Jim Bates | Acting for Film & Television Faculty | Vancouver Film School


Jim Bates

Scene Study on Camera / Camera

Jim is an actor, director, and teacher with over 25 years of experience in theatre, film, and television. Trained at the William Davis Centre, Jim's screen credits include We Don't Live Here Anymore, The Final Cut, Tru Calling, Da Vinci's Inquest, Jake 2.0, and Traveler. He is best known for his recurring role as Sonny Elliman over six seasons on USA Network's The Dead Zone. Jim has also starred in the independent films Hastings Street and She Who Must Burn.

Two Married People, Jim's first feature film as a director and writer, premiered at the Milan International Film Festival in 2014 where he and his co-writers received the Best Screenwriting award. Jim regularly coaches other professional actors for performing in theatre, film, and television. He specializes in dramaturgical breakdown and interpretation of scene work for actors of all levels.

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