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2015 Workshops
Vancouver Web Fest was excited to be able to present the following Workshops for the 2015 festival.

Friday, March 6

10:00am to 11:00am
A Web Series Case Study

TELUS’ Prem Gill talks to filmmaker Karen Lam about the creative process vis-à-vis web series. Karen will screen an episode of her new web series Mythos (currently in post-production) and both will discuss the web series space and how funding like TELUS Community Access Programming and STORYHIVE is important.
Prem Gill
Director, Original Production & Programming - TELUS Optik TV

Prem Gill is Director, Original Production & Programming, TELUS Optik TV. She is a passionate ambassador for talent development and storytelling. She drives the development of content for TELUS’ community programming commitments on Optik TV and led the creation of STORYHIVE. STORYHIVE is a Kickstarter-inspired online platform where local creative talent can pitch projects and garner crowd support to compete for funding from TELUS. The top projects as voted on by the community receive production grants from TELUS and distribution on Optik TV. Prem was recently named in a Globe and Mail article referencing the power list of 10 women who matter in English Canada as film and content creators and decision makers. Prem is also on the board of directors of the Vancouver International Film Festival and the National Screen Institute.

Karen Lam
Producer, Writer/Director

Karen has worked full-time in the film and television industry since 2000. Starting her career as a producer and entertainment lawyer, Karen has produced four feature films, eight short films and three television series. Her first short film as a writer/director (“The Cabinet”) won the NSI Drama Prize in 2006. She has since written nine feature film screenplays, and directed eight short films, a music video, and two feature films, “Stained” (2010) and “Evangeline” (2013). She is just completing her first web series, a six-part dark fantasy series for TELUS Optik TV.

11:30am to 12:30pm


How to increase your production value through strategic pre-visualization with Geoffrey Antony, President and Principle of GFZ Group.

Geoffrey Antony
President and Principle of GFZ Group

Geoffery is the president and principle of GFZ Group. With a proven track record in post production and VFX spanning the TV, film and advertising industries. He’s intent on developing innovative solutions for post production and VFX workflow to catalyze industry evolution in digital media techniques. Throughout the last fifteen years Geoffery has made critical impacts in the fields of beauty grading, finishing and colour correction via his involvement in the development and engineering of Avid DS. As a producer, he’s had the opportunity to work on some of the most demanding digital projects in North America and around the world with notable brands like HBO, Fox, Lionsgate, Alliance Atlantis, Eone, Tribeca Films, Hallmark, Discovery Channel, Omnicom, Nissan, and UK Naval Ships. Most recently, Geoffery’s revolutionary pipeline design for the breakthrough immersive dome production “Fly Over Canada” enabled never before 180 degree, 4K, sixty-frames per second visuals, to be screened from a single projector for a virtual flight experience.

1:00pm to 2:00pm

How to Get the Best Sound on a Budget with Doug Paterson

Interested in finding out more about how to get your production sounding great? This short workshop will offer some great tips on how to record and treat the audio for your film. From Location to Post we will review info on how to improve your films' soundtrack. Need guidance on how to choose a location recordist or insight into what happens in audio post production? Well look no further. Presented by Leo Award winning sound editor/mixer Doug Paterson of Big World Sound this short presentation will offer a view into the world of film sound.

Doug Paterson
Sound Designer and Founder of Big World Sound

Doug Paterson founded Big World Sound in March 1991 in order to provide a nurturing environment for burgeoning songwriters and bands. The studio’s early success culminated in its relocation to Downtown Vancouver in 1993. Doug constructed a brand new studio from the ground up, and secured the contract for the film score for Beyond Borders: Redwood Films highly regarded travel documentary. Other producers were quick to hire Big World to compose scores, and the company moved into sound design and audio post-production in 1999.

Doug Paterson is a master sound designer, confident and experienced in every aspect of his craft, and is proud of his reputation as a relaxed, easy-going guy who gets great results. As a musician he understands the creative process, and he knows the importance of timing and rhythm.

Early in 2007, Doug worked on the feature length documentary Let It Ride, a film by Jacques Roiseaux, which won Best Film at the Xdance Film Festival and Best Mountain Culture Film at The Whistler Film Festival.

Doug was nominated twice at the Leo Awards in 2007 in the Best Sound Editing (short drama) category for Adrien van Viersen’s films Pig Tale, and Tit for Tat.

3:00pm to 4:30pm

What you Can and Cannot use without Permission with Jeff Young of Altman and Company

Attorney Jeff Young discusses some of the pitfalls and benefits of the digital age. Subjects include Music Rights, Rights of Publicity, Rights of Privacy, Defamation, The Public Domain, Copyright, Trademarks, Parody and Satire, Images and footage, Errors and Omissions.

