This summer, challenge yourself creatively, and discover new career paths at VFS.

 

This summer, we invite creative students to join us for five-day intensive workshops in Film Production, 3D Animation, Game Design, Acting, Writing, and Makeup Design.

You’ll enhance your technical & creative skillset, craft a powerful portfolio, and try something new in a true studio experience. Our workshops are taught by experienced professionals who are actively working in and shaping the creative media arts industries.

This year, our Summer Intensives will be held in-person (with one exception), allowing you to get the most out of our workshops through face-to-face instruction and feedback on your work.

 

Cost:

Price varies per workshop – see specific workshops below for prices.

Combine & save: Get $50 off when you take two or more intensives.

Dates:

July 4 to July 29, 2022
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. PST each day
(*unless otherwise indicated)

Location:

In-person
(*unless otherwise indicated)

 

 

Additional Information:

  • Please ensure you provide a valid email address, as all workshop changes will be communicated via email.
  • Schedules will be emailed at least one week before the start of the workshop. You can expect to have lessons with VFS instructors, as well as creative assignments, activities, and independent work, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., approximately (*except for the second Acting for Film & Television workshop, which is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. & includes additional asynchronous work).
  • Participation and attendance to each workshop day is required.

 

Please note that courses may be cancelled at any time. Upon cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund.

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

 

Requirements

  • Applicants must be 16 years old at start of intensives.
  • Language requirement: Intermediate-level English (minimum requirement of IELTS 4.5).
  • See each course for specific requirements for online learning.

Game Design ($825)

Dates: July 4-8, 2022

 

Explore a career in the video game industry and discover what it takes to design the next generation of games! This five-day workshop will give you the unique opportunity to step into the role of today’s game designer.

You will:

  • Explore the game development process from concept to completion, and get direct production experience in game art, level design, storytelling, and programming software.
  • Bring characters to life in Unity and explore game development by prototyping your very own online game.
  • Begin building your creative portfolio and learn how the #1 Game Design School in Canada (The Princeton Review) can get you industry-ready, hired, & working in just 12 months.

Requirements:

  • Headphones
  • A USB storage device (to take your projects home)
  • Notebook & pen OR laptop for notetaking

 

Register Now

 

Game Design ($825)

Dates: July 4-8, 2022

Explore a career in the video game industry and discover what it takes to design the next generation of games! This five-day workshop will give you the unique opportunity to step into the role of today’s game designer.

You will:

  • Explore the game development process from concept to completion, and get direct production experience in game art, level design, storytelling, and programming software.
  • Bring characters to life in Unity and explore game development by prototyping your very own online game.
  • Begin building your creative portfolio and learn how the #1 Game Design School in Canada (The Princeton Review) can get you industry-ready, hired, & working in just 12 months.

Requirements:

  • Headphones
  • A USB storage device (to take your projects home)
  • Notebook & pen OR laptop for notetaking

Register Now

 

 

Writing for Film & Television ($825)

Dates: July 11-15, 2022

 

Explore the essentials of successful screenwriting in this five-day workshop, through a series of lectures, workshops, and writing assignments. Guided by screenwriters working in the industry, you’ll learn about the foundations of script writing and complete your own short film script.

You will:

  • Discover the building blocks of a great script, including character, dialogue, & story, and discover how these elements combine to create memorable stories.
  • Understand screenwriting form an entertainment business perspective, from pitching to selling your scripts
  • Learn about the importance of script analysis in the creative process.
  • Complete your own short film script and watch your work performed by trained actors during a ‘cold read’ on the final day of the workshop.

Requirements:

  • A USB storage device (to take your projects home)
  • Notebook & pen OR laptop for notetaking

 

Register Now

 

Writing for Film & Television ($825)

Dates: July 11-15, 2022

Explore the essentials of successful screenwriting in this five-day workshop, through a series of lectures, workshops, and writing assignments. Guided by screenwriters working in the industry, you’ll learn about the foundations of script writing and complete your own short film script.

