Posts Tagged ‘Short film’


The St. John’s International Womens Film Festival Presents Films on the go Workshops

June 1, 2011

Composing for Film with Colleen Power
St. John’s, Wednesday June 1st 2011 – With 9 community screenings, two filmmaking workshops and one serious road trip the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is pleased to announce its 2011 Films on the Go Program.
This celebrated annual film tour stops in Placentia on Sunday June 19th and from 10am to 2pm you can join multi-award-winning bilingual singer/songwriter/producer Colleen Power in an intensive composing workshop which is free of charge! This hands-on workshop covers the basics of scoring a film from start to finish. Learn how a musical score influences mood and tone in film. Topics include: working with a director, musical cues, transitioning from scene to scene, accentuating the mood and sonic continuity, use of music with lyrics vs. instrumental pieces, and so much more!
Colleen Power is best known for her satirical lyrics and stick-in-your-head melodies. The Freshwater, Placentia Bay native co-produced her first three albums and self- produced and recorded her last three. Her collaboration with her partner, Roger Maunder, resulted in music videos like “New Townie Man”, “Dead Bird in the Garbage” and “Sketchy Jerome”, which have become Youtube phenomena. Owner and operator of Baygirl Music Studios in St. John’s, she started working in film as a boom operator/sound recordist for film and TV in 2003. Colleen presently composes and records original music for various short films, videos and commercials and she is now in development of a series of music videos and a comedy TV pilot with her partner, Roger Maunder.
Join Colleen Power for her workshop at the Placentia Bay Cultural Arts Centre on Sunday June 19th at 10am to 2pm. Please contact Jacqueline Hynes at 709-754-3141 or email to sign up for this FREE workshop brought to you by The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. Please join us after the workshop for our Films on the Go screening at 8pm featuring the locally- produced


The Nickel Gets Jazzed & the Jazz Festival Gets Framed

June 1, 2011

6th Annual Super 8 Series co-presented by the Nickel Film Festival,

Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival


Canadian Federation of Musicians – Local 820

(Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians’ Association)

During the 2011 Nickel Film Festival, filmmaker Roger Maunder will facilitate a workshop on Super 8 film-making for the festival’s annual film series that brings together filmmakers and musicians. The end result will be a screening of three original films with a live-recorded performance by musicians at the 10th annual Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival, as well as a screening of the film with sound the following year at the Nickel Film Festival.

How it works

Composers are invited to apply to participate in this program. One composer has already been selected. Two more will be chosen by a selection committee of the provincial musicians’ association.

On Tuesday June 17, three filmmakers will be chosen to create Super 8 films.

The three musicians will each be matched with a filmmaker at the workshop facilitated by Roger Maunder on June 21, from 1-3pm. Participating composers must be available to attend this workshop.

Once paired up, the composer and filmmaker collaborate on an idea for a short film. The filmmaker will be supplied with a camera and 3 minutes of Super 8 film for a one-day shoot during the festival. The film is edited in camera. It is then processed and the composer will be given a copy of the film to compose music. The composer will have 24 hours to complete the music and get it ready for a live-recorded performance during the Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Festival. The musical performance will be recorded and then combined with the film. The Nickel Film Festival will screen the result the following year at their festival.

To qualify

To qualify for this project, filmmakers must have had a film screened at a past or the current Nickel Film Festival.

To qualify as a composer, you should have experience composing music for film as well as confidence and ease performing in an improvised manner. You must also be a current member of CFM 820 or a performer at this year’s Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Festival. A selection committee has been formed by our association’s Executive Board to assess the submissions.

If you wish to apply, please submit a sample of your musical work and your artist bio OR an EPK OR a website address that includes a musical sample + bio.

Deadline for submissions is Monday June 6, 2011.


Should you have any questions, please contact Rozalind MacPhail at the Canadian Federation of Musicians – Local 820:

The office phone number is 709-722-8005 and Roz’s email is:


Newfoundland Multi-Instrumentalist Rozalind MacPhail Launches Painted Houses Project

March 24, 2011

St. John’s, Friday March 18 – At The Ship Inn on Thursday April 7th at 9pm, Newfoundland-based composer/multi-instrumentalist Rozalind MacPhail will be launching the much anticipated Painted Houses project.

In partnership with the prestigious Dawson City International Short Film Festival, Painted Houses brings together thirteen Newfoundland films with composer Rozalind MacPhail’s flute-friendly soundscapes. Painted Houses dares to do in a few minutes what other films take 2 hours to accomplish, highlighting St. John’s life in a way that evokes fond memories for those who live in and love the place.

Over the month of January 2011, Rozalind invited emerging and established local filmmakers in St. John’s to create 13 experimental short films in which she composed and recorded the music. Subsequently, this collaborative effort was then submitted to the local RPM Challenge. Featured filmmakers include Ruth Lawrence, Roger Maunder, Ed Tanasychuck, Brad Gover, Darrell Power (Great Big Sea), Colleen Power, Shannon Cymbaly and more.

For a sampling of the project, please view the video below;

Small Painted Houses by Elsa Morena

Dreams in Black & White by Roger Maunder

Where There is Love by Darrell Power

Rozalind MacPhail will be showcasing the Painted Houses project as a live performance of music and film at the 11th annual Dawson City Short Film Festival in the Yukon on April 21st. She has been appointed composer-in-residence for the Dawson City International Short Film Festival’s 1-Minute Film Challenge which she co-founded in 2009.

Join Rozalind and friends on April 7th to show your support of this groundbreaking innovative and artistic endeavour. All proceeds from the launch are in support of Painted Houses. Doors at 9pm. $10 at the door.

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