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Nigel Webber wants to be a fly on the wall of Winnipeg’s local businesses and movements.
The Wolseley resident graduated from the University of Winnipeg’s filmmaking program, where he discovered his passion for documentary-making. With his camera, Webber follows around the city’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs, business owners and personalities.
"Just different people in Winnipeg that are working in some ways to make the community just a little more interesting or better," Webber said. "Winnipeg has a lot of really great art, be it music or painting or whatever and I think one of the most authentic ways to represent something is through film.
"There are a lot of filmmakers here, but not a lot of them are turning the camera back on the local community, and that’s kind of what I’m trying to do."
Webber also makes some experimental films and said he’s never been one for scripted narratives.
"I was never really good at directing actors and that sort of aspect of narrative dramatic filmmaking, but I liked the idea of being a fly on the wall and sort of sitting back and observing real life and turning that into its own piece of art," he said.
Webber recently launched Tiny Scru Films and to promote it, he’s been shooting a series titled City Specific. The documentaries take viewers into the home of the Park Theatre’s booking agent, a cabin in Manitoba’s Interlake being used as a recording studio and most recently, into one of the city’s favourite craft cocktail bars: The Roost.
In the doc, head bartender Elsa Taylor discusses the bar, her philosophy when it comes to making drinks and how it ties into feminism.
"She has an interesting take on a lot of issues and I was sort of able to bring them out," Webber said. "It’s been a good response so far."
Webber is also in post-production with a video about the Nova Dance Collective, an all-female dance group that had a show in March 2016. Next up is a documentary following Synonym Art Consultation’s annual Wall-to-Wall mural festival, which Webber hopes will be a longer film.
"People like visuals, they like to be able to see something," Webber said. "People have a short attention span so I think a short documentary is a good way to sort of get your point across but not have it go on forever."
It’s been a learning process for the 25-year-old, one which has been expedited by having to shoot and edit by himself.
"The thing with your own footage, shooting and editing it, not only is there no one else to blame but you very quickly have to figure out what works and what doesn’t and then there’s nothing you can do but readjust for next time," he said.
Community journalist — The Metro
Alana Trachenko was the community journalist for The Metro