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New Ideas Festival 2022

Industry Lecture-Demos
​Brenda Darling, Producer

On Stage to Online

 

You’ve produced or directed, acted in, or crewed a live theatre show, and now it’s pivoting to digital. Will you be left behind?

This lecture-demonstration series prepares you to be a knowledgeable participant in the journey from on stage to online. Practising artists introduce non-technicians to the basic technology and artistry of working with a camera, lighting, sound, editing, post-production and digital platforms.

You may be surprised how many of your live theatre skills are relevant and transferable. Take the trip.

JAMES KENDAL
LIGHTING AND SOUND FOR THE CAMERA
​Monday, April 18/7pm-9:30pm EDT
​In Person

James Kendal will facilitate a workshop on simple and effective lighting and sound recording techniques for video capture of a live stage production. For lighting, we will walk through a live demonstration of stage lighting use on film as well as three-point lighting concepts and the use of bounce, diffusion and LED vs Tungsten. For sound we will discuss advantages and disadvantages of different types of microphones, placement, monitoring, and capture to best set up for post-production and mastering. Participants will have a brief opportunity to manipulate some of the resources to get a feel for the ideas presented.”

​Bio:
​James Kendal is a technician, carpenter, and artist based in Toronto. He has been a multi-talented artist who has moved professionally from singing to violin to a decade of ballet. ​He is currently working at McMaster University in the role of Senior Performance Technician. Working in the L.R. Wilson Concert Hall and Black Box Theatre, he mentors student designers in their concepts to completed designs, along with lighting, sound, and projection work. Prior to COVID-19, he toured internationally extensively with Peggy Baker Dance Projects and Kidoons Jungle Book.

NICHOLAS SIMMONS
VIDEOGRAPHY: THE DIRECTOR’S EYE
Sunday, April 24/2:30pm -5pm EDT
In Person

This is a practical course that will deepen a theatre practitioner’s understanding of the basic properties, possibilities, and limitations of the professional video camera in the hands of an expert. Simmons will demonstrate techniques including creative framing, visual continuity, storyboarding, the creation of a shot list, and the interactions between the camera and stage lighting and sound. What’s the effect on the story when we use different types of shots? Will your vision for the stage production have to change for the digital presentation? How will the experience and responsibilities of cast and crew be altered?​

Bio:
Nicholas Simmons is a professional videographer with experience in both the worlds of broadcasting and theatre. His interest in both fields began in high school and continued in the RTA School of Media with an emphasis on live broadcasts. Since moving to Toronto in late 2011, he has worked on productions with the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, the Lower Ossington Theatre, and T.Y.T. Theatre, both backstage and behind the camera. He has also worked as a camera operator with the Ontario Hockey League, as a videographer and director at concerts across Ontario, and as a director for livestreams ranging from musical performances to meet-and-greets with Santa Claus.

ALEXANDER DeSOUZA
WHAT EDITORS REALLY WANT
Sunday, May 8/2:30pm-5:00pm EDT​​
LIVE Streaming 

You’ve filmed, edited and finally have an amazing video that you’re ready to show the world! But what comes next? In this 1.5-hour workshop, we will take an inside look at popular digital platforms including OBS, YouTube Live, Facebook Live and more. We will explore the key concepts to look out for when choosing a platform for your work as well as technical considerations to keep in mind. Topics covered include how to prepare your video for broadcast, what it means to be “live”, troubleshooting common issues when airing content, and best practices to engage online theatre viewers.

Bio:
Alexander DeSouza is an assistant picture editor and editor. As an editor and assistant, Alexander has worked on a variety of shows, having managed the delivery of more than 50 hours of television to networks around the world, including CBC, Discovery Channel, Super Channel, Hollywood Suite and UKTV. As an assistant editor, Alexander has helped develop post-production workflows for shows produced by companies such as Go Button Media and Corus Entertainment’s SODA agency. Alexander holds a BFA in Film from York University and is member of the Directors Guild of Canada, the Canadian Cinema Editors Association and the Canadian Screen Academy.

ALEXANDER DeSOUZA
CHOOSING YOUR DIGITAL PLATFORM
Sunday, May 15/2:30pm-4:00pm EDT
LIVE Streaming

Video editing and theatre performances have a lot in common. The power to craft stories. In this 2.5- hour workshop, you will learn first-hand what happens after the camera stops rolling. Designed especially for theatre directors and producers, we will take a deep dive into the creative and technical world of performance-based video editing and the critical concepts that you need to know to keep your editor happy. Topics covered include preparing for the edit, editing paperwork, common terminology, and single camera vs multi-camera editing as well as understanding the creative process between the editor and director.

Bio:​
Alexander DeSouza is an assistant picture editor and editor. As an editor and assistant, Alexander has worked on a variety of shows, having managed the delivery of more than 50 hours of television to networks around the world, including CBC, Discovery Channel, Super Channel, Hollywood Suite and UKTV. As an assistant editor, Alexander has helped develop post-production workflows for shows produced by companies such as Go Button Media and Corus Entertainment’s SODA agency. Alexander holds a BFA in Film from York University and is member of the Directors Guild of Canada, the Canadian Cinema Editors Association and the Canadian Screen Academy

BRENDA DARLING, PRODUCER

Brenda Darling worked 7 years at Theatre Passe Muraille​ in Toronto, journeying from actor​ to ​general manager. She founded MythMakers, which provided production and management support to 80 companies over its 5 years of existence. She ​spent​​ 13 years as ​administrative producer of ​4 different international festivals—World Stage, Harbourfront Children’s Festival, Festival de theatre des ameriques, and Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. She ​created her own short films and worked on others.
On ATC’s mainstage, Brenda directed The Trip to Bountiful (2020) and ​Stepping Out (2016). For the New Ideas Festival, she directed shorts and co-produced for 3 seasons. She has been a board member and president. She launched Cyber Reads during the pandemic. This online script workshop series has rehearsed and presented 90 top international and Canadian scripts featuring ATC directors and ATC actors.
Brenda is married to the good man she met when she was 16, has 2 wise daughters, 1 special daughter, a Kenyan godson, and 5 inspiring grandchildren.

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