By Angela Stearns,  Production Coordinator

I like to think I pay attention to the amount of energy I’m using and try to minimize my use. But I have to admit that I’m rather ignorant as to what my habits equate to in BTUs.

Let me lay the foundation of this story: I joined the Journeyman team in fall 2014 as their first full time West Coast employee! One of the clients I work with out here is in the energy sector, an area that Journeyman has become more and more involved in. It’s a fascinating topic to create films on, and I’ve become much more informed and tapped into the energy sector, not only on the west coast, but globally as well.

Through my work, I’ve been introduced to several different information sources on the topic of energy, one of which is the Rational Middle Energy Series. It’s a website dedicated to helping people learn more about energy and aims to start a conversation around our energy future, through the use of documentary film. The videos cover a range of topics and feature a variety of people: industry experts, authors, professors, environmentalists, scholars, analysts, government workers, and other leaders in the field.

Surprisingly, my favourite video out of the bunch, and one I found had the biggest impact on me, was a video that I had anticipated wasn’t going to be too interesting. Episode 1.9 – A day in the life of energy with the Corder family, was a simple concept where the film crew followed around a family of four for the day. These images, combined with some catchy tunes and text on screen, allowed us to see the ways in which the family uses energy, and what that equates to in BTUs. BTU is a measure of energy where 10 000 BTU is equal to one pound of coal, or 850 BTU is the amount absorbed by a 1×1 metre solar panel in one hour (aka sun hours). These are handy comparisons that help put energy use into an understandable and tangible form. Obviously our energy comes from sources other than coal and solar, but they were the two calculations provided in the film.

As I watched the video, a greater sense of dread swept over me as I thought about the energy I must be using, and what sort of impact that’s truly having on the world.

At the end of the day, the Corders used 576,000 BTUs which equals 58 lbs of coal, or 678 sun hours. That’s one family on just one day. Talk about a reality check! These facts were a bit hard to swallow and have followed me around since I watched the video (but in a good way)! I’ve become a more educated consumer, and empowered to start making some better choices, which I hope will decrease my carbon footprint.

Getting educated in and starting conversations around our “energy future” is not just incredibly important, it’s absolutely critical. Although the series is not without its faults, I think the premise of it is a good one, and it’s a great resource for expanding your insight into the energy sector.

I highly recommend you check it out and start your own conversations around energy consumption!

www.rationalmiddle.com

I went to summer camp for eight years – from the age of nine until I graduated high school.

And I should specify… I went to CHOIR camp!

Since my childhood, I have sung in school choirs, all-city choirs, summer choirs, jazz choirs, church choirs, and musicals. I wouldn’t call myself a talented singer – I just love choirs.

So it seemed a natural fit for my first project in the Producer role at Journeyman to be a follow-up video piece with Xara Choral Theatre. Journeyman had made a teaser with Xara before I worked here, and in the fall, they were ready for another.

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By John Pollack

For a bit of fun during the World Cup, the Journeyteam took part in a sweepstake, but since not everyone here is a fervent football fan who rushes home to watch 2-4 hours of games on replay every evening all month (that would be me!), we drew our teams at random. I drew the Netherlands – my second favorite team after Brazil – so obviously it was a disappointing final week for me, but the tournament overall has been great and I was glad to see the final didn’t come down to penalties. More»

Have you ever watched a movie with the sound turned off? Try it sometime, I bet you’ll find it kind of lackluster. With good acting and editing you may still pick up basic elements of the story despite not hearing the dialogue, but you’ll likely miss a lot of the emotion and nuance and feel disconnected from the story. Great sound lets you forget about the couch and the TV, the chair and the computer screen, the bus seat and the smartphone and experience the world you are watching. The tone in someone’s voice, the breeze flowing through the trees, the vrooms and chatter of a city street, the exaggerated ring of a sword being unsheathed before a duel, these are the sounds that bring amazing visuals to life. More»

Journeyman Film Company helps people, organizations and companies to build their story through creative visual content. We make short films and commercials that are authentic, beautiful and influential. Working with a wide range of clients both large and small, we play an important role as builders of the community and the economy!

We’re looking for full time producers to join our teams, east and west. We want to hire proven talent with 5 + years of director/producer/writer experience; in fact, we want to hire the best talent available to us, so that together, we build a leading company in Canada, and beyond.

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Journeyman Film Company helps people, organizations and companies to build their story through creative visual content. We make short films and commercials that are authentic, beautiful and influential. Working with a wide range of clients both large and small, we play an important role as builders of the community and the economy!

We’re looking for full time editor to join our teams, east and west. We want to hire proven talent with 5+ years of editing experience; in fact, we want to hire the best talents available to us, so that together, we build a leading company in Canada, and beyond.

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The topic of getting a new video camera for the shop has been on our minds at Journeyman Film Company for a long time now. For the past couple years, it’s safe to say the majority of our shoots have been shot on DLSRs (typically the Canon 5D). Although we are generally very happy with the image we can get on the 5D, we often run into limitations associated with commercial film production using DSLRs. Having a maximum clip length of 12 minutes can often interfere with longer, more intimate interview scenarios. Not being able to reliably run audio into the camera (especially via XLR cables) can be annoying, not to mention the syncing issues often associated with dual system sound.

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As a newcomer to Halifax from Australia in the middle of winter, I was eager to sink my teeth into any work that I could find to keep myself busy and stave off those winter blues.  Enter Alex’s Safe Harbour – a local charity providing free grief support for children, teens & families. They were in need of financial expertise on their new board of directors. With a background as a CFO and Company Secretary, I was primed to add value to this rewarding volunteer position.

A couple of months later, I landed my job as Business Manager & Accountant here at Journeyman.  As part of ASH’s drive to raise funds, we discussed the need to create a video to promote the cause.  Naturally, I took the idea to my colleagues at Journeyman to see if this was something that we could produce on a pro-bono basis.

Mathew saw this as way to support a fantastic cause and an opportunity to up-skill our internal resources, but it came with a catch: I was to be the producer of this film – a bit of a change from my regular bean-counting ways! This was going to be quite an adventure…

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First please accept my personal bias.  I am an editor, so obviously I think this matters!  But I also think for people outside of the film industry, editing is one of the least understood aspects of the film-making process. And that’s too bad because editing can make or break your film or video. Here is my list of 4 ways in which editing can either make your piece soar, or kill it before it even gets off the ground. More»

A signature is your mark. It’s what you leave behind.  Like humans, each ship has its own signature. One of the current scientific programs run by the Defense Research and Development Canada is to better understand a ship’s signature and use that knowledge to design and build the ships of the future so they can control the size of the signature they make in any environment and become harder to detect.

The Journeyman crew recently spent the day on the waters off Nova Scotia capturing footage of some of DRDC’s latest experiments. Director of Photography, Kevin Fraser, shares his experience of an interesting day out on the waves.
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