From film to games, acting to sound design, makeup to animation, VFS faculty share our students' enjoyment of creative accomplishment. Drawn directly from their respective industries, Program Leaders are accomplished artists and professionals selected for their ability to help you develop direct relationships with the people, industries, and ideas shaping your artistic disciplines. While strongly influencing their programs, they remain deeply connected to their fields by pursuing their own work producing and directing films, writing screenplays, or designing sound.
Senior Administrators also play an important role during periods of growth or evolution within a particular discipline. Often they will manage a program for a period of time to make certain VFS's vision and core values are always in focus and are clearly articulated. This ensures that our high educational standards are always being met.
As our highly experienced educational leaders, these individuals create a bridge from the school to the industry by guiding you through the production of the highest quality results in your reels, films, portfolios, and performances.
Jennifer Clement is a professional actor based in Vancouver. She has acted in more than 40 film and television projects, including Fido, Syfy's Eureka, The X-Files, The Dead Zone, Waydowntown, My Life as a Dog, Da Vinci's Inquest, and Supernatural.
Marianne O'Reilly is a veteran management executive of the sports entertainment and visual effects industries. She was the director of game presentation for the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks. Her credit list at Rainmaker Visual Effects, where she progressed from a visual effects producer to President in 2007, includes Dead Like Me, Night at the Museum, and Vantage Point.
Head of Digital Design
A native of London, England, Louise Lee is a design industry veteran with a wealth of experience in project management. Coupled with her industry expertise in interactive digital marketing, government legislation, banking, and utilities, she has worked as the Program Manager at Blast Radius and holds a PRINCE2 Foundation project management certification from the U.K.
Acting Head of Entertainment Business Management
As a former music journalist, musician, indie label entrepreneur and major label VP, Ken has worked some of the music industry's biggest stars including Shania Twain, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, Dire Straits, New Order, David Bowie, the Pixies, and U2. He remains the only Canadian senior executive to have held senior management positions at a major label and a core MP3 technology company.
A game designer who has worked in the industry for fifteen years, Dave comes to VFS directly from Electronic Arts, one of the most successful video game companies in the world. Dave has worked on 26 major game releases, including NHL 2005 , NBA Live , Mission: Impossible , Top Gun: Danger Zone , and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Stan Edmonds has been a motion picture Makeup Artist for over 25 years. He has over 50 film and television credits and has served as Head of Department on such films as I, Robot, The Butterfly Effect, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Scary Movie, and Clint Eastwood's Academy Award-winning film Unforgiven .
Prior to joining VFS, Shane worked at Sharpe Sound Studios as a Re-Recording Mixer, where he mixed Foley and backgrounds, music, effects mixes for various TV shows, ADR recording, laybacks and quality control. After leaving Sharpe Sound he started his own mobile ADR recording company that works on shows like Smallville, Dead Zone, Reaper, and Aliens in America.
Head of Writing for Film & Television
Michael Baser has written, created, produced, and showrun some of TV's most beloved series, including Good Times, The Jeffersons, One Day At A Time, Maude, Three's Company, 9 to 5, What's Happening, Full House, We Got It Made, and So Little Time, He has also created and written a dozen half-hour and hour-long pilots for ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox.