- The 2023 AGM featured a special media tax workshop with Debbie Horovitch; known affectionately as the Tax Fairy Godmother. As freelancers, running our own businesses is a big decision. Debbie took us through business structures and tax implications to help empower us in our day-to-day work lives.Read more
- This winter workshop was held in March 2023; led by Laura Lucas, Laura Blaney and Sonja Carr. It was a brief recap of Visual Research 101, with 201 focusing on updates and new information in our researching world. It also included a discussion about freelancing from the home office at tax time. Download Supporting Materials — T2125 ...Read more
- The October 5th, 2022 Fall Workshop focused on User Generated Content or UGC for short. Led by Sandra Coelho and Dominic Dare of Lola Clips and Steve Bedinger of Collab, we learned about the various UGC categories, the main suppliers and the pricing structure of this type of content. You can view the recorded ...Read more
- On November 4th 2021, Debbie Ebanks Schlums shared her research on what it means to locate the archives of IBPOC communities without perpetuating archaic, racist language and reinforcing racist algorithms. Despite some technical hiccups, the session was extremely informative as was the discussion which followed. As a logged-in member, you can view ...Read more
- Introduction to Airtable, Slack and Google Workspace In February 2021, we presented an interactive workshop to learn about tools for archive management.Read more
- On November 17, 2020, VRSC/ARAC presented “Negotiating Your Deal Memo;” a one-hour workshop led by Willa Marcus with some cameo appearances by a few members. The session was designed to help guide members through the process of contracting their services in a fun, interactive and informative zoom conference.Read more
- Entertainment Lawyer Willa Marcus, in conversation with VRSC/ARAC President Elspeth Domville, reviews the essential components of archive license agreements – the basics and the not-so-basic elements of these very important documents. They come in various forms from supplier’s complex agreements to producer’s own materials releases to simple email permissions from individuals. As archive ...Read more
- A panel discussion on how to approach music clearances from the perspective of both the Licensor and the Licensee. The topics covered included an explanation of the different kinds rights that need to be cleared, the process involved and strategies to make this affordable. Music clearances are quite different from footage and stills clearances and ...Read more
- As part of DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2018, Elspeth Domville and Nancy Marcotte from the Visual Researchers’ Society of Canada (VRSC/ARAC) led this session, covering essential tips for working with a visual researcher and keeping archive costs under control. More information: DOXA Festival WebsiteRead more
- First things first – what to do at the very beginning of each project in terms of the questions to ask the client and the information you’ll need to get started and to properly set-up the project. This session was held in Toronto on February 7, 2017 and was facilitated by Elspeth Domville. ...Read more
The VRSC annual holiday party was held at The Spoke Club in Toronto on December 10th. Over 40 people attended including many of our suppliers. Talia Wooldridge did a wonderful job of organizing not only a great party but obtained some great door prizes and gift certificates for our members.
Doc Circuit – RIDM
During Doc Circuit on November 19 during the RIDM (International Documentary of Montreal), a workshop on music rights was organized by the ARAC / VRSC in collaboration with lawyer Willa Marcus and we counted with the participation of the legal representative of SODRAC. Mr. Martin Lavallée. About thirty people attended. Many young directors and producers among them many from immigrant and ethnic backgrounds
ARAC Christmas party in Montreal Tuesday, November 25 at the Lobby Bar.
Marie-Josée Ferron had done a wonderful job organizing the party. A dozen of our members were present. Ragnhild Milewski from the NFB was present as well . It was festive as usual. We have such a good crowd….We recruited a new member Sophie Moreau that came to the event.
The Awards committee of the Prix Gémeaux met last October 24th to discuss improvements to be made to the rules and category descriptions of these Awards. During this meeting, the committee members went over the possibility of creating of a new category for visual research. The committee has considered the possibility of restructuring the category Research, with the idea of dividing it into two sections: one for content research, and the other for visual research. After much discussion and deliberation, the committee decided to keep the division as it currently exists, with one category for all research combine, based on the type of emission. However, the committee does now recommend modifying the criteria for the category Best Research: public affairs, all documentaries so that Visual research will now be an integral part of the criteria to be considered by the jury.
