EMERGENCE LAB – Looking back

July 6, 2015

From June 1-5 2015, the Banff Centre hosted the second edition of the Emergence Lab, a collaborative residence on creative storytelling. On Screen Manitoba was a partner for this event and has talked to some of participants to learn from their experience.

A simple yet effective formula: 2 projects, 2 versatile teams, a handful of experienced mentors and 5 days to create a prototype. A French and Canadian initiative, the lab also addressed coproductions between the two countries.

One of the selected projects was led by Elizabeth Rüll. Her team’s prototype (watch it hereis now her key pitching tool. Looking for buyers, Elizabeth admits that she doesn’t yet have a coproduction plan in mind as she doesn’t feel knowledgeable enough in the matter. “Five days, it’s very short to create something. We focused on the prototype but we probably would have needed a few more days to learn more about copros,” says the writer. “Also, there’s a great cultural divide between France and Canada. I’m an author, not a producer,” explains Rüll.

Carine Khalife, the visual artist who worked on the Rüll proiect, also felt like time was a scarce commodity. “We haven’t had time to step back and look at the project as a whole. I felt like we only got a glimpse of something much bigger,” she said. The duration of such a creative residence is a difficult metric: it has to be the perfect balace between time available to foster creativity and also pressure to produce.

Victoria Gibson was the sound designer on the Rüll project. She found the location very useful. Indeed, the Banff  Centre is equiped for all kinds of creative endeavours. “They have stop motion lab, HD cameras, edit suites, everything you might need,” explained the designer. Events such as this one are peppered throughout the industry calendar.  Some are technology-oriented, others are not. “A permanent lab is the ultimate luxury, but it isn’t always viable” suggests Rüll. The perfect format for an optimal creative residence has yet to be determined. In the meantime, Rüll needs to find financing for her project.

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