Jan 25 2015

Deutsch Kino

Hungry Bones still 01 small Hungry Bones still 02 small
I am pretty stoked to be showing in a new country. It is the first time in a long time that I have screened anything even outside of Canada, so to be screening Hungry Bones at the dresdner schmalfilmtage film festival in Germany, I am both honoured and curious. German cinema has a looong, amazing history, so I am very interested to hear how the audience responds to the film. This film even pays a bit of homage to some of the early, surreal storytelling found in Germany.

For this particular screening, I have added German subtitles, graciously translated by Nicole Gfeller, an artist and friend of Co-Director Chrystene Ells. I really like the look of celluloid and subtitles.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bernyhi.ca/deutsch-kino/

Dec 08 2014

Now this is podcasting!

Podcast with Trudy Stewart and mispon Film Festival.

This past weekend, Trudy Stewart, Festival Director for +mispon festival, invited me to join her podcast recording. We had a great conversation covering topics such as filmmaking, life, art, money, mining, Cypress Hills, the +Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, pirating software, and editing old skool with VHS tapes and VCRs. Podcast:http://misponfestival.com/2014/12/01/mispon-festival-podcast-9/

She got me thinking about that old VHS camera. My memory of it is that it was huge and not very comfortable or ergonomic. I figured there might be a photograph lying around in some box with me and that camera. Sure enough, (thanks dad for preemptively scanning it!), seen below on the left is me with camera almost two decades apart from the photo on the right. This isn’t exactly when I first started uses that VHS camera, as there are videos I made with it from 5 years previous, but no photographs. Very fond memories.

Looking at the two photos, I had two thoughts.
1] The modern camera is equally as bulky.
2] I should consider starting up a service where I offer camera manufacturers a photograph with me and their camera. Could be fun.

Berny Hi years apart with camera

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bernyhi.ca/now-this-is-podcasting/

Mar 03 2014

Rising to the challenge

There’s a new Vimeo group, created by the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, challenging filmmakers with a series of quests for visionary adventurers.

This particular challenge was to use vacation footage, so I rummaged through some Super 8mm footage I had take on my travels. After selecting about ten minutes worth of pretty interesting shots, I came up with a running theme, something to the affect of ‘tips’ as a through-line or frame for the footage to be used in. The challenge is meant to be done in just a few hours, and I had already exceeded that, so I settled on just doing one tip for now. The hope is to some day come back and do the other four tips I had done a rough cut on. We’ll see if I can rise to that challenge as well…

Here’s the page for Vacation Tips: Rest Up, or watch it below.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bernyhi.ca/rising-to-the-challenge/

Feb 28 2014

Song & Shadow – Where do the Children Play

Little Orange Man promo image

While at the International Festival of Animated Objects (IFAO) in March 2013, I had the honour of putting on an impromptu shadow puppet performance along with Chrystene Ells to accompany Ingrid Hansen singing Where do the Children Play and playing banjo.

During the festival, which is put on by the Calgary Animated Objects Society Ingrid had one of the best performance I have ever seen, Little Orange Man (promo picture left).

I did not know the the performance was being recorded and had actually forgotten about it when Ingrid contacted me, letting me know she had uploaded it to YouTube. What a treat! This was performed live in Calgary at IFAO’s Dolly Wiggler Cabaret starring Phillip Huber.

Song written by Cat Stevens

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bernyhi.ca/song-shadow-where-do-the-children-play/

Jan 12 2014

Drown to screen at The 8 Fest in Toronto

Video test of sfx for title

Pretty stoked to announce that Drown is set to screen at The 8 Fest on January 24-26, 2014 at SPK Polish Combatants Hall, 206 Beverley Street, Toronto.

This film was originally shot on Max 8 (Super 8mm celluloid) by Chrystene Ells & Berny Hi for the One Take Super 8 Event 2013, meaning that it was shot without edits and was screened for the first time to the filmmakers with a live audience. (More on the event)

For this particular film, we decided to do the narration first and shoot around the timing of the story. It was definitely interesting working this way, as usually sound comes during or after production, but I think it made it easier to do the in-camera editing.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bernyhi.ca/drown-to-screen-at-the-8-fest-in-toronto/

Apr 22 2013

Blackout CISPA

For the two folks who will visit my site today (probably my parents),

Complete text of CISPA

Our neighbours to the South are currently creating regulations regarding Internet activity and use. As an Internet user, and personal, intellectual property owner online, I feel that CISPA will allow for abuse of individual rights, while not protecting that which it claims it will protect. Although this is not a law currently in Canada, I think the precedent it will set could encourage similar legislature throughout the world.

I hope not.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bernyhi.ca/blackout-cispa/

Mar 13 2013

Beautiful, appropriate Audience Choice Award

Audience Choice Award winner Berny Hi 100 Dollar Film Festival

The packed house at the Globe Cinema chose Kitty Dreams of Dying as their favourite film of the festival, presenting me with a beautifully crafted glass award from Bee Kingdom. The award is especially appropriate given the performative presentation of the Super 8mm film involved projecting through a live manipulation of warped glass.

The most asked questions that night at the after party were regarding Kitty’s health (he’s still happy and alive) and whether the next film would be projected through the award. :)

Special thanks to live accordion player, Chrystene Ells, and the CSIF for being open to the non-traditional presentation.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bernyhi.ca/beautiful-appropriate-audience-choice-award/

Mar 05 2013


International Festival of Animated Objects 2013 graphicOne of the best, most intense festivals in the prairies, put on by Xstine Cook and the Calgary Animated Objects Society, the International Festival of Animated Objects will be featuring over a week of performance, puppetry, animated films, artist talks, and workshops in Calgary.

On Friday, March 15th at 1:30pm at the Lantern Church I will present a workshop on Cinemagic Projector Art. If you are in Calgary, come explore the roots of moving image artistry before digital post-production with handcrafted effects created in-camera, or live on-camera. I will help you develop a visceral connection to your film by manipulating the essences of cinema: light and perspective, making you into a Cinemagician!

The workshop demonstrates unique, organic and evocative effects through manually controlled camera and projection techniques. Try your hand at projection art and shadow puppetry, augmented with warped glass and other cinemagic tricks.

Check out the complete festival guide online and watch some clips from previous festivals.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bernyhi.ca/cinemagic/

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