This city provides endless opportunities for drawing, sometimes in places you wouldn't expect. Here's an assortment from the past few weeks:
Recently SIRT, a research and training facility for the film, tv and gaming industries, hosted a panel about the future of Stereoscopic 3D technology. Located in a giant soundstage at Pinewood Studios, the event was packed with professionals eager to explore this fascinating new medium.
Bill White (Former owner of William F. White, the illustrious Canadian film-equipment rental company) traced the evolution of Stereo from its beginnings to the present as the other panelists listened in. Ever feel nauseous during a 3D film? Bill cited ineffective use of the technology as the main reason for public fatigue and discomfort towards the current trend. "Why would anyone want to pay a premium to feel bad?"
Then Stereographer Brent Robinson gave us an overview of the 3D pipeline and how the technology can add "No pun intended -- Another dimension to your film!"
We were also given a preview of an IMAX documentary film that was simply breathtaking. There were lots of notetakers in the audience!
Next, Diane Woods of 3eedom Digital, explained how all this Stereo business fits into the television market. As usual, Canadian broadcasters were the slowest to adopt this technology.
Here's Bill White looking rather dapper in a slick pair of 3D glasses!
I only became aware of the possibilities of 3D through my time spent in Montreal working on my NFB short. One of my fellow Hothousers crafted his film using audio waveform data and Stereo to create an immersive experience, and that's when I really began to understand its potential. We were also given the opportunity to visit Janro Imaging Labs and test-drive SANDDE, a software that allows you to DRAW IN 3D SPACE! This completely melted my mind, and I'm really hoping to use it to create artwork and films some time in the future.
Everyone was excited to hear Stereographer Demetri Portelli discuss what it was like to work with "Marty" Scorsese on Hugo. Addressing his bold choices for the film, Demetri explained, "Stereo that plays it safe can be consistent, but stereo that plays it safe can also be boring." The same can be said of many other art forms!
On another night I was invited back to Koerner Hall to see the RCO play alongside legendary pianist Leon Fleisher. I had a different vantage point than my last time at Koerner Hall which made for some interesting drawings.
Mr. Fleisher takes the stage.
The lead violinist played with marvellous intensity.
I found it remarkable that Mr. Fleisher is able to play piano with only his left hand!
On an entirely different day I left home early enough to slip in some drawing time before meeting friends after work. While riding my bike along Queen I spotted El Almacen, a charming cafe that specializes in yerba mate tea from South America.
The tea itself is served loose in a hollow gourd and sipped through a metal straw. I especially enjoyed the ritual of preparing the drink. "You must make sure the water is no more than 75 degrees," the barista explained, "Or you will burn the tea and destroy its nutrients."
The beverage had a grassy flavour to complement my pastry-of-choice, an Alfajore filled with creamy dulce de leche. Nibble, sip, nibble, draw, sip...
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