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  "APARTAMENT" - A NEW DOCUMENTARY BY KAROLINA PIOTROWSKA
December 3, 2013

Apartament

We have just wrapped up a principal photography on Karolina Piotrowska’s documentary “Apartament” (Apartment), a story of two elderly Polish artists and their views about the arts, aging, friendship, love, and life. The film was shot with our Sony PMW-F5 and Fujinon Cabrio 19-90mm, in 2.40:1.



RON MULLINS JOINS ASCENT FILMS
December 1, 2013

We are excited to announce that Ron Mullins, a film and television production professional for over four decades, will be adding his wealth of experience and expertise to the Ascent Films team. Ron has produced and directed award winning films and television for a broad range of domestic and international clients.

Ron Mullins


FIRESTORM DOC LICENSED BY KNOWLEDGE NETWORK
November 20, 2013

Knowledge Network

We are proud to announce that The Knowledge Network has licensed the documentary “Firestorm: Out of the Ashes” for television broadcast in 2014. Mr. Murray Battle, the Director of Independent Production and Presentation at Knowledge, described the documentary as: “A well made, compassionate film that so speaks to community.” The film will air on Knowledge’s flagship programme Storyville.



FIRESTORM PREMIERES IN KELOWNA
August 16, 2013

Our most recent documentary "Firestorm: Out of the Ashes" premiered Friday night on three screens to more than 700 people at the Paramount Theatre on Bernard Avenue in Kelowna. The Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society made a special point of thanking Ascent Films Inc. for the spectacular premier of the documentary. Audience interviewed at its conclusion seemed unanimous in their kudos for the film which commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Okanagan Mountain Forest Fire. Read article...

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DOUBLE HAPPINESS
June 7, 2013

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Over the last 6 months we’ve been busy in production on pilot episode “Nanjing Duck” for a series of lifestyle-food-travel-culture series “Double Happiness”. The show traces the origins of Chinese dishes and legends that accompany them from the Canadian Mecca of Chinese food - Vancouver, BC, to China. This particular episode shot in the eastern city of Nanjing and partly in Shanghai. On Sunday we are taking the show to the Banff World Media Festival.
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ONCE UPON A TIME OPENS WITH OUR SHOTS
October 2, 2012

Last night’s opening episode of Season II begins with a sequence we shot in August in Osoyoos. Enjoy the oriental castle the VFX team created very near the area where the real Nk’Mip Winery is located. Click here to watch the opening sequence.

Once


FIRESTORM: OUT OF THE ASHES
September 7, 2012

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Ascent Films has began the production of documentary film "Firestorm: Out of the Ashes". The film celebrates the spirit of community, and the heroism of the firefighters, police, and an untold number of volunteers who devoted their time helping others during one of the most dramatic events in the history of Canada: the Okanagan Mountain Forest Fire of 2003.
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ON THE SET OF "ONCE UPON A TIME"
August 30, 2012

A couple weeks ago cinematographer Jiri Bakala, assisted by Steven Antturi as a focus puller, shot a second unit for the opening sequence of the second season of the acclaimed ABC television series "Once Upon A Time". The shoot, in +40 C heat with the Arri Alexa and Angenieux 24-280 mm T2.8, took place in the desert near Osoyoos, BC. It was a great experience and the amazing Alexa performed flawlessly.


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INTEL ULTRABOOK PROJECT
May 30, 2012

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Ascent Films has completed edits on another five short spherical videos, this time from Sydney, Australia. This is our fourth set of spherical/i360 videos edited for Intel's world Ultrabook campaign referred to as "12 Cities, 12 Collaborations", creatively headed by Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am.



CANON C300 GETS BBC NOD OF APPROVAL
March 28, 2012

Canon today announced that their EOS C300, the first model from the new Cinema EOS System, has met the standards the BBC requires from cameras tested to the EBU recommendation EBU R118. The approval allows both internal and external BBC production teams to use the EOS C300 for the production of a variety of programmes to be broadcast on the BBC’s range of HD channels.




ASCENT FILMS INC. ACQUIRES CANON’S NEW CINEMA C300 CAMERA
March 15, 2012

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Ascent Films Inc. is proud to announce the acquisition of the highly anticipated new Canon C300, a 4k sensor HD cinema camera. Accompanied by the 24-70mm and 70-200mm professional L-series zoom lenses, this camera package will provide the company with an amazing tool capable of producing filmstyle quality and ‘look’, not only for broadcast and high-end commercial and motion picture market, but also for every other project regardless of scope or budget.



