Enrolling in Film Production College? These 2 Visually Stunning Films Will Inspire you!

Posted on September 16th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

These beautiful films are visually captivating and can serve as a great source of inspiration for students in film production college who are ready to shoot

There are so many beautiful films in the world, but have you ever wondered which elements of a film make it a classic? Usually the three most important elements are very simple, they are: storytelling, visual beauty, and acoustic beauty. Some movies have honed one of these elements more than the others, for instance some films have beautiful soundtracks that stand up over time, while others have an amazing storytelling capacity, and finally, others are truly pleasing to the eyes. There are many visually stunning films, but a few stick out as ultimate examples of what amazing art direction and directorial prose can accomplish in film.

Continue reading to discover some visually stunning films that could inspire your film career!

‘Enter The Void’ Will Inspire Students in Film Production College to Push Boundaries

Gaspar Noé’s film Enter The Void is so visually seductive that it may not matter what the mysterious film is all about. This film has somewhat of a deranged brilliance; it’s a grandiose display of light and colour that brims with stimulus. Everything in this film is shown through the eyes of the main character while he is alive, then changes to give the audience a view of Tokyo, where the film is set, from above, as if you were watching what his soul sees after death. The movie stuns with its shots from above that trace winding streets through the neon haze characteristic of the vibrant city. The visions of Tokyo are both real and imagined, meshing the visions of the main character with the city.

Noé captured the film’s stunning city scenes using a crane with a camera attached. Some of the crane shots were far too complicated, and often required a whole day to plan and shoot, so many of them were shot in studio with the city recreated underneath. It’s an exciting time to be in film production college as film technology can allow you to do things like shoot city scenes inside a studio.

Students at film production college know films often use cameras on cranes to capture a different view of reality

Filmmakers often use cameras on cranes to capture a different point of view

‘The Wizard Of Oz’ Has Been Inspiring Students in Film Production Programs for Decades

The fantasy world of Oz was adapted into a film in 1939, and is still a marvel of art direction today. Often, audiences explain that what they remember most from The Wizard Of Oz is the amazing colour in the film. Not the first film to be filmed in colour, but certainly the first to prove how captivating vibrant colours can be, The Wizard Of Oz demonstrated how colour, specifically new Technicolor technology, could help create fantasy worlds. Some very interesting special effects were used during filming as well, like horses being dyed with Jell-O powder. The scene had to be filmed quickly because the horses kept trying to lick themselves! Remember, students in film production programs don’t always have to use intricate special effects to get a desired shot or visual effect, sometimes it’s as simple as Jell-O powder!

Catch a glimpse of Oz’s horse of a different colour here:


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2 Tips for Writing Exciting Non-Linear Movie Scripts in Film School

Posted on August 12th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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One of the first uses of non-linear story telling in cinema was in D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance, which uses four separate parallel stories, each separated by centuries. Although the film didn’t achieve great commercial success, the film heavily impacted the movie industry by showing movie makers that stories do not always need to be told chronologically. The non-linear movie script doesn’t have a beginning, middle, and end. Rather, it tells a story by rearranging events and trying to allow the structure of the film to better represent the psychological condition of the characters. For instance, many non-linear movie scripts will give audience members a peek into a character’s mind with the use of a ‘flash back’ moment.

Continue reading to discover two tips for writing non-linear movie scripts in film school.

1. Students in Film School Should Take some Advice from Tarantino; Focus on the Page

It could be said that Quentin Tarantino is a contemporary master of non-linear movie scripts. His films distort time and audience perceptions. From his directorial debut film Reservoir Dogs to the wildly popular Pulp Fiction, Tarantino makes chronological enigmas beautiful. His timelines make your brain tick, and gives audiences insight into characters’ histories to develop them more thoroughly. So, how does he do it? In an interview from The Hollywood Reporter, he provides some great advice for students in film editing school. Tarantino explains that he doesn’t think about the entirety of the movie while writing. He merely makes each page of script a work of art in and of itself. He wants each page of the script to be able to stand alone, and then worries about ‘climbing the mountain,’ as he says, or making the puzzle fit later on.

2. Students in Film Editing School Can Use Time Indicators to Link Stories Together

Director Jim Jarmusch explains that in art, “There are no rules. There are as many ways to make a film as there are potential filmmakers. It’s an open form.”

Not only does he preach this mantra, he follows it as well. Jim Jarmush’s film Mystery Train is written in a non-linear fashion. Three stories are told separately, at different times in the movie, but there are indicators that the stories are actually taking place simultaneously. The use of ‘time indicators,’ which are elements of the movie that show the stories are taking place at the same time, help to connect several different stories together. In Mystery Train, Jarmusch uses a gunshot, a passing train, and a radio announcement to help audiences recognize that the stories are happening simultaneously, even if they are being told in fragments.

