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James Cameron, a Canadian Identity

I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.

Hasta La Vista Baby.

Sometimes your whole life boils down to one insane move.

3 quotes. 3 great movies. 1 outstanding Canadian filmmaker.   

 

Hi. You might have heard of me. my name is George Lucas. I’m the guy who spent my entire life creating the Star Wars Series. But I’m not here to gloat about my successes. I’m here today to talk about my good friend James Cameron. The creator of crazy Thrillers such as Titanic, Terminator, Aliens, Avatar, and many more captivating movies. I have just finished reading this book (pull out the book) and it has opened my eyes to what Canadian filmmakers can accomplish in the cinematic world. let me start from the beginning.

 

I first met Cameron back at the 2011 CinemaCon. we had a little interview in the stage but after it finished, He told me all about his life story and I was extremely fascinated about how he came to be. He was born in a little town called Kapuskasing in Ontario. He didn’t come from much but was always interested in writing movie scripts in his spare time. He told me at our interview together that he and his friends always galloped around Niagara falls shooting everything in sight. And that’s something I resonate with. He had the desire to make films even if he didn’t have “BEST equipment” or the “4000 dollar camera”. He did it anyway because it was his passion.

 

He was a truck driver for a couple of years, trying to earn some money for university. He obviously didn’t enjoy it but it was a choice he had to make for his future goals in the world of filmmaking. His dreams were always pushed aside as he was currently trying to get a science degree but still longed for the cinemas. At the age of 23, he made one of his biggest life decisions that anyone could ever take. My prominent movie, Star Wars 1977 was just released and he went out to the first showing. He told me about how fascinated he was in the special effects and how his eyes flared up with yearning. So, a week later he quit his job and went straight for film school.

 

You see, Cameron was a man who made something out of nothing. Many directors have such a strong passion for exact filmmaking but Cameron came from a science background. We always assume that most directors just went into digital studies like myself and focused on movie making but thats what makes Cameron different from the rest. He had made a decision to change his life and go into something completely different from what he planned.

This book captures the struggles of Cameron and describes what he did to overcome his cinematic challenges. It shows how a young Canadian can turn his entire career around if you truly believe in your goal. This book explores the idea of how filmmaking is a shot in the dark, especially for a boy who grew up in a small town in the middle of nowhere. But, if you are willing to take a risk in life, I assure you something cinematically amazing will come out of it.

 

take it from the Canadian filmmaker himself as he once said, “Imagination is a force that can actually manifest a reality.”

 

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John A. Macdonalds Fight for Canadian Liability

 

 

 

The media is exceptional at highlighting all the detriments that John A. Macdonald took part of during his power in the late 1860s. However, with the recent argument of his controversy, all sight on the great acts he accomplished has been completely lost. We as a country should be united and honour everything our founding father created and recognize the risks and struggles that were at hand. Nonetheless, it is important to identify the malfeasance from prior times and discuss how our morals have changed since. With this being in mind, a country should not be able to excoriate a past official when the set of values has severely changed.  

An ongoing altercation in Canada about the removal of John A. Macdonald statues, monuments, and names of streets and schools is flooding the news with both sides becoming heated. A claim that is being made is describing Macdonald as an “architect of the Indian Residential School system” (Mayor). While this is indefinitely true, we need to look at the statement as a whole. Indeed, Macdonald had the lead role in the Indian residential schools but for any normal human in the late 19th century, this was a completely justified norm. Our Canadian ancestors knew a lot less about the world as we do today and dealt with problems a lot more barbarically. An example of this is indeed how the first Prime Minister treated Native Americans. He accused them of being “a different species” (Macdonald). This resulted in Macdonald creating residential schools in order to cut out the culture and make them more like the mainstream in Canada. Two centuries ago, the way of life was completely different from what we live in now. Of course, this is an unfavourable reflection on Canada’s identity, but they didn’t know any better.

