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Stars on film

24 May

This past March I blogged about being invited to screen a film at the 31st Annual Genies Awards (aka Canada’s Academy Awards) in the Starfish Celebrity Gift Lounge. Of course I had my camera in-hand the whole time to capture all the fun. My husband and I also had tickets to the awards gala so I brought my 16mm movie camera to film some magic moments from this exciting annual event. Well, the vintage film showcasing both the lounge and the gala is now ready for its debut!

Watch below to see Canadian born stars such as William Shatner, Cameron Bright, Rémy Girard, Gregory Smith, Sook-Yin Lee, Melissa Etheridge, Rachelle Lefevre and Jay Baruchel celebrate outstanding achievements in Canadian cinema. How many stars can you spot?

~ Filmed on Kodak 16mm film ~

Big thank you to Technicolour Creative Services for a wonderful process and transfer as always!

A wedding workshop presentation

5 Apr

In the process of planning your wedding? If so, next week is your chance to attend one of the wonderful Wedding Workshops hosted by STARFISH. In one evening everything you need to know from etiquette to essentials will be covered to help you plan the wedding of your dreams – on time and on budget.

The exciting workshop theme is “Ideas to Reach Beyond your Imagination” and I will be one of industry professionals selected to speak next Wednesday evening. The workshop will be held from 6-8pm at the Details Ottawa showroom (1010 Polytek, Unit 4). Reserve your spot at www.wedworkshop.com

For those of you who may not be able to make it to the workshop, here’s a taste of what I will be covering:

How is vintage cinema different from traditional video?
– Vintage cinema is captured on motion picture film stock, not digitally
– We film discreetly so do not use lighting, tripods and large cameras
– Sound is only captured if requested allowing the images to speak for themselves therefore maintaining the magic of your special day
– We believe less is more so the highlights of your day are condensed into a short and sweet final film (5-15 minutes) and each frame is shot with great care and awareness

Why shoot on film?
– Film is breathtaking and other formats often want to mimic it’s dreamy, flattering & timeless qualities
– Guests love to see vintage cameras in action
– Film is truly archival and will remain beautiful for a lifetime

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, zip.ca 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!

{ First Kiss Films } invited to screen vintage film at 31st Annual Genie Awards Celebrity Lounge

8 Mar

Ottawa movie buffs and celebrity-watchers are buzzing about the 31st Annual Genie Awards being held here in the capital! Sometimes referred to as “Canada’s Oscars”, the awards gala will be taking place this Thursday at the National Arts Center and will honour the best in an art form I am extremely passionate about: Canadian cinema.

So it was such an honour when { First Kiss Films } was invited to screen a film alongside other “exceptional products from local and international brands” within the Celebrity Gift Lounge at the Arc Hotel. According to Aaron Deane, Event Designer of STARFISH creative events, the lounge is a “curious space honouring times gone by.” 

Keeping in alignment with the Let’s Bring Back theme of this whimsical space, { First Kiss Films } has created a very special vintage 16mm film loop inspired by the 31st Genie Awards and the lounge’s theme.

I’m really looking forward to unveiling the film tomorrow evening and hopefully getting a chance to speak with some of the talented people who work in the Canadian film industry!


{ First Kiss Films } selected as a top vendor

23 Mar

Photo courtesy m photography

{ First Kiss Films } is thrilled to have been selected as one of STARFISH‘s premiere vendors and to be listed in their “little black book” of recommended wedding professionals. Want a copy of this book so you can find about all the other top wedding vendors in the area? Check out the STARFISH wedding workshop!

This Saturday, March 27th,  STARFISH is offering another fabulous wedding workshop – it’s an entire day dedicated to helping you plan your wedding. And if you mention this blog post you’ll be offered the special rate of $80 (regular price is $99). Click here for more info or to register.

To get a inside scoop on what goes on during these workshops check out this great overview by Amna Hakim who participated in the entire event last month.

Workshops to help you plan your wedding

19 Jan

Ottawa brides-to-be have an opportunity to pick-up some fabulous wedding planning tips at one of three upcoming STARFISH wedding workshops. Covering everything from etiquette to wedding planning essentials this info session is the perfect way to get your bride-to-be feet wet. This workshop also includes lunch and a private 30 minute consultation with one of STARFISH’s event planners!

Gosh, where was this kinda thing when I was planning my wedding?

Available Dates: February 27th, March 27th & April 24th
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Arc Hotel, 140 Slater Street, Ottawa
Cost: $80

For more information or to reserve a spot contact STARFISH.