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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.



We at the VPA are working for you. If you have a suggestion, some feedback, or anything at all you’d like us to consider at our next monthly board meeting, please email us and let us know.



VPA Newsletter: November 2020
 

Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Tuesday, November 24
"Intro to Diversity and Inclusion" Workshop
with Cicely Blain Consulting

 

Events Committee
On November 24, Cicely Blain Consulting is running their workshop Intro to Diversity and Inclusion exclusively for VPA Members. This free event will be held on Zoom and is scheduled to start at 6pm. There are limited seats so be sure to secure your spot soon.

If you haven’t already, you can register for the event on our website. Make sure you're logged in, as this free event is for VPA Members only. We hope to see you there!


We have some great events in the works, but do you have any ideas? Are you interested in volunteering with the Events Committee? Send us an email and let us know.
 

Membership Committee
We're always ready to celebrate when new folks join the VPA!  Here's who came aboard and who renewed their membership in October of 2020:
 
New VPA Members
Abby Austria
Aron Burchart
Jason Dowdeswell
Sorah Eun
Alvaro Furloni
Brayden Hayes
Kelani Lim
Liam Meredith
Andre Luiz Machado
Linda McAteer
Kevin Pavlovic
Matthew Safran
Daniel Seguin
Adam Sharpe
Saeed Vahidi
Jason Voss
Renewed VPA Members
Steffan Andrews
Kevin B. Barron
Victoria Burkhart
Laura Davies
Graham Fortin
Niky Goulas
Achim Kapitza
Spencer Locke
Jason MacIntyre
Troy MacNeill
Franco Pante
Holly Pavlik
Gillian Pearson
David F Ramos
Scott Watson
Joseph Rossi, FX Squared SoundDesign Inc.


The VPA is here to work for YOU, and we want you to know that you have access to us. If you have a suggestion, feedback, or anything at all, please contact us.
 
 

Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Black Screen Office Announces CMF Funding of $100,000
 
Canada’s Black Screen Office (BSO) launched with a newly constituted Board of Directors and the appointment of Joan Jenkinson as the inaugural Executive Director -- just as the Canada Media Fund announces $100,000 in funding for the BSO through its BPOC Sector Development initiative.

The Board is part of a larger ad hoc group of eight veteran Black Canadian producers and creators that came together to write a letter requesting a meeting with Stephen Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, to discuss how we can work together to eliminate the unacknowledged anti-Black racism embedded in the Canadian screen industries. The letter was endorsed by over 150 supporters.

The group has worked tirelessly to engage broadcasters, funders and politicians to recognize the need for an organization that would support and advocate for Black Canadians who work in screen industries.

To learn more about this funding program, please visit the CMF’s website.


The Motion Picture Production Industry Assn. of BC (MPPIA) is pleased to present its inaugural Equity & Inclusion Town Hall panel session:
 

The MPPIA Equity & Inclusion Committee was established in early 2019 to help guide meaningful forward movement for change in the BC-based motion picture production industry. The official lift-off for MPPIA programming and collaborations in E & I industry initiatives, this session will feature the insights of accomplished creatives leading the way in equity, diversity and inclusion in film, television and the broader social landscape.


Do you have any questions or ideas for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee? Please email us and let us know!
 

Featured Member
 
David Scott Titus
Editor

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

Where did you get your start in our community?
My wife Phoebe and I moved here in 2018. Phoebe’s a Canadian and a colourist, so she started working pretty much right away. So I got to know a lot of people through her while I waited to get PR. As soon as I could, I jumped on any project I could get my hands on.

Now, Phoebe and I are basically a mini post-house. I edit, we both do a bit of VFX, graphics, and animation, then she colours and finishes. We’re often working remotely with the occasional socially-distant in-person sessions at Phoebe’s colour suite at the Lonsdale Quay.


Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
I wish I’d had access to the kinds of programs they have here. I was a theatre major at Ithaca College and transitioned to film. I fell in love with editing with 16mm and then transitioned to Avid. Now I’m always looking for opportunities to learn something new.

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
I’m still pretty new here, and from what I hear, a lot of editing is happening in LA. But it seems like that’s changing since there are a lot of fantastic professional and up-and-coming editors here in Vancouver.

What support does the Vancouver post community need most now?
I can edit rain or shine, night or day, pandemic or no pandemic . . . as long as there are productions to edit. So we need to do whatever we can to support our industry as a whole and within BC during COVID.

Why did you join the VPA?
When we first moved here, everyone I spoke to about the industry in Vancouver told me I needed to join VPA. They were right. It creates the opportunities for industry networking and the kind of visibility I need to let people know what I do, that I’m here, and that I’m available.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
Verna Fields, Kathryn Bigelow, Thelma Schoonmaker, Terry Gilliam, George A. Romero and George Miller.

If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
We need to address the systemic inequities (and there are many) that have opened the way for me, while keeping others out -- proactively support changes we need to have an equitable and diverse industry.

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Taking a step back and enjoying time with my family.


What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?
It’s difficult to choose favourites when you love your job. But I feel most gratified once they’re in front of an audience. I’m proud to have edited several films starting in festivals: Freya, Wytch Craft, Where Everyone Lives, Mena Brea: A Techno-Dysmorphic Tale.

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

 

Good News Stories
The CMPA Welcomes New Board Members
 
The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), recently held partial Board elections with the aim to better reflect Canada’s diversity and add those underrepresented voices to their discussions around policymaking and industry advocacy. Let's join them in welcoming:

VPA Corporate Member Haydn Wazelle of ZedDrive & Tabula Dada Productions
Damon D’Oliveira, Conquering Lion Pictures
Archita Ghosh, e→d Films
Jennifer Holness, Hungry Eyes Media
Chantal Jackson, Vendetta Entertainment
Darcy Waite, Turtle Mountain Media

The CMPA recognizes that this is just the beginning & more work lies ahead to dismantle barriers at the CMPA and across Canada’s entire media production sector.

The CMPA is Canada’s trade association for independent producers. They represent hundreds of companies engaged in the development, production and distribution of English-language content for TV, feature film and digital media channels.

 




Ghost VFX Opens Studio in Vancouver
 
Ghost VFX, a worldwide award-winning visual effects house, has opened their newest studio location in Vancouver, alongside sister company Finalé Post (Picture Shop Vancouver). VPA/VES member Gillian Pearson has been chosen to lead as VFX Producer & Studio Manager, overseeing operations, recruiting and project management.

Working closely with Don Thompson and Andrew Jha at Finalé, Gillian is happy to meet with prospective clients in the Vancouver area and find solutions for all levels of creative, on-set and technical needs.

Ghost VFX Vancouver offers a full range of visual effects services, independently and in conjunction with the Copenhagen, Los Angeles, London and Manchester divisions. Company credits include Star Trek: Discovery, The Walking Dead, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Magnum P.I.

SOUND + VISION 2020
Conference Nov. 16-20, 2020
 
VPA Professional Member Natasha Duprey (VP Guild Of Music Supervisors Canada and a Vancouver-based music supervisor since 2003) has put together an inaugural four-day educational event with the Guild Of Music Supervisors!

“We’d love to see more BC-shot productions use the talented composers, music supervisors and music editors in their own backyard. We are sustainable and locally sourced!”

