MACLEANS REVIEWS

Wow! Now a lot of real groovy films will get made by a lot of with-it youngsters like-well, read on...

SANDRA PEREDO September 1 1968
MACLEANS REVIEWS

Wow! Now a lot of real groovy films will get made by a lot of with-it youngsters like-well, read on...

SANDRA PEREDO September 1 1968

Wow! Now a lot of real groovy films will get made by a lot of with-it youngsters like-well, read on...

FASHION

THE YOUTH THRUST is gaining recognition everywhere, and especially in the more creative areas. David Mackay, a television-commercial producer who also, with cameraman Chris Chapman, was responsible for making the super-touted Ontario film A Place To Stand, has organized an educational film company which will employ young people to put across young ideas.

“There’s a greater freshness,” says Mackay, whose company, Reason Associates, plans eventually to hire 30 to 40 promising writers, directors, producers and cameramen. “People tend to lock down to preconceived ideas around age 35, and when they get to 45 or 50 years old they feel that they are too old to care about what’s going to happen.

“But a 20-year-old is still exploring and expanding. He knows he’d better find out something about the computer age because he’s going to be stuck with it.”

Mackay’s films will employ the fast-paced psychedelic techniques now common in TV commercials. They will not be the old-style documentarytype film with the music turned down low so that the audience can hear the narrator provide a word to go with

every picture.

“Our films will be so fast that a narrator couldn’t keep up with them,” he says. “Nobody can talk that quickly. In any case, any narration track you put on is suspect. We don’t want to preach, just point a finger at the possibilities for a better way of life.

“For this we need a whole new young force. It’s out there and it has great potential, but you have no idea how rough it is for young people to get started in the film business. There is so little opportunity. People always tend to use somebody with a track record. Everybody has a lot of faith in youth but is a little afraid to give it a whirl.

“However, these kids are going to make it somehow, so why not now?”

“Of course,” adds Nancy McLean, Mackay’s bright, 25-year-old assistant, “unless you have all the money in the world, it’s impossible to be fanatically pure at the beginning.”

Of course. Reason Associates’ first major film is about a scheme to open up the Canadian North. It is being co-produced with Kennedy Horizons, a firm owned by Betty Kennedy and her husband Gerhard. The narrator will be Pierre Berton.

SANDRA PEREDO