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Every month, the Vancouver Post Alliance sends out a newsletter to all our members to let everyone know what's been going on -- and what's coming up -- with the VPA.

But our members are the most important part of the VPA, and we want to make sure a big part of the newsletter is dedicated to the VPA membership's stories, successes, and celebrations.

Each newsletter puts one member in the spotlight -- whether they be a 40-year veteran or fresh out of school -- where they can share their career thus far and thoughts about the Vancouver industry.  If you'd like to to be our next Featured Member, please fill out this short questionnaire.

We also want to hear your good news.  Accomplishments, award nominations or wins, new career high points, anything you're proud of -- let us share in the celebration!  If you'd like your Good News Story featured in the VPA Newsletter, please tell us about it here.

Is the show or movie you've worked on for months finally about to premiere?  Let the VPA know!  We want to celebrate and support productions that are keeping our community working and thriving.  Click here so we can spread the word.

VPA Newsletter: May 2020
 

Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Tuesday, June 23
Annual General Meeting @ Online

The VPA Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 23. Due to COVID-19 government restrictions, this year's meeting will be held online. The AGM is VPA Members-only -- so Members, watch for a link to join closer to the date!

This year, the VPA board will have 8 seats to fill, and the deadline for submitting nominations is Tuesday, June 9. You can find nomination forms and additional information at the VPA website (this link is only accessible by signed-in Members).

On May 5, Canadian Cinema Editors hosted VPA member Richard Schwadel via Zoom in BC's very first online Master Series conversation, sponsored in part by the VPA. This two-hour, comedy-focussed talk was packed tight with content, clips, and workflow ideas as Richard shared his vast experience, tricks, and invaluable knowledge of editing for the laugh with a diverse Zoom audience from across Canada and beyond.

Interested in the art of editing?  Don’t miss out on the next CCE Master Series event, coming soon.

Membership Committee

The Vancouver Post Alliance’s board of directors and committee groups continue to meet during the COVID-19 suspension to find ways to engage our members during this time. The VPA is also represented in a workgroup tasked with strategizing and finding common ground on how best to bring the Post Production industry back with personnel and crew safety at the forefront. We will support the creation of consistent protocols for all facilities, post offices and remote set-ups and continue to press the importance of our Post Production sector as our city recovers.

The Province has tasked Creative BC to lead the industry-wide Restart Plan, and you can find about more about their initiatives and status here. The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Lisa Beare, wrote a letter on May 8 regarding the film industry that you can access here.

The Board of Directors would also like to recognize and thank Lindsay Elizabeth Donovan, Tyler Weiss and Scott Watson for stepping in as interim board members until our AGM on June 23.

  
 
If you have an idea about an interesting topic you’d like the VPA to tackle, we’d love to hear from you.
 

Featured Member
 
Miguel Nunes
Post Production Sound
Bionic Audio / Maverick Post Group

IMDB

How many years have you spent working or studying in the Vancouver post production industry?
Over 25 years!

What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?
Intelligence. An amazing experience from script to actors to post. The entire production crew and post team were incredibly talented. My team won Gemini and Leo awards for best sound. Two seasons that were truly a highlight of my career (plus I met my wife on the show).

Where did you get your start in our community?
My first job was transferring sound dailies on mag in the heyday of the mid 90s.

Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
Columbia Academy - Sound Engineering Program

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
The talent pool here is as good as anywhere in the world.

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Recognition by Hollywood that the talent pool extends to post production as well, although I feel that is slowly shifting.

What support does the Vancouver post community need right now?
As we are about to enter into month 3 of the COVID-19 lockdown, the biggest thing we need is to get back to work as a community as safely as possible.

Why did you join the VPA?
To be part of the community and keep in touch with everyone. We should all work together to promote our amazing creatives and businesses.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
Mentor - Frank Levin (8 Seconds keyboardist/producer) He taught me a lot about mixing during my early days behind a mixing board
Inspiration - Dane Davis (sound designer, The Matrix)
Idol - Walter Murch (sound and editing god) Need I say more?


If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
Film - Alien
TV Series - Battlestar Galactica


In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
Don't stress. Keep calm and all will work out.

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Mountain Biking

 
 
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Tune In This Month
 
 
Snowpiercer Season 1
Broadcasting on TNT in the US starting May 17
Streaming on Netflix in Canada / Internationally starting May 25

Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity who inhabit a perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting adaptation based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel and Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 film of the same name. Starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs.

After an incredibly long and complicated journey to get to the screen (starting with the TV pilot which was shot in Vancouver in the summer of 2017), Snowpiercer Season One made its debut on the TNT Network earlier this month. Finished in 4K Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos, the series was produced, shot, edited, coloured, mixed, and finished by a fantastically talented local team which includes a number of VPA members:

Coproducers Scott Watson and Victoria Burkhart; Post Supervisors Karen Smith and Buket Biles; Editor Allan Lee; Assistant Editors Sam Dewar, Rhea MacDonald Lilley, and Kelly Wong; Sound Supervisor Sandra Portman; Music Supervisor Natasha Duprey; Re-Recording mixer Kelly Cole; Colourist Thor Roos; Foley Artist Maureen Murphy.

A big thanks to the VPA Corporate Members who were key partners in this project:

Encore: Online, colour, VFX and finishing; Sharpe Sound: Sound editorial and mixing; Finale: Editing equipment.
 

Is something you worked on premiering soon?  Let us know so we can get as many people watching as we can!
 

Good News Stories


 
TechStream is a new app from Technicolor that allows you to collaborate remotely with their artists. It enables secure, real-time viewing of your live colour and VFX session on your mobile Apple device. You can work on your mobile LTE network (no Wi-Fi needed). It can support up to 6 different stakeholders per session and stream stereo audio of your content.

“TechStream has played an integral role in our post production workflow while working remotely on Upside Down Magic and Mortal Danger. It has allowed our projects to stay on schedule while still maintaining the important dialogue between colourist and cinematographer.“ Jonathan Shore, EP/Post Producer

You can learn more about TechStream here or contact Kenny Vicent at Technicolor Vancouver.
 
 

 
 
The Leos have announced their nominations for the 2020 awards. There are many VPA members among the nominees and we’re proud to list them out for you here. The dates of the awards are still to be announced, but for a full nomination list, please visit their website here. Congratulations to all the nominees!
 
2020 LEO AWARDS
 
BEST PICTURE EDITING - MOTION PICTURE
Franco Pante – Daughter

BEST SOUND - MOTION PICTURE
Miguel Nunes, Karla Melendez, Maureen Murphy – Ash
Gregor Phillips – The Curse of Willow Song
Gregorio Gomez, Kelly Cole, Eric Mouawad – Volition

BEST PICTURE EDITING - TELEVISION MOVIE
Simon Davidson – Stolen By My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story
James Ilecic – The College Admission Scandal
Lara Mazur – The Knight Before Christmas
Mark Shearer – VC Andrews' Web of Dreams

BEST SOUND - TELEVISION MOVIE
Eli Haligua, Hennie Britton – Indian Road Trip

BEST SHORT DRAMA
Victoria Burkhart – Alien-Ore
Victoria Burkhart – Duermete Nino (Rock-a-bye Baby)

BEST PICTURE EDITING - SHORT DRAMA
Cindy Au Yeung
– Sisters of Sorrow
Holly Pavlik – The Seahorse Trainer
Mark Adams – Tipped

BEST SOUND - SHORT DRAMA
Humberto Corte – The Seahorse Trainer
Christopher Clark – We Came from the Sea
Jeff Jackman - Where Darkness Lies

BEST PICTURE EDITING - DRAMATIC SERIES
Jon Anctil – Van Helsing – Together Forever
Lara Mazur – Virgin River – Under Fire
Daria Ellerman – Virgin River – Carry On

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS - DRAMATIC SERIES
Lawren Bancroft-Wilson – The Terror: Infamy – Taizo

BEST SOUND - DRAMATIC SERIES
Sandra Portman, Eric Mouawad – The Murderers – Stereo

BEST SOUND - DOCUMENTARY
Chris McIntosh – I am Patrick Swayze
Chris McIntosh – I am Richard Pryor

BEST EDITING - SHORT DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Elad Tzadok – Hayashi Studio

BEST PICTURE EDITING - DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Patrick Carroll – Mind Set Go – Kristen
Greg Ng – Punk – Episode One

BEST SOUND - DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Chris McIntosh – Punk – Episode One
Chris McIntosh – The Age of A.I. – How Far is Too Far?

BEST PICTURE EDITING - INFORMATION, LIFESTYLE OR REALITY SERIES
Meagan Oravec, Brent Rubin – Worst to First – Lyndsay & John

BEST EDITING - MUSIC, COMEDY OR VARIETY PROGRAM OR SERIES
Simon Davidson – Malibu Rescue – Stranger Flings
Nicole Ratcliffe – You Me Her – Ep 510

BEST SOUND - ANIMATION PROGRAM OR SERIES
Humberto Corte, Miguel Araujo – Legend Quest: Masters of Myth – Anansi
Jeff Davis – Ninjago – A Rocky Start
Jeff Davis – Rev & Roll – Stuck on You

BEST PICTURE EDITING - YOUTH OR CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING
Daria Ellerman – Malibu Rescue – With a Little Kelp from my Friends
 
 

We're always looking to hear our members' success stories!  If you have some good news you'd like to share, click here to tell us about it!
 

Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Growth Sponsors

 
VPA Supporting Sponsors
 

VPA Newsletter: April 2020
 

Membership Committee

The VPA would like to extend its gratitude for the support of its dedicated member base and grant every membership an extension of 6 months.  If your membership renewal is coming up during the COVID-19 suspension, it will no longer lapse, and those who have already renewed in 2020 will have their annual renewal date revised accordingly.

