Vancouver Film School to Partner with TED 2019 for Exclusive Storytelling Workshop

Announcement Highlights:

  • TED and Vancouver Film School have teamed up to deliver an exciting new workshop experience.
  • This unique storytelling workshop is exclusive to delegates at TED 2019 in Vancouver, BC.
  • Attendees have the opportunity to interact directly with Pixar’s Michal Makarewicz and VFS head of animation Colin Giles.
  • This event will be hosted at the VFS School of Animation & VFS Campus, downtown Vancouver on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

(Vancouver, BC) February 1, 2019 - Vancouver Film School (VFS) is proud to announce an exciting new storytelling workshop being held at the downtown Vancouver VFS Animation Campus on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, created in partnership with TED for delegates attending TED 2019 in Vancouver, BC.

Led by acclaimed Pixar animator & director Michal Makarewicz and VFS head of animation Colin Giles, “How to Tell Your Story & Bring an Idea to Life” is an exclusive 2-hour experience offering TED delegates the unique opportunity to learn directly from two of the most distinguished storytellers in the world of modern animation. Equal parts Masterclass and interactive workshop, this event encompasses real-time coaching, creative direction, and historic examples from the industry that expand one’s approach to communication, and understanding the methodology applied in bringing stories both personal and professional to life.

About the Workshop Thought Leaders:

Colin Giles, Head of Faculty, VFS School of Animation & VFX

Recently awarded the “#2 Global Animation & VFX School” by Animation Career Review Magazine, Colin Giles is the Head of the VFS School of Animation & VFX, bringing over 22 years of professional experience as a Director, Animator, and Creative Designer. Colin’s work in animation and storytelling has allowed him the chance to work with some of the biggest names in the industry, including: The Cartoon Network, Ford Motor Co., The NBA and Starbucks, to name a few. But for Colin, his ultimate professional highlight was also a childhood dream come true when he got the chance to bring Mickey Mouse to life and animate for Disney Interactive.  When he’s not busy in the classroom with students each week, he’s active on many popular industry projects as well.  His recent work on Seth Rogen’s animated hit Sausage Party has become somewhat legendary among his fans and friends! In 2017, Colin was an official speaker at TEDx Vancouver and delivered an incredible talk about a brilliant historic name the creative world had often overlooked.

Michal Makarewicz, Animation Director – Disney/Pixar

Considered among the very best Animation Directors in the world, Michal Makarewicz has been an Animator at Disney/Pixar Animation Studios for over 13 years. Passionate about animation and creative storytelling, he has been a critical part of some of the biggest box office successes in animation history. Whether you saw his talented work on The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Toy Story 3, Brave or Inside Out, or his more recent work as Directing Animator on Cars 2 and Finding Dory, he has been attached to some of the most iconic and box-office record-breaking animated films of all time. Michal loves to teach as much as he loves to animate and works closely with creative students and professionals around the world who attend his special seminars. Most recently, Michal was the Supervising Animator on Toy Story of Terror and is currently very proud to be working hard finalizing this summer’s hugely anticipated Disney/Pixar release, Toy Story 4.

About Vancouver Film School

In 1987, VFS revolutionized entertainment arts education with the introduction of the world’s first one-year intensive film production diploma program. Today, VFS is Canada’s premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution, offering acclaimed and award-winning one-year diploma programs in 3D animation, film, TV, programming, video game, motion and interactive design. For the past 30 years, VFS has been devoted to delivering the highest quality education, and developing the next generation of leaders in the entertainment and creative media industries.

VFS Media Contact:
Christopher Ian Bennett,
Executive Producer & Head of Marketing
Vancouver Film School

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