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Films in your pocket

3 Oct

We love thoughtful packaging. And we realized it was time to update the way we deliver our final films to our clients. usb
So we are happy to showoff our newest packaging. These custom, high quality flash drives by USB Memory Direct allow our clients to easily watch and share their final films in a format that is portable and easily readable. We were really impressed with the fine detail of the logo printing on the wood exterior too. These drives are the perfect size and gift beautifully in our wooden boxes.

Creating a cool music video in 2015 by crafting it old-school

28 May

Earlier this year we were thrilled to once again work with Montreal director Dominique Laurence, this time on a music video that was shot entirely on 35mm and 16mm film! Using the very same vintage cameras we shoot our lifestyle films with and rolls of expired film, we helped capture some of the footage you will see in Salomé Leclerc‘s latest music video.

By choosing to shoot on film stock, the team was later able to distress the footage by hand using sandpaper, ink and bleach and create a final video that has a wonderful texture and depth that cannot be achieved with HD. No digital post-production effects were used!

Annual film gala

25 Apr

This Saturday, The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa (IFCO) will be hosting a screening which will include one of our films! The program features short films created by emulsion based filmmakers and artists. The event is one night only and we hope to see you there!

When: Saturday, April 26th, 2014
Time: 7:00PM
Where: Club SAW (#67 Nicholas St.)
What: New films by IFCO’s talented filmmakers
Admission: $12

Festival of light

14 Aug

projected 16mm filmA few years ago I joined The Windows Collective, a group of filmmakers who produce silent works on film and then screen them on loop during outdoor installations.

To create an image on film, all productions require the same basic element: light. So we are happy to be exhibiting new work again this year at Ottawa’s Lumiere Festival…a festival celebrating light. Myself and the other members of the collective will be unveiling new films (projecting them via some super cool installations) accompanying the handmade lanterns, performances, and other magical displays inspired by light at the festival. The illuminating celebration is taking place this Saturday, August 17th at Stanley Park starting around 5PM.

If we had one more day

5 Sep

This is my Aunt Cathy. We were very close and she helped shape the person I am today. Sadly, she unexpectedly left us last month after a short illness, much too soon and without enough time for me to tell her all the things I had wanted to share with her. So a week after her funeral I made a film in her honour to help me through the grief.

The new film was called “If we had one more day”. It was created on 16mm film within 12 hours and publicly screened that same evening. The film was shown as a continuous film loop and projected as part of an annual one-night-only event alongside the work of members of the Window’s Collective. Here’s a nice article about the event (I produce and exhibit my personal artwork under my maiden name).

I create a lot of films for and about other people. But this film was for Aunt Cathy. And I like to think that she was there with us that evening, watching.

xo Bridget

A little love from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival!

18 May

I love that my husband is a filmmaker and that we are able to work on a lot of our personal projects together. Last fall we were in Montreal working on a short film he wrote called Ne pas reculer (Broken Clouds). My main role (other than the small cameo they needed) was behind-the-lense as a Second Camera Unit capturing the extra footage that is needed to help tell a story. Since the film was shot on gorgeous 16mm film I was able to use the very same camera I use to film weddings and events.

A few months ago we received some incredible news: Ne pas reculer was going to the Cannes Film Festival – the most prestigious film festival in the world! Both Telefilm Canada and SODEC selected the film to appear as part of the Canadian exhibition at the 2012 Festival. With thousands of talented people making films in Canada each year and to be involved with one of the handful of films that are selected to represent our country is so thrilling! A huge congratulations to the team who created this film – and I am so proud of my hubby!

You can watch a trailer of the touching short film at Telefilm’s “Not Short on Talent” site. A lot of the footage I shot for the film can be seen in this clip – can you tell which parts I filmed?

I dream of Genies

15 Mar

The Genie Awards were held here in Ottawa last Thursday evening and { First Kiss Films } was busy the entire week preparing, creating, presenting and enjoying the filmy festivities. Here’s a recap of the exciting days past:

{ First Kiss Films } was invited to screen a vintage film in the Starfish Celebrity Gift Lounge so I decided to create something custom just for the event. With only a few days to finalize the film, I had to come up with a concept, select talent, costumes, and locations in about 24 hours.

The black and white film was shot in few hours and all the footage was handprocessed and handprinted by a local film artist. I then edited the 16mm film on a flatbed editing suite and a film loop was custom-built so it could play continuously over the two days. The film, inspired by the fact that this was the 31st Annual Genie Awards, was simply titled “31”, ran for 31 seconds with the number 31 appearing multiple times in vintage-style throughout. It was a hit!

Twenty-one retailers were selected to be part of the official Genie Awards swag bag which was valued at over $1,200. The bag was filled to the brim with goodies and included amazing products from Pook, Stella & Dot, iStyle Originals, Valley Girl Naturals, Geek Sweets, Lisabel Gallery, MAC Cosmetics, Kania, We Vibe, Bode Spa, Little Cakes, Lilac Lingerie, Green & Black’s Organic, John Frieda, and luckily for us, { First Kiss Films }. Our contribution was of course cinema inspired: stylish bags of gourmet caramel popcorn. Thanks to Sara from Inky Design for such a quick turn-around with the labels.

Many celebrities saw the “31” film loop when they dropped by the lounge to pick-up their swag bags. A few familiar faces included Bruce Greenwood, George Stroumboulopoulos, Mia Kirshner, Don McKellar, Shannon Tweed, and Kardinal Offishall. But meeting Gordon Pinsent, star of Away From Her (one of my most favorite Canadian films of all time), was definitely a highlight. We chatted for a bit when he arrived and then he actually made a point of coming up to me before leaving to tell me he “loved my work”. Hearing such a nice comment from one of Canada’s most beloved and well-known actors was such a thrill!

Wish you could have witnessed it all? Well you can – 16mm film footage of the Starfish celebrity gift lounge, the cocktail reception, the awards gala, and the after party will be made available late spring.

Wishing you all a lovely week!