Summer Intensives

 

Five days. Industry mentors. Direct production experience.

Get creative this summer and spend a week immersed in media arts production at Vancouver Film School. Whether in acting, animation, film production, writing, makeup, digital design, or video game development, you will work with professional teachers and mentors living and working in the creative arts industry.

This is your chance to experience life at VFS and get an inside look at our one-year programs.

Cost:

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

Dates:

July 6-31, 2020
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.

Orientation:

8:30 a.m. on the first day.
See your schedule for location.

 

**Students must confirm they are at least 16 years old at the beginning of the workshop in order to register.

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

 

 

Courses Available

Combine & Save

Get $50 off when you take two or more intensives.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be 16 years old at start of intensives
  • Language requirement: Intermediate-level English (minimum requirement of IELTS 4.5)

Film Production ($825)

July 13-17 & July 20-24, 2020

 

In this one-week course, industry instructors will guide you through direct production exercises demonstrating the five key disciplines taught in VFS's Film Production program: directing, producing, production design, cinematography, and post-production.

You will:

  • Learn how a professional film set runs safely and effectively.
  • Take roles on a set, directing actors and shooting a short scene, which you will then edit and present on the final day.
  • Learn about the business and politics of the film and television industry.
  • Understand the duties of key personnel in pre-production, production, and post-production.
  • Learn proper set protocol and etiquette, as well as post-production workflow.

Note: This five-day Summer Intensive is available during two different weeks. Students should choose to register for Session 1 or Session 2. On the Wednesday of each week, students should expect to stay until 7 p.m., as this will be a filming day.

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In this one-week course, industry instructors will guide you through direct production exercises demonstrating the five key disciplines taught in VFS's Film Production program: directing, producing, production design, cinematography, and post-production.

You will:

  • Learn how a professional film set runs safely and effectively.
  • Take roles on a set, directing actors and shooting a short scene, which you will then edit and present on the final day.
  • Learn about the business and politics of the film and television industry.
  • Understand the duties of key personnel in pre-production, production, and post-production.
  • Learn proper set protocol and etiquette, as well as post-production workflow.

Note: This five-day Summer Intensive is available during two different weeks. Students should choose to register for Session 1 or Session 2. On the Wednesday of each week, students should expect to stay until 7 p.m., as this will be a filming day.

Register Now

Acting for Film & Television ($500)

July 13-17 & July 27-31, 2020

 

This comprehensive five-day intensive will introduce you to the world of acting for film and television, from the basics of using your voice and body as an instrument of play, to a deeper understanding of a script and scene study.

You will also:

  • Learn vital audition techniques and set interaction.
  • Film a scene that synthesizes your work in front of the camera.
  • Explore the serious play involved in actor training.

Note: This five-day Summer Intensive is available during two different weeks. Students should choose to register for Session 1 or Session 2.

Register Now

 

This comprehensive five-day intensive will introduce you to the world of acting for film and television, from the basics of using your voice and body as an instrument of play, to a deeper understanding of a script and scene study.

You will also:

  • Learn vital audition techniques and set interaction.
  • Film a scene that synthesizes your work in front of the camera.
  • Explore the serious play involved in actor training.

Note: This five-day Summer Intensive is available during two different weeks. Students should choose to register for Session 1 or Session 2.

Register Now

Introduction to Animation, Film & Design ($500)

July 13-17, 2020

 

This five-day intensive takes a direct training approach to modern visual media technologies. We designed this course for students who are passionate about the entertainment arts, but have not yet chosen a specific career path.

Led by industry instructors, you will:

  • Explore fundamental skills in digital filmmaking, 2D design, and sound design.
  • Understand how various media arts disciplines intersect to deliver powerful experiences.
  • Create a short movie project combining these converging disciplines.

Register Now

 

This five-day intensive takes a direct training approach to modern visual media technologies. We designed this course for students who are passionate about the entertainment arts, but have not yet chosen a specific career path.

Led by industry instructors, you will:

  • Explore fundamental skills in digital filmmaking, 2D design, and sound design.
  • Understand how various media arts disciplines intersect to deliver powerful experiences.
  • Create a short movie project combining these converging disciplines.

Register Now

3D Animation & Visual Effects ($825)

July 27-31, 2020

 

This five-day intensive explores the history, processes, and potentials of animation.