This is currently being rolled out behind the scenes and does not require any action from the membership. We acknowledge that during this pandemic we cannot facilitate our regular social, networking and educational events, and do not want any of you to stress about making your next membership fee payment during this time of unpredictability.

The board is currently brainstorming ways to keep the membership engaged though online seminars, round tables and expert talks and hope to have more to share soon.  If you have any ideas or would be interested in volunteering your time to lead one of these online events, we’d love to hear from you.

 

Fitness Science, where VPA members get 50% off their membership, is now offering training online.  They have launched a slate of online personal and group training sessions to help you stay healthy, active, and connected while working from home.  They will be offering at least 10 classes every week, including Functional Fitness Science, Yoga, and their newest class, COREctive Training, featuring Sido Adamson. Visit Fitness Science’s website for more information.

We also encourage you to reach out to Arbutus Financial if you have any questions about your health insurance.

The BC Government has a great website that compiles all essential information from services to employment and finances, as well as information for small businesses.  Please visit their website for information that may pertain to you during this time.

 

Events Committee

In response to government guidelines regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone/re-think some of our upcoming events.  Sadly, we have therefore delayed our annual Summer BBQ.

We are working on the logistics for the upcoming AGM and will share details on this as soon as we can.

We are currently looking into ways to bring you digital events and social connection in these difficult times.  If you have any ideas about online events you are interested in, feel free to share them with us at:


events@vancouverpostalliance.com.

 

Mentorship Committee

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the intake for the 2020-2021 Mentorship Program has been postponed. Information regarding new dates will be posted on our website as well as sent in our mailer once they are established.

The current 2019/2020 Mentorship program will continue to run until the end of its term with all interactions taking place virtually.  Members can use email, FaceTime or any program of their choosing for communication during this time.

 

Tune In This Month
 
 
50 States of Fright
Now Streaming on Quibi

The highly anticipated short-form mobile video platform Quibi has officially launched this month.  "50 States of Fright" was part of its April 6 debut and was filmed, edited and finished in Vancouver.  VPA members involved were Jonathan Shore, Jadene Babcock, Justin Li, Jamie Alain, Jon Anctil, Sabrina Pitre, Bob Dewald, Diana NoLi, Valerie Biggins, Kirby Jinnah and Thor Roos.  These Quibis were finished at Encore Vancouver, who are a proud Sustaining Growth Sponsor of the Vancouver Post Alliance.

Keep you eyes peeled for the Farrelly Brothers' turn at their own set of Quibis, with “The Now” due to drop later this month.  VPA members involved in this project are Dawn Knight, Richard Schwadel, Ashley McCloud and Achim Kapitza.
 


 
Altered Carbon Netflix Party
Hosted by Canadian Cinema Editors

On April 17 and 18, Canadian Cinema Editors will be hosting Altered Carbon Netflix viewing parties.  They invite you to watch Episodes 1 & 2 on the 17th and Episodes 3 & 4 on the 18th.

When: April 17 (Today!) & 18, 4:00pm PDT
Where: Online @ Netflix Party


Register for free here, and the CCE will email the Netflix login details the day of the event.  Netflix Party is a Chrome browser extension and requires a Netflix subscription and Google Chrome.  For more information on Netflix Party and how to set it up, head to the Netflix Party website.

Following these viewing parties, the CCE will be hosting a Zoom Q&A with the editors on April 21.  Visit the Q&A event page to register.

 

Is something you worked on premiering soon?  Let us know so we can get as many people watching as we can!
 

Good News Stories


Things may be slower than usual in Vancouver right now, but B.C. Premier John Horgan has been speaking very optimistically about where our city's industry will be once the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.

Check out this CTV News article for more details.
 

 

Congratulations to three of our VPA members for their 2020 CCE nominations for best editing!  The 2020 CCE Awards are now slated for October 2020.  Best of luck to our local VPA editors!

Best Editing in Family - Series or MOW, Live Action
Sabrina Pitre - Kim Possible

Best Editing in Television Movie/Mini-Series
James Ilecic - The College Admissions Scandal
Lara Mazur - The Knight Before Christmas

Lara Mazur is also being recognized for her talents as the CCE honours her as a Lifetime Achievement Recipient this year.  Well deserved, Lara!
 
The full nomination list can be found here.

 
 
We're always looking to hear our members' success stories!  If you have some good news you'd like to share, click here to tell us about it!
 

Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Growth Sponsors
 
 
VPA Supporting Sponsors
 

VPA Newsletter: March 2020
 
On March 11, the World Health Organization officially declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic.  As you may already be aware, it is being asked that large events be postponed, and as such the VPA will follow suit and suspend all planned social events until further notice.  The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will no longer be held in April.  The board will communicate to the membership once a new date has been decided.

The BC CDC has an information page for businesses here.
Canada Health has updates here.

We hope you all stay safe and healthy, and we’ll see you at a VPA event soon.

Sincerely,
Kerry McDowall - Chair, Board of Directors, VPA
On Tuesday, March 10, the VPA sponsored a Canadian Cinema Editors' Master Series event with Daria Ellerman, CCE.

This sold out event was attended by scripted and non-scripted editors as well as people looking to break into editing.  The evening was moderated by editor Kirk Hay, who has known and worked with Daria for over 10 years.  One of the main themes of the evening was how an episode or movie is written three times: Initially by the writer, then in production, and finally, in the edit.
Daria shared an example in the opening sequence of Netflix’s Virgin River, Season 1.
She spoke of the changes made to scene during production due to limitations, and then in the edit due to input from executives and the network.  Her extensive knowledge and insight into the process of editing kept the packed room engaged for well over an hour.
The VPA will continue to partner with the CCE in sponsoring the Master Series throughout the year, and remember: VPA members receive 20% off tickets.  Keep your eyes peeled for announcements and join us at the next event.  You will not be disappointed!
 
We started this month off on a high note by co-hosting an exciting event with the Netflix Post Production Team.  Thank you to everyone who joined us March 3 for the Netflix Sponsored Professional Mixer Event at Brix & Mortar.

Over one hundred Professional VPA Members who work primarily as Post Supervisors/Post Producers, Picture Editors or Sound Supervisors came together for an evening of invaluable networking with sixteen Netflix Post Production Executives.
A huge thank you to Ann Starbuck and Michale Keegan of Netflix and Kerry McDowell for making this possible and to our amazing avolunteers Joselyn Hernandez, Julia Hostetler, and event planner Amber Orchard, who helped to make this event a success.

Finally, a special thanks to Netflix for co-hosting and sponsoring this event.  We’re looking forward to the next one!

We've got a ton more great pics from this and all our past events.
Check them out at our Past Events page on the VPA website.


Thank you as always to our VPA sponsors:
VPA Growth Sponsors


VPA Supporting Sponsors

Featured Member
 
Jason Schneider
Editor
IMDB

How many years have you spent working or studying in the Vancouver post production industry?
22 years

Where did you get your start in our community?
The tape room at Northwest Imaging and FX.  That noisy room was a madhouse -- Brick commercials on Friday, VFX outputs, equipment on the brink, no quality control.  I loved it.

Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
Emily Carr for a while, then UBC Arts.

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
This city is full of talented film and TV workers.  There are seasoned folks -- a few have been working in the film industry since the Beachcombers!  There are up and coming hot shots.  It’s a whole mixed salad of talented characters.  Some even have great stories to tell … especially of the Vancouver film scene around Expo ‘86.

What support does the Vancouver post community need right now?
Convincing studio execs/LA showrunners to edit in Vancouver with locals.  Good coffee in all post offices.

Why did you join the VPA?
It’s like a giant reunion.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
Brae.  For those of you who know Brae, you’ll understand.

If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
Movie -- The Changeling
Series -- Buck Rogers in the 25th Century


In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
Don’t take it so seriously … or was it the opposite?

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Dawdling with the family on a sunny day.


What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?
Working on Jesse McKeown’s short The Big Charade was pretty great.  Those were heady days.  Then s**t got real.

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
I’m repeating the old story -- LA shows not posting here.  When I assisted in the MGM hallways, it was all local editors.  Thanks Hudson!  Hopefully it’s changing with executive decisions made by some of the new streaming platforms.
 
 
Would you like to be our next Featured Member?
Click here to take our brief questionnaire!

 

Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Growth Sponsors
 
 
VPA Supporting Sponsors
 

VPA Newsletter: February 2020
 


Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Tuesday, March 10
CCE Master Series: Chat with Daria Ellerman
     Wednesday, April 15
VPA Annual General Meeting

 


Membership Committee

The Membership Committee has been focusing its efforts on recruitment this past month with the rollout of the Corporate B Membership Tier and the Refer-A-Friend promotion.  We will soon turn our focus to the various talks and roundtables being planned for 2020.
 
 
If you have an idea about an interesting topic in any discipline of Post Production that you’d like the VPA to tackle, we’d love to hear from you.
 


Mentorship Committee

The 2nd Mentee Meetup was held on February 11 at Mahony & Sons Stamps Landing, great fun was had by all who attended.

The Mentorship Midway Meetup was held on February 25 at Suite Genius.  Mentors and Mentees in the program mingled, asked questions, and gave feedback about the program.

 
 
 


Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Growth Sponsors

 
VPA Supporting Sponsors
 

 


VPA Newsletter: January 2020
 


Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Tuesday, February 11
Mentorship Halfway Meet-up
     February TBA
VPA Health Plan Information Session
     Wednesday, April 15
VPA Annual General Meeting

Thank you to everyone who came out to our 5th Annual Holiday Celebration on Friday, January 10!  It was a wonderful night for members and guests who enjoyed the appetizers and a drink or two at Nonna's Table at the Hotel Waldorf.  A special thanks to the band The Crayons for the amazing setlist and their phenomenal performance that kept the dance floor busy all night!
The raffle for this GTech 8TB G Raid, supplied by Western Imperial Magnetics, raised $205 for the Vancouver Food Bank. Congratulations to raffle winner Adil Can Akcan, and thank you to GTech and Western Imperial Magnetics for your contribution and continued support of our VPA events.
We want to give a big shoutout to our incredible volunteers Joselyn Hernandez, Julia Hostetler, Eli Haligua and our event planner Amber Orchard for making sure the event ran smoothly.  You're the best!

