Media Arts, Advanced TV and Film Faculty Return from Buenos Aires Conference

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Advanced Film and Television Coordinator Jean Desormeaux and Media Arts faculty John Helliker recently attended a conference in Buenos Aires about changes in digital film technologies, and Jean had this to say about his experience:

This September, John Helliker and I attended CILECT 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Conference itself was hosted by the Argentinian school Escuela Nacional de Experimentacion y Realiacion Cinematografica (ENERC) and its dean, Pablo Rovito. 73 schools from 36 countries attended on this occasion.

The International Association of Film and Television Schools (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision – CILECT), of which Sheridan is a long time member, is an invaluable source of innovation, intellectual discussion, as well as networking potential. CILECT offers Sheridan new global approaches film education as well as providing us with international recognition for our programs. Engagement with this organization, representing 160 of the world’s best film schools from 65 different countries, is helping to increase select international recruiting, in addition to broadening student and faculty exchanges and further training opportunities. It is also an arena to test Sheridan and our Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT) research initiatives and exchange pedagogical approaches.

The topics for the conference were framed specifically around the challenge of continuing digital technological change and included:

–       Producing and new formats of commercialization, distribution and marketing, (which introduced aggressive advances for producing in the creative industries)

–       Technological change leading to new psychological approaches in editing and sound

–       Cinematography: film vs. digital influences.

–       Screenwriting: Directing (new writing strategies in gaming, trans-media and traditional film making)

–       Digital Intervention in production design and visual effects

Advanced Television and Film faculty, and Director of Sheridan College’s Screen Industries Research Training Centre (SIRT),  John Helliker presented a paper on inaugural previsualization experiments in production design and visual effects to great interest and acclaim. Numerous schools immediately asked us to explore possible partnerships with them in this area, and as a result the ATVF-VFX program in conjunction with the SIRT research group will be employing its new capstone process this year to expand our study of this fast growing educational field and teaching market. We will then report and present the results of this initiative to CILECT in 2014.

You can learn more about Sheridan’s Film and TV degree here, and more about our Advanced Television and Film program here.

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