Despite all the wrongdoings and the negative choices, John A. Macdonald made in the past, we cannot just erase history. We need to be able to recognize the good and the bad and improve ourselves to the best of our ability.  These monuments and statues that were made for Macdonald are historic monuments that tell us stories and by telling stories we “recognize that we can do better” (McKenna). There are things in our world that have represent a bad time in history such as the many concentration camps in West Europe. The camps resemble a terrible time when humans began to resolve their problems with hate and violence. However, instead of destroying them, we have turned them into a place to reflect and understand that we had a rough past. Reflection on what we did helps us truly analyze our new morals and beliefs and synthesizes how far we’ve come. The statues that are currently still standing of John A. Macdonald should continue to stand as it represents a founding father that deserves to be recognized for the good and the bad.

John A. Macdonald did start Canada on an amazing path to success but also made some extremist decisions that resulted in lifelong effects on First Nations. Canadian citizens should be aware of how Canada came to be and should educate others about the changes in the country’s current morals. It is not right of us to judge a man from two centuries ago who had a completely different set of values, but we should rather indoctrinate them and understand how we can become better. In centuries to come, our future generations will look back on the decisions we are making right now just as we are and will either agree or disagree with our values. No matter what we choose to do every day, we are always creating history.

 

Bibliography

Little, Simon. “John A. Macdonald Statue Removed from Victoria City Hall to Cheers and Jeers.” CKNW, 12 Aug. 2018, globalnews.ca/news/4382987/john-a-macdonald-statue-victoria/.

Stanton, Kylie. “Cost to Remove Statue of John A. Macdonald from Victoria City Hall Grows.” Global News, 28 Feb. 2019, globalnews.ca/news/5007406/cost-to-remove-statue-of-john-a-macdonald-from-victoria-city-hall-grows/.

“Victoria City Council to Decide Future of John A. Macdonald Statue | CBC News.” CBCnews, CBC/Radio Canada, 4 Mar. 2019, www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/john-a-macdonald-statue-relocation-1.5040218.

 

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Romeo and Juliet Act ll Critical Response

In Shakespeare’s profound play, Romeo and Juliet, we are introduced to two “completely in love” protagonists who believe they are deeply in love with each other. With the evidence provided so far, I believe that Romeo and Juliet’s relationship resembles more of a “puppy love” connection. In the first act, Romeo and Juliet meet one another at a party and as soon as Romeo lays his eyes upon Juliet, he suddenly forgets all about Rosaline and becomes “star-crossed lovers” (Prologue.6). Firstly, Romeo has absolutely no idea the real meaning of love as he is solely basing his love for both Rosaline and Juliet on how beautiful they are. This is already solid proof that Romeo is not fully in love with Juliet quite yet. Romeo is also hopping from one girl to another. After he goes to the Capulet party just to see Rosaline, Romeo meets Juliet and says “  Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (l. 5. 52-53).On Juliet’s view of love, we see more maturity than we will probably never see in Romeo. She tends to process her feelings in situations a lot better than Romeo but soon starts to lose focus of her own personality. She begins to fall head over heels for Romeo and ends up making quite similar mistakes.

 

I believe that Kulich’s holds a very strong argument and is quite effective as its historically accurate for the time the play was written. Romeo and Juliet was written late 15th century in England and back in those times, there were no rules, restrictions or laws against underage marriage. In today’s society, we look down on Elizabethans for there particularly cruel ways of living. But put yourself back 500 years, and it would be completely normal. Looking at this idea as a whole, it is quite difficult to judge our history because our morals change drastically the more we live and the more life experiences we get.

 

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In-Depth BP #5

I set a countdown on my phone and guess what! There’s only four million more seconds until indepth night! Now it looks like a lot but actually, it’s only 50 days. Honestly, I am so excited but quite nervous. I really want my photos to come out decent so I can make a published album and for that to happen I need some good weather. So whoever reads this, please pray for me! Just before spring break I met with Ms. Learmonth and she showed me how to enlarge the negatives in the dark room. Kudos to her for falling in love with something that she can teach to other people like me. I can easily tell how much passion she has for Film Photography and I inspire to keep my own passion for as long as possible. Photography is an art that can get you outside and into nature; going on adventures whenever you want!

