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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: 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?
Cycling, tennis and travel.

What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?
No Country For Old Men is one of my favourites as sound plays a big part in the film and it was the first time I worked with The Coen Brothers.
 

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Good News Stories
 
 
Sabrina Pitre has recently won a UBCP/ACTRA award for Best Voice performance in an animated series (Chuck's Choice - Episode 19, "Back Off Borkle" as Chuck).

This is Sabrina’s first award in her secondary professional field of interest, voice acting.

When she’s not doing silly voices, Sabrina normally works as an Editor in town for film and TV.
 


 


Ireri Barrón is happy to share that after a long wait, she just became a PR!  She's excited to bring her solid Sound Post experience to Vancouver and take part in creative teams to build relationships and achieve goals!
 


 


Trevor Mirosh, a picture editor and a Top 40 Semi-Finalist in Crazy8s 2019, has had a hell of a year!  Trevor edited the action short film, 5 Minute Rush, taking home best editing awards from both the 2018 Hollywood Dreamz International and the 2018 Action on Film International.

It was only a years ago that Trevor’s short horror film, The Freeze, was honored as Best Horror Film at the Portland Film Festival, then nominated again in 2018 for Best International Film, Most Original Concept, and Best Visual Effects at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival, Hotlanta.

Keep an eye out for his next film, a sci-fi short titled Exhibit Man, starring Troy Mundle, Debs Howard and Eric Keenleyside.

 
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: December 2018
 


Happy Holidays from the VPA!

 
"Vancouver Christmas 2008" by JamesZ_Flickr, used under CC BY 2.0 / Cropped from original
 
 
The Vancouver Post Alliance wishes all of our members a joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019!
 


Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Early 2019
Minute Mentoring Event
 
 
Our big 2018 VPA Holiday Celebration was held on Friday, December 7, and it was a great success. We had a memorable night with 180 members and guests in attendance enjoying the music of The Crayons -- that band can rock!

Thanks to the generosity of everyone who came and the wonderful prizes contributed by our sponsors, the night's door raffle raised $290 for the Vancouver Food Bank!

A special thanks to our volunteers, Julia, Dane, Joselyn, Andy, Eli and Laurie and as always, Tracy Hillman, our Events Coordinator for the evening.

 
Check out all of our party pics at the VPA website!

Finally, we want to thank the sponsors of our 2018 Holiday Celebration -- there couldn't have been a party without you!
      VPA Sustaining Sponsors: IATSE 891 and Avid
      VPA Supporting Sponsors: Annex Pro, Applied Electronics, Saklas & Co. , and Sim.

      Event Sponsors: PostPro Media, Encore, Finalé, Vidcom, Side Street Post, EditShare, Facilis Technology, and FX
² Sound Design Inc.
 


Membership Committee


The VPA Membership & Mentor Committees are working hard to hit the ground running with the VPA Mentorship Program in January of 2019. We will be meeting at the end of December to solidify the application process, the date for the upcoming Minute Mentorship Event, and other details to assure that this program not only benefits the Mentors and Mentees of 2019, but remains beneficial and sustainable for years to come. We are excited to share all of the details with our Members early next year! 

Look for our VPA Mentorship page to be up and running soon.  Until then, feel free to contact the committee via email at:

mentorship@vancouverpostalliance.com
 



Featured Member
 
 
Trevor Mirosh
Picture Editor

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

Where did you get your start in our community?
In 1996 on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  I was an Assistant Editor.

Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
I attended Vancouver Film School in 1991 and BCIT for business management.

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Organizations like the VPA.

What support does the Vancouver post community need most now?
I think the VPA is the right step for support in the Vancouver post community.

Why did you join the VPA?
I joined the VPA to be more present in the Vancouver post community.  Many of the films I work on are not based in Vancouver and it's easy to be forgotten if you're not part of your own backyard's culture.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
Scott Summersgil (North of 60), Paul Mortimer (Lonesome Dove: The Series), Daria Ellerman (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), and Dede Allen (The Final Cut).

