Instructors

Instructors

Ric Bearisto Instructor

Ric, an award-winning writer/director/producer who was a founding partner in 1980 with The Hy Perspectives Media Group Inc. where he produced a string of successful television documentaries. He continues to work actively in the field of documentary and factual television, concentrating on both one-offs and series. Ric Beairsto has also written, directed and produced extensively in the areas of drama and docu-drama, including numerous feature films, a dramatic mini-series, and several episodic television series.

Ric has acted as a script consultant/story editor on more than 30 feature-length screenplays. He is the author of THE TYRANNY OF STORY: Audience Expectations and the Short Screenplay, a book about story form in general, and short screenplay form in particular, which has been used in more than a dozen North American film schools, including UCLA and the American Film Institute. The TYRANNY OF STORY was first published in 1998, and a second edition, revised and expanded, has been published in 2009.

Bojan Bodruzic Instructor

Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the early 1990s, he spent two and a half years living as a refugee, while his family struggled to survive in the besieged Sarajevo. After they were reunited, Bojan and his family moved to Vancouver, Canada.

Bojan Bodruzic attended Simon Fraser University's Film Program, where he became interested in alternative forms of and approaches to filmmaking. Bojan completed a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing and Film Production at the University of British Columbia. He recently directed his first feature called 'Immigrant'. Other credits include cinematographer and editor, Crime; and cinematographer/editor, Amnesiac. Amnesiac was invited to several film festivals including the 2002 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, 2002 Sarajevo International Film Festival, 2002 Vancouver International Film Festival, 2002 Ajijic Festival Internacional de Cine [Mexico], and 2002 Northwest Film and Video Festival.

Carlos Canizares Instructor

Carlos is a freelance film editor and photographer with a background in electronic media design and digital film production. He has worked on shows for Rugged Media, Earth Orbit Productions and local jazz singer, Jaclyn.

Lisa Celotto Instructor

Lisa is a storyboard artist and art director with a number of shorts, features, and events to her credit. She is currently shooting a musical documentary about a local band called Thee Ahs, and recently worked on the event design of the First Nations Greeting Pavilion for the 2010 Olympics.

Shirley Anne's award-winning work has been screened at the Toronto Film Festival, The Vancouver Film Festival, The Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs, The Yorkton Film Festival, and film festivals in San Francisco, Japan, Italy, Germany and London. Her work has been broadcast on CBC, CTV, Global, The Knowledge Network, TVO, Vision, The Life Network, Bravo, WTN, The BBC, Much Music and in Europe and Australia. Shirley has edited work in English, Spanish, French, and Mandarin. Recent documentary editing credits include Tailor Made: Chinatown's Last Tailors; Lord of the Brush; Prisoners of Age; Whistler Stories; and Heroines.

Julia Courtenay Instructor

Julia has worked in the film industry as a first assistant director for 14 years. She was the training coordinator for the Directors Guild of Canada and freelances as an instructor teaching the B.C. Set Orientation course, WHMIS, Assistant Directing and Production Assistant Workshops.

Tom Fillingham Instructor

Tom has been working in film and video since 1974, mostly as a cameraman, but also producing and directing as well. His work as a DOP and cameraman is extensive. He has shot over 100 documentary, training, and informational films. As a DOP on IATSE union 35 mm film productions (Large Budget Feature Films and Television) his credits include Disney, HBO, Showtime and as a Camera operator his credits include for work Columbia, Sony Pictures, Disney movies to name a few.

Roy Hayter Instructor

Roy is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada, with over 20 years directing experience in both Drama and Commercials. His extensive credits include dramas for the CBC, Documentaries for Vision TV and Leo awards for Best Film and Director.

Paul Jensen Instructor

Paul is an avid cineaste and trained as a screenwriter. His feature film scripts are currently in development with Lightning and Jen Zen productions. He also works as a story editor on poetry, prose and screenplays for a wide variety of companies.

Annat Kennet Instructor

Annat, a producer/director/editor has worked extensively for the BBC, Channel 4, Cannon Films and others as an Editor on dramas, documentaries, music videos and commercials. She also worked with Eric Clapton, Julian Temple and The Rolling Stones, and is a former juror of the Gemini awards for editing. In recent years before moving to Vancouver she was awarded the tender by Carlton Television and the British Film Institute to run large scale professional training programs for novice filmmakers going into Broadcast Television and was Head of Film and Video at Pimlico Arts a vocational training program for aspiring Independent filmmakers.

Cindy Leaney Instructor

Editor and Project Manager of the Producer's Workbook (2010); Cindy Leaney has written, produced and directed in house and on contract for varied broadcasters including CBC Network, CTV, Showtime UK, PBS, CNN and CBS Paramount. Her credits include short drama, live current affairs, magazine series, documentary, commercial and independent production (Walls for Change: Silver Hugo Award Winner - Chicago Television Competition). She is a former Documentary Organization of Canada Board Member (BC Chapter), former VP of Women in Film Vancouver and has participated on industry juries including the Emmy Awards, Genie, Gemini and Hot Docs.

Debra Margolis Instructor

Debra started her film career as a Graphic Artist/Animator working for The Optical House inc. now known as The Effects House in NYC. There she worked with Pablo Ferro on Main Titles & Trailers for such movies as Bullitt, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Midnight Cowboy. She designed & constructed the titles for Madigans Millions starring Dustin Hoffman, along with many other films. She also designed & animated a TV Commercial for Hydronics Heating which was nominated for a Cleo. Debra moved to LA to pursue a career in Script Supervising. There she worked on Commercials, TV Pilots, Films & Rock Videos, with such actors as Kevin Costner, Patricia Arquette & such Rock Stars & Bands as Sting, Devo & X to name a few.

Debra now resides in Vancouver where she is presently working as a Script Supervisor & teaching classes in her field. Script Supervision credits include Cold Squad, Mantis, Da Vincis Inquest, So Weird, The Collector, Dark Angel, Dead Zone, Just Cause, Masters of Horror, Supernatural & many more.

Jonathan Tammuz Instructor

Jonathan Taummuz is an experienced Producer and Film Director whose work includes the oscar nominated short "The Childeater" and five Genie awards for "Ruperts Land "including Best Director.