Do Something With Your Life, a new independent feature film shot right here in Vancouver, is a serious who’s who of VFS alumni, with the cast and crew representing an astounding 10 of our 13 programs.
Grads from Film Production, Acting for Film & Television, Acting Essentials, Entertainment Business Management, Makeup Design for Film & Television, Writing for Film & Television, Sound Design for Visual Media, Digital Design, Foundation Visual Art & Design, and 3D Animation & Visual Effects all played a part in making the film happen.
“Virtually everyone who worked on our film was connected in some way through VFS. I can probably count on one hand the people in our cast or on our crew that didn’t go through one of the VFS programs,” said Bob Woolsey, one of the producers of the film and a VFS grad.
These grads include Darren Borrowman (Director/Producer/Editor), Keith Opatovksy (Producer), Andrew Menzies (Writer), Jordan Ewan (Director of Photography), Tom Belding (Lead Actor), Lauren Martin (Actor), Adam DiMarco (Actor), Scott Schrum (Sound Designer), Shazia Mawani (Production Designer), and many, many more.
“This movie is the result of us all meeting at and around the school, either during our one-year programs or shortly afterwards,” said Borrowman, who is also currently Head of Production, VFS Entertainment. Adds Woolsey, “every time we needed to add a person to the crew, we asked around and eventually our networks would put us in touch with another VFS alum. This was great, since it kind of gave us a short hand due to our shared experience at the school.”
Do Something with Your Life is the debut feature film from Borrowtime Films and tells the comedic story of Mike Browne, a guy in the midst of a quarter life crisis who is just trying to figure things out. The film will be shown at 6:30pm this Friday, September 21st at the Rio Theatre as part of the Olio Festival.
Check out the trailer below:
“When you’re doing guerrilla shoots like this, you don’t have time to break someone in or have them be bad at their job. Using VFS grads was awesome since we knew what a VFS education included and we knew enough VFS people that it was easy to get endorsements for anyone that we weren’t already personal friends with,” shared Woolsey.
“All of our key creatives are VFS alumni and because we knew so many people from so many different programs we were able to add a lot of production value to our film,” adds Woolsey. “One of the biggest was knowing Lindsay McPherson, who had gone through the Entertainment Business Management program at VFS. Lindsay works in the Vancouver music industry and took on the role of Music Supervisor which was an area that we knew nothing about. We knew we wanted good music, we even knew some of the bands personally that we wanted to be on the soundtrack but we hadn’t the faintest idea of where to start with a licensing agreement. Lindsay came in and locked down an amazing soundtrack for us that’s actually been attained by legal means!”
Congrats to all involved! The rest of you, check out Do Something With Your Life this Friday at the Rio Theatre.