With Vancouver back on semi-lockdown, what better time to take a break from working from home (A.K.A. eating chips on the couch in your sweatpants) then by joining the Guild Of Music Supervisors Canada for a week long panel series focusing on post production music. It’s everything you ever wanted to know about post production music but never had time to ask. All panels are free (although we suggest a small donation to two amazing BIPOC charities).

 

 
The Finalé/Picture Shop Producer's Panel Series presented by WIFTV goes online this winter from November 7 - December 5, 2020, with 5 panels examining all aspects of production, from Development to Distribution. Panel 3 on November 21 focuses on Post Production.

WIFTV has brought together both senior and emerging producers from different genres, backgrounds and provinces to share their knowledge. Each producer brings a specific case-study to dissect and discuss with a moderator, culminating in a Q&A with participants.

The Series is designed for both emerging and intermediate producers wishing to learn from the experience of working producers and industry experts. The panel series is organized to follow the chapter formats of the Producer’s Workbook 5 and covers each phase of production from getting started, script and development through to distribution and marketing.

 


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
 
'Tis the season for holiday movies! Already Hallmark, Lifetime and Netflix have started airing their line-up. Many VPA members had a hand in creating these much anticipated genre movies. The following are just a few that have come to our attention:
 
THE CHRISTMAS AUNT
November 1 - Lifetime Channel

Supervising Producer: Dawn Knight
Editor: Jason Pielak
Colorist: Achim Kapitza
Post Production Audio: Post Modern Sound

 
OPERATION CHRISTMAS DROP
November 5 - Netflix

Post Production Supervisor: Kerry McDowall
Colorist: Thor Roos
Atmos Re-Recording Mixer: Kelly Cole
Supervising Sound Editor: Sandra Portman
Sound Designer: Don Mann
Music Supervisor: Natasha Duprey
ADR Recordist: Adam Sharpen
Foley Artist: Maureen Murphy
Dailies and Finishing: Company 3
Post Production Audio: Sharpe Sound Studios

 
NEVER KISS A MAN IN A CHRISTMAS SWEATER
November 7 - Hallmark Channel

Supervising Producer: Dawn Knight
Editor: Mauri Bernstein
1st Assistant Editor: Ashley McCloud
Colorist: Lorne Wright
Music Supervisor: Valerie Biggins
Dailies and Finishing: Finalé Post Production
Post Production Audio: Post Modern Sound

 
CHRISTMAS WITH THE DARLINGS
November 8th - Hallmark Channel

Supervising Producer: Dawn Knight
Editor: Jason Pielak
Colorist: Lorne Wright
Dailies and Finishing: Finalé Post Production
Post Production Audio: Post Modern Sound

 
PRINCESS SWITCH: SWITCHED AGAIN
November 19th - Netflix

Post Production Supervisor: Julie Bannon Nunes
Editor: Lara Mazur
1st Assistant Editor: Saeed Vahidi
2nd Assistant Editor: Adam Kube
VFX Editor: Kelly Wong
Colorist: Anne Boyle
Re-Recording Mixer: Kelly Cole
Finishing: Technicolor Vancouver
Post Production Audio: Sharpe Sound Studios


 
A GODWINK CHRISTMAS: SECOND CHANCE, FIRST LOVE
November 22nd - Hallmark Channel

Supervising Producer: Dawn Knight
Editor: Lisa Binkley
Colorist: Achim Kapitza
Post Production Audio: Post Modern Sound


 
Other local Post Production crew members involved in these projects include: Miguel Quintero, Evelyn Starks, Brad Rines, Adina Moore, Paul Shatto, Hamish Thomson, Bill Mellow, Serena Eades, Rob Coxford, Leon Campbell, Dave Hibbert, Joselyn Hernandez, Chris Baker, Tony Rodney, Taylor Frey, Javier Ivan Perez, Tim McCann, Aidan McDonach, Nolan McNaughton, Nick Wright, 24 Frames.

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

Your Health is Important
Movember is an important month where we focus on reducing three of the greatest challenges to men's health: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and suicide.

Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men.

Whether you have a moustache or not, there are ways you can help.
 


There are many challenges in life and work that can feel overwhelming, but there are resources available to help you get through it. If you or someone you know is in distress, support for mental health and substance abuse issues can be found here:
 
 
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.
 

We at the VPA are working for you. If you have a suggestion, some feedback, or anything at all you’d like us to consider at our next monthly board meeting, please email us and let us know.
 

Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Growth Sponsors

 
 
VPA Sustaining Sponsor
 
 
VPA Supporting Sponsors
 

 


VPA Newsletter: October 2020
 


Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Thursday, October 22
"School's Done! What Comes Next?" Student Webinar
 


Events Committee

Thanks to the hard work of the membership committee, our next event will be hosted on October 22 at 7pm. This career development-focused webinar, “School's Done! What Comes Next?,” is free for film production students and recent grads.

The online panel will be moderated by Kerry McDowall, with experts Anne Boyle (Colourist), Caleb Chan (Composer), Greg Ng (Editor), Eva Madden (Sound Designer) and Tyler Weiss (VFX Supervisor).

 
 

 
Last month, the VPA Board of Directors attended an intro to diversity and inclusion workshop through Cicely Blain Consulting. We are excited to announce that we will be opening up these workshops at no cost to our members. The workshop is scheduled for November 24 at 6pm. We will be announcing registration details soon.


We have some great events in the works, but do you have any ideas? Are you interested in volunteering with the Events Committee? Send us an email and let us know.
 


Membership Committee
The Membership committee has 2 new co-chairs! After much dedicated hard work, Kerry McDowall and Jason Hujber will be stepping down and handing the reins over to Trevor Mirosh and Sabrina Pitre. The newly appointed chairs hope to build from the existing foundations of our membership platform, and bring some exciting new ideas to the table.

A reminder to all members that with the return to full production and post production levels, it is important to follow best practices for COVID safety. Please ensure you and your post production team are following the recommendations from the BC Post Production Health & Safety Task Force report (and any other employer or studio/union requirements). It's important that we all stay safe during this unprecedented time, and also consider the health and safety of those working around us.


The VPA is here to work for YOU, and we want you to know that you have access to us. If you have a suggestion, feedback, or anything at all, please contact us.
 
 


Sponsorship Committee

The VPA Sponsorship Committee has been busy during lockdown seeking out new sponsors. We’re proud to announce that Finalé - A Picture Shop Company and IATSE 891 have both signed on as Growth Sponsors through 2021. Thank you to both of these great organizations. We look forward to working with you!
 

Finalé - A Picture Shop Company's creative vision and independent spirit has helped revolutionize post production workflows for film, television, and commercial media content for more than 30 years.
 

IATSE 891 is the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada - British Columbia & Yukon.


Thank you to all our VPA sponsors:
VPA Growth Sponsors

 
VPA Sustaining Sponsor
VPA Supporting Sponsors



 


Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Many companies and associations nationwide are focusing on diversity and inclusion in their current hiring practices, and there are now websites dedicated to promoting BIPOC talent and advocating for equitable career opportunities in their local communities.

One such example is Collective Bunch, a Vancouver-based, industry-wide roster of Culturally Diverse (BIPOC) crews and creatives working in screen-based industries available for Canadian and American productions and media companies to hire. It’s perfect for producers, production managers, development executives and broadcasters who are looking to invest in diverse talent.

"I want this to be as easy as possible for people to get hired, share knowledge, build relationships and change perceptions," says Jason Mackay, Founder of Collective Bunch. “A few months ago, I made the decision to leave a successful film production company after 15 years as a partner to open space and create a change in my life. That led me to create a collective of talent within the film and creative industry that better reflects our city’s culturally diverse demographic."