Jeff Young

Jeff Young is an active member of the Law Society of British Columbia, Canada and a member of the State Bar of California, USA. Jeff is also a registered and active Canadian Trademark Agent. Jeff received his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of British Columbia, where he also studied Commerce, before beginning his twenty-five year legal career which started in corporate and real estate law, and ultimately focused on intellectual property, new media, sports and entertainment, particularly in film/TV and music. During his successful legal career, Jeff has negotiated with major entertainment and media corporations including Virgin, BMG, Disney, Sony, 20th Century Fox, Paramount and Warner/Chappell. From 2011 to 2013, Jeff was the Director of Contracts and Chief Negotiator for the Union of BC Performers, the British Columbia branch of ACTRA. He has acted for and advised award winning recording artists and leading film and television performers, and was a managing partner of an entertainment law boutique that represented international, local major, and independent film and TV clients. From 2008 to 2010, Jeff was a legal consultant to the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games on entertainment and digital media issues. His past clients included music publishers, film companies, sports franchises and live entertainment venues and his practice primarily focused on negotiating business deals involving media, film, music, sports and entertainment. Companies that have received his legal work include Fox Family Channel, the OutTV Network, The Vancouver Whitecaps, Shavick Entertainment, and the Shaw Rocket Fund.

Jeff is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Victoria where he teaches film, television, media and music law. Jeff has also taught Film Law and New Media Law in the Faculty of Business, School of New Media at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and was the founding Head of the Entertainment Business Management Diploma Program at the Vancouver Film School. Jeff was also formerly the head instructor of the Public Speaking program at the UBC Faculty of Commerce and taught and wrote adjunct curriculum for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia.

Jeff was also a music composer, producer and supervisor with credits on numerous critically-acclaimed recordings including projects delivered to Warner, Universal, CBC, CTV, NBC, Global and the Knowledge Network, and was affiliated with a prominent US music supervisor with Oscar and Grammy award-winning credits. Jeff is also credited as the surround sound music mix engineer for some of Vivendi Universal & Radical Entertainment's most prestigious video games: Dark Angel, The Hulk and The Simpson's Hit and Run, considered by many critics to be “the best Simpsons game ever”.

Previously, Jeff has acted as lead counsel on one of the largest business immigration cases in Canada, a case that ultimately won at the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also been the Vice-President of a medium-sized Vancouver-based media company as its executive business development advisor.

Jeff is based in Vancouver, Canada, and his hobbies are snowboarding and skiing, attending symphonic concerts and hockey and soccer games.

5:00pm to 6:00pm


Learn how to write a business plan for your web series and to use the plan to enhance the project artistically while gaining funding for the production and marketing of the series. Workshop will cover how to develop the business side of your project and putting that into a standard plan understood by sponsors and investors.

Carter Mason
Co-Founder and CEO of JTS.TV

Carter is a co-founder and the CEO of JTS.TV - Just The Story, a premium digital network distributed via Roku, apps, the JTS.TV website, and numerous Smart TV platforms (with many more in development). He has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade as an actor, writer, and producer. His clients have produced numerous feature and short films, digital series, and new media projects. The reputation and relationships forged through the Carter Mason Group laid the foundation for a creator-friendly business model to gain immediate acceptance by the independent television community.

Saturday, March 7
Get Pitching Tips From The Pros At CollegeHumor
12:40pm Start


You'll get 5 minutes to pitch your idea to experts from CollegeHumor, then they'll give you feedback on both your content concept and your pitch.

Guidelines: Your pitch should be for a new idea, not a project you've already produced.

Pitches should include:
WHAT the project is.
WHY you should be the one to make it.
WHY the project is a good fit for the internet as opposed to other mediums.
WHAT it will take to get it made.

This workshop is now full, but to get onto the waiting list email a brief description of your project to paula@vancouverwebfest.com

Spencer Griffin
Vice President of Big Breakfast

Spencer Griffin is the Vice President of Big Breakfast, the studio behind all Electus Digital video content. In this role, Spencer oversees production of long-form, original, and branded content for CollegeHumor, Dorkly, DumbDumb, and WatchLOUD. Before joining CollegeHumor, his production of the one-man play, Catalpa, won the LA Weekly Theatre Award for Best Performance, was nominated for Best Production Design, and received a five star rating at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Spencer has also spent time managing corporate incentive trips, teaching English in Spain, and opening a grassroots, non-profit art gallery and performance venue, which still operates 11 years later. A graduate of The University of Iowa, Spencer resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Luke Kelly-Clyne
West Coast Creative Director of Branded Entertainment for Electus Digital

In this role, Luke writes and directs custom branded content sketches for all Electus Digital brands—CollegeHumor, Dorkly and WatchLOUD—as well as manages a team of writers who do the same. He has contributed to many successful campaigns during his time with the company including scripts for a three-video series in collaboration with the Movember charity and a campaign for Klondike and Michael Ian Black, as well as directing for clients FX and Halo. Prior to joining Electus Digital in 2013 as Manager of Branded Entertainment, Luke was Head Writer for ABC’s Nightline.

Outside of his work with Electus Digital and CollegeHumor, Luke is a Contributing Writer to Saturday Night Live, a columnist for Splitsider, and is the creator of two digital series—Remix the Movies for Tribeca Film/Maker Studios and Step 9 for Above Average. Luke has written, produced, directed, and performed content for Disney, Lorne Michaels’s Broadway Video, MTV, Gawker, Bloomberg TV, Huffington Post Comedy, McSweeney’s and Funny or Die, and lots of other great places. His work was also featured at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.

A Native of Westport, CT , Luke graduated from Johns Hopkins university with a degree in Political Science. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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