Behind the Scenes Expo

Thursday, April 16 | 12:20 PM - 3:00 PM | VANCITY THEATRE | School Groups*
Thursday, April 16 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM |  VANCITY THEATRE | Open to Public

Behind The Scenes

Representatives from Vancouver’s film industry will talk with students about the range of opportunities, from sound design and make-up to visual effects and location scouting. Participants include VFX companies (Double NegativeDigital Domain, Method Studios), animation and CGI companies (Rainmaker, DHX Media, Bardel Entertainment), post-secondary schools (UBC, Emily Carr, VanArts, Langara, The Art Institute Vancouver, VFS), a sound design company (Rukkus House), unions/guilds (IATSE Local 669 - Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 891 - Stagehands, Union of BC Performers, Canadian Media Producers Association), and more (see below).

If you’re interested in art, sound, screenwriting, computer programming, or video games, this event is for you! This is your chance to build a dialogue with the professionals and find out how to move from being a student to the career of your dreams. Incentives will be provided to encourage a visit to all booths.

This event is for school groups by preregistration only, and is intended as part of an entire day of programming (Youth Media Conference & Expo) from 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (contact: education [@] 

*Students attending the 12:20 PM Conflict and Resolution screening will participate in the Behind the Scenes Expo at 1:40 PM. Students participating in the Behind the Scenes Expo at 12:20 PM will attend the Conflict and Resolution screening at 1:40 PM. The program activities end at 3:00 PM. However, students are welcome to attend the Youth Filmmakers Showcase at 4:00 PM. Please confirm when registering. The Behind the Scenes Expo is open to the public from 3:00 - 4:00 PM. Before 3:00 PM, this program is available by pre-registration only.


Unions and Guilds

Canadian Media Production Association represents over 350 companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films and digital media. It lobbies federal and provincial governments on various policy areas including: broadcasting, copyright, taxation and trade. It negotiates labour agreements with key unions and guilds and support producers when dealing with these agreements. The National Mentorship Program (NMP) is Canada’s launching pad for the next generation of film, television and interactive media producers.
IATSE Local 669 is the International Cinematographers Guild of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Local 669 consists of over 650 members involved in all aspects of film and television that pertains to the camera. Membership consists of Directors of Photography, Camera Operators, Camera Assistants, Unit Publicists, Unit Still Photographers, Electronic Camerapeople, Video Assist, Digital Engineers and Technicians, Data Management Technicians and Camera Trainees in all phases of filmed or electronically recorded theatrical feature films, films for television release, internet and television series productions. It is the mandate of IATSE Local 669 to secure work opportunities, as well as the best conditions and wages for its membership, through Collective Agreements.

IATSE Local 891 is internationally renowned for its skilled workers and professionalism.  This local consists of artists, technicians, and craftspeople who work primarily in film and television production in BC. There are numerous departments in 891, some of the entertainment trades and crafts represented are: Accounting, Allied Craft, Art, Construction, Costume, Editing, Extras Casting, First Aid / Craft Service, Greens, Grips, Hair, Lighting / Electrics, Make-Up, Painting, Production Office, Props, Script Supervisors / Continuity Coordinator, Set Decorating, Sound, Special Effects, and Visual Effects.

Union of BC Performers represents nearly 5,000 of the most experienced and skilled Performers in the world; professional actors, stunt people, singers, dancers, puppeteers, voices, background persons, and a multitude of other types of Performers, for every form of recorded media. UBCP performers work on everything from feature films to TV, from radio commercials to animated voices, from internet based web-series to performance-capture. As the Union representing Performers, UBCP’s number one goal is to create more good work opportunities for our members, and ensure a larger BC film, TV and digital media industry into the future.

