Friday, August 6, 2010

Off Camera at the Blue Moon

Hey Brothers and Sisters...
Off Camera is gearing up for this years showing.
We have chosen Blue Moon on Queen St as the venue.
Opening night is Friday, October 7:30
The room has lots of wall space, a stage with sound man
and large projection screen.
As well as the usual broad array of hangable art....
We are welcoming audio visual presentations this year.
Representing the musical talent within the brotherhood
we have two showcase presentations so far this year.
"Campfire Doug" will be joining us this year
as will my new band called.. "Band of Brothers"

Check your closets, basements and studios for stuff  to show
and Patricia will be sending out an invitation soon.
Visit the website for this year to keep updated.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The 2008 Off Camera Exhibition

In October 2008, a group of film workers from I.A.T.S.E. LOCAL 873 and The Director’s Guild of Ontario joined together at FILMPORT, a 360,000 sq. ft. Toronto studio complex, to exhibit their art to the public. The exhibition, ART AT FILMPORT STUDIOS, revealed a formerly lesser known side to the skill set of this creative group.

Usually only a name is highlighted in the credits of a film once it is completed by the talented people who enliven the cellulose in the motion picture industry. The skills of these artists are employed in creating the illusion of reality on film. At Off Camera’s latest offering, we caught more than a glimpse of people deeply committed to expressing their perceptions beyond the formality of the silver screen. This exhibition of works by film technicians, directors and designers was the largest of its’ kind ever held in Toronto, and perhaps North America to date. It was a formidable show to say the least. It crossed creative boundaries and cascaded into levels of professionalism that each presenting artist was proud to reveal.

It was Toronto Scenic Painter Patricia Chard who initiated the first exhibitions of this kind in 2006 and 2007. To pull off an exhibition of the magnitude and quality of the 2008 show took a lot of “hut spa” from the exhibitors and organizers of this show. Scenic Artists Frank Perna and Scott Donais, who were also exhibitors, carried the ball even when the going got tough, to drive the shows’ concept and planning. Add to this mix Scenic Artists Erin Leslie and Marina Reshetnikova, again also exhibitors, to co-curate the hanging of art, along with many other tasks. The large cross-section of members from the categories within the film industry delivered their work prior to the opening with many also volunteering to help hang the show. The variety of artwork presented was wonderfully extensive. Carpenters with camera skills mirroring the fabric of rapidly changing cultures, Set dresser’s with painterly ideas letting the colours speak and Grips with an eye for multi media installation, to name a few. All from a talent pool within the Toronto film industry. Also presented were ink drawings and abstractions, original prints, photography, subtle and skilful acrylic and oil on canvas and mature sculptural works. Scenic Artist Derek Stephenson gave these works a website at:

The size of this exhibition was beyond what most had anticipated, with a total of 58 artists involved! Temporary hanging canvas walls were constructed diagonally in the 18,000 sq. ft. studio space. This provided more than adequate room for the works of the many artists’ to be seen. Grip Mark Manchester, also a participating artist, looked after the derigging. Lighting was generously donated and installed by Electrician wizard Ian Foulds. Opening night turnout was impressive, with over 1000 attending. Viewers expressed their comments and kudos while enjoying the music of Mark Stafford of the Paint Department with his small but savvy Blues Ensemble. Several artists sold work on opening night. The event received media attention, both in print and on television.

Off Camera thanks I.A.T.S.E. local 873, The Director’s Guild of Ontario, and Ontario Paint and Wallpaper for their generous sponsorship as well as the Filmport people for the use of their fabulous studio space. This event could not have been such a success without the level of help we received.

So, Can we expect another Off Camera exhibition in 2009? Lookout Toronto! Yes we can!

By Heather Rigby

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Art at Filmport

Off Camera has created a new site which will be dedicated 
to the upcoming Filmport showing.
Initially, this is a guide to the works presented at the exhibit.
It will remain in place as a link to this collection of artists.
Check it out and feel free to send me your thoughts

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Tatjana Hutinec

Dear Filmmakers and Members of the Film Community,
The second meeting of our Toronto Women's Film Group is being held Tuesday Aug. 19th at 7pm The idea of the film group is to have on-going film screenings and discussions of women's work in a casual and supportive setting. If you would like to present one of your films/videos or a work in progress (e.g., rough cut) please feel free to bring it with you. Any genre and form is welcome. Just let us know in advance so we can plan the evening accordingly. Screening formats are VHS and DVD only. The movie theatre has seating for 35 people. After the screening/discussion we will move onto the outside bar patio.
We will meet in the movie theatre of the The Summit, 701 King Street West (Tatiana Hutinec's condo building). If you have trouble accessing the theatre call Kathleen's cell number 416-270-7844.
We hope you can make it! Please RSVP to Kathleen Cummins (
Warm Regards,
Tatiana, Kathleen and Elizabeth

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tatjana Hutinec

Luminat'eau at Harbourfront
June 14, June15, 2008
Theme of Luminat’eau 2008 art festival was water:
Artwork reflecting water mythology, music coming from musical water instruments, dance performances and rituals celebrating water ….and rain did its d├ębut…
It was very appropriate to rain during the water-art festival. Nobody seemed to bothered, but got immersed (literally) into the watery scene with smiles on their faces.
The Rain Gods applauded in a form of rain showers during each performance !
I would like to thank everyone who came o Harbourfront and showed interest in support of the arts .
Mythological Water Creatures, commissioned by Harbourfront were mounted on the canoes in the pond (skating ring) .
Canoe figureheads, created by Tatjana Hutinec are stylized sculptures of Mythological Water Creatures, featuring: Poseidon - Greek god of sea and thunderbolt, Yemanja Afro- Brazilian goddess of the living ocean, Naga -water serpent form Hindu and Buddhist mythology , Atlaua - Aztec lord of the waters, Chinese Dragon - ruler of the storms and waterfalls, Ika-Roa -from Polynesian mythology, fish who gave birth to the Milky Way
Textures created in mixed media technique in combination with bright colours reminiscence folk tails about ancient galleons and illustrations form children's story books
Tatjana Hutinec is sculptor, painter and costume designer. Her work has been commissioned for numerous commercials, music videos, independent movies and big Hollywood productions .