Hello, here’s an attempt to showcase some new work and old work. A place to share some insight into projects, process, inspiration and things I’m generally interested in. I hope to keep this up-to-date and an enjoyable place for you to come visit often.

cheers, Alan.
June 21st
1:51 PM

Summer solstice: celebrating the longest day of the year

Happy Summer Solstice, longest amount of daylight of the year!  5:36am - 9:02pm = 15h26m (in Toronto)

June 20th
10:29 PM
Minijib #Ditogear  (at Cinespace Studios)

Minijib #Ditogear (at Cinespace Studios)

9:58 PM
On set with the talented @stephenfun and @brutes using my mini-moco system.  (at Cinespace Studios)

On set with the talented @stephenfun and @brutes using my mini-moco system. (at Cinespace Studios)

June 12th
12:36 PM

Vermeer's paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs

Now this is dedication…

May 29th
12:14 AM
That’s a wrap on San Francisco! (at Duncans cove , Bodega Bay CA)

That’s a wrap on San Francisco! (at Duncans cove , Bodega Bay CA)

May 24th
9:37 AM
Location scouting off the Pacific Coast Highway #pch  (at Point Reyes)

Location scouting off the Pacific Coast Highway #pch (at Point Reyes)

March 5th
2:08 PM

The Defector: Escape from North Korea wins diversity prize | Toronto Star

Congratulations to Ann Shin and everyone that worked on The Defector, which picked up 3 awards at the Canadian Screen Awards last night! Along with the Diversity Prize, the film also won Best Documentary and Best Direction in a documentary.

February 25th
1:52 PM
Via

The significance of plot without conflict

stilleatingoranges:

In the West, plot is commonly thought to revolve around conflict: a confrontation between two or more elements, in which one ultimately dominates the other. The standard three- and five-act plot structures—which permeate Western media—have conflict written into their very foundations. A “problem” appears near the end of the first act; and, in the second act, the conflict generated by this problem takes center stage. Conflict is used to create reader involvement even by many post-modern writers, whose work otherwise defies traditional structure.

The necessity of conflict is preached as a kind of dogma by contemporary writers’ workshops and Internet “guides” to writing. A plot without conflict is considered dull; some even go so far as to call it impossible. This has influenced not only fiction, but writing in general—arguably even philosophy. Yet, is there any truth to this belief? Does plot necessarily hinge on conflict? No. Such claims are a product of the West’s insularity. For countless centuries, Chinese and Japanese writers have used a plot structure that does not have conflict “built in”, so to speak. Rather, it relies on exposition and contrast to generate interest. This structure is known as kishōtenketsu.

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January 25th
1:48 PM

News Shooter | China Heavyweight – how a successful feature documentary was shot on Canon 5D mkII

Great insight into the production of Yung Chang’s “China Heavyweight”, with DP Sun Shaoguang and producer Han Yi.  An amazing film that just opened to the most number of theatres in Chinese history for a documentary. (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/china-heavyweight-become-widely-screened-666946)