If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
Star Wars films or TV series would be very cool to work on.

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
Wherever you're working, stay involved in your local community.  Also, it's important to take breaks from editing, go for a walk, clear your head.

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Playing hockey (winter), visiting wineries (summer), and swimming with my two daughters (all year round).

What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?
Ghostland, because it was Pascal Laugier (Martys) directing a 45-day shoot and 45 days editing horror, blood and unnerving fright, in a good way.


What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
More quality Canadian content creators and more productions, films and television to be made here and have their post done here.



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Good News Stories
 
 
Editor, VPA Member and past VPA Board Member, Lisa Binkley, shared the exciting news that the BC produced & finished series, Travelers, season 3 is available on Netflix now!  Here's what Lisa had to say about the series and how it has made a home in the Vancouver post community:

I’m excited to announce that the third season of Travelers is launching on Netflix on December 14th. I had the great privilege to edit the premiere episode that was directed by Eric McCormack and written by the series creator, Brad Wright.  Travelers is produced in Canada by Toronto-based Peacock Alley Entertainment in association with Netflix.  The series is written, created and executive produced by Brad Wright, with John G. Lenic and Carrie Mudd also serving as executive producers.  Eric McCormack, in addition to starring, also is a producer and director.  Season 3 stars MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper, Jared Abrahamson, Reilly Dolman, Patrick Gilmore, Leah Cairns and Jennifer Spence.   

I have worked on the show for three seasons.  The entire post-production workflow was done locally.   Encore Vancouver was in charge of our dailies, online, colour correction, QC’s and deliverables.   All of the sound post was done at DBC and the music by local composer, Adam Lastiwka.  We edit the show with the Avid Media Composer.   All of the machines were provided and maintained to the production by Fusion Cine.   It was an incredible honour to have been a part of the making of this Canadian series.  I hope you get a chance to check it out!
 
 

Re-Recording Mixer and Sound Designer Kirby Jinnah is excited to share that A Thousand Words Post Inc. is flying along in their new Dolby Atmos mix room, mixing it up on Netflix Original program The Order, created by Dennis Heaton.
 

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VPA Newsletter: November 2018
 

Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Friday, December 7
2018 Holiday Celebration @ Nonna's Table, Hotel at the Waldorf
     Early 2019
Minute Mentoring Event
 


A handful of tickets are still available for the VPA's 4th Annual Holiday Celebration!  We can't wait to celebrate the holidays with all of our friends in Vancouver's post production industry and beyond, with music and dance, food and drink, and raffle prizes throughout the night!

Tickets are Free for VPA Members, as always, but this year we've also got a special Members-only Half-Price Discount -- bring your spouse or significant other for only $20!


The evening starts at Nonna's Table at the Waldorf Hotel with networking & cocktails at 7:00pm, then we'll shift the party into high gear at 9:00pm with live music from The Crayons!
 


 
And a big thanks to our sponsors who are making this party happen:
      VPA Sustaining Sponsors: IATSE 891 and Avid
      VPA Supporting Sponsors: Annex Pro, Applied Electronics, Saklas & Co. , and Sim.

      Event Sponsors: PostPro Media, Encore, Finalé, Vidcom, Side Street Post, EditShare, Facilis Technology, and FX
² Sound Design Inc.
 


The Vancouver Post Alliance was invited by IATSE 891, ICG 669 and DCG-BC to co-present Digital Days on November 2-4, 2018.

Over the course of three days, screenings and panels took place at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster to discuss the evolution from analog to digital (then and now) and its impact on storytelling.

 
This year the theme was “Lost in Space” (Legendary Television/Netflix).  The VPA lead a post production-focussed panel that hosted members of the “Lost in Space” post team:

Scott Schofield (Co-Producer), Jack Cowell (Editor), Ben Cook (Sound Supervisor), Siggy Ferstl (Finishing Colorist), Terron Pratt (VFX Producer).

