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Steffani Cameron Goes Full Nomad

Full-Nomad

We’ve got more than one world traveller in our midst! In 2015, Steffani Cameron, one of our caption editors, sold all her belongings and went Full Nomad. In her first 10 months on the road, Croatia, Portugal and its Azores Islands, and Mexico are just some of the stops she’s made. She’s got thoughtful, funny, and absorbing stories about things she’s seen and people she’s met on her journey.
Later this year, she’ll trade Mexican adventures for Eastern Europe! You can follow her on Facebook, too.

Coming Attractions and Highlights (July 2016)

New Releases

I Am JFK Jr.I Am JFK Jr.
Airs on Spike TV August 1 at 9 pm. Available for download on iTunes, August 2

Paints an intimate portrait of the man who was born into the privileged world of Camelot and raised in the world’s spotlight. Not one to rest on his laurels, he became his own man as he worked tirelessly for the underprivileged, the disabled, and many other charitable causes.

Tempest StormTempest Storm
Available for download on iTunes, August 2

The story of Tempest Storm, a world-famous exotic dancer and sex icon. Now 88 years old, she takes us through her rough childhood and early abusive marriages all the way to international stardom, affairs with Elvis and President John F. Kennedy, and the career-crippling backlash over her interracial marriage.

Ratchet & ClankRatchet & Clank
Available for download on iTunes, August 2

Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy “lombax,” and Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. Together, these two unlikely heroes team up to stop a vile alien from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy.

Cowboy UpCowboy Up
Available on Vimeo USA

Enter the dangerous, sometimes wacky world of young cowboys and cowgirls, where kids don’t just grow up — they “cowboy up.” From the ranch to the spotlight at the largest rodeo in the world, teen saddle bronc riders and barrel-racing identical triplets go for broke.

ModraModra
Airs on the Sundance Channel, August 5 at 7:20 am

When Lina gets dumped by her boyfriend right before she leaves for her summer vacation in Europe, she invites another boy along instead. She soon discovers she has nothing in common with her new beau, but her family thinks otherwise.

Chesapeake ShoresChesapeake Shores
Premieres on Hallmark, August 14 at 9 pm

Based on the novels of Sherryl Woods, Chesapeake Shores tells the fictional account of Abby O’Brien, who returns to her hometown of Chesapeake Shores and reflects upon all that she compromised in her life as a New York attorney.

Industrious – The Port of VancouverIndustrious — The Port of Vancouver
Premieres on Knowledge Network, August 1 at 8 pm

The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest and busiest port, with 28 terminals and nearly 35,000 workers, handling hundreds of thousands of vehicle shipments and cruise passengers each year along with millions of cargo containers. The logistics of managing this massive operation are mind-boggling. Industrious goes deep inside to see what it takes to keep the Port and the economy humming.

Peak to Peak: Building the World's Biggest GondolaPeak to Peak: Building the World’s Biggest Gondola
Premieres on Knowledge Network, August 1 at 9 pm

For more than a decade, the owners of Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort dreamed of tying their two mountains together. With the Vancouver 2010 Olympics approaching, there was no better time. Peak to Peak gives us a front-row seat for the race to build the highest, longest, and most technically challenging ski lift in the world.

 

Coming Attractions and Highlights

New Releases

Tempest StormTempest Storm
Screens at The Bloor Cinema, June 29 & 30

The story of Tempest Storm, a world-famous exotic dancer and sex icon. Now 88 years old, she takes us through her rough childhood and early abusive marriages all the way to international stardom, affairs with Elvis and President John F. Kennedy, and the career-crippling backlash over her interracial marriage.

Wedding March
Airs on Lifetime, June 29 at 9pm and July 2 on Hallmark

Original Melrose Place alumni Jack Wagner and Josie Bissett star as Mick and Olivia. After two decades apart, these college sweethearts are reunited when Mick is booked as the singer at Olivia’s wedding to another man.

Murder, She Baked; A Deadly RecipeMurder, She Baked: A Deadly Recipe
Airs on Bravo, June 30 at 9pm

Bakery owner Hannah Swensen just can’t keep her hands out of the batter when murder stirs things up in Lake Eden, Minnesota, leaving the sheriff dead, a deputy accused, and a killer on the loose.

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Spirit Unforgettable
Airs on HBO Canada, July 1 at 8:30pm

The touching story on Spirit of the West frontman John Mann and his battle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. With the support of his wife, he and his nearly lifelong bandmates decide to give their fans a goodbye, possibly final, performance at Massey Hall.

