Speakers

mairzeealmaspicMairzee Almas is a Vancouver based television director experienced in drama, action and science fiction. Her early training included graduating from both the Vancouver Film School Foundation Film Program and the 2 year actor training program at The F.T.S. Performing Arts Conservatory in Vancouver.

As a director, Mairzee supports actors in giving strong performances they can be proud of. Her strong suit is using the camera to support the emotional subtext of a scene and in creating action sequences, but her greatest strength is in the storytelling: using all of the elements and puzzle pieces to tell the story. She earned a “Best Direction” nomination from the Directors Guild of Canada for her “Smallville” episode entitled “Identity.”

Mairzee’s recent credits include  iZombie, The 100 and Legends of Tomorrow.


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Michael Balfry CSC, American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) nominee, Emmy award nominee and Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC) Award recipient, brings over 25 year of experience to the motion picture & television industry. Michael’s international experience has seen him travel throughout North America, Europe and Asia capturing images with stunning results. Michael has helmed a wide variety of projects including the critically acclaimed TV series Dead Zone and The Haunting Hour, as well as the highly rated Hallmark movie Christmas in Canaan. Regarded by his peers as an extremely creative and a dedicated team player, Michael always brings an unparalleled  passion to each project.


bedyk-grand-canyon-touched-upChris Bedyk is a Cinematographer, immersive content creator, developer of 360˚cameras and founder of Perspective Films, a VR live action production agency and laboratory. Since 2013, he has been creating daring immersive VR/360 experiences for brands that include Vancouver Canucks and Idealens VR headset. He is the creator of VR Wonders of the World, a customizable virtual reality series that transports you to extraordinary destinations around the world. He is a member of IATSE 669.


owi1vDrew Boughton grew up in a theatre family in Massachusetts and was building or painting sets from the time he could hold a paint brush. He received a BFA in Sculpture and Painting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama in Theatrical Stage Design where he studied with renowned Stage Designer Ming Cho Lee. He received numerous for stage designs in regional theatre before moving to Los Angeles in 1998. Where he worked as an Art Director on Austin Powers in GoldmemberHouse of Sand and Fog among other films before working for the late Director Tony Scott.

Drew was Art Director on Domino, Deja Vu, and Unstoppable. Drew’s Art Direction was also seen on Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides. His first Production Design, the feature film The Man with the Iron Fists opened in 2012. The film was set in 1860s feudal China, and stars Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, and the RZA who also directed and co wrote the script with Eli Roth. He Production Designed Pilots for Hemlock Grove for Netflix, and Galyntine for AMC before Designing  The Man in the High Castle  for Amazon Studios.


mbravinMichael Bravin is Engineering Supervisor for Sim Digital LA. He has a deep and broad background in production, post production and technical engineering for broadcast and motion picture production. In his work he teaches and supports the clear understanding of complicated and sophisticated technology in order that it may be fully utilized by creative professionals


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Stephen Campanelli bought a Steadicam  when there were very few around, and quickly became the most sought after Steadicam operator in the country. He was the first to combine “A” Camera operating and Steadicam, and in doing so unlocked an entirely new filmmaking perspective that quickly peaked the interests of some of Hollywood’s top directors including Stephen’s boyhood idol: Clint Eastwood. Stephen first joined Clint on the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated Bridges of Madison County and has remained Clint’s most trusted “camera eye” ever since. They have collaborated on The Oscar winning films, Million Dollar Baby and  Mystic River the Oscar nominated Flags of our Fathers and  Letters from Iwo Jima, and their latest films Gran Torino, American Sniper and Sully. In 2012, the Society of Camera Operators awarded Stephen with the Best Camera Operator of the Year award, and in 2016, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. After over 22 years by Clint’s side, Stephen jokingly confesses to being a graduate of the “University of Clint Eastwood,” having learned all of the maestro’s directing secrets: his efficiency on the set, his easy demeanor,  his way of letting the actors do what they do best… “act”. He has made the natural leap to the director’s chair, having already helmed 3 motion pictures, Momentum, Rio Heat and Indian Horse,…..and is ready to breathe life into his next project…


