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| CANCELED | Game Jam Registration

Due to precautions involving the COVID19 virus, we are postponing this event – a new date will be planned in the upcoming months, based on info from relevant health officials.

Master Class on Documentary Filmmaking

Monday Feb 24, 6-8 PM
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Brandon)
Admission is free and all are welcome!

Get expert advice on documentary filmmaking from Alberta-based filmmaker and media artist, Dana Inkster. And stay for a screening of Inkster’s award-winning film, 24 Days in Brooks.

Dana Inkster is an Alberta-based media artist and cultural producer. The range of works that she has written and directed span a variety of genres, from experimental video art to broadcast television documentaries, and selections have been screened and acquired in all continents. Inkster’s film, 24 Days in Brooks, documents the first-ever labour strike at the Lakeside meat packing plant in Brooks, Alberta.

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| Canceled| Brandon Game Jam / March 20-22

Due to precautions involving the COVID19 virus, we are postponing this event – a new date will be planned in the upcoming months, based on info from relevant health officials.

Archived Information Below:

We’re excited to announce that we at the Media Ideas Lab will be hosting our very first ever Game Jam in Brandon, Manitoba! The event takes place from Friday, March 20th, 2020, over the weekend until Sunday, March 22nd. If your New Year’s resolution was to learn more on video game development, this would be a great opportunity to attend!

Our aim is to introduce game jams to the Brandon, Manitoba area, focused more on learning the process behind making a video game from start to finish! We’ve even got some workshops in line beforehand, for those who want to make games, but are nervous to try.

 

Intro To Game Jams: A 3 Hour Workshop aimed towards teaching what Game Jams are, tips to prepare, an outline of recommended tools for game development, and how to brainstorm/scope for a game jam. February 12th, 2020.

Intro To Game Design: A 3 Hour-Workshop that takes an introductory look at Unity, and its coding language C#, going over how to navigate through the game-engine, its tools, and beginner coding fundamentals. February 19th, 2020.

Both workshops, along with the Game Jam itself, take place the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba.

 

As our focus is on learning, the game jam is open to game developers of all skill levels, ages 14 and up. Registration begins on February 25th. Game Jams are fun with friends and family, and we recommend registering as a group for the best experience!

Our Schedule is as such:

Friday, 7-9pm:

We start off with a brief introduction to the event, along with the rules and expected outcomes for it. Most excitingly, we give out the key for the game jam – the phrase that all games are challenged with following in some way. We then let groups brainstorm ideas for games they think of making!

Saturday, 10am-9pm:

Go-go-go! This entire day focuses on creating the video game! As the day goes on, we have a recommended lunch-hour, and opportunities for groups to play other groups’ games, to allow for some ideas to be spread around the space. Teams aren’t expected to finish their games this day, but should aim to have a rough version of it completed!

Sunday, 10am-9pm:

This final day allows for teams to finish their game, polish it up, and upload it online for all of us to play! Once done, groups have earned their bragging rights, and can show off their games to friends and family back at home!

We’ll have more information to share as the months continue – you can keep up with us by following us on Facebook, and Instagram, both @mediaideaslab.

We hope to see you at our Game Jam this year, and look forward to seeing the types of video games the people of Brandon want to make!

Media Ideas Lab at the Indigenous Film Summit, June 4/5

We’re thrilled to announce that Cecilia Araneda, Dallas Flett-Wapash and Taylor McArthur – all of the AGSM’s Media Ideas Lab – will be participating at Winnipeg’s 2nd Indigenous Film Summit, June 4/5, 2019.

They will be participating in a panel discussion focused on the emerging Indigenous interactive media art community in Brandon, Manitoba.

Other featured guests and panelists of the Indigenous Film Summit include Tantoo Cardinal, Tina Keeper, Jesse Wente and many others!

Bracken Hanuse Corlett Artist Lecture: Career Development in Media Art

Saturday, May 4 – 2 PM to 4:30 PM
at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
710 Rosser Avenue, Unit 2 – Brandon

Admission is free and all are welcome

As part of the Manitoba Digital Initiatives Program, the AGSM has invited west coast artist Bracken Hanuse Corlett to provide an artist lecture on career development strategies for those interested in developing a self-directed career in independent media art.

Part artist talk and part case study, Corlett will talk about how he has developed his career path as an artist – both from an artistic vision framing, as well as the more logistical elements and career development strategies that all play a role in becoming a working artist.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Bracken Hanuse Corlett is an interdisciplinary artist hailing from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations. He began working in theatre and performance in 2001 and eventually transitioned towards his current practice that fuses painting and drawing with digital-media, audio-visual performance, animation and narrative. He is a graduate of the En’owkin Centre of Indigenous Art and went to Emily Carr University of Art and Design for Visual Arts. He has studied Northwest Coast art, carving and design from acclaimed Heiltsuk artists Bradley Hunt and his sons Shawn Hunt and Dean Hunt. He was a recipient of the 2014 BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art and has recently received public art commissions from the City of Vancouver and the City of Victoria. He splits time between the confines of his studio in the Downtown Eastside and his home on the Sunshine Coast.

