Cognogon Films – Bridging Film and Finance

A UBC film production alumni, Josh Havelka of Cognogon Films, an independent film group based in Vancouver, has always been passionate about creating films and assisting his fellow filmmakers with the eternal struggle of connecting with financiers and funding projects.

As a producer of narrative short films, Cognogon Films recently produced “Breeze In The Storm”, which is currently in its festival circuit following its world premiere at the Leiden International Film Festival in Holland. In addition to film production, Cognogon Films is committed to bringing filmmakers and funding sources closer together, while making story based advertisements for like-minded businesses.

For a comprehensive list of funding sources to filmmakers with emerging and established careers in every part of Canada, check out Cognogon Films’s latest product, Fulfilmaker.

   

 

Q&A With Lion Bear Fox

Following the release of their debut self-titled album “Lion Fox Bear” in 2017, the dynamic trio consisting of Christopher Arruda, Ryan McMahon and Cory Woodward joined forces for their No Turning Back Tour and never looked back! Find out what Lion Bear Fox had to say when we recently caught up:

1) Q: Does your album have a theme?

A: Yes. Hope and redemption. Living to your purpose.

2) Q: Rave about someone that participated in this project.

A: Our producer. Nyg… man. Thank you.

3) Q: Tell us about another BC album that we should listen to.

A: Love Versus – Leeroy Stagger

4) Q: What is your favourite BC venue or town to play in

A: Oh… hard… Dream Cafe, The Grotto and we just headlined the first high school folk fest in Lake Country.

5) Q: Name a BC artist that’s had an influence on your music.

A: Matthew Rogers from Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer

 Music: https://thelionthebearthefox.bandcamp.com/

FOLLOW Lion Fox Bear

Website: http://www.thelionthebearthefox.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lionbearfoxband

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lionbearfoxband

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/lion-bear-fox/id1186414743?ls=1&app=itunes

 

 

 

 

 

Q&A with – Paolo Brian!

Paolo Brian’s latest album release, “Tunnel Vision” is an exploration of identity via memory, longing and transition. Its sound blends classic bands like the Beach Boys and the Zombies with the modern influences of Ben Folds and Andy Shauf. We recently caught up with Brian on all things “Tunnel Vision”:

 1) Q: Tell us about a song on your album that is meaningful to you.

A: The song “Amnesia” was inspired by a newscast highlighting the struggle of a man with a rare brain disorder which would not allow him to be exposed to sunlight. He needed to travel out of the country to receive expensive surgery and he and his wife were willing to give everything up to do it. It is a song about remembering and fighting for who you really are despite life’s inevitable challenges.

2) Q: Does your album have a theme?

A: “Tunnel Vision” deals with gaining perspective on a nebulous future and learning from the past. The title song “Tunnel Vision” asks “will the sun ever rise?” while the closing track “Colourblind” answers with “open your eyes” and have faith. The artwork also has a winter theme which ties in with the uncertainty in the songs.

3) Q: Did anything surprising happen while you were recording this album?

 A: Though I had previously recorded demos for all the songs at home, I was surprised at how much energy, layering, and texture we were able to add in the studio. For example, in certain sections the same vocal part was dubbed four times over and then combined with four part harmonies!

4) Q: Rave about someone that participated in this project.

 A: Mike Southworth (drummer, engineer and mixer) added so much life and energy to the tracks with his drumming and mixing. He was able to transform my initial demos into polished and professional tracks without taking away their initial essence. Apart from the music, Mike is a pleasure to work with and a great friend.

 5) Q: Name a BC artist that’s had an influence on your music.

A: BC artist “Said the Whale” have influenced me greatly. I love the “Little Mountain” album and watching all the videos they made for those songs.

Music: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4sOtOFb4ESaIYJy8ppV0dLcVpqAezOcK

FOLLOW Paolo Brian

Website: https://paolobrian.ca/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paolobrianmusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaoloBrian

Bandcamp: https://paolobrian.bandcamp.com/

 

 

Crash Pad

Filmed entirely in BC across the lower mainland, with all post production done in Vancouver Crash Pad starring Domhnall Gleeson, Thomas Haden Church, Christina Applegate, and Canadian Nina Dobrev tells the story of a hopeless romantic (Domhnall Gleeson) who thinks he’s found true love with an older woman (Christina Applegate) only to learn that she’s married and their encounter was merely an instrument of revenge against her neglectful husband (Thomas Haden Church). Initially out for blood the husband finds himself strangely sympathetic to the romantic’s plight and decides the best way for the two of them to get revenge is by moving in together, cutting her out and living a bachelor’s life.

