Digital Storytelling: a cinematographic view

The Danish Poet by Torill Koven, 2006. Image © Mikrofilm AS and National Film Board of Canada.

The evolution of cinema and the birth of a new art form

Tom Perlmutter is Government Film Commissioner of the National Film Board of Canada.

Extract from an interview to D. Sarto about his role as NFB chairman and responsibilities:

Tom Perlmutter: First of all to be clear, it’s an unusual role which is not typically done these days.  I’m both Chairman of the board of trustees as well as the equivalent of the CEO.  The most critical and important role is providing the strategic vision of what direction we need to head in, where are we going to put our priorities and how are we going to get there.  Then, how we take our strategic vision and make it operational.  How do you actually make it work?  How do you use your resources effectively and efficiently, because they are both limited?  Because we are essentially government funded, through a parliamentary appropriation that is not indexed [for inflation], meaning we’re losing purchasing power [over time], we have to be effective in terms of how we use our dollars.  But all of that has to be in service of something.  It’s not simply that I’m there as an efficient manager.  It’s to provide a vision for this odd thing [the NFB] which doesn’t exist anywhere else.  It’s a production and distribution studio that happens to be publicly owned. And that drives the job.

Source: Animation World Network



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