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Welcome to our new podcast. It’s going to be a lot of fun.


Jil with One L

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A production coordinator from Hollywood, Jil Szewski talks to Paul and Chris about working shows, unions, the long hours, and practical jokes on imdb.

  • Chris has learned “What do you do?” is a bad question thanks to reading our last guest, Nicole Bélanger.
  • Jil is currently working on Who’s Line Is It, Anyway? (Content not available in Canada, peep this instead.)
  • GVSU Alumni reunion for those cats interested.
  • Experimental film featuring bug parts, Mothlight. You can probably find it on Youtube.
  • Maya Deren’s rad experimental film, Meshes of the Afternoon. Again, you can probably find it on Youtube.
  • Jil had the awkward task of finding Christmas decorations in the summer when she worked on A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.
  • We learn that web series are very big right now in Hollywood.
  • Chris recommends Chef, but Jil who worked on the film, warns that it will make you very hungry.
  • Paul is currently watching Arrow and The 100.
  • Chris is watching Helix, Supernatural, 12 Monkeys and he’s waiting for Orphan Black and Silicon Valley to start up again.
  • Jil went to the wrap party for season 2 of Silicon Valley where they showed a gag reel and she said it looks really good!
  • Aren’t 5 stars better than 1?
  • Michigan had a film incentive (you can read more about it here), but then it ended and now some folks are trying to get it going again.
  • Jil’s fiance worked on HBO’s True Detective which is a very good show.
  • Jil schools Chris & Paul on the various unions and the requirements to join. Chris admits his only understanding of Hollywood unions comes from Full Tilt Boogie.
  • Resident bad movie lover Chris is sad when Jil reveals that her uncredited acting credit for Avalanche Sharks on imdb.com is a joke played on her by some friends.
  • Jil loves Elvis! Chris wishes she was on the Harum Scarum episode of Film Frown to recommend some decent Elvis films.

Thanks again to our guest Jil! Be sure to check out her current show, Who’s Line Is It, Anyway? And thanks to you for listening.


Actually a Decepticon

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As our podcast enters its 3rd year, Saturday Night Live celebrates its 40th year. Paul & Chris discuss Raspberry Pi projects, SNL, and regional film distribution.

Thanks for listening to one of our more informative episodes. No applause please, just throw money so we can buy more Pi! Besides, we can’t here your applause. You could rate us on iTunes, if you wish.


Darmok & Heat Vision at the Hyperloop

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Chris & Paul are left to their own devices, whatever that means. The two share what they did on the break between seasons and discuss Gene Roddenberry & Dan Harmon shows.

Got questions for us or our guests? Tweet your questions to @MontrealSauce or using the hashtag #asksauce.


The Busy Trap

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Season 3 begins with the talented and inspiring Nicole Belanger. We discuss the power of stories, the glorification of busy and the lack of diversity in our films, books and entertainment in general.

  • Don’t be mean to your stories! Nicole basically tells us we’re all too hard on ourselves. Chris agrees, citing the stories featured on Radiolab and This American Life.
  • Nicole tells us that she misses writing because lately she’s been updating her website instead of sharing. Check out the new nicole-belanger.com and add it to your reading list.
  • Nicole doesn’t want a work-life balance. She believes in a work-life blend.
  • Stop glorifying that you’re so busy that you don’t have time to sleep? You’re not a martyr, it’s bad for business.
  • Nicole says she was born and raised in Ottawa when Chris accuses her of being a British Columbian.
  • Of course, Chris & Nicole won’t say anything disparaging about B.C. Chris digs Kelowna and Nicole really enjoyed time in Victoria.
  • Actor Michael Ironside shared his thoughts on B.C. on a Nerdist podcast.
  • Nicole says passion is a moving target, so she’s taking Elizabeth Gilbert’s advice and following her curiosity.
  • Wild is a book by Cheryl Strayed that inspires Nicole.
  • The Reese Witherspoon film based on the book Wild, gets a very positive review as well.
  • Nicole tells us that actress Reese Witherspoon produced Wild as well as Gone Girl in an effort to bring complex female characters to the screen.
  • Chris agrees that films are full of white males and cites an old blog post, R.I.P.D.:Just How White & Sexist Is Hollywood?
  • The Bechdel test will depress you when you apply it to Hollywood movies.
  • Paul reminds us that films are not the only media where women are not equally portrayed. #Gamergate
  • Of course, the best place to start with equality is children’s books. Check out WeNeedDiverseBooks.org.
  • Chris & Nicole talk about another wild book, Into the Wild and its film.
  • Nicole offers some great tips for writing, like emailing yourself notes and approaching your own story from the outside as an investigative journalist.
  • Nicole makes the case for meditation and suggests the buddhify app.

Nicole would like to remind us to be kinder to ourselves. “If we talked to others how we talk to ourselves, we’d have negative friends.” Find more inspiration from Nicole at nicole-belanger.com and follow Nicole on twitter.


The Inky Shadows

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Dr. Rick Kopak stuck around for a second episode to discuss the power of highlighting in digital text, urban fantasy, cyberpunk and the staying power of iconic books. Rick is an educator & researcher at the iSchool at the University of British of Columbia.

Thanks again to Rick for making the time to join us! If your interested in learning more about information design, check out the iSchool at UBC.