Here are the new criteria:
20 points – Creativity, innovation, originality
30 points – Choice of participants, collaborators / archives
25 points – Quality of information
25 points – Appropriateness of the content and/or visual archives
As well, the Awards Committee recommends to the Academy that the Visual Researchers mentioned on the credit list of a programme are to be included in the competition. They also strongly suggest that there be at least one professional Visual researcher on the Jury committee.
New website committee working in updated website
Cindy Jacobsen of Frogtalk Media is currently working on an updated website for the VRSC/ARAC. One major change will be the creation of a searchable membership page. Potential clients will be able to search for members using a variety of criteria such as specialty, media, languages spoken, location, years of experience, etc. The look of the website will not change significantly as members of the web committee really like the present uncluttered look. Cindy hopes to have a template ready for the committee’s review for early 2015.
Gémeaux Sand, investigating a disappearance (A survey unveils a little-known fact: the sand mining, a natural resource most consumed on the planet, before water and oil.) Nomination best research public affairs Nancy Marcotte Gémeaux for best documentary nature and science
5th anniversary of Barbara Sears’s death
Hard to believe it has been five years since one of our founding members passed away. The Barbara Sears Fund was established in her memory and is used for professional development and training.
Chairperson Elizabeth Klinck attended the TIFF Documentary Conference and networked with archive suppliers and producers. ITN’s Nan Halperin and VRSC ARAC lawyer Willa Marcus were Elizabeth’s guests at the annual WIFT TIFF party at the CBC.
TIFF titles for our members
Trick or Treaty (Alanis Obosawin) – Elizabeth Klinck
Red Alert (Barry Avrich) – Elizabeth Klinck
Editing workshop in Toronto
The latest VRSC workshop was held in Toronto on June 25th and covered “all things digital” relating to both stills and footage. A popular topic in this fast changing word of CODEC’s and specs, so it was no surprise that the session was fully booked in under two hours. Murray Green, a very well respected documentary editor, put on an excellent presentation and took many questions from our members. The result was a very informative and engaging hour! We hope to have a summary of the session available on the member’s side of our website under “Workshops” very soon.
Elizabeth Klinck and Elspeth Domville attended the FOCAL Awards in London England. They were co-nominated for Best Researcher and Elizabeth was nominated for two other films. They were able to “spread the word” about the VRSC ARAC to the archives and libraries in the UK and from France.
On May 28 our Annual General Meeting was held in Montreal for the first time. Several board members came from Toronto , Ottawa and Winnipeg. The next day we spent a very pleasant day discovering some archives in Montreal. We started the day at Radio-Canada where we had a guided tour of the premises and a meeting with the heads of archives including Monique Quesnel. In the afternoon we visited the Archives of the City of Montreal. We even saw an original letter written by the hand of Pierre Chomedey de Maisonneuve, the founder of Montreal! We ended our day with Marc Pitre at the CCA (Canadian Center of Architecture) and for two hours a curator escorted us through the jewels of this institution. Thanks to everyone for organizing such a great AGM !
The VRSC/ARAC is offering a special discount to their members to attend Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto from April 24th – May 4th.
The FOCAL Awards take place in London on April 30th.
The Canadian Media Awards and the Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research will be awarded on March 4th.
Once again this year, VRSC/ARAC members in both Montreal and Toronto acted as jurors for the annual FOCAL awards.
Nominations are announced in February and the awards are held in London, England on April 30th.
Nominations for the Canadian Media Awards were announced for the Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research. Erin Chisholm, Elspeth Domville, Paul Patskou, and Elizabeth Klinck were nominated for their work. The awards will be held on March 4th in Toronto.
Elizabeth Klinck produced an archived-theme session at the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers conference in Montreal.
Holiday parties were held in both Toronto and Montreal.