Garage Sale Mystery: All That GlittersGarage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters
Airs on Bravo, July 1 at 8pm

Consignment store owner Jennifer Shannon gets involved in another mystery when the owner of a self-storage facility turns up murdered just hours after auctioning off an abandoned storage unit full of unique items to Jennifer.

Cheer SquadCheer Squad
Premieres on ABC Spark, July 6 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT

A docu-reality series about The Great White Sharks, an all-girl World Champion cheerleading team from Cambridge, Ontario. It follows the girls through their intense training schedule and the bonds they form to meet the demands of competition and day-to-day life.

The Thin Blue LineThe Thin Blue Line
Airs on Knowledge Network, July 7 at 9pm

Errol Morris’ infamous, acclaimed documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer’s murder in Dallas, Texas in 1976. Randall Adams was wrongly sentenced to death for the murder. Errol Morris’ 1988 documentary exposed the truth of the case, and is credited with overturning Adams’ conviction.

A Time to DanceA Time To Dance
Airs on Hallmark, July 12 at 9pm

Perfect couple and high school sweethearts John and Abby have fallen out of love. As they are about to announce their divorce, their daughter announces that she is engaged. The two agree to wait until after her wedding to make their divorce announcement, but planning for the event might give them one last chance to fall in love all over again.

Binge Watching: The June Hit List

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Here’s what some of us at Line 21 are bingeing on:

1Based on the bestselling books by Diana Gabaldon, Leslie’s latest binge watch is the unique time travel sci-fi series Outlander. The adventure series has WWII nurse Claire Randall transported back in time to 1743. You can watch it on Shomi.

2Carolyn is watching the escapades of handsome Don Draper and the rest of the gang at the Sterling Cooper ad agency in Mad Men. Set during the turbulent ‘60s, this show always manages to deliver a shocker. You can watch it on Netflix.

3If you like British comedies and you have dealt with computer techs, than Siri’s pick, The IT Crowd, must just be your cup of tea. You can watch it on Netflix.

4Dawn likes White Collar, a fun, witty dramedy about an alliance between the FBI and a con man, who might just be conning them too. If you enjoy the cleverness of Suits, you’ll enjoy this one. You can watch it on Netflix.

5In Spotless, a police crime-scene cleaner and his brother with a family secret to hide have an even bigger secret to hide when they are blackmailed into cleaning up crime scenes for one of London’s biggest mob bosses. Patricia is watching it on Netlfix.

6Michelle is watching the Japanese anime show Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi (also known as Erased). It’s a dark drama involving time travel, a murder mystery, and how children perceive events vs. how adults do. You can watch it on Crunchyroll.

7Back 1919, Birmingham was terrorized by a gang called Peaky Blinders. They were known for sewing razor blades into their caps and head-butting victims and rival gangs as a means to get what they wanted. Steff has been watching this on Shomi.

8Kelly recommends a binge of BC documentaries! There are always tons to see streaming on Knowledge Network. Here’s a short list to get you started!

A Primer on Line 21’s Unique Office Shorthand

 

Some of us have been doing this captioning job really quite a long time, up to 26 years. Over that time, we’ve developed weird shorthand terminology which we’ve mixed with more accepted film/video and workflow terminology. Some of these things have become common parlance among us, with their origins sometimes forgotten… if you read in between the lines a bit, you’ll get a sense of how we do our jobs around here.

Stripping

An important principle, we feel, for life, is that if something has been done once, there is no sense doing it again. Reformatting text is one of the basics of our workflows, removing information, adding information, reordering columns, swapping terms around… so one of the first things we do when captioning a show is we ask if the client has any kind of script available at all. We then strip the materials we received down to dialogue only. From there, we pull the stripped script into our captioning software and start doing our magic.

Verbatimizing

No matter how good a transcript we receive might be, it will need adjusting to the actual audio. Verbatimizing is a pass through the transcript and media to harmonize the two. You might notice that we have been talking like Dr. Doofenshmirtz for a very long time. Guilty as charged.

Splitting

“Splitting” is the term we use for breaking up dialogue into meaningful segments that will later become captions or subtitles. The goal is to split the words spoken into a line or two at a time, keeping ideas together. We work to avoid leaving words dangling at the end of a line, to avoid splitting infinitives, to reduce suspense for people reading only one title at a time, and to ensure captions neither look silly or confusing. For example, the line “The people of Mars eat lots of cotton candy” would be split like this:

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It would never be split as follows:

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It may seem like a picky detail until… you try to read carelessly split captions or subtitles.