 

I also handed in my own film to get professional developed until I can learn on my own and after coming back from my vacation the photos arrived! The suspense of opening the package and just hoping for the photos to turn out good is a feeling that everyone should experience once in their life. Apart from some photos that I took of my dog that came out SUPER out of focus, it was a great first batch! I’m actually really proud of some of the photos, especially because some of the best ones were portraits (something I still need a lot of practice on). I’ve already bought loads more film and bought some colour film as well for more Kodak summer vibes later on in April. I hope the weather cooperates!

 

*I have not had a meeting with my mentor last week but will have one this week and this post will be updated with the recorded conversation*

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Is Canada a nation, simply a country, or a “post national” state?

Justin Trudeau claims that Canada is now the world’s first postnational state and has no singular identity nor a mainstream. He claims that the country still has a true “Canadian Identity” and that it is a place where we have “respect for minorities”. However, we are slowly losing the idea of nationalism due to rising immigration trends and therefore, we cannot deem Canada as a nation with a plethora of multiculturalism. I strongly believe that Canada is indeed a post-national state with the number of differences in values, beliefs, religions, history, and ancestry that is now present. Nonetheless, I also strongly believe that this is a problem for Canada’s future. The loss of Canada’s true identity is depleting and has been since Trudeau’s election in 2015. According to The Guardian article, The Canada Experiment, Canada took in 300,000 immigrants in 2016 alone, including 48,000 refuges. In a recent study, Toronto is now the most “diverse city on the planet” says The Guardian, with half of its residents being born outside of the country. Vancouver and other western cities are not far behind with the extreme burst of immigrants since the election. It is morally correct to aid those in need and I always want to help deserving minorities, but Canada has focused so much on other countries such as Syria and Iraq, that we have lost insight on our true Canadians. Douglas Todd in the dangers of a ‘postnational’ Canada quotes, “many average Canadians who are desperate to make a home and livelihood in Metro Vancouver, can’t come close to affording to live here.” This has started to become a reality in today’s society with the upcoming immigration laws. Most immigrants don’t have to pay any taxes making it easier to buy a house and start a life. Even so, housing prices are rising so fast that Canadians who have to pay so many taxes are struggling to live in their country. Canadians who have ancestors dating back to the 1700s when we first landed huge ships in the east. With this information, it shows how Trudeau is correct in the idea of Canada being postnational as it improves the lives of immigrants from “dysfunctional regions torn by corruption and cynicism,” but it also shows how being a postnational country is a detriment to everyone else living here. Geoffrey Taunton-Collins explains that “Healthy nationalism requires loyalty between citizens and leaders” and as of today’s society, we have lost sight and betrayed our true north, strong, and free loyalty to the Canadians who created the building blocks of what we call Canada today.

 

 

 

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In-Depth BP #4

Week 7 already? Wow! This is honestly going by so fast! My in depth so far is taking huge leaps and I’m really excited for week 8 as so much is going on! I have finally finished shooting on my 24 exposure black and white film and given it to Kerrisdale Cameras at Coquitlam Centre to get it processed, developed, and printed which should be finished by this Wednesday. I have a wide variety of subjects that include some landscapes, macro, architecture, and portraits which I’m super stoked about. I am also meeting with Ms. Learmonth this Wednesday and Friday in block 2 to learn how to use the darkroom and the entire process of developing and enlarging images. This will be a great end to school just before spring break and a great lead into my trip to Cuba with band where I will be bringing along my medium format camera and get some cultural shots in Havana and other towns. Glad to see everything falling into place and excited for my new photos!

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In-Depth BP #3

It’s already week five and I’m super excited! However, with the sudden downfall in snow, I have not seen Ms. Learmonth in a while. Quick breakdown: During our first meeting, she discussed using the dark room and she said that I need to come in at block 2 for two days and learn how to use it with the rest of the class. We both agreed on a Monday/Wednesday and I went on to emailing Mr. Quinto (my block 2 teacher) on skipping two classes for this opportunity. But when I woke up on Monday, the snow had covered the streets and I could barely get to school myself. I managed to get down to a bus stop and get to school but It seems like Ms. Learmonth had the same problem as me and couldn’t make it to school. Tuesday was a district snow day and on Wednesday we both agreed to do it the following day so we could both catch up on what we’ve missed. Yet, on Thursday when I walked into the photography class, A substitute told me she wasn’t here today. I’ve emailed Ms. Learmonth asking for a concrete time this week to meet up and I’m currently waiting for a reply. Even though this has set me back a week on my goals, I don’t regret it as I have learned that schedules don’t always go to plan and sometimes altercations must be made. On my own time, I’ve gone out and bought ILFORD DELTA 400 black and white film for both the 35mm and the medium format with 24 exposures. I plan on meeting up with some friends this week and try to get some portraits and other interesting B/W subjects. See you next week!