You will:

  • Get direct production experience with animation techniques, including foundational exercises for the entire medium.
  • Learn pose and form while creating a 3D model and use modern 3D tools to animate objects.
  • Get an introduction to basic visual effects concepts, industry software, and the creation of concept art (including storyboards and character designs).
  • Get vital insights into the animation and visual effects industry, and explore the variety of exciting roles artists play within a production.

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This five-day intensive explores the history, processes, and potentials of animation.

You will:

  • Get direct production experience with animation techniques, including foundational exercises for the entire medium.
  • Learn pose and form while creating a 3D model and use modern 3D tools to animate objects.
  • Get an introduction to basic visual effects concepts, industry software, and the creation of concept art (including storyboards and character designs).
  • Get vital insights into the animation and visual effects industry, and explore the variety of exciting roles artists play within a production.

Register Now

Writing for Film & Television ($825)

July 13-17, 2020

 

In this five-day intensive, you will discover the essential components of successful screenwriting through lectures, workshops, and writing assignments.

Guided by working screenwriters, you will:

  • Learn about character, dialogue, and story.
  • Understand screenwriting from an entertainment business perspective — from pitching to selling and script analysis.
  • Explore how these elements combine to create effective stories and career paths.
  • Complete your own short film script and see your words come to life as, on the final day, trained actors perform each script in a cold reading.

Register Now

 

In this five-day intensive, you will discover the essential components of successful screenwriting through lectures, workshops, and writing assignments.

Guided by working screenwriters, you will:

  • Learn about character, dialogue, and story.
  • Understand screenwriting from an entertainment business perspective — from pitching to selling and script analysis.
  • Explore how these elements combine to create effective stories and career paths.
  • Complete your own short film script and see your words come to life as, on the final day, trained actors perform each script in a cold reading.

Register Now

Game Design ($825)

July 6-10, 2020

 

Intended for those who want to explore a career in the game industry, this five-day course will give you a unique opportunity to experience the dynamic role of a 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 2D gaming by prototyping your very own online game.
  • Begin building a dynamic online portfolio and better understand the one-year Game Design program at VFS.

Register Now

 

Intended for those who want to explore a career in the game industry, this five-day course will give you a unique opportunity to experience the dynamic role of a 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 2D gaming by prototyping your very own online game.
  • Begin building a dynamic online portfolio and better understand the one-year Game Design program at VFS.

Register Now

Makeup Design for Film & Television ($825)

July 6-10, 2020

 

This five-day intensive will introduce you to many facets of makeup design.

Through live demonstrations and direct production work, you will:

  • Cover basic highlight and shadow techniques as well as corrective and beauty principles also applicable to character makeup.
  • Try “out-of-kit” effects like cuts and scars, as well as facial hair applications.
  • Design and apply a tattoo and come away with photographs of your finished creations for your portfolio.

Note: This five-day Summer Intensive requires students to use each other as models for the makeup applications during the week.

Register Now

 

This five-day intensive will introduce you to many facets of makeup design.

Through live demonstrations and direct production work, you will:

  • Cover basic highlight and shadow techniques as well as corrective and beauty principles also applicable to character makeup.
  • Try “out-of-kit” effects like cuts and scars, as well as facial hair applications.
  • Design and apply a tattoo and come away with photographs of your finished creations for your portfolio.

Note: This five-day Summer Intensive requires students to use each other as models for the makeup applications during the week.

Register Now

Digital Design ($825)

July 6-10, 2020

 

Intended for online storytellers, the Digital Design intensive will introduce you to the world of interactive design and motion graphics.

You will:

  • Learn how to create a five-second Instagram story using visual effects, tracking techniques and animations in After Effects.
  • Get a better understanding of motion graphics, from concept creation to sound design, animation, and visual effects.
  • Be able to display your work on your own Instagram channel.

Register Now

 

Intended for online storytellers, the Digital Design intensive will introduce you to the world of interactive design and motion graphics.

You will:

  • Learn how to create a five-second Instagram story using visual effects, tracking techniques and animations in After Effects.
  • Get a better understanding of motion graphics, from concept creation to sound design, animation, and visual effects.
  • Be able to display your work on your own Instagram channel.

Register Now

 
 

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