Making Movie History: Robert Forget

Making Movie History: Robert Forget

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Working outside the spotlight, the visionary Robert Forget was a major force of change at the NFB. Alive to the creative potential of new technologies, he was always one step ahead. As a young producer in 1971, he founded Vidéographe, an artist-run video production centre that remains a vibrant player in independant media creation. Forget was appointed head of French Program from 1989 to 1993, when he became Director for Technical Service. Not content to simply produce (over 75 films!), the tireless Forget oversaw historic advances in computer animation. In 1994, he established Montreal's famous CineRobotheque viewing facility and in 2000 he pioneered internet distribution with CinéRoute. Technological innovation and creativity were always inter-connected for Forget-and the NFB owes a huge debt to his forward-looking leadership.

This interview is part of Making Movie History: A Portrait in 61 Parts.

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  • original idea
    Denys Desjardins
  • research
    Denys Desjardins
  • interviews
    Denys Desjardins
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    Denys Desjardins
  • picture editing
    Denys Desjardins
  • producer
    Johanne Bergeron
  • participant
    Robert Forget
  • coordination
    Marion Duhaime-Morissette
  • photographic research
    Marion Duhaime-Morissette
  • copyright release
    Claire Bourbonnais
    Sylvia Mezei
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    Yvon Larocque
    Claude Lord
  • conservation
    Johanne St-Amant
  • laboratory
    Johanne St-Amant
  • sweetening
    Luc Papineau
  • original music
    Luc Papineau
  • additional editing
    Babalou Hamelin
  • online editing
    Denis Gathelier
  • image processing
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • marketing manager
    Geneviève Bérard
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    Catherine Benoît
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    Sia Koukoulas
    Manon Provencher
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    Hélène Regimbal
    Dominique Brunet
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    Perrine Bral
    Sophie Dupuis
    Lise Lévesque
  • technical coordinator
    Richard Cliche
  • director of the French Program
    Monique Simard