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2016 Workshops
Vancouver Web Fest was excited to be able to present the following Workshops for the 2016 festival. Buy your tickets to the festival here.

Friday, March 18

The Local Landscape
9:00am to 10:00am

TELUS Optik Local

Moderator Andrew Williamson speaks with filmmakers Nick Hunnings (The Drive) and Arielle Boisvert (East Side Stories), alongside TELUS Optik Local’s Linda Hay, about their creative process, working with TELUS, and the importance of telling stories from our community.
Andrew Williamson
Vancouver, Canada

Andrew Williamson is a seasoned producer and director who started OFF ISLAND in 1999 to create content with purpose. He produced Gastown Gamble for OWN Canada, and executive produced the critically acclaimed docu-series Emergency Room: Life & Death at VGH for The Knowledge Network. He directed the comedy short The Green Film which was released online to celebrate Earth Day. Williamson’s previous projects include High Moon, a pilot co-venture with Universal Cable Productions and Executive Producer Bryan Fuller, Sk8 Life which premiered at the Sundance International Film Festival, as well as The Mountie in association with Telefilm Canada. His thirteen-part web-series for the Yukon and Federal Governments launched in New York’s Times Square.

Andrew was recently VP Production & Digital for Lark Productions where he produced digital and social media campaigns for televisions series including Motive (CTV), Emergency Room: Life & Death at VGH, Gastown Gamble, The Real Housewives of Vancouver (Shaw) and Mom's A Medium (Corus). Andrew is the founder of Crazy8s and was previously Head of Development for Keatley Entertainment and Director of Industrial Relations at the Canadian Media Producers Association.

Linda Hay
Vancouver, Canada
Interim Senior Manager, Programming & Partnerships, TELUS Optik Local

Linda has over 20 years of experience in Canadian television and film production. Before coming to TELUS, Linda was a consultant with the Canadian Media Production Association focussing on industrial relations and professional development. Prior to her work at the CMPA, she produced the OWN Canada series "Buyologic" and was Head of Production at Vancouver’s Omni Film, where she oversaw rapid growth of the company in the areas of series development and production, including “Arctic Air”, “Robson Arms”, and “Ice Pilots NWT”. She has numerous production credits on Vancouver-based television, feature film, and commercial projects.

Arielle Boisvert
Vancouver, Canada
Director of Production and Development - Brightlight Pictures

As Director of Production and Development, Arielle brings almost a decade of production experience to her position at Brightlight Pictures and has worked with such companies as Fox, Disney, Sony, and Voltage. Her recent producing credits include the Lifetime MOW GRUMPY CAT'S WORST CHRISTMAS EVER, and the documentary series END GANG LIFE, WILD FOODS and EASTSIDE STORIES. Most recently, Arielle served as co-producer on the feature films LITTLE PINK HOUSE (Catherine Keener), and COLOSSAL (Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis) and is currently in prep on the upcoming Netflix comedy series HATERS BACK OFF

Nick Hunnings
Vancouver, Canada
Actor, Director, Producer.

Nick is a local actor, director and producer. He has had recurring roles on The 100, Bates Motel and the new show The Romeo Section, he’s also appeared on shows like Cult, Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, Fairly Legal, Smallville, and Psych. After training at Simon Fraser University’s BFA program Nick appeared on stages around town including The Arts Club Theatre’s production of Anne Frank. He made his directorial debut at The Havana Theatre with the play Looking for Bill. He has gone on to co-found East Van Entertainment, where he has co-written the first season of the award nominated VOD series, The Drive; he also plays Leo on The Drive, a long-time bartender at the Libra Room.

Web Series Audience Design & Development
10:15am to 11:45am

The good news is that in the evolving digital world you, as a storyteller, can find and develop an audience for your work. This workshop will introduce you to the many faces of the modern audience: spectator, community, collaborator, publicist, patron, and customer. The workshop will empower you with some of the skills, tools and processes to help you define, build and engage your audience. It will take you beyond basic development with applied resources to use for active audience design right from the beginning of your project.

Annelise Larson
Saskatoon/Vancouver, Canada

Annalise comes from a background as an independent producer, with training at such prestigious institutions at the Canadian Film Centre (Producer’s Lab) and Banff Centre for the Arts (Electronic and Film Media). Since 1995 she has been working in the field of digital marketing. Her focus is on Internet search and social media, the invaluable resource of online data, and how to empower clients, students and collaborators with the skills and knowledge most relevant to their target markets.