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Nicole Chartrand is a Location Manager, currently working on the Amazon series The Man In The High Castle. As Location Manager on this production, Nicole must think outside the box as she scouts,researches and hosts critical thinking brainstorming sessions with her team. Nicole holds a BFA from UBC, with a Major in Theatrical Design and a Minor in Film Studies. She has enjoyed a 13-year career and has worked on over 17 film and television productions.


s-demeterSteve Demeter is SIM Digital’s Director of Business Development for Western Canada. With over 30 years of experience covering film, digital, live broadcast, and dramatic production, Steve brings his experience to SIM’s clients to help them navigate the ever changing landscape of production. He has been a member of the CSC, and is currently an executive professional member of the SMPTE. Steve is based out of SIM’s Vancouver office, but travels to wherever the clients needs take him.


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Lawson Deming is a Visual Effects Supervisor and owner of Barnstorm VFX, a television focused boutique visual effects house in Burbank, California, that has done effects work on The Man in the High Castle, Silicon Valley, Outlander, Key & Peele, and The Good Wife, among others . A passionate photographer and visual artist, Lawson studied film and graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in Cinema/Television Production and a focus on cinematography. His professional experience encompasses plate and miniature photography and cinematography, stop motion, 3D, and traditional animation, title and motion design, CGI, and compositing.


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David Geddes ASC CSC, began his film career shooting 16 mm documentaries, independent short films, investigative journalism pieces, and corporate projects all over the world.

Geddes moved into 35 mm television and feature work as an operator, then as Director of Photography on 21 Jump Street, followed by the first season of the original Beverly Hills 90210. Geddes’ more than 70 feature, pilot, series, MOW, and short drama credits have been shot on four continents and run the gamut of action, suspense, horror, science fiction, comedy and romance.

Geddes has worked with a range of established and developing image capture technologies, including film, video, HD and digital. Geddes shot the first television series in North America to use the Red One digital technology, 2008’s Sanctuary. His most recent series, including Fringe, Under the Dome, The Last Ship, and Legends of Tomorrow have increasingly blended cinematography and visual effects. With Legends of Tomorrow, Geddes added directing to his role as alternating Director of Photography.


goldmanAlan Goldman began his career in radio and was part of the award-winning team that produced the five-part national CBC Radio documentary series A Matter of Survival, hosted by Dr. David Suzuki. Alan also produced the award winning Glowing In The Dark, which looks at the history of neon light in Vancouver, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. His semi-autobiographical film Who The Jew Are You? premiered at the Doxa Festival in 2009. Alan has taught courses in the fields of film and digital media at numerous private and public institutions. He completed his MAA at Emily Carr University focusing on Stereoscopic 3D and its effect on documentary filmmaking. Currently Alan is an Adjunct Researcher and Industry Liaison at the S3D Centre at Emily Carr University. The Centre creates experimental content with the devices associated with VR & AR. And serves as a collaborative space for the prototyping tools for the capture and processing of immersive content.


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Tyler Harron is a Production Designer, and the visual creator behind WB/DC Television Series The Flash and Supergirl.  He also provided the creative and visual direction to this season’s newest hit Riverdale, as well creating the special event design for the four show CW/DC Crossover Event INVASION! featuring The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.  Tyler Harron was raised in the Port Moody area and continues to live in the Lower Mainland with his wife and three children.


C. Ernst Harth got his first taste of acting in kindergarten when the drama club cast the school’s largest child to play Santa in their Christmas pageant. Involved in community theatre and improvisational comedy during high school, it wasn’t until he relocated to Vancouver in 1989 that heseriously pursued acting full-time.In 1990, he landed his first professional gig in a TV commercial for the BC Chicken Growers. Since then, Ernst has become a busy character actor known for dozens of roles, credits include Thir13en Ghosts, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters UnleashedCapote (2005), Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball and Dead Rising (2015). 

