Toposcope Films

Nicolás Gulino is the filmmaker behind Toposcope Films. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1969, he grew up in Montreal, Canada, where he currently lives with his family.


He comes to documentary filmmaking from a background in the social sciences, the humanities, and education, having obtained a BA in anthropology and Hispanic literature from McGill University (Canada) and a master's degree in education from the University of Oregon (U.S.A.).


Nicolas has worked as a teacher in schools and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Paraguay; he has also worked as a lecturer at the Eugene and Montreal planetaria and as an outreach educator at the University of Oregon's Pine Mountain Observatory.  Here, he got to "play" with some fun technology including projectors, telescopes and lenses to tell stories and engage audiences.  




At the Montreal filmmakers' center Main Filmthe Canadian Screen Training Centre, the Summer Institute of Film and Television (Ottawa), as well as in the field of various documentary shoots, he learned different facets of documentary production. Over the years he has also had the privilege of learning from established filmmakers Peter Wintonick, Garry Beitel, Harold Crooks, and Peter Svatek among others. 



His first film, Don Policarpo & I: Travels With A Puppeteer, screened at festivals in Boston and Washington DC. He is the recipient of a production and travel grant from the Canada Council for the Arts for his short film, Corner Chronicles , which screened at the 2017 Ethnografilm Festival in Paris. Nicolas continues to develop his craft and devotes his time to researching, writing and directing films on a variety of topics and styles, ranging from experimental to educational and artistic.  He is currently a doctoral candidate in the faculty of education at the Université de Montréal, where he is researching experiential knowledge production and transfer among professionals by way of video analysis of work activity and technical gestures.   




What is a Toposcope?
A toposcope is a structure often found atop a hill or mountain that provides reference markers of the surrounding landscape--These markers may include cardinal points, arrows, or a topographical map. Toposcopes help guide the observer's (& filmmaker's) eye towards new horizons. Here are some examples from  Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A., North Devon, Englandand Montreal, Quebec, Canada..

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