Tiff Bell Lightbox

My Higher Learning Master Class at TIFF

TIFF Higher Learning Back in November last year, I was invited to join a select group of previous guests including Tim Burton, David Cronenberg and Douglas Trumbull, to give a Master Class in Toronto to an audience of university and college students and faculty at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Bell Lightbox, as part of their Higher Learning event.

Tim Burton David Cronenberg Douglas Trumbull

TIFF (Toronto's equivalent to the BFI - British Film Institute) is a charitable cultural organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world through film. Higher Learning is their free ongoing programme that provides Canadian students and faculty a forum in which to examine film, television, video, new media and gaming from a wide range of cultural, social, historical, political and technological approaches and disciplines.

Rae Ann Fera

As part of TIFF's launch of their Higher Learning website, my Master Class has been featured and we are really pleased to be able to share with you via this link: http://tiff.net/higherlearning/events/morrison.

Here is the video from the event for you all to see and enjoy.


Zaytoun screens at the Toronto Festival

Zaytoun screens at the Toronto Film Festival 'Zaytoun' gets it's second screening tonight, as part of the official selection at this years Toronto Film Festival.

Having screened for the first time on Sunday evening at TIFF Bell Lightbox, the film returns for a matinee screening this coming sunday too.

Scotiabank Theatre is the venue tonight for Director Eran Riklis's film set in 1982, Beirut, Lebanon about an Israeli fighter pilot (Stephen Dorff), who is shot down and must make his way across the war-torn country with the aid of an angry young Palestinian boy played by Abdallah El Akal.

Stephen Dorff and Abdallah El Akal

We wish Eran and the producers Gareth Unwin and Fred Ritzenberg, all the success with the film at the festival.

My appearance in PromaxBDA's Brief magazine

www.richard-morrison.co.uk Following on from my interview at Tiff Bell Lightbox with Rae Ann Fera. I have been featured in her article The Creative Lifefor PromaxBDA's Winter 2012 Edition of Brief Magazine. The article is about top creatives sharing what keeps them inspired. The magazine is also available online at www.promaxbda.org

Here is my Q&A which is featured: Q. How would you describe your job to a nine year old? A. I have an idea, which is sketched, filmed and used to excite you at the front of a movie as you start to eat your way through a bag of popcorn.

Q. What does being creative mean to you? A. Being able to wake up each morning and make a pot of coffee.

Q. What inspires you? A. Movement.

Q. What ‘s the one object that you own that would explain you most? A. My hat.

Q. What is your idea of perfect happiness? A. Being able to drink my morning coffee in peace.

Q. What’s your passion? A. The life that I live each and every day.

Q. If all the world’s creativity and innovation could only be used for good, what would you hope for? A. It would be used to demonstrate universal sharing of commodities as well as ideas.

Q. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? A. Movement or if you like Mind, which is central and constant in the world around us. When ideas appear for a moment in the Mind, I seize them.

Q. What turns you off? A. People who think there are no new ideas left in the world to discover. Its nonsense because when you stand and be present with yourself you will see movement within your Mind and all around you.

Q. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? A. Pianist.

Q. What was the last thing you shared on Facebook or Twitter? A. Best to log on and take a look: http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Morrison/1380242436

Q. What music are you listening to in heavy rotation? A. Jazz, one of my all time favourites is Miles Davis, he lead a life immersed in movement.

Q. What ‘s a great book you’ve read or movie you’ve seen recently and what did it teach you? A. I read and watch films constantly; they do not teach they inspire me.

Q. Where do you go to be alone? A. Swimming.

Q. What is your current state of mind? A. I fancy another cup of coffee.

Q. If you wrote your memoirs, what would they be titled? A. ‘Under My Hat’

About Brief Magazine: Based in Santa Monica, California. Brief is a quarterly intelligence report identifying ideas, trends and innovations from the world’s most revolutionary entertainment and information content brands. brief exposes and explores emerging business trends, artistic executions and the creative and strategic professionals who make the media marketing, promotion and broadcast design industry tick.

As the leading trade publication to this industry, brief investigates the intersection where marketing, promotion and design converge with the value of media.

From new revenue streams to the evolution of content consumption, Brief provides context and insight to help marketing, promotion and design executives enhance their ability to drive audiences to their networks, stations and content brands.