Since 2009 she has been working with government organizations and production companies in the film, television and interactive industries. Annalise uses the power of online language and data to help content creators define, find, attract and engage their audiences and work toward strategic and sustainable business models. She has sat on the juries for Creative BC's Interactive Fund and the Canada Media Fund's Experimental Stream, and has taught on behalf of such organizations as Telefilm, Women in Film, BC Film + Media, CHRC and the Independent Production Fund. She has developed online marketing strategies for digital and screen media products as diverse as social TV apps, transmedia experiences, webisode series, feature films, television series and production companies themselves.

She is currently working with a wide roster of clients in both media and business and have recently launched the online course "Becoming a Storypreneur: Digital Marketing for Screen Media Creatives.”

Grip and Lighting
12:00pm to 1:00pm

William F. White
An exciting workshop that teaches important on-set electric and grip safety practices. Focusing on grip where participants learn about different load forces, temporary installations and knot tying, and more. Lighting will teach some fundamentals of cable and distribution systems to working with different lighting fixtures and much more.

Rob Hillstead
Vancouver, Canada
Lamp Operator and Best Boy

Rob holds a significant amount of on-set experience, having served as a Lamp Operator and Best Boy for some of our country’s most renowned DP’s. Most recently, he worked on 4 out of 6 seasons on the popular Canadian hit series, “Corner Gas,” working with DP, Ken Krawczyk and in 2013, he worked on a project entitled, “Bunks” with DP, Michael Marshall. He has also worked on several big-budget feature films, including “The Tall Man,” “Downloading Nancy” and “Just Friends,” starring Ryan Reynolds. Rob is a graduate of the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Video Production and a MFA specializing in Media Production.

Workflow in the Cloud with Adobe
1:15pm to 2:15pm

ADOBE - Creative Cloud Workflows

Learn how to take advantage of the workflow benefits of the Adobe Creative Cloud using desktop and mobile tools to create your best work, faster. Explore the new features and benefits of the Adobe Creative Cloud with an eye on video workflows

Laura Williams Argilla
Seattle, USA
Director of Services and Workflows, Professional Video

Laura Williams Argilla is director of services and workflow for the Digital Video and Audio team at Adobe. In this role, Laura is responsible for creating connected experiences for Adobe customers helping them make the most of their digital workflows. Laura has held a number of positions at Adobe including director of product development for Adobe Story, director of quality engineering for the professional video team.

Laure earned her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Washington in digital media and new media storytelling. She holds a number of professional certifications.

Bronwyn Lewis
Seattle, USA
Production Manager

Bronwyn is the Product Manager for mobile video editing at Adobe. She has a background in film, multi-media performance, event production, making art with kids and applying glitter to faces. Bronwyn is a cat enthusiast, artist, and a serial costume contest winner. She holds a white belt in karate.

Legal Issues in the Digital Age
2:30pm to 4:00pm

Altman and Company Entertainment & Media 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, Protecting your rights and property. Bring your questions for this comprehensive legal workshop!

Jeff Young
Vancouver, Canada
Entertainment & Media Attorney

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.

Building your Brand through Distribution and Syndication
4:15pm to 5:15pm


You have an idea and you are ready to create your master piece and share it with the world. But have you asked yourself these questions:

1. Who is my audience and where are they consuming content?
2. Where do I distribute my series and how do I syndicate it to multiple platforms including OTT and Social?
3. What are the tools I can use to distribute and market my content?
4. Who are some of the new players in the space outside of the usual suspects such as Youtube and Daily Motion?
5. How do I cross market content?
6. And how can I monetize?
7. Who needs to be involved in the project and what are their roles?

During this session we will answer all these questions and present case studies and solutions to help you build your brand by using various marketing tools and looking at key things that will help you with marketing and distribution strategies for your web series.

Doesn’t matter if you are a producer, director, actor or even DP, we all have roles to play in the new landscape of digital distribution and this session will help prepare you for that.

Selena Paskalidis
Vancovuer, Canada
Co-Founder, DotstudioPro

Selena has more than 10 years of experience in film, television and digital production, as well as creating financial and operational business models in tech and entertainment. At Dotstudioz, she deals with all aspects of the business and manages Dotstudioz’s financials, as content creation. Paskalidis is a highly accomplished filmmaker, and worked her way up very quickly in Canada’s film, television and digital industries. She started her career as Head of Business Affairs in long form drama, and moved effortlessly in to development before taking the reins in production. In 2013, Paskalidis has worked with companies such as the Food Network, History Channel, Women’s Network, National Film Board of Canada and the Discovery Network. She has also developed and produced feature length films in conjunction with Telefilm Canada.

Paskalidis loves being thrown out of her element, and feels this is when she learns the most and grows as a person. She believes that in order to be a Producer, one needs to understand the business side of finance, marketing and distribution. Her hobbies include basketball, cooking and international travel. She has a BComm in International Business & Marketing, and holds a special place in her heart for Excel.


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