Jul 29 2014

Making Malignance part III: in the edit suite

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(check out part II: on set)

Malignance is now being edited and will move into the final stages of colour correction and sound mixing before the Summer of 2014 is out. Here is a teaser trailer that you can check out in the meantime:

A lot of hard work has been put into this short film and it showcases a number of Saskatchewan talent and the motivation to those here that love the movie making process.

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See more from Malignance at our Facebook and Twitter pages:

Malignance is a different perspective of the horror, cabin in the woods genre. This film is not about blood and guts like so many other examples out there. It is also not about a supernatural entity that appears in the bathroom mirror to scare the protagonist. Malignance is about the realism and emotional tension created from a horror situation like this, not a campy exhibition. This film creates suspense through the uncertainty of darkness, the possibility that something is out there and it wants you!

There is often a dissociation between the opposing forces of the good versus evil representation in the horror genre, where the creature’s motivation to stalk the protagonist is often driven by animalistic tendencies opposed to intellectual ones. The unique aspect of Malignance is that it explores the intimate relationship between good and evil, light and dark, innocent and corrupt. The creature is pure evil through a highly sophisticated understanding of perversion and terror, which is driven by the unyielding desire to devour the illness that plagues the protagonist. The balance of the relationship is exemplified from both perspectives of the situation, which in itself becomes quite terrifying. It is important to create the film in this manner to build a rapport between the division of good and evil. The relationship between them becomes something personable; the menacing act of something stalking you in the night becomes increasingly tense. This thematic interpretation has not yet been explored in other related horror genres.

Here is some additional info below to give you a better sense of what we are working on: Read the rest of this entry »

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Jul 21 2014

Supporting independent film

Filmmaker’s Production Assistance Program

Congratulations to the following Filmpool members on their grant funding and equipment rental deferral awards, attained through the Filmpool’s annual Filmmaker’s Production Assistance Program (Spring – 2014).

The Filmpool looks forward to showcasing all of these works at upcoming Filmpool Premiere Screenings and beyond!

  • Award: Amalie Atkins $2,500 financial assistance for Post Production of Aprons
  • Award: Mike Rollo $2,500 financial assistance and $1,500 equipment rental deferral for Production of Farewell Transmission
  • Award: Matt Yim $2,500 financial assistance and $15,840 equipment rental deferral for Production of Basic Human Needs
  • Award: Mattias Graham $2,500 equipment rental deferral for Production of Red Can
  • Award: Paul-Gui Crepeau $800 equipment rental deferral for Production of Saskatchewan’s URBAN Beauty
  • Award: Kaylor Coons $1,342 equipment rental deferral for the First Film Fund of The Riddle Twins in: The Case of the Phantom…

For more information on the Filmmaker’s Production Assistance Program, visit this section of the website:



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Jul 16 2014

Making Malignance part II: on set

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(check out part I: pre-production)
In late August and early September we shot the film with a small amount of money and a huge amount of support from the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative (who provided all of the equipment), our talented actor Mr. Josh Strait (Corner Gas, The Tall Man, Wolfcop, along with numerous short films developed in Saskatchewan), and our amazingly motivated crew (all names worthy of mention: Jason Rister, Danielle Austin, Paul Crepeau, Mohammed Saadoun, Lynsey Johnson, Jay Husk, Joel Davis, and Burns Holland).

We had additional support through an Indiegogo campaign that raised several hundred dollars for the production phase. Thank you to everyone who donated. There are many others who donated their time and resources to help get Malignance in the can. Thank you to all them, we are eternally grateful!

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The entirety of the film was shot on location at a secluded cabin in the woods east of Yorkton. Due to budgetary restrictions and the fact that the cabin was 3 hours from Regina, the whole gang lived and worked at the location for a week and a half. Looking back I would not have changed a thing!

The experience created a work environment that was void of any distractions; no cell phones and no internet (plus if anyone tried to escape they would not be able too. Ha-ha I joke!).

Besides eating and sleeping, and sometimes building a little fort, we did nothing but shoot, shoot, shoot. Sometimes the bugs were bad, sometimes it was cold during long night shoots, sometimes we were crazy tired and crazy from being tired, and yet spirits remained committed to the film and everyone did an outstanding job. I cannot thank everyone enough! You can check out a behind the scenes vignette here:

(part III: Post Production and in the edit suite)

Permanent link to this article: http://www.filmpool.ca/making-malignance-part-ii-on-set/

Jul 07 2014

Making Malignance part I: pre-production

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Hi there,
My name is Matt Holland, and I have been a member of the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative for about 6 years. I have recently graduated from the Film Department at the University of Regina in 2013.

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Concept model used to figure out lighting and framing

In my last semester of school I started working on a cabin-in-the-woods style horror film with my brother, Josh Holland. While Josh worked on refining the script, I worked on the visual style for the film by constructing a model of the cabin and manipulating a concept model to act out the entire film. I then photographed the subsequent actions. I thought this would be an interesting method of preparation because I could experiment with the visual elements like lighting and color before the shooting phase began.