Door prizes were provided by: Annex Pro, Cinnafilm, Vidcom, Finalé Post, Sohonet and Shangri-La Hotel.
Thank you to our Holiday Celebration sponsors:
VPA Growth Sponsors


VPA Supporting Sponsors


We've got a ton more great pics from this and all our past events.
Check them out at our Past Events page on the VPA website.

 



Membership Committee

For the month of February, the Vancouver Post Alliance is offering a Refer a Friend promotion!  If you refer someone to join who has not yet been a member of the VPA, or someone to re-join who is over 1 year lapsed, you will get 10% off your own renewal.  Have the applying member include the code REFER20 and your name when they sign up on our website.  It’s that easy!
 

We are also ready to launch our new, enhanced tiers of corporate membership on Feb 1st, re-designated as Corporate-A and Corporate-B.  Our current corporate memberships will automatically be transferred to the Corporate-A structure, without any change to the membership as it stands.  New Corporate-B Memberships will now be available for those who own a company in the industry with 3 or fewer employees at an annual cost of $250. Please visit the VPA website here for more detailed information.
 

Arbutus Financial, the company that manages the VPA Health Plan, will be holding an information session in February for current subscribers with questions and new subscribers who are looking for more info.  Watch your Inbox for more details coming soon!  To review the plan, visit the Member Benefits page on the VPA website.
 
 
If you have an idea about an interesting topic you’d like the VPA to tackle, we’d love to hear from you.
 


Featured Member
 
Eli Haligua
Sound Designer / Re-Recording Mixer
IMDB

How many years have you spent working or studying in the Vancouver post production industry?
14 years in Istanbul and 1.5 years in Vancouver.

What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?
My Father’s Wings.  It was my first project where I took responsibility as one of the main Re-Recording Mixers and Sound Designers.  The movie got 10+ awards, including "Best Sound Design and Mix," from one of the top film festivals in Turkey.

Where did you get your start in our community?
I got my start in Vancouver’s film community on a Crazy8s project in 2019.  I learned about the VPA from Maureen Murphy.  I became a member immediately and have attended VPA events as a volunteer.

Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
I studied audio engineering at SAE and then I earned my Master’s Degree from Bahcesehir University in Turkey.  In Vancouver, I attended Langara's Digital Music Production Program.

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
There are so many audio post production and sound design schools, so Vancouver's audio post production industry has huge potential to do great work in sound design and audio post production.

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Hollywood looks like a great opportunity for Vancouver.  But on the other hand, as I understand, Hollywood movies go back to LA for audio post production.  Even bigger Vancouver productions may also choose LA instead of doing audio post production in Vancouver.  So even though it looks like an advantage, being close to a giant industry, it may be challenging for us.  We have to improve and then convince producers that we can do great work here in Vancouver.

What support does the Vancouver post community need right now?
I think the VPA is a good supportive way to build a community and gather post people together.  Encouraging producers to make more audio post production in Vancouver would be an awesome support.

Why did you join the VPA?
I was in several similar organizations when I was in Turkey.  I was a member of AES as well.  I believe in the importance of these kind of foundations.  When I moved to Vancouver, I wanted to get in touch with the community here to build a network of people in my industry.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
I appreciate all my mentors and instructors who helped me gain new skills and tricks in the journey of my audio post production career.  Richard King's and Gary Rydstorm’s work inspires me a lot.

If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
Apocalypse Now and Gravity.  It would be awesome to be a part of those teams, working with newest sound technologies of their time.

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
Move to Vancouver!  :)

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Hiking and watching movies in the theatres.

 
 
Would you like to be our next Featured Member?
Click here to take our brief questionnaire!

 


Tune In This Month
 

Virgin River
Streaming Now on Netflix


Virgin River stars Alexandra Breckenridge and Martin Henderson.  After seeing an ad for a midwife, a recently widowed big-city nurse moves to the redwood forests of northern California, where she meets an intriguing man.

Already with an early Season 2 renewal, Season 1 dropped on Netflix December 6th.  The series was produced, posted, and finished in Vancouver, BC.

There were many talented VPA Professional Members contributing to Season 1 of the project: Post Supervisor Lana Gudlaugson; Editors Daria Ellerman, Nicole Ratcliffe, and Lara Mazur; Assistant Editors Kirk Hay and Lianne Oelke; Colorist Claudio Sepulveda; and Lauren Davis mixed the audio description for Netflix.

Corporate VPA Member DBC Sound provided all the post audio services and the picture finishing was overseen by VPA Growth Sponsor Encore Vancouver.

 

Messiah
Streaming Now on Netflix


Technicolor Vancouver was instrumental in conquering the complexity of the global production of Messiah, now streaming on Netflix.

They expanded their facility to handle the rigorous workload and the requirements of working in HDR, deploying an automated workflow where they could collect enormous amounts of data, from multiple vendors anywhere, anytime.

“We did some pretty extensive upgrades to our facility in preparation for Messiah,” says Kenny Vicent, Operations Manager, Technicolor Vancouver.  “We built out a 4K HDR DolbyVision certified finishing suite and a 4K HDR 5.1 Online suite (installing a Baselight X and Baselight Assist as the primary finishing and online tools, respectively).  We bumped up our network bandwidth fivefold to 10G.  And we’re capable of 4K HDR transmitting between Vancouver and the LA facility now.”

Senior colorist Anne Boyle was able to work simultaneously with Los Angeles, where the looks were set with the director, allowing the filmmakers to work where they preferred and needed to be.
 

Is something you worked on premiering soon?  Let us know so we can get as many people watching as we can!
 


Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Growth Sponsors

 
VPA Supporting Sponsors
 


VPA Newsletter: November 2019
 


Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Wednesday, January 8
Mentee Meet-up 2/4
     January 2020
VPA 5th Annual Holiday Celebration

The VPA are now proud sponsors of the Canadian Cinema Editors' Master Series events. Last week’s talk was with VPA member and editor, Lisa Robison, who discussed her established career with an intimate crowd at Finale: A Picture Shop Company.

The CCE’s Master Series is a great opportunity for Vancouver’s post community to have access to seasoned professionals while they share their experiences, showcase their work, give professional advice and take questions from the audience.


 
VPA members receive 20% off tickets to these events, so keep your eyes peeled for the next Master Series event in the new year.
 

On November 21st, we partnered with Annex Pro and Dolby Atmos for a free presentation called Mixing in Dolby Atmos: The Why and How De-Mystified.  The session showed how Dolby Atmos can be created in the industry-standard workflows that are already being used.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at this special event, and a major thanks to Avid for sponsoring.
 

Thank you to everyone who came out to the First Annual VPA Professional Talent Mixer on Thursday, November 14th!  It was a great evening with about 80 of our colleagues and industry professionals enjoying the great food, a drink or two, and fun conversation at Mahony and Sons Stamps Landing.

We want to give a big shout-out to VPA Member Eli Haligua, who volunteered and made sure the event ran smoothly.  Your continued support is much appreciated!
Thank you to our Professional Talent Mixer sponsors:
VPA Sustaining Sponsor


VPA Supporting Sponsors


We've got a ton more great pics from this and all our past events.
Check them out at our Past Events page on the VPA website.

 



Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is already focusing its efforts on the coming year and wants to make sure that 2020 has even more to offer for our valued members.  There are already plans being conceived about various talks that cover themes in editorial, sound, and visual effects and the hope is to have them occur every 6-8 weeks.

If you have an idea about an interesting topic you’d like the VPA to tackle, we’d love to hear from you.
 


Mentorship Committee

Our first Mentee Meetup held on October 23rd was a great success, as 15 of our 18 Mentees got together to discuss the program and their experiences thus far.  The next Mentee Meetup is scheduled for January 8th.

We also have this testimonial from one of our Mentees:

"The event was really fun!  It was really cool to meet a couple of old buddies and to hang out with the mentees I've never met before.  In general I think these meetings are beneficial since it’s easier to get together and create something cool with your peers rather than with the older, more established industry professionals. Talking about our Mentorship program experience was pretty interesting as well.  Thank you for arranging this event! I’m looking forward to attending every single one of them in the future.” - Evgeny Salmin
 


Featured Member
 
 
Chi-Toa So
1st Assistant Editor

How many years have you spent working or studying in the Vancouver post production industry?
3 years

Where did you get your start in our community?

Volunteer 2nd Assistant Editor

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Camaraderie.  And dogs.  Lots of dogs that people will bring to work.  Love them all!

What support does the Vancouver post community need right now?
Networking, guidance.

Why did you join the VPA?
Networking, guidance, and the seminars.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
Idols: Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Mann, Howard Hawks.
Inspirations: Matt Reeves, Jeff Nichols, Russo Brothers.
Mentor: Robin Wood.


If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
Sherlock (Seasons 1 & 2)

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
Things don't always come out perfect at first, but what counts is landing on your feet in the end.

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Food -- cooking and (mostly) eating.

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Scarcity of work compared to other sectors in the industry.

 
Would you like to be our next Featured Member?
Click here to take our brief questionnaire!


Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors
  
VPA Sustaining Sponsor

 

VPA Supporting Sponsors



VPA Newsletter: October 2019
 


Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Wednesday, October 23
Mentee Meet-up 1/4
     Thursday, November 14
2019 Professional Talent Mixer
     Wednesday, November 20
CCE Master Series: Edit Chat with Lisa Robison
      Friday, December 13
5th Annual Holiday Party


On October 17th, we met with students and new grads at our latest VPA School Talks event, School's Done! What's Next?, to shed some light on their next steps after school is done.
 
