Two videos (unrelated except, possiby, by stoners):

Feeling a little crowded on the B-Line or SkyTrain at Broadway and Commercial?  Here’s a comparison (after .28):  

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And here’s aview of ocean currents* (as interpreted by van Gogh?):

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* The tool “attempts to model the oceans and sea ice to increasingly accurate resolutions that begins to resolve ocean eddies and other narrow-current systems which transport heat and carbon in the oceans.”

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From the Projecting Change Film Festival: Watch, engage, act.

Vancouver’s Projecting Change Film Festival is forum for film and dialogue about social and environmental issues. Our marquee six-day event features inspiring, eye-opening, and often award-winning films from around the globe, each followed by a dynamic speaker and panel discussion.  The unique festival format is a platform for audience engagement, with all proceeds donated back to local initiatives.

Tuesday April 17, 2012 through Sunday April 22, 2012 (Earth Day). 

SFU Woodward’s – 149 West Hastings Street

Details and tickets here.  Facebook page here.   

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I’ll be on the Speaker’s Panel for “Urbanized” on Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm – Woodwards.

A documentary by Gary Hustwit who’s previous films include Helvetica (2007) and Objectified (2009), Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

Details here.

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“Nobody walks there.  And nobody is going to walk there until the physical environment changes.”

So says teacher Jon Gottshall about the  ‘downtown’ in the community where he teaches: Beaverton, Oregon.

Beaverton is the anti-Portland: a sad case of a farming town absorbed into metro sprawl, wonderfully located, but now cut up by arterial and rail rights-of-way, its urban design dominated by highway engineering.   And too low-density to have a ‘there’ there.

But there’s hope.  Bob Wall of FW Focus Productions – “a creator of innovative public engagement documentaries” – sends along his video on Beaverton.   “People seem to love this piece – we involved some young people (a high school urban studies class) and did some fancy things with our title graphics. ”  And not just the titles: the transformative graphics are cleverly done throughout.

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“I actually was a Canadian …”

So begins Mia Birk’s story. 

Mia spoke at an SFU City Program event on January 27 – Joyride – her personal story, her relationship with cycling, and what she’s done to help transform our world.

 She’s a wonderfully engaging speaker, she has a very personal and meaningful story to tell – and I think that comes across even better in the video.  Mia starts at 12.10.

You can link to it here.

The evening was sponsored by Urban Systems and TravelSmart.  Thanks for that.  And to the tech crew at SFU who do great work in mounting, filming and producing PowerPoint presentations.   Indeed, this video is worth checking out to see its production quality, even if the topic isn’t of immediate interest.

You might find yourself pulled in by the story.

UPDATE: Stephen Rees also provides a comprehensive summary – in actual words!

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I’ve got a collection of videos I’ve been meaning to post (including the West Van one below).  So let’s have a bloggy film fest. 

Here’s an award winner:

A Journey into Time Immemorial won the American Design Award for flash websites.  It was a production of Simon Fraser’s Museum of Archeology and Ethnology  and the Teaching and Learning Centre  (credit to Ivana Filipovic and Dr. Barbara Winter, Director of the SFU Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology).

[Journey is] based on the story of Xá:ytem Longhouse in Mission BC in the Fraser Valley just east of Vancouver B.C. – www.xaytem.ca. SFU worked closely with the staff at Xá:ytem to produce this award winning website.

After creating a detailed storyboard, collecting props, and assembling a green screen studio, actors from Stó:lo Nation were brought in to bring their ancestors to life. The final result is an exciting website with seven panoramas dynamically loading sound, video characters, panorama elements and educational content through a Flash panorama engine custom created for the website. We have completely succeeded in transforming a purely museum content into a virtual ancient environment which gives the visitors endless ways of exploring the content and enjoying the animated scenes from the past.

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Next to the those fast-motion video essays a la Koyaanisqatsi, I really like chronological montages a la the Oscars – a city’s history captured in pictures. And the best one I’ve seen recently is this:

It’s part of the repositioning of Ambleside – West Van’s commercial district.   Hopefully this is an indication of the quality to come – and, thanks to the technology, an example of the quality being achieved in video production these days at a reasonable price.

Thanks to Pamela Goldsmith-Jones.

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