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assorted-memories  asked:

Hey, so I recently just found your blog and really enjoy your posts. I always find them to be very informative. You seem very knowledgeable not only about the art of film, but the industry itself. I wanted to ask for your opinion on something. My dream is to be a screenwriter/director. What worries me more than the amount of work and dedication it would take is the fact that I am Canadian. I worry this would either hinder me from breaking in but also limiting my career opportunities. Thoughts?

Thank you @assorted-memories!

Because the US (specifically Hollywood) dominates the film industry, it often seems like that’s the place to be if you want to be a filmmaker. And while US filmmakers do have an advantage because of it, it doesn’t mean there is no film industry outside of the US.

In fact, Canada has great film schools and great film industries in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal.  Toronto was the third largest screen-based production center in North America, behind LA and New York in 2015. I believe Vancouver has since beat out Toronto for that spot.

From what I know, Canadian cinema has a hard time breaking away from American counterpart. Which sucks. What is better, though, is a lot of films that are labeled “American” are really often a mixture of American and Canadian cast and crew. Many English-Canadian film companies have distribution deals with companies in LA and often work in conjunction with Hollywood studios (lots of TV networks like to film in Vancouver). So while Canadian films may be struggling, there are a lot more jobs for Canadian filmmakers than it appears.

Some notable filmmakers from Canada include:

  • James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic)
  • Norman Jewison (Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar)
  • Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express, This Is The End)
  • Guy Maddin (Archangel, My Winnipeg)
  • Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol, American Psycho)
  • Bob Clark (Porky’s, A Christmas Story)
  • Paul Haggis (Due South, Million Dollar Baby)

Some well-known Canadian-American co-productions include:

  • Night at the Museum
  • Final Destination
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Titanic
  • Blades of Glory
  • Mean Girls
  • Catch Me if You Can
  • Chicago
  • Juno

There’s obviously a TON more filmmakers and films, but these are just a few.

So I guess I’m arguing that it is by no means impossible to get into film if you live in Canada (or outside of the US in general). Canadian film industry has strong ties with Hollywood and even if you don’t want to become a big-budget Hollywood-style director/screenwriter, experimental and/or low-budget films (which tend to have a higher profit margin) are also plentiful in Canada.

Best of luck,



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ghost-wanderings  asked:

I'm sorry if this seems like a personal question, but how did you convince or assure your family that art making was the career path for you? I'm currently trying to get back into art after taking a break but my family isn't happy that I want to return to it. Their main argument is that I won't have benefits like someone would working full time at a company & because of the unstable income. Even though I understand where they're coming from, but it still undermines what I want to do.

*whispers* thru a lot of emotional turmoil and anxiety _(:3」∠)_ I was told drawing should only be a hobby and not a career because my family believed you can’t make a good living in art, so I tried to back-burner it and did what i could studying sciences–it didn’t work out well; I had a lot of anxiety and went through some rough emotional patches in university. My mom and grandparents became a lot more supportive after they saw that i had a lot more interest in art than any of my uni courses (and also that i really wasn’t happy going down the science route). My dad’s disappointment lingered a bit longer, but now he’s fully come to accept that he can’t change what I’ve set my heart to, and my family’s really supportive now. In some ways, they’re right: In Vancouver, it’s a saturated industry–it is competitive, you are not guaranteed a position, and if you are, the company may only give you a temporary contract, and freelancing is definitely not a stable source of income. Your family’s concern is in the right place.

However, if this is something you truly want to pursue, you need to start beefing a portfolio, and investing in classes (online or in class) and tutorials to hone your skill and expand your skillset (this is important–nowadays, companies are more likely to hire someone who can do more than just one thing–i.e. being able to draw both characters and backgrounds, to illustrate and code, or illustrate and model in 3D etc etc). Talk to people in the industry (either by attending work conventions or with peers in that industry), you need that feedback and information to get to a destination that’s, for a lack of a better word, hazy and increasingly competitive.

Creating a portfolio takes time and commitment; art will frustrate you, but you will get better, your portfolio will get better. If you choose to freelance, you have to be aware of the risk. You need to understand that you will need to save more money when freelancing because your next paycheque is not always guaranteed. You need to be able to put yourself out there if you’re freelancing. Unless you hire an agent, you’ll need to push your art and yourself as an artist out there whenever you can. Making connections with people in the industry is your best bet–while your art can certainly speak for itself, it’s equally vital to reach out and talk to people.

if you are fortunate enough to land a job within a company, that’s great! you’ll have less freedom when it comes to the work you do and have less control over your own work hours, but your benefits are more guaranteed, and you’re still getting to do art! either way, your portfolio is the most vital thing. While you work on a portfolio, take a job that will help you make enough in order to achieve your art career in the future. Your happiness and how you feel you will succeed is important, and your family will come to realise that. Ask them + friends for help when you need it; starting your path to a career you want shouldn’t be a one-man journey. 

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So I see a lot of negative stuff about animation and jobs floating around on tumblr lately and I was going to do a post outlining some of the things that can help you out when you’re just starting a job. So I thought I’d do a post of all I tell my students and crew members on a pretty regular basis. 

KEEP IN MIND , THIS IS JUST MY OPINION AND MY EXPERIENCES THUS FAR IN THE INDUSTRY. People will disagree and thats fine , there is no 100% right way to do anything. Feel free to take it with a grain of salt. 

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