Digital Filmmaking | Faculty | Kelowna

VICTOR POIRIER | department head  

Victor’s interest in film started at age 17 when he had the opportunity to work as a PA on the documentary film A Life, by the late award-winning Canadian documentary filmmaker Frank Cole. After his work on the film (described by Andrienne Mancia of New York’s Museum of Modern Art as doing “some of the things that Scorsese does in The Last Temptation of Christ, but perhaps better”) Victor moved into photography, studying for a BFA at the University of Ottawa.  

Post university, Victor worked as a set photographer, gaffer, camera assistant and camera operator in the Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal film industries; he then opened Erebus Productions, a facilities house which serviced the Eastern corridor with grip, electric, 16 mm and 35 mm film cameras. After a period directing music videos for Canadian bands,  he moved to producing and directing under the banner Panfilms, where he won several awards in various categories, including documentary, national PSA’s, and animation, for a variety of networks, including CTV, OLN TVO and CBC.

In 2001, Victor moved to the UK where he became the director of BBC Scotland’s longest serving episodic television series The Beechgrove as well as several series for ITV and BBC Gaelic. Over the course of eight years he directed and produced over 150 episodes of primetime, from documentary, to lifestyle to reality. Victor also acted as Executive Producer on the BBC series, The Food Trail. Victor gained national recognition for his role as producer/director on the ITV series The Woman Who Ate Scotland, which broke established viewing figures and gained a Scottish Thistle nomination.

After moving back to Canada in 2008, he worked as director of development at Ocean Entertainment in Halifax, Nova Scotia before relocating to the Okanagan.. Victor now lives in Kelowna and works at the Center for Arts and Technology managing the Digital Filmmaking, and Digital Photography departments.

To learn more about working in the Filmmaking Industry, you can listen to our PODCAST  with Victor on our Soundcloud Stream. 

NATASHA HOWES | lead INSTRUCTOR

Natasha has worked in all areas of the film industry including production, distribution, exhibition and film publishing and criticism.  After her Media Studies degree, she trained at the British Film Institute and launched her career in the UK’s Art-House cinema circuit as a programmer, event producer and critic, whilst studying for her master’s degree in Film at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Natasha created a funded Film Co-operative, producing, managing and promoting the work of regional film artists.  She initiated and produced the popular ‘Screen Test’ and ‘Shorted’ at the Midlands Arts Centre, UK, to actively create audiences for regional film, and programmed film showcases at digital film and music festivals.  She also managed the visual jockey collective ‘Sonic Vision’.

Natasha went on to produce an award winning digital feature film, ‘The 13th Day’ which is distributed in 11 territories worldwide, is available in 7 languages, has been screened in over 500 venues throughout North America, and featured in a football stadium in the Philippines.  She was also UK Producer on the 3D documentary ‘God & Modern Physics’.

She immigrated to Kelowna 3 years ago, and set up the Okanagan Media Association as a networking, skills development and project incubation initiative. 

Donald B. Ferguson | Instructor  

Don Ferguson has 36 years of experience in the broadcast industry, spanning from the end of the film days to the digital age of today. Don has had the privilege of working as a Studio Cameraman for the Evening Newscast, worked in Master Control on commercials and TV shows and from there progressed to producing for ENG (Electronic News Gathering). There he worked in the field with reporters and anchors, producing the news. Don also has experience as a Production Switcher for live broadcasts of the news and has worked as a News Director, responsible for the audio and video for live newscasts. Don is versed in all the software used for live productions and non-linear editing techniques.  Don is a partner in the film production company Techyoumedia and has produced several documentaries and TV pilots through this partnership, including “The Force” hosted by Leslie Nielsen and The KVR Diaries with TV host Mike Roberts. A full length sci-fi motion picture from Techyoumedia is in the final stages of effects and sound design.

Don brings his diverse experience with him to Centre for Arts and Technology as an instructor in the Digital Video Fusion Production Program and the Digital Filmmaking Program. 

FRED FOUNTAIN | INSTRUCTOR 

Fred has been involved in many aspects of video production since the late 70’s. Early days on set saw him miking and booming productions for the University of Calgary. From the mid-80’s until 2014, Fred was Producing, Directing and Writing promotional, educational and motivational videos while still keeping his hand on soundman duties and second camera duties when the need arose. He has travelled and shot across Canada, Europe and Central America, storytelling for diverse clients including Adidas and the Central American Water Resource Management Network. Fred has won dozens of provincial, national and international awards for his programs including being awarded a Top 100 Producer of the Year honour by A/V Video Multimedia magazine for his ‘effective conceptualization and presentation of ideas through technological innovation, artistic excellence and market leadership’. Fred relocated to Kelowna in 2014 with his family and is looking forward to working with students and faculty at the Centre for Arts and Technology.