You will:

  • Discover the building blocks of a great script, including character, dialogue, & story, and discover how these elements combine to create memorable stories.
  • Understand screenwriting form an entertainment business perspective, from pitching to selling your scripts
  • Learn about the importance of script analysis in the creative process.
  • Complete your own short film script and watch your work performed by trained actors during a ‘cold read’ on the final day of the workshop.

Requirements:

  • A USB storage device (to take your projects home)
  • Notebook & pen OR laptop for notetaking

Register Now

 

 

Acting for Film & Television ($500)

Dates: July 11-15, 2022

 

This comprehensive five-day workshop will introduce you to the exciting world of acting for film and television. Taught by industry professionals, this workshop will lay the groundwork for you to pursue VFS’s full-time Acting for Film & Television program.

You will:

  • Learn essential acting techniques, from using your voice & body as a core instrument of play to vital audition techniques.
  • Discover the necessary steps in successfully approaching text to create exciting & unique characters.
  • Learn how actors interact on a professional film set.
  • Film a short scene that synthesizes everything you’ve learned.

Requirements:

  • Comfortable clothes, with no jewelry and minimal makeup only

Language requirements:

  • All participants are required to speak and write in English at an acceptable level.
  • You will need to understand technical terms and be conversant in English to participate in the workshop’s presentations and in-depth discussions.
  • We recommend an IELTS Band 6.0 – Academic level or equivalent.

 

Register Now

 

Acting for Film & Television ($500)

Dates: July 11-15, 2022

This comprehensive five-day workshop will introduce you to the exciting world of acting for film and television. Taught by industry professionals, this workshop will lay the groundwork for you to pursue VFS’s full-time Acting for Film & Television program.

You will:

  • Learn essential acting techniques, from using your voice & body as a core instrument of play to vital audition techniques.
  • Discover the necessary steps in successfully approaching text to create exciting & unique characters.
  • Learn how actors interact on a professional film set.
  • Film a short scene that synthesizes everything you’ve learned.

Requirements:

  • Comfortable clothes, with no jewelry and minimal makeup only

Language requirements:

  • All participants are required to speak and write in English at an acceptable level.
  • You will need to understand technical terms and be conversant in English to participate in the workshop’s presentations and in-depth discussions.
  • We recommend an IELTS Band 6.0 – Academic level or equivalent.

Register Now

 

 

Film Production ($825)

Dates: July 18-22, 2022

 

In this five-day workshop, you will learn how a professional film set runs safely and effectively. Through hands-on exercises led by industry professionals, you will be introduced to the 5 specializations taught in VFS’s full-time Film Production program: Directing, Producing, Production Design, Cinematography, and Post-Production.

Students will perform a variety of roles on-set, shooting a short scene, directing actors and editing the scene to showcase on the final day of the workshops.

You will:

  • Learn the business and politics of the film & TV industry
  • Discover the duties & responsibilities of all key role personnel in pre-production, production, and post-production.
  • Learn proper set protocol & etiquette as well as the workflow of a post-production pipeline.

Requirements:

  • Headphones
  • A USB storage device (to take your projects home)
  • Notebook & pen OR laptop for notetaking

Notes:

  • During Wednesday’s workshop, students should expect to stay until 7pm as this is a filming day.

 

Register Now

 

Film Production ($825)

Dates: July 18-22, 2022

In this five-day workshop, you will learn how a professional film set runs safely and effectively. Through hands-on exercises led by industry professionals, you will be introduced to the 5 specializations taught in VFS’s full-time Film Production program: Directing, Producing, Production Design, Cinematography, and Post-Production.

Students will perform a variety of roles on-set, shooting a short scene, directing actors and editing the scene to showcase on the final day of the workshops.

You will:

  • Learn the business and politics of the film & TV industry
  • Discover the duties & responsibilities of all key role personnel in pre-production, production, and post-production.
  • Learn proper set protocol & etiquette as well as the workflow of a post-production pipeline.

Requirements:

  • Headphones
  • A USB storage device (to take your projects home)
  • Notebook & pen OR laptop for notetaking

Notes:

  • During Wednesday’s workshop, students should expect to stay until 7pm as this is a filming day.