Special thanks to Craig Berkey, Brad Goodman, Lawren Bancroft-Wilson, Kelly Wong and Keith White for participating as speakers.
 

 

We've got a ton more great pics from this and all our past events.
Check them out at our Past Events page on the VPA website.

Thank you to our event sponsors:


 




Membership Committee

The VPA Membership Committee is continuing to brainstorm ideas for our 2020 series of talks that will span the editorial, sound, music and visual effects sectors.  Our hope with these events is to promote our local talent, as well as offer an opportunity for our membership to further their knowledge and professional growth.  We are working hard to bring even more value to your VPA membership and look forward to putting these ideas into motion.

The membership committee is always open to feedback and ideas.  If you have an idea for one of our event series, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
 


Featured Member
 
 
Holly Pavlik
VFX Editor/Picture Editor

How many years have you spent working or studying in the Vancouver post production industry?
10 years

Where did you get your start in our community?

After film school I got my first job as an Assistant Editor on a Canadian talk show called “The Daily.” I can assure you that you’ve never heard of it, but it was a good experience none the less.

Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
After receiving my degree from the University of Victoria, I went on to complete a digital film production program at Langara College.

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Vancouver is a relatively small city so everyone seems interconnected, allowing for a cozy sense of community within the industry. I love the cohesive networking atmosphere this creates.


Why did you join the VPA?
I joined the VPA to be more connected to my field and with the hope of gaining mentorship as I navigate my way through career advancements.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
Sally Menke, forever and always. A classic response, but I can not tell a lie. Also, Nicole Ratcliffe, my VPA mentor -- I admire Nicole’s active involvement in the post community. I hope to eventually give back in the same way and pay it forward.

If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
Anything out of Quentin Tarantino's brain for obvious reasons.

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
This is not so much about advice as it is about opportunity, but I truly wish there had been something like the VPA’s Mentorship Program. This would have helped guide me in the right direction towards my goals, potentially saving me years of going down misleading paths.

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
More editing! I really like to involve myself in Vancouver’s indie film community and am in a constant state of working on side projects. I also like eating, if that counts.

What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?

Recently I finished editing a VFX heavy short film called “The Seahorse Trainer” which has been doing well in the festival circuit. As a low budget indie production, I had the opportunity to handle editorial from all aspects: cutting the animatic, to cutting picture, to cutting VFX.

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
The visual effects industry in Vancouver is booming and the job opportunities are rampant. However, almost all the projects brought to Vancouver for VFX work are still being cut in L.A. That said, it seems there are very few opportunities to work in cutting rooms for these type of large scale productions.


Would you like to be our next Featured Member?  Click here to take our brief questionnaire!
 


Good News Story
 
The Vancouver Post Alliance is thrilled to announce our support for the Canadian Cinema Editors' Master Series events for 2019/2020. The VPA is now a proud sponsor of all BC events put on by the CCE here in Vancouver.

The CCE Master Series held a sold out event last week, Moving from Assisting to Editing, where the challenge of making the move from Assistant Editing to Picture Editing was discussed by a pair of Vancouver editors and VPA members, Justin Li and Greg Ng.  The next CCE event in November will host another VPA member, editor Lisa Robison, CCE.

With this sponsorship, the CCE will give VPA members a 20% discount on their ticket price, so keep your eyes peeled for a separate email about ticket sales for this event.


 


Tune In This Month
 

PodCast & Crew: Episode 4
Available for Download Now

 
Recently, VPA members Richard Schwadel and Sabrina Pitre participated in a PodCast & Crew interview about their experiences in the world of picture editing.  It’s a fascinating and entertaining look into their craft with some great insider tips and tricks.

Check out the interview at podcastncrew.simplecast.com or wherever you get your podcasts.
 

Gabby Duran & The Unsittables: Season 1
October 11 on the Disney Channel

 
Gabby Duran & The Unsittables stars young singer and actress Kylie Cantrall as a 13-year-old who moves to a new town and winds up with an unusual babysitting job, looking after a group of extraterrestrial children hiding out on Earth.  Already with an early Season 2 renewal, it premiered on the Disney Channel on October 11.  The series was produced, posted and finished in Vancouver, BC.

There were many talented VPA professional members contributing to the project: Associate Producer/Post Supervisor Michael O’Connor; Post Supervisor Gary Porter; Editors Justin Li, Sabrina Pitre, Gordon Rempel, and Richard Schwadel; and Colorist Lionel Barton.

VPA Members played a number of key roles in Gabby Duran’s Post Sound as well: ADR/Dialogue Editor Brian Campbell; ADR Mixer Miguel Araujo; and Sound Designer Eva Madden.  Corporate VPA Member Sharpe Sound provided all the post audio services and the picture finishing was overseen by VPA member Brendan Smith at Omnifilm Post.
 
Congratulations to everyone who worked on this project!
 

Is something you worked on premiering soon?  Let us know so we can get as many people watching as we can!
 


We Want to Hear from You!
 
The Vancouver Post Alliance is all about connecting our members and celebrating their accomplishments.  Every month, we want to feature one member -- whether they be a 40-year veteran or fresh out of school -- in our newsletter to share their career thus far and thoughts about the Vancouver industry.  If you'd like to to be our next Featured Member, please fill out this short questionnaire.

We also want to hear your good news.  Accomplishments, award nominations or wins, new career high points, anything you're proud of -- let us share in the celebration!  If you'd like your Good News Story featured in the VPA Newsletter, please tell us about it here.

Is the show or movie you've worked on for months finally about to premiere?  Let the VPA know!  We want to celebrate and support productions that are keeping our community working and thriving.  Click here so we can spread the word.

 


Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Sustaining Sponsor


 

VPA Supporting Sponsors


VPA Newsletter: September 2019
 

Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Thursday, October 17
School Talks @ Vancouver Film School
     Wednesday, October 23
2019-2020 Mentorship Program, Mentee Meet-up 1/4
     November 2019
Professional/Corporate (Talent) Mixer
     Friday, December 13
Holiday Party @ The Hotel Waldorf


As we're heading into the last quarter of 2019, the Events Committee is busy planning the Annual Holiday Party and some new events for the VPA membership.  We're excited to announce that we have some special events coming up for our professional, corporate, and student members.  As always, keep an eye on the VPA mailers for updates!

School Talks @ Vancouver Film School
The VPA School Talks are back!  We're meeting with students on October 17th.  With special thanks to Vancouver Film School for providing a space for the event.

2019-2020 Mentorship Program, Mentee Meet-up 1/4
The mentees of the 2019-2020 Mentorship Program will meet on October 23rd.  The location and time will be announced by the Mentorship Committee prior to the event.

Professional/Corporate (Talent) Mixer
We’re planning an exclusive event for our professional and corporate members.  The VPA Talent Mixer 2019 will be different than past VPA Socials, because the guest list will include local producers and executives.  This will be a great networking opportunity for both our professional and corporate members.  Tickets will be limited, so keep an eye on your inbox for more information about this event!

Holiday Party @ The Hotel Waldorf
SAVE THE DATE!  We're looking forward to seeing you all at the VPA Annual Holiday Party on Friday, December 13.

 

We've got a ton more great pics from our 2018 Holiday Party.
Check them out at our Past Events page on the VPA website.


Featured Member
 
 
Rhea MacDonald Lilley
1st Assistant Editor/Aspiring Editor

How many years have you spent working or studying in the Vancouver post production industry?
Almost 3 and a half

Where did you get your start in our community?

I started out as a Post Production Assistant on The Shack in May 2016.

Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
I completed a Bachelor of Journalism at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, and specialized in Television, which is what brought me to Vancouver.

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
We have so many seasoned Assistant Editors who are willing to help people just starting out, and so many awesome Editors that we all look up to!


What support does the Vancouver post community need most now?
I think we are headed in the right direction with the Mentorship program that VPA has started.  I also think we could use more training programs for people wanting to start out in Assistant Editing, and for Assistants who want to pursue Editing.  Also, maybe a course for Assistants that shows us what happens on the other side of all the turnovers we do.  I always wonder about that.

Why did you join the VPA?
I heard about the Mentorship program and really wanted to be a part of it!

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?

Everyone I've worked with here in Vancouver has been an inspiration/mentor to me in some way.  We have really talented people in our industry who also happen to be really nice, so it has been a great experience overall!

If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
So hard to choose, but maybe Shameless (US version).  I think that would be a fun one.

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Hiking, reading, cooking, tennis, travelling, playing with my kitties!

What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?

I don't think I can pick a favourite.  Each show has benefits and challenges, and I've liked all the content of the shows I've worked on for different reasons.
 

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
I can't speak for all Assistants, but I think one hurdle we face is that there's no clear route to becoming an Editor, for those of us who want to.  Although we have really cool Editors here who encourage us to cut scenes and offer us feedback, there is little time for this with our other duties.  Plus, our Assistant duties work against us, since they are mostly technical, rather than creative.  We get better and better at the technical side while the creative side that we actually want to do gets further and further from our reach.


Would you like to be our next Featured Member?  Click here to take our brief questionnaire!
 

Good News Story
 
 
IATSE 891, with the help of its editorial advisory committee, is pleased to announce the launch of their website Damn Good Editors, dedicated to the members of the IATSE 891 Editing department.  This initiative has been created to boost awareness and employment of BC’s Film and Television Editors, who according to producers and directors from L.A. to London, are “amongst the best there is.”

Please show your support and solidarity with our Damn Good Editors by following and sharing their Facebook and Twitter, and check out the website today!

 

We Want to Hear from You!
 
