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Stock footage distribution goes digital

The Internet is now the method of choice to select and distribute stock footage, according to most North American suppliers, who have seen digital delivery replace tapes and discs over the past decade.

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Patrick Spence-Thomas — 1933-2008: Legendary sound man opened shop more than 40 years ago

Legendary sound engineer Patrick Spence-Thomas died of natural causes in Toronto on Oct. 12 at the age of 75.

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David Lee 1938-2008

Academy Award-winning sound mixer and recordist David Lee died in Panama City, Panama on Oct. 16, following a sudden illness. He was 70.

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Tory-bashing at Ottawa toon fest

OTTAWA: Election politics dominated opening night at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (Sept. 17-21) when, speaking before a packed house at Ottawa’s legendary ByTowne Cinema, the fest’s artistic director Chris Robinson metaphorically criticized federal cultural funding cuts in a lengthy diatribe about ‘monkeys damaging the banana crop.’

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Greenberg fund to invest in music docs

Funding left over from Standard buyout will back music-minded films, with a focus on the West

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TV dominates CG industry

Ontario’s computer animation and VFX industry approached $200 million in revenue last year — with TV buoying the former and feature films the latter — says study

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Tory-bashing at Ottawa toon fest

Animators urged to ‘vote for culture,’ as politics dominate opening night of Ottawa International Animation Festival

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OIAF 2008: Speed-dating connects employers and animators

‘Speed-dating’ is when job-seeking animators meet potential employers at Animators for Hire sessions during the 2008 Ottawa International Animation Festival. A regular feature of the annual OIAF, the all-day sessions begin Sept. 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the Chateau Laurier.

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Outline cultural policy now, say directors

DGC seeks answers from all four parties on funding, taxes and copyright. In writing

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CRTC delays CTF deadline

Comments on sharing benefits not due until Heritage responds to the regulator’s recommendations

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Real to Reel: Docs examine Montreal, resistance and rock star philosophers

Three Canadian feature docs explore very different topics at TIFF 2008.

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A merchandising goldmine

Corner Gas isn’t just a ratings winner, it is a merchandising goldmine.