I recently started freelance writing for the Hot Docs cinema! That’s where the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival holds its year-round programming.
The centerpiece of this gig is writing the film descriptions for nearly all the films screening at the cinema. But it also involves preparing the box office webpages for each film, the print calendar, and pre-show slides.
I’m pretty proud of the results! Of course, I cannot take all of the credit, or even most of it. My contact (boss? editor?) at Hot Docs edits the content before it goes live. And there’s a designer who puts together the actual calendar. But at the very least, I have a hand in writing most of the text that goes in it and finding many of the images to be used. You can view the first calendar I helped make here. And of course most of the film pages for screenings between December 2016 and February 2017 will have been set up by me.
I’m about two months into a three-month trial in this position. So far I like it quite a bit and I’m learning a lot too. It is good practice to have to write so many film notes on a regular basis. (Now the trick is to muster the self discipline to write for my own site on a regular basis…).