Tell Those Local Stories

We couldn’t agree more with the sentiment in this Metro Calgary article about telling Alberta stories (h/t to YegFilmer Geeta for the link).

While Alberta is chock full of good stories, great characters, and important debates, so is Edmonton. And your city. And your hometown. And every other place in Canada. (And Brazil, if our web stats are to be believed that we actually have real people from Brazil reading this.)

This is just a short post to say “Yeah, tell your own stories!” Things placed in Anytown, USA may help sell a TV show or movie in the short-term but it’s not likely going to be one that remains part of the pop culture conversation for years to come. A good example of this is Corner Gas. There is absolutely no ambiguity that it takes place in a small town in Saskatchewan.

A couple of other favourites, and openly Canadian shows, we like and can name off the top of our heads include This Is Wonderland (Toronto), Da Vinci’s Inquest (Vancouver), The King of Kensington (Toronto), Continuum (Vancouver, future-Vancouver), and Less Than Kind (Winnipeg – bonus for the “Confusion Corner” road sign in the opening credits).

What are some of your favourite Canadian TV shows, movies, and books that actually take place in Canada?

It’s not TV, it’s HBO

HBO logo

HBO’s slogan is going to take on a new level in the new year. The cable channel synonymous with ushering in a golden age of television programming is cutting the cord.

In 2015, HBO will allow non-cable subscribers to pay for and watch its programming in a new online streaming service (or through other online services and options). While there’s no Canadian mention as of yet, it will likely follow quickly as this will surely find success with people already watching most of their programming online and through services like Netflix and Hulu. (There are said to be ways to circumvent said international restrictions, but we wouldn’t know anything about that.)

This is great news for people who have cut their cable, or are considering it, as HBO is one of those channels that could really keep you hooked on monthly cable bills (or keep you downloading, as Game of Thrones is the biggest show on the torrents). It’s also big news as Canada’s television regulator and our TV networks try to figure out what comes next. If HBO is any indication, bet on the future going online, and stop trying to find ways to keep people buying cable packages they don’t really want anymore. And it’s the best news for people who are just looking to watch what they want when they want, and not always resort to downloading the best shows on TV.

 

From The Idea Jar: Startup Babies

Sometimes when we dig into our idea jar we find something we cannot remember coming up with. This is going to be one of those.

Bouncing off Sally’s recent Ladies Aren’t Funny improv class, this could be considered a line to start a scene. Maybe even a good line? Either that, or we were trying to pitch a Muppet Babies-like spin-off for Startups.

The idea is:

“There are no babies in Startups!”

While a quick Google search may seem to challenge that idea (image below), I think I stand by that statement. Anyway, create with that what you will, Internet.

These babies are looking for venture capital.

These babies are looking for venture capital.

 

Our Idea Jar never seems to find itself running low on ideas neither of us remember coming up with. Check out all of our Idea Jar posts for items you can make your own.