The Panel was moderated by VPA Chair, Suzanne Thompson, with discussion that included Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos workflows.  Thank you to VPA Board members Rick Cederlund, Don Thompson, Buket Biles, Nicole Ratcliffe, Curtis Staples and VPA member Max Wood for their time commitment over the weekend to represent the VPA at the conference and meet with potential new members.

 

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.

 

Membership Committee
 

Mentorship Program Update

On November 14th, the VPA Membership Committee hosted a roundtable event at Caffe Artigiano, Defining the VPA Mentorship Program.  The Committee and a group of about 20 possible future mentors discussed a multitude of points around launching this program and assuring its success.

An array of topics were covered including applications, commitments, oversight by the VPA, defining “mentorship” and what it means to our program, supporting events, and ways to provide both Mentors and Mentees with the tools they need to get the most out of the program.

A huge thank you to all of our roundtable participants:

Patrick Carroll, Michael Bateman, Kelly Morris, Lara Mazur, Daria Ellerman, Justin Li, James Lawson, Vince Renaud, Hal Beckett, Christy Thomas and Anne Boyle.

An extra big thank you to Andy Levine who not only attended the event, but has also volunteered to help launch the program.  He will be working alongside the rest of the VPA Membership Committee: Nicole Ratcliffe, Buket Biles, Craig Berkey, Kerry McDowall and Lindsay Elizabeth Donovan.

Look for our VPA Mentorship page to be up and running soon.  Until then, feel free to contact the committee via email at:

mentorship@vancouverpostalliance.com
 


Featured Member
 
 
Grady MacTavish
Director - MacWood Productions

How many years have you spent working or studying in the Vancouver post production industry?
Less than one year

Where did you get your start in our community?
Through the Digital Days 2018 convention in New Westminster

Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
I will be attending Langara College for Film Arts Directing.

Why did you join the VPA?
To network with other members of the VPA.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
Denis Villeneuve is my inspiration.  His work on Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival is up there in my mind as some of the finest of the decade, and that level of quality is something I strive for in my work.

If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
Breaking Bad, such a wonderful, dark, complex, gritty, funny series.  I would love to work with anybody involved.

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
If you want to make movies, just go make them.  Make them with whatever resources you may have with whomever you may have.  Just do it.

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Reading

What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?
My favourite project I worked on was a commercial I did for a local toy store in my hometown of Dawson Creek, BC.  They were incredible funny and hardworking, creating such a positive and fun environment on set.



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Good News Story
 
 
Patrick Carroll recently edited the documentary feature "Letter From Masanjia" for Director/Producer Leon Lee.  The feature has now played in over 30 festivals worldwide, won multiple awards and is now available on iTunes!

Letter From Masanjia: In a package from Kmart, an American woman finds an SOS note scrawled in desperation in a Chinese labor camp and publicizes its message: “We’re being tortured.”  The letter-writer, now free, sets out to film the truth about life in China and tell his whole story.  But can he outrun the secret police?
  • Hot Docs: Top 20 Audience Favorite
  • Doqumenta: Grand Jury Prize for International Documentary
  • Calgary International Film Festival: Audience Award for Canadian Documentary
  • docsMX: Jury Award for Breaking Doc
  • Tallgrass Film Festival: Outstanding Animated Film
  • Portland Film Festival: Audience Award
  • Cambridge Film Festival: Silver Punt Audience Award  
  • St.Louis International Film Festival: Best Feature Documentary
 
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!
 

 
One of the Vancouver Post Alliance’s Corporate Members, Front Row Insurance, wants to help you and your party guests stay safe this holiday season.  Hosting an office party?  Make sure you’re protected in advance so you can kick back and enjoy your event!  Read more here:
 



VPA Newsletter: October 2018
 


Upcoming VPA Events
 
     November 2-4
Digital Days 2018 @ Anvil Hall, New Westminster
     Wednesday, November 14
VPA Membership Roundtable – Defining the VPA Mentorship Program Details & Goals
     Friday, December 7
2018 Holiday Celebration @ Nonna's Table, Hotel at the Waldorf
 

This weekend, the VPA co-presents Digital Days 2018 with Directors Guild of Canada--BC, International Cinematographers Guild Local 669, and IATSE Local 891.  This annual event explores the evolution from analog to digital processes and how media development has been impacted.
 


