In Focus Film School

Introduction

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a superior film education through accelerated, hands-on learning. InFocus instructors mentor students through multiple assignments that culminate in a polished student portfolio. We encourage students to grow as visual storytellers; to realize their personal artistic visions, and to maintain creative autonomy.

Why InFocus?

Our Teaching Philosophy

The age of two-hour powerpoint presentations is over. Our classes provide an interactive experience that includes theory, instructor-led demos, and follow-up assignments. Weekly labs solidify knowledge in a real life setting.

Because no two students have the same aptitude, smaller class sizes allow us to provide more individualized training. In addition, a tutorial assistant is on hand every day to help students apply what they have learned in class.

In storytelling, we push our students to take risks. Film isn’t supposed to be safe or easily defined. It’s about developing a unique voice that avoids mainstream formulas. It’s also about taking artistic risks and seeing what unfolds.

Seizing the Digital Age

Films inspire, provoke, entertain and inform. With the rapid growth of digital storytelling, creative professionals with artistic and technical know-how are in high demand. Visual literacy is as important as textual literacy in the 21st century. As images and videos are increasingly becoming our primary form of communication, it is essential for filmmakers to remain on the cutting edge. Our programs incorporate new media streams including web series and crowdfunding.

Alumni Opportunities

InFocus is committed to helping grads with their future goals, whether that is making their own feature film or getting their foot in the industry door. We hire alumni to collaborate on films with partner organizations and provide ongoing mentorship from InFocus Film School’s instructors.

Our Campus

Study in a creative space located in Vancouver’s historic Gastown.

Located in a heritage building in the heart of Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, InFocus Film School is the ideal location to study film. Gastown is central to Vancouver’s position as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Gastown offers a thriving fashion district, impeccably curated décor boutiques, one-of-a-kind galleries and some of the best culinary fare in the city. But step up from street level and you’ll also find a collection of the city’s most creative enterprises, from graphic designers and architects to film students and photographers.

About Vancouver

Hollywood North: the film capital of Canada.

Located at the Pacific Rim gateway of Canada’s west coast, in beautiful British Columbia, Vancouver is a dynamic hub for media creators and storytellers from all walks of life. Nicknamed ‘Hollywood North’, Vancouver boasts a thriving film and television production industry – the third largest in North America after New York and Los Angeles – and is the proud host to some of the world’s greatest film festivals including the Vancouver International Film Festival and DOXA Documentary Film Fest.

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Programs

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Diploma

Film Production Program

Campus Full time 10 months February 2017 Canada Vancouver

The Film Production Program emphasizes hands-on learning with weekly camera exercises. 11 short film projects cement your skills and a capstone graduation film will make your reel stand out. [+]

Immerse yourself in filmmaking with our 10-month Film Production Program. From story to screen, you’ll learn every aspect of production and have the option of specializing in cinematography, writing, or directing. The Film Production Program emphasizes hands-on learning with weekly camera exercises. 11 short film projects cement your skills and a capstone graduation film will make your reel stand out. You’ll complete the program with a diploma and a strong portfolio that showcases your work as a creative film professional. Program Highlights You’ll complete eleven short film projects: Silent Film Biography Client Film/Scene Study Short Documentary Web Short Cinema Verite One Shot Sequence Music Video Painting With Light Short Web Pilot Demo Grad Film Courses The art of cinematography is a cornerstone of film production. Leading DPs will teach you to expertly manipulate light and work with advanced cameras and rigs. Term one focuses on the basics of camera operation and lighting. Term two focuses on advanced cinematography theory, concepts, and lighting for genre. No matter the style of film you’re making, knowing how to manage and lead a team is essential to success. Award-winning directors teach you the intricacies of both dramatic and documentary film, mentoring you on how to become a successful director. Story is the heart of film. Established screenwriters teach the fundamentals of story development. You will create several short screenplays, with the class’ best being produced at the end of term. Sound is often overlooked but is an essential component of any film. You will learn about the practice of recording clean sound with microphones, mixers, and other audio gear. Editors play a dynamic role in film production. They work creatively with images and music to set the pace and tone of a film and effectively tell the story. This course will teach you both the technical aspects of editing and how to edit as a storyteller. Crafting a cohesive and interesting story from factual events can be even more difficult than writing fiction. Documentary filmmakers will guide you through the process and teach you how to create an engaging fact-based film. Sometimes it’s impossible to record clean audio on location. Professional sound editors will guide you through the process of audio post-production. Assistant directors are one of the most important roles on set. You’ll be mentored by established ADs, and learn the organization and leadership that is essential for the role. The producer is often the first person involved in a project and has overall control of every aspect of a film’s production. You will learn about budgets, pitching and scheduling, along with production management skills like crew building. Projects Short Film As a visual medium, film must primarily tell a story through a series of images. Less than 2 weeks into the school year, you are asked to create a silent film in 10 shots with no dialogue – and a clear story. Biography Pointing a camera at others requires insight and understanding. That’s why we ask you to point a camera at yourself first. This project gives you the opportunity to tell a pivotal moment or story in your life. Scene Study You’ll work with an existing script from a famous film and re-create a scene, with a focus on drawing a believable performance from the actors. Commercial Ad You’ll be assigned a product and work with your fellow students to create a 30-second dramatic TV spot, adhering to the identity of the brand. Short Film Term 2 culminates with the production of short 2-4 minute dramatic films, written by the students over the previous months. A week of one-day shoots rotates students through multiple roles on set. Video Journalism Learn how to get to the heart of a story. You’ll be assigned with a news story, and tasked with producing a 1-3 minute news piece within a day. Cinéma Vérité Documentary film aims to capture a subject or topic with some measure of objectivity. But the simple act of turning a camera on a person can change their behaviour. The premise of Cinema Verité is to film a scene in as natural a state as possible – as though the camera and director were merely flies on a wall. This project will challenge you to record a story without interacting with your subjects. Doc Demo When pitching docs to a broadcaster, they require a sample, known as a demo, of what the doc will look like. Students will be engaged in a competitive pitch process to greenlight the production of their docs, and will need a demo as part of their pitch package. Documentary You will pitch a story idea to a panel of judges, and the top projects will move forward to be produced as 7-12 minute documentaries. Painting With Light You are assigned a genre and simple scene to light and shoot, and work with your fellow students to create the atmosphere and mood using only lighting and camera techniques. Grad Film The capstone of the Film Production Program. Every student will write a screenplay for a short, 8-15 minute film and pitch the film to a panel of judges. The top projects will be produced with full crews, utilizing all skills built over the program. Space is limited Intakes are limited to 14 students. Apply early for the best chance of acceptance. [-]

