Behind the Scenes Expo

Thursday, April 6 | 12:00 PM & 1:40 PM - 3:00 PM | VIFF Vancity Theatre | School Groups*
Thursday, April 6 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM |  VIFF Vancity Theatre | Open to Public

Behind The Scenes

We are Vancouver's only film industry job fair for high school students. Representatives from Vancouver’s film industry will talk with students about a range of career opportunities available in the industry, from sound design and make-up to visual effects and acting. Participants include: VFX companies, animation and CGI companies, post-secondary education and training institutes, and unions and guilds.

If you’re interested in fashion, drawing, photography, sound design, filmmaking, writing, computer programming, or video games, this event is for you. This is a chance to build your network, meet industry professionals, and move from being a student to pursuing the career of your dreams. Incentives will be provided to encourage you to visit every booth.

This event is for school groups by pre-registration only, and is intended as part of an entire day of programming (Youth Media Conference & Expo) from 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM. From 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM the Expo portion will be open to the public, free of charge.




Animation and VFX Companies and Studios

Animal Logic has attracted audiences with its visual effects and animation in films like Moulin Rouge, House of Flying Daggers, 300, The Great Gatsby, Happy Feet, Legend of the Guardians, BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs 3D and The LEGO® Movie. Animal Logic's Animation division is currently in production on LEGO Batman (2017) and LEGO Ninjago (2017). In 2015 it opened a new animation studio in Vancouver as part of a three picture deal with Warner Bros. The studio’s first project is be The LEGO® Movie sequel, scheduled for release in 2018.

Atomic Cartoons is an independent full-service animation studio. Atomic creates, produces and finances animation for television series, commercials and music videos. Clients include: Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Walt Disney and Marvel Animation. Original productions include Pirate Express and Atomic Betty, seen in over 180 territories and winning the Annie, Leo, Gemini and Bafta awards.
Bardel Entertainment is an animation production studio that is currently making series for a diverse slate of collaborators: Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks and Warner Brothers. Bardel works simultaneously on: feature films, prime time series, kids and preschool television, as well as projects for Subscription Video On Demand and Video On Demand platforms.
DHX Media is an animation production company. DHX’s past production partners include: Disney, Cartoon Network, Classic Media, Jetix, YTV, Teletoon and WGBH. Most recent shows include: Kid vs Kat (created by Rob Boutilier, one of the crew), Martha Speaks, Packages from Planet X, Dr. Dimensionpants!, Hasbro’s My Little Pony, Pound Puppies, and Littlest Pet Shop.
Double Negative is an Academy Award®-winning visual effects company, with facilities in London, Singapore and Vancouver. It has been recognized by the Visual Effects Society for InceptionSherlock Holmes, and Interstellar, and by BAFTA for InceptionHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Interstellar. It won Oscars for Inception, Interstellar, and Ex Machina. They are currently in production of Avengers: Infinity War, Blade Runner 2049, Justice League Part One, Wonder Woman and The Mummy.
Image Engine this world-class visual effects studio collaborates closely with its clients to provide concept designs, pre-visualization, supervision and visual effects production. Well known for their Academy Award Nominated work on Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, they have gone on to create numerous incredible creatures, epic environments and extraordinary digital effects for a broad range of feature films including Zero Dark ThirtyJurassic WorldGame of Thrones,Independence Day: ResurgenceLogan and Power Rangers.

Method Studios is an award-winning international visual effects group with facilities in Canada, the U.S., England and Australia. It services high-end feature film, commercial, television, game and motion graphics clients in the global marketplace. Method Studios provides a full range of visual effects services including: conceptual design, look development, on-set supervision, 3D animation/CGI, matte painting, compositing and finishing. They are currently working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur.

MPC has offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Montreal, Amsterdam, Bangalore and Mexico City, with over 25 years of experience. They provide a variety of creative solutions from Concept Design to Shoot Supervision, 3D/CG Effects, Animation, SOftware Development, and Production. They are known for the Harry Potter franchise, X-Men and Life of Pi. They recently completed work on The Martian, The Jungle Book and Passengers, and are currently working on Wonder Woman, Ghost in the Shell and The Mummy.

Sony Pictures Imageworks is an Academy Award®-winning-winning visual effects and animation unit of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group. It is known for live-action visual effects, dynamic creature and character animation and all-CG animation. The company headquarters is located in Vancouver, B.C. and recently completed work on the features Storks, Ghostbusters, Alice Through The Looking Glass and The Angry Birds Movie. They are currently working on Smurfs: The Lost Village, Kingsman: The Golden CircleSpiderman: Homecoming and Meg.

Zoic Studios is a Visual Effects Company based in Vancouver and California. Its work includes: film, television, advertising, video game and interactive projects. Zoic’s fields of expertise include: design, animation, compositing, and production management.



Post-Secondary Educational and Training Centres

Blanche Macdonald Centre has three campuses in Vancouver and has offered the highest quality of professional career training in Makeup Artistry, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Hair Design, Esthetics/Spa Therapy and Nail Technology, since 1960. Considered to be the industry leader, over one thousand students per year graduate, moving on to careers in hair, makeup, and special effects makeup. The center's Global Makeup Program was designed by Emmy Award-winning Artist Todd McIntosh, and the work of Blanche Macdonald instructors and students have appeared in numerous Hollywood movies, major television series, top publications and on fashion runways around the world.
Capilano University has a variety of programs. The School of Motion Picture Arts offers one-year certificates in Motion Picture Arts, Cinematography for Film and Video, Documentary, and Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking; two-year full-time diplomas in Motion Picture Arts, Digital Visual Effects, Costuming for Stage and Screen, 2D Animation + Visual Development, 3D Animation + Games, and Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking. The Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts combines practice and protocol in the field, opportunities for technical, aesthetic, and creative innovation, and integrated theoretical and critical perspectives.

