For the first time a member of the film industry who works behind the camera is being recognized for their outstanding commitment, innovation and determination for excellence. The Atlantic Film Festival presented the first Film Crew Excellence Award on Sept. 15, to Gary Swim for his outstanding achievement in Nova Scotia’s audiovisual industry. As a location scout and manager, Mr. Swim has secured some of the biggest film projects that have come to Nova Scotia. Nominated by fellow location manager Shaun Clarke, peers consider Mr. Swim to be a film ambassador for Nova Scotia given his extensive knowledge and experience in the industry. “This is a tremendous accomplishment by a talented and unwavering member of our film crew,” said Cheryl Hodder, chair of the board of directors for Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia and chair of the jury panel. “Gary’s work is a testament to the talent we have here in Nova Scotia, and I want to thank him for all his efforts in helping to grow and create jobs within the film industry.” Developed in partnership with local unions and the Film Advisory Committee, the award recognizes an individual or team for outstanding creative enterprise within Nova Scotia’s screen-based industry. The award honours those whose work embodies the qualities of innovation, vision and relentless pursuit of excellence. “I am honoured to be recognized by my peers,” said Gary Swim. “After 30 years in the film business, I enjoy working with filmmakers and ensuring that Nova Scotia gets the recognition it deserves as premiere film destination.” A seven-person jury of professionals within the film industry selected the winner. The festival also gave honourable mention to Kenny LeBlanc, a gaffer and gifted artist who is always thinking of others, and Doug Woods, whose long-standing experience is not to be outdone by his quality and award-winning work. Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia is the lead development agency for the creative industries in the province. Providing a variety of loans, investments, programs and services, the agency works to support the growth and development of Nova Scotia’s creative enterprises.
Norfolk County OPP are reminding the public not to grant access to their computers to anyone they haven’t contacted first after an area resident lost close to $140,000 in what is known as the “virus scam.”Police say the resident received a pop-up alert on his computer on Jan. 31, 2017, saying there were issues with his computer’s antivirus software.The resident clicked on the message, followed prompts he received and signed a form indicating repairs on the computer had been completed, police said.The man also exchanged several other emails with the scammers between January 2017 and March 2019, granting further access to the computer, police said.It wasn’t until the resident reviewed his statements that he realized his line of credit had been accessed, police said, with scammers stealing close to $140,000 from the victim’s account by the time the fraud had been discovered.This is the second reported case in the last few days In Norfolk County of a person falling victim to the virus scam, police said. Another resident lost thousands of dollars after granting access to their computer to a caller who said their device had a virus.In that case, the scammer stole the resident’s financial accounts and passwords and convinced them to buy close to $7,000 in Google Play cards, police said.“Computer users are reminded that, unless you initiate the call, do not allow anyone access to your computer. Don’t give out personal, banking or credit card information to anyone unless you are sure of whom you are dealing with,” police said in a statement.TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF ONLINEDon’t download anti-virus software from a pop-up or link sent by e-mail Update anti-virus software often and scan your computer for viruses regularly Don’t click on links or attachments in e-mails from senders you don’t know Turn on your browser’s pop-up blocking feature Never click on a pop up that says your computer has a virus