tw: rape, sexual assault
“The problem is that date rape drugs are odorless, colorless, and tasteless once they’re in your drink. We all know not to leave our drinks unattended, but the reality is it’s impossible to keep an eye on your drink all night. So what’s the solution? With the help of Dr. John MacDonald, a professor of chemistry at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and with the help of Contract Researching Organizations, DrinkSavvy is developing material that will immediately change color to warn you if a drug is slipped into your drink.”
So Tumblr. You’re notorious for attacking rape culture; just think how much this could do to fix that problem. At time of posting DrinkSavvy is at $2,500 of its $50,000 goal. Let’s signal boost it.
I remember seeing a similar pitch for a product somewhere else (it seems like a heavy subject for Shark Tank but that could have been it) where the big problem was that it was that the testing method was really conspicuous and would give away the fact that you suspected your drink had been tampered with (and if it’s a date you feel skeevy about anyway you probably wouldn’t want to do something that would provoke them), but if you could apply that same chemistry to something like a straw or a garnish skewer it could do so much to keep people safe at college parties and the like.
Definitely check it out, even a contribution as small as $10 gets you a pack of 100 straws or 50 plastic cups. This seems like the kind of thing that would be really good to approach student unions with, they’re more expensive than solo cups, but it’s possible you could make a case for your school to approach the company and ask about bulk rates for on-campus pub nights and that sort of thing.
In 2004, Constance’s father signed his unwilling 14 year-old daughter up for a stop-motion animation class. Grudgingly, she went, and within the following weeks, she fell in love with the camera and its phenomenal power of storytelling. She decided to someday work with the moving image. At 16, she won a prize for her first short film, Counting Bodies. Over the course of the following 6 years, she produced a total of 7 short films, 2 of which were prized by the Cinemathèque de Montréal.
Constance experienced several mediums of animation over the course of her years in University, such as pixilation, puppet animation, paper cut-outs, digital cut-outs, Flash animation, traditional-drawn and computer 2D, and computer 3D animation.
She also worked on a few professional live-action productions: shee was a production assistant for the 2008 and 2009 montreal auditions of DanseTv’s So You Think You Can Dance Canada. She also worked as an assistant stage manager for the last 3 theatrical productions of Les Productions Coracole.
Constance recently graduated with a BFA from Concordia’s Film Animation program.
Short live-action film “Le 28 février 1988”
Directing, screenwriting, editing, acting
Screened at the Kino Jeunesse 2009
Short live-action videoclip “Counting Bodies” for the Concours d’Excellence de la Chambre de commerce de Montreal
Directing, screenwriting, editing
AWARD: Won first prize (Prix d’Excellence) and 1000$ scholarship
Short animated-documentary “L’esquisse d’une chute”
Directing, animating, editing
Screened at the Intercollegiate Film Festival of Gatineau
AWARD: Won first prize (Best overall film) at the Intercollegiate Film Festival of Gatineau and 500$ scholarship from the Montreal Cinémathèque
Short animated-fiction “Waiting for the Bus”
Short animated-fiction “The Climb”
Short animated-documentary “Ink Deep”
Directing, animating, editing
AWARD: First prize in animation (Prix de la Cinémathèque Québecoise pour l’excellence en cinema d’animation) at Concordia Student Awards and 500$ scholarship from the Montreal Cinémathèque
L’esquisse d’une chute is a 2009 french-language short documentary using animation and photography to illustrate a schizophrenic’s state of mind.
Beauty and the Treat is a short-animated film using paper cut-outs and printed photography. It was shot on an oxberry animation stand in winter 2010.