A Ryerson theatre alumna is being recognized for her outstanding career with a special industry award.
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The tiny Lego bricks that coloured most people’s childhoods are designed to make virtually anything. In the case of a former School of Image Arts student, they made his career.
Dylan Woodley’s game is stop-motion animation: making seamless movement out of Lego bricks one frame at a time. The 22-year-old has made videos seen by millions of people, including the official Lego remake of Ed Sheeran’s hit song Lego House, as well as his versions of Coldplay’s Viva la Vida and Foster the People’s Houdini.
LaRue Entertainment, a production company founded by two Ryerson alumni, will debut their new digital series on YouTube called Filth City on Nov. 5. The date also marks the four-year anniversary of Rob Ford’s admitting to smoking crack.
The show is about a fictional big-city mayor embroiled in a controversy surrounding his own crack video. Creating a comedy loosely based on the late Toronto mayor and the scandal he left behind led his brother Doug Ford to call the show “disgusting.”
Every kid who hits the ice at a young age wants to make the National Hockey League (NHL).
Last year, 888 skaters played in the NHL for at least one game. With well over one million registered hockey players in North America alone, the odds of getting to the top level is unquestionably low. That doesn’t stop players from chasing their dreams at the professional level.
With four films now under her belt, it’s just the beginning for Toronto-based director Alicia K. Harris. Her experimental short film Maybe If It Were a Nice Room, which explores her personal experience of rape, was featured at the Female Eye Film Festival in 2016 and won best production design at the North American Film Awards.
That same year, Harris tackled a new and profoundly sensitive topic in her upcoming short film Pick: the social stigma around the afro.