Hamster hunt

Those who were there will remember the actual occasion when this term was coined for a fairly wild and hilarious transcriber mishearing that got revealed during a timing pass. The actual audio was “You camped out overnight?” but the transcriber heard “Your hamster camped out overnight?” For obvious reasons, the phrase passed into infamy pretty much right away. We see a lot of goofed-up homonyms, but the inspired mishearing is an art form of its own… but these things do not belong in captioning, and must be rooted out. And saved in a clippings file.

Timing

“Timing” to us means pulling the script and media into our captioning software, watching and listening at the same time, and assigning timecodes to each caption. This process comes after stripping (and after verbatimizing, if it’s needed). Captions are positioned appropriately depending on the style of captioning the client has chosen, for instance to make it clear who is speaking, to avoid covering supers, credits, or onscreen action. We also synchronize to shot and scene changes to the frame – this gives a much better look. Depending on the mood of your colleagues at the time, we recommend singing while timing. All editors know that musicality is a big part of this job. Sing quietly if that is the preference of your peers.

Verifying

One thing people may not really know about captions is that they require build time to display. When we are verifying, we are making sure that each caption has adequate build and display time. If not, we adjust timecodes discreetly to ensure that all will display as intended. This is a great time to make sure that no characters are bolded, because for reasons dating back to the very origins of captioning in teletext, a bolded caption will flash when displayed. Not a good look.

Reviewing

Once a file has been stripped, verbatimized, split, timed, and verified, we watch the captions as they will be displayed on broadcast, fine-tuning on every level. We think a dedicated, focused, high quality review is 100% essential. Good captioning needs a personal touch, and the shows we work on deserve that respect. At this point, your caption editor is likely also your fan. Even if the film isn’t one’s favourite genre, by this time, all the work that has gone into finishing it is totally apparent. Kudos!

The Art of Combining Work and Travel: Part 2

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Part 2 of a 2-part series. Written by Leslie Foster.


 

Last month, we talked about the idea of combining work and travel, and how you can make that happen. This month, learn about the benefits for you and your company, as well as getting some ideas on where to start!

Sunset Sign at Ao Nang Beach, Thailand

Sunset Sign at Ao Nang Beach, Thailand

The Benefits of a Workation

Aside from the obvious—you’re out exploring the world, eating fabulous local food, making new friends—there are other benefits to taking some time to travel.

  • A vacation is a stress release for most. It follows that even a vacation where you have to work a bit should help to reduce stress. Less stress leads to fewer sick days.
  • A change of scenery can inspire us, leading to more creative work and better productivity. Who can argue with that?
  • Working remotely from home can be isolating. Working in a cubicle can wear you down. But working poolside, or from a co-working space or from a café (even in your own town!), gives that feeling of being part of the larger world. This is healthy!
Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai, Thailand

Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai, Thailand

How to Be a Successful Remote Worker

There are certain characteristics of someone who can make working away from the office a successful venture.

  • Previous experience working from home is a great place to start. Perhaps propose the idea to your boss of working a few hours from home every week to prove that you can do a great job… and then do a great job! If you can’t be productive at home, the added distractions of a new locale will probably be even more difficult. A certain amount of discipline is required to be successful.
  • Try to schedule your work vacation during a slow time of year. You don’t want to get away and be working overtime, or be leaving someone back home holding the bag.
  • Before you leave, if possible, take on jobs with flexible deadlines. This gives you some wiggle room for last-minute experiences that might arise that you’d hate to pass up… or for traveller sickness from that Thai food stall.
  • If you’re going someplace with dodgy internet, plan ahead to see if there are any co-working spaces. These are becoming very popular in certain locales (think Bali!) and offer everything from 24/7 lightning-fast internet to meeting rooms, private Skype booths, a mailing address and locker, and some even offer workshops! These sorts of places are also great for someone who needs a more structured work environment. I’m happy to work poolside, but that’s not for everyone.
  • Plan to be responsive to your co-workers/clients. You might be nine time zones away from them, but if they need an answer, you better have a plan for getting them one. Some people choose to work at night, others set up alerts if an important email comes through. I chose to check my emails twice, once in the evening and again when I got up, and I scheduled production work for times I didn’t have an activity planned. If I was taking a few days off, I let everyone know I would be unavailable.
Wah Pho Buddhas in Bangkok, Thailand

Wah Pho Buddhas in Bangkok, Thailand

The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thialand

The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thialand

Benefits of Being a Nomadic Employee (aka The List to Print Off for Your Boss)

