Decoloured: “It’s about seeing beauty in the mundane.”

    Posted on: Monday, January 24th, 2011

“Every person that’s donated,” Allison White tells me, pausing to close her eyes and rest her head in her hand, “I’ve sat down and given them good vibes.”

I’m inclined to believe her. Allison is talking about her short film, Decoloured, and the IndieGoGo website she’s set up that allows people to help her fund the making of the film. Anyone who donates is assured good vibes from Allison, and the perks go up the more you give.

More on that in a moment.

Decoloured is a story Allison first found the spark for while living in Los Angeles, volunteering as an assistant to Kimberly Peirce (director, Boys Don’t Cry). A couple of years out of film school and a few short films under her belt, Allison went to LA in search of what the tinsel town had to offer a young and budding filmmaker such as herself.

While she counts much of the experience she gained from her time in LA as invaluable, it is her idea for Decoloured that she cherishes the most. It came to her in an image: a man who is completely colour blind seeing the red in a woman’s lips for the first time.

From that initial seed, she’s cultivated a story that last year garnered her the first annual RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award. This very special award is in honour of Michelle Jackson, an emerging Newfoundland filmmaker who passed away in 2008, leaving behind an incredible legacy of passion for the craft of film and friendships within the community.

For Allison, it gives her drive to make Decoloured an even deeper meaning.

“Having only recently moved back to St. John’s, I never had the opportunity to know Michelle Jackson personally. But through friends and fellow filmmakers I have seen the lasting contribution she has made to this community. I see the opportunities created by this award as a reflection of that contribution, and I am honoured to be the first recipient.”

The award has given Allison much of what she needs to complete her film, from mentorship to cash to in-kind services. But Decoloured presents special challenges not inherent to most films, particularly in how the world of her hero, Albert, is depicted.

Albert sees everything in black and white, but for the day he meets Amber. Suddenly colours are emerging for Albert in unexpected ways and places. Representing that on film (35mm, no less) will be a painstaking and costly, but ultimately worth it, procedure.

Allison figures that in order to give this film the life it deserves, she needs another $8000 in capital.

To raise those funds, she’s turned to IndieGoGo, where good people like you are able to give money in support of Decoloured.

On top of knowing that you’re contributing to the making of something very special, Allison has set aside tokens of appreciation for those who donate, which increase depending on how much money is given.

Contribute $10, for example, and you will receive a hug from Allison, good vibes, and a Thank You credit in the film and on IMDB.

For $100 you get all of the above, plus a DVD of the film and a personalized poster.

There are six tiers in total, each of which have something valuable to offer in return that builds upon what the previous tier gives.

So far Allison has raised over $1000, but there’s still a ways to go. If you’d like to help, be sure to go to Decoloured’s IndieGoGo website and pitch in what you can. As a filmmaker myself, I can assure you that every bit helps.

And from speaking with Allison I can assure you that whatever you give, it will be deeply appreciated.

I HATe you PiE

    Posted on: Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Water Street, in front of the Credit Union.

Get on with it.

    Posted on: Friday, January 21st, 2011

Signal reader Metrobust sent us a link to a short animation they produced about the Metrobus strike, which I’m happy to share with you as I share the sentiment entirely.

The links:

Contact City Hall

Join the Metrobus Strike Facebook Group

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Roll your own: apple flips

    Posted on: Friday, January 21st, 2011

It’s no secret that I love apple flips. This blog has bore witness to this fact on more than one occasion.

So I was delighted last night when my girlfriend surprised me with all the ingredients to make our own, based off her own augmented version of a recipe she found on Epicurious.

Interesting side note: when she went searching for apple flip recipes online, my girlfriend came up empty handed. Turns out the rest of the world refers to them strictly as apple turnovers. Who knew?

The filling for our flips was super simple and made for a delicious combination of texture and flavours. There was diced green apple, fresh blue berries, crushed walnuts and — get this — aged cheddar.

Toss all that in a bowl, give a stir and set it aside in the fridge for a bit. Seriously, that’s it.

We used a box of Tenderflake for our pastry, bypassing the infinitely more complex and difficult-to-get-right task of making our own. I mean, one step at a time, right?

By the time we figured out that we needed a rolling pin to transform the rectangular cubes of pastry in the box into the thin sheets needed for folding up our flips, our filling was ready for action.

You can pretty much fold these puppies up any way you please. We went with two variations: the D’Arcy Butler style of folding the four corners into a square, and the more traditional triangular approach.

25 minutes in the oven and they were ready to be set aside for cooling — by far the most arduous part of the apple flip making process.

Ten minutes later, and all our hard work paid off.

Those things were amazing. The best apple flips I’ve ever tasted. And shockingly easy to make.

Mind you, this probably won’t curb the amount of apple flips I eat outside the house, but it’s nice to know if the mood strikes I can always whip up a batch of my own.

Got a favourite food you’ve turned into your own favourite recipe? Why not let us know about it in the comments?

Inside the Extra’s Studio

    Posted on: Thursday, January 13th, 2011

With the start of a new season of Republic of Doyle, there’s a 50/50 chance you or someone you know is going to appear on TV as an extra one fine Wednesday night on CBC.

For many, it will be their first foray into extradom, and they may not be prepared for the changes their new life will bring.

Enter Ian Earnest, one of the world’s most renowned TV and movie extras. Back in 2004 he appeared on Inside the Extra’s Studio and shared his extra experience and the wisdom it has afforded him with the world. For the better half of a decade, that appearance lived on only as a legend. Until today.