Companies and Studios

Atomic Cartoons is an independent full-service animation studio. Atomic creates, produces and finances animation for television series, commercials and music videos. Clients include: Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Walt Disney and Marvel Animation. Original productions include Pirate Express and Atomic Betty, seen in over 180 territories and winning the Annie, Leo, Gemini and Bafta awards.
Bardel Entertainment is an animation production studio that is currently making series for a diverse slate of collaborators: Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks and Warner Brothers. Bardel works simultaneously on: feature films, prime time series, kids and preschool television, as well as projects for Subscription Video On Demand and Video On Demand platforms.
DHX Media is an animation production company. Its past production partners include: Disney, Cartoon Network, Classic Media, Jetix, YTV, Teletoon and WGBH. Most recent shows include: Kid vs Kat (created by Rob Boutilier, one of the crew), Martha Speaks, Packages from Planet X, Dr. Dimensionpants! and Hasbro’s My Little Pony, Pound Puppies, and Littlest Pet Shop.
Digital Domain has worked in over 100 movies since 1993, including: Iron Man 3, the Transformers series, and Titanic. Its artists have earned multiple Academy Awards® in the Visual Effects and Technical Award categories. Digital Domain also works in commercial, video game and music video productions. It has facilities in California and Vancouver, including its own performance capture studio.
Double Negative is an Academy Award®-winning visual effects company, with facilities in London, Singapore and Vancouver. They have been recognized by the Visual Effects Society for Inception, Sherlock Holmes, and Interstellar, and by BAFTA for Inception, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Interstellar. They recently won Oscars for Inception and Interstellar.
Method Studios is an award-winning international visual effects group with facilities in Canada, the U.S., England and Australia. It services high-end feature film, commercial, television, game and motion graphics clients in the global marketplace. Method Studios provides a full range of visual effects services including: conceptual design, look development, on-set supervision, 3D animation/CGI, matte painting, compositing and finishing.
Rainmaker Entertainment focuses on original productions and client-based projects. It encompasses a CGI animation and visual effects studio that produces feature-length film and DVD projects, while the Mainframe Entertainment unit focuses on animated and live-action television production. Over the course of its 18 years, they have partnered with: Mattel, The Weinstein Company, Hasbro, Lionsgate and Sony.
Rukkus House is a collaboration of sound and music professionals specializing in creating exceptional, original music and sound of uncompromising quality for film, broadcast, games, radio & music productions.
Slap Happy Cartoons creates original, funny and sometimes twisted cartoons for both kids and adults. It works with clients from all over the world, which includes development and production partners: Corus Entertainment, Comedy Central, KidsWB!, Canucks Sports and Entertainment, Knowledge Kids Network, and 9 Story Entertainment.
Zoic Studios is a Visual Effects Company based in Vancouver and California. Its work includes: film, television, advertising, video game and interactive projects. Zoic’s fields of expertise include design, animation, compositing, and production management.


Post-Secondary Educational and Training Centres

The Art Institute of Vancouver offers a variety of 18-month degree programs that include: Game Design & Programming, Animation, Special Effects, Digital Film, Audio Production and Photography. The Art Institute of Vancouver ranked as number eight in the Princeton Review’s "Top Schools to Study Video Game Design for 2014." This is The Art Institute of Vancouver's fourth appearance on the list, and the only school from Canada included in the top 15.
Emily Carr University of Art + Design is one of Canada’s premier post-secondary institutions, and British Columbia's only University dedicated solely to art, design and media education and research. It offers four-year undergraduate degrees in: Bachelor of Media Arts (with majors in Animation or Interactive and Social Media Arts), Bachelor of Design (with majors in Communication Design, Industrial Design or Interaction Design), and Bachelor in Fine Arts (with majors in Critical and Cultural Practices; Film, Video and Integrated Media; Illustration, Photography or Visual Arts).
Langara College (Film Arts) is an eight-month intensive, collaborative and comprehensive program for students wishing to work in film as actors, writers, or directors. Students collaborate on projects and engage in intensive study in their own craft area. Courses in film studies, industry practices, the principles and business of film production, and career preparation give students in all streams the knowledge to embark on creative film careers.
Think Tank Training Centre offers a one-year full time Diploma Program in Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design, as well as a four-month Mentorship Program. Think Tank is dedicated to providing relevant, current, and effective training that will ensure a realistic opportunity for employment. It specializes in the latest software, techniques, and technologies in order to cater to the needs of the film, television and video game industries.
University of British Columbia (Theatre and Film) offers four-year undergraduate degrees in Acting, Design and Production, Film Production, Film Studies and Theatre Studies, and includes the option to study in an interdisciplinary environment with Creative Writing and other university disciplines. Students are taught in a liberal arts context, which prepares them for a wide range of careers, including: costume and set design, theatre production, teaching, curating, filmmaking, writing and arts administration.
Vancouver Institute of Media Arts  (VanArts) is one of the world’s most highly respected schools for media and performing arts. Founded in 1995, VanArts offers a variety of one-year diploma programs in Character Animation, Game Art & Design, Visual Effects, Digital Photography, Web Development & Design, Web/Radio/TV Broadcasting and Acting for Film & Television. 
Vancouver Film School offers 13 one-year post-secondary programs spanning every aspect of the entertainment arts. VFS’s educational model balances theory and hands-on production. The faculty consists of established, award-winning professionals who work for top studios. The Advisory Board is composed of  industry leaders who help shape curriculum so student programs stay current.


Industry Advancement Opporunities

Crazy8s is an 8-day filmmaking challenge that provides funding and support to emerging filmmakers to help them produce a short film. Since 1999, Crazy8s has produced and fully funded professional short films. It has become the place to discover new talent, provide valuable on set training, and give opportunities for filmmakers to launch their careers in the film industry.
Creative BC provides professional expertise and business support to strengthen BC's motion picture, interactive digital, music and publishing sectors. The British Columbia Film Foundation offers three yearly scholarships. These $10,000 awards are provided to British Columbians who have completed post secondary studies (or equivalent training), and are entering advanced education in film or interactive media. Eligible disciplines include: writing, directing, producing, cinematography, art direction, picture editing, sound design, visual effects and interactive media.