The Vancouver Post Alliance is all about connecting our members and celebrating their accomplishments.  Every month, we want to feature one member -- whether they be a 40-year veteran or fresh out of school -- in our newsletter to share their career thus far and thoughts about the Vancouver industry.  If you'd like to to be our next Featured Member, please fill out this short questionnaire.

We also want to hear your good news.  Accomplishments, award nominations or wins, new career high points, anything you're proud of -- let us share in the celebration!  If you'd like your Good News Story featured in the VPA Newsletter, please tell us about it here.

Is the show or movie you've worked on for months finally about to premiere?  Let the VPA know!  We want to celebrate and support productions that are keeping our community working and thriving.  Click here so we can spread the word.

 

Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Sustaining Sponsor


 

VPA Supporting Sponsors



 


VPA Newsletter: August 2019
 


Membership Committee

We have a new addition to our website for our membership.  All of our past mailers will now be archived on the VPA site under the Monthly Newsletter tab, along with easy-to-access links for submitting to our Featured Member, Good News Story, and Tune In This Month newsletter features.  Don’t be shy, submit to one of these categories for next month’s mailer and share your stories!

Calling all students!  Please keep an eye on our events calendar this fall as we plan an evening geared towards educating students about the post production industry in Vancouver.
 


Mentorship Committee

The Mentorship Program is in full swing with 18 pairings for the 2019 / 2020 program.

Keep your eyes on our upcoming schedule of events for a future Minute Mentorship evening. This is a great event to see if you would like to be involved in the Mentorship Program.
 



 

We've got a ton more great pics from all of our VPA events.
Check them out at our Past Events page on the VPA website.



Good News Story
 
Photo credit: Wendy D Photography
 
VPA Member Richard Schwadel has been nominated for a 2019 DGC Award for his work on Loudermilk, Ep 206, Our Lips Are Sealed, in the Best Picture Editing, Comedy Series category.  Winners will be announced at the 18th Annual DGC Awards Gala on Saturday, October 26th at the Fairmont Royal York.

Congrats and best of luck, Richard!

We're always looking to hear our members' success stories!  If you have some good news you'd like to share, click here to tell us about it!
 


Tune In This Month
 

The Terror: Infamy
August 12th on AMC

 
The Terror: Infamy uses Vancouver talent and locations to tell a story
where the reality is more horrifying than fiction
 
For season 2 of AMC’s horror anthology series, the producers tapped the extensive depth of Vancouver talent to tell a horror story that is also a timely reminder of a dark chapter in American and Canadian history.  Set during World War II, the story follows a group of Japanese Americans as they are forced into internment camps and sent overseas to fight, all while being haunted by a spirit from their past.

Produced by Scott Free Productions, Alex Woo was brought on to showrun and chose to shoot and finish in Vancouver.

A number of talented VPA professional members contributed to the project: Co-Producer Ben Brafman; Co-Producer/Senior VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson; Post Supervisor Heather Nevin; Editors Kye Meechan, Jamie Alain and Justin Li; Assistant Editor Mark Adams; Post PA Diana Noli; Colorist Thor Roos; Dialogue Editor Gord Hillier; Foley Artist Maureen Murphy; Supervising Music Editor Paul Shatto; and Music Supervision was handled by Natasha Duprey. Corporate VPA Member DBC Sound provided all the post audio services, and Encore provided dailies and colour timing.

Is something you worked on premiering soon?  Let us know so we can get as many people watching as we can!
 


We Want to Hear from You!
 
The Vancouver Post Alliance is all about connecting our members and celebrating their accomplishments.  Every month, we want to feature one member -- whether they be a 40-year veteran or fresh out of school -- in our newsletter to share their career thus far and thoughts about the Vancouver industry.  If you'd like to to be our next Featured Member, please fill out this short questionnaire.

We also want to hear your good news.  Accomplishments, award nominations or wins, new career high points, anything you're proud of -- let us share in the celebration!  If you'd like your Good News Story featured in the VPA Newsletter, please tell us about it here.

Is the show or movie you've worked on for months finally about to premiere?  Let the VPA know!  We want to celebrate and support productions that are keeping our community working and thriving.  Click here so we can spread the word.

 


Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Sustaining Sponsor


 

VPA Supporting Sponsors



 



VPA Newsletter: July 2019
 

 
Events Committee
 
Midsummer!

Vacations are past for many and production is getting into full swing again.  And so are we!  After a short vacation, your Events Committee is working quietly in the background planning our next series of events.  We are looking forward to announcing some new things in the near future.

Do you have an event idea that your fellow VPA members would enjoy?  Know of an interesting Director or Editor in town?  Got a new wiz-bang tool we should all get excited about?

If you'd like to help us out by developing an informational or educational session, big or small, drop us an email:

 

 

We've got a ton more great pics from all of our VPA events.
Check them out at our Past Events page on the VPA website.



Thank you as always to our VPA sponsors:
      VPA Sustaining Sponsor: IATSE 891
      VPA Supporting Sponsors: Annex Pro, Applied Electronics, Saklas & Co., Sim, and Finalé Picture Shop
 

 
Mentorship Committee
 
The first VPA Mentorship Program is now underway! We have 18 pairs of Mentors/Mentees across a number of different sectors of post and are looking forward to a successful year.

Keep and eye out for upcoming Minute Mentoring events to see if it’s something you’d like to try.

 

 
Membership Committee
 
The membership committee will soon roll out the new corporate tiered levels of membership: Corporate A and Corporate B.

Corporate B, the newest membership level, will be tailored toward current professional members who are sole proprietor or incorporated with 1-3 employees.  Corporate A will represent our corporate membership whose companies consist of 4 or more employees.

We’re interested to hear from you to help shape this new tier of membership and build on its success.  Email the membership committee with your suggestions!  Keep checking the VPA website as details emerge.

 


Featured Member
 
 
Jonathan Tromsness
Music Composition

How many years have you spent working or studying in the Vancouver post production industry?
I have been composing media since 2015.

Where did you get your start in our community?
I was on an app called Shapr (basically Tinder for professionals) and someone recommended the VPA to me.  That was back in May.

Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
I went to Capilano University and completed my Bachelor of Jazz Studies (2010-2014).  And earlier this week I completed my Bachelor of Education in Music from UBC.

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
There are so many creative people!  Coming from a smaller city where you can count the number of composers and studios on one hand, it is really amazing to experience all the creative people that live here.

Why did you join the VPA?
I did it to network and get to know more folks in the composition industry!

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
I have a friend named Andrew Judah who is an amazing composer, songwriting, and engineer -- he's got it all!  I also think that musicians like Jonny Greenwood and Trent Reznor have it pretty good with their performance and composition balance.

If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
Hard question.  Probably Last Man on Earth.  I love Will Forte.

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
Live in your DAW and get mixing now!

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Woodworking!

What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?
Earlier this year I released my first full length solo album, which was a great learning experience.  I did all the writing, arranging, editing, managed the tracking, co-mixed the album, etc.  It was a lot of work and really gave me more appreciation for the craft!

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
I think, for me anyway, it can be challenging to network.  I know that a lot of musicians struggle with this because a lot of us are more along the lines of "social introverts."  I love to get to know people and talk but I'm not necessarily a risk taker when it comes to cold calling people or "putting myself out there."  I know that a lot of folks I've talked with identify with that.


Would you like to be our next Featured Member?  Click here to take our brief questionnaire!
 


Good News Story
 
 
Trevor Mirosh of Mindtool Films has optioned the rights to his short film Exhibit Man.  Trevor will pen the feature script.  He will also direct and produce the film in 2020.  Congrats on this big accomplishment, Trevor!
 
 
We're always looking to hear our members' success stories!  If you have some good news you'd like to share, click here to tell us about it!
 



VPA Newsletter: June 2019
 


Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Tuesday, July 2
VPA Mentorship Registration Closes
     Tuesday, July 23
Mentorship Pairing Announced
VPA Mentorship Program Begins!
 


Thank you to all the VPA Members who took the time to attend the AGM earlier this month.  It is one of the most important events our association hosts, as it informs and shapes the upcoming year’s goals and initiatives.  It also becomes an open floor for members alike to ask questions, give important feedback and share in ideas.  
 
I would like to thank the outgoing 2019 board members: Suzanne Thompson, Don Thompson, Vince Renaud, Lindsay Elizabeth Donovan, and Nicole Ratcliffe.  So much has been accomplished during your time on the board and your dedication as workhorses behind the scene have not gone unnoticed.
 
I would like to introduce the new board members, as of June 2019: Brendan Smith, Kelly Wong, Keith White, Miguel Araujo, and Lawren Bancroft-Wilson.  On behalf of the returning Board of Directors, we welcome you and look forward to working closely with you all to make this next year even more successful.
 
This non-profit alliance is only as strong as its members’ commitment to it, and I want to thank all of our members who continue to engage in the conversations and support our events.  These two things are necessary to keep the VPA relevant to its community and grounded for future success.
 
Sincerely,
Kerry McDowall
VPA Chair

 
On Thursday June 20, the VPA presented Avid Media Composer: Re-imagined, with the generous support of our sponsors Annex Pro and Avid.

This exciting evening included a discussion with editor and producer Christopher Nelson, known for Lost and Bates Motel, and Avid’s Principal Solution Specialist, Michael Krulik, who conducted a demonstration of the newly re-imagined Avid Media Composer 2019.

 
We look forward to offering more of these events in the future.

 


Thank you to everyone who came out to our 4th Annual Summer Solstice BBQ Social on Wednesday, June 19!  It was a great evening with about 130 of our colleagues, sponsors, and friends at Mahony and Sons Stamps Landing.

There are few things better than some tasty BBQ, a cold beverage or two, and a chance to network with our diverse cross section of members from the post production community!  We'll see you all at the next one!
We want to give a big shout out to the VPA Members who volunteered and made sure the event ran smoothly: Laurie Melhus, Joselyn Hernandez, Julia Hostetler, Eli Haligua, and Andy Gomez.  You're the best!

