Film Production

Live and breathe filmmaking in an industry environment, where you’ll learn from the experts.

You are a natural storyteller who measures moments in frames-per-second and sees stories unravel themselves through changes in lighting and camera angles. You’d embrace unforgiving schedules, last-minute changes, tight budgets, and tough markets for the chance to create an indie film that challenges the norm, or a big budget feature that blows audiences’ minds. You are a filmmaker.

An Education in Film Production

Technical adjustments on set

A YEAR IN FILM

Gain experience, and find out what you can accomplish in your year in the VFS Film Production program.

A YEAR IN FILM

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TECHNICAL SKILLS

Get hands-on cinematography experience, from building sets to directing photography.

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Film students collaborate on set

COLLABORATION

Work with writers to take a creative role in developing scripts for production.

COLLABORATION

Program Breakdown

STORYTELLING + TEAMWORK. Explore the possibilities of storytelling, giving you both the narrative craft and visual techniques necessary to bring a story to life on the screen.

TECHNIQUE + COLLABORATION. Expand your range of filmmaking techniques while you learn to work on larger sets and co-create with outside writers.

INNOVATION + COMPETITION. Combine cutting edge techniques, like green screen and visual effects, with the ingenuity to solve production challenges, as you take on productions of rapidly increasing technical sophistication.

SPECIALIZATION. Specialize in two of five key creative streams to build yourself into a multitalented professional.

PRODUCTION. Dedicate your time and energy to Final Projects, high-quality short films that will form the basis of your professional reel.

PROFESSION. Complete the filming of all Final Projects, and focus squarely on the employment preparation and advanced electives.

  • Program Length

    12 Months

  • Time spent with instructors

    1608 Hours

  • Time spent in Production

    40+ Shoots

Specializations

Directing / Cinematography / Producing / Production Design / Post-Production

See program breakdown and full course descriptions for more information.
  • A Diploma in Film Production
  • A compilation of your work for your demo reel
  • Access to the VFS Alumni Directory and Job Board

Key Faculty

Our instructors are working industry professionals and artists, with decades of experience at the forefront of filmmaking. They arededicated to sharing their extensive knowledge and industry expertise to help you thrive in your career.

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Ted Jones

Head of Department

Ted has spent 20 years as a film and television educator. He co-wrote the book, The Movie Making Course, with Chris Patmore, and has directed and produced various independent documentary short films. Ted received the Prix de Lausanne as the Director of the documentary Petroleum: River of Energy. 

Production Design Senior Instructor Andy Amoroso

Andy Amoroso

Senior Instructor - Production Design

Andy has been in the Film Industry for 16 years, as a Production Designer, Art Director, and Set Designer. Andy has worked with all the major players: Disney, Universal, WB, WC, Lionsgate, Nickelodeon, ABC, NBC, and CBC.

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Cheryl-Lee Fast

Senior Instructor – Producing

Cheryl-Lee brings years of experience to VFS in producing television Tornado Terror for USA ScyFy, award-winning indie features The Zero Sum and Spirit Bear and creative producing for Chinese Co-Production mini-series Iron Road.

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Will Meadows

Senior Instructor - Post Production

Will has worked as Producer/Engineer/Composer for Soundworks Recording Studios, and as Lead Audio Director for Zymocreations.com. His credits include Need For Speed, SKATE, Company of Heroes, and award-winning documentaries, such as A Great Day for London.

Cinematography Senior Instructor Rodrigo Rocha-Campos first photo

Rodrigo Rocha-Campos

Senior Instructor – Cinematography

Rodrigo's film, The Resurrectionist, received the 2005 Heritage Award for its outstanding cinematography from the American Society of Cinematographers. He is currently developing and producing projects in experimental screendance. 

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Nic Humphries

Instructor – Directing

Nick has an MFA in Film Production, and is the award-winning director of over 70 short films, features and digital series. His work has been distributed internationally on DVD, broadcast, and VOD.

