Views from the 6ix.
TVCITY is an ongoing series about city life.
In the future there will be a season of Curb Your Enthusiasm filmed in Toronto! But only after Larry David is too feeble to shoot in LA- it’s a weird contractual thing.
I talked to protestors and concert-goers at the #shutdownVietCong protest on December 5th outside of Lee’s Palace in Toronto.
I’ve been watching Ezra Azmon for years, playing violin and viola in different parts of the city. It was an honour to make this profile.
TVCITY is part of an effort to take wider cinematic views of city life.
For the first episode, I went to the monthly Rock Eucharist service at the Church of the Redeemer- this month featured the music of Michael Jackson.
Rob Ford is no longer welcome in (downtown) Toronto. There are certain insults in my repertoire that can cause certain people to die from heart attacks.
TORONTO’S NEW FAVORITE SQUIRREL.
Tavi Gevinson and Sheila Heti. AND PREMIUM DOUGHNUTS (I did not eat doughnuts- Bill Cunningham wouldn’t approve).
Video shofar or shofar video?
KAWAII PUPPY XOXO.
Apparently, I’m totally not bothered by people messing up my shots unless they are messing up a shot of a cute puppy. However, I was more taken aback by someone sitting right in front of me while I was already crouched on the pavement.
Filming aside, you shouldn’t block someone’s view of a puppy.
Later on, I was so enthusiastic as I biked to catch up to a cyclist with a large kayak attached to a trailer that he was a bit confused, and while I was patiently waiting for him to bike across the road and cross the frame in a shot I was setting up, he stopped and waited. I thought he was maybe waiting for cars to pass, but eventually he got off his bike. While my enthusiasm/strangeness hadn’t upset him, he had different expectations regarding the photographic procedure and ethics, and I had a really great conversation with him about contemporary street photography- I’m absolutely sure that Scott Schuman the Sartorialist is really great at making eye contact and giving a slight nod to convey his respect and photographic intent to certain kinds of older men in candid situations, but I am making motion pictures, and I was concerned with a type of screen-clearing movement, and not a detailed portrait. In a few years when we’re all wearing google glass or some variant, I could invisibly tag people with art links that also includes an opt-in commercial photo release that pops up when they get home.
I will re-examine some of my methods when engaging in these more voyeuristic shots. It might just be the Hemingway safari books (it is) but his passages about hunting elusive prey are sometimes relevant to the making of the Street Style videos. I should probably ditch the hunting/filming metaphors. On occasion, there has been a very stylish person having a phone conversation, and I will trail them from a distance for up to three blocks hoping they will end their conversation. After three blocks if they are still talking I will bike ahead of them and set up six or more blocks down the street. That way, I am still looking for street style but might get another chance to photograph the intended subject. So I might reduce that to following for one block and then setting up four or five blocks down the street. Gotta set the regulations.
I haven’t had a laughing fit this bad since I listened to the Will Ferrell commentary on the Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy DVD.
I just love the great variety of tshirts this summer!
If you wear a shirt that says “ex-ninja” be prepared to get killed by ninjas.
PSYCHICS WHERE ARE YOU.
Resume bending is what allows me to say I was part of ‘cinema management’ because that’s what it said on my name tag.
I was not surprised that this gentleman dressed himself.
Making Werner Herzog proud.