VRSC/ARAC members attended RIDM in Montreal. Two of our members worked on the award-winning films at RIDM: Odette Desormeaux (Kébécoisie) and Nancy Marcotte (A Jamais, pour toujours!)
The Still Photo Day was held at the Canadian Music Center in Toronto. A full day of activites, legal workshops, discussions and networking organized by Roy Harris and his committee was well attended by many of our photo suppliers and by members from across the country.
VRSC/ARAC member Odette Desormeaux was nominated for a Prix Gemeaux.
VRSC/ARAC co-sponsored VISUAL CONNECTIONS at The Spoke Club in Toronto on May16th. More information here: http://www.visualconnections.com/TR2013/index.php
Our Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday, May 15th at The Spoke Club.
Congratulations to VRSC/ARAC member Elspeth Domville who was been nominated for Best Researcher at the annual FOCAL International Awards in London on May 2nd. Elizabeth Klinck was also nominated for Best Sports Footage for her work on the UK film 9.79*.
VRSC/ARAC sponsored an archive master class at Hot Docs in conjunction with Getty Images. The VRSC/ARAC offered a special discount to their members to attend Hot Docs.
Congratulations from all of us to fellow VRSC/ARAC member Darren Yearsley for winning the 2013 Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research at the first annual Canadian Screen Award ceremony. He won for “Love, Hate and Propaganda: The Cold War – Episode 2,Turning up the Heat”. VRSC/ARAC members Michelle Demeyere and Laura Blaney were also nominated for this award. And congratulations to VRSC/ARAC members Kathie McKenna and Elspeth Domville. Their project “D-Day to Victory” won Best History or Biography Documentary Program or Series.
VRSC/ARAC vice-chairperson Nancy Marcotte attended the annual ACSIL (Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors) in New York. During the afternoon session several of the visual researchers in attendance debated the possibilities of collaborating with the ACSIL. One of the many ideas was the creation of a discussion panel aimed at young filmmakers interested in using archives in their productions. Nancy spoke about the VRSC/ARAC and described the many workshops and forums we have organize and that attracted commercial archives as sponsors and producers to participate.
Nancy Marcotte, vice-chair of the VRSC/ARAC, gave a lunch-hour conference at the Université de Montréal on the challenges facing visual research and clearing rights in the digital era. More than 50 students attended.
VRSC/ARAC Montreal members Geneviève Danforth, Karine Perron, Tom Puchniak, and Mia Webster were on the 2013 jury panel for the International FOCAL Awards for the category Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment Production. In Toronto, VRSC members Gina Cali, Elspeth Domville, Donna Dudinsky, Roy Harris, Kathie McKenna, Jivan Nagra and Monica Penner also judged a category. Elizabeth Klinck first chaired the FOCAL International Awards’ jury in Toronto from 2005-2007, and since 2007, Elspeth Domville has chaired all the following juries. In Montreal, VRSC/ARAC director Mia Webster has chaired the jury since 2008.
Elizabeth Klinck met in Winnipeg with VRSC/ARAC members Julie Arnal, Kelley Frye, and Bonnie Dickie in early January.
The VRSC/ARAC would like to thank Erin Chisholm for the many years of dedication she has given as our treasurer. Erin has also organized all of our financial audits since our inception. Many thanks Erin ! We welcome our new treasurer Kelley Fry from Winnipeg.
At the Impact Media Summit in NYC in January 2013, a Master class A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words was produced by Elizabeth Klinck and featured VRSC/ARAC members Laura Blaney and Mia Webster along with Judith Ailey and Rich Remsberg from the US. A room full of 50 or more participants joined our top international visual researchers in exploring the importance and the role of photographs and imagery in historical and current affairs projects. New sources, new software, new prices, and lots of tips for producers, directors and researchers were discussed.
Our annual holiday gatherings in Montreal and Toronto were very well attended by members and our friends from local archive houses. Thank you to Canamedia, Bellmedia, eOne, T3, DOC, NHNZ, and E Klinck Research for donating door prizes.
