, fall in love, and part ways. The film features an ambient soundtrack and no spoken dialogue.
The next two were both avant-garde, silent film adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe’s Gothic horror tale, set in a bleak and mysterious mansion. Robyn, our social media coordinator, prepared soundtracks for each that suited the films perfectly – an American-Indo Jazz soundtrack and a psychedelic ambient techno soundtrack.
Our next film screening will be on March 11th from 6-9pm and all are welcome to attend! We’re currently accepting suggestions on what you’d like to see, whether you have a specific film in mind or a general theme. Any film from the Media Commons 16mm film collection is up for grabs!
We were very busy with workshops this term!
In January, we had our film projection workshop with Kathleen McCarthy, the Audio Visual Coordinator at Innis Town Hall. Kathleen led us through her steps in preparing and projecting a film and then we got to go up to the booth and see it in action!
February 5th was our film cataloguing workshop, led by Christina Stewart from the Media Commons. She presented on the many different types of film she sees in her work, and how to identify them, and then we got the chance to interact with the materials she brought (including smelling film!) to see how we would conduct a spot inspection.
Finally, Mark Pellegrino from the Media Commons led two workshops for us this year, both through the Inforum’s iSkills program. In October, he offered one on Basic Video Preservation and just last week led a workshop on FFmpeg: Digital Media for Access and Archival Preservation.
It’s been great learning from all these professionals in developing a wide set of skills! Thanks to all our workshop facilitators for these very informative workshops!
It’s been great to see so many new faces at our events! Don’t forget to get your suggestions in for our next film screening – just send us an email!
You can always find minutes from our past meetings on the Meeting Minutes page or send us an email @ email@example.com if you’d prefer to receive them in your inbox.