While visiting family, a few weeks ago, I took in the Vancouver
Club October Meeting. A great night, ‘twas !
With about 40 members present, the first half of the “Show”
was a screening of One Minute entries made by members…Commendable variety of subject matter. Judging by audience .
Then, a terrific presentation from a guest speaker on the subject
of his several decades’ work in producing feature-length movies in Vancouver. Without the faintest wisp of grants, nor
founts of money from philanthropists, our guest Larry, scratched around for “left-over” lengths of B/W 16mm neg.
film, persuaded actors from UBC Drama Department to take parts, and cajoled film labs into making work-prints and then release
You talk about shoestring budgets. During his “talk”
to us, he created colorful verbal imagery, describing how eventually he crashed the “independent film-makers’
“ circuit, securing rave reviews from Montreal and Toronto Film Festivals and favorable critics’ reviews
from The New York Times, for example.
“What about the NFB and CBC ? Any help ? “
“National Film Board ? I worked with them for five months.
Stuck in “documentary-mode”. Stagnant. I had to get out of there ! CBC ? Even in the 1980’s CBC was a dinosaur.
In a time-warped mentality . Out of touch.”
“Yeah! Sell CBC and save a billion dollars a year. in
Larry showed us a few 5-minutes long clips from his B/W feature
films. Never paternal in his “chat” with us, he sprinkled doses of wit as he responded to the many questions from
“Larry, your crew. Holding them together ?”
“Folks, remember: you need one another. Do favors here
and there and you’ll get ‘em back. Only one director, but still you’ll depend on your crew members and on
people from outside your crew .”
Almost at the end of his delivery to us, a member asked Larry,
“Can you recommend a good book on movie-making ?”
“No. Forget the books and put a team together and go
out and make movies !”