Check out the Community section of their website to see the the community they've built in just the last 8 weeks. They are looking to find as many culturally diverse people within the film and creative industry to add to the collective. If you would like to join please send your headshot, bio (relating to being a person of color in this industry, if you choose to share), and examples of work to
info@collectivebunch.com
 


Do you have any questions or ideas for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee? Please email us and let us know!
 


Featured Member
 
David F. Ramos
Composer

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

Where did you get your start in our community?
Producer Ben Mink used to call me all the time for help with music software issues. This led to us working together, and eventually collaborating on a few shows. He gracefully shared decades of experience in music production with me. There’s a long list of people that helped me get into the post community, this was simply one break.

Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
Yes — after finishing classical guitar and a music degree spread between Mexico, New York, Montreal and Havana, I came to Vancouver to study Audio Engineering at PAVI — just to get that techy/geeky side of music production covered.

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Vancouver has a great network of stellar performers always ready to drop by and record. It's a great privilege to have such talent so close by — always happy and enthused to add some life to my little dots and scribbles.

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Truthfully, resisting the temptation to perpetually explore all the islands and magnificent fjords only 30 minutes away. Once one sees what's right around the corner — I don’t understand how anyone can get any work done around here.

Why did you join the VPA?
I’m stuck alone in a dark room working on music all day. The VPA gives me the chance to hang with like-minded people who understand that I’m probably not completely crazy...

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
Films by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro probably enticed me into working in the film industry.

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

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
Become a better writer.

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
I've recently developed an obsession with long distance sea kayaking. Just getting started, but it's the first time in my life I've pursued an activity outside of music.


What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?
I absolutely love working on films whose ultimate goal is to make things better. When you can use your craft to strengthen a story that needs to be told, it makes all the late nights really worth it.

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

 


Good News Story

The Freeze to play at the 2020 VHS Festival
 
VPA member Trevor Mirosh’s short film The Freeze will play at the 2020 Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival. While he wrote, directed and edited The Freeze, Trevor enlisted some fellow VPA Members in other key roles:

Sound Designer / Mixer: Humberto Corte
Dialogue Editor: Miguel Araujo
Colourist: Achim Kapitza

The Freeze will stream online as part of Shorts Program 6, premiering on October 25 at 7:00 pm, and will then be available on-demand for ticket holders to watch until November 1.  Way to go, Trevor!

 




Technicolor says farewell after 15 years of Supernatural

 
The final season of Supernatural -- what will be the longest running primetime sci-fi series in American history – started this month! While it is bittersweet to see such an incredible series conclude, Technicolor is proud to have been a partner on the series since its inception 15 years ago. Shot in British Columbia, Technicolor Vancouver has been the go-to facility for dailies while post finishing was completed at Technicolor Los Angeles.
 


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

50 States of Fright
Streaming Now on Quibi

Sign up for a 14 day free trial and watch both seasons!


The 2nd season of Executive Producer Sam Raimi’s 50 States of Fright was just released this month.

This horror anthology explores chilling tales based on urban legends from every state, taking viewers on a terrifying journey deeper inside the nightmares that lurk beneath. A perfect series to binge, just in time for Halloween!

The show was proudly shot, edited, and finished in Vancouver.  Shout outs to all the VPA Members involved:

Associate Producer: Jonathan Shore
Post Production Coordinator: Diana NoLi
Picture Editors: Jamie Alain, Justin Li, Sabrina Pitre, Jon Anctil, and Bob Dewald
Series Composer: Caleb Chan
Sound Designers: Kirby Jinnah & Don Mann
Dialogue Editor: Sam Lowe
Colourist: Thor Roos
Dailies processed by Company 3

 


A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting
Streaming Now on Netflix


A new family friendly horror-comedy feature film A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is now playing on Netflix!

Written by Joe Ballarini, based on his three-part book trilogy of the same name, Babysitter’s Guide was Directed by Rachel Talalay, Produced by Ivan Reitman and Amie Karp, and Co-Presented by Montecito Pictures and Walden Media with Netflix distributing worldwide. The film stars Tom Felton, Indya Moore and Tamara Smart.

This 40 million dollar project was shot here in BC, with the majority of post production and visual effects done in Vancouver.  VPA Members involved with A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting include:

Co-producer / Post Supervisor: Brad Goodman
Picture Editor: Stein Myhrstad
Assistant Editor: Holly Pavlik
Dx Re-Recording Mixer / Sound Supervisor / Lead Dialogue Editor: Vince Renaud
SFX Re-Recording Mixer / Sound Supervisor / Lead Sound Design: Jo Rossi
Dialogue Editors: Christine McLeod and Miguel Araujo
SFX Editors: Jeff Davis, Jeff Jackman and Humberto Corte
BG Editor: Don Mann
Foley Artist: Maureen Murphy

Dailies & Finishing support by VPA Corporate Member Company 3.

DBC Sound, Maverick Post and The Warehouse provided Mix Facilities.

Additional Post Production Crew: Marlisa Fruehauf (Post Coordinator), Della Haddock (Production Assistant), James Lawson (1st Assistant Editor), Julia Graff (Music Editor), Pat Haskill (SFX Editor), Dean Giammarco and Fraser Gee (Foley Editor), Dave Hibbert (Foley Recordist), Derick Cobden (Voice Casting).

 
 
Congratulations to everyone involved!
 

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


Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Growth Sponsors

 
 
VPA Sustaining Sponsor
 
 
VPA Supporting Sponsors
 

 


VPA Newsletter: September 2020
 


Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Thursday, October 22
"What Comes Next?" Student Seminar
 


Membership Committee

The membership committee is happy to report that the Vancouver Post Alliance will be hosting our “What Comes Next?” seminar for local film production students on October 22. The annual event provides the students with insights on how our industry works and what job paths are available when they finish their education.

The online panel will be moderated by Kerry McDowall (Associate Producer), with experts including Anne Boyle (Colourist), Caleb Chan (Composer), Greg Ng (Editor), Eva Madden (Sound Designer) & Tyler Weiss (VFX Supervisor).

Details for the event are coming soon, and sign up will be made available through each school program’s administration. Stay tuned and save the date!


The VPA is here to work for YOU, and we want you to know that you have access to us. If you have a suggestion, feedback, or anything at all, please contact us.
 
 


Events Committee

On August 26th we hosted the online event “Enhancing The Story With Sound” featuring Craig Berkey. Craig took us on an intimate and interactive journey through his career path, breaking down scenes from “No Country for Old Men,” “The Tree of Life,” “Hail! Caesar,” “Anna Karenina,” “Hanna,” and “The Soloist,” to share valuable insights into storytelling and using sound to elevate a scene. Thank you to everyone who came.


We have some great events in the works, but do you have any ideas? Are you interested in volunteering with the Events Committee? Send us an email and let us know.
 


Sponsorship Committee

The VPA is proud to announce that Technicolor has signed on as our latest Sustaining Sponsor. Thank you, Technicolor Vancouver. We look forward to working with you!
 

Technicolor Vancouver is located in the creative production hub of Mount Pleasant, offering flexible dailies solutions and complete picture post production services, including 4K colour-finishing and editorial for features and television streaming productions. They are connected to Technicolor’s worldwide network of operations, further ensuring that the storyteller’s vision comes to life through images and sound.
 


