Sight & Sounds – Reeds blowing in the wind at Cootes Paradise, Hamilton (Ont).

Odds and Ends – #savethehermitage

Odds and Ends for Monday, April 13th, 2015.  Every Monday, I post things that didn’t make it into a finish project.  This week: the Save the Hermitage Doc.



Over the next few weeks, I will post clips from this first day of shooting of an indie short film that never materialized.


Chris Erskine


Odds & Ends – Google Sees All

Recently, I had to scout locations for my upcoming short documentary film on Hamilton’s Irish Cork-town of the 19th century.


With so much of the architecture and landscape lost to development, I wanted to capture want survived and what might be re-captured via my imagination.


What soon became apparent was how little of Hamilton’s was actually captured by the camera or even drawings.  As a result, walking the streets of late 19th and early 20th century Hamilton requires a great leap of imagination.


This won’t be the case in the future.


Using Google Map and Google Street View to chart film locations, I suddenly realized that these images were the first ever publicly documented records of streets and, even entire neighbourhoods.


Google Street View documents everything.  There is no editorial or class basis that might favour the corner of James and King over Young and Aurora.


To be poor or unpopular will no longer mean that your urban landscape and architecture will be lost to history.


Google Street View has ensured that a record of all communities will be preserved for future fans of history and urban architecture.



Artist Chris Erskine




#H24 pre-Gala Thoughts – June 13th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Chris Erskine


#H24 – Experiencing the Hamilton 24 Hour Film Fest

It’s 6:10 pm and we are counting down to tonight’s Gala. I will be representing the Team Fat Cats and Starving Dogs at the awards event that runs from 9-11 pm.

The goal of competing was to have fun and drive forward my film-making skills. The reason why I started to make films was to create awareness of my art and my interest in Hamilton’s architecture. I certainly think that my goals have been achieved.

Working with Jane, Shani, and Erin was a very rewarding experience. Not only were they fun, but they proved essentially to making an original story. Further, I gain a deeper understanding of the value of storyboarding, white balancing every scene, wide lens, and colour correction. I also gained a deeper appreciation for the amount of film-making talent in the city.

I am not sure what I was thinking about the other competitors. I knew that there were film production companies and a group of actors in the city, but somehow that knowledge did not transition into an appreciation.

For a time, we heard that there were only ten teams competing. This sort of reinforced our belief that the competition was limited, and mostly school based. So, we were surprised to discover at the kick-off that 35 teams were competing. After submitting the film, we learned that some of the teams were made up of people from local and high profile media organizations: Double Barrel Studies, Creative Media, Hive Studies, Inchroma Digital Media, and Lilt Films. Now, the early low numbers for teams entering the film festival seem more caused by fear than a lack of interest.

So, with less than 3 hours to the Gala, I am wondering what are our chances we for making the top 10 list. We made a great film for first-timers. Hoping for the best.

Chris Erskine