A team of Film Production students are working together to make an original film called Voskhod for their final thesis project. An ambitious undertaking, the film will showcase the skills they’ve learned while studying at VFS. The team includes: Caitlin Morrison (Producer), Ivan Stepanov (Director), Bill Moldt (Writer/Director of Photography), Kevin Horan (Editor/Dolly Grip), Jeannette Moesgen (1st AD), Zachary Richardson (Production Designer), and Julian Dewies (1st AC/Assistant Editor).
The fall television lineup has aired and is gaining momentum. Some are proving to be instant hits, while others are struggling to connect with an audience. All that programming got us thinking. We love television, but what makes us embrace a series, or be repelled by one? Can we even identify why, critically, we “love” or “hate” something?
Much to our chagrin, 2D Animation is less and less common these days. Once a dominate force in the world of animation, classics like Aladdin, Lion King, and The Little Mermaid have been replaced by 3D monster hits (CoughPixarCough). But is it too late for a 2D resurgence? The quick answer is: no. Well, not if Disney veteran James Lopez has anything do with it. Luckily, he does have something to do with it!
It’s true; Canadians have a lot to celebrate this weekend. In the spirit of the holiday, we wrote a short list of the things we are thankful for:
- The opportunity to be thankful
- Spending time with family and friends
- Cranberry sauce and the fact that cranberries are really, really good for you
- Pumpkin pie
- The whipped cream on pumpkin pie
- WALKING DEAD SEASON 5 PREMIERE
Built from the VFS Compendium IV: Psycho Princess series, Charlotte’s Song is a feature-length film from VFS grad Lindsey Mann and her producing partner Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin. Made alongside a team of 75 VFS students and alumni (yay!), this film really is a home-grown production and stars Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones, Misfits) and Katelyn Mager (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters).
Check out the impressive trailer!
If we’re being honest, Pixar could release dental slides and we’d be excited. Thankfully, it’s a new feature-length film! We think a “YAY” is in order here, don’t you? In what felt like a sea of sequels, Inside Out is their latest original animated gem and it’s set to make you feel all the feelings.
Follow Your Dreams
On Monday, after an exhilarating couple of months we celebrated the opening of Shanghai-Vancouver Film School with its official, red-carpet ceremony. The extravagant, televised event, woven around the theme “Follow Your Dreams,” reflected the excitement at VFS and the University of Shanghai, and the importance of this project for Shanghai’s film industry. Political representatives from the Shanghai municipal government and Canada’s Consul General, Rick Savone, were there to celebrate the opening and hear welcome speeches from James Griffin, president of VFS, and Mr. Luo, president of the University of Shanghai.
This isn’t Marcelo Tobar’s first time at VIFF. The Film Production grad remembers the 2002 Film Festival fondly, having seen a film that would inspire his current career in the business. It must be fate that the Canadian premiere of Tobar’s Asteroid is in the same city that birthed his great passion for filmmaking.
One thing is for sure: no one can accuse Josh Huculiak of being unmotivated. Along with his brother Andrew (and cousins Joe and Amanda Schweers), this Film Production graduate has produced over 50 music videos since forming Amazing Factory in 2007. This same production company is responsible for the film Violent, about to have its Canadian premiere at VIFF.