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Last year members of our Centre assisted the Aboriginal Prime Time Network in producing their science show for First Nations youth- Coyote Science. I just got this update from Producer/Director, Loretta Todd, who is based in Gibsons:
Sending you heartfelt kinanâskomitin, thank you, for sharing your time, story and knowledge with Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show. Your work and dedication is inspirational for our young people. We appreciate all the good work of the Sunshine Coast Astronomy Club. You and your colleague, Michael Bradley, have been so helpful and supportive.
Just letting you and your team know that Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science show is now screening on APTN. The episodes you were involved are airing this Saturday, February 25 – Big Bang and Astronomy, sometime in April (tbc). Coyote Science will broadcast every Saturday morning. APTN is on channel 125 on Telus TV and channel 631 on Coast TV.
BC time: 7:30 am (on the HD channel, 9:30 am on the SD channel)
Mountain time: 8:30 am
Central time: 9:30 am
Eastern time: 10:30 am
Atlantic: 11:30 am
(check local listings because there is a difference between the APTN HD channel and the old school APTN SD channel)
Thank you again. It is so appreciated. We are planning a special lunch in the near future to celebrate Coyote Science on the Coast – will keep you posted.
ekosi, Loretta Todd, Producer | Director
APTN will begin streaming episodes in the near future as well, so check their website and like their facebook page for updates and interesting stories.
I spent the last 6 days in Winnipeg in studios at Merit Motion Pictures and MoonGazy Films working on turning the rough cut of our Bravo film “Starry Nights” into a finished film. We worked on recording voice overs, editing, special effects and art work, adding astrophotography, adding the music, and creating the credits. This week it will be going to technicians for color correction and sound editing. By the end of this week we hope to have it wrapped!
Last night we finished 13 days of filming interviews, star parties, observatories (optical and radio telescopes), night skies and assorted b roll in Prince George, Kelowna, Penticton, and the Sunshine Coast. We got all that we hoped to capture for the BravoFACTUAL “Starry Nights” project as well as key footage for the proposedTelus Optik “Astronomers Like You” project. We hope to get a go ahead from Telus in the next few weeks. Now its time to get down to editing and making this all into documentaries. Many thanks to the many people who helped us in the last 13 days!
Charles Ennis, National Secretary
You may recall that last February Dodie Graham-McKay and I submitted a proposal to the Bravo Network for a 15 minute documentary with the working title “Starry Nights”. Bravo contacted us two days ago to give us the green light! The announcement was posted on Real Screen here. In the next few weeks Dodie will be coming out to work on this with me as well as to fine tune the final proposal for the other project for Telus Optik.
Charles Ennis, SCC President
I spent 6 hours at Dreamberry Studios in Roberts Creek on the set of APTN’s Coyote Science show helping them film the green screen segments for the beginnings and ends of the various episodes. We were helping them back in March when we posted this story. The director required telescopes and astronomical equipment for the set which we provided. Later some of the crew came up to the SCC Observatory to take a look.
I jumped in the TV truck Monday morning with Steve and Brittany from Coast Cable and headed off to Vancouver Island to for a whirlwind visit to the DAO (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory), NRC Herzberg Institute, the Center of the Universe, and the VCO (Victoria Centre Observatory) to get footage for the second season of our Night Lights TV show. We did interviews with graduate student Dan Posen regarding the history of the DAO, which is coming up on its 100th birthday and is still in use. We interviewed Dimitri Monin, the technical director of the Plaskett Telescope, about its structure and operation. We interviewed Dr. Dennis Crabtree, the acting director of the NRC Herzberg Institute, regarding the many telescopes that the NRC manages as well as the telescopes they intend to build in the future, such as the 30 meter mirror telescope. The blue line you see on the parking lot behind us represents the diameter of that 30 meter telescope. We also interviewed Victoria Centre member Diane Bell and toured the VCO with her and Dan. It was a very productive session.
In the end, due to the production team’s scheduling issues, the episode “Big Bang” of the Coyote Science show being filmed for APTN was filmed at the Rolling Earth Farm in Roberts Creek during the day using “Hollywood magic” to simulate night time, rather than doing a night shoot at the SCC Observatory.
Mike Bradley set up solar scopes and was filmed with some teen aged First Nations actors looking at solar flares.
Meanwhile Charles Ennis and another two teen aged actors simulated a night viewing session. The whole process took several hours and the producers thanked us for helping them make this science show become a reality.
This weekend Dodie Graham-McKay flew out from her home base in Winnipeg to brainstorm with our members at my home, hang out with our members at Astro Cafe, visit the observatory, and spend many hours writing proposals and concepts for our BravoFactual TV project with me. Thanks to all of the members who participated: Your input was invaluable. We came up with a well polished project outline, visual reference, budget and technical reference for the application, which is to be submitted Thursday, 25 February. The jury will be examining this and all the other applications for three months: We should have news about whether we’ve been accepted at the end of May.
Charles Ennis, President
Here is the latest version of the introduction segment for our upcoming monthly astronomy show on Coast Cable.