Some of his notable exhibitions, performances and screenings have been at Grunt Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Unit PITT Projects, Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver Art Gallery (FUSE), Institute of Modern Art – Brisbane, Three Walls Gallery – Chicago, Paramount Theater – Seattle, Ottawa International Animation Festival, SAW Gallery, Royal BC Museum, Open Space, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Urban Shaman, Mackenzie Art Gallery, ImagineNATIVE and Toronto International Film Festival.

Digital Fair Program Announced

Friday March 15 & Saturday March 16, 2019

MEDIA FUN FOR EVERYONE!


Digital Fair Launch & Reception

Friday March 15 – 7 PM to 9 PM 

Manitoba Digital Initiatives Launch & Reception (FREE)
Join us for the public launch of the AGSM’s new digital initiatives program. Introduction by program manager Cecilia Araneda


Saturday Workshops

Sat Mar 16 – 10 AM to 1 PM (pick one)

Intro to Digital Film ($15)
An introduction to the equipment, softwares, processes, workflows, terminology and basic technical concepts involved in digital filmmaking and video production (16+). Sponsored by the Winnipeg Film Group

Intro to Audio ($15)
An introduction to sound acquisition / production and post production processes, including a review of sound recorders, microphones, accessories, softwares and workflows. Sponsored by Video Pool

Intro to Independent Filmmaking ($15)
Learn about the different planning pathways to get your film project made, as well as the steps you can take to get your film onto the big screen.

Sat Mar 16 – 2 PM to 5 PM

Smart Phone Movie Making ($15)
There’s an app for that! Learn tips on how to capture video using your smart phone and then edit it using free online software. Participants must bring their iPhone, Android or Windows smartphone to use in this class (13+). Sponsored by the Winnipeg Film Group


 Saturday Family Friendly Drop-Ins

* Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Sat Mar 16 – 2 PM to 5 PM 

Maker Stations for Kids of All Ages (FREE)
These fun digital art maker stations will provide fun, informal and interactive hands-on introductions to the basics of electronic art and stop motion animation. Make it an afternoon of media art fun by popping into these stations before or after the free Experimental Films for Kids! screening. Sponsored by Video Pool and the Winnipeg Film Group

Screening: Manitoba Experimental Films for Kids! (FREE)
Fun, kid-friendly screening of ultra short films made by Manitoba directors! Doors at 2 pm. Screening at 2:30 pm. Complimentary nut-free movie snack bar. Sponsored by the WNDX Festival of Moving Image


Manitoba Digital Initiatives Launch

Join us for the public launch of the AGSM’s new Manitoba Digital Initiatives program!

Established with the support of dedicated grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, the program seeks to create a digital media art literacy and education strategy to support a broad regional network within Southwestern Manitoba.

This launch will include an introduction to program manager Cecilia Araneda and her experimental filmmaking practice, and offer a discussion about the potential of this new program for Brandon and the surrounding region.

A reception will follow the formal program launch, and will provide an opportunity for networking and information discussion about the possibilities for digital media art programming in the region.

Friday, March 16 – 7 PM to 9 PM

Admission is FREE and all are welcome!

Manitoba Experimental Films for Kids!

Quirky, fun and loveable – the recipe for many independent short films produced by Manitoba filmmakers right here at home. Ranging from innovative animations to fun performance work, these screening of ultra short works will bring out the child in everyone!

This screening program has been specially curated for the AGSM by the WNDX Festival of Moving Image.

Doors open: 2 PM

Screening start: 2:30 PM

Admission: Free!

Screening targeted to: Kids of all ages!

Includes a nut-free kid-friendly movie snack bar at 2 pm!

* Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for all sessions 


This screening is graciously sponsored by WNDX

PHOTO CREDIT: The Last of the Nepinaks (Dir: Darryl Nepinak)

 

 

 

Digital Maker Station Drop-Ins

These fun digital art maker stations will provide fun, informal and interactive hands-on introductions to the basics of electronic art and stop motion animation.

Make it an afternoon of media art fun by popping into these stations before or after the free Experimental Films for Kids! screening.

EASY ELECTRONIC ART
Pop in to learn the basics of simple circuits and electronic components as they can be used to make art.

STOP MOTION ANIMATION
Pop in to learn the basics of stop motion animation using basic craft items like cut-outs and small objects.

These sessions are targeted to: Kids of all ages!
* Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for all sessions 

Session open to the public:
Saturday, March 16 – 2 PM to 5 PM (drop in anytime!)


These drop-in stations are graciously sponsored by Video Pool and the Winnipeg Film Group

Smart Phone Movie Making

This demonstration class will provide an overview of how to make a movie using your smartphone, including providing tips on how to capture video and then edit it using free online software. This interactive workshop will show ways to enhance video capture process using basic filmmaking techniques and adapting accessories such as tripods, microphones, lights and lenses using the Beastgrip universal rig system.

Participants are required to bring their own smartphone to use in this class – iPhone, Android or Windows only.

INSTRUCTORS: Ben Williams and Dylan Baillie

LEVEL: Beginner (no experience required)

CLASS SIZE: Limited to 10 participants

This class is targeted to 13+

Session open to the public – advance registration required:
Saturday, March 16 – 10 AM to 1 PM ($15 registration fee)


This workshop is graciously sponsored by the Winnipeg Film Group