Jun. 24th, 2015

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I keep getting wonderfully distracted by Canadiana.ca - it aggregates a number of digital microfilm collections, all of which seem to be freely available to anyone who's interested.

(I am so interested.)

After getting distracted by NWMP telegrams from 1888 (amusing, until the reflexive racism of a colonising police force revealed itself), I thought maybe the site could help me with Actual Research that I'm getting paid to do.

I'm mostly researching the life/works of a BBC guy, but he also co-produced a film in the 70s with the NFB. While I'm waiting on the NFB to get back to me (do they have any archived material about the production? the BBC... doesn't seem to), I figured I could see if there's anything in a LAC database that could be interesting/useful.

Answer: probably not? The only direct mention was in a question to Parliament asking a) how many films the NFB made in 1976, b) how long each film was, and c) the average cost of each film. If anyone knows if this was a routine question, or how that information could possibly be useful*, I'm all ears.

*104 films. Longest: 131min. Shortest 4min. Average cost: $99 640. *shrug* Best is the list includes a passive-aggressive annotation on each film made at the behest of a gov't department.

Rather than doing the smart thing (leaving it there, moving on to my next task) I thought, "But what happens if I search for National Film Board or BBC in the relevant date range?" And lo, much reading of Foreign Affairs reports ensued. History history, so interesting.

(Fact: before I fell down a film/tv studies hole, I was certain I was going to study history. I'm tiptoeing closer and closer to becoming a television historian, so I'm pretty pleased.)

OTHER UPDATES: bathroom = done, thesis = still pending (so much stress), VidUKon = totally fun with great premieres and shows. Four-and-a-bit weeks left in the UK. New Florence + The Machine album = stuck on repeat.

Oh oh oh over the weekend I watched all of Constantine and after an awkward first episode, it burrowed its way into my heart as the Hellblazer adaptation I've been waiting for. Sucks it won't have a second season (especially after they included John boasting that he doesn't have lung cancer... oh the possibilities with that arc, especially with Rockne S. O'Bannon as 'consulting producer'), but what they did was definitely worth watching. *thumbs up*
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