  • By allowing workers to be nomadic, living their dreams, you retain happy workers. Happy workers are more loyal, work harder, and stay longer. Workers that stay longer have more experience and better problem-solving skills, making them more valuable to the organization. It also fosters a tight relationship between staff. They become invested in each other because they’ve known each other for years.
  • As mentioned above, a new location often equals a new outlook and decreased stress, increasing productivity and reducing sick days.
  • Not having to pay for office space for an employee means less overhead for your employer.
  • An employee may opt to have private health insurance, further reducing overhead for the employer.
Gardens By the Bay Light Show in Singapore

Gardens By the Bay Light Show in Singapore

There are plenty of jobs for working travellers. Work centring around a computer tends to be the easiest to find and the most lucrative, but don’t dismay if you’re not digitally inclined! I travelled for years with my bartending skills when I was young. Where there’s a will…

Jobs for the Digital Nomad

Animator
Proofreader
Transcriber
Online Translator
Web Designer
Software Developer
Blogger/Vlogger
Internet Researcher
Copywriter
Travel Writer
Photographer
Graphic Designer

 And for the Analogue Nomad

Au Pair
Language Teacher
Musician/Busker
Chef
Tour Guide
Server/Bartender
Hostel Front Desk/Cleaner
House Sitter/Pet Minder
Dance Teacher

Monkey Temple in Lopburi, Thailand

Monkey Temple in Lopburi, Thailand

With some creativity, the desire to shake things up a bit, and a lust to see the world, taking a workation is not as far-fetched as people might think. Sure, you need the right combination of job and employer, if you’re not independent, but you might be surprised what your boss says if you ask. Perhaps try a short stint to see if it’s for you. Or maybe add on to an already-planned work trip and see how that goes. From experience, I can’t recommend it enough! I had a fantastic time in Southeast Asia and am currently planning workations to Scotland, Italy, and Greece! After that? Anywhere there is internet, I’m game!

My Poolside Office in Ubud, Indonesia

My Poolside Office in Ubud, Indonesia

Office in a Café in Lopburi, Thailand

Office in a Café in Lopburi, Thailand


Leslie manages the script and transcription departments with Line 21. She’s been loving her job for 18 years and counting! When she’s not working, she likes to drive fast, dance slow, and she has an insatiable sweet tooth. Leslie love to explore—people, places, food, music. She loves live jazz, road trips, and laughing till her head hurts.

You can find more of Leslie’s travel stories over at www.thebugthatbitme.com! Follow her on Instagram.  See her Staff Profile.

July 2016 Recipe: Broccoli Slaw

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A fresh, summery salad, this whips up in minutes. Add some fresh bread, and you have dinner.

Salad Ingredients

2 crowns + stems (8 cups cut up; I peel and grate the stems)
5 green onions cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 c raisins
½ c pumpkin seeds

Vinaigrette Ingredients

½ c mayonnaise
4 t sugar
2 t dijon mustard (or other tangy mustard)
2 T apple cider vinegar
pepper to taste

Directions

Mix vinaigrette ingredients in small bowl until thoroughly blended.
Toss over cut vegetables.
Refrigerate for up to 4 hours prior to eating.
Mix in pumpkin seeds just before eating.

June 2016 Recipe: Pad Thai

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Thanks to Leslie Foster for this month’s recipe. You can see Leslie’s blog post about the cooking class she took in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where they made Pad Thai. See Leslie’s Staff Profile.


Pad Thai is considered fast food in Thailand, and you can find it at many a street vendor for pennies. There are variations on how it’s prepared in different parts of the country, but I didn’t find one I didn’t like! This recipe comes from Chiang Mai.

Ingredients

8 oz (225 g) of dry rice noodles
3 T tamarind concentrate
2 T coconut or palm sugar (or use slightly less white sugar)
3 T fish sauce (vegetarian option: soy sauce)
3 T vegetable oil
16 peeled, deveined prawns or 9 oz (250 g) sliced chicken breast (vegetarian: 18 oz tofu instead of tofu below)
1 cup firm tofu cut into 1 cm strips
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup dried shrimp
1 t dried chili flakes
1 egg
2 cups beansprouts
4 spring onions, sliced
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
Handful cilantro
1 lime

Directions

Pre-soak noodles in warm water for 2 minutes.
Mix tamarind, sugar, and fish sauce together.
Add half of oil to a hot wok or frying pan.
Fry prawns or chicken until cooked through, then remove.
Add remaining oil to pan. Add garlic and tofu and fry together until the garlic is fragrant.
Add dried shrimp and chilis and cook for 20 seconds.
Add the noodles and toss well with the ingredients in the pan. Fry for a minute or two until the noodles soften.
Push the noodle mixture to the side. Crack the egg into the wok. Stir rapidly until egg becomes scrambled. Stir it into the noodles.
Add the tamarind, fish sauce and sugar mixture, stirring well to coat noodles.
Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly. Need salt? Add fish sauce. Too sweet? Add tamarind. Too tart? Add sugar. Not hot enough? Throw in more chilis.
If noodles are still a bit firm, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water and cook a bit longer.
When the noodles are cooked to your liking, toss in the beansprouts and spring onions.
Garnish with peanuts, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime and enjoy!

