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Old August 27th, 2002, 10:16 PM   #1
Kathy Garneau
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Hi there!

I llive in Hamilton, Ontario (to some a suburb of Toronto) and am getting back into documentary "filmmaking" after time out to raise children. I have directed a one-hour doc for CBC Newsworld called "Chore Wars: The Battle of the Sexes over Housework" and a feature-length comedy, "Tokyo Cowboy". Now I am going to make a doc about the starting of an alternative school.

I am looking to buy a camcorder this week. Am considering the PD150, XL1 and GL1. Difficult decision.....


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Old August 27th, 2002, 10:25 PM   #2
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Hail and Welcome Kathy!

Sounds like you're doing just fine without a camera! How did you shoot and edit your "Chore Wars" documentary?
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Old August 28th, 2002, 04:44 AM   #3
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Kathy, I assume you know about the Gl2?
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Old August 28th, 2002, 04:59 AM   #4
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Great to have you with us, Kathy! Thank you for coming through here. Hope you find it worthwhile! Y'all take a look at and

Check it out: from

Tokyo Cowboy

"Here's another of those screwball romantic comedies. Tokyo Cowboy is an assured first feature by Canadian Kathy Garneau. Filmed in British Columbia, this movie is very hard not to like. Its star Hiromoto Ida is totally charming as No, a young Japanese man who dreams of going to North America and becoming a cowboy. (After the screening Garneau said it's a good thing that Hiromoto has finally gotten an agent. He turned down a role on The X-Files because he thought it would involve pornography!) After being fired from his job as a fry cook, No heads to BC to look up his old grade school penpal Kate who once sent him a photo of herself on a horse. In one of the more improbable aspects of the story, after graduating from college Kate has moved back to her small hometown with her female lover and is so uptight about anybody knowing she is a lesbian that she virtually hides out in her house. (The odd thing is that Kate is an artist, while her lover Shelly who seems not the least bit concerned about public opinion is a school teacher.) Throw into the mix Kate's mother who encourages No to woo her daughter and a postal carrier (who deeply wishes he were Native American) who coaches No on how to be a cowboy and to romance women. This film does the gentlest job I have ever seen of dealing honestly but positively with racial and sexual conflicts. While a couple of minor characters exist purely to be unlikable, the main characters are all treated with sympathy and understanding. Like its star, this film can't help but charm. (Seen 29 May 1995)"

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Old September 2nd, 2002, 09:59 PM   #5
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Hello again.

Chore Wars was shot in 16mm and the neg was transferred to Beta. We edited using rented D-Vision.

I have been searching various threads and comparing the PD150 to the Gl2. Looks like the Gl2 is very comparable to the more expensive PD150.

I have a few more questions but will put them in the Gl2 thread.

Thanks for all the info!
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Old September 2nd, 2002, 11:08 PM   #6
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Hey Kathy
I used to live in Welland and have made countless trips through Hamilton. Many to watch the Ti-Cats lose. :)
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Old September 26th, 2002, 08:54 PM   #7
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Hi Kathy,

I'm always amazed by the wealth of talent that can be found on the Community. I think I do remember seeing your doc "Chore Wars". I don't remember much - I might have blocked it out (touchy subject). Are you thinking of replacing 16mm with DV entirely?
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Old September 27th, 2002, 09:07 AM   #8
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Hi Phil

In this 500 channel universe I am always surprised that anyone has actually seen Chore Wars. I discovered it was a very touchy subject for many many couples. In fact most couples. Not just me!

I haven't abandonned the possibility of film in the future. But right now I am totally enthralled by the new mini DV medium. I am excited to get going. It is difficult to find time for it now as I only have 2 days a week without kids and I have to spend most of that time doing work for our cafe/theatre(

We have a 67 seat theatre for live shows and more recently have purchased a DLP projector and surround sound system for showing movies/docs. Being able to exhibit a movie on a big screen without needing a film projector is very exciting. I find the quality difference not very discernable.
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Old September 27th, 2002, 08:31 PM   #9
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I checked out your website - you must have a very busy life! Looks like a great place. Maybe I'll visit one day. Ontario is on my "to go" list. Good luck in all your endeavors.
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Old October 5th, 2002, 07:05 PM   #10
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Hi Kathy,

What a weird coincidence. I am taking a glance at this sight during a commercial break during the broadcast of Toyko Cowboy on Showcase Canada.


It's really uplifting to see such a charming and compelling film made right here in Canada. I'm glad you are returning to the business after your time-out.

I will throw in my 2 cents. While I like the PD150 and GL2, after plenty of research rentals, I have recently taken the plunge to purchase a pair of XL1s units along with a 16x auto, 14x manual, and 3x wide lenses (as well as matte boxes).

I love the units, and the prices up here are cheaper when compared to the US if you know where to look. The additional cost of a few upgrades to the audio side, as well as a camcrane and a glidecam still makes these units a really good value for the money. Perhaps after another month or two of practice with the Final Cut Pro and Protools systems I have just assembled, I hope to do much of my own post work in-house and save a bundle.

Anyway, thanks for providing us aspiring Canadian movie folks some real inspiration.

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Old October 5th, 2002, 11:14 PM   #11
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Hi Kathy,

I also got a chance to see "Tokyo Cowboy" on Showcase and enjoyed it. My vote also is for the XL1s - mostly for the flexibility.
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Old November 13th, 2002, 12:11 AM   #12
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It's a small world. I was watching too. Very well done.
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Old November 13th, 2002, 04:05 PM   #13
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awesome, another person from my neck of the woods. (I'm originally from Oakville, and had many friends in the Burlington/Hamilton area).


I use an XL1 with 14x and an older GL1 (I have two 16H anamorphic adapters so I can shoot fullscope if I have the time budget) . I think you'll find the newer GL2 very nice to use (I recently used one, and think if you can find a PAL version, that would be the way to do it.) I personally prefer the XL1 because I can put a really nice lens on it and I prefer its formfactor, but if you don't need that, then the GL2 can do some nice stuff.

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Old October 17th, 2007, 09:15 AM   #14
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HI! From Hamilton Ontario

I am a video producer in the Hamilton area and have been in the industry for 20 years. My exposer to TV was back in the Fifties where my father was a TV repair man when TV was just comming out, and I got to look at the latest and greatest tv of the time. I rember him working over the Christmas Holidays putting up Antennas. Cable what is that.?if we had only knew!!

I started doing Video when I was building a piece of equipment for the steel mills in the area and I rented a Beta Camera and Deck to record the working of the machine. Since then I was hooked and volunteered at the local cable station and learned to do camera, direct, and guest spots on the chanel. I eventualy was hired on as the station technician and have since left. I am presently working on Corp, Dance, and Music Videos.

I have built my own 20 foot telescoping jib crane that can be used as short as 8 foot to the full length of 21 feet in 5 steps. And I do screen and projection for local events.
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