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Monday, March 5, 2018

work and snow

I had six meetings scheduled for today and figured I'd be running constantly all day. However, two meetings didn't happen and two were much shorter than anticipated, resulting in me having much less to do today than I expected. Got stuck on the way home and a couple of guys helped push me out. Even back on our street, I think I'm just lodged into my spot. We shoveled as best we could around the car but I think it might be out of commission until the end of the week. We plan to use the old car which has better tires. 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Lots of snow

The snow began on Saturday afternoon. I'd been expecting it so William and I watched "The Shining", although it was premature and the storm didn't begin until after the film ended in mid-afternoon. This evening I drove to Kevin's, which was incredibly slow going there and even worse coming back. No streets were being plowed. I went out of my way to take Victoria Avenue, figuring it would have been cleared but my car was bottoming out of the snow as I drove along the trenches, even in the middle of downtown. Got there and back all right though.

When I got back, William and Margaret were watching the Oscars. I thought it was live but soon realized they were watching the recording and still had two and a half hours remaining. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Hand made emulsion

Matt Ripplinger, a very adventurous film student, made his own emulsion recently and applied it to short pieces of 16mm. He generously gave me one piece and here is what became of it:

Friday, March 2, 2018

35mm on the move

I popped past Science and took a look at the projector Derek is repairing. The belts fit. The lens is is terrible shape but I later found a place Joe recommends to refurbish it. We loaded up the camera and shot half a roll. Below, Berny brings "Dolly" out to buy a cookie. William was home sick today so we only attended the introduction lecture to the symphony performance and skipped out on the operatic show that we'd bought tickets for. Margaret is swamped with writing she's got a tight deadline on and I'm just tired for more reasons than I can count. We needed a night at home. William and I watched Gosta-Gavras's "State of Siege" and the Tarantino scripted "True Romance". 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Chrystene and Haley

It was really nice to be able to get Chrystene Ells and Haley together to talk about animation. They are coming at it from very different directions, which is always an eye opening experience. My day after that was incredibly full with work and class. George was over for supper later. I had to return to the university to develop the 35mm test roll we shot before Christmas. I manually scanned about 30 frames and turned it into a GIF:

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"Kim's Convenience" author Ins Choi in Regina

I can't believe there wasn't a packed house for the reading and talk by Ins Choi, the playwriter and actor who is currently famous as having created "Kim's Convenience". He was charming and funny and I'd have loved to listed to him hour hours.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Even with last week off from classes, I am far from being caught up on so many tasks. One thing I finally got back to was acquiring supplies for an animation pedestal for the stop motion room. I went to the lumber place and hardware place Jessie recommended and started stuff "rolling".(see great selection of castors below)