Summer Intensives (online)

 

Five days. Industry mentors. Online access to VFS tools.

Get creative this summer and spend a week immersed in media arts production at Vancouver Film School. Whether in animation, film production, writing, 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 VFS, sample our one-year programs, and get exclusive access to VFS’s industry-standard software and tools via our online portal.

 

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

Location:

Online

 

 

Additional Information:

Please ensure you provide a valid e-mail address, as any course changes will be communicated via e-mail.

Schedules will be e-mailed at least one week before the start of the course. You can expect to have online live sessions with VFS instructors, as well as creative assignments, activities, and independent work, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., approximately.

Participation and attendance to all live online sessions is required.

 

**Students must confirm they are at least 16 years old at the beginning of the workshop in order to register.
**Please note that courses may be cancelled at any time due to low enrolment. Upon cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund.

 

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

What’s Included

  • How to Build Your Creative Portfolio workshop: Learn the ins and outs to the strategic art of building a portfolio to apply for post-secondary studies. This workshop is open to all Summer Intensives students (July 15th and July 28th, 4-6 p.m.). 3D Animation & Visual Effects students will also be invited to participate in a Creative Portfolio Review.
  • Virtual Tour and Industry Talk with Beyond Capture: Meet Graham Qually, owner and founder of Beyond Capture, an industry-leading motion capture studio located on the VFS campus. This event is open to all Summer Intensives students (July 10th and July 29th, 4-5 p.m.).
  • Industry Talks and Q&As: Connect with Head of the School of Creative Technologies Christopher Mitchell (Game Design), Senior Instructor & Industry Relations Lead Nida Fatima (Digital Design), Head of Animation Colin Giles (3D Animation & Visual Effects), and professionals working in Hollywood (Film Production and Writing for Film & Television).  

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.

Film Production ($825)

July 13-17 & July 20-25, 2020

 

In this one-week online filmmaking intensive, you will take an idea from script to screen under the mentorship of VFS instructors. Using your own available resources, industry instructors will guide you through remote production exercises demonstrating the five key disciplines taught in VFS's Film Production program: directing, producing, production design, cinematography, and post-production.

At the end of your week, the short film you’ve made will be presented via a livestream screening along with all the other films created by your classmates.

You will:

  • Learn how a professional film set runs safely and effectively.
  • Write and direct your own short film and showcase it in a live online screening at the end of the week.
  • 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.

Requirements:

  • Computer with dual-monitor (recommended), microphone, and camera (optional)
  • Stable internet connection (wired connection recommended)
  • Some kind of camera (cellphone or other type of video recording device)
  • Note: Any additional software requirements will be communicated via e-mail

Register Now

 

In this one-week online filmmaking intensive, you will take an idea from script to screen under the mentorship of VFS instructors. Using your own available resources, industry instructors will guide you through remote production exercises demonstrating the five key disciplines taught in VFS's Film Production program: directing, producing, production design, cinematography, and post-production.

At the end of your week, the short film you’ve made will be presented via a livestream screening along with all the other films created by your classmates.

You will:

  • Learn how a professional film set runs safely and effectively.
  • Write and direct your own short film and showcase it in a live online screening at the end of the week.
  • 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.

Requirements:

  • Computer with dual-monitor (recommended), microphone, and camera (optional)
  • Stable internet connection (wired connection recommended)
  • Some kind of camera (cellphone or other type of video recording device)
  • Note: Any additional software requirements will be communicated via e-mail

Register Now

Introduction to Animation, Film & Design ($500)

July 13-17, 2020

 

Explore your creativity in this five-day intensive, taking 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. Our instructors will guide you through numerous creative challenges to help you push yourself creatively, expand your skills, and discover your hidden talents.

You will:

  • Explore fundamental skills in storytelling, storyboarding, character creation, and photo manipulation.
  • Understand how various media arts disciplines intersect to deliver a powerful, cohesive experience.
  • Use lighting and camera techniques to make a miniature world seem real in a short digital film.
  • Finesse your project with editing techniques and by adding visual effects and basic sound design.
  • Get access to and train on industry standard tools including Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects.

Requirements:

  • Computer with dual-monitor (recommended), microphone, and web camera (optional)
  • Stable internet connection (wired connection recommended)
  • A mobile device with a good quality camera and Adobe Rush installed (free to download here)
  • Paper, pencils, crayons, ruler, printer
  • DramaQueen scriptwriting software (free to download here)
  • Note: Any additional software requirements will be communicated via e-mail

Register Now

 

Explore your creativity in this five-day intensive, taking 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. Our instructors will guide you through numerous creative challenges to help you push yourself creatively, expand your skills, and discover your hidden talents.

You will:

  • Explore fundamental skills in storytelling, storyboarding, character creation, and photo manipulation.
  • Understand how various media arts disciplines intersect to deliver a powerful, cohesive experience.
  • Use lighting and camera techniques to make a miniature world seem real in a short digital film.
  • Finesse your project with editing techniques and by adding visual effects and basic sound design.
  • Get access to and train on industry standard tools including Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects.

Requirements:

  • Computer with dual-monitor (recommended), microphone, and web camera (optional)
  • Stable internet connection (wired connection recommended)
  • A mobile device with a good quality camera and Adobe Rush installed (free to download here)
  • Paper, pencils, crayons, ruler, printer
  • DramaQueen scriptwriting software (free to download here)
  • Note: Any additional software requirements will be communicated via e-mail

Register Now

3D Animation & Visual Effects ($825)

July 27-31, 2020

 

This intensive week will focus on Maya and Nuke as industry-standard software used in animation projects.

You will be able to log into our virtual campus portal and have full access to our animation software. You don’t need to have a powerful computer as you will be able to access Maya and Nuke remotely for one week. Work on your take-home projects any time during this intensive week and at your own speed.

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.

Requirements:

  • Computer with dual-monitor (recommended), microphone, and camera (optional)
  • Stable internet connection (wired connection recommended)
  • Note: Any additional software requirements will be communicated via e-mail

Register Now

 

This intensive week will focus on Maya and Nuke as industry-standard software used in animation projects.

You will be able to log into our virtual campus portal and have full access to our animation software. You don’t need to have a powerful computer as you will be able to access Maya and Nuke remotely for one week. Work on your take-home projects any time during this intensive week and at your own speed.

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.

Requirements:

  • Computer with dual-monitor (recommended), microphone, and camera (optional)
  • Stable internet connection (wired connection recommended)
  • Note: Any additional software requirements will be communicated via e-mail

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, each script will be performed in a cold reading.

Requirements:

  • Computer with dual-monitor (recommended), microphone, and camera (optional)
  • Stable internet connection (wired connection recommended)
  • DramaQueen scriptwriting software (free to download here)
  • Note: Any additional software requirements will be communicated via e-mail

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, each script will be performed in a cold reading.

Requirements:

  • Computer with dual-monitor (recommended), microphone, and camera (optional)
  • Stable internet connection (wired connection recommended)
  • DramaQueen scriptwriting software (free to download here)
  • Note: Any additional software requirements will be communicated via e-mail

Register Now

 
 

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