Join us online & in-person over Spring Break for a series of two-day workshops exploring the creative industries!

 

Creative Break features two-day online & in-person workshops led by experienced professionals in Film Production, Animation, Acting, Writing, Digital Design, Makeup, and Sound Design. You will learn about B.C.’s booming creative economy and discover how VFS’s accelerated one-year educational model can fast-track your career in the industry.

Creative Break 2022 – COVID-19 Advisory

With health & safety as our top priority, Vancouver Film School will hold some of its Creative Break 2022 workshops remotely and will provide a limited number of workshops on campus. For all on campus workshops, safety measures will be in place to ensure the health & safety of all instructors and participants. Face masks will be required.

We are monitoring the situation closely and we reserve the right to cancel on campus workshops based on guidance from BC Ministry of Health.

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

Cost:

$150-$225 per workshop (see below for individual prices)

*Register for two or more workshops and receive $25 off per workshop.

Location:

Online/In-person

Dates:

March 14-15, 16-17 & 21-22, 2022
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. PST each day
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. PST (Acting workshop only)
Note: For Acting workshop, 1-4 p.m. will be independent work.

Registration Deadline:

Until seats are filled

**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.

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 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, & typography, and turn your art into a video representing how fearlessly creative you truly are.

Requirements (on campus):

  • Headphones with a standard headphone jack (Bluetooth will not work)

Requirements for online (should in-person not be possible):

  • Computer, with webcam & microphone
  • Headphones with a standard headphone jack (Bluetooth will not work)
  • 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 21-22, 2022

Cost: $200

Location: In-person, on campus (*course may be moved to online in the event of any new COVID restrictions)

 

**Sorry, this workshop is now full.**

Acting | How to Nail Your Self-Taped Camera Audition

The film and TV casting process now relies on self-taped auditions. Join VFS faculty and industry professionals to learn how to put your best take forward in this workshop, giving you a compact introduction to the basic guidelines for submitting an online audition from home. Make the creative and technical choices that can propel the self-taped audition from good to great. We will guide you through the audition process, give you feedback on your audition, and answer any questions you may have about what it takes to become a working actor in Vancouver.

*This workshop features lessons by instructors as well as self-guided work.

Requirements:

  • Computer with camera and microphone (required)
  • Stable Internet connection (wired connection recommended)
  • Additional phone camera or camera device
  • Quiet space to shoot your audition

 

Dates: March 21-22, 2022

Cost: $150

Location: Online

 

**Sorry, this workshop is now full.**

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 & tone.

Requirements:

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

 

Dates: March 16-17, 2022

Cost: $150

Location: Online

 

**Sorry, this workshop is now full.**

Makeup for Stage & Screen | From Trauma to Tattoos 1

In this workshop, you will create painted skulls to better understand facial anatomy and the principles of highlight & shadow. Then, you will learn to create tattoo transfers – designed by yourself! You’ll also learn about and apply various injury makeups: blood, bruises, cuts, and black eyes. And finally, you will apply & colour the tattoos you designed.

 

Dates: March 16-17, 2022

Cost: $225

Location: In-person, on campus

 

**Sorry, this workshop is now full.**

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***

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 & web content. You will then dive into a practical demonstration using Adobe After Effects, learning industry practices and creating professional-level transitions & effects using footage and animation.

*No prior knowledge of the software is required for this workshop.

Requirements:

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

 

Dates: March 14-15, 2022

Cost: $150

Location: Online

 

**Sorry, this workshop is now full.**

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 & composite into a final scene.

Requirements:

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

 

Dates: March 16-17, 2022

Cost: $150

Location: Online

 

**Sorry, this workshop is now full.**

Film Production | Cinematic Storytelling

What does baking a cake and making a film have in common? It requires a “recipe”. But instead of flour, butter, eggs and sugar – it takes story, acting, lighting, directing, camera, and much more to make a movie. This intensive, hands-on workshop will teach you the basics of cinematic storytelling and give you a taste of VFS’s one-year Film Production program.

 

Dates: March 14-15, 2022

Cost: $225

Location: In-person, on campus

 

**Sorry, this workshop is now full.**

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

Although the director & actors’ jobs may be done when a production wraps, this is truly when the unseen creative heroes of filmmaking get to shine. Editing, sound design, visual effects – they all play a pivotal role in the movie magic that is editing & post-production. In this workshop, post-production industry professionals will teach you all that goes into putting the finishing touches on a film.

Requirements:

  • Headphones with a standard headphone jack (Bluetooth will not work)

 

Dates: March 16-17, 2022

Cost: $225

Location: In-person, on campus

 

**Sorry, this workshop is now full.**

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