14 episodes

Welcome to the Hamilton Film podcast! I’m your host Alysha Main. Every episode explores an exciting role of movie making; from screenwriting, to special effects, directing, to distribution. Join me for an intimate conversation with a unique guest connected to the thriving film industry of Hamilton Ontario.

Theme music: http://chrisaltmann.com Graphic Design: http://balladcreative.ca Recording Space: http://facebook.com/themulespinner

Hamilton Film Alysha Main

    • Film Interviews

Welcome to the Hamilton Film podcast! I’m your host Alysha Main. Every episode explores an exciting role of movie making; from screenwriting, to special effects, directing, to distribution. Join me for an intimate conversation with a unique guest connected to the thriving film industry of Hamilton Ontario.

Theme music: http://chrisaltmann.com Graphic Design: http://balladcreative.ca Recording Space: http://facebook.com/themulespinner

    Season 3 Update

    Season 3 Update

    Quick update on the plan for Season 3, and what's happening in the Hamilton Film industry

    • 3 min
    Film Scoring with Steph Copeland

    Film Scoring with Steph Copeland

    I chat with composer Steph Copeland, who has over 30 film and TV credits to her name.  She began her career as a singer songwriter before immersing herself in electronic music production, and is best known for her work in the horror and sci fi genres.  We chat about the path to becoming a film composer, how to talk the language of music with directors, and the biggest challenges that composers face.  

     

    You can dig more into Steph’s work at http://stephcopelandmusic.com

    Theme music: chrisaltmann.com (http://chrisaltmann.com/)
    Graphic Design: balladcreative.ca (http://balladcreative.ca/)

    • 30 min
    Creating Content with Black Fawn Films' Cody & Chad

    Creating Content with Black Fawn Films' Cody & Chad

    I invited producers/directors Cody Calahan and Chad Archibald of Black Fawn Films and Black Fawn Distribution to chat with me at the Cotton Factory about creating content in a time where there’s never been more demand for entertaining things to watch. We talk  about their recent productions The Oak Room and Vicious Fun, Canada’s place in the content and genre film world, and the most important things for new filmmakers to focus on. As this was recorded back in February, some of the production timelines we discussed have changed, but it’s refreshing to listen back to a time in the not distant past when the film world was functioning at high speed.  So you know who voice is whose, the 1st one after mine is Chad, followed by Cody.   

    You can see what Chad & Cody are working on, and find all their social links at http://BlackFawnFilms.com

    Theme music: chrisaltmann.com (http://chrisaltmann.com/)
    Graphic Design: balladcreative.ca (http://balladcreative.ca/)
    Recording Space: http://facebook.com/themulespinner

    • 37 min
    A Filmmaker With a Soaring Spirit: Cher Obediah

    A Filmmaker With a Soaring Spirit: Cher Obediah

    Before jumping into this episode, I want to take a moment to recognize the powerful human rights movement that we’re experiencing.  Black & Indigenous Lives MATTER.  I’m a podcaster and DJ that benefits from white privilege, and I strive to use my platform to elevate voices and issues that matter, and to be actively ANTI-racist.    

     

    I also want to acknowledge the sudden passing of one of the top music supervisors in Canada, David Hayman (https://audioboom.com/posts/7460435-music-supervision-with-david-hayman-bonus) , who was a guest on Season 1.  David gave me my first opportunity as a junior music supervisor for his sonic branding company, Supergroup, and his death is a huge loss to the music and film communities. 

     

    This week I had a fantastic chat with filmmaker Cher Obediah.  Cher started as a reporter before leaving to expand her skills working in a production house.  She launched her own company creating documentary short films covering Indigenous issues, reconciliation, cultural reconnection and injustice.  She received the Truly Independent Award at the 2019 Hamilton Film Festival, and is nominated for a Hamilton Arts Award this year.  We talk about Soaring Spirits, her curated collection of Indigenous films, her journey to becoming a filmmaker and to connect with her culture, and her passion for storytelling.  Since we recorded over Skype, you’ll hear birds, dogs, and airplanes in the background, so please excuse the audio quality.

    You can connect with Cher on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cher.obediah) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/cherobediah/?hl=en)

    SOARING SPIRITS FILMS:

    Iethiien:ne Ratiskáokon:á (What We Leave for Our Children ), 2m, Dr. Karen Hill

    The Eagle and the Condor, 4m, Paulette Moore

    Taken Home, 17m, Jonathan Elliot

    The Guide, 11m, dir. Yi Xie, wr/prod. Carla Robinson

    Moving Voice, 10m, Janet Rogers

    Her Water Drum, 16m, Johnathan Elliot

    The Getaway, 1m, Shane Pennells

    Translation, 3m, Shane Pennells

    Intentional Blindness, 5m, Cher Obediah

    TEKAHIONWAKE, 20m, Shelly Niro

    Theme music: chrisaltmann.com (http://chrisaltmann.com/)
    Graphic design: balladcreative.ca (http://balladcreative.ca/)

    • 33 min
    Connecting Film Fans in a Pandemic with The Westdale's Dan Fournier

    Connecting Film Fans in a Pandemic with The Westdale's Dan Fournier

    I was curious how this pandemic is effecting our local cinemas, so I chatted with Dan Fournier, General Manager of the Westdale Theatre, to find out how they are adapting, keeping film fans connected, and staying engaged with the Hamilton community.  The Westdale screens art and indie films, and provides an intimate cultural space for public performances and exhibitions.  It was Hamilton’s first theatre, in 1935, and went through a major renovation before reopening in 2019.  I recorded a Skype call with Dan, so excuse the audio quality. 
    You can find film clubs to join, Live Facebook talks, and other virtual events at http://thewestdale.ca
    Theme music: chrisaltmann.com (http://chrisaltmann.com/)
    Graphic design: balladcreative.ca (http://balladcreative.ca/)
    Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/alyshamain) , Twitter (https://twitter.com/AlyshaMain/) , or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/alyshamain/)

    • 26 min
    Acting with Jim Watson

    Acting with Jim Watson

    Hey it’s Season 2 of the Hamilton Film podcast!  Every episode explores an exciting role of movie making; from producing, to acting, content creation, to film scoring.  Join me for an intimate conversation with a unique guest connected to the thriving film industry of Hamilton Ontario.  
     
    Actor Jim Watson plays Dr. Theo Hunter on the new CTV medical drama, “Transplant”. He’s originally from North Bay, and over the past decade he’s had roles on many TV series filmed in Canada,  including SLASHER, THE STRAIN, and BETWEEN.  We chat about the process of landing a role on a network series, the perils of auditioning, the perks of being based in Hamilton, and what you need to know to play a Doctor on TV.  
     
    Transplant airs Wednesdays on CTV, and you can stream it on the CTV app.  You can follow Jim Watson on Instagram and Twitter @realjimwatson
    Theme music: chrisaltmann.com (http://chrisaltmann.com/)
    Graphic design: balladcreative.ca (http://balladcreative.ca/)
    Recording space: http://facebook.com/themulespinner
    Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/alyshamain) , Twitter (https://twitter.com/AlyshaMain/) , or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/alyshamain/)

    • 38 min

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