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what is mtset?
mtset is an Edmonton-based media consultancy with a focus on cinematic production, youth education and engagement, community-based storytelling, and communications strategies for governments, academics and not-for-profits. mtset was founded in Montreal by filmmaker Jason Gondziola, who continues to guide the company’s creative, educational and technical undertakings. He is joined by a team of designers, editors and artists who help bring his vision to life.
Previous clients include the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa, Black Community Resource Centre, Carleton University, Concordia University (Montreal), Strathcona County, the Government of Alberta, the University of Alberta, Action for Healthy Communities, Edmonton Public School Board, Parkland School Division, Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund, Documentary Organization of Canada, National Film Board of Canada, the Royal Alberta Museum and Western Union.
youth engagement and media facilitation
We have over a decade of experience working in youth-based media production. We’ve worked with community service providers, universities and high schools in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec to help youth find their voice and create compelling cinematic works. In 2014, Jason Gondziola created a ten-credit high school course in collaboration with the Outreach Educators Conference so that students learning with him can earn full or partial credit for their work.
You can see our youth-based productions on our sister-site: www.ycmedia.ca.
digital cinema production
We offer end-to-end video production, from inception to completion. We have a 4K Sony FS7 camera and a six Leica-R prime lenses, an assortment of Canon L-series zooms, and full lighting and grip for small to mid-sized productions. We’ve worked with numerous government agencies, not-for-profits and corporations to use the moving image to share their stories. Our primary focus is digital production using a strong, cinematic style.
Community-based storytelling is a powerful way for communities to stimulate thought and conversation around issues that are important to them. We’ve worked with various communities, First Nations, and not-for-profits to create community-based cinema. Our approach is to work with stakeholders in the community to facilitate conversations around a social issue (i.e. drug use, gangs, health and wellness) and find applicable stories from within the community. Often, we will share the writing and creation task with a youth-led scriptwriting team, where we take the raw stories and fit them into a larger narrative. Then, we produce a short, dramatic film dealing with the issues at hand.
about Jason Gondziola
Jason Gondziola has been involved in cinema and community-based media for over a decade. A filmmaker by training, he began his career in Montreal, working largely in production and camera/lighting. During this time he began to partner with community organizations and schools to educate youth and create short productions about important issues in their communities. He designed and implemented the Say it Loud, Say it Proud! project in partnership with Heritage Canada and the Black Community Resource Centre. The project worked with inner-city Montreal youth to create a hip-hop video dealing with issues of gentrification, police profiling and drug use in the neighbourhood of Little Burgundy.
More recently, Jason was the artist-in-residence at amiskwaciy Academy, an urban Aboriginal High School in Edmonton, Alberta, and at Roland Michener Secondary School in Slave Lake, Alberta. He has done numerous short residencies at schools across the province of Alberta, bringing his expertise and passion for digital storytelling into the classroom. He is also the creator of Sharing Spirit, an ongoing digital oral history project that works with Aboriginal Elders and youth to explore culture, colonialism and tradition through short films and interviews.
Jason regularly presents his work at educational and wellness conferences in Alberta and has with a number of research and funding groups at the University of Alberta to help disseminate their work using digital cinema.
Jason is a member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers and the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University, Montreal.