DVD’s are available today!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vert-ent Red Band

Trailer: https://youtu.be/vc4UTH8wTc4

Check out Crash Pad review:
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/crash-pad-1048950

 

Twenty-one days before Christmas and twenty–one BC films to enjoy this holiday season.

The BC Film and TV industry has played a part in all of the films listed below.

Happy Holidays

Coming Home For Christmas

Christmas Homecoming

Christmas Calendar

A Gift to Remember

Marry Me at Christmas

With Love, Christmas

The Mistletoe Inn

Finding Santa

The Christmas Train

A Joyous Christmas

Four Christmases and a Wedding

Tiny Christmas

Christmas in Evergreen

Christmas at Holly Lodge

Psych: The Movie

The Christmas Cottage

Runaway Christmas Bride

Maggie’s Christmas Miracle

Rocky Mountain Christmas

Christmas Getaway

When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree

A Bramble House Christmas

Christmas Solo

Engaging Father Christmas

Christmas Princess

Get to know Nice Horse!

Born and raised on the Alberta prairies, Nice Horse, made up of Kaley Debra, Katie Marie, Brandi Caroline and Krista Lee are ready to unleash a jacked-up, bush-partying bolt of energy on the country music scene. Check out our Q&A with these longtime friends and musical allies:

1) Q: Is there a song on your album that is meaningful to you?

A: We all have a soft spot for the song “Hold Your Horses” – it’s one of the first songs the four of us ever wrote together as a band.

 2) Q: Does your album have a theme?

A: Are horse puns a theme? If so – yes, our album has a theme!

 3) Q: Did anything surprising happen while you were recording this album?

A: It turns out Bob Rock is an excellent shaker player, and he likes to track the shaker parts himself on all the records he produces. Who knew?

 4) Q: Rave about someone that participated in this project.

A: Adam Greenholtz is truly one of the best engineers out there – there’s really nothing the man can’t do. Vocal harmonies need tweaking? Adam’s your guy. Drums out of tune? Don’t worry, he’ll fix that – and he’s got perfect pitch. Want a fiddle on your record? Oh, he just happens to have one here – and he’ll play it for you. We wish we could take him everywhere we go!

 5) Q: What is your favourite BC venue or town to play in?

A: We recently played the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail, BC, and we had a blast! We can’t wait to go back.

Music: https://open.spotify.com/album/5TKm7JE73jOQHgdjCUQpYC

 FOLLOW Nice Horse

Website: http://www.nicehorsemusic.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicehorsemusic

Twitter: www.twitter.com/nicehorsemusic

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5TKm7JE73jOQHgdjCUQpYC

Cayla Brooke – Q&A With Jazz-Rock Artist With Vocals That Cure Your Soul!

From the original artwork on the cover by world renown artist James Picard, to “Fool” a duet with Emmy Nominated John Lee Sanders, or the ballad “You Didn’t Break Me” with Shari Ulrich, Plush Red Chair by Cayla Brooke is a debut album to be savored! We recently had the opportunity to get the inside scoop about the album release from the BC Music Fund Sound Recording Program recipient herself:

1) Q: Is there a song on your album that is meaningful to you?

A: Each song is like a child to me. But if I were to choose one song it would be “You Didn’t Break Me”. When we wrote it we knew we had something special. I cried. Bill Sample (co-writer) shook. There is something very powerful and special about that song.

2) Q: Does your album have a theme?

A: Yes! And completely by accident. When it comes down to it, Plush Red Chair is about accepting yourself as you are and where you are right at this moment in your life. No matter your age or what you look like. It’s about the indelible nature of the human spirit and that unless you’re boots up, it ain’t over! We all have something to give.

 3) Q: Did anything surprising happen while you were recording this album?

A: Yes! One thing I’ve learned during this entire process is if you don’t ask, you don’t get. If someone had told me James Picard would do the artwork for my CD cover I would have laughed them out of the room. But I asked and he said yes. You could have pushed me over with a feather. But am I ever glad I asked!

 4) Q: Rave about someone that participated in this project.

A: It’s difficult to choose. I was surrounded by the best. The team of Bill Sample (Producer) and Miles Foxx Hill (Engineer) they were superb. The musicality of Bill is amazing, and Miles is a dream to work with. I was a very lucky girl indeed.

5) Q: Tell us about another BC album that we should listen to.

A: If you haven’t heard Bill Sample’s “Small”, you should. It is wonderful.

