In January of 2010, InFocus opened its doors to the public. Now, a decade on, InFocus is known for its intensely creative, project-based, career-focused programs. With attention to both the technical and creative, its passionate educators help students achieve mastery in their discipline. I grew up in an era when if you announced to your parents that you wanted to work in the arts, they would worry you would starve. But what my parents hadn’t considered was the rise of well paid, film-related jobs around the world. In 2018, we saw over 450 productions generate $3.4 billion for the BC economy.
In 2006, I was an Artist in Residence at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto, founded by Norman Jewison. It is Canada’s equivalent to Robert Redford’s highly respected Sundance Institute. The year I spent at the CFC inspired me to establish an institute of similar calibre on the West Coast. With an eye towards excellence, InFocus seeks dedicated students who are eager to take artistic risks and give 110 per cent throughout their many projects. Our educators and advisory boards are all film industry professionals who deliver a curriculum that is relevant to today’s job market and at the same time, they nurture the independent film spirit. Our class sizes are deliberately small; Many of our alumni refer to us as their InFocus family.
It has been immensely gratifying to be a part of the journeys of filmmakers, writers, and visual effects artists. I have seen hundreds of students go from incredibly nervous beginners to budding professionals working in television production, on indie feature films and many on blockbuster films. It’s been a pleasure to be part of their incredible journey.