I incorporated the visual preparation for Malignance into a project for a Visual Storytelling class instructed by Chrystene Ells. Chrystene taught me a number of ways to build intensity in the story through the images.
The final result was turned into this animatic:

(part II: Production and on set)

Permanent link to this article: http://www.filmpool.ca/making-malignance-part-i/

Jun 24 2014

IMAA National Media Arts Summit

Hello there, this is the Filmpool’s Programming Coordinator, Noelle Duddridge, here to share a bit about my recent experience at my first IMAA National Media Arts Summit held June 8-11 in Halifax. 

IMAA stands for the Independent Media Arts Alliance, and is an umbrella organization that a number of arts organizations, including the Filmpool, are members of. They describe themselves as: a non-profit national arts service organization that promotes and advances the interests of a vibrant media arts community. Representing over 90 independent film, video, and new media production, distribution, and exhibition organizations in all parts of Canada, the IMAA serves over 16,000 independent media artists and cultural workers. 

The Tidal Force Summit happened over a week in the beautiful city of Halifax at the very impressive Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre. The week was filled with a number of great panel talks, nightly HIFF screenings, an excursion to Peggy’s Cove, and the National Media Arts Award Reception. To read more about a few of my experiences click on the images below:

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.filmpool.ca/imaa-national-media-arts-summit/

Jun 20 2014

Test Footage – Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera & Production Camera 4K

Hello again, Membership!

As promised, I’ve come bearing gifts. On our exciting, new unboxing day we made sure to get plenty of test footage from each camera to not only show off what they could do, but just to try them out ourselves! And we figured you guys would like to see what the footage coming out of these cameras is like as well, so I’m here to deliver.

In the first video you’ll see the more portable Pocket Cinema Camera, and its 1080P footage, followed by the Production Camera 4K stuff. Also make sure to check out the second video, showcasing 4K resolution, to really see what that baby can do.

We’ll be having a Blackmagic workshop on July 3rd, from 7 pm to 9pm. This will be the first of a few in the coming months. FYI: Attending the workshop is mandatory before the Blackmagic cameras will be available to rent to you, so make sure to get your spot! Register by email at [email protected]


Test Footage – Both Cameras


Production Cam footage at 4K Resolution

So there you have it! Our two new cameras waiting for you guys to come try them for yourselves.

As always, we’d love to hear your comments in the box below, fire an email to [email protected] or give us a call at 306.757.8818.


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Jun 18 2014

Blackmagic 4K & Pocket Cinema Camera

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Click image for full resolution of 4K colour grading

Black MageHey Members!

We’ve got a couple of really cool new additions to the equipment pool that we’re incredibly stoked to offer. Blackmagic‘s Pocket Cinema Camera, and Production Camera 4K. In addition to the cameras, we’ve got a pretty solid rig for each one, lenses, and of course whatever other accessories you may need that we’ve always had.

We’ve put together a couple of YouTube videos to show off the gear, so be sure to check those out. In the next post we’ll show you some footage so you have a better idea of what your shots will look like (i.e. Beautiful.)


Introducing the Pocket Cinema Camera

Introducing the Production Camera 4K

And if you have any further questions that the videos don’t quite answer, do not hesitate to post a comment below, email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 306.757.8818.

Both cams are waiting to be rented, so come and get them! We can’t wait to see what kind of footage you guys bring back.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.filmpool.ca/blackmagic-4k-pocket-cinema-camera/

Jun 06 2014

Filmpool Members Matthieu Belanger and Matt Yim Launch Crowd Funding for Basic Human Needs 


Basic Human Needs has been selected as the Indiewire Project of the Day, which means we have a chance to be the project of the week! You can help make this a reality by voting for the film here and by sharing the link with others.

 Voting ends June 8th at 5PM Eastern, so get your vote in as soon as you can.


My name is Matthieu Belanger, and I am a former summer student/current member of the Saskatchewan Filmpool. Since graduating from the University of Regina in 2013, the Filmpool has been a huge support in my filmmaking endeavors. Myself and fellow Filmpool member Matt Yim received help on our previous short film This Hucksters Paradise, and the project would have not been possible without the support of the Filmpool. We are excited to announce our next project will be our first feature film, Basic Human Needs. We have just launched our crowd funding campaign, which you can find here.

Basic Human Needs is self-deprecating feature length comedy, that explores the different relationships a young couple have with themselves, their family, and the city they live in. The film follows Miles and Audrey, recent university graduates whose intelligence and emotional sensitivity can’t make up for their debilitating lack of ambition. Although they claim to have plans of moving away — from Regina to either Toronto, Montreal, or any other city that might intrigue them on a particular day — they do nothing proactive to get there. Instead, they remain fixated on their own fantasies of an ideal grown up life; that is, until adulthood is abruptly thrust upon them over the course of one life-altering week. You can listen to us talk about the film on CBC’s Morning Editionhere.

Basic Human Needs was lucky enough to be selected as the Saskatchewan representative for the inaugural Indiecan 10K Challenge . The initiative, which is being hosted by producer Avi Federgreen (Still MineOne Week) and Indiecan Entertainment, is challenging filmmaking teams from across Canada to produce and finish their first feature film for under $10,000. All of the Indiecan 10K films must be finished by December 31, 2014.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.filmpool.ca/filmpool-members-matthieu-belanger-and-matt-yim-launch-crowd-funding-for-basic-human-needs/

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