NO101 Lecture Notes - Cinema Of Canada, Canadian Identity, Tim Hortons

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16 Nov 2012
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NO101- Lecture November 14, 2012
Canadian Cinema and Music
**Class Discussion
- Canadian film looks like a foreign film and can be explored the same way
- Consider production values, budgets and what money can buy for a film
- Low budgets sometimes become cult classics ex. Hardcore Logo, Napoleon Dynamite
- Canadian cinema relies on government grants (no market in Canada) money flows into USA
o Films funded by government promote Canadian identity/ national myths
- Flashpoint (CTV show)
o shows both in Canada and USA
o Is a Canadian show
o Filmed in Toronto but doesn’t really discuss Toronto? – an issue with some people
Not a “Canadian” show?
Canadian money financing the show but not telling a “Canadian” story
Gives away some policing secrets
- What is a Canadian story?
o Template: outside of Toronto (scenic), muliticultural (ex. Little Mosque on the Prairie), snow, beavers,
Tim Hortons (Canadian brands), values from the story (Canadian morals), landscape becomes a
character, viewers make their own judgements on the endings (ex. Inception *not Canadian)
You have to work at the narratives (not just sit there and be entertained)
- Knowing an actor is Canadian in Hollywood gives the movie an added interest for Canadians
- Developed out of the documentary process (Canadian film)
- Canada based on what we’re not
***************** READ THE SLIDE NOTES POSTED, THEY WILL BE ON THE EXAM EVEN THOUGH IN CALSS WE DIDNT
READ THEM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*************************************************
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Canadian film looks like a foreign film and can be explored the same way. Consider production values, budgets and what money can buy for a film. Canadian cinema relies on government grants (no market in canada) money flows into usa. Hardcore logo, napoleon dynamite: films funded by government promote canadian identity/ national myths. Flashpoint (ctv show) shows both in canada and usa. Canadian money financing the show but not telling a canadian story. What is a canadian story: template: outside of toronto (scenic), muliticultural (ex. Tim hortons (canadian brands), values from the story (canadian morals), landscape becomes a character, viewers make their own judgements on the endings (ex. You have to work at the narratives (not just sit there and be entertained) Knowing an actor is canadian in hollywood gives the movie an added interest for canadians. Developed out of the documentary process (canadian film)

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