When you graduate from your film courses and begin writing scripts that are fragmented and non-linear, try to incorporate ‘time indicators’ to let the audience know about the timing of certain scenes. This tactic is also done in Charlie Kaufmans’s non-linear film Synecdoche, New York, which uses time indicators by subtly showing shots of calendars and clocks to remind the audience of the time.

Whether it’s using time indicators or making each page be able to stand alone as a piece of art, writing a non-linear script is both an intense and rewarding process for film students.

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Trebas DJ & Music Arts Professor Plays Halftime at NBA Quarter Finals

Posted on June 13th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

DJ Grouch backs Maestro Fresh Wes at the Raptors vs. Cavaliers NBA Finals

DJ Grouch backs Maestro Fresh Wes at the Raptors vs. Cavaliers NBA Finals

Along with the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers, one of our very own instructors hit the hardwood at the recent quarterfinal round of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals.

Oscar Betancourt, teacher at Trebas’ Audio Engineering and Production/DJ Arts training and Music Production program, was invited to perform a half-time set for a packed crowd at Toronto’s Air Canada Center. As DJ Grouch, Oscar backed the “godfather of Canadian Hip Hop” himself, Maestro Fresh Wes.

“I’m stoked and honoured,” wrote DJ Grouch when announcing this gig to his fans over Instagram.

It was an exciting opportunity for our DJ Arts instructor, but not out-of-the-ordinary: this month alone he’s also played impressive sets for both Lulaworld and CBC Music Festivals. It’s his hands-on experience and commitment to his craft that make him such a valued presence on Trebas’ Toronto campus.

When not rubbing shoulders with LeBron James and DeMar DeRozan, you can find DJ Grouch here in the DJ training studio introducing students to a range of recording techniques and state-of-the-art audio equipment. Those with an ear for high-quality track mixing and boundary-pushing soundscapes are welcome to come and join in.

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5/19/2012: Former Much Music Host, Michael E. Williams, Named To SONAHR Executive Board

Posted on September 28th, 2012 - Written by: Josée Daigneault

NEW YORK – 05/19/2012 – The Society of North American Historians And Researchers (“SONAHR”) announced today that Michael E. Williams has been named to their Executive Board as President of SONAHR Music. Mr. Williams is an award winning Toronto-based producer and host of Talk, Interview and Music related radio and television programs. Recognized worldwide for his work, from 1984 to 1993, he was a Host/Producer/Writer/Announcer on Canada’s Much Music.

During his time at Much Music, he was responsible for creating one-of-a-kind live TV shows including: Soul in the City, Rap City, and Intimate and Interactive. Soul in the City was subsequently syndicated in 19 countries in Europe and Japan ( as well as being number one in Canada for 5 years). He has hosted The Power Hour, The Much Music Countdown, and Soft & Romantic and interviewed world-renowned celebrities including: Quincy Jones, Celine Dion, Ice-T, Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, Queen, Robert Plant, Metallica, and Tina Turner.

In addition, he has assisted in the audio mix of Living Color, Ice T and Burton Cummings live to air concerts, co-hosted the World Music Video Awards and the Much Music Video Awards, as well as served as a Presenter at the Juno Awards, Ottawa Music Awards, Gemini Awards, ADISQ Awards, and the YTV Youth Achievement Awards.

Mr. Williams is currently teaching at the Trebas Institute of Music in Toronto. In recent months, he has been working closely with Stryker-Indigo New York www.strykerindigo.com in efforts to develop Canadian-themed documentaries and motion pictures.

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Trebas Institute – The Grammy Factory

Posted on April 12th, 2012 - Written by: Trebas Institute

Montreal has given birth to some unique talent in the music industry. This brief story is of one such individual who went through the school of hard knocks and not only survived, but thrived, in the early days of the music business in Canada and the U.S.

Dave Leonard started Trebas Institute to offer budding musicians, songwriters, record producers and managers the necessary skills, knowledge and professionalism to develop successful careers in the music industry. For the last 33 years Trebas Institute has supplied the music business with trained professionals who have changed the face of the industry. His graduates have won over a dozen Grammys, his instructors are industry professionals, and his schools were, at one time, the only career colleges for the music business in North America.

How did Dave Leonard get there? My first question as always is…

MW: When did the music first hit you? Was it in the home or outside of the home?

DL: It was in the home. My first recollection, at age five, was listening to a classical piece on radio and asking my mother how did they get all those people in that little box. My parents sent me for piano lessons. I used to go to the Montreal Symphony, under Joseph Louis Wilfrid Pelletier, at Montreal High School on Saturday mornings for the children’s program.  I was always involved with music.

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