I’ve been listening to this Vangelis album lately and thought I would steal the title for a few photos I wanted to share.

“L’Opera sauvage” was an international documentary series by French filmmaker Frédéric Rossif, exploring the relation between man, music and animals. Few have seen the series since it was broadcast in the late 1970s and early 80s, however, the dreamy, sparse musical arrangements composed by new-age synth pioneer Vangelis have endured on a compilation album of the same name. This is personally my favourite Vangelis release — it’s not geeky or overly synth heavy like some of his later works.

The popular song “L’Enfant” was used to great effect in the film The Year of Living Dangerously by Peter Weir.

Photos by Mark Wilson.

 

A simple but effective mix to keep things tight for the RIP crew and Kubota Canada. Love the muscular look of this spot, makes me want to knock down the neighbour’s shed.

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Compulsion Single Album Cover by TeleForce

Compulsion (Single) by TeleForce / Electronic / Released February 20, 2014

Two hot-off-the-press electronic tracks from the forthcoming TeleForce album “Approaching Dominance” (due out in Summer 2014).

Compulsion is the alpha track, uneasy yet seductive with its haunting melody and muscular bassline. As the tension rises, an unflinching beat takes hold and compels the listener toward that elusive emotion between control and total surrender.

We’re Physical is a hypnotic journey — a meticulous aural construct with mathematical undertones driven by a simplified beat. While the bittersweet notes scatter in infinite perfect patterns, the primitive bass pulls with its own profound gravity.

Download for free from BANDCAMP or SOUNDCLOUD.

 

Compulsion Single Album Cover by TeleForce

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This past January I had the pleasure of attending a “Digi-Camp” training session at the NFB‘s Digital Studio in Vancouver. The 2-day crash course was intended to introduce Production teams to the world of digital storytelling with a focus on technical workflow.

Some of the world’s best interactive documentaries have originated from this studio including Bear 71, Circa 1948, The Devil’s Toy Redux and my personal favourite, Welcome to Pine Point, so it was super cool to see how they work and develop these amazing projects from concept to completion.

Special thanks to Kathryn Lynch, Production Supervisor at the Pacific Studio who gave us the Coles Notes tour of Vancouver. Some of my photos below.

 

 

Cunning Twit Poster

The Cunning Twit Avatar

 

Creator.
Explorer.
Amateur Time traveler.
Magical Realist.
Professional Twit.

Purveyor of knickknacks, whatnots, and things that sparkle.

 

Back by unpopular demand, the Cunning Twit makes an ill-advised return to the digital world with a mind full of half-baked schemes, nitwit theories, and absurd observations.

Or on Tumblr.

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A Dancer in Sao Paulo

A Dancer in São Paulo by Mark Wilson / Soundtrack / Released Jan 23, 2014

Down the squalid alleyways of a São Paulo slum, children kick an old ball, their toothless grins giving way to laughter as they chase after one another.  Along a garbage-ridden riverbank in Jakarta, an old women bends into the putrid brown water, her ancient fingers grasping for something of value, so that she may feed her family.  Around the ornate facade of the Bali Bombing memorial, gatherers embrace each other, looking for the names of loved ones, unable to hold back their tears.

Such images of beauty, sadness, and pity were part of an unfinished documentary for which this bittersweet collection of acoustic songs was written.

Recorded almost a decade ago, these songs have since been polished up and remastered for this long overdue release.

Click HERE to purchase.
A Dancer in Sao Paulo Soundtrack Album Cover

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Back in September I went on location with the RIP crew to document Mazda Canada’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most Mazdas in “parade formation”. The day started at a brutal 5am at the Oshawa Airport. The event was tied to the Heart for Hearth 2013 5K run to support the Hearth Place Cancer Care Centre in Oshawa. Although the record wasn’t broken, it was a great day for a great cause and we got to see the Russian Arm in action.