Thank you to all our VPA sponsors:
VPA Growth Sponsors

 
VPA Sustaining Sponsor
VPA Supporting Sponsors



 


Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is pleased to announce that the VPA is partnering with Cicely Blain Consulting to help with our anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and standards at the Vancouver Post Alliance. As part of our commitment to equity and inclusion at the VPA, your Board of Directors will be attending an Intro to Diversity and Inclusion workshop on September 23. The VPA will be offering free workshops to our membership throughout the year and you can find information about the various topics on their website here. We plan to hold the first workshop later this fall so keep your eyes on the website for more information.

The Canadian Independent Screen Fund (CISF) has been launched in support of underrepresented content creators. The board of the former Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund (CIFVF) has come together with the founders of the Racial Equity Media Collective, BIPOC TV & Film, IMPACT/Producers’ Pledge, The Black Screen Office, along with the Indigenous Screen Office to create the guidelines for this new fund.

In Hollywood, the Oscars have put forth their own new set of diversity and inclusion standards surrounding eligibility. Check out their press release from September 8 for more information.

We’d also like to welcome volunteer Arlein Perez Garcia to the D&I Committee!

Do you have any questions or ideas for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee? Please email us and let us know!

 


Featured Member
 
Arlein Perez Garcia
Editor / 1st AE

How many years have you spent working or studying in the Vancouver post production industry?
In Vancouver since 2011. Altogether since 2006.

Where did you get your start in our community?
Independent projects

Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
Film Production at Vancouver Film School

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Slowly opening new opportunities for Minorities and Women.

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Discrimination still exists in the Post Production world.

What support does the Vancouver post community need right now?
More opportunities and trust in Minorities and Women.

Why did you join the VPA?
To learn from more talented artists, expand my network, and have a chance at better opportunities as an Editor.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
My grandfather Pablo. He taught me that no matter who you are, creativity is something no one can take away from you. He grew up in 1940s Mexico, didn’t finish school, but was still the best storyteller I’ve ever met.

If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
The X-Files

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
Be patient; opportunities will come at some point. Being a Minority, everything will take twice the effort and time.

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Spending time with my wife and 2 kitties.


What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?
A web series called "Turning the Tables." I loved this because it was the first time I co-edited a show with my wife. I realized how being connected at the level we are made the show better!

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

 


Good News Story
 


Vaudeville Sound joins NP3 Netflix Post Partner Program
 

their brand new Vancouver Studios, which opened its doors in March this year. is the latest audio-based facility in Vancouver's Post Production industry. Put together by Daniel Jones, Mirko Vogel and Rob Calder, Vaudeville specializes in recording, sound editorial and mixing across film, broadcast, interactive and advertising. With 14 Studios in the UK, Vaudeville has since expanded to 2 sites in Los Angeles (West Hollywood / Burbank) and nowVaudeville
 
This last week, Vaudeville was officially inducted into the NP3 Netflix Post Partner Program.
 
Since the start of COVID-19, Vaudeville has been at the forefront of innovation, developing technology and workflows to keep post schedules on track across the globe. In this short time, Vaudeville Vancouver has worked on world class content from Netflix (The Old Guard, Thunder Force, Love Guaranteed), HBO (Lovecraft Country), Disney (Ron’s Gone Wrong, Flora & Ulyssis), Apple+ (Long Way Up), TNT (Snowpiercer Season 2) and Sony Playstation 5 (Godfall, JETT: The Far Shore). While working on these projects Vaudeville has collaborated with VPA members Mirko Vogel, Miguel Araujo, Humberto Corte and Eli Haligua.


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Tune In This Month
 

Julie and the Phantoms
Streaming Now on Netflix


Inspired by the Brazillian series of the same name, Netflix’s highly acclaimed reboot of Julie and the Phantoms finished in Vancouver and premiered on September 10. Post Production on the first season of the iTunes chart-topping musical series was moving in full gear just as COVID-19 was becoming a global pandemic. In order to continue amidst the severe disruption, the post team quickly pivoted from the typically fast-paced business as usual, to fully remote workflows throughout all aspects of post.

VPA members who were involved in Julie and the Phantoms: Jonathan Shore & Emanuel Pereira (Associate Producers), Austin Andrews & Dan Krieger (Picture Editors), Michelle Panchuk (Post Coordinator), Sandra Portman (Sound Supervisor/Supervising Sound Editor), Karla Menendez (Dialogue Editor), Lorne Wright (Colorist), and Caleb Chan (Assistant Music Director).

Corporate Members Finalé Post Production supplied Dailies, Editorial Rentals and Rooms, and DolbyVision HDR/4K Color and Finishing, while Sharpe Sound Studios provided the Sound Editorial and Supervision. Due to COVID-19, Finalé brought to the table remote working solutions to assist DP Jon Joffin, LA based Producer/Director Kenny Ortega, and Executive Producers David Hoge and Dan Cross for all reviews and approvals of color. After testing different solutions, Clearview Flex was chosen for its speed, accuracy, and security, with the assistance of VPA member Rick Cederlund, who provides Sohonet solutions in Vancouver.

The Post Production crew from the Vancouver community also included: Hugh Wielenga (Sound Designer), Evangeline Palting (1st Assistant Editor), Gloria Mercer (VFX Editor), Chris Boettcher & Marco Abraham (Online Editors), Dylan Campbell (Foley Editor), Javier Ivan Perez & Tim McCann (Foley Artists), Nick Wright (Foley Recordist), The Background (Walla), Oleksa Lozowchuk (Music Director), Brian Chan (Assistant Music Director), Frank Robinson (Dailies Colorist), Aj Raymundo (Dailies Operator), Kyle Sanborn (Dailies Producer), Julia Niendorf (Finishing Producer) and Suzi Bruce (Post Accountant).

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard on this project!.

 

 
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The Festival Circuit
 

39th Vancouver International Film Festival
Sept 24-Oct 7 Online / Vancity Theatre

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) takes place between September 24 and October 7. While there will still be some in-person screenings at Vancity Theatre, they have also created a new online streaming platform, VIFF Connect. This service is exclusive to those in British Columbia and aims to provide a safer festival experience during COVID-19.


On September 26, thirty years to the day since the end of the Oka Crisis, filmmakers Tracey Deer and Jules Koostachin discuss the legacy of resistance. Deer’s film "Beans," screening at VIFF 2020, is inspired by her own coming of age as a Kanien’kéhaka (Mohawk) girl in Kahnawake during the 1990 conflict. The conversation explores that pivotal moment in our national history, how it plays out onscreen, and how it continues to shape Indigenous land disputes. This event features Tracey Deer and Jules Koostachin. Ticketing information can be found here.
 

On October 5, Selwyn Jacob will moderate “Moving Forward: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.” This event seeks to answer questions on how to make our industry more representative of the vast amount of cultures we have in Canada as well as the challenges BIPOC and other marginalized groups have and still face. The speakers include Karen Lam, Jessie Anthony, Mayumi Yoshida, Charles Officer and Omari Newton. The event is free. Ticketing info can be found here.
 

 
There are many challenges in life and work that can feel overwhelming, but there are resources available to help you get through it. If you or someone you know is in distress, support for mental health and substance abuse issues can be found here:
 


Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Growth Sponsors

 
 
VPA Sustaining Sponsor
 
 
VPA Supporting Sponsors
 

 

 

VPA Newsletter: August 2020
 


Upcoming VPA Events
 
     Wednesday, August 26


Membership Committee

The new Membership Committee has big plans for the next year! We are excited to see the beginnings of production returning again to BC under the new COVID-19 guidelines and we are moving forward with our plans to return to “normal” as well.

