Entries by InFocus Film School

Five Tips for Scouting the Perfect Location

  By Ryan Uytdewilligen What’s the motivation for your movie’s location? If you are going make your on-screen dream a reality, you’ll need actors, props, a screenplay, and a crew. But you can’t forget the most important physical aspect… the very bane that plagues all movie shoots; an answer to the pesky question, “where are […]

Film School: Is It Right For Me?

Written by Ryan Uytdewilligen   To film school or not to film school, that is the question! The budding filmmakers of tomorrow are faced with this weighty choice – rush out into the world and make movies on their own or take the time to get a formal education.   It’s a risky business seeing […]

Five Ways to Fund Your Film Project!

Written by Victor van der Merwe   The one thing all filmmakers have in common is the problem of finding money for a project. Steven Spielberg has that problem, David Lynch has that problem and yes, first time filmmakers have that problem. The reason is because, unlike other art forms, this is a very expensive […]

How to Adapt A Short Story Into a Feature Film

Written by Felicity Flesher   Adaptations have become a forefront in cinema. Feature films today are based on all kinds of intellectual property including video games, comic books and literature. Writing an adaptation is a great way to get your foot in the door, and hone your craft. Some of the greatest movies of all […]


By Johnny Papan https://youtu.be/YLsAP8jMIr0Video can’t be loaded: InFocus Film School: Bring 3D Animation to Life (https://youtu.be/YLsAP8jMIr0)   The word animation derives from the Latin word aminare which means “to give life to.” This is exactly what animation is about, giving life to something that once did not have life. Animation has been a staple in […]

Top 10 Animation & VFX Studios in Vancouver

Vancouver’s animation and visual effects market is a growing industry. Year after year you will see more and more films being produced in Hollywood North, many of which feature VFX or digital animation. There is a lot of career opportunity within the field, and the numbers keep growing. Vancouver is already home to some of […]


by Johnny Papan   The Vancouver International Film Festival has been showing the latest and greatest of homegrown and international cinema since 1982.   This year’s festival runs from September 27 through to October 12, utilizing ten of Vancouver’s finest venues including the Orpheum, Rio, and Vancouver Playhouse to showcase some of the world’s most […]

The Art of Production Design: Who, Why, & How

Written by Johnny Papan   The art department is in charge of the decorative, tangible visual aesthetic of cinema. It’s responsible for how a character dresses, why they dress that way, what their house looks like, what their job-cubicle looks like, etc, etc.   Every choice made by the art department is in service to […]

How to Work with Animals in Film

  Who doesn’t love animals in film? Whether to delight or to scare, animals have played some of the most iconic roles. Where would we be without Lassie or Airbud? Or the nameless horde in Birds?   So let’s say your script includes animals. You can’t expect them to act like your human actors and […]