Entries by InFocus Film School

Tricks & Tips for Setting Background

By Julia Courtenay   Part of the job of the Assistant Directors is setting Background (the non-speaking performers who create the atmosphere, a.k.a. “extras”). Background is as essential to the scene as any other element. A badly set background can be distracting and suck the life out of the scene. Done well, the Background enriches […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Working as an Extra

By Julia Courtenay   It’s been a blockbuster year for film in Vancouver, providing a slew of opportunities for Background Performers (a.k.a Extras) to be anything from zombies, to German officers, FBI agents, bikers, baristas or nuns—and get paid!   Want to get in on the action? Read on to find out how to work […]

Script Supervisors: The Eyes and Ears of Continuity

By Johnny Papan     Continuity is a vast valley that requires precise attention to detail and spawns through many departments. To save time and money, films are often shot out of sequence and it is up to the script supervisor to make sure props, costumes, makeup and things of the like are exactly how […]

5 Lessons Film Students Can Learn from Paranormal Activity

By Christopher McKittrick   Budget is always an issue for film students, so finding ways to stretch your limited funds on your student films is just as important of a skill as basic camera techniques. It’s not just about finding money to spend—it’s also about spending the money you do have wisely.   One way […]

Why the Buzz Around Wonderstruck?

by Ryan Uytdewilligen   Even if you don’t see Wonderstruck, you have to admit the film’s trailer alone just might be the most jarring piece of cinema we’ve seen all year.   With a blend of colour and black and white, we are immediately introduced to a boy searching for his father, then ZAP! A […]

Totally Into Totally Indie Day at VIFF

by Ryan Uytdewilligen   Arguably the more subtle creative side of the film industry, indie films just aren’t often seen because of distribution problems or simply lack of funding. You beg and plead to raise money that many times just doesn’t follow through. You set out on arduous journeys to find crew members who are […]

Action Now: The VIFF Sustainable Production Forum

by Ryan Uytdewilligen   When you marvel at the scope of the latest popcorn movie, a few occasional questions such as “how did they ever do that?” might arise. That’s most likely what the filmmakers wanted you to think.   But few moviegoers actually consider or investigate the nitty-gritty reality of how much goes into […]


by Henry Kulick   After its over 30-year mark on the world of storytelling, IT is no stranger to most of us. Whether it was the original Stephen King novel, the 1990 miniseries, or the newest iteration, the 2017 film adaptation, IT is a pulse-pounding story about facing our greatest fears, no matter how terrifying […]

No Project Too Small: Making Your Break with Commercials

By Christopher McKittrick   Like nearly all film school students, you probably dream of helming a multi-million dollar Hollywood blockbuster… except at the moment you’re finding it difficult to come up with those millions to spend on your vision.   In the film industry (as in any industry), working your way up to the top […]