As we continue to plan upcoming online events and workshops, we have also embarked on several long term goals this year to provide a more inclusive and user-friendly experience to our members.

First off (and hopefully coming very soon), we are in the process of updating our VPA mission statement in coordination with our Diversity and Inclusion Committee to better reflect a mandate that promotes inclusivity and equality while advocating for underrepresented groups in our industry. It is a change for the better that we are very much taking to heart and are proud to be a part of, and that brings us to the most important thing the membership committee would like to convey at this time: WE WANT YOUR VOICE TO BE HEARD.

Nowhere is the statement “We Want Your Voice To Be Heard” more important than in the newsletter that you are reading right now. We want to make sure that the news and information we provide is relevant to you as an individual, and also as a member of both the VPA and the BC film industry. This monthly newsletter is being assembled by our VPA Marketing Coordinator, Adam Beal, in coordination with the Membership Committee with additional input from the Board of Directors. We pass on information to you that we learn in the process of doing our day jobs while communicating with our co-workers and industry partners. Because of this, there is a good chance that news specific to you may be falling through the cracks and we want to correct that.

We would like to encourage all members to visit vancouverpostalliance.com/Monthly-Newsletter where you’ll find the article “Be a Part of the VPA Monthly Newsletter” pinned to the top. Here, you will find links that will easily allow you to contribute to the monthly newsletter. Becoming a Featured Member is as simple as filling out a short questionnaire. We have forms ready so you can share Good News Stories about your career or announce premieres of shows you’ve worked on.

The VPA is here to work for YOU, and we want you to know that you have access to us. If you have a suggestion, feedback, or anything at all, please contact us.

 
 
We look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers,
Kerry McDowell & Jason Hujber
Co-Chairs, Membership Committee


Events Committee

On August 26th we will be hosting the online event “Enhancing the Story with Sound featuring Craig Berkey.” If you haven’t already, you can register for the event on our website here: vancouverpostalliance.com/events. The event is free for VPA Members and $10 for non-members. We hope to see you there.

Stay tuned for more upcoming events for the remainder of summer and fall.

Do you have any ideas for events? Are you interested in volunteering with the Events Committee? Send us an email and let us know.

 


Thank you to our VPA sponsors:
VPA Growth Sponsors

 

VPA Supporting Sponsors



 


Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The VPA Diversity and Inclusion Committee is already developing goals and initiatives that will be implemented over the upcoming year. Every member of the Board of Directors will be participating in a Diversity and Inclusion Workshop this September, during which they will learn and develop skills such as using inclusive language and recognizing unconscious bias to help them develop better initiatives and strategies for the upcoming year.

We are also happy to report that we are planning similar workshops such as "Anti-Oppression 101" or "Investigating Unconscious Bias" that will be made available free to our members in good standing. More details to come...

With all of this in mind, we wanted to make a conscious effort to put the spotlight on the various film festivals that occur locally, nationally and Internationally that promote underrepresented groups and shine more light on diverse filmmakers and storytellers. This month's mailer includes a new header called "The Festival Circuit" that we're really excited about. This is a new forum that we hope will help you find and support festivals and filmmakers from all over the world.

Do you have an idea for an event for the VPA that has diversity and inclusion in mind? We'd love to hear from you.

 


Featured Member
 

Jason Hujber
Editor

How many years have you spent working or studying in the Vancouver post production industry?
I moved here in 2009.

Where did you get your start in our community?
I moved here to start a company with friends.

Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
I took some workshops at Capilano a long time ago, but my Film and Video Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is from the University of Regina.

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
TALENT!!!!!!!!

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Connecting talent with jobs.

What support does the Vancouver post community need right now?
Finding ways to function in pandemic times.

Why did you join the VPA?
I wanted to connect with other people in the industry.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
My daughter is my inspiration now.

If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
Would have loved to cut "Better Off Dead" but Steenbecks weren't safe for kids back then...or now.  #watchyourfingers

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
People who truly value you will truly value you.

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Playstation games and music


What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?
My favourite project of all time so far was "Pup Academy." Everyone at Air Bud Productions were so friendly, truly collaborative and wonderful to work with. I love working in comedy and I'm thankful to have contributed to this great kids series.
 
 
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Good News Story
New Audio Facility Maverick Post Group Opens Its Doors
 
New VPA Corporate Member, Maverick Post Group, has recently completed construction and is now open for business. Maverick intends to serve the film and TV community with a range of audio services including sound editorial, mixing and ADR/VO/Walla recording.
 
Located at 150-220 Victoria Drive in Vancouver, the facility is comprised of a dedicated ADR stage and two mixing stages featuring Dolby Atmos HE and Dolby Atmos Theatrical. It is the first facility in western Canada to undergo the full Dolby design review process, with certification targeted for later in the year.

Co-owners Miguel Nunes and Gregor Phillips are looking forward to this next chapter in their careers, having previously operated as Bionic Audio and Cinescope Sound. They are proud to be serving the thriving and rapidly growing industry of Vancouver and beyond.

 
 


 
Upcoming Virtual Production Presentation At Animism
 
Virtual Production has recently become part of the lexicon of the film industry worldwide, in part to success stories like The Mandalorian, but also due to audience demand for higher quality visuals and in providing new workflows to facilitate a safer reopening of the film industry.

At Animism, a BC-based Visual Effects and Production company, VPA Member Stephen Kelloway has taken a very collaborative approach to establishing Vancouver's global presence into this new and emerging technology. Together with industry leaders Showmax Events and The Sawmill, Animism will be opening up their stage on August 27 and 28 to anyone looking for more information as to how this technology can be applied to upcoming projects.

If you would like more information about Virtual Production or are interested in scheduling a demonstration, please email virtualproduction@animism.studio.
 
 
VPA Members Honoured at the 2020 Leo Awards
 
The 2020 Leo Awards were held online at the end of July, and we were not at all surprised that there were plenty of VPA Members among the winners.  Congratulations on your well earned awards!
 

Best Sound - Motion Picture
Gregorio Gomez, Kelly Cole, Eric Mouawad - Volition

Best Picture Editing - Television Movie
Simon Davidson - Stolen By My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story

Best Sound - Television Movie
Eli Haligua, Hennie Britton - Indian Road Trip

Best Picture Editing - Short Drama
Holly Pavlik - The Seahorse Trainer

Best Sound - Short Drama
Humberto Corte - The Seahorse Trainer

Best Picture Editing - Dramatic Series
Daria Ellerman - Virgin River, "Carry On"

Best Sound - Dramatic Series
Sandra Portman, Eric Mouawad - The Murderers, "Stereo"

Best Picture Editing - Documentary Series
Greg Ng - Punk, "Episode One"

Best Sound - Documentary Series
Chris McIntosh - Punk, "Episode One"

Best Sound - Animation Program or Series
Humberto Corte, Miguel Araujo - Legend Quest: Masters of Myth, Anansi

Best Picture Editing - Youth or Children's Programming
Daria Ellerman - Malibu Rescue, "With a Little Kelp from My Friends"



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Tune In This Month
 

Malibu Rescue: The Next Wave
Streaming Now on Netflix


On August 4th, Malibu Rescue:The Next Wave premiered on Netflix, rising quickly to become the #1 movie across all genres in the US. Since that first week it has remained as part of Netflix's top 10 movie list worldwide.

