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You know, we were going to write a blog post about TV, eh? last year. We were big fans of their podcast, which talked about Canadian television each week. But then they went and hung it up, riding off into the television sunset. As sad as it was to see them go, we understood pulling the plug on a blog to shift gears.

Good for everyone though (including me needing a blog topic) TV, eh? is rising like a glorious Phoenix. The ashes of TV Guide Canada would be involved in said rising.

Yes, TV, eh?’s return comes on the heels of TV Guide Canada shutting things down. Running online many years after the paper channel guide disappeared from coffee tables across the country, the television giant called it quits earlier this summer. One of the reasons TV, eh? founder Diane Wild felt good about leaving her site last Christmas was the TV Guide Canada could continue to highlight original Canadian programs and produce features and interviews on shows and the people making them here in Canada. But we know how tough traditional media is finding this whole Internet world. Continue reading

From The Idea Jar: The Penny Retires

Just like Toronto mayor Rob Ford, we are back with an Idea Jar post (timely humour FTW)!

This one comes from two different inspirations.

The phasing out of the penny here in Canada (see you in hell, one cent coin!) and an old Saturday Night Live sketch based on the tumble of the U.S. dollar.

Our take on the penny would be the now useless coin getting a send-off to its retirement by the other Canadian coins.

You are free to do with this idea anything you think is funnier.

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.

Useless. All of you.

Useless. All of you.

All It Takes Is One Minute

It’s a little on the short notice side, but the deadline for two film festivals is Tuesday. Lucky for you, filmmaker, you only need to make a silent one minute movie to submit to both the Gotta Minute Film Festival here in Edmonton and the Toronto Urban Film Festival.

GMFF imageBoth are festivals that run the one minute films on transit station screens. The LRT stations in Edmonton recently got outfitted with these, while Toronto’s subway stations already had them. Toronto fest films will also be seen on Pattison screens in shopping malls across Canada. They’ll go great with your new shoes from Aldo.

It’s a cool idea to showcase film and video productions in this way, because standing around waiting for a train makes us all a captive audience. And that the movies are silent means you don’t need to worry about missing dialogue when a train comes roaring into the station.

I managed to knock something together for TUFF last year (but didn’t get in) and was excited to see the idea had come to Edmonton, in partnership with FAVA. And it doubles my chances of getting into a film festival!

So, if you’ve got some energy to produce a movie, these are two festivals you can probably get something done for in just a few days. Both close submissions on Tuesday, July 15. Make a movie this weekend!

And, if you do make a one-minute movie, you can always cut a version with sound to submit to one of the many other one minute film festivals.

Happy Canada Day

To celebrate another year of Canada, let’s take a moment to recognize an unapologetically Canadian movie.

Bon Cop, Bad Cop.

We don’t see enough movies that aim for a larger audience while actually taking place in Canada. Too often in Canadian film and TV the action happens in fake U.S.A. or Generic, City.

While Bon Cop, Bad Cop won’t be held to the highest lauding of film critics it is a good buddy cop movie (a Canadian bromance, perhaps). It just happens to take place in Canada. We recommend pouring yourself a glass of maple syrup and enjoying Colm Feore and Patrick Huard channel their inner Riggs and Murtaugh.

Have a great Canada Day!

Also, let us know some of your favourite Canadian movies where the setting is the true north strong and free.

It’s Not Talent. It’s Hard Work.

In the spirit of being for something, not against something (even though complaining about stuff we don’t have is super-fun), here are some good tips for people trying to make movies, TV, short films, or just about whatever, that focus on making the best of what you’ve got to work with.

No talent required. Just hard work.

The Road To Reinvention coverRaindance’s Elliot Grove recently chatted with the Canadian branch of the organization, which is a good reason to check out some indie film tips from the ex-pat Torontonian.

And following on that idea that you can do more with less, or less than less if that’s what you’re working with, we’re going to be checking out Josh Linkner’s book “The Road To Reinvention” for more motivation to get out there and disrupt some industries with little more than some elbow grease and know-how.

Millennial Workplace Tips to Help Create Meaningful Projects

Being millennials, or close to it in the grey area between Generations X and Y, we often find ourselves reading all about how entitled we should be feeling, how we’re terrible to work with, and how creative we can be in the workplace.

One such article that’s crossed our path recently comes from Fast Company, titled “4 Tips To Help Millenials Find Meaningful Work.”

While it’s a good read about what makes work meaningful, or what makes one place better than another to work at (for any generation, really), I think the tips included in this article apply to creating content. These four tips are from the Fast Company article and I’ve added my own take on them here.

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