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 Photography Industry, you can listen to our PODCAST with Victor on our Soundcloud Stream.
GRANT ROBINSON | LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Grant’s interest in photography has taken him on fashion, advertising and editorial commissions; although he is best known for his work in the cycling and motorcycle industries and his genuine distaste for social media.
He left Canada at the end of his high-school education to travel and photograph throughout Europe. His interest in photographic theories and the printed image led him to the Falmouth College Of Arts in the UK where he studied for his BA (Hons) in Photographic History and Communication. As a student he was awarded in the UK Association Of Photographers + KODAK Awards for his portraiture work, and as a professional his work has featured on numerous magazine covers, in advertising campaigns and editorial commissions. For the first 12 years of his career he lived and worked out of London, England and has recently relocated with his young family to the Okanagan. He continues to travel on commissions and build his personal work exploring aspects of memory and the accumulation and interpretation of experiences through imagery.