VPA Members receive a discount to this weekend of screenings, panels, a vendor showcase and a technology fair.  To get your discount, visit this link and select "Guild & Member Tickets."

Digital Days kicks off on Friday, November 2 with a free community double-bill screening of the original, 1965 pilot of Lost in Space, followed by the first episode of the 2018 Netflix reboot.  To register for this screening, visit this link before it fills up.

 

 
The VPA was thrilled to participate in this year's MPPIA Career Expo on October 29 at Vancity Theatre!  Thanks to Kerry, Brad, and Rick for manning our booth!  We had a great time meeting all the students, teachers, and professionals alike whose enthusiasm will keep Vancouver's post production industry going strong into the future!
 

On Friday, December 7, we're throwing the biggest party in VPA history!  Our 4th Annual VPA Holiday Celebration is set to be our best one yet, with a new venue, live music, raffle prizes throughout the night, and of course food, drink, and all the great folks from Vancouver's post production industry.

Tickets are Free for VPA Members, as always, but this year we've also got a special Members-only Half-Price Discount -- bring your spouse or significant other for only $20!

The evening starts at Nonna's Table at the Waldorf Hotel with networking & cocktails at 7:00pm, then we'll shift the party into high gear at 9:00pm with live music from The Crayons!  



 
And a big thanks to our sponsors who are making this party happen:
     VPA Sustaining Sponsors: IATSE 891 and Avid
     VPA Supporting Sponsors: Annex Pro, Applied Electronics, Saklas & Co. , and Sim.

     Event Sponsors: PostPro Media, Encore, Finalé, Vidcom, and Side Street Post

 

Do you have an idea for a Roundtable Event?  Email our Events Committee and let us know about it!
 


 
This Saturday, Field & Post is holding their annual FactualWEST skills development conference for people in the Factual, Documentary, and Lifestyle Television field.

They have a full schedule of panels, pitch sessions, and more.  For tickets and more info, visit their event site.
 


Membership Committee
 
The VPA Membership Committee plans to launch The Vancouver Post Alliance Mentorship Program in the Spring of 2019.  We are currently working within the committee as well as with a handful of prospective mentors to solidify the remaining details and assure that the program is a success for Mentees, Mentors and the Vancouver Post Production Industry as a whole.

Applications for Mentees and details for Mentors will be released towards the end of this year/early 2019. We look forward to launching this initiative along with our Members!

 


Marketing & Sponsorship Committee
 
The VPA Marketing & Sponsorship Committee welcomes our new volunteers Jo Rossi and Dusty Kelly -- wonderful to have you on the team!

The committee is currently looking at broadening our outreach to potential sponsors, especially chasing support from the facilities, suppliers and organizations within our community.  If you are or know of a potential sponsor, please reach out to our committee today!

 


Featured Member
 
 
Gordon Rempel
Film and Television Editor

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

Where did you get your start in our community?
Film transfer assistant right out of BCIT

What support does the Vancouver post community need most now?
Encouragement for US shows that shoot here to post here more often as well.

Why did you join the VPA?
Interaction with others in our industry.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
Lara Mazur

If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
Casablanca or Quadrophenia.

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
Bend at the knees.

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Music and BBQ!

What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?
So many.  Recently, Bletchley Circle: San Francisco.  Such a creative and collaborative team, and I LOVE period pieces!


What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Work stability.  Short term contracts can be exhausting as a freelancer.



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


Good News Story
 
 
The VPA would like to congratulate Daria Ellerman for her DGC Award Nomination for Best Picture Editing in a Feature Film for her work on Meditation Park.  A great film and a very well deserved nomination!