Elizabeth Klinck participated at the Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) Summit Conference on November 30 to December 2, 2012 in Washington, DC. The WIFTI Summit brought together the representatives of nearly 40 WIFTI Chapters for an invigorating weekend of panels, seminars, networking and screenings. This regular gathering of WIFTI Chapters allows for improved member services, enhanced exchange of information, global collaborations and world-class panels on media production, distribution, financing and protection. Elizabeth represented the VRSC/ARAC at a Film Footage Panel.
The What you Need to Know About Clearing Music Seminar, a VRSC/ARAC one day music clearing seminar was held on Tuesday, November 20th from 9:00 – 5:00 at The Canadian Music Centre in Toronto. Organized by Roy Harris, the seminar was a great success. Thanks also to the presentations given by Universal, Sony, EMI, and Warner. A special thanks to the VRSC/ARAC’s lawyer Willa Marcus for her presentation and ongoing support to our membership. Members from around the country were able to attend, a count of more than 40 participants.
In May 2012, VRSC members Marie-Josée Ferron, Michèle Garceau and Nancy Marcotte participated in the Association of Archivists of Quebec Congress, in Lévis, Québec. They presented a lecture entitled “Visual Research: a full time job, a role too often overlooked”. Included in the presentation were several short video clips from various television programmes and documentaries the three had worked on and which used examples of archives sourced from many Québec and Canadian instutions.
Posted March 23, 2012
Academy of Canadian Cinema Changes
This year the Academy of Canadian Cinema reduced the number of Gemini awards by 20%. One of the casualties of this reduction, was that the award for Visual Research and the award for Editorial Research were lumped together into one research category. After lobbying from the Visual Researcher’s Society, the Academy of Canadian Cinema has just announced that BARBARA SEARS AWARD FOR BEST RESEARCH category will this year have TWO separate editorial and visual research entries. They will coordinate two juries for the two areas of expertise. There will then be two sets of nominations and two eventual winners for the Barbara Sears Research – Visual Award and Barbara Sears Research – Editorial Award.
The Academy has also agreed to accept two separate nominations for the deadline that has already passed – March 12th for programs aired between May 1/11 and November 30/11. A short description and the names of the visual researchers needs to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the show title in the subject line.
An Archival Forum was organized by VRSC/ARAC in collaboration with Doc Quebec, on February 19, 2012. Eight leading providers of commercial archives whose two major international players, Getty Images and Though Equity (now T3 Media) participated, as well as two Canadian sources, French CBC and the NFB. The forum discussed licensing costs, management, operating costs of an archive facility and the development of new markets. The idea was also to establish a genuine exchange and documentary stakeholders were invited to dress a portrait of the Quebec reality. More than 100 people attended during the day which was made possible thanks to our many sponsors, WPA Film Library, NFB, Gettyimages and Though Equity. A cokctail subsequently was offered by Radio-Canada in the premises of INIS.
Posted January 07, 2012
Visual Researchers Delegation
History Makers International is delighted to announce the 2012 Visual Researchers Delegation for January’s annual summit in New York City. Adding to the program launched last year in conjunction with Thought Equity, this year there are 42 researchers in the program, joining us from the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Germany. 12 members of the VRSC/ARAC will be attending to represent the Canadian visual research community. The following partners supported this initiative and made the expansion possible; Thought Equity, INA, ACSIL, FOCAL, The Visual Researchers Society of Canada, and Footage.net.
Posted January 07, 2012
Visual Archives Forum
The Visual Researchers’ Society of Canada (ARAC / VRSC) in collaboration with Doc Québec will be presenting the first Visual Archives Forum in Montreal on February 20th 2012 as part of the 30th edition of the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. It will run for a full day and will establish an exchange between the Quebec documentary community and the major international players in the world of archival sources. A roundtable will be held with the participation of CBC, NFB, WPA, Gettyimages, Thought Equity Motion, INA, Pond 5 and ITN at the Norman McLaren Room of the Cinémathèque québécoise in Montreal.
Posted August 11, 2011
Congratulations to all of the VRSC/ARAC members who were nominated for this year’s Gemini Awards.