Finally, major thanks to our Summer Solstice sponsors:
      VPA Sustaining Sponsor: IATSE 891 and Finalé Picture Shop
      VPA Supporting Sponsors: Annex Pro, Applied Electronics, and Saklas & Co.

 

We've got a ton more great pics from all of our VPA events.
Check them out at our Past Events page on the VPA website.


 
Mentorship Committee

The VPA’s Mentorship Program is officially open!
 
On Wednesday, June 12, the Mentorship Committee hosted its kickoff event, Minute Mentoring, which provided guests with the unique opportunity to connect established industry professionals with the upcoming generation of post production in Vancouver.

Guests were divided into Mentors and Mentees, with each pairing given five minutes to briefly chat in a fun and interactive environment, before being rotated & re-sat.  The event was incredibly well attended and all participants hit the ground running with an enthusiasm that was inspiring to say the least!


A huge thank you to all of our members who not only attended, but also helped move tables, and stayed afterward to discuss the program and build on the excitement in the room!
        Richard Schwadel
        Nicole Ratcliffe
        Justin Li
        Gary Lam
        Alexander Wood
        Kelly Cole
        Paul Shatto
Kerry McDowall
Andy Levine
Curtis Staples
Qiao (Kel) Zhu
Holly Pavlik
Diana NoLi
Eli Haligua
Evgeny Salmin
Ivan Barbou
Ireri Barron
Adam Kube
Laura Davies
Elad Tzadok
Jeremiah Benskin
The Mentorship Committee would also like to thank the amazing staff and management at Caffè Artigiano Main Street, who generously donated the space and their time. They have made our Mentorship events a breeze and are always gracious and helpful hosts—plus, great coffee!
 
The Mentorship Program applications opened on Monday, June 17, and we are taking submissions until Tuesday, July 2.
 
Even if you didn't attend the Minute Mentoring event, we still encourage you to apply!  If you're worried that you don't meet the criteria, give it a try!  You might be a perfect fit and not even realize it!
 
For more information, check our the Mentorship page on the VPA website.

To download the Mentorship Program application form:
Official pairings will be announced Tuesday, July 23.  Don’t wait, get your application in now!

 


Featured Member
 
 
Suzanne Thompson
Vice President Sales - Deluxe Ent Services Group

How many years have you spent working or studying in the Vancouver post production industry?
22 years

Where did you get your start in our community?
I started out as a DP.  My first Post Production Job was at Northwest Imaging & FX.

Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
UBC / UVIC with a double major in Political Science and Environment Studies.  Trebas institute and Vancouver Film School for film / TV training.  Last but not least, the REAL world.

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Our ability to work together, despite competition.  To know that the experience our collective clients have with any one of us is a reflection of all of us.  Our market, our people, our TALENT.

What support does the Vancouver post community need most now?
We need to nurture and grow new talent for the future workforce.  We need to allow and budget for training within our unions/guilds, post teams, companies, and organizations.  We need to help create pathways for entry into our sector that consciously engages in training, hiring and advancement with diversity and inclusion as a KEY value.

Why did you join the VPA?
I am a PROUD key founder of the VPA.  2 years in planning, then incorporation in 2013, serving as director and chair until 2019. A total of 8 years.  At the time my interest was bringing community together and creating space to work together for common goals.  To give voice to our sector and to educate those in our industry and gov who did not know what post production is.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
I have many.  It is so important to be able to "soundboard" with someone you can trust and has your best interest at heart.  Who is on your side and will be honest with you.  Find your people.

If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
6 Feet Under

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
Stay integral to who you are and your values.  All you have in this business are your relationships and your reputation.  Find your compass.  Sorry, that's 3!  ;)

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Spending time with my Chosen family.  They keep me grounded, real and remind me I belong.  It fills me up and gives me strength.

What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?
I have many.  Every project has new people, new stories, new technology, new workflows, new learning.

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Owning our worth.  We are a GLOBAL destination and we need to stop our old "undercutting" ways. We are talented, we have value we need to take ownership of and hold firm in our value.


Would you like to be our next Featured Member?  Click here to take our brief questionnaire!
 


Good News Story
 
The VPA is thrilled to congratulate so many of our members’ for their wins at the 2019 Leo Awards!  Way to go, everyone!
 
BEST PICTURE EDITING - FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
Eddie Ochmanek – I Am MLK Jr.

BEST PICTURE EDITING - SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Greg Ng – Finding Big Country

BEST PICTURE EDITING - MUSIC, COMEDY OR VARIETY PROGRAM OR SERIES
Lisa Robison – Loudermilk – Saturday Night

BEST SOUND - TELEVISION MOVIE
Jeff Jackman, Aaron Olson, Ian Mackie – Benchwarmers 2

BEST SOUND - DRAMATIC SERIES
Miguel Nunes, Karla Melendez, Paul Shatto, Maureen Murphy, Don Mann – Unspeakable - Heat Treatment

BEST SOUND - SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Gregor Phillips – Finding Big Country

BEST PICTURE EDITING - TELEVISION MOVIE
Lisa Robison – The Simone Biles Story: Courage To Soar

BEST PICTURE EDITING - DRAMATIC SERIES
Daria Ellerman – Take Two – One To The Heart

BEST MUSICAL SCORE - MOTION PICTURE
Schaun Tozer – Rabbit

BEST MUSICAL SCORE - TELEVISION MOVIE
Peter Allen – Truly, Madly, Sweetly

BEST DRAMATIC SERIES
Lawren Bancroft-Wilson – Unspeakable
 
 
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VPA Newsletter: May 2019
 


Upcoming VPA Events
 
      Tuesday, June 4 AGM
 
     Wednesday, June 12
 
Minute Mentoring Event
 

The VPA AGM is on June 4th and registration is now open!

If you are unable to attend, you can authorize another member
to vote on your behalf by completing this form.


Do you know the perfect VPA Member to join our 2019-2020 board?
Complete this form by May 21 to nominate them!  Or yourself!


This is your opportunity to have your vote counted.  Come hear what your Board has been up to and volunteer for a committee!  And stick around for the  Town Hall format discussion immediately after the business of the AGM.

Have you thought about getting involved, sharing your ideas and joining the leadership?

Are you an Editor, Colorist, Sound Mixer, Post Producer/Coordinator, Composer, VFX Supervisor, DIT, Data Wrangler or in one of the many other facets of Post?

Do you have great ideas about the future of Post in Vancouver and want to help create that future?  If you are this person or know someone who is, please come forward and throw your hat in the ring.

 
WE NEED YOU!
 


Thank you to everyone who came out to Mahony and Sons Stamps Landing on Wednesday, April 17th for our big Spring Social!  It's always great to get together with our amazing post production community and this was no exception!

We want to give a big shout out to the VPA Members who volunteered and made sure the event ran smoothly: Laurie Melhus, Joselyn Hernandez, Julia Hostetler, and Andy Gomez.  You're the best!


Finally, major thanks to our Spring Social sponsors:
      VPA Sustaining Sponsor: IATSE 891
      VPA Supporting Sponsors: Annex Pro, Applied Electronics, and Saklas & Co.
      Event Sponsors: Azur Studios and Encore

 

 

We've got a ton more great pics from our 2019 Spring Social.
Check them out at our Past Events page on the VPA website.



Mentorship Committee

The Vancouver Post Alliance is pleased to announce the official dates of the first annual Mentorship Program!

The program kicks off with the Minute Mentoring Event:

Whether you’re ready to jump in and get started, still deciding if the program is right for you, or just trying to wrap your head around what it all means — the Minute Mentoring event is for you!

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the VPA Mentorship Committee is hosting an introductory event that connects established industry professionals with the upcoming generation of post production in Vancouver.  Potential program participants will be divided into Mentors and Mentees and provided the unique opportunity to test the waters of this dichotomy in a fun and interactive environment.

Mentees will rotate through the Mentors, using the allotted five minutes or less to ask a few questions and give both parties a taste for the program’s intent prior to applications opening.  Unlike the program itself, this setup will cross sector boundaries and provide participants with a glimpse into the many sides of post.

All event participants must register in advance as either a Mentor or Mentee so that the event is tailored to suite the number of VPA Members attending.  Event invite and registration information will be arriving in your inbox soon!


 
         Monday, May 20
Minute Mentoring Event -- Registration Opens
         Monday, June 10
Minute Mentoring Event -- Registration Closes
         Wednesday, June 12
Minute Mentoring Event


         Monday, June 17
The VPA Mentorship Program -- Registration Opens
         Tuesday, July 2
The VPA Mentorship Program -- Registration Closes
         Tuesday, July 23
Pairings Announced & the First Annual
VPA Mentorship Program Begins!

Keep your eyes on your emails and the Mentorship page on the VPA site for more updates and information!  If you have any questions about the upcoming Minute Mentor Event or participating in the program, please reach out to the committee today.
 


Featured Member
 
 
Nicole Ratcliffe
Editor

How many years have you spent working or studying in the Vancouver post production industry?
21 years

Where did you get your start in our community?

After film school, I was lucky enough to get a job as an assistant editor right away.  From there I worked my way up to editing.

Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
I attended Vancouver Film School and their Foundation Film Program.  Shout out to Class 52!

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
The talent.  We have amazingly talented people in this town, across the board.


What support does the Vancouver post community need most now?
I think we need to be cheerleaders for the entire community.  We are stronger together and nothing bad can come from supporting each other.

Why did you join the VPA?
I joined the VPA to strengthen my sense of community.  To contribute to the support of a wonderful group of people and to help promote our industry.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?

I am lucky to have had many of them, too many to list here.  The women I mentored under throughout my career are the ones I continue to learn from.  I am lucky enough to count many of them as friends as well as colleagues.