The Next Wave is the third installment of the Malibu Rescue title, which picks up where the first movie and series left-off last year. Though Pacific Bay Entertainment filmed all three projects in California for its beaches, they have always chosen to edit, mix and finish in here in Vancouver. The Next Wave’s post team consisted of VPA members: Kerry McDowall (Associate Producer), Simon Davidson (Editor), Meredith Murgatroyd (Post Coordinator), Gord Hillier (Supervising Sound Editor) and Maureen Murphy (Foley Artist). They worked alongside Matt Gough (Assistant Editor), Suzie Bruce (Post Accountant), Jimmy Hsu (Colorist), Pat Haskill (Sound Designer), Bill Sheppard & Dean Giammarco (Re-Recording Mixers), Gordon Sproule (Audio Technician), Justin Kozonis (ADR Mixer), Dave Hibbert (Foley Recordist) and Julia Graff (Music Editor). VPA Corporate Member DBC Sound Inc. handled all aspects of Post Sound, with VPA Growth Sponsor Company 3 (formerly Encore Vancouver) handling the dailies and finishing. The VPA was also thrilled to see VPA member Stephen Kelloway’s VFX company Animism Studios and Lawren Bancroft-Wilson’s company RainCity VFX share the visual effects work.

This project is yet another example of Vancouver becoming a destination for all aspects of post production, regardless of where the production films.

 
 

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The Festival Circuit
 

18th Vancouver Latin American Film Festival
Aug 27-Sept 3 Online/The Cinematheque

The 18th Vancouver Latin American Film Festival (VLAFF), the first hybrid festival of its kind in Vancouver, is proud to announce its 2020 selection. The entire lineup will be available for online viewing across Canada from August 27 to September 6, along with live stream Q&As with directors, as well as seven in-person screenings at The Cinematheque.

In spite of these unprecedented times, the creative team at VLAFF has made a huge effort to bring together a smaller, yet fascinating lineup of work to celebrate and honour the diverse visions of Latin American, Latin-Canadian, and Indigenous filmmakers.
Check out the festival lineup here: vlaff.org/official-selection-2020
 
About the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival:

VLAFF is a registered charitable organization and the largest annual festival of Latin American film in Canada. The festival promotes dialogue among cultures and explores the art of contemporary Latin American cinema through the eyes of its filmmakers. Since 2003, VLAFF has provided audiences with the unique opportunity to watch inspiring films and interact with guest filmmakers from across Latin America and the diaspora. For more information please visit: vlaff.org
 


32nd Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival
Aug 13-23 Online

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 32nd Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival has adapted to an online format in order to offer at-home audiences the best in independent queer cinema along with workshops, artist Q&As, panels, parties and – most importantly – the feeling of gathering with friends and kin.
Curated by Artistic Director, Anoushka Ratnarajah, the theme of this year’s Festival is “Still Here.” The festival opened on August 13 with Pier Kids followed by a virtual celebration of our local queer community and will be closing on August 23 with the heartwarming queer Muslim romantic comedy, Breaking Fast, directed by Mike Mosallam.
 
Here is a quick peek at the festival's calendar:
About The Vancouver Queer Film Festival:

The VQFF is a vibrant space for queer arts, culture, and community. It showcases dynamic and thought-provoking films from British Columbian filmmakers as well as other Canadian and international directors and storytellers. As Western Canada’s largest queer arts event, the festival curates films which contextualize and celebrate queer lives and experiences and prioritize foregrounding diverse identities in our communities, including narratives from trans people, queer people of colour, and Indigenous people.

For more information and purchasing your tickets please visit: queerfilmfestival.ca

 


Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Growth Sponsors

 
 
VPA Supporting Sponsors
 

 




VPA Newsletter: July 2020
 


Events Committee

On July 16, we were thrilled to host The Editor's Workflow: w/ Nicole Ratcliffe & Trevor Mirosh.  For a large Zoom audience of VPA and CCE Members, Nicole and Trevor talked dailies, paperwork, sound effects and music, and everything else an Editor deals with between day 1 and lock.

Nicole covered the TV side of things, while Trevor focussed on feature films, before coming together for a lively audience Q&A that lasted almost as long as their presentations.  Thanks to everyone who logged in!

We want to give a huge shoutout to Nicole and Trevor for the engaging presentation and all their insight, and to Kerry McDowall for moderating the talk.

 
 
Stay tuned for more exciting events this summer and fall!
 


Thank you to our VPA sponsors:
VPA Growth Sponsors

VPA Supporting Sponsors



Membership Committee

The Vancouver Post Alliance would like to thank everyone who attended our 2020 AGM last month. With enthusiasm, we welcome our new 2020-2021 directors to the VPA board: Buket Biles, Humberto Corte, Jason Hujber, Trevor Mirosh, Sabrina Pitre, Don Thompson, Scott Watson and Tyler Weiss.

We would also like to send a big thank you to those who served on the board this past year: Lawren Bancroft-Wilson, Craig Berkey, Emanuel Pereira, Joseph Rossi, Curtis Staples and Kelly Wong.

For the 2020-2021 year, Kerry McDowall will continue to sit as the Chair, Don Thompson is your new Vice-Chair, Rick Cederlund will continue in the Treasurer position and Brendan Smith is now secretary.

 

COVID Update

The VPA is a proud host of the BC Post Production COVID Safety Guidelines, which can be found on our website here. This document was the result of many dedicated minds across all post sectors, and was lead by VPA members Don Thompson, Lindsay Elizabeth Donovan and James Cowan. Thanks to all who volunteered countless hours of their time to provide feedback and recommendations prior to these guidelines going live.

In addition, MPPIA has posted their latest webinar from Friday, July 17th. This info session is titled The Road Ahead 2020 and discusses the current state of our industry and next steps to get back onto set and working again. You can find the session on the VPA Facebook page.

With Phase 3 in full swing and domestic production starting up again, the VPA wants to remind our Members about the Reel Green initiative and to endeavour to work with sustainability in mind. Reel Green is a program funded by industry stakeholders that prioritizes sustainable production education, engagement, communications and resources in line with a 5-year strategic plan. A Carbon Literacy Training Course is available through Creative BC’s website and is free to all who register. To find out more about Reel Green and Carbon Literacy, please visit www.reelgreen.ca.

 

The Membership Committee now consists of VPA board members Jason Hujber, Kerry McDowall, Trevor Mirosh and Sabrina Pitre, with the support of member volunteers Brad Goodman, Eli Haligua and Nicole Ratcliffe. Moving forward, the membership committee will continue to emphasize community engagement through webinar panels and find ways to market our talented members.

If you have any suggestions, feedback, concerns or ideas for future webinar content, please feel free to contact the the committee.

 
 


Diversity & Inclusion Committee

We are thrilled to have kicked off the new Diversity and Inclusion Committee this week.  The committee is comprised of Board Members Miguel Araujo, Buket Biles, Humberto Corte, Jason Hujber and Kerry McDowall, and VPA member Hadyn Wazelle has joined the committee as a volunteer.  The committee’s first order of business is to create appropriate documentation to speak to the VPA’s anti-discrimination, anti-harassment and anti-oppression policies and to make all documents available to our members on the website.