Makes 4 servings

What Line 21er’s Are Binge Watching Now

 Binge Watching

Here’s what some of us are bingeing on:

  • Leslie learned all about the wicked history of the Italian family The Borgias. You can catch this one on CraveTV.
  • Soo is intrigued by the dark serial killer show Criminal Minds. She balances it all out watching music videos on YouTube. You can get caught up on Criminal Minds using CTVGo.
  • Carolyn pulled out her DVD collection and finished re-watching five glorious seasons of Six Feet Under. She says it was just as amazing the second time around. The series finale of this one is legendary!
  • Siri has been watching the hilarious Brooklyn 99. Great comedic writing and characters on this one! On Netflix.
  • Michelle has managed to catch up on all five seasons of Game of Thrones. She says “It has fantastic acting and a great story that subverts a lot of heroic fantasy tales.” HBO Canada.
  • Kelly never misses an episode of the Vancouver-based crime drama Motive. This show is in its final season, and we can’t recommend this one enough! On CraveTV.
  • Shelley couldn’t stop wondering what Dr. Mindy Lahiri was going to do next on The Mindy Project. On Netflix.
  • Patricia discovered the Australian thriller The Code on Netflix. She admits it was difficult to tear herself away from this series about two brothers who become entangled in a government cover-up.

Coming Attractions and Highlights

New Releases

My Floating HomeMy Floating Home
Airs on HGTV, Wednesday at 10pm

This series explores stunning design features created uniquely for floating homes – from underwater windows to view the fish to wraparound sundecks and huge picture windows to take in the 360-degree views.

SpotlessSpotless
Streaming now on Netflix

Jean Bastiere’s life is turned upside-down when his outlaw brother, Martin, crash-lands into his world. Set against the backdrop of Jean’s crime scene cleaning business, the brothers must confront dark sins of the past and very real dangers in the present.

EmergencyEmergency
Streaming now on Slice

Jann Arden narrates this factual series which interweaves the personal stories of three patients each facing their own harrowing medical emergency. Viewers get to understand the patients on a personal level and see the developing relationships with the medical staff who work tirelessly to unravel the mysterious illness or injury that brought the patient to the ER.

Border Security: America's Front LineBorder Security: America’s Front Line
Airs on Global TV, Wednesday at 8pm

Border Security: America’s Front Line follows the work of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and agents as they clear travelers at land, air, and marine ports of entry, inspect cargo, and secure America’s borders.

Wedding Bells

Wedding Bells
Airs on Hallmark, June 3 at 9pm

When two commitment-phobic busy professionals with little in common are asked to be the best man and maid of honor at a mutual friend’s wedding, they don’t expect a life-changing romantic experience of their own.

Ms MatchedMs. Matched
Airs on Hallmark, June 4 at 9pm

A successful wedding planner who organizes dream fairytale weddings and a financial advisor who tells couples to save their money are paired together to plan a wedding. As the mismatched couple are forced to spend a lot of time together, they find out that they have more in common than they think.

Garage Sale Mystery 3 – The Novel MurdersGarage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders
Airs on Hallmark, June 5 at 9pm

When Jennifer delivers a purchase to a client’s home, she finds him murdered. She can’t help but think there is something familiar about the details of the killing – and soon realizes that the victim’s cold- blooded demise is a re-enactment of a murder in a classic mystery novel.

Stop the WeddingStop the Wedding
Airs on Hallmark, June 11 at 9pm

When a young, single attorney finds out that her charming mother is getting married to a TV star known as much for his failed marriages as his acting career, she tries to stop the wedding.

Three Bedrooms, One Corpse: An Aurora Teagarden MysteryThree Bedrooms, One Corpse: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Airs on Hallmark, June 12 at 9pm

When Aurora pitches in to help her busy real estate mother, Aida, she quickly realizes she has again walked into a life or death situation. When a body is discovered at her first house showing and a second body is found in another house for sale, it becomes obvious that there is a very cool killer at large.