If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
Any Tarantino film.  To edit one of his films would be a dream come true!

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
How important work-life balance is.  I'm still trying to perfect it, but I wish I had started looking for it years ago.

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
I love to fly fish, even though I broke my leg doing it.  Once I'm healed, you know I'll be right back out there.

What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?

I recently worked on the iTV/BritBox series Bletchley Circle San Francisco and that was a great experience.  I loved that the show was female-centric.  It was a lot of fun.  Not to mention the people, our post team was amazing and amazing people make all the difference.
 

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Having our talent recognized.  We need to get our lovely faces out there for the industry outside of Vancouver to see.  But it's definitely happening.  It's time to toot our own horns.

 


Would you like to be our next Featured Member?  Click here to take our brief questionnaire!
 


Good News Story
 
 
The VPA is thrilled to see so many of our members’ names among the nominees for both the Leo Awards and the CCE Awards.  Congratulations to all who were nominated and good luck to you all!  The Leo Awards will span the three nights of May 25th, 26th and June 1st here in Vancouver, while the CCE Awards will be held in Toronto on May 30th.
 
2019 LEO AWARDS
 
Night 1: May 25th

BEST PICTURE EDITING - FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
Eddie Ochmanek – I Am MLK Jr.
Patrick Carroll – Letter from Masanjia

BEST PICTURE EDITING - SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Greg Ng – Finding Big Country
Allan Pinvidic – Love, Hope & Autism

BEST PICTURE EDITING - DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Franco Pante – Expecting – Tiani & Brodie / Nellie & Bryce

BEST PICTURE EDITING - MUSIC, COMEDY OR VARIETY PROGRAM OR SERIES
Richard Schwadel – Loudermilk – All Apologies
Lisa Robison – Loudermilk – Saturday Night

BEST PICTURE EDITING -YOUTH OR CHILDREN'S PROGRAM OR SERIES
Meagan Oravec -  Scout & The Gumboot Kids - The Case of The Cracking Sky

BEST SOUND - MOTION PICTURE
Humberto Corte – At First Light
Jeff Jackman, Aaron Olson, Ian Mackie – Kingsway
Brian Campbell – Parallel

BEST SOUND - TELEVISION MOVIE
Jeff Jackman, Aaron Olson, Ian Mackie – Benchwarmers 2
Craig George, Ian Mackie – It’s Christmas Eve

BEST SOUND - SHORT DRAMA
Kirby Jinnah – Dog Bite
Gregor Phillips - Eden

BEST SOUND - DRAMATIC SERIES
Gregorio Gomez – Siren – Dead In The Water
Kirby Jinnah – The Order – Finals: Part 2
Miguel Nunes, Karla Melendez, Paul Shatto, Maureen Murphy, Don Mann – Unspeakable - Heat Treatment

BEST SOUND - FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
Keith White – North Of Nightfall
Chris McIntosh – Safety to Nome

BEST SOUND - SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Eva Madden – Cedar Tree of Life
Gregor Phillips – Finding Big Country
Keith White - Space

BEST MUSICAL SCORE - SHORT DOCUMENTARY
David F. Ramos – Purple Horse

Night 2 - MAY 26TH

BEST PICTURE EDITING - MOTION PICTURE
Sabrina Pitre - Freaks
Rafi Spivak - Kingsway
Rafi Spivak – Red Snow

BEST PICTURE EDITING - TELEVISION MOVIE
Lara Mazur – No One Would Tell
Lisa Robison – The Simone Biles Story: Courage To Soar

BEST PICTURE EDITING - SHORT DRAMA
Trevor Mirosh
– Exhibit Man
Elad Tzadok – The Shipment

BEST PICTURE EDITING - DRAMATIC SERIES
Daria Ellerman – Take Two – One To The Heart
Nicole Ratcliffe – The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco – In For A Pound
Lisa Binkley – Travelers - David
Lisa Robison – Unspeakable - Krever
Lara Mazur – Van Helsing – Like Suicide

BEST PICTURE EDITING - INFORMATION, LIFESTYLE OR REALITY PROGRAM OR SERIES
Brent J. Rubin, Meagan Oravec – Save My Reno – Nancy & Eric

BEST SOUND - INFORMATION, LIFESTYLE OR REALITY PROGRAM OR SERIES
Keith White, Humberto Corte – Pai E Filho – Pai E Filho

BEST SOUND - ANIMATION PROGRAM OR SERIES
Humberto Corte – Global Action Team – Vial of Vile
Miguel Nunes, Karla Melendez – Super Dinosaur – The Great Race

BEST MUSICAL SCORE - MOTION PICTURE
Schaun Tozer – Rabbit

BEST MUSICAL SCORE - TELEVISION MOVIE
Peter Allen – Truly, Madly, Sweetly

BEST MUSICAL SCORE – SHORT DRAMA
Dave Chick – Extra-Ordinary Amy
Night 3 Gala Awards – JUNE 1 st

BEST DRAMATIC SERIES
Lawren Bancroft-Wilson – Unspeakable


9th ANNUAL CCE AWARDS – MAY 30th

BEST EDITING IN DOCUMENTARY SHORT FORM
Greg Ng – Finding Big Country

BEST EDITING IN FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
Patrick Carroll – Letter from Masanjia

BEST EDITING IN FEATURE FILM
Sabrina Pitre
– Freaks
Greg Ng – At First Light

BEST EDITING IN SHORT FILM
Holly Pivlik – Camping Trip
Rachel Guergis – Small Fish

BEST EDITING IN MOW/MINI-SERIES
Luis Lam – Deadly Deed: A Fixer Upper Mystery

BEST EDITING IN TV COMEDY
Kye Meechan – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Two Broken

BEST EDITING IN FAMILY: MOW, LIVE ACTION
Lisa Robison
– Zombies
Meagan Orevac - Scout & The Gumboot Kids - The Case of the Cracking Sky


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Tune In This Month
 


Malibu Rescue: The Movie
May 13 on Netflix

Malibu Rescue: Season 1
June 3 on Netflix

 

Malibu Rescue Rides Vancouver Post Pipeline to Netflix Launch

Malibu Rescue: The Movie and Malibu Rescue: Season 1 launch on Netflix starting May 13. The Pacific Bay Entertainment produced show was shot on location in Los Angeles, CA with Editorial, Post Production and Finishing in Vancouver, BC. The movie was directed by Savage Steve Holland and produced by Scott McAboy, while the Series directing chores were handled by both Holland and McAboy, along with Shannon Flynn and April Winney.

There were many talented VPA professional members contributing to the project: Associate Producer Brad Goodman; Editors Michael Bateman and Daria Ellerman; Assistant Editors Alexander M. Wood and Jorelle Miranda; Colorist Dave Roman; and Finishing Editor Lucas Hattersley.

VPA Members played a number of key roles in Malibu Rescue's post Sound and Music as well: Sound Supervisor Joseph Rossi; re-recording mixer Vince Renaud; Dialogue Editor Gord Hilier, Sound Effects Editor Humberto Corte; Foley Artist Maureen Murphy; Supervising Music Editor Paul Shatto; and Music Supervision was handled by Natasha Duprey. Corporate VPA Member DBC Sound provided all the post audio services.

On the visual side, original camera and audio files were sent from LA to VPA Corporate member Sim Vancouver. Sim handled dailies distribution, master media archiving and editorial system rentals from the start, and finished the project in DolbyVision HDR.

Congratulations to everyone who worked on this project!



VPA Newsletter: April 2019
 

Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Wednesday, April 17
2019 Spring Social @ Mahoney & Sons Stamps Landing
     Spring 2019
Minute Mentoring Event
     Tuesday, June 4
AGM
 


THE SPRING SOCIAL IS NOW!

Come on out and join us TONIGHT, Wednesday, April 17th, at Mahony and Sons Stamps Landing, to shake off the winter blahs and catch up with friends and colleagues.  Doors open at 6:30!
 
WALK-INS ARE WELCOME!
 
 
And a big thanks to our Spring Social sponsors:
      VPA Sustaining Sponsor: IATSE 891
      VPA Supporting Sponsors: Annex Pro, Applied Electronics, and Saklas & Co.
      Event Sponsors: Azur Studios and Encore

 


 

Just a few photos from our 2018 Spring Social & Networking event.  We can't wait to see everybody again tonight!  For more pics, check out our Past Events page on the VPA website.


Membership Committee
 
Mark your calendars, the VPA AGM is happening on June 4th!

This is your opportunity to have your vote counted.  Come hear what your Board has been up to and volunteer for a committee!

This year we are adding a Town Hall format discussion immediately after the business of the AGM.  This will give all members a chance to voice their opinions, suggestions and concerns to their Board.  We encourage all members to attend this important meeting and help shape the Vancouver Post Alliance for 2019/2020.

Have you thought about getting involved, sharing your ideas and joining the leadership?

This AGM marks the 7th year of the VPA. As the Vancouver Post community evolves and grows, we need our representation to reflect that change.  We welcome the diversity of our sector to come forward and help lead with new strategic ideas that represent our future.

Are you an Editor, Colorist, Sound Mixer, Post Producer/Coordinator, Composer, VFX Supervisor, DIT, Data Wrangler or in one of the many other facets of Post?

Do you have great ideas about the future of Post in Vancouver and want to help create that future?  If you are this person or know someone who is, please come forward and throw your hat in the ring.

 

WE NEED YOU!

membership@vancouverpostalliance.com
 


Good News Story
 
 
Exciting things are happening with VPA Corporate Member Technicolor Vancouver!

"A 100+ year legacy in post production and colour science backs this BC boutique facility, allowing the unique opportunity to provide an intimate experience for local artistry, supported by a global infrastructure.