Register Now

 

 

3D Animation & Visual Effects ($825)

Dates: July 25-29, 2022

 

Over five days, explore the history and processes of animation in an intensive workshop. Through hands-on, production-based exercises, you’ll acquire the foundation of industry-standard techniques used in today’s 3D & VFX properties.

You will:

  • Explore cutting-edge 3D & VFX tools used in animation.
  • Learn pose and form techniques in the creation of 3D models.
  • Be introduced to Maya and Nuke, two industry-standard software programs used in animation.
  • Create concept art, from storyboard to character designs.
  • Finish the workshop with valuable insight into the current 3D & VFX animation industry.

Requirements:

  • Headphones
  • A USB storage device (to take your projects home)
  • Notebook & pen OR laptop for notetaking

 

Register Now

 

3D Animation & Visual Effects ($825)

Dates: July 25-29, 2022

Over five days, explore the history and processes of animation in an intensive workshop. Through hands-on, production-based exercises, you’ll acquire the foundation of industry-standard techniques used in today’s 3D & VFX properties.

You will:

  • Explore cutting-edge 3D & VFX tools used in animation.
  • Learn pose and form techniques in the creation of 3D models.
  • Be introduced to Maya and Nuke, two industry-standard software programs used in animation.
  • Create concept art, from storyboard to character designs.
  • Finish the workshop with valuable insight into the current 3D & VFX animation industry.

Requirements:

  • Headphones
  • A USB storage device (to take your projects home)
  • Notebook & pen OR laptop for notetaking

Register Now

 

 

Introduction to Animation, Film & Design ($500)

Dates: July 25-29, 2022

 

This five-day workshop will immerse aspiring creatives in an array of modern visual media technologies. You will learn how various media arts disciplines intersect to deliver unforgettable experiences and craft a project for your portfolio.

Led by VFS faculty, each class will feature hands-on, production-based work to give you a sense of what you can expect from a career in the media arts industry. This workshop is tailor-made for anyone who is passionate about pursuing a career in the entertainment arts.

You will:

  • Develop a fundamental skillset in idea generation, character creation, storyboarding, digital filmmaking, 2D design, and sound design.
  • Understand how various media arts disciplines intersect to deliver a powerful, cohesive experience.
  • Create a stunning video project for your portfolio that combines an array of lighting, camera, editing, & sound design techniques.
  • Supplement your training with access to industry-standard Adobe software including Illustrator, Premiere, and After Effects.

Requirements:

  • Headphones
  • A USB storage device (to take your projects home)
  • Notebook & pen OR laptop for notetaking

 

Register Now

 

Introduction to Animation, Film & Design ($500)

Dates: July 25-29, 2022

This five-day workshop will immerse aspiring creatives in an array of modern visual media technologies. You will learn how various media arts disciplines intersect to deliver unforgettable experiences and craft a project for your portfolio.

Led by VFS faculty, each class will feature hands-on, production-based work to give you a sense of what you can expect from a career in the media arts industry. This workshop is tailor-made for anyone who is passionate about pursuing a career in the entertainment arts.

You will:

  • Develop a fundamental skillset in idea generation, character creation, storyboarding, digital filmmaking, 2D design, and sound design.
  • Understand how various media arts disciplines intersect to deliver a powerful, cohesive experience.
  • Create a stunning video project for your portfolio that combines an array of lighting, camera, editing, & sound design techniques.
  • Supplement your training with access to industry-standard Adobe software including Illustrator, Premiere, and After Effects.

Requirements:

  • Headphones
  • A USB storage device (to take your projects home)
  • Notebook & pen OR laptop for notetaking

Register Now

 

 

Makeup for Film & Television ($825)

Dates: July 25-29, 2022

 

Discover the many facets of production makeup, in this five-day workshop. Through live demonstrations and hands-on assignments, you’ll emerge with the foundation necessary to apply to VFS’s Makeup Design for Film & Television.

*Note: This workshop will require students to use each other as models for the application of production makeup throughout the week.

You will:

  • Cover basic highlight and shadow techniques.
  • Learn corrective & beauty principles in production makeup.
  • Try “out-of-kit” effects such as cuts, scars, and facial hair applications.
  • Design & apply a tattoo and emerge from the workshop with photographs for your portfolio.