We look forward to working alongside our membership to advocate for and help expand opportunities for advancement, inclusion and equality across all sectors in Post Production.  Do you have any ideas for this committee?  Would you be interested in joining the team?  Please reach out and let us know.

 
Have you heard of ReFrameProject.org? This important initiative’s goals are to provide research, support, and a practical framework for productions and studios to mitigate bias during the creative decision-making and hiring process, and measure progress toward a more gender-representative industry on all levels.
ReFrame has developed a production roadmap that will yield more balanced hiring of women from all backgrounds in film, TV, and media.  The roadmap builds on existing diversity programs and provides tools, practices, and training tailored to entertainment executives and creative teams in order to address systemic barriers at each stage of the creative and financing pipeline.  Projects that have been recognized for their gender parity are publicly awarded the ReFrame Stamp, which serves as the gold standard for quality programming and the advancement of gender-based equality in film, TV, and media.  Keep your eye out for this seal in the end credits of projects moving forward.
 


Featured Member
 

Cindy Au Yeung
1st Assistant Editor | Aspiring Editor

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

Where did you get your start in our community?
I started as an I/O Data Coordinator in visual effects, then as an assistant editor working on documentaries.

Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
The film program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
Our Vancouver industry would hugely benefit from targeted funding to produce higher budget content and funding to develop and push the envelope for interactive media - such as virtual reality and 360 content. There is a significant gap between the budget on local productions compared to higher paying US productions. Plus, we also need to make more of our own content, and be given the time and opportunity to raise that bar higher.

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
I, as a young woman and as a minority, have been struggling to fit into the community of sound post production in Vancouver. I find this to be my biggest obstacle. I appreciate the VPA's efforts to diversify the sound post community, carrying a welcoming message to immigrants, different genders and people of color.

What support does the Vancouver post community need right now?
During this time, we can all benefit from checking in on one another. I really appreciate the time everyone is putting in to make mentorship programs, coffee chats, and podcasts happen.

Why did you join the VPA?
For the PARTIES! I mean... to be a part of the post community of course.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation) for exemplifying how character paves the future.

There have been so many mentors in my life that have manifested in different ways. Special thank yous to Richard Schwadel, Eddie O, Tanya Maryniak, Allan Lee, and Joe Fitzpatrick.


If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
I would absolutely work on Chef's Table while eating all day long. And Downton Abbey!

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
Good things take time, so celebrate the present, stay healthy, and eat a portobello burger... yum!

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Attempting to windsurf! I keep falling and falling off the board, always on the wrong side of the wind. Then dragging your board back onto the beach exhausted. Nothing beats a good beach day!


What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?
There have been too many to single one out. I do love watching dailies - from going through out of focus shots with devastated friends on indie shorts, to binning dailies on shows like Hit the Road or Loudermilk with super funny actors.

 
 
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Good News Story
 


Vancouver Post Alliance joins
Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC
 
The Vancouver Post Alliance is proud to announce its new membership with the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC. With this non-profit membership tier, the VPA’s executive branch will have access to any of MPPIA’s various committee meetings as well as their monthly board meeting minutes. This is a great opportunity for the VPA to be part of the larger conversation about the future of our industry in Vancouver, and to make sure our sectors’ voices are being heard and represented.

Established in 2002, the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia (MPPIA) is a member-based non-profit organization dedicated to a strong future for BC’s motion picture production sector. Together, MPPIA’s diverse membership represents the ‘voice and vision’ of the motion picture production industry in British Columbia. MPPIA’s vision is to grow, diversify and promote a competitive and sustainable motion picture industry in BC. MPPIA members work together to inform, educate, develop and market new initiatives that ensure BC’s motion picture industry flourishes as part of British Columbia’s vibrant, environmentally conscious, knowledge-based economy.

For more information on MPPIA, please visit their website:  www.mppia.com
 


 
Former Encore Facility is now Company 3 Vancouver
 
The major Vancouver Post Production company formerly called Encore, located at 50 W 2nd Avenue, has joined forces with sister company, Company 3 -- an internationally recognized brand for its creative color work and full complement of Post services for TV, feature films, and commercials.

Company 3 Vancouver will continue to service its large and eclectic group of filmmakers, including those based in the region and those who come here from the US and other countries to make the most of all the region has to offer. And they will now be fully plugged into the complete talent pool and technical infrastructure that Company 3 locations throughout the world offer.

James Cowan, GM of the facility now known as Company 3 Vancouver, sees the change as “a strong indication of Company 3's belief in a thriving future for Post Production in Vancouver."
 

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Tune In This Month
 

Upside Down Magic
July 31 at 8:00 pm on the Disney Channel


Tune into the Disney Channel on July 31 at 8pm for the movie adaptation of New York Times best selling novel, "Upside Down Magic."

This Disney Original Movie was both shot and finished here in Vancouver and employed the skills of the following VPA Post Production crew: Jonathan Shore (Post Producer), Gord Rempel (Picture Editor), Kelly Cole (Re-Recording Mixer) and Eva Madden (Sound Designer). The rest of the collaboration included the following local professionals: Anne Boyle (Colorist), Thom Kyle (Assistant Editor), Sean Flotre (VFX Editor), Zara Pokrandt (Post PA), Bill Mellow (Re-Recording Mixer), Chris Baker (SFX Editor), Javier Ivan Perez (Foley Artist), Dario DiSanto (Foley Editor) and Nick Wright (Foley Recordist).  VPA Corporate members Sharpe Sound Studios, Technicolor Vancouver and Finalé Post were also in involved in the project. Finale supplied the AVIDs and edit suites, Technicolor Vancouver handled the dailies and finishing, while Sharpe Sound covered the post audio.

Congratulations to everyone on this project for a job well done!

 
 

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


Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Growth Sponsors


 
VPA Supporting Sponsors
 





VPA Newsletter: June 2020
 


Upcoming VPA Events
 
   Tuesday, June 23 @ 7pm
Annual General Meeting via Zoom
   Thursday, July 16 @ 4pm
Editor Workflow Presentation + Q&A
by Nicole Ratcliffe and Trevor Mirosh

We hope that all VPA Members can join us on June 23 for the VPA 2020 Annual General Meeting to hear what your Board has been up to in the past year, as well as to vote on appointing 8 VPA Board Members for the 2020-2021 year.

This is your opportunity to have your vote counted. In addition to the elections there will be an Open Town Hall Forum where we look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions

If you're an editor and would like to learn some useful tips and tricks from the masters, mark July 16 on your calendar for the Editor Workflow Presentation by VPA members Nicole Ratcliffe and Trevor Mirosh. They will be talking dailies, corresponding paperwork, using sound effects and music, as well as everything that happens between editor’s cut to locked picture on TV series and features.

This must-see presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with Nicole and Trevor, so have your questions ready! Check your inbox in the coming weeks for more information!

 


Membership Committee

In listening to demands for long-overdue change in our world, the Vancouver Post Alliance has created a new committee within the VPA board. The Diversity & Inclusion Committee will primarily focus on diversity within the membership and also promote equality within our industry.

The committee is currently being headed up by VPA Board Members Miguel Araujo and Kerry McDowall, with Lindsay Elizabeth Donovan volunteering.  As with all committees, there is an opportunity to volunteer on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee as a non-board member.  This important committee can only be its strongest if its own membership reflects the diversity of our community.

Do you have ideas on how the VPA and Vancouver Post Production can better represent the wide diversity of our city's people?

