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Learn everything there is to know about digital filmmaking from the Centre for Arts and Technology digital film school. At one of the leading digital film schools in Canada, our digital filmmaking program has established the reputation as “the filmmaker’s film school” allowing students to work with our industry pros while gaining valuable knowledge and industry insights. If you’ve always loved movies, and the idea of telling stories through the magic of filmmaking keeps you up at night, then the Centre for Arts and Technology digital film school is right for you. You know that a successful film production relies on much more than the director and talent under the spotlight. You understand that every crewmember, from grips to set decorators, plays an important role in the final product that hits the screen. Are you ready to dive into one of these exciting roles and say “Action!” to your career in film? Graduates of the Digital Filmmaking program from one of the leading digital film schools in Canada go on to careers locally and all around the world. You could launch your career as a:
- Camera Operator/Director of Photography (DOP)
- Lighting Technician
- Production Assistant
- Locations Audio
- Director/Assistant Director
- Independent or Documentary Filmmaker
- Production Designer
FILM SCHOOL TRAINING KELOWNA, BC
British Columbia has one of the largest film industries in North America, which continues to expand yearly. Centre for Arts and Technology has developed a reputation as “the filmmaker’s film school”. The reason? All of our students get the chance to direct at least one of their own short films, and gain experience on both small independent film shoots and larger budget productions. Your instructors at Centre for Arts and Technology film school are top pros who have worked their way up the rungs of the film industry ladder, collecting valuable knowledge and industry insights along the way. You’ll gain from their wisdom regarding every aspect of film production. Your days at one of the leading digital film schools in Canada will be spent in our custom-built production studio, industry-quality editing labs, and working as crewmembers on the sets of local productions. In just 18 months, this accelerated program will teach you: Production Planning—Budgeting—Screenwriting for Narrative Films—Cinematography—Lighting, Composition and Framing—Film Blocking and Staging Casting and Directing—Digital Technology—Post Production and Editing with Final Cut Pro, After Effects and Pro Tools—Proposal Writing, Financial Backing, Marketing and Distribution—Promotion and Film Festival Submission.
“Centre for Arts and Technology had everything I hoped for: a small class size, one-on-one attention, and dedicated instructors. I get to make art every day and it never feels like work. For all you potential students—be prepared to make something awesome out of your life. Anyone who takes this course is in for a real treat.” – Carly Sappier
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 multiple areas of the film industry including production, distribution, exhibition and education. 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’.
When she immigrated to Kelowna 7 years ago, she set up the Okanagan Media Association as a networking, skills development and project incubation initiative; and created CopyHowes Communications to produce video and content for the Valley, with clients including: Interior Health; Copeman Healthcare; West Kelowna Tourism; and Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival.
Internationally, Natasha produced an award winning digital feature film, ‘The 13th Day’’, which is distributed in 13 territories worldwide, is available in 8 languages, and has been screened in over 500 venues throughout North America. She was UK Producer on the 3D documentary ‘Cosmic Origins’; Producer on the award winning Festival short ‘Late Harvest‘ by alumni Benjamin Musgrave; and is currently in production on the major theatrical movie ‘FATIMA’.
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.
JAMIE COTTINGTON | INSTRUCTOR
Jamie moved to Kelowna from London, England in 2013 after a very successful career spanning around 17 years with BMW UK.
He had been successfully ‘playing’ at being a photographer for around 10 years, never committing to making it his full time gig. However, when everything seemed to align perfectly, he couldn’t ignore the opportunity for a radical change of direction in life. Jamie resigned from his perfectly good job, jumped on a plane and headed to explore what Canada had to offer.
He enrolled at Centre for Arts and Technology, graduating from the Digital Video Fusion Program in 2014, as a way of broadening his creative offering. He has since formed a successful Photography, Videography and Events Management Company, called Pinstripe Productions Ltd., producing work across North America with his two Co-founders.
Aside from his own productions, Jamie is also hired as a Camera Operator for live TV, sporting and music events and is an experienced Gimbal Operator. He has worked on small and large production films and documentaries filmed in the Okanagan and in Europe.
"I really enjoyed the program. I had some great instructors and the program really opened my eyes to all the aspects of filmmaking, some of which I had never really thought about before hand. I loved the freedom when getting to shoot our first and final thesis film’s and getting a grasp on the different avenues available in the industry. Overall it was a really positive experience and it gave me the knowledge I needed to help me find the path I wanted to pursue as a Director." - Thomas Bowerbank