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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: 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"



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
 

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.

 
 

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


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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Tune In This Month
 
 
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.
 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Growth Sponsors

 
VPA Supporting Sponsors
 



VPA Newsletter: April 2020
 

Membership Committee

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Events Committee

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

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

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


events@vancouverpostalliance.com.

 

Mentorship Committee

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

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

 

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

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

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


 
Altered Carbon Netflix Party
Hosted by Canadian Cinema Editors

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

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


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

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

 

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

Good News Stories


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

Check out this CTV News article for more details.
 

 

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

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

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

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

 
 
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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:
VPA Growth Sponsors


VPA Supporting Sponsors


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

 



Membership Committee

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
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Tune In This Month
 

Virgin River
Streaming Now on Netflix


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

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

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

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

 

Messiah
Streaming Now on Netflix


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

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

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

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

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


Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Growth Sponsors

 
VPA Supporting Sponsors
 


VPA Newsletter: November 2019
 


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


VPA Supporting Sponsors


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

 



Membership Committee

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

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


Mentorship Committee

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

We also have this testimonial from one of our Mentees:

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


Featured Member
 
 
Chi-Toa So
1st Assistant Editor

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

Where did you get your start in our community?

Volunteer 2nd Assistant Editor

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors
  
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VPA Newsletter: October 2019
 


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


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

 

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

Thank you to our event sponsors:


 




Membership Committee

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

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


Featured Member
 
 
Holly Pavlik
VFX Editor/Picture Editor

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

Where did you get your start in our community?

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


 


Tune In This Month
 

PodCast & Crew: Episode 4
Available for Download Now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 


Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Sustaining Sponsor


 

VPA Supporting Sponsors


VPA Newsletter: September 2019
 

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

Where did you get your start in our community?

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

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

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


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

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

Who was/is your mentor/inspiration/idol?

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Sustaining Sponsor


 

VPA Supporting Sponsors



 


VPA Newsletter: August 2019
 


Membership Committee

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

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


Mentorship Committee

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

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



 

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



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

Congrats and best of luck, Richard!

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


Tune In This Month
 

The Terror: Infamy
August 12th on AMC

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 


Thank You as Always to our VPA Sponsors

 
VPA Sustaining Sponsor


 

VPA Supporting Sponsors



 



VPA Newsletter: July 2019
 

 
Events Committee
 
Midsummer!

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

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

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

 

 

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



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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 


Featured Member
 
 
Jonathan Tromsness
Music Composition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Woodworking!

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

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


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


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



VPA Newsletter: June 2019
 


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


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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

 

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


 
Mentorship Committee

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

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


A huge thank you to all of our members who not only attended, but also helped move tables, and stayed afterward to discuss the program and build on the excitement in the room!