Monthly Archives: January 2015

National Film Board Short Docs, Animated Shorts Nominated For Canadian Screen Awards

Two short documentary films and two animated shorts from the National Film Board are among a total of 17 Canadian Screen Awards nominations it has received from the Academy of Canadian Television & Cinema.

Seth’s Dominion‘ by Luc Chamberland and ‘Jutra‘ by Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre were nominated as Best Short Documentary Film, while ‘Me and My Moulton‘ by Torill Kove and ‘Soif‘ by Michèle Cournoyer were nominated as Best Animated Short.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television annually presents the Canadian Screen Awards in celebration of Canadian film, television, and digital talent both on-screen and behind the scenes. This year’s awards ceremony will take place in Toronto at the Sheraton Centre on February 24 and 25 during Canadian Screen Week. A 2-hour live broadcast of the awards gala will take place on CBC-TV on March 1st at 8 p.m.

Congratulations goes to the film makers and the NFB. Best of luck to everyone!

Logo courtesy of NFB
Logo courtesy of NFB

Want Some Advice On Work And Life? Watch ‘How To Keep Your Day Job’ (2012)

It’s January, and we’re all back in our routines.  For some people, the new year is a time when we look back on the past and strive for a better year ahead. In some cases, having a better year may mean improving on our work and personal lives. In the short film called ‘How To Keep Your Day Job’ (2012), we are presented with a humorous tutorial on how exactly to accomplish this task.

Written by Lesley Krueger and directed by Sean Frewer, ‘How To Keep Your Day Job’ is based upon the short story of the same name. It follows the life of a young woman (played by Georgina Reilly of CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries) and her daily struggle to balance the demands of her workplace and her boyfriend. The film is narrated by a male voice, and this voice dispenses advice that the woman tries to follow. Watch the entire video below:

It was funny to watch the contradictions happen between her actions and the voice’s advice. It was equally funny seeing some of the advice not working out for her, such as giving “advance notice” at work. Of course, the advice given to help her handle her workplace was also applicable to navigating and surviving her relationship with her guitar-player boyfriend. I found the scene where she fell down the stairs an interesting way to introduce the turning point where she literally ‘saw the light’ and everything changed for her.

Georgina Reilly did an excellent job playing the office worker and girlfriend. She’s definitely busy these days on the Murdoch set, but we hope to see her in other Canadian short films in the near future.