Join us online over Spring Break for two days of career exploration in the entertainment industry!

 

Our Creative Break camps feature online workshops led by experienced professionals in Visual Effects, Classical Animation, Makeup, Digital Design, Film Production, and Writing. You will learn about B.C.’s booming creative economy, and discover how VFS’s accelerated one-year education model can fast-track your career in the industry.

Creative Break 2021 – COVID-19 Advisory

With health and safety as our top priority, Vancouver Film School is planning for an online delivery of Creative Break programs in March 2021.

Should COVID-19 circumstances improve, Creative Break programs could be held in person on campus for participants local to Vancouver. In this case, Vancouver Film School will remain committed to fulfilling the online delivery of workshops for participants from outside Vancouver. Standard refund policy will continue to apply.

We will be reviewing Creative Break programs in January 2021 to assess if an in-person option will be available for local participants only.

For more information about what VFS is doing during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit vfs.edu/vfs-advisory.

Cost:

Each two-day workshop is C$150

*Take advantage of our Early Bird prices until December 31, 2020. Register for a single two-day workshop and get 10% off.

Dates:

March 15-16, 17-18 & 22-23, 2021
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. PST each day

Registration Deadline:

March 5, 2021

**Students must confirm they are 15 to 18 years old at the beginning of the workshop in order to register.

 

If you have any questions, please contact: industryworkshops@vfs.com

We’re constantly improving our curriculum to enhance your experience at VFS. Please note that the content below may be subject to change.

Makeup Design | Makeup for Stage & Screen: From Trauma to Tattoos

From police procedurals to horror films, the stories we tell on stage and screen are filled with bruises and scars. Learn how to create realistic tattoos that replicate these injuries in our two-day makeup workshop. On first day, you will paint skulls to get a better understanding of facial anatomy and the principles of highlight and shadow, and you will learn how to create tattoo transfers of your own design. The following day, you will learn to apply injury makeups: blood, bruises, cuts, and black eyes, finishing with the application and colouring of the tattoos you designed.

Requirements:

  • Computer with microphone and camera
  • Stable internet connection (wired connection recommended)
  • Basic makeup kit – details TBA

*Note: This two-day Creative Break is available during two different dates. Students should choose to register for Session 1 or Session 2.

 

Dates: March 15-16 & 17-18

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Writing | Creating a TV Series

Have you ever wondered how a story goes from page to screen? Enjoy an overview of the creative process behind creating dramatic and comedic narratives for the current television market. Focus on character design and development, as well as story, structure, and the importance of theme and plot, then workshop your original series idea and test its viability. You must bring and be prepared to pitch an original dramatic (60 minutes) or comedy (30 minutes) television concept (pilot) that features an overall premise, leading and other key characters, and style and tone.

Requirements:

  • Computer with microphone and camera
  • Stable Internet connection (wired connection recommended)

*Note: This two-day Creative Break is available during two different dates. Students should choose to register for Session 1 or Session 2.

 

Dates: March 15-16 & 17-18

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Acting | Audition. Cast. Shoot: Script to Screen in Two Days

Join us for an on-camera audition and acting intensive in a small group setting. This interactive workshop will get you into the text, on your feet, and in front of the camera. We will cover scene breakdown, character development, and camera fundamentals to get you prepped for the shoot. Industry professionals will guide you through your audition and scene work, and you will finish the workshop with your raw footage and a taste for the fast-paced life of a working actor in Vancouver.

Requirements:

  • Computer with microphone and camera
  • Stable Internet connection (wired connection recommended)
  • Space to do movement exercises

*Note: This two-day Creative Break is available during two different dates. Students should choose to register for Session 1 or Session 2.

 

Dates: March 17-18 & 22-23

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Sound Design | Intro to Pro Tools

Did you know that 84% of VFS Sound Design graduates work in the industry within six months of graduating? The VFS Sound Design program trains you to be a sound designer and dialogue editor, among other titles, in one of the biggest sound industries in the world: Vancouver. Taught by industry experts, this workshop will provide you a solid foundation in Pro Tools basics for film sound editing, giving you the confidence and experience to pursue more in-depth training in Sound Design.

***CANCELLED***

Digital Design | Design and Animate a Title Sequence

Title sequences date back to the early days of filmmaking and still play a significant role in digital storytelling. In this workshop, you will learn about the history of title sequences, explore the genres that influence today’s designs, and understand how techniques have evolved over time: from traditional film to short programming platforms such as social and web content. You will then dive into a practical demonstration in Adobe After Effects, learning industry practices and creating professional-level transitions and effects using footage and animation. No prior knowledge of the software is required for this course.

Requirements:

  • Computer with dual monitors (recommended), microphone, and camera
  • Stable Internet connection (wired connection recommended)

 

Dates: March 15-16

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Classical Animation

Does the limitless creative potential of animation inspire you? Do you understand that the technology of animation is constantly evolving, but that the principles of creating unforgettable characters and engaging journeys remain stronger than ever? We have just the workshop for you. Delve into the fundamentals of drawing, animating, and basic art direction in this two-day workshop.

***CANCELLED***

Animation & Visual Effects | Visual Effects for Film

Have you ever wondered how filmmakers create the visual effects and environments for Star Wars, or Game of Thrones? Are you interested in harnessing both your technical and creative skills into a highly sought-after career? Join us for a two-day intensive workshop led by industry professionals to learn firsthand how they create these spectacular images. Starting with a brief introduction of behind-the-scenes breakdowns, you will gain experience using professional quality assets and software to key and composite into a final scene.

Requirements:

  • Computer with microphone and camera
  • Stable Internet connection (wired connection recommended)

 

Dates: March 17-18

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Film Production | Cinematic Storytelling

Making a film is a complex operation that requires many moving parts to come together: story, acting, directing, lighting, and camera work. Join us for an intensive, two-day production workshop on cinematic storytelling to learn about the key elements involved in the process of filmmaking.

Requirements:

  • Computer with dual monitors (recommended), microphone, and camera
  • Stable Internet connection (wired connection recommended)
  • Some kind of camera (cellphone or other type of video recording device)

 

Dates: March 15-16

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Film Production | Finishing the Story: Editing & Post-Production

The story does not end when the shoot wraps — that is when the unseen creative heroes of filmmaking get their turn to shine. They edit the film, add sound, create effects, and take the various pieces of the production to turn them into a coherent story. Spend two days with post-production industry professionals to learn how they get it done.

Requirements:

  • Computer with dual monitors (recommended), microphone, and camera
  • Stable Internet connection (wired connection recommended)
  • Some kind of camera (cellphone or other type of video recording device)

 

Dates: March 17-18

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Foundation | Visual Art & Design Fundamentals

Do you wish your creative projects could be a true representation of your awesome ideas? Unlock your creative potential in a two-day workshop that begins by introducing proven tools to help you move past the fear that might be blocking you. Take those ideas into sketches and artwork, digitize with powerful design software to add colour, texture, and typography, and turn your art into a video representing how fearlessly creative you really are. 

Requirements:

  • Computer with dual monitors (recommended), microphone, and camera
  • Stable Internet connection (wired connection recommended)
  • Paper, pencils, and your favourite art supplies (markers, paints, etc.) 
  • Some kind of camera (to capture or scan your work) 

 

Dates: March 22-23

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