Reach out to us and have your voice heard and help lead the VPA in a direction of inclusivity and opportunity in our local Film and Television industry:

 
 


Featured Member
 

Mana Saei
Post Production Sound

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

What is your favorite project that you've worked on, and why?
Dami and Falian, an animated VR graphic novel directed by Edward Madojemu, which premiered at VIFF Immersed 2019. This is my favourite sound design project so far because it required me to spatialize sound in Ambisonic and Binaural formats. The sound was used to evoke a variety of tensions in an imaginary environment.

Where did you get your start in our community?
I started by doing the sound for my own video and game creations. My official start goes back to when I collaborated as the audio artist in big projects at ECUAD. I worked on sound design, dialogue edit, foley, ADR, music and field recording for short films, animations, podcasts and sonic installations.

Did you attend a local post-secondary institution, and which one/program?
Emily Carr University of Art + design (ECUAD) - New Media and Sound Arts program

What do you see as the biggest asset to your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
The post production industry in Vancouver is growing larger and larger, which brings more learning and job opportunities to town. Also, Vancouver is a diverse, multicultural city. This gives people in the film and entertainment industry the opportunity to learn about different cultures, through the international projects run by international artists in Vancouver.

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
I, as a young woman and as a minority, have been struggling to fit into the community of sound post production in Vancouver. I find this to be my biggest obstacle. I appreciate the VPA's efforts to diversify the sound post community, carrying a welcoming message to immigrants, different genders and people of color.

What support does the Vancouver post community need right now?
We are experiencing some critical moments. People all around the world are trying to amplify voices against the ugliness of racism. At the same time, everyone has to figure out how to manage this New Normal of the post-pandemic era. The film and entertainment industry has been experiencing a lack of work and constant disappointing days during the lockdown. The Vancouver post community needs to have their jobs back. We need to have the cameras and sounds rolling. The film and entertainment industry can be a powerful community working to wash out the tensions and fears in the world caused by racism, this pandemic, unemployment and more.

Why did you join the VPA?
I always want to connect with professionals in my field, to talk to them, find out about their practices, and learn from their mentorship. I found the VPA through the post community in Vancouver. I first heard about this community through a workshop with Paul Massey, in March of 2019. I enjoyed the workshop and later learned that the event was organized by the VPA.

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?
I am inspired by Walter Murch. There are two Murch quotes in particular that inspire me:
“When sounds don’t mirror what is actually on screen, the audience instinctively knows to search for meaning.”
“The audience, without knowing it, is hungry for metaphor.”


If you could have worked on any series/film ever created, which one would it be?
Working in sound on Coppola's The Conversation would have been interesting, in terms of representing the mental state of the paranoid character.

In one sentence, what advice do you wish someone had given you five years ago, relative to your career today?
Listen to your surrounding more carefully because this is what you are to recreate

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
I grab a sound recorder and walk around town to capture interesting sounds, and that usually leads to a digital sonic project/installation. I enjoy learning different computer software, reading books, and watching international films.

 
 
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Sweet Magnolias Season 1
Streaming now on Netflix worldwide

Sweet Magnolias is based on the popular book series by Sherryl Woods and tells the story of Maddie, Helen and Dana Sue, friends since childhood, who still live in the small southern town where they grew up. The stories follow the ups and downs of their personal lives and the love and support they share in all of their adventures.

While the production did initially consider locations in Vancouver to re-create the look and feel of the story's South Carolina setting, the decision was made to shoot the 10-episode series in the small town of Covington Georgia, near Atlanta. However, producers still wanted a Canadian post team, and were supported by Netflix in choosing to edit and finish in Vancouver.

There was a strong team in the cutting room with the following Editors: VPA members Daria Ellerman, Jason Pielak and Mark Shearer, as well as editor Alison Grace; Assistant Editors: VPA members Rehan Khokhar and Kelly Wong, as well as AEs Tyler Ruocco and Amanda Colquhoun. The Post Producer, David Dewar, teamed up with Post Supervisor Christy Thomas and Post Coordinator Marena Dix, all three fellow members as well.

The series was shot on Sony Venice and delivered 4K HDR with Dolby Atmos. Picture post was provided by proud VPA Growth Sponsor Encore Vancouver with support and Dailies management from Deluxe/Company 3 in Atlanta. A pair of long standing VPA corporate members played their part as well: Sharpe Sound supplied a fantastic mix and Finale outfitted editorial and provided cutting rooms. At the end it was all managed at a distance as everyone stepped up and went the extra mile to complete the show while under lockdown.


Sweet Magnolias was an opportunity to showcase the depth of creative resources in Vancouver -- and the four weeks it spent in the Netflix top 10 proved that everyone’s confidence was well placed.
 

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Good News Stories


 
B.C. MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY COVID-19
BEST PRACTICES COALITION
 
The Coalition was formed by representatives from 26 stakeholders, representing all sectors of our production industry including the major Studios, Government, Industry associations, Labour, Producers, and Post - working under the cooperation of Creative BC and ActSafe.

Collaboratively developed by industry for industry to ensure a safe return to operations during COVID-19, the Coalition has developed Safety Guidelines for guidance and as a resource. In addition, the Coalition is further developing detailed resources including a Pandemic Production Guide and Department-specific Guidance to support employers returning to operation. Addressing the safety of Post Production crews is part of this Guidance.

VPA members Don Thompson (of Finale Post/Picture Shop), James Cowan and Lindsay Elizabeth Donovan (both of Encore/Company 3) are part of the Coalition and, with the help of a Post Production subcommittee, have ensured our voices are heard.

The Guidelines and Pandemic Production Guide will be forwarded to Government for review in the next week, and should be able to be released fully to industry in the near future. This work will complement the work done by the BC Post Production Safety Practices Task Force, Worksafe BC and individual production companies and facilities to ensure we get back to work safely.
 

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Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Growth Sponsors

 
VPA Supporting Sponsors
 


VPA Newsletter: May 2020
 


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

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

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

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

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


Membership Committee

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

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

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

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


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

IMDB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Mountain Biking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Good News Stories


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BEST EDITING - SHORT DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Elad Tzadok – Hayashi Studio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VPA Growth Sponsors

 
VPA Supporting Sponsors
 



VPA Newsletter: April 2020
 

Membership Committee

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Events Committee

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

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

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


events@vancouverpostalliance.com.

 

Mentorship Committee

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

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

 

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

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

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


 
Altered Carbon Netflix Party
Hosted by Canadian Cinema Editors

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

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


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

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

 

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Good News Stories


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

Check out this CTV News article for more details.
 

 

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

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

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

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

 
 
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Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Growth Sponsors
 
 
VPA Supporting Sponsors
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


VPA Supporting Sponsors

Featured Member
 
Jason Schneider
Editor
IMDB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

What do you see as the biggest hurdle for your sector, relative to the Vancouver industry?
I’m repeating the old story -- LA shows not posting here.  When I assisted in the MGM hallways, it was all local editors.  Thanks Hudson!  Hopefully it’s changing with executive decisions made by some of the new streaming platforms.
 
 
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Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Growth Sponsors
 
 
VPA Supporting Sponsors
 

VPA Newsletter: February 2020
 


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

 


Membership Committee

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


Mentorship Committee

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

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

 
 
 


Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Growth Sponsors

 
VPA Supporting Sponsors
 

 


VPA Newsletter: January 2020
 


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

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

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