Posted May 31, 2011
Congratulations to Reel Injun for receiving a FOCAL Award for Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production. VRSC/ARAC members Elizabeth Klinck and Laura Blaney were the visual researchers for this documentary. Elizabeth Klinck represented Rezolution Picture International at the award ceremony. Photo attached or visit the website for more information.
Posted April 12, 2011
Gemini Award Renamed
The Academy of Canadian Cinema has just announced that the Gemini Award for Best Editorial Research has been renamed The Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research effective this year.A wonderful way to honor one of our founding members!
Posted March 15, 2011
History Makers 2011
New York in heavy snow is still New York – busy and bustling, and a great place for the meeting of minds to network, share information, and have fun. For me, the professional development opportunity of History Makers 2011 was to learn more about our clients and the production and distribution challenges that they have to deal with, particularly in an American context.
The first day’s keynote address by Bill Moyers was inspiring; reminding us of how vitally important documentaries are for democracy. Through the conference I had the opportunity to meet the passionate community that takes on this important work despite many difficulties. It was exciting to see veterans such as Moyers and David Fanning (of Frontline) sharing ideas in a true collegial spirit with the new guard (such as the impressive representatives of ProPublica and the Huffington Post, and numerous independent producers working in all platforms).
There were a lot of workshops and I had to make hard choices about what to see. I made it to the workshops on international co-productions, on fair use of archival, and on the future of investigative programming (the latter organized by VRSC’s own Elizabeth Klinck). I regret missing the master class on editing by Frontline’s Steve Audette, and the workshop on social media strategies for documentary filmmakers. The gala awards night with clips shown from nominated productions was great for providing glimpses of cutting edge work across many formats from educational multimedia to feature films.
Since I am geographically removed from most of the VRSC’s activities, it was a treat for me to have some face time with other visual researchers. At the fair use workshop, I sat at a table with these illustrious people: Prudence Arndt and Judith Aley, Kate Coe of Footage Monster, and Rich Remsberg. In the Q&A they provided an impressive depth of understanding of the issues around fair use, demonstrating the professionalism and expertise that a top archival researcher can bring.
I am grateful for the opportunity that Thought Equity provided to get out of the trenches of day to day work and see our vibrant field and community from a wider perspective.
Posted February 8, 2011
RSC/ARAC Panel at RIDM, Montreal, November 2010
Members of the VRSC/ARAC recently produced, moderated and participated in the panel entitled “Hotspots: New media and new internet archive sources”
The arrival of new delivery platforms has changed the way we look at copyright. It has had a definite impact on the costs associated with visual archives in the production of documentaries and television series. How have the rights definitions changed for these new markets ? We are witnessing a spiraling increase in the fees for archival footage. How long can producers afford to use archives in the current budgetary climate?
Meanwhile, internet research has evolved a lot in recent years and it is now possible to find archives on sites online like You tube and Google. Often however, there are nebulous areas of copyright and challenges in obtaining a license that will satisfy the E&O insurers. When is it acceptable to use an archive online and when can it become a problem?
New platforms and their associated costs and the new internet archival sources were discussed with an expert group comprised of members of ARAC and international archive houses and copyright lawyers. The panel looked at case studies and were available to answer many of the questions from the audience. Photo 1 Photo 2
Posted February 8, 2011
The VRSC/ARAC has decided to initiate a one week development program in which one or more members (no more than 3) of the Society will take part in a training week to be held in Toronto from March 7th – 11th, 2011.
It promises to be an exciting week, a week we hope that will enlighten new members to our illustrious craft and sharpen the skills of old hands. The deadline for application is January 10th, which seemed like a long time ago when we first started out but is now drawing quite close. If you are thinking about putting in your application now is the time to do it.
If you have not seen the notification or you have any questions please contact Roy or Elizabeth and we will be happy to send you whatever information you need.
Posted November 5, 2010
And the winners are…
Elizabeth Klinck and Laura Blaney won the Gemini Award for Best Visual Research for “Reel Injun”!!!