OKANAGAN ARTS AWARDS
February 25, 2012

The Ascent Films team produced the 5th Annual Okanagan Arts Awards, a black-tie gala event recognizing Okanagan artists and arts supporters for their contribution to the arts. The showcase was webcast live in a spherical i360 format to the Castanet webpage, garnering 2400 hits during the nearly 2-hour programme. The webcast was made possible courtesy of our friends at Immersive Media Inc., headed by its CEO Myles McGovern. This was the first ever live spherical webcast of an award show. Our thanks go to our entire production team coordinated by Chelsey Dalzell, hosts Cheryll Gillespie and Troy Scott, fantastic performers, and the many volunteers and board members from the Okanagan Arts Council. The theatre showcase was directed and produced by Jiri Bakala with technical assistance by Steven Antturi.



INTEL & WILL.I.AM: 12 CITIES, 12 COLLABORATIONS
January 10, 2012


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will.i.am, Intel’s director of creative innovation and international recording artist, is gearing up for another world tour. This time, however, he will be traveling around the globe as part of the Intel Ultrabook™ Project. Mirroring the musician’s vision of a richer, more participatory music experience for his fans, the Ultrabook Project will put music at the epicenter of social content to create the ultimate musical expedition. Fans will be able to see what will.i.am sees and experiences, and showcases the inspiration for and creation process behind each of the pieces of music. This experience will be available in the spherical i360 web and app based format. The 12-city, 12-month tour will kick off in Mexico City at the end of the month and produce 12 original pieces of music inspired by the cities will.i.am visits. We are very proud to announce that Ascent Films Inc. has been chosen to become the post-production facility for the project’s spherical i360 content.




ASCENT FILMS INC. WINS A LICENSE FOR NUKE
September 1, 2011

Ascent Films has won a license for the NUKE compositing software in a recent NUKE survey prize draw. NUKE is the original compositing tool from The Foundry. It provides a stable foundation that allows the greatest forward-thinking directors to deliver their most demanding creative vision. It is designed to assist in meeting tight deadlines, managing high quality, scale and efficiency, in a robust and highly intuitive production pipeline.
"We are very excited to receive this NUKE license because it will allow us to provide our clients with a true world-class compositing tool. NUKE is a powerful addition to the company's arsenal of hardware and software tools.", states the company’s post-production and VFX supervisor Steven Antturi.


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GAZ FRANCE - FIRST i360 COMMERCIAL
August 15, 2011


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The first-ever spherical commercial video produced for Gaz de France, a French energy utility company. The Immersive Media crew and Jiri Bakala filmed the eclectic footage for the commercial in Paris France in June, and Steven Antturi followed with extensive post production work in July and August. 

Since the client required that the resulting video is truly a sphere with no "black hole" in the place of the camera rig/attachment, Steven had to composite the ceiling clip on top of the main shot showing the tennis court floor with all its moving environment. View video 




AND THE AWARD GOES TO..... ASCENT FILMS INC.
February 25, 2011

Jiri Bakala, Steven Antturi, and Immersive Media CEO Myles McGovern become the winners of the Media Arts Award given away annually at the Okanagan Arts Awards. The group was chosen to receive the prestigious award for their innovative work on the Black Eyed Peas’ i360 spherical video “The Time (Dirty Bit)”, released in January. “This is a great honour. The spherical video technology is so new, and sometimes ‘bleeding edge’, that an award like this will help us to bring it to the forefront and showcase its usability beyond what most people are familiar with - Google Streetview. Unlike with that, our projects are full motion videos that offer viewers real time interactivity.”, says Ascent Films’ Executive Producer Jiri Bakala.


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THE BLACK EYED PEAS DEBUT IN WORLD'S FIRST 360-DEGREE MOBILE MUSIC VIDEO
January 24, 2011


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New 'BEP360' App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch Takes Fans Inside "The Time (Dirty Bit)" with 360- Degree Motion Control and Augmented Reality. The video for the app was produced by the team at Ascent Films Inc. Editor and compositor Steven Antturi created spherical CGI environments that had to match the "feel" of the original 2D video. The facility also had to come up with a way to create overlays with 2D video that looked geometrically proper in the spherical environment. BEP360 is the first release from will.i.apps, will.i.am's new digital media production entity dedicated to pioneering and producing application-based entertainment experiences.

 

 

 

 
 
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