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As an actor, he had been updating his IMDb page since the 90’s. Over the years, it became a bit of an obsession and word got out within the local Vancouver film industry that he was the IMDb Go-To person.  For 15 years, as CPPB Inter-tainment, Harth has been doing IMDb updating for fellow actors, producers, casting directors, production companies, etc. He has been amongst the world’s top 250 contributors to IMDb for more than 10 years in a row.


ArmenKevorkian.jpegArmen Kevorkian is the VFX Supervisor and Executive Creative Director at Deluxe’s Encore VFX. Since joining the company in 2011, Armen Kevorkian has helped grow visual effects operations at Deluxe’s Encore VFX from a handful of artists doing largely invisible work to a studio behind some of the most impressive VFX in television. He currently oversees VFX for three primetime shows from the DC Universe simultaneously, bringing blockbuster-level effects to the small screen for “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” often directing 2nd unit as well. His VFX efforts on “The Flash” have been recognized with 2016 and 2015 Leo Awards as well as 2015 Emmy and VES nominations. In 2016, Armen helmed two episodes of “The Flash,” and currently is directing an episode of Supergirl, adding Director to his growing repertoire of roles.

Other notable projects Armen has worked on while at Encore VFX include “Banshee,” which earned Emmy and VES Awards for VFX, “The Tomorrow People,” “Hostages,” “Homeland,” “Ray Donovan” and “Unforgettable.” Prior to Encore VFX, Armen was on the studio side of VFX, starting his career as a VFX associate on “Star Trek” series “Enterprise,” “Voyager,” “Deep Space Nine,” and “Alias.” He then served as the show VFX Supervisor for “Invasion” and “Ghost Whisperer,” which received VES and Emmy Award nominations, respectively.


Keith Hamakawa has been the Associate VFX Supervisor on CW series The Flash for 3 seasons since its inception. In 2015, along with the Encore Visual Effects team, he received an Emmy nomination for The Flash -“Grodd Lives” and won a Leo for his work on The Flash – “Going Rogue”. He studied Graduate Film Production at the University of Southern California, and calls Vancouver home.


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Karin Konoval’s extensive screen credits include “Maurice the Orangutan” in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes, “Mrs. Peacock” in the infamous X-Files episode “Home”, the lead role of “Mary Leonard” in the feature film Cable Beach (for which she received a Philip Borsos award), supporting roles in many other features and guest star and recurring roles on numerous tv series such as (most recently) Lucifer, Travelers, The Magicians, Bates Motel and iZombie. Karin has received numerous awards for her work in theatre, performing lead roles in contemporary classics and a wide range of musicals.


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Jesse Korosi  Director of Workflow Services at Bling Digital (a Sim Group Company), currently oversees Bling’s global workflow team and provides technical-­‐level management of Bling’s dailies department. Over the past 18 months, Jesse and his team have overseen the dailies workflow on over 100 projects spanning the globe, collectively managing over 8 Petabytes of media. Jesse has a lifelong love of filmmaking and has worked in many different on-­‐set and post-­‐production roles over the last decade including: 24 frame playback editing/compositing both on and off set, on-­‐set visual effects editing, data management, dailies, offline/online editing, and final colour. Jesse uses this wealth of knowledge to provide his clients with customized workflows that are tailored to successfully meet their unique requirements and the specific needs of their projects.


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Gary Lam is a Post Production Associate Producer & First Assistant Editor. With over 17 years in feature film and television editing rooms as an assistant editor, Gary Lam has extensive first hand experience with the rapid change of editorial workflows and the increasingly blurred line between ‘offline’ and ‘online’. He is currently managing post production for Neill Blomkamp’s Vancouver Studio.


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Gord Langdon has been a Video Applications Engineer with Tektronix since early-2015. He has over thirty years of experience in broadcast and cable television with Global TV, Rogers and Capella Telecom. Gord is a member of the SMPTE, SCTE Ontario Chapter and Professional Engineers Ontario.


marclougee_flash-bio-picMarc Lougee started his career in 1985, supervising green screen photography for a small post production house in Boston, MA. Since, he’s worked on numerous award-winning films and television series as a Special Effects Artist, Stop Motion Animator, Miniature Effects Supervisor, Animation Director and Visual Effects Supervisor.