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: September 2018
 

Membership Committee
 
The VPA Mentorship Program Mission Statement

The Vancouver Post Alliance Mentorship Program nurtures emerging talent in the post production entertainment industry by connecting accepted Mentees with established professionals who can offer advice and guidance. Mentees get the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the post production industry’s business practices and culture, focus their efforts, and hone their skills. Mentors and Mentees are expected to maintain mutual respect, honesty, and confidentiality at all times.

We feel strongly that mentoring is a crucial part of our mission, and that it is incumbent upon us to ensure that new generations in the film, television, and new media business are able to take advantage of the experiences of those who have gone before them.

The Membership Committee is in the process of solidifying two kickoff events launching the Vancouver Post Alliance’s Mentorship Program. We will be reaching out to top influencers in our community to gather a breadth of seasoned prOfessionals who can help usher in the next generation of leaders. Expect to see more details and said events over the next two months.

We encourage you to reach out and let us know if you are interested in being a Mentor, Mentee, or just getting involved in supporting the program’s success! We need all the volunteers we can get to assure that we do the best work possible in this initiative as well as the multitude of other ideas we have in the works.

 

Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Friday, December 7
Holiday Party @ Hotel at the Waldorf
     TBA
VPA Membership Roundtable – Defining the VPA Mentorship Program Details & Goals
     TBA
Mentorship Kickoff Event
     TBA
Art of the Trailer with Editor Jason King

On September 19, the VPA kicked off the fall season with our third annual Fall Social event.  We had a tremendous time catching up with our post production friends and meeting all the new folks who came out. Thanks to everyone who joined us at Mahony & Sons Stamps Landing for making it such a good time!

And a big thanks to our sponsors who made it all happen:

     VPA Sustaining Sponsors: IATSE 891 and Avid
     VPA Supporting Sponsors: Annex Pro, Applied Electronics, and Saklas & Co.

     Event Sponsor: Line 21
 

Do you have an idea for a Roundtable Event?  Email our Events Committee and let us know about it!
 


The Vancouver Post Alliance welcomes our new student members from Nimbus School of Recording Arts!

Find out more about this school and its Post and Game Audio Program here.
 

Featured Member
 
 
Ari Wise - Core Music Agency
Composer Agency

How many years have you spent working or studying in the Vancouver post production industry?
I've been working in the industry here for 25 years.

Where did you get your start in our community?
Volunteering as a composer on student films at UBC and VFS. Those relationships expanded to doing documentaries, then to scripted television and dramatic features, animation.

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Good tax credits, low dollar, excellent crews and post facilities.


Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
UBC Music, bachelor in composition, USC - Scoring for Motion Pictures & Television advanced studies program.

Why did you join the VPA?
I think it's a great way for facility owners, agents, music supervisors and post supervisors to share information and help guide progressive policy. It's easier to work together when you feel like you're part of a community/family.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
As a composer: Buddy Baker, he ran the school at USC. He was a wonderful man, a real mensch with a lot of good stories. As an agent, my first agent: Carol Faith. She showed me that kindness wins every time.

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
Just say "yes" ... most of the time.

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Hanging with my kids.

What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?
As an agent: The Witch - by far the most successful movie I've ever worked on. As a composer: School of Life starring Ryan Reynolds. It's a wonderful film that allowed me to explore different musical avenues at the same time.



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

Good News Story
 
 
Core is pleased to announce the opening of their LA branch office, staffed by agent Kevin Estwick. The purpose of the new branch is to represent Canadian composers living in Los Angeles. This event was featured in a recent article in Billboard Magazine.

Founded in 2007 by former film composer Ari Wise, Core represents more than 40 composers, including Ben Mink, best known for his work with k.d. lang, and legendary trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, as well as Mark Korven (The Witch) and Todor Kobakov (CBS’s Ransom, Syfy’s Bitten and the upcoming film, Backstabbing for Beginners).