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In-Depth BP #2

It’s been a hectic first couple weeks that’s for sure! The first few steps towards my goals were finding a mentor and actually finding a film camera that I could actually use. With the mentor, I have asked Ms. Learmonth, the photography teacher to help me with my endeavor. I looked out into the community but the main problem I saw with other possibilities was the fact that I need to have access to a dark room. I actually ended up emailing a past photography teacher who also offered to help me with portraits and product photography and I’ll be sure to meet up with her soon and learn some new aspects of photography. I met up with Ms. Learmonth during Tuesday CL last week and we discussed my goals and what I wanted out of this. This was where A Beautiful Mind helped me. We talked about how film photography is a very artistic concept to learn as you physically have to wait and anticipate for the photos to be developed. I mentioned the word “patience” and she completely agreed that having patience makes you stand out from other photographers. When discussing film cameras, she said that she preferred the medium format camera over the 35mm. We didn’t disagree, but we did differ in opinions as I much rather prefer the 35mm. Nonetheless, Ms. Learmonth is a lot more experienced than I am and has a better view of both cameras. It’s been a great start to In-depth and I’m stoked for what is to come in the near future.

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The final countdown.. ZIP!

img_1066-copy1. What is your inquiry question? What initially drew you to this question? Did your question stay the same, or did it change over time? Why?

What type of descriptive language makes an effective story through a single photo?

I am already fascinated in photography and the one thing that I was still not so sure on was how to create a story through a singular photo. It’s interesting how the angle of the photo or the composition can spark a conversation between the photographer and the audience. I also chose this topic because it puts me in a better position for a future career. Having this as a skill will allow me to put it on an application and have a higher chance of being accepted to a university.  My inquiry question technically stayed the same as it all revolved around the idea of storytelling. However, I had to make some adjustments as my original question was too general.

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2. What skills have you expanded on / learned during the inquiry process? How are these skills applicable to your success as a student?

 

Throughout this project, I have learned how to effectively synthesize a general inquiry question into a specific point that I can research in the given time in class. This skill is crucial to my success as a student as I have the ability to apply this to other assignments such as essays where I must create a theme and then turn it into a thesis statement. Having this skill will allow me to begin the researching phase a lot quicker instead of figuring how to synthesize something.

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3. What did you learn about / what is your answer to this inquiry question? Remember to be specific and provide direct evidence from your research.

 

I learned how I could spend more time taking a photo to make sure it sparks a story in the audience’s mind. This includes:

  • Choose a theme (be specific)
  • Start with a simple story composed of simple elements
  • Think about your audience
  • Be aware of the background (try to make it work with you, not against)
  • Engage emotions
  • Stay candid!

The last point being “stay candid” has shown the most amount of help when it comes to taking photos as it makes me think about capturing images “in the moment”. This allows the audience to feel like they were there when the image was taken!

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4. In what ways does your final learning artifact demonstrate your learning/answer to your inquiry question? How does it connect to your chosen curricular competencies? Consider listing your competencies and including images, links, or excerpts from your work to demonstrate this.