Music: https://www.caylabrooke.com/music

FOLLOW Cayla Brooke

Website: https://www.caylabrooke.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caylabrooke

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@brookecayla

iTunes: https://www.instagram.com/officialcaylabrooke/

Q&A with – Clay Ravens!

Creative BC is proud to support Clay Ravens as part of the BC Music Fund’s Sound Recording Program and recently had the opportunity to catch up with the band!

1) Q: Is there a song on your album that is meaningful to you?

A: The song Draft Dodger was inspired by the number of Americans talking about fleeing to Canada because of the current political situation. The song tells a story that reflects on our personal experiences growing up with Draft Dodgers, and the universal difficulties of dealing with a loss of home, through the eyes of an American Draft Dodger during the Vietnam War.

 2) Q: Does your album have a theme?

A: The album in entitled All In which speaks to our efforts to put everything into our music. The songs themselves reflect on associated themes. The song Grown Ass Man speaks to the idea of sticking by your friends through thick and thin; the song All In is about going for everything you believe in regardless of the consequences; the song Railtie speaks about living life to the fullest through difficult circumstances.

 3) Q: Is there someone you want to rave about that you worked with on the album?

A: Paul Boechler was so amazing to work with. He is a wizard in the studio and his ability to push us to get the best possible performance while keeping the environment relaxed was fantastic.

4) Q: What is your favourite BC venue or town to play in?

A: The iconic Commodore Ballroom is our favorite BC venue. Clay Ravens have not had a chance to play there yet but we have seen countless shows there and it is on our bucket list.

 5) Q: Have you ever written a song inspired by a place in BC?

A: Three of our band members are from Saltspring Island BC and the island has influenced every song we have ever written.

 Music: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6NjtO9ifXB3NnNA0CtPoGO

FOLLOW Clay Ravens

Website: http://www.clayravens.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClayRavens/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clayravens/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/clay-ravens/id1011619419

 

Congratulations to Finger Foods, Winner of the 2017 Exporter of the Year award!

The B.C. Export Awards are the province’s most-prestigious awards paying tribute to the success, economic impact and innovative approaches of B.C. export companies. They celebrate the valuable role that the export industry plays in the B.C. economy. Since their debut in 1982, the awards have recognized more than 300 B.C. companies.

The BC Export Awards annually seeks out BC’s Top Exporters and honours them for their excellence and achievements in 9 categories, including 8 directed at firms and 1 at individuals. The Awards are presented by, Business in Vancouver, the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology and the BC Division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters with support from annual sponsors.

Finger Foods Studios was selected as the 2017 Exporter of the Year.

In addition to the Exporter of the Year Award, Finger food also received an award under the category of Digital Media and Entertainment.

 FINGER FOOD STUDIOS

Finger Food is an award-winning technology company creating advanced user experiences across multiple platforms. The company works with global businesses to drive innovation and growth with solutions that utilize holographic computing, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. Finger Food delivered the world’s first production holographic application, created the world’s largest coding education platform with Sphero and brought the future of retail to the world with virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. From its local community to global corporations, Finger Food is actively changing the way people interact with and use technology for the better.

To learn more about the B.C. Export Awards, visit: http://www.bcexportawards.com/
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ongratulations to all of the other 2017 winners: http://bit.ly/2i4mVJS 

To learn more about the partners and sponsors of the B.C. Export Awards, visit: http://www.bcexportawards.com/2016-sponsors/

Kickstart Entertainment

Los Angeles based company Kickstart Entertainment is a film and entertainment studio focusing on development, live action production, animation, visual effects and literary publishing. Founded in 1999 by Jason Netter, Kickstart’s vision was simple: create a company that balances both creativity and flexibility as its pillars. Since then, Kickstart Entertainment has grown to over 100 employees with offices in China, Hong Kong, India, London and Vancouver.

Heather Puttock, President and Founder of Kickstart’s Vancouver location, started working with the studio in 2005. Realizing the potential for an office in Vancouver, she moved in 2007 to be closer to “Hollywood North”.  Kickstart Entertainment prides itself on doing a bit of everything and aims to continue to grow organically with maximum flexibility. Recently they’ve invested in a digital studio based out of Toronto, Relish Interactive.

Kickstart commits to approximately 50% work for hire for companies like Mattel, Spinmaster, and PBS. When they are not working on other people’s projects they find time to work on their own, collaborating with local companies.

Recent work includes: Ready Jet Go! (PBS/Wind Dancer Films), Preacher (AMC), Greenlit, Back to Brooklyn and many more.

Be sure to keep up to date on Kickstart Entertainment’s many projects and collaborations by following them on Twitter and Instagram.