Marc is as an Associate Visual Effects Supervisor on The Flash television series.


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Andrew MacDonald has been a director camera operator working in factual and  documentary for 2 decades. Having had the privilege of traveling the globe for networks such as Discovery, National Geographic Travel, Andrew is now focusing his skills at pioneering 360 capture.

As a founding member and Creative Director of Cream’s VR/AR division, Andrew has produced over 20 unique VR experiences for major networks and brands. Cream’s VR work has been invited to screen at the Cannes film festival and is currently featured on Discoveries’ VR app.


mayamanipicMaya Mani is a Costume Designer who started her career in commercial photography working as a stylist for some of Toronto’s leading photographers.  She moved on to working in Toronto’s growing independent film community where her talent for designing was quickly recognized notably in Deepa Mehta’s Sam and Me and Atom Egoyan’s The Adjuster.

In the early ‘90s, with her husband and young family she moved to Vancouver. Here she continued designing for both film and television:  Free Willy – The Rescue,  I’ll Be Home for Christmas,  Antitrust, Continuum and V.

Maya draws her inspiration from many sources including trends in technology, fashion, and sport.  She is currently designing the costumes for Arrow as well as the superhero suits for The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.


S. Siobhan McCarthy Award winning film and web series producer, S. Siobhan McCarthy, is the CEO of red trike media inc. and blyssfulPRODUCTIONS. She is the co-creator, Executive Producer and Showrunner of PARKED DOWN HERE, her first feature film premiered at the 2013 Whistler Film Festival and began its Canadian theatrical release in April 2015. She Executive Produced five short films including WILL, which won the Golden Sheaf at the 2013 Yorkton Film Festival and PATIENCE AND ABSURDITY, which represented Canada at the Paralympics Games in London. Siobhan has been the Production Manager of VIFF Industry for over a decade and a half.

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McCarthy moonlights as a digital strategist/social media community manager. She has created and run campaigns for numerous seasons of W Network’s, “The Cupcake Girls”, OWN’s “Murder She Solved True Crime”, Food Network’s “Family Cook Off”, and HGTV’s “Urban Suburban” She enjoys teaching people how to best invest in the right platform for them so they may best express their voice, views and opinions, as they see fit.


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C. Kim Miles CSC,  Director of Photography, has been in the motion picture industry since 1988, when he was hired as a company grip at Peter Robinson Studios in Malaysia, where he grew up. Since then, Miles has worked his way through the camera department as an assistant, eventually being offered his first opportunity to direct photography on a commercial in Malaysia directed by fellow Canadian Jerry McKenna in 1997. Since then, Miles has moved on to dramatic filmmaking, getting his start in the independent industry here in the Greater Vancouver area with companies such as Insight Film and Front Street Pictures, then moving on to long-form television on CW’s “Arrow” with director Glen Winter and producers JP Finn, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti, with whom Miles continues to work on CW’s “The Flash”. In addition to directing photography on “The Flash”, Miles has also made his directorial debut on episode 305 this current 2016/17 season and looks forward to future opportunities as they arise.


Paul Moniz de Sá has been working as a professional actor for over 20 years both on camera and on stage. At 16, he began his theatrical training at Arts Umbrella and went on to study at the prestigious Studio 58 at Langara College. His work has been seen across North America including the Vancouver Playhouse, the National Arts Centre and at the Charlottetown Festival in PEI. He is best known for playing the evil giant, “Meatdripper” in Steven Spielberg’s The BFG. Other TV and Film credits include Timeless, Shut Eye, Power Rangers, The Arrangement and recurring roles on Stargate SG1 and Eureka.paul-moniz-de-sa

Paul has received numerous Jessie awards and nominations for his performances. He is also a sound design and acting instructor. In 2008, Paul became the Artistic Director of Theatre and Music at Arts Umbrella where he continues to direct in the Pre-Professional Theatre Program.