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: August 2018
 


Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Wednesday, September 19
Fall Social @ Mahony & Sons
     Friday, December 7
Holiday Party @ Hotel at the Waldorf
     TBA
VPA Membership Roundtable
     TBA
Art of the Trailer with Editor Jason King

The VPA was proud to present two days of color workshops with Charles Poynton and Chris Davies on August 1 and 2.  Engineers, colour scientists, colorists, DITs and DPs came to these professional development sessions held at Sony Pictures Imageworks and Scanline VFX.  Special thanks to sponsors Annex Pro, VidCom and PostPro Media for supporting this event.
 

On Saturday, November 3, the third annual FactualWEST conference on Factual, Documentary and Lifestyle Television will be held at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.  Check the Events Page on the VPA website for further info on this and other upcoming industry events.

Do you have an idea for a Roundtable Event?  Email our Events Committee and let us know about it!

The VPA Fall Social is set for Wednesday, September 19, at Mahony and Sons Stamps Landing.  This is a great networking opportunity so grab a colleague or friend and bring them along.  Remember, if they join the VPA before the event, they get in for free!  We look forward to seeing everyone there.

 
A huge thank you to our long-term sponsors, who make all VPA events and operations possible!
     Sustaining Sponsors: IATSE 891 and Avid
     Supporting Sponsors: Annex Pro, Applied Electronics, and Saklas & Co.

 


Membership Committee

Mentorship
The Membership Committee is working hard to build our VPA Mentorship Program. We will be looking for our members to add to the growing list of interested Mentors. Do you want to help shape the future of creative collaborators in Vancouver's Post Production community? Get in touch with the Membership Committee today to find out more.
 
Back to School
The Membership Committee continues the tradition of supporting the next wave of industry talent by connecting with Vancouver's Post Secondary institutions.  We provide introductory talks and discussions, familiarize students with what to expect and help them utilize the VPA as they graduate and move into the workforce.

 


Featured Member
 
 
Gary Shumyla
Sales Consultant

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

Where did you get your start in our community?
Working for Panasonic as the Western Regional Manager

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Bringing in new production technologies that increase productivity, efficiency and ROI.

Why did you join the VPA?
To meet and work with Technical Supervisors in the industry

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Golf   

What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?
High-Definition testing for FOX Television on the set of "The New Addams Family."  Being able to see a television series being filmed and showcasing new camera and recording technology right on set.  The video camera was shooting right beside the film camera for image comparison.
    
What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Constant technical changes/improvements



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


Good News Story
 
 
Natasha Duprey
Music Supervisor

The Vancouver Post Alliance would like to congratulate Natasha Duprey, Music Supervisor, who was nominated for and won the Canadian Sync Award for Best Sync in a Feature Film for "(You’re A) Strange Animal" by Gowan, from Another Wolfcop!  Read more about her award and The First Annual Canadian Sync Awards 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!
 



VPA Newsletter: July 2018
 


Upcoming VPA Events
     August 1 & 2
     TBA
Art of the Trailer with Editor Jason King
     TBA
VPA Membership Roundtable
     Wednesday, September 19
Fall Social @ Mahony & Sons
     Friday, December 7
Holiday Party @ Mahony & Sons

Check the Events Page on the VPA website for upcoming industry events which may be of interest to our members.

Do you have an idea for a Roundtable Event?  Email our Events Committee today.

Our 3rd Annual Summer Solstice BBQ & Social on June 20 was a great success with over 140 members and guests enjoying the beautiful weather, great food, and fun conversation at Mahoney & Sons, Stamps Landing.  Thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers for making thie possible.

We're looking forward to the VPA Fall Social, on September 19.  We hope to see you all there!

 
As always, a big thank you to our event and long-term sponsors!
     Sustaining Sponsors: IATSE 891 and Avid
     Supporting Sponsors: Annex Pro and Applied Electronics
     Event Sponsors: Arbutus Financial, Cinedeck, and MVCC/Matrix

 


Government and Industry Affairs Committee
 
The newly formed VPA Security Committee is working on defining its Mission Statement and creating a list of Best Practices for companies and individuals in the Vancouver Post Community.  Look for a Security-related event in the fall.
 