Best Editorial Research went to Lynette Fortune for the CBC’s Fifth Estate’s “Death Online”.
The year’s best in Documentary, Lifestyle, News, and Sports programming were celebrated last night at the first of two Gemini Awards Industry Galas.
A big congratulation to everyone!!!
Posted September 1, 2010
25th Annual Gemini Awards
TORONTO, August 31, 2010 – The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is pleased to announce the nominations for the 25th Annual Gemini Awards, recognizing the year’s best in Canadian English-language television. This year’s celebrations will be held in Toronto over three nights in November. Congratulations to VRSC/ARAC members who were nominated.
Posted March 29, 2010
New Gemini awards for research
The Visual Researcher’s Society of Canada / Association des recherchistes en audiovisuel du Canada is delighted to announce the creation of two new Gemini awards for Best Editorial Research and Best Visual Research by the Academy of Canadian Television Cinema and Television (www.academy.ca).
Posted December 21, 2009
All the best from VRSC
We at VRSC want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Posted October 13, 2009
DOCircuitMtl – Doc Circuit Montreal’s 5th edition – November 12th and 13th
Members of the VRSC/ARAC will be participating in a panel discussion sponsored by the NFB and Getty Images entitled “Visual Research on a Budget: Advice From the Experts”.
Friday, November 13th, 2009 at 9am
Panel Discussion: Visual Research on a Budget – Advice from the Experts
Presented by VRSC, NFB Images and Getty Images
Finding the images you need for the right price is critical in today’s media landscape. Knowing what works and where to look is vital. Our panel of specialists will review the challenges, provide case studies, share their expertise and answer your questions. From sourcing footage and photography to negotiating and clearing rights, whether for a local production or a major international co-production, archival research – like documentary itself – requires maintaining the fine balance between art and business. Meet the dedicated professionals of the Visual Researchers’ Society of Canada (VRSC) who are proud to team up with NFB Images and Getty Images for this panel discussion.
Note: More information concerning this panel will be posted later this month. http://www.ridm.qc.ca/en/industry/
Posted August 27, 2009
Remembering Barbara Sears
Pierre Berton: The Writer at Home (Broadcast Date: March 29, 1987)
When the Bertons bought their property in Kleinburg, Ont., just north of Toronto, it was a featureless plot of land with a pleasing view. Almost 40 years later, their landscaping efforts have transformed it into a bucolic place with gentle hills, a burbling pond and a small forest. This is where Pierre churns out his best-selling books chronicling people and events in Canadian history and where Janet proofreads his work. In this segment from a 1987 CBC-TV profile, Pierre explains how his research assistant, Barbara Sears, helps him churn out books at the rate of one per year.
Posted August 26, 2009
Barbara Sears Endowment Fund
An endowment fund in the name of Barbara Sears has been established to mark her outstanding contribution to editorial and visual research. More Information Here.
Posted August 25, 2009
Passing of Barbara Sears
It is with great sadness and relief to tell you that Barbara Sears died peacefully shortly after nine in the morning today. In Loving Memory
Posted May 29, 2009
Report from Hot Docs 2009
Again this year, members of the VRSC/ARAC participated in a panel sponsored by the BBC entitled “Stretching Your Archive Budget”. The panel consisted of Marc Pitre (Montreal) Elspeth Domville (Toronto), Yen Chu (BBC) and was moderated by Elizabeth Klinck. It was a great opportunity to discuss issues relating to producing documentary films and television documentary series with a limited archives budget, and attracted a full house of people including some footage provider reps, producers, researchers, and international filmmakers.. Thanks to BBC Motion Gallery for sponsoring the panel and arranging for the five free passes for our members. After the panel, some of the group convened to a local restaurant to continue the lively discussion and chat with collegues. Among the group were CTV’s Jennifer Baird, GET STOCK’s Wendy Watts, NBC Universal’s Maryanne DeCandia, CBC’s Steve Nicholls, and Mary Graziano from the NFB.
