Hermitage – #HamOnt Permits Say No!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – The Heritage Permit Review Sub-Committee said no to the Hamilton Conservation Authority’s proposal to demolish the majority of the Hermitage Ruins that is located in Ancaster, Ontario.

The Hamilton Conservation Authority wanted to reduce the surviving walls of the 1855 Mansion to a height of 3 feet.  The HCA expressed concerns over public safety; from falling stones to people climbing the walls and then falling.

The Authority was also concerned about the cost of restoring the structure. They were unwilling to invest more money in the designated heritage structure than the current proposal of $150,000 to $200,000.  The same amount that it would cost to completely demolish the mansion.

At the meeting, it was also revealed that the HCA would also refuse greater restoration efforts even if private money available.

The members of the Permits Committee have struggled with the fate of the Hermitage Ruins over three meetings.  The committee seemed to be exhausted over the unwillingness of the HCA to do more in saving the designated building and finally voted 4-0 to reject the HCA proposal.

The issue now moves to the Heritage Committee, assuming the HCA still wishes to partial demolish the mansion.

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

Fate of Hermitage Hangs in the Balance

This Tuesday, the Heritage Permit Review Sub-Committee will decide the fate of the Hermitage Ruins, located in Ancaster, Ontario.

At issue is how much of the Hermitage will be saved.  The Hamilton Conservation (HCA) authority is proposing to reduce the surviving walls to a height of 3 feet, except for the area immediately around the main entrance to the mansion.

The HCA case for partial demolition of the Hermitage is based on safety and costs.

The safety argument is based on people jumping off walls seems a bit of a stretch.  If that is the standard for safety then the gates at Dundurn Castle will need to be torn down.

If the argument is that the walls may collapse then proper fencing around the structure (until proper restoration work is performed) should address any insurance concerns.

People, who knowingly climb over or under fencing that is setup to protect them from falling stones, should no longer be able to hold the Hamilton Conservation Authority responsible. This is why the City puts up fencing and signage around construction sites.

With regards to the money, the Hamilton Conservation Authority is a large organization with significant resources available to it, much more than the average home owner.

In addition to its own budget, it has access to further resources through its foundation (including the ability to fund-raise).  Therefore, there is no financial reason why the HCA cannot do full and proper restoration work.

Furthermore, the HCA has had stewardship responsibilities for over 40 years, lots of time for them to plan and set aside funds for proper restoration work.  The issue isn’t money or safety, its values. It appears that the HCA does not value the Hermitage Ruins, and if you do not value something, why would you invest in proper restoration.

When the HCA comes before the Committee on June 24th, it is my hope that the Permits Committee will stand up for our heritage and say no to any request for a partial demolition.

In my view, the job of the Permits Committee is to protect our designated heritage, not smooth the path towards it destruction.

 

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

 

 

Hamilton Artist Update 21: Experiencing #H24

Experiencing the Hamilton 24 Hour Film Festival

Telling visual stories with video has become quite a consuming passion. The ability to capture, document, and show my little slice of reality is a powerful draw.

The focus of my film work is to generate a visual journal of artistic activities, and to document historical architecture of Hamilton that partly inspires my art.

The decision to enter the Hamilton 24 Hour Film Festival was a calculated gamble that at risk of making a fool of myself, I might be able to advance my film-making abilities. It was nice to have some friends who were also willing to share the risk.

So, how was the experience? Good but frustrating. Hope do you write, direct, and edit a film that stresses a fictional narrative using actors when your experience is with documentaries and non-actors?

I documented my journey with several film and written posts. Hopefully, these posts have value to those who might want to try the experience for themselves.

1. Team Promo video – June 6th

 

2. Kick-off Photos – June 7th

photos

 

3. Working on our film project – 7-8th

photos

 

3. Post 8 AM hand-in comments -June 8th

 

4. Hamilton Artist Update 20; additional comments – June 10th

 

5. Pre-Gala written comments – June 13th

Comments

 

6. Pre-Gala video comments – June 13th

 

7. Gala Screening Photos – June 13th

Photos

 

8. Post Gala video comments – June 13th

 

9. The movie – Seize the Day

 

FYI – The M24 hrs Film Fest has two good videos that are worth viewing for those new to 24 hour film events.  I found them very useful.
The MAC 24 Hour Film Experience

 

M24 Workshop #3 – How to Win a 24 Hour Film Festival

 

Chris Erskine
chriserskineartist@gmail.com
@erskinec

#H24 Working on Our Film

Team Fat Cats and Starving Dogs working on our film project.

brainstorming film story
brainstorming film story
Debating the horror vs Romance
Debating the horror vs Romance
film set
film set
feeding the cast and crew
feeding the cast and crew
editing at tim's
editing at tim’s
finished editing at Tim's, now heading home to render the film
finished editing at Tim’s, now heading home to render the film
1:30 am - finished rendering
1:30 am – finished rendering
the package
the package
H24 hand-in complete - 8:16 am
H24 hand-in complete – 8:16 am
post hand-in coffee at Tim's
post hand-in coffee at Tim’s

 

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

#H24 Kick-off Photos – June 7, 2014

 

 

41 King William, Hamilton (Ont)
41 King William, Hamilton (Ont)
3rd floor at 41 King William
3rd floor at 41 King William
3rd floor at 41 King William
3rd floor at 41 King William
Shani arrives
Shani arrives
I am waiting for the line, prop, and location
I am waiting for the line, prop, and location
9 am - 35 Teams head out to start their 5 min short films
9 am – 35 Teams head out to start their 5 min short films

 

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

 

#H24 Teams and Films Update 2

Updated 19 June 2014
Top 10 Presented at the Hamilton 24 Hours Final Gala

1. Neila (Luna Rosa)

https://vimeo.com/98260210

2. Two Many Kevins (DNP)

3. The Brink (Moonage)

4. Plans (Focus and Shadow) – 2nd Place

https://vimeo.com/98199688

5. Freedom Reins (Allan Smithies)

6. The Delivery (ColourBlind/LowKey/Create) – 3rd Place

http://youtu.be/sv3_Qs_J0P4
http://youtu.be/aRb7UXGPVCE (interview with Michael Pett)

7. Precession (Mobhouse Crew)

8. Mr. Used (Freaks and Geeks)

9. Red Cans (Brown Scone Production) – 1st Place

http://youtu.be/AtkFuKVntZQ

10. The List (Campus 905)

There were 17 films submitted to the Hamilton 24 Hour Film that didn’t make the Top 10

11. Seize the Day

http://youtu.be/DfV8lOQsHFM

12. Guilty

http://youtu.be/Jbgm3hN06RM

13. Cheese Day

http://youtu.be/rJlxg3y7iuU

14. Really Ordinary People

http://youtu.be/o43HWl1oTXA

15. The Message (Twisted Ace Productions)

https://vimeo.com/98225380

16. The Water Level (Nathan Powell)

https://vimeo.com/97765739

17. Seed

https://vimeo.com/97661448

18. Eye Am

http://youtu.be/UbnnfZei880

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Chris Erskine
chriserskineartist@gmail.com
@erskinec

 

#H24 Gala Screening- Photos

#H24 Gala - King Williams
#H24 Gala – King Williams

 

#H24 Gala Screening
#H24 Gala Screening
#H24 Gala - Outside Entrance
#H24 Gala – Outside Entrance

 

#H24 Gala Screening 2
#H24 Gala Screening 2

 

#H24 Gala Screening 3
#H24 Gala Screening 3
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#H24 Gala Screening 4
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#H24 Gala Screening 5
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#H24 Gala Screening 7