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|photo1|North Idaho College graphic design graduate Krista Brand may not have known who Nell Shipman was before she began working on a project to preserve the work of the classic silent filmmaker. But she knew Shipman and her work intimately after the project was complete.
Her father Paul Brand recently started his own video editing business, Pretty Good Productions of Coeur d’Alene. When viewing the Idaho Film Collection website one day, Paul noticed that the films of Nell Shipman, a North Idaho silent filmmaker whose works are now considered cinema classics, were only available on VHS.
Feeling strongly about the significance of this preservation project, Paul offered his services for free to transfer the films to a digital format and offered to have Krista work on the graphic design portion of designing the DVD cover and label.
“We wanted to help them preserve these pieces of history—of Idaho history,” said Krista, a December graduate of NIC’s graphic design program who is currently working at a local manufacturing company in marketing and design. “This was the first time that I had worked with my dad, and it was a lot of fun because we work well together.”
While Paul worked on the video authoring, Krista worked on creating a design with the historic photos of Nell Shipman and typeface to fit the era.
The DVD released by the Idaho Film Collection includes Shipman’s 1919 international hit “Back to God’s Country,” the earliest surviving feature film shot in Canada (Alberta). It has been restored from prints found in the United States and England. The DVD also features extras such as the Canadian History Channel’s documentary on Shipman. Volume 2 and 3 are due to be released this summer and fall.
“Nell’s now wearing a cyber petticoat—she’s going digital,” said Tom Trusky, director of the Idaho Film Collection, which is an archive of made-in-Idaho films at Boise State University. “I would love for Paul and Krista to get public recognition for their having willingly—and freely—joined and brought back to life 75 years after its bankruptcy Nell Shipman Productions.”
The DVD will be part of Krista’s portfolio displayed at the North Idaho College Graphic Design Exhibit May 8 through 18 in the Boswell Hall Corner Gallery.
“Like Krista’s project, this exhibit is meant to showcase the practical applications of the graphic design students from the classroom to the real world,” said NIC Graphic Design Instructor Philippe Valle.
The show will feature digital media productions from Illustration III students that were created through class, internships and community service projects and published through various venues throughout the region. The works are in a variety of formats from print pieces to computer imaging and even interactive designs.
The opening reception for the show will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 8 in the gallery.
The Corner Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission to the gallery is free.
Information: (208) 769-3426.