Matthew Lillard has quickly become an active, central figure on the Acting for Film & Television department’s Advisory Board. As one of the top working actors in Hollywood, he offers VFS Acting students and graduates the benefit of his years of experience and brings to the program an invigorating passion for the craft that inspires students to push themselves harder to achieve their goals.

In special 3-day VFS Acting alumni workshops, Lillard works intensely with Acting grads on a number of selected scenes, pushing them to dig deeper and remain focused on their acting careers. He also mentors current Acting students, having recently directed a short film produced by VFS entitled Come Home Soon.

In this interview with Bill Marchant, the Head of Acting for Film & Television, Lillard explains his role at Vancouver Film School, his approach to teaching emerging actors, and his own journey as an actor.

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Come home soon

In 2009, Matthew Lillard guest-directed a short film for the Acting program. Written by Writing for Film & Television graduate Kyle Cossairt, Come Home Soon demonstrates Lillard’s passionate dedication to VFS Acting students.

The experience left the two starring Acting students with many great lessons:

“I was absolutely INTIMIDATED and TERRIFIED to have the opportunity to work with [Matthew Lillard] for 4 days, as lucky as I was… He made the atmosphere so easygoing and so safe, that I felt I could simply live my character’s life without my actor judgment getting in the way.”

Arielle Josephine Tuliao
Actor, Come Home Soon
Acting for Film & Television graduate

“[Matthew Lillard]’s highly recognized for his sense of humor, but in my opinion, what defines him is his utmost respect for the art [of acting]. He truly lives this life and working with him has definitely been one of the highlights on my journey as an actor.”

Jared Paul Abrahamson
Actor, Come Home Soon
Acting for Film & Television graduate

Behind the scenes of Come Home Soon

This slideshow features some behind-the-scenes photos from the production of Come Home Soon, filmed in part at Third Beach in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Check out more Acting for Film & Television photos on VFS’s Flickr profile

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