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FactualWEST is a one-of-a-kind, one day conference for mid-career and senior creators, producers and crew working in factual, lifestyle, reality and documentary television. We bring together top showrunners, broadcasters, creators and producers for a day of workshops designed to help you increase your skills, learn practical tips and get useful insights you can use move your career and your projects forward.

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Saturday, October 21


Shooting in S-Log
Limited Capacity seats available

Shooting in S-Log can offer an exceptional look to every show, so come learn everything you need to know about Sony S-log and its workflow. Veteran Production Manager & Producer Janet Kendrick, DOP Carly Plett and Senior Online Editor Larry Di Stephano walk through examples of the work flow used on the hit Discovery series Jade Fever.


Janet Kendrick

Post Production Supervisor, GPM
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Carly Plett

Camera Operator, Cosmic Tree Productions Inc.
Carly has been working on Reality/lifestyle documentary programs since graduating BCIT in 2009. After assisting for 5 years she began shooting and found her niche in northern adventure/heavy machinery tv shows such as Yukon Gold, Klondike Trappers, Cabin truckers and Jade Fever.
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Larry Di Stefano

Senior Online Editor/Colourist, Omnifilm Post
Working as a colourist for over a decade, in post for two, making films for three and fascinated with visual storytelling for four, this is a part of who he’s always been.  From documentary, to animation, to features and series Larry brings his enthusiasm and skill to every project... Read More →

Saturday October 21, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
370 HSBC Executive Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3


The Art of Interviewing
Limited Capacity seats available

Interviewing is harder than it looks, so Kelly McClughan will offer her insights on some of the most common questions on how to conduct a focused interview. How do you gain trust and get the story? What are the tricks of the trade when it comes to getting a great interview? If you ever find yourself interacting with on camera talent then this is a great session for you.

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Kelly McClughan

VP Production, Great Pacific Media
As a producer, director, writer and show runner, Kelly has filmed in challenging circumstances and locations. Her work has chiefly involved documentary, factual series, and lifestyle programming. Before embarking on an independent career, she was a news and current affairs journalist... Read More →

Saturday October 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
420 Strategy Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3


Augmented Reality: Shooting and Telling Stories in VR
Limited Capacity seats available

Factual and documentary stories are being told in many different formats and immersing yourself in the worlds they explore can have lasting impact on your audiences. Join Senior Vice President of Content from Secret Location, Eric Shamlin as he discusses the in’s and out’s of three recent documentary VR projects from Secret Location. How do you serve the story in VR? What are some of the obstacles in the technology and production?

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Eric Shamlin

SVP Managing Director, Secret Location
Eric W. Shamlin is SVP Managing Director of Secret Location (an Entertainment One company).  Secret Location is a recognized pioneer in emerging mediums having recently won the first Emmy for VR, the first Peabody for VR and launching the first-ever VR/TV hybrid series.   Prior... Read More →

Saturday October 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
420 Strategy Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3


Introduction to 360 Cameras and 360 Filming
Limited Capacity seats available

Two years ago Andrew Sims was a series director, DOP and showrunner in Toronto’s film and tv industry.  Today, he’s working in 360 filming and VR. In this session Andrew will explain how you too can transition from traditional 2D Media into 360 filming and what the future holds for the 360/VR/AR industries. He’ll also offer an overview of how 360 filming works, the lenses and camera systems involved, and post workflow. As an added bonus, he’s brought along Jonny6, the motion capture system his company Better Corners has created.

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Andrew Sims

Co-Founder, Better Corners
Andrew Sims is an acclaimed Series Director, Producer and DOP with credits that span commercials, music videos, documentary, television programming, and virtual reality. Recent clients include HGTV,Food Network, Bravo, Vice, Samsung, BBDO and Lincoln Luxury Cars.In 2016 Andrew co-founded... Read More →

Saturday October 21, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
470 Hamber Foundation Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3