My final artifact are the photos I have taken in sort of game-like style where the audience and I choose a photo and discuss the emotions we feel and what ideas it sparks up in our minds. After I will give them the choice of a story starter and we will go back and forth, creating a story about the image. Presenting in this format will demonstrate my work immensely as I can learn which photos are more effective in storytelling. This also connects to the Creative Thinking competencies as it requires both the audience and me to conjure up a story with only a photo and a story starter to assist us. As for the curricular competencies, my artifact connects to the “Recognize and appreciate how different features, forms, and genres of texts” as I share the photos I have taken and explain how stories and creative texts can be expanded out of literature and into artistic pieces. As for the second Competence, my artifact demonstrates this by using a variety of language within the photo, helping readers understand my research more. Finally, my artifact connects to the final curricular competencies by showing the fact that pieces of texts and art can be viewed in more than one way and the audience can feel many different emotions of said text.

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5. What resources did you find useful during your inquiry and why were they useful? (Cite at least four sources you consulted, with links, and write a brief 25-50 word response as to was important to your learning).

 

“Stories of Animals, Nature, and Culture.” National Geographic, National Geographic, www.nationalgeographic.com/.

  • I know this is a very general link, but it’s proven itself useful so many times! National Geographic is a website for people with their own stories to share through the art of photography. NatGeo is also an amazing place for people to share their photography skills, further inspiring photographers like me to go out and capture beautiful images.

Gabriel, Michael, and Michael Gabriel L. Sumastre. “Storytelling Through Photographs.” Contrastly, Contrastly, 21 May 2016, contrastly.com/storytelling/.

  • This website deemed itself useful because It gave very specific information about the things I needed to consider when taking a photo. It lists each element I should think about and explained what each one meant in full detail.

“Storytelling Through Photography – a Case Study.” Brent Mail Photography, brentmailphotography.com/creativity-inspiration/storytelling-through-photography-a-case-study.html.

  • This is definitely one of the most helpful websites I have stumbled across. The publisher has given many examples of his own photography to help guide me when I go on my own photo shoots. I am a kinesthetic/visual learner and this website allows me to connect and learn much more than just an article.

“Storytelling.” Artifact Uprising, www.artifactuprising.com/photography-tips/everyday-storytelling-through-photography.

  • This website was very useful as it showed the steps in storytelling through photography in an organized, concise way, with a clear step one, step two and so on. The steps were also in a progressive manner helping me be able to build up and visually learn how to complete the task.Bug Perspective


6. What new questions do you have about your inquiry? What motivates you or excites you about these questions?

 

 

    • How can this be applied to graphic novels?
    • Is this skill useful in any other careers other than a photographer?
    • Are there courses that could enhance these skills?
    • What would the definition of a “perfect” photo be like?

These questions excite me because they are all questions that I can learn throughout my In-Depth. As you may know, I am learning all about Film Photography and the entire process of the chemicals and the dark room. My research from ZIP! can be applied to further illustrate stories through my photography both in In-Depth and my future as a photographer.

 

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In-Depth Blog Post #1

For my In-Depth project this year, I decided to dive into the depths of Film Photography. As you may all know, I have a very strong passion for photography as last year I focused on narrowing my photography skills. I feel like this is an excellent opportunity to become familiar with the schematics and fine-tuning aspects of Film. Film Photography requires an immense amount of patience and will power making the photographer wait through the entire process of producing magnificent images. Choosing this as my In-Depth this year allows me to become more versatile with the aspect of photography as I will soon be able to say that no matter what circumstances I am in, I can still capture beautiful photos. For the mentor aspect, I am planning on meeting with a couple of photography teachers around SD43, mainly looking at Gleneagle, Heritage Woods, and Charles Best as they all have usable dark rooms. In the case that they are unable to help me, I plan on talking with PDPC and more specifically my mentor from last year, Garry Johns, who will be able to point me in the right direction.

By the end of April, I hope to have a great selection of film orientated photos, allowing me to choose the best that I want to present on In-Depth night. I also plan on creating a published album of my photos and get it printed for a physical copy of my endearing work of film photography. As for the actual presentation, I plan on making a short video of the process. I intend to have about 60 seconds of this video b-roll (short clips of myself taking photos to enrich the video), taking the photos into the dark room, and processing them. The last 30 seconds will be the images themselves. I vision a sort of “the steps to create these pictures” as it begins outside, then into the dark room, and with all the time you put in, you come out with a stunning photo.  

This project will be an amazing opportunity and I am thrilled to study Film Photography for the next few months.

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