ABOUT THE PROJECT

About the Project

Focus on Features: The Future of Filmmaking in Ontario is a research project about feature filmmaking in Ontario. We are looking to capture information and opinions of the feature film industry in Ontario—especially from the point of view of directors, writers, and producers. This study has multiple parts:

  1. Interviews
  2. A review of scholarly literature, and
  3. A survey to get more generalizable data about the individuals who work in the field

Purpose of the Study

The purpose of this study is to tell the story of sustaining and growing the talent for feature film production in the Canadian-owned, Ontario-based film industry. By exploring the career paths of established film directors, writers, and producers, as well as the obstacles they face, the study will help chart a way forward to ensure opportunities for success and for Ontario to be a leader in feature film in Canada and internationally.

There are many sources of information about the economic impact of the sector, which are very important, but this study will look behind those numbers to examine the creative talent who drive that economic activity.

Overview

During the summer of 2016, our project team will be interviewing directors, writers, and producers in Ontario. We are also launching our survey aimed at gathering the opinions and stories about the industry from the perspectives of professionals in the industry.

The results of the study will be published in the form of a series of documentary-style visual reports, interviews and reflections from directors, writers, and producers at various stages in their careers, and a written report of the online survey results. Our website will become a repository for all of these findings and a base from which to continue the conversation. These will be available early 2017.

Participate in the Study

The survey is now closed. Thank you for your interest in participating. Please check back later for our full report.

If you would like to get in touch with the research team, send us an e-mail and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Results of the Study

Results from the survey are currently being analyzed. We will publish a report in the form of a series of documentary-style visual reports. All of the project findings will be made available on this website in early 2017.

More Information

If you have any questions about this research, please feel free to contact the researchers.

Co-Principal Investigators:

Jessica Thom
Assistant Professor
School of Image Arts, Faculty of Communication & Design
Ryerson University

By mail:

c/o Jessica Thom
Ryerson University | School of Image Arts
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3

or

 

James Warrack
Assistant Professor
School of Image Arts, Faculty of Communication & Design
Ryerson University

This study has been approved by the Research Ethics Board (REB) at Ryerson University. If you have any questions about your rights or treatment as a research participant in this study, please contact the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board at rebchair@ryerson.ca or by phone at (416) 979-5042.

Take the Survey

We want to hear your opinions about the industry!

Take me to the survey!

With this study, we are looking to capture information and opinions about the feature film industry in Ontario—especially from the point of view of directors, writers, and producers. The survey should take about 30-45 minutes and will ask you questions about yourself and your perception of the industry. The survey is completely anonymous, and you can feel free to pass the link on to your director, writer, and producer colleagues.


Other professionals in the film industry are invited to share their experiences by writing to Jessica Thom at j3thom@ryerson.ca.