The following day, FRAMEPOOL organized a luncheon for our members at the L’Espresso bar MERCURIO near the festival site. It was chance for us to meet Anna Toemp and Mona Kanin from their New York office.
Posted May 28, 2009
Congratulations to VRSC member Roy Harris on being awarded this year’s FOCAL Lifetime Achievement Award. Roy recently retired after more than 25 years service in CBC’s Archive Sales. Roy Harris declared, ” My proudest achievement was my ability to get the CBC to allow me to establish an “unofficial” environment in which the role of CBC TV Archive Sales was to support the independent film making community in Canada by ensuring that no Canadian film makers were denied fair access to the footage they needed to get their shows to air.” However, his benevolent work was not confined to Canada, as one UK based researcher Judy Patterson said, “In a world that has been changing so fast for archives and users alike, the extraordinary knowledge, immense generosity and inspirational guidance of Roy Harris has stood out like an oasis in a growing desert.”
DOC Circuit Panel, Montreal, 2008
Posted May 22, 2008
Our heartiest congratulations to our Chairperson Elizabeth Klinck for winning FOCAL International’s Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual awards gala in London, England. The FOCAL Awards are a global competition celebrating achievements in the use of archival footage. Elizabeth Klinck became the first Canadian to win the award from the international archival footage industry.
During the past 25 years, Elizabeth has worked as a highly respected Producer, Researcher and Clearance Specialist on numerous award-winning Canadian, American and British documentary films. She has also given back to the community that fosters her career by regularly leading research and rights clearance workshops at many international conferences and broadcasters. Continually in demand, Elizabeth further dedicates herself by serving as a member of the FOCAL International Executive and on the boards of the Audio Visual Trust of Canada, History Makers and the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival.
For more information, visit http://www.focalint.org.
Posted April 23, 2008
In tandem with the Visual Researchers’ Society of Canada, the BBC MOTION GALLERY presented the Hot Docs panel “Case Studies in Stock Footage” at the Rogers Industry Centre. Seasoned Visual Researchers Laura Blaney, Erin Chisholm, Elspeth Domville and Susanne Jespersen discussed their creative approach to research and procurement of footage for a range of documentary genres including TV Series, Indie Film, Prime-Time One-Offs and Factual Entertainment. Elizabeth Klinck, Chairperson of The Visual Researchers’ Society of Canada, moderated the informative and well-received panel.
Posted April 22, 2008
The Visual Researchers’ Society of Canada / Association des recherchistes en audiovisuel du Canada announces the launch of its bilingual website, https://visualresearch.ca. Now available in both English and French, the website provides a gateway into its membership for those seeking professional research and a work tool for its members, including materials, articles and information relevant to a researcher’s day-to-day tasks and links to major content sources.
Posted March 31, 2008
Congratulations to VRSC/ARAC member Gina Cali for her FOCAL International footage award nomination for the work she produced on “The Nature of Things – Game Over: Conservation in Kenya.” Gina’s work has been short listed as one of the three nominations for the “Award for Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Stock Footage.”
Posted December 2007
2007 AGM held at The Spoke Club in Toronto
ARAC’s First Meeting (held October 29, 2007 in Montreal)
Posted September 18, 2007
The VRSC announces the official launch of its website: www.visualresearch.ca. Producers looking to hire a visual researcher can find a list of our members for hire. Researchers looking for resources and a community of other researchers can find information on how to join the VRSC.
Posted August 15, 2007
The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television is considering the VRSC’s proposal to include two new Gemini awards, one for visual research and one for editorial research. The Academy’s Rules and Regulations Committee, which is responsible for these types of change requests, has not yet set a date to meet for the 2008 considerations and changes. It is anticipated that the meeting will be held sometime in November.
Posted April 17, 2007
Congratulations to VRSC member Tobias Duggan for his nomination for BEST RESEARCHER at the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival Awards 2007! This was for work he did on the film AS SEEN ON TV: THE K-TEL STORY. The awards will be held in Yorkton, Saskatchewan on May 26th.