Certificate

Foundation Film Program

Campus Full time 6 months October 2017 Canada Vancouver

The Foundation Film Program’s hands-on approach means you’ll start working with cameras on the first day of class. Interactive lectures and weekly camera, lighting and sound exercises will give you the skills to realize your artistic vision. Receive ongoing mentorship, and build your network in a city renowned for its dynamic film scene. [+]

Great films are built on the same foundation: strong visual appeal, a unique angle, and a well-written story. This accelerated 6-month program teaches the foundations of documentary and dramatic filmmaking. You’ll gain essential skills and work with fellow students to write, produce and edit 6 short film projects. The Foundation Film Program’s hands-on approach means you’ll start working with cameras on the first day of class. Interactive lectures and weekly camera, lighting and sound exercises will give you the skills to realize your artistic vision. Receive ongoing mentorship, and build your network in a city renowned for its dynamic film scene. Program Highlights You’ll complete six short film projects: Silent Film Biography Scene Study Client Film Web Short Grad Film Courses No matter the style of film you’re making, knowing how to manage and lead a team is essential to success. Award-winning directors teach you the intricacies of both dramatic and documentary film, mentoring you on how to become a successful director. The art of cinematography is a cornerstone of film production. Leading DPs will teach you to expertly manipulate light and work with advanced cameras and rigs. Term one focuses on the basics of camera operation and lighting. Term two focuses on advanced cinematography theory, concepts, and lighting for genre. Story is the heart of film. Established screenwriters teach the fundamentals of story development. You will create several short screenplays, with the class’ best being produced at the end of term. Editors play a dynamic role in film production. They work creatively with images and music to set the pace and tone of a film and effectively tell the story. This course will teach you both the technical aspects of editing and how to edit as a storyteller. The Foundation Film Program will give you an understanding of all aspects of filmmaking. Other classes cover topics such as Documentary Story Development, Producing, Assistant Directing, Production Design and more. Space is limited Intakes are limited to 14 students. Apply early for the best chance of acceptance. [-]

Motion Picture Industry Orientation

Campus Full time 2 days September 2017 Canada Vancouver

Developed in partnership between Creative BC, MPPIA, and industry labour organizations, the Motion Picture Industry Orientation course is a comprehensive, mandatory course that provides you with the information you need to know before working on a film set. Topics include growth and trends in the BC motion picture industry, the collaborative nature of the industry, demands and challenges of working in film, on-set protocols and language, film job classifications and descriptions, reading and understanding a call sheet, importance of interpersonal skills, on-set safety considerations and best practices. [+]

Developed in partnership between Creative BC, MPPIA, and industry labour organizations, the Motion Picture Industry Orientation course is a comprehensive, mandatory course that provides you with the information you need to know before working on a film set. Topics include growth and trends in the BC motion picture industry, the collaborative nature of the industry, demands and challenges of working in film, on-set protocols and language, film job classifications and descriptions, reading and understanding a call sheet, importance of interpersonal skills, on-set safety considerations and best practices. A few details to remember: Your certificate will be issued in your name, and mailed to you upon successful completion of the course. When registering, please ensure that you provide the name of the person who will be attending the course, along with their current mailing address You do not need to bring anything. However, you may like to bring a notebook or laptop to take notes You will receive a reminder email approximately two days before your course begins Refund Policy We have a strict, full fee 48-hour cancellation policy. If we receive your cancellation notice less than 48-hours before your course begins, you will not be issued a refund If you provide notice of cancellation within the timeline above you will receive a refund, minus a $30 administration fee [-]

One-day Documentary Workshop

Campus Full time 1 day September 2017 Canada Vancouver

Register for our hands-on documentary workshop and discover how you can spin an interesting idea into a compelling, visual narrative. Learn about the many genres of documentary film and principals of good storytelling. Delve into camera theory, stages of documentary production, interview techniques, and experiment with your fellow workshop participants to create a template for a ten shot sequence. Complete the day engaged in valuable camera exercises that will start you on the path towards becoming a documentary filmmaker! [+]

Register for our hands-on documentary workshop and discover how you can spin an interesting idea into a compelling, visual narrative. Learn about the many genres of documentary film and principals of good storytelling. Delve into camera theory, stages of documentary production, interview techniques, and experiment with your fellow workshop participants to create a template for a ten shot sequence. Complete the day engaged in valuable camera exercises that will start you on the path towards becoming a documentary filmmaker! Subjects covered Intro to documentary film Visual and screen grammar Creative shot sequences for documentaries Hands-on camera workshop Cancellation: Please note we have a strict, full fee 48-hour cancellation policy. If we receive your cancellation notice less than 48-hours before your workshop begins, you will not be issued a refund. If you need to rebook, please provide 72 hours notice. Failure to do so will result in a $25 rebooking fee. Workshop is for informational purposes only. [-]

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