Membership Committee
 
The More the Merrier!
We are working to grow our membership as well as connect with other organizations, expanding our post family and connecting it with other groups who can help us work towards a stronger, more connected Vancouver community.  We look forward to updating you as we grow.

Back to School
The Membership Committee will be continuing the tradition of supporting the next wave of industry talet by connecting with Vancouver's Post Secondary institutions.  We provide introductory talks and discussions, familiarize students with what to expect and help them utilize the VPA as they graduate and move into the workforce.

Mentorship, the VPA, and You
At the Vancouver Post Alliance, we understand that a strong community of well trained and supported workers helps us all succeed.  To that end, the Membership Committee will be launching the Vancouver Post Alliance Mentorship Program.  Over the remainder of the year, we look forward to rolling out our plan and getting you involved!


 


Featured Member

 
Eddie O.
Editor

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

Where did you get your start in our community?
Finale

Did you attend a local Post Secondary Institution and which one/program?
Emerson College BS Mass Communications.  Cal College of the Arts; Film, Video, Photography


What support does the Vancouver Post Community need right now?
Continuing the effort of the VPA and other organizations to bring people in the community together.  Health/dental insurance for freelancers.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
Don Day -- a brilliant technician and artist from my days in art school.

If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
Chariots of the Gods, as it was the first documentary that inspired me in my youth.

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
For someone just starting out, my suggestion may be not to tie yourself to a single client.

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Cooking at home and biking through the forest to the beach.

What is your favourtie project that you've worked on and why?
My next one, no doubt, as I fall in love with them as I do them.


What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Healthy work spaces -- air supply, sound proofing, windows.



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VPA Newsletter: June 2018

 

2018 Upcoming Events

A big thank you to everyone who made it to our AGM and our Spring Social at Mahony & Sons!

Wednesday, June 20
Summer Solstice BBQ & Social @ Mahony & Sons
Wednesday, September 19
Fall Social @ Mahony & Sons
Friday, December 7
Holiday Party @ The Waldorf



Keep an eye on your inbox for upcoming roundtables or “coffee talks” discussing a variety of subjects.  Some of the most recent ones were: Health Benefits for VPA Members, Editor and Assistant Editor Strategic Discussion, Negotiating Tips for Industry Newcomers, Sound Support and Plans for the Future.

Do you have an idea for a Roundtable Event?  Email our Events Committee today!


 

Marketing Committee Update

A very special thank you to our sustaining sponsor, IATSE 891, as well as our supporting sponsors, Annex Pro, Saklas & Co. Professional Chartered Accountants, and Applied Electronics, plus our Summer Solstice BBQ sponsors, Arbutus Financial, Avid, Cinedeck, and Matrix Video Communications!  Your support for our community helps to make these valued events possible!

“The Marketing Committee has been busy implementing our new sponsorship strategy to help sustain the professional development programming and social events the VPA has planned for this year.  As well, we have put together an industry working group to start developing an LA marketing strategy to attract more studio features and network shows to keep their post in BC.” – Don Thompson, Committee Chair


 

Membership Committee Update

“The Membership Committee is looking forward to another year of supporting our membership by connecting you with one another and your board, articulating and putting into motion our mentorship programs, continuing to reach out to educational institutions to help transition the next group of professionals into our industry.  We also look forward to hearing more from you as well as unveiling new initiatives over the year.” – Lindsay Elizabeth Donovan, Committee Chair


 

Introducing the
VPA Government & Industry Affairs Committee


“The VPA has launched a Government & Industry Affairs Committee.  This committee will be tasking itself with ensuring close relations & engagement with all levels of government, which include civic, provincial, and federal, on behalf of our members.  In addition, this committee plans to expand outreach and collaboration with other creative industry organizations on an ongoing basis.” – Suzanne Thompson, Committee Chair

 

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   Gary Shaw