Requirements:

  • Notebook & pen OR laptop for notetaking
  • Camera or smartphone for taking photos of your work

 

Register Now

 

Makeup for Film & Television ($825)

Dates: July 25-29, 2022

Discover the many facets of production makeup, in this five-day workshop. Through live demonstrations and hands-on assignments, you’ll emerge with the foundation necessary to apply to VFS’s Makeup Design for Film & Television.

*Note: This workshop will require students to use each other as models for the application of production makeup throughout the week.

You will:

  • Cover basic highlight and shadow techniques.
  • Learn corrective & beauty principles in production makeup.
  • Try “out-of-kit” effects such as cuts, scars, and facial hair applications.
  • Design & apply a tattoo and emerge from the workshop with photographs for your portfolio.

Requirements:

  • Notebook & pen OR laptop for notetaking
  • Camera or smartphone for taking photos of your work

Register Now

 

 

Acting for Film & Television | Online ($500)

Dates: July 25-29, 2022 (*10 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST)

 

This comprehensive five-day workshop will introduce you to the exciting world of acting for film and television. Taught by industry professionals who will provide valuable feedback, this workshop will lay the groundwork for you to pursue VFS’s full-time Acting for Film & Television program.

This workshop will be held online and will feature a combination of directed and self-directed work. While mornings will feature interactive zoom sessions, the afternoons will feature asynchronous work that you complete on your own (*Monday-Thursday only). This work will include slating, self-taping, and creating on-camera audition scenes.

You will:

  • Learn essential acting techniques, from using your voice & body as a core instrument of play to vital audition techniques.
  • Discover the necessary steps in successfully approaching text to create exciting & unique characters.
  • Learn how actors interact on a professional film set.
  • Film a short scene that synthesizes everything you’ve learned.
  • Participate in a Q&A with a special guest and ask any questions you may have about what it takes to be a working actor in Vancouver.

Requirements:

  • Computer with microphone and camera
  • Any video capture device with sound (i.e., cell phone, laptop)
  • Stable Internet connection
  • A 5x8 ft. space (approximately) for limited movement work
  • A quiet space to shoot your audition scenes
  • Comfortable clothes, with no jewelry and minimal makeup only

Language requirements:

  • All participants are required to speak and write in English at an acceptable level.
  • You will need to understand technical terms and be conversant in English to participate in the workshop’s presentations and in-depth discussions.
  • We recommend an IELTS Band 6.0 – Academic level or equivalent.

 

Register Now

 

Acting for Film & Television | Online ($500)

Dates: July 25-29, 2022 (*10 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST)

This comprehensive five-day workshop will introduce you to the exciting world of acting for film and television. Taught by industry professionals who will provide valuable feedback, this workshop will lay the groundwork for you to pursue VFS’s full-time Acting for Film & Television program.

This workshop will be held online and will feature a combination of directed and self-directed work. While mornings will feature interactive zoom sessions, the afternoons will feature asynchronous work that you complete on your own (*Monday-Thursday only). This work will include slating, self-taping, and creating on-camera audition scenes.

You will:

  • Learn essential acting techniques, from using your voice & body as a core instrument of play to vital audition techniques.
  • Discover the necessary steps in successfully approaching text to create exciting & unique characters.
  • Learn how actors interact on a professional film set.
  • Film a short scene that synthesizes everything you’ve learned.
  • Participate in a Q&A with a special guest and ask any questions you may have about what it takes to be a working actor in Vancouver.

Requirements:

  • Computer with microphone and camera
  • Any video capture device with sound (i.e., cell phone, laptop)
  • Stable Internet connection
  • A 5x8 ft. space (approximately) for limited movement work
  • A quiet space to shoot your audition scenes
  • Comfortable clothes, with no jewelry and minimal makeup only

Language requirements:

  • All participants are required to speak and write in English at an acceptable level.
  • You will need to understand technical terms and be conversant in English to participate in the workshop’s presentations and in-depth discussions.
  • We recommend an IELTS Band 6.0 – Academic level or equivalent.

Register Now

 

 

 

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