Faculty Career Highlights

Iron Road poster, Film Production staff credits

Iron Road

Cheryl-Lee Fast — Asociate Producer

Charlotte's Song poster, Film Production staff credits

Charlotte's Song

Nick Humphries — Director

Need for Speed: Most Wanted poster, Film Production staff credits

Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Will Meadows — Sound Editor

Company of Heroes poster, Film Production staff credits

Company of Heroes

Will Meadows — Sound Artist

Death Do Us Part poster, Film Production staff credits

Death Do Us Part

Nick Humphries — Director

A Full Circle poster, Film Production staff credits

A Full Circle — Movement #1

Rodrigo Rocha-Campos — Director

The Outfit poster, Film Production staff credits

The Outfit

Will Meadows — Sound Artist

Campus Life

The city-block sized Film Campus opened in 2014 in the heart of Gastown, surrounded by coffee shops and restaurants, beautiful brick buildings, and many of Vancouver’s film studios and production companies. The new campus is equipped with a giant 280-degree green screen studio, nine fully independent shooting studios, multiple editing suites, and a 72-seat surround-sound screening theatre.

Vancouver's Gastown through the windows of the VFS Film Production campus

your career in film

As a graduate of Film Production at VFS, you’ll be trained to perform in a variety of roles across the industry, and you can choose to follow a number of different career paths.

Big-Budget Union

You start out with an entry level position on set, typically in the Locations Department or the Production Office. This gives you an opportunity to develop connections, learn more about the industry, and start the process of joining a union in a craft position.

Independent Film

As an Independent Filmmaker, you’ll take a more significant role on a film by working as a volunteer for credit or a nominal amount of money. This can also give you the credits you need to apply to the Cinematography Union, if that is your path.

Self-Owned Production Company

Take control over your future, and make your own films with the scripts and people you choose to work with, by starting your own Production Company. You can also offer your services making videos for corporate clients as an additional revenue stream.

Explore Your Other Career Options

Post-Production

Grad Career Highlights

Chappie poster, Film Production alumni credits

Chappie

James Bitonti — First Assistant Director + Co-Producer
Warren Mazutinec — First Assistant Editor
Woo Jo Jeon — Visual Effects Coordinator

Fifty Shades of Grey poster, Film Production alumni credits

Fifty Shades of Grey

Dustin Shea — Production Assistant
Sarah Sens Gamborgi Vallim — Painter

Seventh Son poster, Film Production alumni credits

Seventh Son

Elijah Best — Art Department Assistant
Eylem Sonmez — Assistant Production Coordinator
Gary Hawes — Second Assistant Director

The Interview poster, Film Production alumni credits

The Interview

Milton Ng — Grip
Ryan Flick — Central Production Manager

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb poster, Film Production alumni credits

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Lesly Sarai Cazares — Visual Effects Coordinator

Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever poster, Film Production alumni credits

Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever

Tim Whyte — Second Assistant Director

Strange Empire poster, Film Production alumni credits

Strange Empire

Chad Fitz — Second Assistant Director

The Maze Runner poster, Film Production alumni credits

The Maze Runner

Lesly Sarai Cazares — VFX Production Assistant

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes poster, Film Production alumni credits

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

David Tenniswood — 3D Camera Assistant
Gary Hawes — Second Assistant Director
Jeffrey Meagher — Camera Production Assistant

Transformers: Age of Extinction poster, Film Production alumni credits

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Casey McClurken — Additional Electrician

Edge of Tomorrow poster, Film Production alumni credits

Edge of Tomorrow

Woo Jo Jeon — Visual Effects Coordinator

RoboCop poster, Film Production alumni credits

RoboCop

Paul Kalkman — Production Assistant

Godzilla poster, Film Production alumni credits

Godzilla

Dustin Shea — Production Assistant
Paul Kalkman — Production Assistant

Captain America: The Winter Soldier poster, Film Production alumni credits

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Nathaniel Holroyd — CG Coordinator / VFX Coordinator

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Noah

Ryan Flick — Visual Effects Coordinator

The Grand Budapest Hotel poster, Film Production alumni credits

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Kathrin Kruckeberg — Coordinator: Miniatures Department

Admissions Info

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Requirements

You will be asked to submit one of the following along with your application. Your advisor can help with selecting the best option.

Write a synopsis of a film project that you are passionate about making (no longer than one page). Provide the film genre and utilize references to other movies to explain how you would make the film. Explain the concept, vision or idea. In addition, provide a 1-page (maximum) outline of the story.

OPTIONAL

If you have made a film before, please submit a copy or a link to the film online (no more than two films). Ensure that you specify your involvement in the film, as well as any screenings or awards.

You'll find information on how to send your projects in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.

When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Foundation program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.

OPTIONAL

You also have the option of submitting any previous films you've worked on. Please submit a copy or a link to the film online (no more than two films). Ensure that you specify your involvement in the film, as well as any screenings or awards.

For more about language requirements and other information for international students, visit the International Students page.

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