Langara College Film Arts is an eight-month intensive, collaborative and comprehensive program for students wishing to work in film as actors, writers, or directors. Students collaborate on projects and engage in intensive study in their own craft area. Courses in film studies, industry practices, the principles and business of film production, and career preparation give students in all streams the knowledge to embark on creative film careers.

Lost Boys Studios School of VFX - Exceeding industry placement rates, Lost Boys graduates are one of the most highly sought sources of new talent within the Visual Effects Industry. Known for its advanced skill sets, keen problem solving instincts, and knowledge of the entire Visual Effects pipeline, graduates are trusted to handle challenging responsibilities and are often moved quickly into leadership roles. In less than a year students can be successfully employed in a creatively rewarding career within the booming Visual Effects Industry.

Nimbus School of Recording & Media was founded in 2009 to train the next generation of music and media professionals. Students benefit from 24/7 studio access and gear, as well as ongoing mentorship from current music and media professionals and networking opportunities with industry guest lecturers.

Simon Fraser University offers a film program which combines rigorous technical training and skills development with extensive instruction in cinema studies and history. Students draw on courses throughout the school to deepen their understanding of other artistic disciplines. The program is collaborative and cohort-based, leading to long-term peer support and partnership after school, a strategy that has produced a number of prize-winning films. Students learn by making their own films and videos in each year of their program, and begin working with 16mm in their first semester.

University of British Columbia The Theatre and Film program offers four-year undergraduate degrees in Acting, Design and Production, Film Production, Film Studies and Theatre Studies, and includes the option to study in an interdisciplinary environment with creative writing and other university disciplines. Students are taught in a liberal arts context, which prepares them for a wide range of careers, including: costume and set design, theatre production, teaching, curating, filmmaking, writing and arts administration.

Vancouver Institute of Media Arts is one of the world’s most highly respected schools for media and performing arts. Founded in 1995, VanArts offers a variety of one-year diploma programs in Character Animation, Game Art & Design, Visual Effects, Digital Photography, Web Development & Design, Web/Radio/TV Broadcasting and Acting for Film & Television. 

Vancouver Film School offers 13 one-year post-secondary programs spanning every aspect of the entertainment arts. VFS’s educational model balances theory and hands-on production. The faculty consists of established, award-winning professionals who work for top studios. The Advisory Board is composed of  industry leaders who help shape curriculum so student programs stay current.



Guilds and Unions

IATSE Local 669 is the International Cinematographers Guild of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Local 669 consists of over 650 members involved in all aspects of film and television that pertains to the camera. Membership consists of Directors of Photography, Camera Operators, Camera Assistants, Unit Publicists, Unit Still Photographers, Electronic Camerapeople, Video Assist, Digital Engineers and Technicians, Data Management Technicians and Camera Trainees in all phases of filmed or electronically recorded theatrical feature films, films for television release, Internet and television series productions. It is the mandate of IATSE Local 669 to secure work opportunities, as well as the best conditions and wages for its membership, through collective agreements.

IATSE Local 891 is internationally renowned for its skilled workers and professionalism.  This local consists of artists, technicians, and craftspeople who work primarily in film and television production in BC. There are numerous departments in local 891, some of the entertainment trades and crafts represented are: Accounting, Allied Craft, Art, Construction, Costume, Editing, Extras Casting, First Aid / Craft Service, Greens, Grips, Hair, Lighting / Electrics, Make-Up, Painting, Production Office, Props, Script Supervisors / Continuity Coordinator, Set Decorating, Sound, Special Effects, and Visual Effects.

UBCP / ACTRA represents nearly 5,000 of the most experienced and skilled performers in the world; professional actors, stunt people, singers, dancers, puppeteers, voices, background persons, and a multitude of other types of performers, for every form of recorded media. UBCP members work on everything from feature films to TV, from radio commercials to animated voices, from internet based web-series to performance-capture. As the Union representing performers, UBCP’s number one goal is to create more good work opportunities for its members, and ensure a larger BC film, TV and digital media industry into the future.


Resources and Career Advancement Opportunities

Vancouver Public Library's Inspiration Lab is an open access digital media lab at the central library branch downtown. The Lab combines traditional, digital and new media in a custom-built space dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration, and storytelling. It features high-performance computers, analog-to-digital conversion, sound studios, video editing and self-publishing software. This is all for free with your library card. The Lab is a great resource for students to try new software and experiment with the technology that professionals use. For those participating in the Youth Filmmakers Showcase, the Inspiration Lab has offered to walk filmmakers through the space and will offer a private tutorial about its green screen.  
Jake Collinge is a talented illustrator and Entertainment Artist living in Vancouver. He has worked as a Concept Artist and Designer in feature films, animated TV, and games. Some of his major project credits include the animation features Ratchet and Clank and Escape From Planet Earth, and the Netflix animated series The Adventures of Puss in Boots.


Prizes and swag wil be awarded throughout the day. 

Build your community with R2R and VPL! As an addition to the Expo, the Vancouver Public Library will be offering programs for teens in their digital creation space, the Inspiration Lab. Join library staff for a whirlwind tour of the Lab, sign up to try out their Green Screen and filming equipment or learn the basics of audio recording in their sound booths. That's right, a special opportunities to connect with likeminded individuals and learn new skills! The Inspiration Lab is FREE to anyone with a library card.

To register your class, contact: education [@]
For more info or to see about booth availability, contact: office [@]

Please note: We encourage you to check your calendar for conflicts prior to registration. R2R requires a minimum of two weeks notice in order to cancel your registration and offer a full refund. This applies to all school groups.

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