tonypettinepic2Tony Pettine, ScriptE, Department Head and DH Costume Co-Creator, is a veteran top-call script supervisor, and has worked on over 50 feature films, hundreds of television programs and commercial productions.Tony brings his many years of experience as a script supervisor and knowledge of and involvement in the film industry to ScriptE Systems, LLC co-founded in 2007. Today, ScriptE boasts well over 4,000 users around the world.  Every major studio, television network, and advertising agency has or is employing ScriptE-powered Script Supervisors. He is also a longtime member and officer of IATSE Local 161, NYC


fullsizerenderMargot Ready is a film Art Director and Designer, graduating from Architecture School holding the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal. She has worked in the film and television for the past 17 years. Recent credits include Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, Legendary’s Warcraft, SYFY’s The Magicians and Lionsgate’s upcoming Power Rangers. Margot blends her background in aesthetics with a sharp understanding of Visual Effects. She takes pride in working with her outstanding colleagues to make Vancouver a leader in visually sophisticated and cutting-edge film-making.


alvin-photo-headshotAlvin Sanders is an actor and voice actor. Alvin did motion and performance capture for the prototype of the UBISOFT game Watch Dogs.  He has served on the UBCP/ACTRA Executive Board for more than a decade and since 2011 has been President of UBCP/ACTRA and ACTRA National Vice-President.  Alvin has over 120 IMDb credits, has voiced leading roles on numerous animated series and has been seen in several national commercials in Canada and the U.S.  Currently, he plays “Pop Tate” on the hit CW series Riverdale.


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David Shepheard is Vancouver’s first Film Commissioner and Executive Director of the new Vancouver Film & Media Centre housed at the Vancouver Economic Commission. He is a seasoned industry leader bringing over 16 years of experience as a film commissioner to the table. Formerly of Film London and Abu Dhabi Film Commission, David also played key roles in setting up multiple other film commissions and agencies around the world.



PaisleySmithpic-opt.jpgPaisley Smith
is a Canadian virtual reality creator and documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California and Vancouver, British Columbia.   A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, she studied under Alex McDowell in the future-thinking World Building program. She has worked in close collaboration with Nonny de la Peña, the “Godmother of Virtual Reality” at her company Emblematic Group, producing VR journalism experiences.

Paisley is creating Taro’s World with the National Film Board of Canada Interactive. Her work on Taro’s World earned her a nomination for the ADC Young Gun Award 2016. She will be speaking at Walrus Magazine’s Talk series “We desire a better Canada” for Canada 150 in April 2017.

Paisley’s contribution to new media has been recognized by the Television Academy Foundation, the Lambda Foundation Scholarship for Cinematic Arts, and the Fulbright Scholarship. She is the founder of Virtual Reality Girls (VRG), a supportive community of virtual reality creators


curtis_headshot_2014Curtis N. Staples is a thirty-year veteran of the television and film sectors. His vast experience includes executive and senior management roles in all facets of this specialized industry; Cloud migration, SaaS development & adoption, imaging software, remote collaboration, secure data transport, color mastering, distribution fulfillment, visual effects, video post, and audio post.

Curtis has managed business operations, sales, marketing and business development for companies such as Pinewood Studios, Laser Pacific (Vancouver), Gastown Post, Rainmaker Digital Pictures, International Image, and Sonic Foundry. He was a founder of Digital Film Central, Vancouver. The evolving workflow procedures he has developed with his teams and clients continue to revolutionize post production practices. Over his career, Curtis has successfully turned around creative services firms, reorganized and guided pivoting facilities, consulted on corporate mergers and sales, and launched new studios. He now works as an independent consultant in the Media & Entertainment industry, guiding companies migrating their services to the Cloud and adopting Cloud workflows.

Curtis was a founding director of the Canadian Centre for Image & Sound Research and is a founding director of the Vancouver Post Alliance (VPA). He is also a member of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association (MPPIA), the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), the Special Interest Group For Graphics & Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH), Women In Film & TV Vancouver (WIFTV), Vancouver Computer Graphic Artists (VCGA) and Vancouver Virtual Reality (VanVR).


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