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Archive for May, 2005

$300,000 grant animates Weta

Special effects company Weta Workshop has been granted $300,000 of government money to turn the technology that brought The Lord of the Rings character Gollum to life into a home-grown animation industry. The “motion capture” technology used in the films can deliver high-quality animation for TV at a cheaper price than previously possible. The Foundation for Research, Science and Technology gave Weta the grant through its technology for business scheme. [More]

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French Premiere Talks Mortensen

French Premiere Talks Mortensen ‘The Stash’ is back! Mina writes: The June 2005 issue of magazine Premiere (France) that features photos of Viggo Mortensen (AKA ‘The Stash’) taken by David Cronenberg (one was taken by Emir Kusturica) during the Cannes Film Festival. [More]

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Trialog on the Trilogy: The Music of LOTR Seminar in T.O.!

The Guild of Canadian Film Composers will present a fascinating discussion on Howard Shore’s Academy Award winning music with three distinguished panelists: Genie award-winning composer and President of the Guild of Canadian Film Composers, Christopher Dedrick; Howard Dyck, CBC host of Choral Concert, Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, and Artistic Director of the Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Choir’s presentation of The Lord of the Rings Symphony and Doug Adams, author of The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films. The “trialogue” will take place at 5:30 p.m. prior to the evening performance of The Lord of the Rings Symphony in the South Lobby of Roy Thomson Hall, Sunday, June 5, Toronto. [More]

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Trialog on the Trilogy: The Music of LOTR Seminar in T.O.!

PLEASE NOTE: All Kitchener dates are sold-out

The Guild of Canadian Film Composers will present a fascinating discussion on Howard Shore’s Academy Award winning music with three distinguished panelists: Genie award-winning composer and President of the Guild of Canadian Film Composers, Christopher Dedrick; Howard Dyck, CBC host of Choral Concert, Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, and Artistic Director of the Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Choir’s presentation of The Lord of the Rings Symphony and Doug Adams, author of The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films. The “trialogue” will take place at 5:30 p.m. prior to the evening performance of The Lord of the Rings Symphony in the South Lobby of Roy Thomson Hall, Sunday, June 5, Toronto.

“Music is responsible for over 30% of an audience’s response to a film. There is no more exciting example of the profound support music gives to film than Howard Shore’s score for The Lord of the Rings films,” said Christopher Dedrick. “This will be a rare opportunity to look beneath the surface and see how such a score is created and performed.”

The Lord of the Rings Symphony is Howard Shore’s compilation in six movements of his two-time Academy-award winning score for the popular and epic movie trilogy based on Tolkien’s internationally beloved fantasy novels.

Panelist Christopher Dedrick received a 2004 Genie Award for his score for Guy Maddin’s film The Saddest Music In The World starring Isabella Rossellini. He received critical acclaim for the score for the CBC Television miniseries, Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion; and a new Rhombus Media feature, Childstar, directed by Don McKellar. He is the arranger and composer for the world-renowned Canadian Brass. Howard Dyck, CBC host of Choral Concert is the conductor of the Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Choir and has prepared the Choir for these performances of Howard Shore’s music. Author Doug Adams is a Chicago-based musician and writer. His new book, The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films will be published in the fall of 2005. He has regularly appeared on panels with Howard Shore.

Admission to A Trialogue On The Trilogy – The Music of The Lord of the Rings films is free with tickets to either concerts at Centre in the Square or Roy Thomson Hall and for GCFC members.

The Guild of Canadian Film Composers is a national association of professional composers and music producers for film, television, and new media. The Guild’s purpose is to further the interests of its members with respect to Canada’s cultural industries and agencies, film producers and music publishers.

Toronto: Roy Thomson Hall
Sunday, June 5, 2005
2 pm and 7 pm
Ticket prices: $45 – $85
Roy Thomson Hall Box office: 416-872-4255
http://www.roythomson.com/boxoffice.cfm
or through Ticketmaster 416-870-8000
http://www.ticketmaster.ca or at all Ticketmaster outlets

Trialogue on the Trilogy — The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films
Sunday, June 5 – 5:30 Roy Thomson Hall Admission free with tickets to either Toronto/Kitchener performances

Principal Sponsor Kitchener: DALSA Corporation
With support from Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The Lord of the Rings Symphony concerts in Kitchener and Toronto are produced by John Cripton and Linda Sword, Great World Artists.

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On the Road with Ted Nasmith

Vicki Shane writes: Canadian artist Ted Nasmith is at the top of his game with a new book, and several new projects in the offing. And his friends (and fellow artists) will tell you there is no one more deserving. Ted Nasmith is not only an exceptionally talented artist he is also a very nice man. I had the opportunity to catch up with him recently at his studio. [More]

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LOTR Symphony Tickets for Oregon

From orsymphony.org: The musical journey to Middle Earth begins. This concert event features more than 200 musicians performing music from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Illustrations and storyboards projected above the stage guide the audience in this otherworldly quest for one ring to rule them all. Tickets start at $15 [More]

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LOTR soundtrack storms to the top

The music in the Lord of the Rings has been voted the greatest movie soundtrack of all time. A poll by Classic FM gave 44,000 listeners the chance to vote for their favourite movie tunes. [More]

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The kings and queens of Kiwi pop culture

World famous – in New Zealand and sometimes out. Grant Smithies casts a critical eye over NZ pop culture’s most significant figures. People say the best way to understand any country is to become familiar with its great painters, poets, novelists and composers. Not true. To find out how any nation really ticks, go directly to its popular culture…Whenever the conversation turns to local movies, one film-maker bestrides the local landscape like King Kong, namely Peter Jackson. [More]

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Watch ‘Return of the Jedi’ With Us!

If you’re a Star Wars fan, pop along to #moviechat on the TORn IRC server and join in our ‘Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi’ viewing party! We’ll be starting in just under an hour and then watching the film together. [Join the chat!] (Once in the main channel, type /join #moviechat )

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Watch ‘Empire Strikes Back’ with us!

If you’re a Star Wars fan, pop along to #moviechat on the TORn IRC server and join in our ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ viewing party! We’ve just started and will be around watching the film together for the next couple of hours! [Join the chat!] (Once in the main channel, type /join #moviechat )

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LOTR Musical Is Something Precious

In the first week of sales toward the February 2006 Toronto world premiere of the musical The Lord of the Rings, theatregoers snapped up $7 million (Canadian) in tickets, a spokesperson for the Toronto producers confirmed. Tickets to the lavish stage musical went on sale May 15 – nine months before its premiere. Interest from U.S. theatregoers was reported as intense. [More]

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WETA Seeks Digital Artists

Weta Workshop/Digital (the production company that created the visual effects for the Lord of the Rings trilogy) is seeking Digital Artists to work on upcoming feature films, including King Kong which is current in post production. Weta Digital seeks Keyframe Animators, Motion Editors, Modelers, Shader Writers, Matte Painters, Character TDs, 3D Texture Painters, Compositors, 2D Paint Artists and VFX Production Coordinators. [More]

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