"Our recently completed facility makeover focused on celebrating the phenomenal titles and creative talents we've supported in our past, while building the ideal space for our clients to create their vision today.  At the center of our upgrades, we have constructed a brand new, 4K HDR, Dolby Vision certified, Baselight X colour suite for our lead colourist, Anne Boyle, to work her magic.  All our colour suites and online rooms are available for dailies reviewing, remote live-grade colour sessions, and final picture finishing.

"Alongside our longstanding staff and our incredible dailies colourists, Matt Olson and Sam Gilling, we recently welcomed to our team a long time VPA member, online editor Scott McKenzie!  With a robust core group of individuals in-house in Vancouver, and a worldwide network of Technicolor colourists, engineers, and support to pull from, we are ready for any project that comes our way.
"



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VPA Newsletter: March 2019
 


Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Wednesday, April 17
2019 Spring Social @ Mahoney & Sons Stamps Landing
     Spring 2019
Minute Mentoring Event
     Late Spring 2019
AGM
 


Spring is in the air and our Annual Spring Social is happening soon!  Come on out and join us at Mahoney and Sons Stamps Landing on Wednesday, April 17, to shake off the winter blahs and catch up with friends and colleagues.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Tickets available soon.
 
 
And a big thanks to our Spring Social sponsors:
      VPA Sustaining Sponsors: IATSE 891
      VPA Supporting Sponsors: Annex Pro, Applied Electronics, Saklas & Co., and Sim.

 


 

Just a few photos from our 2018 Spring Social & Networking event.  We can't wait to see everybody again on April 17!  For more pics, check out our Past Events page on the VPA website.



Membership Committee
 
Did you know…
  • Under one third of our voting members have attended the last two AGMs and submitted votes?
  • And only about a fifth of our associate members and student members attended the last two AGMs to have their voices heard?
  • All VPA Committees are looking for volunteers to shape and grow our industry?
  • We have seven board seats up for election this year?

The 2019 VPA AGM will happen in late spring 2019 and we want to see you all there!  This is your chance to vote, be heard, support your industry and even put your name forward as a future VPA leader.

This year we are adding a Town Hall format discussion immediately after the business of the AGM.  This will give all members a chance to voice their opinions, suggestions and concerns to their Board.  Dates, registration and details regarding board elections to be released soon.

membership@vancouverpostalliance.com
 



Mentorship Committee
 

It’s coming … the Vancouver Post Alliance Mentorship Page & Program Launch!

Keep your eyes on your emails for upcoming dates, applications and details on the program.

mentorship@vancouverpostalliance.com
 



Featured Member
 
 
Daria Ellerman
Editor

How many years have you spent working or studying in the Vancouver post production industry?
2 decades plus

Where did you get your start in our community?

I was awarded an apprentice program and was able to be a fly on the wall in a bunch of editing rooms and I met the great editor Frank Irvine who went on to get me a paid apprenticeship on a feature he was cutting.

Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
UBC BA Film and Television

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
That we have a ton of super qualified editors, assistants, and post production personnel.


What support does the Vancouver post community need most now?
The tax credit in Toronto on labour seems to have had an impact on the number of shows that shoot and post there.  Some producers that used to work here seem to have migrated there.

Why did you join the VPA?
Community

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?

All the generous editors who took time to mentor me.  And Anne V. Coates.

If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
It's not the project, it's the collaborators.

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
To prioritize your life outside of work.

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Spending time on Vancouver Island.

What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?

Meditation Park, directed by Mina Shum, because it was a real labour of love, created by a woman and a peer whom I have admired for a long time.  When it was the opening gala film at VIFF in 2017, that was a highlight of my career.
 

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
We can't seem to convince many US productions to give us a chance!

 


Would you like to be our next Featured Member?  Click here to take our brief questionnaire!
 


Good News Story
 
 
Letter from Masanjia, the documentary edited by Patrick Carroll for Producer/Director Leon Lee has been nominated for the Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary Award at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards.  Congrats, Patrick!

 
We're always looking to hear our members' success stories!  If you have some good news you'd like to share, click here to tell us about it!
 


Tune In This Month
 

The Murders picture post crew. Left to right - Jonathan Shore, Rob Grant, Shelby Gilraine,
Damon Vignale, Zara Pokrandt, Anthony Munoz, Mark Kondracki (Outloud Audio),
Jesse Clark & Lisa Binkley.  Absent: Richard Schwadel

The Murders
March 25, 9pm on Citytv

The Murders is created and executive produced by Vancouver local Damon Vignale.  The pilot episode was directed by Jill Carter and edited by VPA member Lisa Binkley.  It stars Jessica Lucas (Gotham), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Terry Chen (Jessica Jones) and Luvia Petersen (Ghost Wars).  This eight-part, 60-minute series is produced by Muse Entertainment in association with Citytv.

The colour correct and finishing was done at Finalé, while Sharpe Sound Studios covered all audio post production.  Both companies are proud VPA corporate members.  Alongside Lisa Binkley, the editorial team for the first season included fellow VPA member Richard Schwadel and Rob Grant on Avid Media Composer.  The music supervision for the series was overseen by VPA member Valerie Biggin.  Other credits include Associate Producer Jonathan Shore, Post Production Supervisor Shelby Gilraine, Composer Daryl Bennett, First Assistant Editors Jesse Clark & Anthony Munoz, and Post Production Assistant Zara Pokrandt.

We hope you get a chance to check out everyone’s work on March 25 on CityTV at 9 pm.

Watch The Murders Online - Citytv Toronto

 


VPA Newsletter: February 2019
 

Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Spring 2019
Minute Mentoring Event
     Spring 2019
Spring Social
     Late Spring 2019
AGM
 
 
A Message from VPA Chair Suzanne Thompson:

The VPA board has been hard at work holding a series of short term and long term strategic planning meetings over these last few weeks.  We look forward to sharing the results at our upcoming AGM.
 
Thank you to the sponsors who help keep the VPA running!
      VPA Sustaining Sponsor: IATSE 891
      VPA Supporting Sponsors: Annex Pro, Applied Electronics, Saklas & Co. , and Sim.
 

Membership Committee

 

The Membership Committee is working with the entire VPA Board in a series of strategic meetings to explore new avenues and ways in which to add value to our members’ experience.  One of the ways you can help shape the future of our alliance as well as the Vancouver post community in whole is to attend the AGM and have your voice heard.  Landing in the late spring, this event is not just a time to vote in a new board, but also the time for our valued members to collaborate with and provide feedback to our organization.  We will set a date within the next month or two and hope to see our members out in full force!

membership@vancouverpostalliance.com
 


Mentorship Committee

 

The Mentorship Committee is getting close to solidifying our applications as well as setting a date for our kick off event and official start of the first year.  We are incredibly excited to get this program up and running, and look forward to sharing more with our members in the coming month!

mentorship@vancouverpostalliance.com
 


We Want to Hear from You!
 
The Vancouver Post Alliance is all about connecting our members and celebrating their accomplishments.  Every month, we want to feature one member -- whether they be a 40-year veteran or fresh out of school -- in our newsletter to share their career thus far and thoughts about the Vancouver industry.  If you'd like to to be our next Featured Member, please fill out this short questionnaire.

We also want to hear your good news.  Accomplishments, award nominations or wins, new career high points, anything you're proud of -- let us share in the celebration!  If you'd like your Good News Story featured in the VPA Newsletter, please tell us about it here.

 

Good News Stories
 
 
 
Miguel Nunes is thrilled to announce his newly upgraded Dolby Atmos HE Mix Stage at Bionic Audio.  The new Mix stage includes the first Mac-based HE RMU in Vancouver, as well as many software and hardware upgrades.  Miguel is extremely excited to continue working on creative new projects with all the new immersive possibilities that Dolby Atmos brings.

On top of all this, Miguel has earned his second Canadian Screen Award nomination:

 
Best Sound in Animation -- Super Dinosaur
Great job, Miguel!
 

Congratulations to our own VPA Board Member, Craig Berkey, for his recent nomination and Golden Reel Awards win:
 
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Foreign Language Feature – Roma
 


We're always looking to hear our members' success stories!  If you have some good news you'd like to share, click here to tell us about it!
 

VPA Newsletter: January 2019
 

Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Early 2019
Minute Mentoring Event

 

Membership Committee
 
The Membership Committee is focusing the beginning of 2019 on launching the Mentorship Program. We are working to ensure the program’s longevity and success as all of our members deserve. Keep an eye on the VPA Newsletter for updates on the program launch and how you can get involved—as a mentor or a mentee.
 
This past Saturday, the Membership Committee joined the entire VPA Board in the first of a series of strategic meetings. Specific to our valued members, we are focusing on new ways to promote your talent and your work, grow networks, and also to give you the best experience possible within our community. We will continue to provide updates on our exciting new ideas and initiatives—and hope you’ll get involved as well!

membership@vancouverpostalliance.com
 


Featured Member
 
 
Craig Berkey
Supervising Sound Editor | Re-Recording Mixer
Craig on IMDB

How many years have you spent working or studying in the Vancouver post production industry?
16 years in Vancouver, 17 years in California.

Where did you get your start in our community?
Beckett Productions

Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
Columbia Academy

 
What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
A talented group of Sound Artists who have adapted to a new way of working.

What support does the Vancouver Post Community need most now?
Help with industry recognition of the caliber of talent in Vancouver.
 
What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
The perception that the Vancouver Post Audio sector isn’t able to do higher profile work.

Why did you join the VPA?
To be involved with the community and hopefully pass along experience and knowledge.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
Skip Lievsay, who I’ve had the privilege to collaborate with the past twenty years.

If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
The Conversation is a film I would have liked to have worked on as it's a great example of how Sound Design can affect a film.

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
“Don’t stress about things you have no control over.”  This really helps when dealing with changing schedules!

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?